|Small forward / Shooting guard|
September 17, 1953 |
East Chicago, Indiana
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Washington (East Chicago, Indiana)|
|NBA draft||1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|1984–1986||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||11,517 (13.6 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,995 (3.5 rpg)|
|Assists||2,066 (2.4 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Ulysses Lee "Junior" Bridgeman (born September 17, 1953) is a retired American basketball player.
Born in East Chicago, Indiana, Bridgeman was a member of the 1971 East Chicago Washington High School Senators basketball team, which went undefeated (29-0) and won the Indiana state high school basketball championship. Among his teammates were his brother Sam, Pete Trgovich (who played at UCLA) and Tim Stoddard (N.C. State), who would go on to have success as a Major League Baseball pitcher.
A 6'5" guard/forward from the University of Louisville, Bridgeman was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975 and immediately traded with Brian Winters, David Meyers and Elmore Smith to the Milwaukee Bucks for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Bridgeman went on to have a solid 12-year NBA career, spent mostly with the Bucks, and he scored 11,517 total points. Although he was a sixth man for most of his career, he averaged double figures in scoring for nine consecutive seasons. He played in 711 games for the Bucks, still the most in franchise history, although he started only 105 times. His #2 jersey was retired by the Bucks franchise in 1988.
Currently, Bridgeman is the President of Bridgeman Foods LLC. His company owns and operates over 160 Wendy's restaurant franchises across the country. His net worth is an estimated $400 million, despite having earned no more than $350,000 a year while an NBA player.
He was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.
- Hartford Alphas at the Wayback Machine (archived July 12, 2006)
- Paul King. "Former NBA star scores on Wendy's team: Bridgeman takes game to franchise court, retains no. 2 as second-largest player". Nation's Restaurant News. August 23, 2004. Retrieved on February 25, 2009.
Robert R. Thomas
|Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA)
Class of 2000
John Dickson Stufflebeem
Alpha V. Alexander
Lee Roy Selmon