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June 3, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
LeRoy Ellis, 72, a first-round draft pick of the Lakers in 1962 who was the backup center to Wilt Chamberlin on the 1971-72 NBA championship team, died Saturday in Portland, Ore., after battling cancer. Ellis, a 6-foot-10 forward/center, played 14 seasons in the NBA and averaged 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds. A New York City native, he played college basketball at St. John's University. The Lakers chose him with the sixth pick of the 1962 draft and he played four seasons in Los Angeles before being traded to Baltimore.
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June 4, 2012
LEROY ELLIS Ex-Laker backed up Wilt Chamberlin on 1971-72 title team LeRoy Ellis, 72, a first-round draft pick of the Lakers in 1962 who was the backup center to Wilt Chamberlin on the 1971-72 NBA championship team, died Saturday in Portland, Ore., after battling cancer. Ellis, a 6-foot-10 forward/center, played 14 seasons in the NBA and averaged 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds. A New York City native, he played college basketball at St. John's University.
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September 21, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
LeRoy Ellis once blocked Wilt Chamberlain's shot. "I was sorry I did and would never do it again," the former Lakers center says, laughing. "He must have dunked on me the next five times down. He just went bang, bang, bang. "I said to myself, 'Dang, you should have let a sleeping giant lie,' because he just went to town on me." For the affable Ellis, this qualifies as a sweet memory. Cancer has ravaged his body. "It's kind of a terminal deal," the father of five says from his home in Columbia City, Ore., about 30 miles north of Portland.
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June 3, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
LeRoy Ellis, 72, a first-round draft pick of the Lakers in 1962 who was the backup center to Wilt Chamberlin on the 1971-72 NBA championship team, died Saturday in Portland, Ore., after battling cancer. Ellis, a 6-foot-10 forward/center, played 14 seasons in the NBA and averaged 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds. A New York City native, he played college basketball at St. John's University. The Lakers chose him with the sixth pick of the 1962 draft and he played four seasons in Los Angeles before being traded to Baltimore.
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July 15, 1986
LeRoy Ellis Jr., son of former Laker center LeRoy Ellis, has transferred from the University of Pacific to Orange Coast College. Ellis, 6-feet 8-inches and 220 pounds, played in only 13 games during his freshman season at Pacific. As a senior at Parkrose High in Portland, he averaged 23.4 points, 12.3 rebounds and 6 blocked shots per game. Ellis' younger brother, LeRon, will be a senior at Mater Dei this season.
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August 19, 1986
LeRoy Ellis Jr., who earlier this summer said he was leaving the University of the Pacific to play basketball at Orange Coast College, changed his mind and will attend Columbia Christian College in Portland, Ore., OCC announced. Ellis, a 6-foot 7-inch sophomore, saw little playing time at Pacific last season. He will receive a full scholarship at Columbia Christian, an NAIA school.
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September 26, 2009
I usually skip over the negativity on Page 2/3, but Jerry Crowe's article on LeRoy Ellis on Sept. 21 was a gem. Positive, interesting and entertaining, with a different view and rare insight into the pleasant persona of an athlete beyond the hardwood. Pure class, best wishes to LeRoy, and kudos to Crowe. I will buy a paper with this style of writing every day. Carey Miller Irvine
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December 23, 1990 | From Staff and Wire Reports
George Hicker, a Sherman Oaks businessman, disputed a Syracuse Post-Standard story that said he had hired former Laker LeRoy Ellis at the time Ellis' son LeRon decided to transfer from Kentucky to Syracuse, Hicker's alma mater. Ellis was hired through an employment agency in November 1988, said Hicker, though he could not go on the payroll of the Hicker Co., Inc., which does business as the Cardinal Co., until passing a state test to get his real estate license.
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September 16, 1986 | TOM HAMILTON
LeRon Ellis, a 6-foot 10-inch senior center from Santa Ana Mater Dei High School, announced Monday that he will attend the University of Kentucky. Ellis narrowed his choices to St. John's, Georgetown, Syracuse, USC and Kentucky before choosing the Wildcats. He made a recruiting trip to Lexington over the weekend and informed the Wildcat coaching staff of his decision Sunday night. The first day a prep player can sign a national letter of intent is Nov. 12.
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September 16, 1986 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
LeRon Ellis, a 6-foot 10-inch senior center from Mater Dei High School, announced Monday that he will attend the University of Kentucky next season. Ellis narrowed his choices to St. John's, Georgetown, Syracuse, USC and Kentucky before choosing the Wildcats. He made a recruiting trip to Lexington last weekend and then informed the Kentucky coaching staff of his decision on Sunday night. Nov. 12 is the first day a high school player can sign a national letter of intent.
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September 26, 2009
I usually skip over the negativity on Page 2/3, but Jerry Crowe's article on LeRoy Ellis on Sept. 21 was a gem. Positive, interesting and entertaining, with a different view and rare insight into the pleasant persona of an athlete beyond the hardwood. Pure class, best wishes to LeRoy, and kudos to Crowe. I will buy a paper with this style of writing every day. Carey Miller Irvine
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September 21, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
LeRoy Ellis once blocked Wilt Chamberlain's shot. "I was sorry I did and would never do it again," the former Lakers center says, laughing. "He must have dunked on me the next five times down. He just went bang, bang, bang. "I said to myself, 'Dang, you should have let a sleeping giant lie,' because he just went to town on me." For the affable Ellis, this qualifies as a sweet memory. Cancer has ravaged his body. "It's kind of a terminal deal," the father of five says from his home in Columbia City, Ore., about 30 miles north of Portland.
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December 23, 1990 | From Staff and Wire Reports
George Hicker, a Sherman Oaks businessman, disputed a Syracuse Post-Standard story that said he had hired former Laker LeRoy Ellis at the time Ellis' son LeRon decided to transfer from Kentucky to Syracuse, Hicker's alma mater. Ellis was hired through an employment agency in November 1988, said Hicker, though he could not go on the payroll of the Hicker Co., Inc., which does business as the Cardinal Co., until passing a state test to get his real estate license.
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December 21, 1990 | From Associated Press
Syracuse officials were mum today on alleged improprieties in the school's basketball program as a newspaper questioned the recruitment of LeRon Ellis, the team's starting center, and former center George Papadakos.
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May 23, 1989 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, Times Staff Writer
Ending months of speculation, LeRon Ellis said Monday he is leaving the University of Kentucky to seek his basketball fortunes elsewhere. Ellis, the 6-foot-10 sophomore center who led Mater Dei High School to two Southern Section 5-A championships and a state title, announced his decision at a hastily called news conference in Lexington, Ky. His decision comes as a result of Friday's announcement by the National Collegiate Athletic Assn....
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March 3, 1987 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
In one corner, at 6 feet 11 inches, bound for the University of Kentucky, wearing the red shorts, braces and the tradition of the family name, the great athlete from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana . . . LeRon Ellis. In the other, at 6-10, heading for Maryland, his fourth school in four years, blocking shots wherever he goes, a dominating defensive player from St. Monica of Santa Monica . . . Brian Williams.
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December 21, 1990 | From Associated Press
Syracuse officials were mum today on alleged improprieties in the school's basketball program as a newspaper questioned the recruitment of LeRon Ellis, the team's starting center, and former center George Papadakos.
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May 23, 1989 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, Times Staff Writer
Ending months of speculation, LeRon Ellis said Monday he is leaving the University of Kentucky to seek his basketball fortunes elsewhere. Ellis, the 6-foot-10 sophomore center who led Mater Dei High School to two Southern Section 5-A championships and a state title, announced his decision at a hastily called news conference in Lexington, Ky. His decision comes as a result of Friday's announcement by the National Collegiate Athletic Assn....
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September 16, 1986 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
LeRon Ellis, a 6-foot 10-inch senior center from Mater Dei High School, announced Monday that he will attend the University of Kentucky next season. Ellis narrowed his choices to St. John's, Georgetown, Syracuse, USC and Kentucky before choosing the Wildcats. He made a recruiting trip to Lexington last weekend and then informed the Kentucky coaching staff of his decision on Sunday night. Nov. 12 is the first day a high school player can sign a national letter of intent.
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September 16, 1986 | TOM HAMILTON
LeRon Ellis, a 6-foot 10-inch senior center from Santa Ana Mater Dei High School, announced Monday that he will attend the University of Kentucky. Ellis narrowed his choices to St. John's, Georgetown, Syracuse, USC and Kentucky before choosing the Wildcats. He made a recruiting trip to Lexington over the weekend and informed the Wildcat coaching staff of his decision Sunday night. The first day a prep player can sign a national letter of intent is Nov. 12.
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