October 27, 1948 |
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|1966–1985||Piratas de Quebradillas|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||11,592 (21.6 ppg)|
|Rebounds||5,673 (10.6 rpg)|
|Assists||2,302 (5.1 apg)|
Raymond Dalmau Pérez (born October 27, 1948) is a retired Puerto Rican professional basketball player and coach. During most of his career, Dalmau played in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN). His sons Richie, Christian and Ricardo also played basketball on the highest level of Puerto Rican basketball.
Dalmau participated in three Olympics. He held the record for the most career points scored in that league for a long time, scoring over 11,000 points (in the BSN, an exclusive group of players has reached over 5,000 points, since each season is played only for a maximum of 33 games).
In 1968, Dalmau lead the league in scoring. He repeated as scoring champion in 1970, when he won his first championship as a member of the Piratas de Quebradillas. He also helped lead Quebradillas to back to back to back titles in 1977, 1978 and 1979.
He was in conversations in 1975 to sign a contract with the former Utah Stars in the ABA(American basketball association) but he declined to maintain his amateur status. Professional basketball players were not allowed at that time to play for their countries in international competition.
Throughout his career, he was known not only for his abilities on the court, but also for his competitive spirit, which led him to do his best even when paired against taller and stronger rivals in international competitions.
In 1985, Dalmau retired from basketball as a player, going on to coaching in the BSN for many years. He has also coached in Venezuela for a number of years.
In 2003, Dalmau was diagnosed with colon cancer, of which he recuperated. During a 2005 television show where he and Eddie Miró were being introduced as spokesmen in Puerto Rico for colon cancer, he quipped that, at his age, he can still jog everyday from Santurce to past the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Isla Verde, which constitutes a considerable distance (more than five miles). On June 16, 2008, a project was approved by the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, in which Dalmau's name was going to be used for a coliseum being built in Quebradillas.
In Popular Culture
In the 1996 film Basquiat, Benicio del Toro made a homage to Dalmau by wearing a replica of his Puerto Rico men's national basketball team uniform with his distinctive number (14) fourteen. According to the IMDB, his character Benny's last name is Dalmau.
- LexJuris (Leyes y Jurisprudencia) de Puerto Rico
- Baloncesto Superior Nacional de Puerto Rico