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Layups: R.I.P. Randy Smith

Posted by Neil Paine on June 5, 2009

Some unfortunate league-related news today: 13-year NBA veteran and former league ironman Randy Smith passed away Thursday at the age of 60.

Smith, a 6'3" guard who played in 906 consecutive games from 1972 to 1983 (an NBA record until A.C. Green broke the mark in 1997), was a 2-time All-Star and MVP of the 1978 midseason classic, in addition to being named 2nd-team All-NBA in 1976 (the same year he finished 9th in the league in Win Shares). Along with Bob McAdoo, he was the face of the old Buffalo Braves in the 1970s, before they became the Clippers. To be honest, the league could use a few more tough little guys like Smith nowadays. May he rest in peace.

UPDATE: Kevin Arnovitz has a really good post about Smith over at TrueHoop.

One Response to “Layups: R.I.P. Randy Smith”

  1. Chester Says:

    Nice words about Randy Smith, perhpaps one of the most overlooked players in NBA history. There's a great book out centering on the Buffalo Braves and Smith entitled "Buffalo, Home of the Braves".