June 27, 1964 |
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Brantley (Brantley, Alabama)|
|NBA draft||1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall|
|Selected by the Indiana Pacers|
|Pro playing career||1986–2000|
|1994–1998||San Antonio Spurs|
|2000–2001||Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)|
|2005–2007||Indiana Pacers (assistant)|
|2007–2008||Sacramento Kings (assistant)|
|2009–2013||Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)|
|2013||Jeonju KCC Egis (assistant)|
|2014–present||Auburn University (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
As assistant coach:
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||13,858 (14.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,763 (5.1 rpg)|
|Assists||2,645 (2.8 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Chuck Connors Person (born June 27, 1964) is an American retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player. He later became an NBA assistant coach. During his NBA playing years he was known as "The Rifleman" due to his 3-point shooting ability and the fact that he was named after Chuck Connors, star of the TV series The Rifleman.
High school and college
Born in Brantley, Alabama, Person attended Brantley High School in Brantley, Alabama and played college basketball at Auburn University. He is known as the most prolific scorer in Auburn basketball history. Person was a four-year letter winner at Auburn from 1982-86, helping the team to the first three NCAA Tournament appearances in school history (1984, '85, '86), including a trip to the Elite Eight in 1986. He also helped Auburn win the 1985 SEC Tournament, for which he was named Tournament MVP as Auburn was the first league school to win four games in four days.
Person, who played alongside fellow Auburn greats Charles Barkley and Chris Morris, is the all-time scoring leader in Auburn history, with 2,311 points in 126 games for an 18.3 ppg mark, which is sixth all-time in school history. He is also the school record-holder for field goals made (1,017) and field goals attempted (1,899) and is third in total rebounds (940).
Person was a two-time All-American (1985, 1986), a three-time First Team All-SEC selection and was selected to ESPN's SEC Silver Anniversary Team. Nicknamed "The Rifleman", he had his No. 45 jersey retired at Auburn on Feb. 18, 2006. Auburn upset number 1-ranked St. John's University on its way to an Elite Eight appearance.
On April 7, 2014, Chuck Person, who was an Auburn legend, was hired by Bruce Pearl and is now an assistant basketball coach on staff.
After Person was traded by Seattle to the Lakers, who waived him (though he had already decided to retire) in 2000, he joined Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Lucas's staff as an assistant for the 2000–01 NBA season.
He was then a player-relations assistant and scout to president Donnie Walsh in the Pacers' front office from January 2003 until July 2005, when he moved to an assistant coaching position within the organization. In 2007 he interviewed unsuccessfully for both the Pacers' and the Sacramento Kings' vacant head-coaching positions.
Return to Alabama
Los Angeles Lakers
He was invited to be Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson's assistant in 2009. In March 2010, he interviewed for the head coaching job for the men's team at his alma mater, Auburn University, but was not successful, despite positive feedback. He returned to his job with the Lakers after the interview. Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni took over from Mike Brown in the middle of the 2012–13 season, and kept all of Brown's assistants, including Person. However, Person was fired after the season; he was the last remaining member from Jackson's Lakers staff.
Jeonju KCC Egis
In the summer of 2013, Person joined the coaching staff as an associate head coach in South Korea for the Jeonju KCC Egis in the Korean Basketball League.
- Knocking down some 3-pointers
- Person to assist Walsh and serve as scout - NBA - ESPN
- Person fills opening created by Brown's departure - NBA - ESPN
- Kings assistant coach Person to have second interview with Bulls - NBA - ESPN
- 2010 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers' Chuck Person is more than just a mentor - ESPN Los Angeles
- Kings fire coach Reggie Theus » The Commercial Appeal
- "Mike D’Antoni Fired Assistant Coaches Bernie Bickerstaff and Chuck Person". SlamOnline.com. May 7, 2013. Archived from the original on May 31, 2013.
- KCC, NBA 신인왕 출신 척 퍼슨…외국인 코치로 영입
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- Bird, Person Reflect on '91 Pacers-Celtics Series