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    Probably before most EOG’ers time, but Lonnie Shelton was a key member of the Seattle SuperSonics 1979 Championship team.
    Great power forward.
    Seattle was a powerhouse in that era. They made the Finals in 1978 (without Shelton), won in 1979, made conference finals in 1980. Took Kareem & rookie Magic to knock them off...

    1979 was a nadir period for the NBA: pre Magic/Bird, post early-mid 70’s great teams (Celts, Knicks, Lakers, Walton).

    I still have 2 unused tickets from the 1st game of that series, at The Capital Centre. I’m unable to post the pictures, but the cost, “tax incl.”, was a whopping $9.
    An unused ticket from a classic game, like the Celtics-Suns “Garfield Heard” game, or Magic’s 7th game in 1980, could be worth thousands on eBay nowadays.
    I doubt Ebay could get face value the ‘79 Finals ticket.

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    Bill Bradley once said Shelton had faster hands defensively than Clyde Frazier

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      Most people don't know Lonnie was the CA HS state shotput champ out of Bakersfield.
      The art of learning is learning who to ignore ~LeAnn Rimes

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        Loved Lonnie Shelton’s game.
        Michael Jordan isn't anywhere near as athletic as lebron James. Jordan wouldn't even be a top 20 athlete in the game right now in his prime. - Cleveland Homer Big Deemer
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          Originally posted by Heim View Post
          Most people don't know Lonnie was the CA HS state shotput champ out of Bakersfield.
          Rail used to shotput train at the same facility as Lonnie.

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            Originally posted by Heim View Post
            Most people don't know Lonnie was the CA HS state shotput champ out of Bakersfield.


            I am pretty sure it was on the back of his basketball card many years ago.

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              Originally posted by rdalert447 View Post
              Rail used to shotput train at the same facility as Lonnie.
              I chatted via text with Birdie earlier today.

              Gave him an NBA Summer League winner when the pointspread outcome was a certainty late in the fourth quarter.

              What's the saying about turnabout?

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                Crazy Pete is a must read at EOG.

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                  gar heard had some arc on his shot.

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                    Originally posted by John Kelly View Post
                    I chatted via text with Birdie earlier today.

                    Gave him an NBA Summer League winner when the pointspread outcome was a certainty late in the fourth quarter.

                    What's the saying about turnabout?
                    Loll. Nice work.

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                      Originally posted by Heim View Post
                      Most people don't know Lonnie was the CA HS state shotput champ out of Bakersfield.
                      Lonnie same age as me,same county (Kern). He actually took third in state shot put his senior year but won in discus flinging it 195' to shatter the record. Future pro wrestler Jim "the Anvil" Neidhardt won the shot that year. Future olympians Willie Banks and Clancy Edwards were also winners that year at the always amazing Calif state track meet
                      My best Lonnie Shelton memory is from 74 or 75 when the Oregon St Beavs are upsetting/beating Bruins badly and even though dunking is outlawed then,he finishes the bruins off with an exclamation point thunder jam.
                      Lonnie was one of Bakersfield best along with Buck,Merle and Giff.

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                        Great stories, common guy.

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                          Originally posted by common guy View Post
                          Lonnie same age as me,same county (Kern). He actually took third in state shot put his senior year but won in discus flinging it 195' to shatter the record. Future pro wrestler Jim "the Anvil" Neidhardt won the shot that year. Future olympians Willie Banks and Clancy Edwards were also winners that year at the always amazing Calif state track meet
                          My best Lonnie Shelton memory is from 74 or 75 when the Oregon St Beavs are upsetting/beating Bruins badly and even though dunking is outlawed then,he finishes the bruins off with an exclamation point thunder jam.
                          Lonnie was one of Bakersfield best along with Buck,Merle and Giff.
                          You forgot Dwight Yocum & to a lesser extent NBA bust, tweeker Robert Swift.
                          The art of learning is learning who to ignore ~LeAnn Rimes

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                            another usc qb besides Frank Gifford was Cody Kessler, both Bakersfield Drillers

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                              Huntington Beach bad boy Tito Ortiz a CSBakersfield alum

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                                A saw a recent picture of him at his HS HOF dinner. Lonnie must have weighted close to 400 lb.
                                The art of learning is learning who to ignore ~LeAnn Rimes

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                                  Originally posted by John Kelly View Post
                                  I chatted via text with Birdie earlier today.

                                  Gave him an NBA Summer League winner when the pointspread outcome was a certainty late in the fourth quarter.

                                  What's the saying about turnabout?
                                  and I gave u an easy point spread winner pre game

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                                    RIP, Lonnie.

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                                      RIP. Former Knick

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                                        I remember when the Knicks drafted him from Oregon State in the first round. Useful here, but he blossomed later in his career. I never thought he was in his sixties...seemed more recent. RIP.

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