An All-American power forward at Kansas, Bill Bridges played with the Lakers during the waning years of his career after being acquired via a four-player trade with Philadelphia during the 1972-73 season. Known for his stingy defense and rebounding, Bridges played an important role in helping the Lakers advance to the NBA Finals. His playing time decreased over his last two seasons with the team and he was waived by the Lakers in December 1974. He signed with Golden State toward the end of the season, playing in the last 15 games of his professional career. Bridges averaged nearly 12 points and 12 rebounds per game over his 13-year career and, as of 2010, was ranked No. 27 all-time in rebounds (11,054).
Feb. 12, 2011