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Rudy Macklin

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Rudy Macklin
Personal information
Born (1958-02-19) February 19, 1958 (age 58)
Louisville, Kentucky
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Shawnee (Louisville, Kentucky)
College LSU (1976–1981)
NBA draft 1981 / Round: 3 / Pick: 52nd overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Pro career 1981–1983
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
Number 40, 41 , 56
Career history
19811983 Atlanta Hawks
1983 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Durand "Rudy" Macklin (born February 19, 1958) is an American former professional basketball player.

A 6'7" forward from Louisville, Kentucky, Macklin played at Louisiana State University from 1976 to 1981. In his very first game for LSU, he grabbed 32 rebounds against Tulane University. He missed most of the 1978-79 season because of a knee injury, but recovered, and was named an NCAA First Team All-American in 1980 and 1981. As a senior, he was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and led LSU to the NCAA Final Four. He graduated as LSU's all-time leading rebounder (1,276) and second-all-time leading scorer (2,080).[1]

In 1981, Macklin was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 52nd overall pick of the NBA Draft. He played two seasons with the Hawks, averaging 6.5 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per game.[2] He was then was traded to the New York Knicks for Sly Williams,[3] but was cut by the Knicks after just eight games because chronic muscle cramping was hindering his play. Macklin tried to revive his basketball career with stints in the Continental Basketball Association and in the Philippines, but continued to be dogged by muscle cramping, and decided to retire from the sport to become a banker in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[4]

Macklin is currently the executive director of the Louisiana Bureau of Minority Health Access and Promotions and the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.[5]

On February 6, 2010, at halftime of the LSU vs. Kentucky basketball game, Macklin became the fourth LSU men's basketball player to have his jersey retired by the school. His number 40 jersey now hangs in the rafters of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center along with Pete Maravich's number 23, Shaquille O'Neal's number 33, and Bob Pettit's number 50.[6]

References

  1. ^ LSU Tigers 2007-08 media guide. 2007. Retrieved on September 18, 2008.
  2. ^ Rudy Macklin career statistics at basketball-reference.com. Retrieved on September 18, 2008.
  3. ^ Sam Goldpaper. "Macklin sees life beyond Knicks". New York Times. November 7, 1983. C8.
  4. ^ John Powers. "After the game." Boston Globe. December 15, 1991. 14.
  5. ^ Durand Rudy Macklin. Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. 2006. Retrieved on September 18, 2008.
  6. ^ Matt Dunaway. Macklin's Jersey Hangs in Honor; Tigers Fall. LSUSports.net. February 6, 2010. Retrieved on February 7, 2010.