19 January 1969 |
|Listed height||7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)|
|Listed weight||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school||Scotch College (Perth, Australia)|
|College||New Mexico (1987–1991)|
|NBA draft||1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2000–2001||New York Knicks|
|2013–present||Australian NT (asst.)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||4,090 (7.2 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,794 (4.9 rpg)|
|Blocks||549 (1.0 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Longley, playing alongside Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc and Dennis Rodman, was the starting center during the Chicago Bulls' second "three-peat" championship seasons from 1996–1998, including the Bulls' 1995–96 season, in which they set what was at the time an NBA record by going 72–10 during the regular season.
Longley represented Australia at the 1988, 1992 and 2000 Summer Olympics.
Luc Longley was born 19 January 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria. At age sixteen Luc was a member of the Australian Under-19 side and the following year, 1986, he joined the Perth Wildcats, with whom he played two games.
Longley was recruited out of Scotch College, Perth by the University of New Mexico's basketball coach, Gary Colson, who went to Perth to recruit Andrew Vlahov, who attended Stanford University. Vlahov and Longley both played their junior basketball for the Belmont Redbacks District Basketball Club on the same team. Longley attended college at the University of New Mexico, from 1987 to 1991, where he averaged 19.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in his senior year. At nineteen he was a member of the national team for the Seoul Olympics, where they came fourth, the best result an Australian senior men's basketball team has achieved in Olympic competition.
When Longley returned home to Perth during college breaks, he regularly suited up for the Belmont Redbacks, helping the team to consecutive State Basketball League (SBL) championships in 1989 and 1990.
Longley was drafted 7th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1991. He made his NBA debut on 30 November 1991. In 1992 he again represented Australia at the Barcelona Olympics. After two plus mediocre seasons with the struggling franchise, the 7'2" (218 cm) center was traded to the Chicago Bulls for Stacey King late in the 1993–94 season.
He went on to become the team's starting center. He won three straight championships with the Bulls from 1996 to 1998, becoming the first Australian player to win an NBA title.
Following the breakup of the team after the 1997-98 season, Chicago did a sign-and-trade deal with Longley, sending him to the Phoenix Suns for Mark Bryant, Martin Müürsepp, Bubba Wells, and a conditional first-round draft pick.
New York Knicks
He was traded to the New York Knicks prior to the 2000–01 NBA season in what was only the second four-team trade in NBA history. The Suns acquired Chris Dudley as part of the deal together with a first-round draft pick from New York and an undisclosed amount of cash, while New York received Longley, Glen Rice, Travis Knight, Vladimir Stepania, Lazaro Borrell, Vernon Maxwell, two first-round draft picks (from the Los Angeles Lakers and the Seattle SuperSonics) and two second-round draft picks from Seattle. Seattle received Patrick Ewing and the Lakers received Horace Grant, Greg Foster, Chuck Person and Emanual Davis. Longley spent one year with New York before retiring, due to a degenerative condition in his left ankle.
In 2001, he was inducted into the Australian Institute of Sport 'Best of the Best'. Longley was part-owner of the Perth Wildcats basketball club in the Australian National Basketball League for several years and was the #1 ticket holder at the Fremantle Dockers in the Australian Football League between 2006 and 2007. In 2006 Longley was inducted into Basketball Australia's Hall of Fame in Melbourne.
On 8 October 2009 Longley was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame at its 25th anniversary dinner in Melbourne, becoming only the fourth basketball player to be inducted along with Andrew Gaze, Michele Timms and Phil Smyth.
His father, Richard, an architect, represented Australia at international level in basketball, including being a member of two Olympic squads. His mother, Sue Hansen-Smith, is an equestrian who has been divorced from Richard since 1984 and resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States.
Longley has two brothers, Sam, a journalist and actor, and Griff, also a journalist and who also played briefly for the Perth Wildcats. Longley was married to an American, Kelly, whom he met in New Mexico while he was attending college and they had two daughters, Clare Hanna and Lily Samantha.
On 6 April 2007, Longley's $2 million home in Fremantle, Western Australia, was destroyed by a fire. It is believed much of Longley's memorabilia from his basketball career was lost, although his three championship rings may have been spared.
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