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M. L. Carr

M. L. Carr

American basketball player and coach
M. L. Carr
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Quick Facts

Intro American basketball player and coach
A.K.A. Michael Leon Carr
Is Athlete Basketball player Sports coach Basketball coach Businessperson
From United States of America
Type Business Sports
Gender male
Birth 9 January 1951, Wallace, Duplin County, Province of North Carolina, USA
Age 70 years
Star sign Capricorn
Residence Weston, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Stats
Height: 198 cm
Weight: 93 kg
Education
Guilford College
Sports Teams
Detroit Pistons
Spirits of St. Louis
Boston Celtics
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Biography

Michael Leon Carr (born January 9, 1951) is an American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA), and former head coach and General Manager of the Boston Celtics. He coached the Celtics for two seasons, posting a career record of 48 wins and 116 losses.

Playing career

After graduating from Guilford College, Carr was selected by the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association with the 7th pick of the 5th round of the 1973 NBA draft. However, he was one of the final roster cuts the Colonels made in camp, and was subsequently released. The following season, Carr played in Israel for the American owned Israel Sabras in the short lived European Professional Basketball League. For leading his team to the championship, leading the league in scoring, and emerging second in rebounding, he was named Most Valuable Player.

During the 1975–76 ABA season, Carr played for the Spirits of St. Louis, averaging 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, and was named to the ABA's All-Rookie Team. The Spirits of St. Louis were one of two ABA teams (the Colonels being the other) that did not join the NBA in the ABA–NBA merger, and as a result Carr joined the NBA as a member of the Detroit Pistons from 1976–79. After being selected to the All-Defense second team during the 1979 season and leading the league in steals, Carr was signed as a free agent by the rebuilding Boston Celtics. Pistons coach Dick Vitale responded by saying, "We just had the heart and soul ripped from our team." The Carr acquisition was one of the four major additions which immediately propelled the Celtics back to the top of the NBA standings after finishing near the bottom the previous season, along with majority owner Harry Mangurian, head coach Bill Fitch and rookie forward Larry Bird. Carr was instrumental in leading the Celtics' defense past the favored Philadelphia 76ers in the 1981 Eastern Conference Finals, on the way to Boston's 14th NBA championship. Playing for the Celtics until 1985, Carr averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game during his NBA career.

He is best known for the steal and dunk he made in overtime of Game 4 of the 1984 NBA Finals versus the Lakers in Los Angeles, which sealed the victory for Boston, and eventually won another title for them. He is also famous for waving a towel during crucial situations to fire up the Celtics.

Coaching career

Carr later became the General Manager of the Celtics in 1994. He later took over as coach for the 1995–96 and 1996–97 seasons. In his last year as coach, the Celtics had the worst record in team history, winning just 15 games and losing 67 in a tactical effort to get a stronger draft position and poise the team for a comeback under famed college coach Rick Pitino. He was replaced at the end of season by Pitino, who was unable to restore the team to the glory of Carr's playing days. After the 1997 season, he became the Celtics' Director of Corporate Development.

Carr later became president of the WNBA's Charlotte Sting as part of a failed attempt to become the owner of an expansion NBA team in Charlotte, along with Steve Belkin and former teammate Larry Bird. He was given a small investment stake in the Charlotte Bobcats when Bob Johnson was selected to have the NBA franchise in Charlotte. Subsequently, Bob Johnson sold the team and ML Carr no longer has a relationship with the Bobcat franchise.

Carr currently resides in Massachusetts with his wife Sylvia, where he is a partner with New Technology Ventures - a tech-focused venture capital firm based in Newton, Massachusetts.

Coaching record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Boston 1995–96 82 33 49 .402 5th in Atlantic Missed playoffs
Boston 1996–97 82 15 67 .183 7th in Atlantic Missed playoffs
Career 164 48 116 .293

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 †  Won an NBA championship  *  Led the league

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1975–76 St. Louis (ABA) 74 29.4 .483 .375 .665 6.2 3.0 1.7 0.6 12.2
1976–77 Detroit 82 32.2 .476 .735 7.7 2.2 2.0 0.7 13.3
1977–78 Detroit 79 32.4 .455 .738 7.1 2.3 1.9 0.3 12.4
1978–79 Detroit 80 40.1 .514 .743 7.4 3.3 2.5* 0.6 18.7
1979–80 Boston 82 7 24.3 .474 .293 .739 4.0 1.9 1.5 0.4 11.1
1980–81† Boston 41 7 16.0 .449 .071 .791 2.0 1.4 0.7 0.4 6.0
1981–82 Boston 56 27 23.1 .450 .294 .707 2.7 2.3 1.2 0.4 8.1
1982–83 Boston 77 0 11.5 .429 .158 .741 1.8 0.9 0.6 0.1 4.3
1983–84† Boston 60 1 9.8 .409 .200 .875 1.3 0.8 0.3 0.1 3.1
1984–85 Boston 47 0 8.4 .416 .391 1.000 0.9 0.5 0.4 0.1 3.2
Career 678 42 24.2 .472 .275 .737 4.5 2.0 1.4 0.4 10.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1977 Detroit 3 37.3 .387 .571 5.7 2.0 0.3 1.0 9.3
1980 Boston 9 19.1 .400 .400 .667 3.7 1.2 0.7 0.1 9.1
1981† Boston 17 16.9 .416 .000 .750 1.5 0.8 0.6 0.4 6.0
1982 Boston 12 25.4 .352 .000 .652 3.6 2.3 0.9 0.1 7.4
1983 Boston 3 7.3 .250 .000 1.000 0.3 0.0 0.7 0.0 2.0
1984† Boston 16 5.1 .406 .333 .909 0.5 0.3 0.4 0.0 2.4
1985 Boston 7 0 3.4 .267 .500 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.0 1.3
Career 67 ? 15.0 .382 .227 .714 1.9 1.0 0.6 0.1 5.3
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 29 Dec 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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https://web.archive.org/web/20130509062256/http://www.remembertheaba.com/Spirits-of-St-Louis.html
http://www.remembertheaba.com/Spirits-of-St-Louis.html
http://www.jpress.nli.org.il/Olive/APA/NLI/SharedView.Article.aspx?href=CGS/1975/06/05&id=Ar02306&sk=A4237D7F
http://articles.latimes.com/1985-06-04/sports/sp-6621_1_celtic-pride
http://blog.al.com/huntsville-times-sports/2010/05/ml_carr_recalls_unbelievable_n.html
https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/carrml01.html
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n88072859
https://viaf.org/viaf/11391563
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n88072859
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