Bill Stricker
Forward #34
6-9, 210
Born: January 22, 1948
University of Pacific '70

One Season 1970-71

Alumni Profiles

'70-'71 Season

Rick Adelman
Jim Barnett
LeRoy Ellis
Claude English
Walt Gilmore
Gary Gregor
Shaler Halimon
Ron Knight
Ed Manning
Stan McKenzie
Dorie Murrey
Dale Schlueter
Geoff Petrie
Bill Stricker
How Acquired --- Signed as a free agent 10/26/70.

Departed --- Waived 11/16/70.

As a Trail Blazer --- One of the original Trail Blazers, although he was signed as a rookie free agent six games into the inaugural season . . . He had a brief yet memorable professional career all wrapped up in two minutes of a game with Cleveland before 4,492 fans in Memorial Coliseum Nov. 14 . . . Up to that night, he had stayed on the bench for 11 straight contests since becoming a Trail Blazer . . . Although he had never seen a minute of NBA action, he became a fan favorite . . . When the oft-overmatched expansion Blazers fell hopelessly behind in games, the crowd would chant, “We want Stricker, We want Stricker” . . . Prior to the Nov. 14 contest, the slim 6-9 forward was informed by Coach Roland Todd that he would be placed on waivers the next day . . . With the Blazers comfortably ahead of the Cavs late in the fourth quarter, Todd motioned to him to take off his warm-ups and get in the game . . . He made the most of it in his two minutes of glory, scoring two baskets on three attempts, picked up a personal foul, and for good measure a technical . . . The latter happened before he even got into the game . . . He went straight onto the floor without reporting and was slapped with a ‘T’ by Jerry Loeber . . . “I’m probably the only player in NBA history to get a technical before ever seeing a minute of action,” the chagrined Stricker commented later..

After Basketball ---Played one year of professional ball in France then returned to his hometown of Manteca, California to launch a long and successful career as a high school basketball coach.

Stats as a Trail Blazer
Games-Starts 1-0
Scoring Avg 4.0
Rebounding Avg 0.0
Assists Avg 0.0
Minutes per Game 2.0
FG% 66.7%
FT% 0.0%

Blazers Career Highs
Points 4- 11/14/70 v. Cleveland
Field Goals 2- 11/14/70 v. Cleveland
Free Throws 0- 3/19/71 v. Seattle
Rebounds 0- Four Times
Assists 0- 3/16/75 v. Buffalo
Minutes 2- 11/14/70 v. Cleveland