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Joe Kleine

Joe Kleine Basketball player

Basketball player
Joe Kleine
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Intro Basketball player
A.K.A. Joseph William Kleine
Is Athlete Basketball player Sports coach Basketball coach
From United States of America
Gender male
Birth 4 January 1962, Colorado Springs, USA
Age: 58 years
Star sign CapricornCapricorn
Height: 211 cm
Weight: 116 kg
University of Notre Dame
Sports Teams
Portland Trail Blazers
Phoenix Suns
Los Angeles Lakers
Chicago Bulls
Brooklyn Nets
Boston Celtics
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Joseph William Kleine (born January 4, 1962) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA and for the US national team. He won a gold medal as a member of the United States men's basketball team at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. In 1998, he won the NBA championship as a member of the Chicago Bulls. Kleine is now a restaurant proprietor, owning a number of successful Corky's Ribs & BBQ restaurants.

College career

Kleine, a seven-foot center, graduated from Slater High School in Slater, Missouri and originally enrolled to play basketball at the University of Notre Dame. After his freshman season, Kleine transferred to the University of Arkansas where he played alongside Alvin Robertson, who like Kleine would go on to a productive professional career.

Professional career

Kleine was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the sixth pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. Kleine went on to have a fifteen-year NBA career, playing with the Kings as well as the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls, and Portland Trail Blazers. Kleine played on teams with legendary NBA players Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman. He won an NBA championship in 1998, as a center, for a Chicago Bulls team that included Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and Steve Kerr.

His best season was with the Kings in 1985, when he averaged 9.8 PPG. At the time of his retirement from the NBA, he'd scored 4,666 points, had 3,991 total rebounds, and had scored 849 free throws out of 1,069 attempts.

National team career

Kleine played for the US national team in the 1982 FIBA World Championship, winning the silver medal. Along with his college teammate Robertson, he also won a gold medal as a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team coached by Bob Knight. Sportswriter Jon Goode would later write in part that "Joe Kleine was never a star, but what made Kleine great was that he accepted his role and was ready to play every night."

Coaching career

After coaching AAU and high school basketball in Little Rock and serving as an analyst for Arkansas basketball games, he was hired as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2007.

Movie appearances

Kleine appeared in the 1996 movie Eddie as himself.

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