Mix in 1979
December 30, 1947 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Rogers (Toledo, Ohio)|
|NBA draft||1969 / Round: 5 / Pick: 61st overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|1983||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA and ABA statistics|
|Points||8,357 (10.6 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,160 (5.3 rpg)|
|Assists||1,393 (1.8 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Mix was a forward with a 13-year career from 1969–1972 and from 1973–1983. He played for the Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers all of the NBA and the Denver Rockets of the ABA. Mix represented the 76ers in the 1975 NBA All-Star Game. Mix made it to the NBA Finals four times overall, three times with the 76ers (1977, 1980, 1982), but never won an NBA title. In 1983, when the 76ers did win the NBA title, Mix was a bench player for the Los Angeles Lakers, who were swept by the 76ers.
Following his retirement as a player, became basketball head coach at his alma mater, the University of Toledo. In his one year in the position during the 1984-1985 season, the team went 6-20. Afterwards, Mix spent 22 years as a color commentator on the 76ers' television broadcasts. In 2011, he worked a basketball analyst for SportsTime Ohio. In 2012, Mix was named head women's coach at Trine University. Mix left his position at Trine in 2014.
Since moving to Florida after his retirement at Trine, Mix has coached at basketball camps at Indian River State College.
After his retirement from basketball, Mix and his wife moved to Vero Beach, Florida. After calling Detroit Tigers clubhouse manager Jim Schmakel, Mix found a job as an usher for the New York Mets at First Data Field in nearby Port St. Lucie, where the Mets hold Spring Training and where two of the Mets' minor-league affiliates, the St. Lucie Mets and the rookie-league Gulf Coast League Mets, play. Regarding why he took up work as an usher, Mix said: "I heard somebody say sometime, when you retire and you do nothing, how do you know when you are done? I need that place where I can hang my hat. I just need a place where I can do something." Mix has received some recognition from fans who know him from his basketball days, including Mets Special Assistant to the General Manager J. P. Ricciardi, who himself coached high school basketball teams at Holy Name High School in Worcester, Massachusetts. Besides Ricciardi, Mix said that a few people recognize him each day: "I have a couple people bring cards up ... probably a couple times a day somebody will say something."
During and since their playing days, when they were teammates and roommates, Mix and Julius Erving have been close friends, calling each other for their birthdays to the present day. Mix was nicknamed "Sky" by Erving; according to Mix, "Julius and [Mix] would talk hoops, [they] would talk life [and] family. Every night [Irving] would have a candy bar before he would go to bed. He used to say, 'I'm calling you [Mix] Sky because you can't.'"
- "Former NBA player to coach Trine women". D3Hoops.com. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
- "From impersonating Dr. J to coaching D-III, Steve Mix enjoying basketball". CSNPhilly.com.
- "Why is this ex-NBA star taking tickets at Mets games?". New York Post.
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