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Abe Lemons: Court Magician

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Abe Lemons won 599 games and produced several All-Americans as one of the country's premier major college basketball coaches from 1955 to 1990. Along the way, at Oklahoma City University, Pan American University, and the University of Texas, Abe became the most quoted basketball coach ever. USA Today chose Abe's famous line, "Doctors bury their mistakes, ours are still on scholarship," as the sports quote of the century. However, the thousands of quotable, hilarious remarks make up only a small part of the life of Abe Lemons. Behind the funny-man exterior is a superb basketball mind. Abe understands the most minute intricacies of the game. He could develop a defense to shut down any offense. Some have said Abe s skill of coaching basketball players on offense was unparalleled in the history of the game. Often his teams were among the national leaders in scoring.
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