Paul Seymour (basketball)
January 30, 1928|
|Died||May 5, 1998
Jensen Beach, Florida
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Woodward (Toledo, Ohio)|
|Position||Guard / Forward|
|Number||24, 25, 8, 5|
|1946–1947||Toledo Jeeps (NBL)|
|1960–1962||St. Louis Hawks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Paul Norman Seymour (January 30, 1928 – May 5, 1998) was an American basketball player and coach. A 6'1" guard, he played collegiately at the University of Toledo, and had a 12-year career in the NBA and its predecessor, the Basketball Association of America (BAA). He played his first season for the Baltimore Bullets of the BAA; the remainder of his career was with the Syracuse Nationals. He was a three-time All-Star. For a good part of his career, Seymour was a player-coach for the Nats.
After finishing his playing career, Seymour continued a successful coaching career in the NBA, coaching three teams. Altogether he coached four teams in eight seasons. In 1961, he was the head coach of the Western Division Team in the All Star Game.
Seymour was mentioned in the ESPN documentary, Black Magic, which told the story of African-Americans and basketball. In a segment about Cleo Hill, it was revealed that during the 1961–62 season, Bob Pettit and Cliff Hagan approached management and complained that Hill was taking too many shots. (Allegedly, this was just a cover-up for their desire to not play with an African-American teammate.) Management granted their wish, telling Seymour to severely diminish Hill's offensive role. Seymour refused and was fired 14 games into the season.
While coaching at Baltimore during the 1965–1966 season, Seymour deliberately ended Johnny Kerr's then-record consecutive-games-played streak of 844 games by benching the team captain for one game. According to Kerr, only after the game did Seymour tell Kerr about his intention to end Kerr's streak, saying, "This will take the pressure off you." 
Seymour was featured in the book, Basketball History in Syracuse, Hoops Roots by author Mark Allen Baker published by The History Press in 2010. The book is an introduction to professional basketball in Syracuse and includes teams like (Vic Hanson's) All-Americans, the Syracuse Reds and the Syracuse Nationals (1946–1963).
- "Commentary: Boss ends amazing streak", CNN, June 14, 2009
- "A March Marathon – Flashback: 1953's Four-OT Thriller – Boston Celtics vs. Syracuse Nationals", Basketball Digest, March 2003[dead link]