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October 30, 1996 | LON EUBANKS
Former Cal State Fullerton star Leon Wood has been chosen to officiate in the NBA this season. Wood was selected from eight officials who worked exhibition games, filling a vacancy created by a retirement, an NBA spokesman said. Wood, 34, played six years in the NBA.
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February 9, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
Thanks to his insightful and pragmatic mother, Leon Wood always enjoyed a deferential relationship with referees. "When I played, even as a little kid, I never had issues with referees," says Wood, a former Cal State Fullerton All-American and NBA journeyman. "My mom taught me early on to try to get referees to be on my side. She told me, 'If there's a ball that's loose, go get it and hand it to the ref because, you never know, a 50-50 call might go your way just because you're a good guy.'
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November 6, 1987 | Associated Press
Leon Wood, a four-year veteran out of Cal State Fullerton, was waived by the New Jersey Nets Thursday. Wood, who was a Division I All-American as a Titan, played in 76 games for the Nets last season and averaged 7.3 points per game. He set a club mark by hitting 60 three-point field goals. Wood, who was the point guard on the gold medal-winning 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team, was the 10th player chosen in the 1984 NBA draft.
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April 30, 1998 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Jose State has made a second-half charge, pulling as close as four points, and the crowd stuffed into tiny Titan Gym is beginning to wonder if Cal State Fullerton's 24-game home winning streak is about to end. Leon Wood apparently has no such doubts. A half-dozen shoulder feints shake off the two defenders he has been wearing like a sweater most of the game and his length-of-the-court breakaway leads to a short bank shot and a free throw.
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August 19, 1995 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the surface, the scene at the Long Beach Pyramid was a familiar one: Former Cal State Fullerton and NBA player Leon Wood running warm-up laps on the basketball court, getting ready for a summer pro league game. But there were obvious differences. Instead of a team jersey with a number, he wore a gray pullover with blue trim. And a whistle hung from his neck. During this session of recently completed summer games, Wood tried to take steps toward another career change.
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August 2, 1990 | J. A. ADANDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leon Wood sat high in the bleachers at Gersten Pavilion at Loyola Marymount University. He had to wait an hour before he could do his favorite thing, playing basketball, so he settled for his second-favorite thing, watching basketball. A self-confessed "gym rat" since he was 7, Wood is playing in the Summer Pro League, as he has every summer since he finished his first NBA season in 1985. But this time Wood is not merely honing his skills.
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February 7, 1992 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The itch came back last fall, and it had nothing to do with the cast that was rubbing against Leon Wood's foot, ankle and shin. It had plenty to do with the footage from NBA training camps being beamed into Wood's living room, courtesy of ESPN. Wood, the former Cal State Fullerton All-American who played parts of six seasons in the NBA, announced last summer that his playing career was over.
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January 28, 1986 | MIKE PENNER, Times Staff Writer
From the time he was knee-high to a Converse high top, Osie Leon Wood III decided that all he really wanted from this world was a life of hooping it up. All he needed to be happy was a basketball and a clear view of the rim. Teammates and opponents were optional. The search for the perfect jump shot could be carried on quite well in solitude. Best of all, he figured, get good enough at this and they pay you for it. Pay you well, too--in big numbers that even a little kid could appreciate.
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January 21, 1985 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
Kevin Henderson had just made two clutch free throws to give Cal State Fullerton the winning margin in a 73-72 victory over Utah State recently when a fan in Titan Gym turned to a companion and asked, "Where the heck was this guy last year when we needed him?" And, boy, did the Titans need him. Fullerton lost eight games--four in overtime--by one point to finish out of postseason play with a 17-13 record.
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January 20, 1991 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's Tuesday night, and Leon Wood is looking for a basketball game. Not just any basketball game. An NBA game. It's not easy finding one around here. The closest franchise is nearly 500 miles away in Minneapolis. Except for national telecasts on the weekends and box scores in the local paper, Wood is completely isolated from the league he wants so badly to play in again. When he can't find a game on television, Wood goes bar-hopping. He is not out for that wild Rapid City night life.
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February 7, 1998
Bob Boone, Bob Boyd, Steve DeBerg, Debbie Green, Johnnie Johnson, Dan Quisenberry and Leon Wood will bring to 86 the number of inductees into the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame when they are enshrined in ceremonies on April 30. Boone caught a major-league record 2,264 games in his 19-year major league career, seven of which were with the Angels. The six-time Gold Glove Award winner and Villa Park resident is a scout for the Cincinnati Reds.
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November 22, 1997
Now that former Cal State Fullerton basketball player Bruce Bowen is making his mark with the Boston Celtics, we could have an all-time Titan reunion when the Celtics play the Phoenix Suns with Cedric Ceballos if the referee crew includes Leon Wood. JIM HANSEN Lake Forest
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October 30, 1996 | LON EUBANKS
Former Cal State Fullerton star Leon Wood has been chosen to officiate in the NBA this season. Wood was selected from eight officials who worked exhibition games, filling a vacancy created by a retirement, an NBA spokesman said. Wood, 34, played six years in the NBA.
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November 8, 1995 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leon Wood thought it would take three or four years to fulfill his dream to become an NBA referee. But his timetable has been accelerated because of the contract dispute between the referees union and the NBA owners. With the regular referees on strike, Wood became one of the replacement officials used for exhibition games and regular-season games that started last week. "We knew during our training . . . that something like this could happen, so we were prepared for it," Wood said.
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August 19, 1995 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the surface, the scene at the Long Beach Pyramid was a familiar one: Former Cal State Fullerton and NBA player Leon Wood running warm-up laps on the basketball court, getting ready for a summer pro league game. But there were obvious differences. Instead of a team jersey with a number, he wore a gray pullover with blue trim. And a whistle hung from his neck. During this session of recently completed summer games, Wood tried to take steps toward another career change.
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August 10, 1995 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the surface, the scene at the Pyramid was a familiar one: Former Cal State Fullerton and NBA player Leon Wood running warm-up laps on the basketball floor--getting ready for a summer pro league game. But there were obvious differences. Instead of a team jersey with a number, he wore a gray pullover with blue trim. And a whistle hung from his neck. During this session of summer games, Wood hoped to take steps toward another career change.
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January 18, 1991 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's Tuesday night, and Leon Wood is looking for a basketball game. Not just any basketball game. An NBA game. It's not easy finding one around here. The closest franchise is nearly 500 miles away in Minneapolis. Except for national telecasts on the weekends and box scores in the local paper, Wood is completely isolated from the league he wants so badly to play in again. When he can't find a game on the tube, Wood goes bar-hopping. He's not out for that wild Rapid City night life.
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July 28, 1994 | LON EUBANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leon Wood still enjoys coming back to the Summer Pro League each year to play basketball with the latest crop of hot-shooting players emerging from the college ranks. "I can hear them talking on the bench and on the court about me being 'The Man,' the one they want to stop," Wood said, smiling. "I can hear them say things like, 'I want Leon, let me have him.' They're body-checking me and pressuring me on every play.
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