Leo Gottlieb

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Leo "Ace" Gottlieb (November 28, 1920 – August 16, 1972) was an American basketball player.[1][2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Gottlieb, who was Jewish, was born in New York City, New York.[1][3][4] He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx, New York.[1][4]

Gottlieb was the uncle of Ron Rothstein, first coach of the Miami Heat.[3]

Basketball career[edit]

Gottlieb played guard.[1] He played for the Philadelphia Sphas in the ABL in 1939–40, the New York Jewels in 1940–42, the New York Americans in 1943–44, and the New York Gothams in 1945–46.[3]

He made his debut in the National Basketball Association on November 1, 1946.[1][5] He played for the New York Knicks in the first game in NBA history, on November 1, 1946, scoring (14 points).[3] He played for the Knicks from 1946–48.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Leo Gottlieb NBA & ABA Statistics". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ Charles Salzberg (1998). From Set Shot to Slam Dunk: The Glory Days of Basketball in the Words of Those Who Played It. U of Nebraska Press. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Gottlieb, Leo 'Ace'". Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". Jewishsports.org. March 29, 1998. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ Art Shamsky, Barry Zeman. The magnificent seasons. Retrieved August 11, 2011.