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Keith Erickson

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameKeith Raymond•Erickson
Used nameKeith•Erickson
Born19 April 1944 in San Francisco, California (USA)
Measurements196 cm / 86 kg
AffiliationsUCLA Bruins, Los Angeles (USA) / Long Beach Century Club, Long Beach (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Keith Erickson played volleyball at UCLA, helping them win NCAA titles in 1964 and 1965. He is much better remembered for having played basketball at UCLA under legendary coach John Wooden. Erickson played on Wooden’s teams that won NCAA basketball championships in 1964 and 1965. He was then drafted by the NBA, and played for 12 years, through 1977 for the San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 9.5 pts and 4.5 rebounds in his career, in which he played in 766 NBA games. John Wooden once remarked that Erickson was the best athlete he had coached, and he was known for playing the backstop position on the feared UCLA zone press. After his playing days ended, Erickson became a broadcaster, serving as a color commentator for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and for the NBA on CBS.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Summer Olympics Volleyball (Volleyball) USA Keith Erickson
Volleyball, Men (Olympic) United States 9