Former UConn star Toby Kimball dead at 74
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.’’