Artis Gilmore is a retired American Hall of Fame basketball player who played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA). Artis was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on August 12, 2011. A star center during his two collegiate years at Jacksonville University, in Jacksonville, Florida, Gilmore led the Dolphins to the NCAA Division I championship game in 1970, where his team was beaten 80-69 by the UCLA Bruins. Gilmore remains the top player in rebounds per game in the history of NCAA Division I basketball.
Gilmore followed 5 All-Star seasons with the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA by becoming the 1st overall pick of the 1976 NBA dispersal draft, which was held after the ABA was disbanded, as four teams transferred to the NBA. In Gilmore's complete pro basketball career, he was an eleven-time All-Star, the ABA Rookie of the Year, and an ABA MVP, and he remains the NBA career leader for field goal percentage.
Nicknamed "The A-Train", the 7' 2" (2.18 m) Gilmore once played in 670 consecutive games.
Recently at a Anti-Bully Boot Camp the hall of fame basketball star told kids about how he was bullied when we was younger. Gilmore said " I wasn't always this size growing up and I got bullied too. Kids from my school would rush outside and hide beside the road where he had to walk by to get home from school. They would get bottles and bricks and throw them at me and sometimes grab me and jump me from behind. I had to run very fast several times to get away from these bullies and because of my experience I want to teach kids how they should deal with bullying. Do not think about telling a parent or teacher about bullying as being a tattletale. We need to all work together and make sure that we understand the bullying is still happening and how we can beat it if we just come together and help each other."
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