Bones McKinney

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Bones McKinney
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Personal information
Born (1919-01-01)January 1, 1919
Lowland, North Carolina
Died May 16, 1997(1997-05-16) (aged 78)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
Playing career 19461952
Position Forward / Center
Number 17, 29
Career history
As player:
1946–1951 Washington Capitols
1950–1952 Boston Celtics
As coach:
1950–1951 Washington Capitols
1958–1965 Wake Forest
1969–1971 Carolina Cougars
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 2,994
Rebounds 373
Assists 503
Stats at

Horace Albert "Bones" McKinney (January 1, 1919 – May 16, 1997) was an American professional basketball player and coach.[1]

A 6'6" forward-center who played at both North Carolina State University (2 years) and the University of North Carolina (1 year, after U.S. Army service during World War II interrupted his college career), McKinney had a six-year playing career in the NBA, most of them with the now-defunct Washington Capitols. He also played for the Boston Celtics. His final year with the Capitols (in the 1950–1951 season), McKinney was a player-coach; the team folded midway through the season.

McKinney, known for his sideline antics, would later coach the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons, leading them to two Atlantic Coast Conference titles and an appearance in the Final Four in 1962.

McKinney also coached Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association from 1969 through 1971. He coached them to a 42-42 record during the 1969–1970 season, good for third place in the East Division. The Cougars then lost in the first round of the 1970 ABA playoffs to the Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 0. As the 1970–71 season got under way, McKinney was named a vice president of the team. After a 17-25 start, halfway through the season McKinney was replaced as head coach by his assistant coach Jerry Steele. Steele also went 17-25 for the remainder of the season for a 34-50 record that failed to get the Cougars into the 1971 ABA playoffs. During the 1970–71 season, McKinney provided color commentary for the television broadcast of the 1971 ABA All Star Game. Subsequently, McKinney would have a long and successful career as a color analyst for television broadcasts of ACC basketball games.

McKinney's picture hangs in the North Carolina History Museum's North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and one of his basketball jerseys is also displayed there.


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