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March 3, 1992 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The assistant coach known as Big Hank--Olden Polynice doesn't remember his last name--came up with the nickname. Polynice was 16 and playing for a New York City summer-league team known as Riverside Church. Kenny Smith, now with the Houston Rockets, and Bruce Dalrymple, who later went to Georgia Tech, were teammates. Polynice was a 6-foot-8 center whose defense at times was so weak that he regularly got dunked on and elbowed in the face. So Big Hank labeled him the Gentle Giant.
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March 3, 1992 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The assistant coach known as Big Hank--Olden Polynice doesn't remember his last name--came up with the nickname. Polynice was 16 and playing for a New York City summer-league team known as Riverside Church. Kenny Smith, now with the Houston Rockets, and Bruce Dalrymple, who later went to Georgia Tech, were teammates. Polynice was a 6-foot-8 center whose defense at times was so weak that he regularly got dunked on and elbowed in the face. So Big Hank labeled him the Gentle Giant.
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