Kendal Pinder

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Kendal Pinder
Personal information
Born (1956-04-25) April 25, 1956 (age 60)
The Bahamas
Nationality Bahamian
Listed height 203 cm (6 ft 8 in)
Listed weight 95 kg (210 lb)
Career information
NBA draft 1979 / Round: 5 / Pick: 101st overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career 1979–1995
Position Power forward / Center
Career history
1980 Hapoel Jerusalem B.C.
1980–1983 Harlem Globetrotters
1984–1985 Turun NMKY
1985–1986 Sydney Supersonics
1987–1992 Perth Wildcats
1995 Wollongong Hawks
Career highlights and awards

Kendal Nathaniel "Tiny" Pinder (born April 25, 1956 in The Bahamas) is a Bahamian former professional basketball player.[1]

College and NBA[edit]

Pinder was a fifth-round draft pick in the 1979 NBA Draft being selected by the Atlanta Hawks from the North Carolina State University.[2] While at NC State he and team mate Tony Warren were caught switching price tags on underwear. In response at a match at Duke University sections of the crowd threw underwear at them.[3][4]


In 1980 he played in the Israeli Basketball Super League for Hapoel Jerusalem and was the top scorer of the league for season 1979/80.[5]


In 1985 Pinder was top point scorer in the Korisliiga, the Finland national league.[6]

Australian NBL[edit]

While on a tour with the Harlem Globetrotters to Australia he was recruited to play in the Australian NBL. He was a successful player with NBL teams Sydney Supersonics and the Perth Wildcats. At the Wildcats he was club MVP in 1990 and won the NBL Championship in both 1990 and 1991. In all Pinder played 220 NBL matches.[7]

Legal troubles[edit]

It was at the Perth Wildcats that his career came to a temporary halt as he faced charges of attempted sexual assault. Pinder in 1992 was convicted by the Western Australian Supreme Court of this offence and was sentenced to 18 months' jail.[8][9] Having served a prison sentence Pinder briefly restarted his basketball career with the Illawarra Hawks before further legal trouble halted his career. In January 1996 Pinder was sentenced to five years' jail for sexual offences involving a 15-year-old girl.[10][11] In 2001 Pinder was acquitted in the New South Wales District Court on a charge of raping a 19-year-old woman in October 2000.[12] In 2013 he was arrested on a charge relating to an alleged rape in 1987. He was cleared in August 2016.[13]


On February 4, 2013, Pinder was named in the Perth Wildcats 30th Anniversary All-Star team.[14][15]

In April 2013, his son, Keanu, was named to the Australian Under 19 team. Keanu was also part of the Perth Wildcats extended training squad and academy during the 2012–13 season.[16]


  1. ^ Fred Sturrup (2006-03-16). "Who Will Be Next Bahamian To Catch On In The NBA?". The Bahamas Journal. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  2. ^ 1979 NBA Draft on
  3. ^ Al Featherston (2007-01-29). "Al Featherston On The Cameron Crazies!". Duke Basketball Report. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  4. ^ "Duke fans welcome foes to 'Zanyville'". Lexington Herald Leader. 1985-02-22. 
  5. ^ "Ligat HaAl Leading Pointscorers". Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  6. ^ "Tiny Tops in Finland". The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution. 1985-05-13. 
  7. ^ "Perth Wildcats Fact Sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  8. ^ "Western Australian Supreme Court Appeal Judgements". Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  9. ^ Liam Phillips (2007-07-04). "WA's most controversial moments in sport". The West Australian. Archived from the original on December 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  10. ^ "Ex-Globetrotter draws jail sentence". San Jose Mercury News. 1996-02-01. 
  11. ^ "Tiny Pinder Jailed". Greensboro News and Record. 1996-02-01. 
  12. ^ "NSW: Jury clears Pinder of rape charges". AAP. 2001-08-13. 
  13. ^ Elle Farcic (10 August 2016). "Pinder cleared of raping model". The West Australian. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  14. ^ 30th Anniversary All-Star Team
  15. ^ Americans dominate Wildcats All-Star team
  16. ^ Pinder to represent Australia

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