A Full Life

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USC men's basketball two-time All-American Bill Sharman, 87, died today after suffering a stroke last week.  Perhaps the greatest player in Trojan history, Sharman went on to be an eight-time All-Star for the Boston Celtics, and then coached the Los Angeles Lakers to the first NBA Championship in its history. 

Click here for the USC obit.

Click here for the LA Times obit.

Sharman was actually a two-sport star at USC as an outfielder on the baseball team.  He was good enough to be drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers, but shifted his focus to hoops after trying professional hardball for five years.

Sharman is one of only three men to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and a coach joining Lenny Wilkens and John Wooden.  He also made the Pac-12 Hall of Honor in 2002 and was a member of USC's inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame class in 1994. He had his No. 11 USC jersey retired and hoisted into the Galen Center rafters for display on Jan. 13, 2007.


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