Jack Twyman

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John Kennedy Twyman (born May 11, 1934 in Pittsburgh , † May 30, 2012 in Cincinnati ) was an American basketball player . Between 1955 and 1966 he played in the NBA for the Rochester Royals / Cincinnati Royals team . Twyman was 1.98 m tall and played in the position of small forward . He was the eighth player in NBA history to hit the 15,000 point mark.

On May 2, 1983, Twyman was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame .


Jack Twyman made it to the basketball team at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania only in his senior year . It was only at the University of Cincinnati that he developed his supreme basketball skills and was voted All-American in his senior year.

Twyman was selected in 1955 by the Rochester Royals , who moved to Cincinnati in 1957 and are now the Sacramento Kings, in the 1955 NBA Draft . He was elected to the All-NBA Second Team twice , was an All-Star six times and ended his career as a player with the twenty-most points.

Along with him, the rookie of the year Maurice Stokes, also from Pittsburgh, was selected by the Royals in the NBA draft of the same year. Stokes hit the floor in the last game of the regular season on March 12, 1958 and was briefly passed out. Three days later on his return flight from a play-off game against the Detroit Pistons , his condition worsened, he temporarily fell into a coma and was completely paralyzed due to encephalopathy . Stokes was later able to communicate with Twyman by blinking his eyes and moving within limits.

Because there was no OSH in the NBA at the time, Jack Twyman organized celebrity charity basketball games to pay for Stokes' medical expenses. These annual games were later replaced by golf tournaments for professionals and amateurs. Twyman was also the legal guardian of Stokes and visited him regularly in the hospital until his death from a heart attack in 1970. According to both players, the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award of the National Basketball Association (NBA) , which has been presented annually since 2013, is for selfless play, exemplary behavior as a mentor on and off the field, as well as commitment and dedication to the team and the team Teammates named.

After his active career, Jack Twyman worked as a commentator for the ABC .

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  1. Former NBA star Jack Twyman dies at 78 ( Memento from June 3, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), English , accessed on May 31, 2012
  2. ^ Bob Carter: Stokes' life a tale of tragedy and friendship. On the ESPN website; Burbank, CA, undated. Retrieved August 25, 2018 (in English).