|Born||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|
|Position||Small forward / Shooting guard|
|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|
High school career
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.
College and professional career
A 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) tall 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.
During the off-seasons of his playing career, Bridgeman used to work and learn the business model of Wendy's fast food restaurant franchise. After retiring from the NBA, he started owning various Wendy's and Chili's restaurants, and then sold them in 2016. In 2017, Bridgeman became a bottler for The Coca-Cola Company, and in 2018, he signed a letter of intent to buy bottling operations in Canada.
In late June 2016, Bridgeman was appointed to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees by Governor of Kentucky Matt Bevin following an administrative reorganization in which Bevin abolished the university's former governing board. The appointment of the new board, including Bridgeman, was challenged by the state's Attorney General Andy Beshear on grounds that the governor did not have the power to do so. He is a member of the Louisville megachurch Southeast Christian Church, which Bevin also attends.
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