Jack Twyman

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Jack Twyman
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Forward
Personal information
Born (1934-05-21)May 21, 1934
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died May 30, 2012(2012-05-30) (aged 78)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Central Catholic
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
College Cincinnati (1951–1955)
NBA draft 1955 / Round: 2 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Rochester Royals
Pro playing career 1955–1966
Career history
19551966 Rochester / Cincinnati Royals
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 15,840 (19.2 ppg)
Rebounds 5,424 (6.6 rpg)
Assists 1,861 (2.3 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

John Kennedy "Jack" Twyman (May 21, 1934 – May 30, 2012) was an American professional basketball player and sports broadcaster.

Biography[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Twyman, a 6'6" forward from the University of Cincinnati, spent eleven seasons in the NBA as a member of the Rochester/Cincinnati Royals. He and Wilt Chamberlain became the first players in NBA history to average more than 30 points per game in a single season when they both accomplished that feat during the 1959–60 season. Twyman scored his career-high 59 points in a game that same season.[1] He was named to the All-NBA Second Team in both 1960 and 1962, and appeared in six NBA All-Star Games. Twyman scored 15,840 points in his career which ranked 20th on the NBA's all-time scoring list at the time of his retirement.

Twyman was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983.

Broadcasting career[edit]

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Twyman worked alongside Chris Schenkel as an analyst/color commentator for The NBA on ABC.

Twyman had an iconic call during Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers. Doing the pre-game segment with Schenkel, Twyman noticed Knicks injured center Willis Reed (whose status for the clincher had been doubtful) advancing from the tunnel toward the Madison Square Garden basketball court. Twyman then told Schenkel and the viewers: "I think we see Willis coming out!"[2]

The sight of Reed marching toward the basketball floor in his warm-up uniform helped inspire the Knicks to their 113–99 victory – one that gave New York its first NBA league title.

Humanitarian efforts[edit]

Twyman became the legal guardian of his teammate Maurice Stokes, a talented player who became paralyzed due to a head injury he suffered after a fall during a game, to help with medical finances. He would organize the Maurice Stokes Memorial Basketball Game to raise funds for Stokes and other former players from the NBA's early years who were in need.[3] The game became an annual event and was later replaced by a pro-am golf tournament.[4] He also helped Stokes to obtain workers compensation and taught him to communicate by blinking his eyes to denote individual letters.[1][3] Twyman would remain Stokes' guardian and advocate until Stokes died in 1970.

Later years[edit]

Twyman later became a food company executive, and made more than $3 million when he sold the company in 1996.[1]

In 2004, when the Basketball Hall of Fame inducted Maurice Stokes, Twyman accepted the honor on his behalf.[1]

Twyman died on May 31, 2012 in Cincinnati from complications of blood cancer.[1][5]

Legacy[edit]

On June 9, 2013, the NBA announced that both Twyman and Maurice Stokes would be honored with an annual award in their names, the Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award, which recognizes the player that embodies the league's ideal teammate that season.[6][7]

References[edit]

Farabaugh, Pat. 'An Unbreakable Bond: The Brotherhood of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman,' Haworth, N.J.: St. Johann Press, 2014

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