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KING, JIM – Basketball

KING, JIM – Basketball – University of Tulsa – 1960-1963: A native of Branch, Arkansas, Jim was an All-State basketball player, helping Ft. Smith Northside win back-to-back state championships in 1958 and 1959. At the end of his senior year, he played in the Arkansas High School All-Star game setting a scoring record at that time. He played college basketball at the University of Tulsa and was named 1st team All-Missouri Valley Conference (1962-1963). King was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 1963 NBA draft. He played 10 years in the pros (1963-1973), with four teams: Los Angeles Lakers, San Francisco Warriors, Cincinnati Royals, and Chicago Bulls, while scoring 4,377 career points and reaching the playoffs 9 times. Two times, his teams – the Lakers and Warriors – made it to the NBA finals. Jim was selected to play in the NBA All-Star game in 1968. Following his pro career, Jim coached for 5 years at the University of Tulsa and the Athletes in Action West team for 2 years (1973-1975). Jim’s #24 uniform was retired by Tulsa, and he was inducted into the University of Tulsa Hall of Fame in 1984.

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