On this day in Boston Celtics history, former Boston Celtics big man Artis Gilmore was born in the small southern town of Chipley, Florida in 1941. A product of Jacksonville University (who he helped carry to an NCAA title game vs. the University of California Los Angeles in 1970), Gilmore would begin his career by playing professionally in the American Basketball Association (ABA – a competing league until it merged with the NBA in 1976).
After his time in the ABA with the Kentucky Colonels, he would be drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the first overall pick of the ABA dispersal draft.
This was held in 1976 to re-roster players of that league on teams that did not join the NBA in the merger, the Colonels being among them.
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