They called him “Little Louie,” a nickname he earned in high school because of his frail build.
At 6-foot, 170 pounds, Louie Dampier wasn’t going to intimidate anyone. But there was never anything small about Dampier’s skills on a basketball court.
At Southport High School in Indianapolis, at the University of Kentucky under legendary coach Adolph Rupp, and throughout his ABA and NBA career with the Kentucky Colonels and the Spurs, Dampier had a game, at least offensively, that was 10-feet tall.
“He could really shoot the lights out, man,” said George “Iceman” Gervin, his teammate for three seasons in San Antonio.
The numbers tell the story. In his 12 seasons as a professional, Dampier scored 15,279 points, with a good many of those coming on a jump shot as sweet as any basketball has ever seen.
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