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Ex-NBA star Bob Boozer dies at 75; forward helped lead mighty 1960 US Olympic team to gold
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) ' Former NBA star and 1960 Olympic gold medalist Bob Boozer has died. He was 75.
Ella Boozer says her husband died Saturday of a brain aneurysm after becoming ill Friday night.
Boozer was a two-time All-American at Kansas State in 1958-59 and played 11 years in the NBA after the Cincinnati Royals drafted him No. 1 overall. The 6-foot-8 forward retired after winning the 1971 NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks.
He played with Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas on the 1960 Olympic team, which dominated the competition while going 8-0.
Boozer averaged 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds in his NBA career with six teams.
He returned to Omaha after his playing days and worked as an executive for the telephone company.