For­mer UConn star Toby Kim­ball dead at 74

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

Toby Kim­ball, who starred for the Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut and played for nine sea­sons in the NBA, has died. He was 74.

Kim­ball died Tues­day at a hospi­tal near his home in La Jolla, Cal­i­for­nia, of com­pli­ca­tions from an in­flam­ma­tory lung dis­ease, his son, Tim Kim­ball, said Wed­nes­day.

The 6-foot-8 for­ward played for UConn from 1962-65, av­er­ag­ing 18.4 points and 17.9 re­bounds. He led the school to three Yan­kee Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships and three NCAA Tour­na­ment berths, in­clud­ing a re­gional fi­nal in 1964.

Kim­ball, who was from Fram­ing­ham, Mas­sachusetts, was a third-round pick of Bos­ton in the 1965 NBA draft. Af­ter play­ing a year in Italy and help­ing his team to a Euro­pean cham­pi­onship, he joined the Celtics, his home­town team.

He also played for San Diego, Mil­wau­kee, Kansas Ci­tyOmaha, Philadel­phia and New Or­leans, av­er­ag­ing 6.1 points and 6.8 re­bounds in 571 games be­fore re­tir­ing in 1975.

Tim Kim­ball de­scribed his fa­ther as a big kid, the kind of guy who would ``do a can­non­ball at a pool on va­ca­tion in Palm Springs to get the stuffy peo­ple on the other side wet.’’

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