Nate The Great

“Nate Thurmond was one of the fiercest competitors I ever played against.”
Jerry West

Nate Thurmond recently passed away at age 74. Nate Thurmond was a seven-time NBA All-Star. Thurmond was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. Thurmond starred at Bowling Green before entering the NBA. Nate was the San Francisco Warriors first round pick (3rd overall) in the 1963 NBA Draft. Nate Thurmond is one of five players in NBA history to average 15
rebounds a game.

Yes, Nate Thurmond had talent and that alone made him special. What added to Nate Thurmond’s greatness is that when you took that talent and coupled it with a player who was totally unselfish
you really had something special! Nate Thurmond was all about winning! When he first joined the Warriors Wilt Chamberlain was their center. The two led the Warriors to the NBA Finals. The following year Wilt was traded and that allowed Nate to flourish at the center position. When you look at Nate Thurmond’s overall game you saw his scoring, rebounding, and shot blocking. Let’s also remember that he was an excellent passer. In fact, Nate was the first player in NBA history to score a quadruple double in a game!

Thurmond was teammate of Gus Johnson’s at Akron Central Hower High School. They are the two players from the 1963 NBA Draft who have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Nate Thurmond returned home at the end of his career and helped lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Eastern Conference Finals. Nate Thurmond was a classy individual both on and off the court. Teamwork is the essence of life and Nate Thurmond’s game was all about teamwork. I always will remember the great impact he had on the game of basketball.

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