Bud Palmer

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John Shove "Bud" Palmer (September 14, 1921 – March 19, 2013 ) was an American professional basketball player. He was a member of the original New York Knickerbockers, and was their leading scorer in their inaugural season 1946/47. Palmer is considered to be one of the inventors of the jump shot. His father was footballer and actor Maurice Bennett "Lefty" Flynn. He was born in Hollywood, California.

After his NBA career ended, Palmer went on to a successful career as a sportscaster.[1]

He was Chief of Protocol and Official Greeter for the City of New York for seven years during John Lindsay's administration.

He died at 91 of cancer on March 19, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida. [2]


  • Christgau, John (1999). The Origins of the Jump Shot. Eight men who shook the world of Basketball. Lincoln (NE): University of Nebraska Press.