Friday, June 5th, 2009 at 3:28 pm  |  13 responses

R.I.P., Randy Smith

Smith died yesterday after suffering a heart attack while using his treadmill. A high school track and field state champ, D-I soccer All-American in college and all-time leading scorer for the Buffalo Braves (later the L.A. Clippers) in the NBA, Smith was a career iron man and exceptional athlete: “Over a stretch of 12 seasons — a record 906 games — Smith never missed a game in the NBA. The streak began in 1973 with Buffalo and continued until the ’82-83 season during his second stint with San Diego. He also played with Cleveland, the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks in his NBA career. He scored 16,262 points in 976 NBA games in his career and was the Most Valuable Player of the 1978 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta after he scored 27 points off the bench.”

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  • http://www.pigskinlovinglady.com Joslin

    I was sadden upon hearing the news of Randy’s death. I’m a native of Buffalo, NY and he’s a true hero there. The Randy Smith basketball summer league was the place to be seen…Humbolt Park! RIP Randy and prayers to his family.

  • Ken

    Check out the All-star roster the year he won MVP. Impressive.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic Fredd
  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic Fredd

    R.I.P to the man … Ken is right check databasketball to see how the rosters were huge …

  • Ted

    RIP Randy Smith. A True Legend.

  • dreny

    wtf. I’m also from the 716 randy smith league was definatley the shiii. Family team all day holla at me dbrown,mwillis,trell,rick.stan

  • http://www.slamonline.com Todd Spehr

    To play 906 consecutive games in that climate is a testament to the character. From everything I’ve read he was a classy dude – and a very good player. RIP Randy Smith.

  • Julius Davis

    I live in Atlanta GA. I was born in Buffalo, NY. I bought my candy at Rick James’ Moms store on Ferry, hung out at the YMCA, attended Hutch Tech, worshipped at St. Luke…my second home was the Boys Club on Northland and Humboldt. When I dribbled the ball down the street (in my mind) I was Ernie D one day and Randy Smith the next. I idolized Randy Smith growing up in the Ferry-Fillmore area. The Randy Smith League was a corner stone of the summer. When I moved to Atlanta in the summer 1980, I promised myself that I would always be true to my hometown teams and heros. One of my biggest heros has passed on. He was a great player and awesome in the community. Ernie D, Swen Nater, Bob McAdoo, Adrian Dantley, Elmore Smith, Gar Heard Jim McMillian, Coach Jack Ramsey and so many others were a team who could battle with the best of them

    RIP Mr. Smith. Thanks for all you’ve done, but especially for representing hard work and competitiveness. You will always live in my heart!

  • C.Alston

    Randy was a friend of the family. One of my siblings still talked to him a few times a year. He used to visit our house when I was younger. I remember his calm demeanor and willingness to take the time to sit and talk to a shy 12 year old little girl whenever he came over. The last time I saw Randy was at a Randy Smith Basketball League game at Humbolt Park (now MLK Park). I was about 16. He hugged me and took time out again to chat. He was beautiful, inside and out and will remembered with love and admiration. xo


    thank u all for the comments on my father it make me feel real good inside to know that he was loved by so many pepole


  • George Wilson

    Waws big fan of Randy when I was a colege student at UB. Used to go to about 10 games a year at The Aud. Randy was so athletic an talented, more than holding his own agaisnt the very best guards in the NBA. Everyone also knew Randy was a great, caring, and community minded man. He meant so much to the Buffalo area and I will miss him. RIP great man.

  • George Wlison

    Used to go to games at The Aud while a student at UB. Randy was absolutely electrifying. We all knew he was a special talent and he brought so much pride and joy to the Braves and the citizens of the City of Buffalo. Great man who will be missed.

  • mick

    Randy was as complete a guard in the 70′s as there was. More than held his own vs. Frazier, Maravich, White, Archibald, Bing, ANYBODY.