Monday, November 20, 2006

JACKSONVILLE JAM PRESS RELEASE! From the opening tip-off the Jacksonville Jam controlled the game on court during a special night, which saw Artis Gilmore start the game at center for the Jam. Gilmore was greeted by a standing ovation at UNF Arena as his name was called to start for the Jam against the South Alabama Bounce. The 7'2-280 Gilmore did not disappoint as he controlled the opening tip-off and tipped the ball to a streaking TheAnthony Haymon, who took Gilmore's tip to open the game up to the basket with a high flying slam dunk that delighted all the fans in attendance. After three minutes of live action, Gilmore raised his fist to Jam head coach, Steve Tucker signaling it was time to call it a night. Gilmore stayed on the bench with the Jam during the first half and cheered on his Jam teammates, who totally controlled the play on court. Jacksonville opened up a 10 point lead in the first quarter and led 28-22 at the end of the first period of play.
In the second quarter Jam point guard, Anthony Lumpkin paced the way as the Jam's running game got going to streak the Jam out in front by 16 points at half-time as the Jam led 56-40 at the break. At half-time, the Jacksonville Jam organization retired Gilmore's #53 that he wore on the collegiate level at Jacksonville University and as a professional both in the NBA and ABA. The retirement ceremony was truly moving and the crowd once again gave the A-Train a standing ovation as he held the framed Jam #53 jersey over his head. Gilmore thanked the Jam ownership and organization for this honor. He also thanked the fans, who have supported his basketball efforts here in Jacksonville over the years. Gilmore especially thanked his family, who were in attendance in the crowd at the game. You could tell this truly meant a great deal to a basketball legend!
In the second half Jacksonville continued their sterling play on the night, which saw the Jam's defense hold the talented Bounce (3-3) to a 31% shooting percentage. The Jam also got outstanding play from forward, Jerry Williams, center, TheAnthony Haymon, and Lumpkin as they built a 29 point lead halfway through the fourth quarter and cruised on to a 113-87 victory, which pushes the Jam's record to 4-0 to start the ABA season.
Jacksonville had 7 players in double figures, led my Haymon's 21 point and 9 rebound effort and Williams 16 point and 10 rebound performance. Lumpkin also tossed in 17 points and dished out 5 assist. Myron Anthony contributed 14 points, Lorenzo Lawrence 13 points, Donald Harris 12 points, and Michael McCowan 10 points respectively.
The Jam will travel back to South Florida to face Palm Beach (1-1) on Tuesday night and will then host Palm Beach back here in Jacksonville on Friday night, November 24th at UNF Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05pm. Come join the FRIDAY NIGHT JAM!


Anonymous said...

Great to see the A-Train back in action even for a few minutes. For all readers: here's a reminder of why Artis Gilmore is WAY OVERDUE for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. His remarkable career highlights include:


• Led Jacksonville University to the NCAA championship final game vs UCLA in 1970.

• All-time NCAA Division I career rebounding average leader (22.7 rebounds per game)

• NCAA All-Tournament Team (1970)

• One of only eight players in college history to average 20 points and 20 rebounds per game over a career

• NCAA rebounding champion in 1970 and 1971

• National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American Team (1970-1971)

• Number retired in 1992.


• ABA Championship, Kentucky Colonels (1975)

• ABA Most Valuable Player and Rookie, 1971-72

• One of seven unanimous selections to the 1997 ABA
All-Time Team

• Regular season ABA numbers: 22.3 points and 17.1 rebounds. Playoff averages: 22.0 points and 16.1 rebounds.

• Four-time ABA rebounding champion (1972-74, 76)

• Two-time ABA field goal percentage champion (1972-73)

• Two-time ABA shot blocking champion (1972-73)

• 1974 ABA All-Star Game MVP

• 1975 ABA Playoff MVP

• Five-time All-ABA 1st Team selection (1972-76)

• Four-time ABA All-Defensive Team selection (1973-76)

• ABA single-season record for the most blocked shots (422)

• ABA regular season single game record of 40 rebounds versus New York, February 3, 1974

• During a five-year ABA career played in all 420 games.

• Finished in the top 10 in scoring all five seasons.


• Career .599 field-goal percentage - highest in NBA history.

• Four-time NBA field goal percentage champion (1981-84)

• .600 or better field goal percentage in six different seasons,

• Six-time NBA All-Star (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986).

• Regular season NBA numbers: 17.1 points and 10.1 rebounds.

• All-Defensive Second Team (1978)

• Chicago Bulls club record field goal pecentage (.587).

• Led Chicago Bulls in scoring, rebounding, field goal shooting and blocked shots in three consecutive seasons and four overall (1976-78, and 1981).

• Led Chicago Bulls in field goal shooting and blocked shots
in 1980.


• Ranks first in career ABA/NBA regular season field goal percentage (.582); also holds the NBA (.599) and ABA (.558) career records

• 3rd highest shot blocker in pro basketball (ABA/NBA) history (3,178)

• 5th highest rebounder in pro basketball (ABA/NBA) history (16,330)

• 18th of all time pro basketball (ABA/NBA) scorers (24,941)

• One of only 24 players to score a total of 20,000 or more points (ABA and NBA combined).

• Leading left-handed scorer in professional basketball (ABA/NBA) history

• All Star in 11 of 17 years as a pro

• 5th best all-time for pro (ABA/NBA) minutes played (43,836)

• Appeared in 670 consecutive ABA/NBA games

• Ranked in the top ten in rebounding in 12 of 17
ABA/NBA seasons

• Ranked in the top ten in blocked shots in 13 of 17
ABA/NBA seasons

• Ranked in the top ten in field goal percentage in
15 of 17 ABA/NBA seasons


• Made the European All-Star Team playng with Bologna
Arimo (1988-89).


• Named to Sporting News’ Top 50 of the first 50 Years of
the NBA

• Named to Athlon’s Top 50 of the first 50 Years of the NBA

• Top of ESPN’s list of “Players Missing From The Hall Of Fame”

• Kentucky Sports Hall Of Fame (inducted with entire Kentucky
Colonels 1975 ABA championship team in 2005)

• Florida Sports Hall Of Fame (1974).