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Encyclopedia > Rudy Tomjanovich
Rudy Tomjanovich
Position Forward
Nickname Rudy T.
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight 218 lb (99 kg)
Nationality USA
Born November 24, 1948(1948-11-24)
Flag of Michigan Hamtramck, Michigan
College University of Michigan
Draft 2nd overall, 1970
San Diego Rockets
Pro career 1970–1981
Former teams San Diego Rockets/Houston Rockets (1970–1981)

Rudolph Tomjanovich, Jr. (born November 24, 1948, in Hamtramck, Michigan), nicknamed Rudy T., is an American former basketball player and coach. In the context of basketball, forward usually refers to one of two positions: Power forward Small forward In addition, some basketball players share the attributes of a small forward and a point guard, and are accordingly called point forwards. ... is the 328th day of the year (329th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Michigan. ... Hamtramck is a city in Wayne County of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U of M, U-M or simply Michigan) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Michigan, and one of the foremost universities in the United States. ... See also: List of NBA Drafts Round 1 Round 2 External links 1970 NBA Draft at basketballreference. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... is the 328th day of the year (329th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hamtramck is a city in Wayne County of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... This article is about the sport. ...

Contents

Early life

Tomjanovich was born to an American family of Croatian descent. He attended high school in Hamtramck, and later the University of Michigan (from 1967 to 1970). The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U of M, U-M or simply Michigan) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Michigan, and one of the foremost universities in the United States. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Basketball

Playing career

Tomjanovich was selected in the 1970 NBA Draft as the second overall pick by the San Diego Rockets (the franchise relocated to Houston in 1971), for whom he would play the entirety of his NBA career. He was also drafted in both 1970[1] and 1974[2] by the Utah Stars of the ABA. In his eleven years in the NBA, Tomjanovich had a scoring average of 17.4 points and a rebounding average of 8.1, earning five All-Star Game selections in the process (1974–1977, 1979). He is the third-leading scorer in Rockets history behind Hall of Famers Calvin Murphy and Hakeem Olajuwon. See also: List of NBA Drafts Round 1 Round 2 External links 1970 NBA Draft at basketballreference. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... “Houston” redirects here. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... The Utah Stars was an American Basketball Association (ABA) team based in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. // The Anaheim Amigos, based in Anaheim, California, began play in the fall of 1967, in the Anaheim Convention Center. ... For the league that began in 1999, see American Basketball Association (2000-). The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a professional basketball league founded in 1967, and eventually merged, in part, with the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The National Basketball Association staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... Basketball Hall of Fame Logo The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... Calvin Murphy is a hall of fame professional basketball player who played guard for the Houston Rockets from 1970-1983. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Despite Tomjanovich's noteworthy career as a player, he is perhaps best remembered for an infamous incident in which he was involved at the height of his playing career. In a December 9, 1977 game, the Los Angeles Lakers' Kermit Washington threw a brutal punch during an on-court melee which struck Tomjanovich. The blow shattered the bones of Tomjanovich's jaw and face and inflicted life-threatening head injuries, leaving him sidelined for five months. He eventually made a full recovery. is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1976-77 NBA Season was the 31st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Kermit Alan Washington (born September 17, 1951, Washington, DC) is a former professional basketball player who played ten seasons in the NBA. Washington is best remembered for punching opposing player Rudy Tomjanovich during an on-court fight on December 9, 1977. ...


The Rockets retired Tomjanovich's #45 jersey upon the conclusion of his playing career. His collegiate jersey, also #45, was retired by the University of Michigan in 2003. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Coaching career

Tomjanovich became the Rockets' interim head coach in February, 1992 after the resignation of Don Chaney. In his first full season on the job (1992-93), Tomjanovich guided the Rockets to the Midwest Division title, making him the first head coach to ever take his team from the lottery to a division crown during his first full season. Building on this success, Rudy T. led the team to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. On the playoff run to their second title, the Rockets became the only team in history to defeat the teams with the four best regular season records in the playoffs. It was on the floor of The Summit after they captured their second title that he gave us one of the most epic quotes in all of sports history as he proclaimed, "Don't ever underestimate the heart of a champion!" Tomjanovich left the team after the 2002-03 season when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. During his tenure as Rockets head coach, he posted a 503–397 (.559) regular-season record and a 51–39 (.567) playoff mark. His career wins and winning percentage are Rockets franchise records. Tomjanovich was in the employ of the Rockets organization as a player, scout and coach for each of the club's first 32 years in Houston. Donald R. Chaney (born March 22, 1946 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... The 1992-93 NBA Season was the 47th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1993-94 NBA season was the 48th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1994-95 NBA season was the 49th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Summit stands among the high-rise office buildings of Greenway Plaza, ca 1995 The Compaq Center, originally named The Summit, was a multi-purpose sports arena in Houston, Texas. ... The 2002-03 NBA season is the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Bladder cancer refers to any of several types of malignant growths of the urinary bladder. ...


In 1998, Tomjanovich volunteered to coach the U.S. men's senior basketball team at the FIBA World Championship in Greece. Despite the absence of NBA players due to labor negotiations, Tomjanovich guided the hastily assembled group of CBA players to the bronze medal. In light of his outstanding service in coaching at the 1998 Worlds and his stellar professional resume, Tomjanovich was tabbed to coach the U.S. men's senior team at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney, Australia. The U.S. Team won the gold medal with an 8–0 record. The 1998 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball tournament held by the International Basketball Federation in Greece. ... The Continental Basketball Association (CBA) is a professional mens basketball league in the United States. ... The 2000 Summer Olympics or the Millennium Games/Games of the New Millennium, officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, were the Summer Olympic Games held in 2000 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ...


In 2004, Tomjanovich took over as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, replacing Phil Jackson. After just 41 games, he resigned due to health issues unrelated to his past bout with bladder cancer. Tomjanovich stayed with the Lakers as a consultant. On February 15, 2006, Tomjanovich was named director of scouting for USA Men's Basketball. The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Philip Douglas Phil Jackson (born September 17, 1945 in Deer Lodge, Montana) is the current coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, an American professional basketball team. ... is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Rudy T was well-known for his instinctive managerial style and intensity on the bench. Always self-deprecating, he nonetheless heaped tremendous pressure on himself and his assistants to be prepared for each game, several times being hospitalized for exhaustion. After winning back-to-back titles, Tomjanovich deflected much of the praise and eschewed the "genius" label assigned to other champion coaches like Chuck Daly and Phil Jackson. His hands-off, easy-going manner with his players gave him a reputation as a "players coach," and as such veteran players were eager to play on his teams. Among the stars who requested and were granted trades to Houston during his tenure were Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley, and Scottie Pippen. Chuck Daly Charles Jerome Chuck Daly (born July 20, 1930 in St. ... Philip Douglas Phil Jackson (born September 17, 1945 in Deer Lodge, Montana) is the current coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, an American professional basketball team. ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ... Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players...


Accomplishments

  • NBA Champion head coach (1994,1995)
  • Head coach of the gold medalist USA men's basketball team (2000)
  • Five-time NBA All-Star (1974–1977, 1979)
  • NCAA All-American (1970)
  • All-time University of Michigan leader in rebounds. Second on UM all-time list in points per game.
  • Holds the Crisler Arena single game scoring and rebounding records.
  • Averaged 17.4 points per game on 50.1% shooting during his NBA career.

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U of M, U-M or simply Michigan) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Michigan, and one of the foremost universities in the United States. ... Crisler Arena, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the home arena of the mens and womens basketball teams of the University of Michigan. ...

Trivia

  • The second round pick of the Rockets in 1970 was Calvin Murphy, who, like Tomjanovich, would go on to play his entire career with the Rockets and have his number retired by the franchise.

Calvin Murphy is a hall of fame professional basketball player who played guard for the Houston Rockets from 1970-1983. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ 1970 ABA Draft
  2. ^ 1974 ABA Draft

References

  • Feinstein, John. The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever. Publisher: Back Bay Books. ISBN 0-316-73563-9

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Preceded by
Don Chaney
Houston Rockets Head Coach
1992–2003
Succeeded by
Jeff Van Gundy
Preceded by
Phil Jackson
Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Frank Hamblen
2000 Olympic Champions Men's Basketball
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USA Basketball: Bio - Mens - Tomjanovich (895 words)
Rudy Tomjanovich, head coach of the gold medalist 2000 U.S. Olympic basketball team and head mentor of Houston's 1994 and 1995 NBA Championship squads, was named Director of Scouting for the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team program for 2006-08 on Feb. 15, 2006..
Tomjanovich was the 11th coach in NBA history to have his team at least 25 games over.500 in his first full season -- only the third who inherited a team that was not 10 games over.500 the previous season.
Rudy and his wife Sophie, reside in Houston and are the parents of three children, Nichole, Melissa and Rudy III.
Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Rudy Tomjanovich (878 words)
Tomjanovich was born to an American family of Croatian descent.
Tomjanovich was selected in the 1970 NBA Draft as the second overall pick by the San Diego Rockets (the franchise relocated to Houston in 1971), for whom he would play the entirety of his NBA career.
Tomjanovich was in the employ of the Rockets organization as a player, scout and coach for each of the club's first 32 years in Houston.
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