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You gotta love it baby!
You gotta love it baby!
Published: 2015/03/28
Channel: Warren Ayala
"Hot" Rod Hundley - A Mountaineer Immortal
"Hot" Rod Hundley - A Mountaineer Immortal
Published: 2015/03/28
Channel: WVUsports
"Hot" Rod Hundley NBA Highlights 1957-1963 - Minneapolis Lakers
"Hot" Rod Hundley NBA Highlights 1957-1963 - Minneapolis Lakers
Published: 2015/08/22
Channel: AZDigitalTransfers
Magic at Jazz Nov 12th 2001
Magic at Jazz Nov 12th 2001
Published: 2013/03/08
Channel: joe anderson
Karl Malone/Rod Hundley Postgame Interview (May 6, 1988)
Karl Malone/Rod Hundley Postgame Interview (May 6, 1988)
Published: 2015/09/02
Channel: Retro Basketball Highlights
One More Shot! Hot Rod Hundley #33 retirement ceremony
One More Shot! Hot Rod Hundley #33 retirement ceremony
Published: 2015/03/28
Channel: WVUsports
The Life and Times of Hot Rod Hundley
The Life and Times of Hot Rod Hundley
Published: 2015/03/30
Channel: Utah Jazz
John Stockton Game-Winning Layup vs. The Bulls
John Stockton Game-Winning Layup vs. The Bulls
Published: 2010/06/09
Channel: ALLTHATJAZZB
Hot Rod Hundley Retirement Ceremony Part 1
Hot Rod Hundley Retirement Ceremony Part 1
Published: 2010/01/31
Channel: memoismoney
2011/09/06 Hundley goes into photo well
2011/09/06 Hundley goes into photo well
Published: 2011/09/07
Channel: MLBGlobal11
Utah Jazz honor legendary broadcaster "Hot Rod" Hundley
Utah Jazz honor legendary broadcaster "Hot Rod" Hundley
Published: 2015/03/29
Channel: cehuginnDmail
Hot Rod Hundley Statue Ceremony
Hot Rod Hundley Statue Ceremony
Published: 2016/02/20
Channel: WVUsports
NBA Team Williams Ft. Buck Deron Gus Hot-Rod Jason Williams
NBA Team Williams Ft. Buck Deron Gus Hot-Rod Jason Williams
Published: 2012/09/04
Channel: JasonWilliamsMixs
Hot Rod Hundley talks about being a Laker, and how he hates the Celtics
Hot Rod Hundley talks about being a Laker, and how he hates the Celtics
Published: 2014/06/12
Channel: Run The Triangle
Tribute to Hot Rod Hundley
Tribute to Hot Rod Hundley
Published: 2015/04/02
Channel: Johnny Revill
Hot Rod Hundley: The Old Magician
Hot Rod Hundley: The Old Magician
Published: 2015/03/28
Channel: WVUsports
Hot Rod Hundley Video Slideshow
Hot Rod Hundley Video Slideshow
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: sdhummer
Hot Rod Hundley: The Old Magician
Hot Rod Hundley: The Old Magician
Published: 2011/05/09
Channel: ostienprivate
Hot Rod Hundley Retirement Ceremony Part 2
Hot Rod Hundley Retirement Ceremony Part 2
Published: 2010/02/01
Channel: memoismoney
Rod Hundley ● A Simple Tribute
Rod Hundley ● A Simple Tribute
Published: 2015/03/28
Channel: Rest in Peace
Mark Eaton (16pts/13rebs/10blks) vs. Bulls (1986)
Mark Eaton (16pts/13rebs/10blks) vs. Bulls (1986)
Published: 2016/01/22
Channel: LamarMatic
Hot Rod Hundley
Hot Rod Hundley's jersey retirement, Jan. 23, 2010
Published: 2015/03/28
Channel: GFCoyle
Hot Rod Hundley - Jersey Retired
Hot Rod Hundley - Jersey Retired
Published: 2010/01/24
Channel: serk1one
Hot Rod-PW
Hot Rod-PW
Published: 2015/04/27
Channel: Red Alert813
Hansen to Stockton circa 1987
Hansen to Stockton circa 1987
Published: 2011/02/12
Channel: stonecody47
Hot Rod Hundley Interviews NBA Commisioner and Bob Hope 1981 ASG
Hot Rod Hundley Interviews NBA Commisioner and Bob Hope 1981 ASG
Published: 2011/09/29
Channel: memoismoney
Hot Rod Hundley number is retired
Hot Rod Hundley number is retired
Published: 2010/01/24
Channel: Jerry Dickens
Hot Rod Hundley Video Slideshow
Hot Rod Hundley Video Slideshow
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: sdhummer
Hot Rod Hundley Anniversary spot
Hot Rod Hundley Anniversary spot
Published: 2010/06/09
Channel: bgcgsl
United, They Are Legends
United, They Are Legends
Published: 2010/01/14
Channel: Pikewood Creative
Jazz vs Kings -
Jazz vs Kings - '99 1st Rnd - Gm 4 - Postgame - 5/14/99 (original broadcast)
Published: 2011/07/13
Channel: JazzBasketball1
Stockton to Malone Hammer Dunk vs Atlanta - 3/5/01
Stockton to Malone Hammer Dunk vs Atlanta - 3/5/01
Published: 2011/12/28
Channel: JazzBasketball1
Hot Rod Hundley WVU retires #33
Hot Rod Hundley WVU retires #33
Published: 2010/01/23
Channel: MorgantownWV1
Hot Rod Hundley Interviews Oscar Robertson NBA-ABA All Star Game 1972
Hot Rod Hundley Interviews Oscar Robertson NBA-ABA All Star Game 1972
Published: 2012/05/22
Channel: memoismoney
The Arrival of Elgin Baylor and Jerry West
The Arrival of Elgin Baylor and Jerry West
Published: 2008/06/23
Channel: ginoongkamote
Hot Rod Hundley walks the WVU carpet.MPG
Hot Rod Hundley walks the WVU carpet.MPG
Published: 2010/01/23
Channel: MorgantownWV1
hot rod hundley
hot rod hundley
Published: 2010/01/25
Channel: hangoverstu69
Indiana State
Indiana State's Larry Bird on Playing in All-Star Game (1979)
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: LamarMatic
In your face, Brad Lohaus!
In your face, Brad Lohaus!
Published: 2013/10/01
Channel: KSL Sports
Remembering Lt. Col Robert Hite and Doolittle’s Raiders, Hot Rod Hundley, Gary Dahl, Misao Okawa
Remembering Lt. Col Robert Hite and Doolittle’s Raiders, Hot Rod Hundley, Gary Dahl, Misao Okawa
Published: 2015/04/21
Channel: Rememberingthepassed
Hot Rod Hundley Boys Girls Clubs Greater Salt Lake
Hot Rod Hundley Boys Girls Clubs Greater Salt Lake
Published: 2013/07/05
Channel: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake
Hot Rod at his best  WVU
Hot Rod at his best WVU
Published: 2011/09/06
Channel: alove2ski
Jason "Hot Rod" Hundley
Jason "Hot Rod" Hundley '02 Honda CBR 954 RR BurnOut
Published: 2007/01/08
Channel: guidodapimpvideos
Former Tulane/NBA player John
Former Tulane/NBA player John 'Hot Rod' Williams - July 24, 2015
Published: 2015/07/24
Channel: sportsNOLA
Low Book Sales Hot Rod Hundley Bobblehead - Auto Financing
Low Book Sales Hot Rod Hundley Bobblehead - Auto Financing
Published: 2013/12/06
Channel: lowbooksales
Rod Hundley
Rod Hundley
Published: 2013/07/26
Channel: fwstream54
Heroes 2013-14
Heroes 2013-14
Published: 2013/05/30
Channel: ScienceMsMuehl
Kobe-  fake jumper that wouldn
Kobe- fake jumper that wouldn't go....
Published: 2009/04/28
Channel: Nancy Mahler
Hot Rod Call iMovie
Hot Rod Call iMovie
Published: 2014/02/01
Channel: sdhummer
Low Book Sales Hot Rod Hundley Bobblehead - Car Financing No matter where you buy it.
Low Book Sales Hot Rod Hundley Bobblehead - Car Financing No matter where you buy it.
Published: 2013/12/06
Channel: lowbooksales
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Hot Rod Hundley
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Personal information
Born (1934-10-26)October 26, 1934
Charleston, West Virginia
Died March 27, 2015(2015-03-27) (aged 80)
Phoenix, Arizona
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Charleston
(Charleston, West Virginia)
College West Virginia (1954–1957)
NBA draft 1957 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Cincinnati Royals
Playing career 1957–1963
Position Guard
Number 33
Career history
19571963 Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,625 (8.4 ppg)
Rebounds 1,420 (3.3 rpg)
Assists 1,455 (3.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Rodney Clark "Hot Rod" Hundley (October 26, 1934 – March 27, 2015) was an American professional basketball player and television broadcaster. Hundley's life revolved around the game of basketball. His love and talent for the game led him to achieve honors in high school and most notably during his college years. At West Virginia University, Hundley played to packed crowds at the Old Field House. His dribbling antics and daredevil maneuvers on the floor led to his popular nickname, "Hot Rod". He later became known as a broadcaster for the Utah Jazz.

A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Hundley showed evident talent for the game during his youth. At Charleston High School in West Virginia he averaged 30 points per game, breaking the state's four-year scoring record in just three years. He was offered many scholarships to universities.

College basketball career[edit]

Hundley played for WVU from 1954 to 1957. The Mountaineers made their first NCAA appearance and three total appearances between 1955 and 1957. During his junior year, Hundley averaged 26.6 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. He scored more than 40 points in a game six times, which led to the Mountaineers scoring over 100 points in nine games. The Mountaineers were ranked No. 20 in the nation in 1955 and No. 4 in 1956. Hundley holds a varsity school record with 54 points in a single game against Furman and holds a freshmen team record of 62 points against Ohio University.

Sophomore season[edit]

As a sophomore in 1955, Hundley averaged 23.7 points per game and 8.1 rebounds in 30 games, 27 of which he started. Hundley scored 24 points against Wake Forest, then followed up with 30 against Alabama. He then scored another 47 points against Wake Forest two games later. He then followed up with 24 points against Cornell then 38 points against NYU. Two games later, he scored 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Carnegie Tech. He then followed up three games later with 30 points against VMI. He then had 17 points against Virginia Tech and 25 points with 11 rebounds against Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl. He then had 35 points in a loss to Duke. He then had 21 against Penn State, 28 against Washington & Lee, 23 against William & Mary, and 35 points with 13 rebounds against Pitt. He followed the five-game stretch with 39 points and 10 rebounds against George Washington, then 25 points and 7 rebounds against Rutgers. He then had 27 points and 9 rebounds against VMI, 27 points and 12 rebounds against Washington & Lee, and then 30 points and 12 rebounds against George Washington.

In the Southern Conference tournament, Hundley had the opportunity to set the tournament scoring record with two free throws in the final seconds of a game against George Washington with the Mountaineers already having the game won. However, Hundley shot a hook shot and a behind-the-back shot that both resulted in air balls.[1]

Junior season[edit]

Hundley from The 1955 Monticola

As a junior in 1956, Hundley set a career-high with 26.6 points & 13.1 rebounds per game. Hundley's first six games of the season had scores of 34 points, 20 points, 27 points, 40 points, 20 points, and 21 points. He then had games of 23 points and 29 points against Columbia and Washington & Lee. He followed up with 17 points & 9 rebounds against Villanova, 25 points & 10 rebounds against La Salle, then a career-game of 24 points, 26 rebounds & 9 assists against VMI. He then had 28 points against Carnegie Tech and 29 points, 5 rebounds & 4 assists against Penn State. He followed it up with 29 points against Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl, 35 points & 6 rebounds against Furman, 28 points against VMI, and then 25 points & 24 rebounds against Richmond. He followed up with 25 points against Penn State and 28 points, 13 rebounds & 7 assists against Virginia Tech. He continued with 38 points against William & Mary, 40 points & 13 rebounds against St. John's, 31 points & 13 rebounds against William & Mary, and then 40 points & 7 rebounds against Pitt. He then had a season-high 42 points & 9 rebounds against Furman, then 26 points against Richmond.

Senior season[edit]

In his final collegiate season, in 1957, Hundley averaged 23.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. He began his senior season with 23 points and 9 rebounds in the first game, 25 points and 13 rebounds in the second game, and 28 points and 12 rebounds in the third game of the season. In the next contest against Penn State, Hundley scored 17 points and totaled 16 rebounds. He then had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the 83-82 upset over the Duke Blue Devils. He then had consecutive games of 24 points, the first with 9 rebounds and the second with 12. In the January 5 game against Furman, Hundley scored a career-high 54 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the victory, a school record for points in a game. He followed the game up with a game of 32 points and then the following game with 34 points and 15 rebounds against Villanova. He then had three games of 21 points, 19 points and then 18 points. He then had a game of 30 points with 13 points against St. John's followed by a game of 34 points and 10 rebounds against VMI. He then had a five-game stretch of 32 points, 28 points, 23 points, 39 points, and 27 points and 19 rebounds.

Legacy[edit]

Hundley was the fourth player in NCAA history to score more than 2,000 points during his career—and he did it in three years, because freshman then could not play varsity basketball. He averaged 24.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game for three seasons and finished his collegiate career with 2,180 points. He was a two-time, first team All-American and currently holds eight school records. He also remains the only Mountaineer to be drafted first overall in an NBA draft. Once on a trip back to West Virginia to play in a charity game at the WVU Coliseum, constructed more than 10 years after he left WVU, Rod was said to have replied to Basketball Hall of Famer and fellow WVU alumnus Jerry West: "I built this building." West retorted, "Yeah but I paid it off."[2]

Hundley was also memorable in school history for his on-court antics. He was famous for dribbling the ball behind his back, spinning the ball on his finger, rolling it down his arm, and even going around his back. He also often took hook shots at the free throw line and also would hang off the rim waiting for a lob pass from a teammate.[1]

In January 2010, WVU retired his number 33, making Hundley and West the only players in school history to be awarded the honor.[3] On February 20, 2016 a bronze statue of him was unveiled outside the blue gate of the WVU Coliseum, joining the statue of West.

Professional basketball career[edit]

In 1957, the Cincinnati Royals made Hundley the first pick of the NBA Draft and immediately traded his rights to the Minneapolis Lakers. Hundley played for the Lakers in Minneapolis and Los Angeles from 1957 until 1963, averaging 8.4 points per game and recording over 1,400 assists. He also played in two All Star games. His best season came in the 1959–60 season, when he averaged 12.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. The next season, 1960, Hundley was teamed up with Mountaineer legend Jerry West, as he was drafted from WVU in that year's draft.

Hundley finished his six-year professional career at age 28 (in 1963) due to his bad knees. His career totals were 3,625 points, 1,420 rebounds and 1,455 assists in his six seasons.

Broadcasting career[edit]

After his retirement, Hundley moved to the broadcast booth, working four seasons for the Phoenix Suns and four seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers. In the early 1970s, he also teamed with Dick Enberg to call syndicated college basketball for TVS. Hundley was an NBA announcer for five years for CBS, where he called four All-Star Games; he worked two All-Star Games on ABC Radio.

In 1974, Hundley became the first radio and television voice of the expansion New Orleans Jazz. He followed them to Salt Lake City in 1979, where he became as celebrated a broadcaster as he was a player. He was known for his rapid-fire style and sayings such as "from the parking lot" for a long-distance shot, or "with a gentle push and a mild arc and the old cowhide globe hits home" for a jump shot.

For many years, Hundley's broadcasts were simulcast on both television and radio, but the league forced the Jazz to end this practice starting with the 2005–2006 season, when Craig Bolerjack took over television duties. Hot Rod continued to provide the radio voice for the Jazz for four more seasons. As the decade wore on, nearly all NBA teams eventually moved radio broadcasters from courtside to perches high above the court, and the strain on Hundley's surgically replaced hips and knees became too much for him to bear. He announced his retirement on April 24, 2009, effective at the end of the season.[4]

After retirement, Hundley surfaced alongside Joel Meyers on KCAL's televised Lakers broadcasts as a fill-in color commentator for Stu Lantz.

In 2000, Hundley graduated from WVU with a bachelor's degree, 43 years after leaving his alma mater without a degree to play in the NBA. In 1982, he received was on the NCAA Silver Anniversary All-America Team for distinguished service. In 1992, he was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame. He received the NBA's Distinguished Broadcaster award in 1994. In 2003, he received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame – the only former professional player to achieve such an honor. In June 2004, he was voted into the Utah Broadcast Hall of Fame. He co-authored the book Hot Rod Hundley: You Gotta Love It Baby in 1998 with Tom McEachin; Bill Libby also wrote a biographical book about Hundley, Clown: No. 33 in Your Program, No. 1 in Your Heart, in 1970.

A newspaper once incorrectly reported Hundley wrote a book entitled The Man With a Lot to Smile About, and other sources have persisted in repeating the error.[citation needed]

Film appearances[edit]

Hundley appeared in the 2006 movie Church Ball starring Fred Willard and Clint Howard. He had also been in talks for a movie that would have showcased his early childhood and basketball career.

Personal life and death[edit]

During the off-season, Hundley regularly conducted basketball clinics around the country and worked with charities in the Salt Lake City area until withdrawing from the public eye due to Alzheimer's disease in his final years. For a time, he also hosted the Hot Rod Hundley Celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit the Salt Lake Shriners Hospital. Hundley died at 80 in Phoenix, Arizona on March 27, 2015.[5]

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