Jim Pollard was a professional basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association. He played for the then-Minneapolis Lakers. He later went on to coach the Lakers, Chicago Packers, and the Miami Floridians of the American Basketball Association.

Player Profile and High School and College Career

James Clifford Pollard was born on July 9, 1922, in Oakland, California in the United States. He died on January 22, 1993, in Stockton, California. He stood 193 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 84 kg. He played small forward.

He attended and played high school basketball for the Oakland Technical High School. For college, he attended Stanford University, recruited by Hank Luisetti. He played under Coach Everett Dean. At the start of World War II, he joined the US Coast Guard. There, he played for the Coast Guard basketball team. He finished his education at the University of Minnesota in 1954.

Position Small Forward
Height / weight 1.93 m / 84 kg
Born 9 Jul 1922
Died 22 Jan 1993 (70 years)
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname Jim
Team History
Minneapolis Lakers Minneapolis Lakers 1947 - 1955


Before playing professionally, he started with the Amateur Athletic Union for the Oakland Bittners. He later joined the Minneapolis Lakers of the then-National Basketball League. He played for the team from 1947 to 1955.

He was nicknamed the “Kangaroo Kid” for his ability to leap. He was one of the few players in this era that could jump high when playing. While in the NBA, he was named an NBA All-Star four times and he was an NBA Champion five times over.

After he retired, he immediately started coaching and became the head coach of La Salle University in Philadelphia. He later coached the Lakers in the NBA then moved on to coach the Chicago Packers and the Miami Floridians. He also coached for Florida Atlantic University.

Career Highlights

  • 1949, 1950, 1952–1954 - NBA champion
  • 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955 - NBAAll-Star
  • 1949, 1950 - All-NBA First Team
  • 1952, 1954 - All-NBA Second Team
  • 1948 - NBL champion
  • 1948 - All-NBL First Team
  • 1942 - NCAA champion
  • 1942 - First-team All-American –Helms
  • 1942 - First-team All-PCC
  • Basketball Hall of Fame

  • College Basketball Hall of Fame -Inducted in 2006

Team History:

As Coach:

  • 1955–1958 - La Salle
  • 1960 - Minneapolis Lakers
  • 1961–1962 - Chicago Packers
  • 1967–1969 - Minnesota Muskies /Miami Floridians
  • 1970–1972 - Florida Atlantic

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