Larry Steele

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Larry Steele
Larry Steele 2.jpg
No. 15
Guard
Personal information
Born (1949-05-05) May 5, 1949 (age 64)
Greencastle, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Bainbridge (Bainbridge, Indiana)
College Kentucky (1968–1971)
NBA draft 1971 / Round: 3 / Pick: 37th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro playing career 1971–1980
Career history
19711980 Portland Trail Blazers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 5,009 (8.2 ppg)
Rebounds 1,781 (2.9 rpg)
Assists 1,719 (2.8 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Larry Nelson Steele (born May 5, 1949) is a former professional basketball player, best known for being on the Portland Trail Blazers team that won the 1977 NBA Finals.

Born in Greencastle, Indiana, Steele grew up in Bainbridge, Indiana, and played collegiately at the University of Kentucky under coach Adolph Rupp. As a junior at Bainbridge High School, he had a high game of 46 points and 38 points as a high game during senior year. He scored a total of 1,646 high school points. His senior year he was selected All-County, All-Sectional, All-Regional, All- Semi-State, Indianapolis News 1st Team All-State, and a member of the Indiana All-Star Team.

At the University of Kentucky, he was a three-year starter, averaging 13.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. He was selected 1st Team All-SEC twice, Co-captain, MVP, Leadership Award, Hustle Award, led the UK team in assists and free throws. In 2003 he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 11-19-10 As a junior in 1970, Steele earned 3rd team UPI/Coaches All-American honors and in 1971 as a senior 2nd team AP and 3rd team UPI/Coaches All-American honors.Retrieved 11-20-10

He was drafted by the Trail Blazers in 1971, with the 2nd pick in the 3rd round (37th overall) and by the Kentucky Colonels in the 1971 American Basketball Association draft. In 1974 he was drafted again by the Kentucky Colonels in the 5th round of the ABA draft of NBA players. Retrieved 11-20-10 He joined the Trail Blazers at the start of the Blazers’ second season and became a roster mainstay for nine years before injuries forced him into retirement at the end of the 1979-80 season. His 610 games in a Portland uniform ranks sixth on the club’s all-time list. Retrieved 11-18-10

Steele played his entire NBA career for the team (retiring from basketball at the end of the 1979-80 season). Steele led the NBA in steals in the 1973-74 NBA season— the first year steals were recorded by the league with 2.68 swipes per game. He played 20.7 MPG on the 1977 championship team (starting in only nine games) averaging 10.3 points per game. During his nine-year NBA career, all with the Trail Blazers, he averaged 8.2 points, 2.9 assists, 1.39 steals and 24.2 minutes while starting 337 games.

His Trailblazers jersey number (15) was retired by the team on October 11, 1981 and he was selected as a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's 1992 Silver Anniversary Team. In 2003, he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.1

After his playing days, he worked in the Blazers front office in marketing and served as a commentator with broadcaster Bill Schonely. Retrieved 11-18-10 Steele later worked as a broadcaster for the NBA on CBS and as a head coach at the University of Portland from 1987-1994. He currently runs a basketball camp in Vernonia, Oregon.2

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Portland (West Coast Conference) (1987–1993)
1987–1988 Portland 6-22 1-13 8th
1988–1989 Portland 2-26 2-12 T-7th
1989–1990 Portland 11-17 7-7 4th
1990–1991 Portland 5-23 3-11 8th
1991–1992 Portland 10-18 3-11 8th
1992–1993 Portland 9-18 3-11 7th
1993–1994 Portland 13-17 6-8 T-5th
Portland: 56-141 25-73
Total: 56-141

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.hoopshall.com/hall-of-fame/larry-steele/?query=name.eq.Larry%20Steele&xsearch_id=HallofFame_Last_Name&xsearch[0]=Larry%20Steele&back=HallofFame
  2. ^ Arnold, Geoffrey; Uthman, Daniel (2007-06-04). "The 1976-77 NBA champion Portland Trail Blazers: 30 years later". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 

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