Bucks Remember McCoy McLemore
April 3, 1942 - April 30, 2009
The Bucks and the NBA lost a member of their collective family when McCoy McLemore lost his battle with cancer on April 30. He was 67.
McLemore (6-7, 230) was a reserve forward on Milwaukee's 1970-71 NBA Championship team. In 28 games for the Bucks, McLemore averaged 4.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.
"He was brought in from Cleveland to give us a good rebounder off the bench," said long-time Bucks announcer Eddie Doucette. "He was effective at that. McCoy came with high marks for being a good team player. He was a quiet contributor who did his job."
Oscar Robertson remarked on the impact of reserves like McLemore in the Bucks championship season. "After I got there, and started practicing with the guys, I started thinking that maybe we could win a championship.
"We didn't talk about it right away, though," said Robertson. "We didn't know each other. We really had to get together, get to know each other and start playing together as a team. I really think the key to us winning the championship was our subs. We had McCoy McLemore and Bob Boozer and big Dick Cunningham, who was my roommate. Then Lucius Allen came along. Once we all got together and started playing a few exhibition games, we just blew everybody out of the water. At that point, I thought, `We've got something special.'"
McLemore played his college basketball at Drake and led the Bulldogs in scoring in the 1962-63 and 1963-64 seasons. He was a third-round pick by San Francisco in 1964. He played for seven teams over eight NBA seasons and posted career averages of 8.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists. His best statistical season came in 1967-68 when he scored 12.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 76 games for the Chicago Bulls.
McLemore conclude his playing career with the Houston Rockets after the 1971-72 campaign.
He was a color analyst in the late 1980s for Rockets television broadcasts.