Bud Palmer

Sep 14, 1921 - Mar 19, 2013

John Shove "Bud" Palmer was an American professional basketball player. He was a member of the New York Knicks during the team's first three seasons in the Basketball Association of America, and was the leading scorer in the team's inaugural 1946–47 season. Palmer is considered to be one of the inventors of the jump shot.
Born in Hollywood, California, Palmer was the son of football player and actor Maurice Bennett "Lefty" Flynn and singer Blanche Palmer. He was nicknamed "Bud" due to being the budding image of his father; Palmer relinquished his father's surname from his own name when his parents divorced. Palmer was 5 ft 4 in when he started playing basketball at Hun School of Princeton, and started using the jump shot to compensate for his height. He grew a foot taller to 6 ft 4 in by the time he began playing college basketball at Princeton University, and played for three seasons before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
After his NBA career ended, Palmer went on to have a successful career as a sportscaster. He was Chief of Protocol and Official Greeter for the City of New York for seven years during John Lindsay's administration.
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