Bob Boozer, Former N.B.A. and Olympic Player, Dies at 75
The cause was a brain aneurysm, said Ella Boozer, his wife of 46 years.
Boozer, a 6-foot-8 forward, was a two-time all-American at Kansas State in 1958 and 1959 and was drafted No. 1 over all by the Cincinnati Royals. He retired after helping the Milwaukee Bucks win the 1971 N.B.A. championship.
He played with Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas on the gold-medal-winning 1960 Olympic team and went on to average 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds for six professional teams, including the Knicks.
Boozer and his teammates on the Olympic team were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. The squad won eight games by an average of 42.4 points, and 10 members played in the N.B.A.
Born and raised in Omaha, Boozer blossomed into a three-time all-conference pick at Kansas State. He led the Wildcats to the N.C.A.A. Final Four as a junior; as a senior, he helped them to a No. 1 ranking in the final regular-season poll.
He delayed entering the N.B.A. for a year so he could retain his amateur status for the Olympics. He averaged 6.8 points for the American team, which beat Brazil, 90-63, for the gold medal in Rome.
The Chicago Bulls selected Boozer in the 1966 expansion draft, and he averaged 20.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in three seasons with the team. He made his only All-Star appearance in 1968 while with the Bulls. He played with Robertson and Lew Alcindor (who later took the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) while winning the 1971 title with the Bucks.
He returned to Omaha after his playing days and worked as a telephone company executive. He was appointed to the Nebraska Parole Board in the 1990s and volunteered at Boys Town, a home for troubled youth.