When the leagues merged following the '75-76 season, Dampier was taken by San Antonio in the first round of the dispersal draft. Dampier was selected by the San Antonio Spurs (one of the four teams to join the NBA in the ABA–NBA merger) in the 1976 ABA Dispersal Draft. During his three years at Kentucky (at the time, freshmen were ineligible to play varsity sports), Dampier was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Southeastern Conference selection. During his second and third seasons with the Colonels, Dampier had led the league in 3-point attempts and makes, connecting on 199 of 552 shots in 1968-69 and 198 of 548 in 1969-70. “I wasn’t just a shooter, but that’s what kept me in the game so long.”. “You had to pay attention to Artis (Gilmore) and (Dan) Issel, so you had to pick your poison. “I became more serious and introverted, not as fun-loving,” he said.

Prior to moving to Denver, Dampier owned Dampier Distributing, an audio-visual company, from 1983 to '98 in LaGrange, Ky. A happy-go-lucky kid before their deaths, Dampier said losing his parents at such an early age changed him. NBA Privacy Center | How, on April 9, 1978, going into the team’s final regular-season game in New Orleans, Gervin needed 59 points to overcome Denver’s David Thompson for the crown. He could always hit shots. “He could really shoot the lights out, man,” said George “Iceman” Gervin, his teammate for three seasons in San Antonio. Joining Dampier on that squad were Hall of Famer Dan Issel and future NBA star Artis Gilmore. Dampier was able to survive — indeed thrive — despite his size.

Former NBA player Spencer Haywood (from left) former college coach George Raveling, Kentucky coach John Calipari, NBA referee Dick Bavetta, former ABA player Louie Dampier, former NBA player Dikembe Mutumbo and former NBA player Jo Jo White stand on stage during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2015 announcement in Indianapolis. In this article we will share the Life and Career of Louie Dampier who some believe is the greatest University of Kentucky Guard in history. Longtime Spurs fans — especially the Baby Boomers — know the story of how Gervin won his first of four NBA scoring titles with the Spurs. He also finished first all-time in the ABA in games played (728), minutes played (27,770), points scored (13,726), and assists (4,044). But Gervin wasn’t the only Spur to achieve a milestone that night. Kentucky, which was coached by Hubie Brown, captured the ABA Championship in '75, defeating Indiana, 4-1. Copyright © 2020 NBA Media Ventures, LLC. He would come off the bench and hit shots. Louie Dampier of the San Antonio Spurs rests on the bench during a game in 1976. “He was a great shooter, one of the best shooters we ever had,” Bass recalled. After retiring, Dampier was an assistant coach for 3½ years under Issel with another former ABA team, the Denver Nuggets. At 6-foot, 170 pounds, Louie Dampier wasn’t going to intimidate anyone. Has covered numerous world title fights over the years in Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles. Dampier never averaged more than 9.1 points per game in his three seasons with the Spurs, mostly as a backup. Drafted by the Cincinnati Royals (now Sacramento Kings) in the 1967 NBA draft, Dampier instead signed with Kentucky of the fledgling ABA. “I think I hit my first shot, then we started feeding Ice again. His second and third seasons in the ABA with Kentucky were his best, with averages of 24.8 and 26.0 points a game, respectively. Louis Dampier (born November 20, 1944) is an American retired professional basketball player. Dampier was a seven-time ABA All-Star during his nine-year career in the American Basketball Association. The Colonels won the ABA championship in 1974-75, with Dampier averaging 16.8 points a game during the regular season and 16.9 during the playoff run. Moved to San Antonio in 1979. Native of South Bend, Ind., graduated from Indiana University in 1977 with a degree in journalism. After a year on the sports copy desk, became a reporter covering the Iguanas hockey team.

Dampier scored his 15,000th point early in the game. And Louie Dampier, 6-0, 165 pounds, was heartbroken. “He’d come down and stop on that 3-point line and if you didn’t guard him, he’d bury it. A native of Southport, Ind., Dampier was named to the All-ABA Second Team four times (1967-68, '68-69, '69-70, and '73-74) and earned All-Rookie Team honors in '68.

“I told her they weren’t booing. “Doug Moe said he wanted Ice to be the only one to shoot the ball, but that when I came in I could shoot until I got my 15,000th point,” Dampier said. it will apply to data controlled jointly by the NBA and WarnerMedia as well as other data controlled by WarnerMedia.

He played nine seasons with the Colonels of the ABA, where he was a seven-time all-star and finished as the league’s all-time leader in points (13,726), 3-pointers (794), assists (4,044) and games played (728).

He and his wife, Judy, have four children: Danielle, Nick, Rob, and Jay. A 6-foot-tall guard, Dampier is one of only a handful of men to play all nine seasons in the American Basketball Association (ABA) (1967–1976), all with the Kentucky Colonels. “With his size having played forward for so long, George was good inside and out. A member of the '65-66 team nicknamed "Rupp's Runts," which played in the NCAA Finals, he shared team MVP honors in '66 and '67 with Pat Riley. In 1975, Dampier teamed with Hall of Fame players Artis Gilmore and Dan Issel to lead the Kentucky Colonels to the ABA Championship. The feared marksman of the 1960s and … The photo, half a century old, still tells a story of a teenage orphan, a basketball superstar, who by 18 had lost his mother and his father. Although known as a run-and-gun league, the ABA was still getting used to the idea of a 3-point line. Dampier, 54, was one of the most prolific shooters in American Basketball Association annals and holds several league career and single-season records. If you double-teamed those guys, they’d throw it out to Louie and he’d hit the open shot.”, Gervin called Dampier “a great teammate, a mild-mannered, humble guy.”, “He could play,” Dietrick said. Not a 30-point night or a game-winning shot, but his defensive effort against the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1978-79 Eastern Conference semifinals. He was a really good guy to have in the locker room, too.”. Several divisions in the 21st century semi-pro ABA were initially named after stars of the old ABA, including Dampier. An All-American at the University of Kentucky from 1964-67, Dampier was a first-round pick by the Colonels in the inaugural ABA Draft in '68; he was also selected 38th overall by the Cincinnati Royals in the NBA Draft that same year. It didn’t bother me.”.

Was he the greates guard in He said he hasn’t been back to San Antonio since 1992 when he played in the Spurs Reunion Classic old-timers game at HemisFair Arena.

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With the Colonels, Dampier played with the likes of Dan Issel, Darel Carrier and two future Spurs — Artis Gilmore and Mike Gale. “I was comfortable with it. “I think I shot a better percentage without it because I didn’t take so many long shots,” he said, adding that not having the 3-point line with the Spurs “was something I adjusted to.