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Encyclopedia > Randy Smith (basketball)

Randolph "Randy" Smith (born December 12, 1948 in Bellport, New York) is a former professional basketball player who set the NBA record for consecutive games played. From 1972-1982, Smith played in every regular season game, en route to the record of 906 straight games (since broken by A.C. Green). December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1948 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Bellport is a village located in Suffolk County, New York. ... Basketball is very popular in U.S. colleges. ... NBA logo, depicting former star Jerry West The National Basketball Association, more popularly known as the NBA, is a reference to the worlds premier mens professional basketball league and one of the major professional sports leagues of North America. ... A.C. Green, Jr. ...

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Smith was an outstanding all-around athlete at Buffalo State College, where he earned all-American honors in three sports: basketball, soccer and track. (In high school on Long Island, Smith set a state high jump record of 6-foot-6.) But it was on the basketball court that Smith shown brightest, teaming with Durie Burns to lead the “Bengals” to three straight conference championships, including a trip to the Final Four of the NCAA Division III Tournament in 1970. Buffalo State College, previously known as the State University of New York College at Buffalo, is a public, liberal arts college in Buffalo, New York and is part of the State University of New York. ... Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ... The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. ...


Yet by national standards, Buffalo State was a small, obscure school, and it was only because of the local connection that Smith was drafted to the NBA at all; in 1971 he was selected by the Buffalo Braves in the seventh round (104th pick overall). The Los Angeles Clippers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


Smith surprised everyone in training camp, and he made the final roster cuts. Despite standing only 6-foot-3, he was assigned to play forward, and posted an outstanding rookie season, averaging 13.4 points per game.


Smith continued to improve beyond expectation, drawing on his tremendous speed, quickness and leaping ability. Playing alongside league scoring champion Bob McAdoo, Smith averaged 21.8 points per game in the 1975-76 season, and was named to the All-NBA Second Team. Robert Allen Bob McAdoo (born September 25, 1951 in Greensboro, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player who spent his fourteen-season career between the center and power forward positions in the National Basketball Association. ...


Smith was an electrifying player. Playing in an era before hot-dog dunking became popular, he would thrill the crowd with amazing 360-degree reverse dunks (When dunking was still illegal in college basketball, he would perform the feat during pre-game warm-ups).


Smith was a tenacious defender. World B. Free called him “the toughest defender I ever faced in the pros." Smith holds Braves’ team records for most steals in a season (203) and most steals in one game (8, done 5 times). World B. Free (born March 6, 1959) is an American actor and comedian. ...


The highlight of Smith’s career was the 1978 All-NBA All-Star Game, where he came off the bench to lead all scorers with 27 points, and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. The 2004/2005 NBA Eastern Conference All-Stars The 2004/2005 NBA Western Conference All-Stars The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ...


Smith played for seven years for the Braves until the franchise was shifted to the San Diego Clippers in 1978. That first year with the Clippers, Smith had his fourth consecutive season averaging over 20 points per game. The Los Angeles Clippers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ...


In 1979, Smith was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he was named team captain and played for two years. He spent the 1981 season with the New York Knicks, before moving back to San Diego for another season. Smith retired from professional basketball in 1983. The Cleveland Cavaliers are a National Basketball Association team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... This article is about a professional basketball team. ...


External links

 Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame 

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NHRA News (1382 words)
Randy Anderson was the surprise low qualifier with track records of 4.966 and 310.88 mph, but he didn't last long in eliminations, and neither did his records.
Hines showed he would be tough a first-round 7.36 at a 185.72 mph while Seeling slowed to a 7.39, which she duplicated in round two while Hines still was quicker with a 7.38.
Seeling ran her third straight 7.39 to beat John Smith's 7.45 in the semi's, but knew she would be in deep against Hines in the final as he laid away Dave Schultz with a 7.37.
NHRA News (1668 words)
Hines beat John Smith in the final to move within just a few points of clinching his first Winston championship, which he can do at the Sears Craftsman Nationals Sept. 25-28 at Topeka, Kan., if he leaves that event with a 276-point lead.
Smith looked good early as he ran 7.40 to beat John Mafaro’s 7.61, then stepped up to a 7.37 to beat John Myers, Hines’ closest points rival, who slowed to a 7.48.
Smith then beat Myers’ Close Call teammate, defending Keystones event champ Angelle Seeling on a close 7.37 to 7.39 count.
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