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Artis Gilmore is a ‘Florida Icon'

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Artis Gilmore is a ‘Florida Icon'

Member, NBA Hall of Fame; special assistant to the president, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville; age 66

Art Levy | 4/27/2016

Artis Gilmore talks about growing up in segregated Chipley, Florida; playing pro ball for 18 years; how he counsels his students and his own children; what life is like when you are 7' 2" tall. One quote: "Having the proper equipment, that was a problem, like having shoes to play basketball in. Even a pair of sneakers that probably cost a dollar and half, that wasn’t in the budget. In high school, I played in a pair of shoes that had a rubber strip across the top and flat bottoms. The sides would start ripping, and you’d put some cardboard in there, and you tried to play."

 

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