Lucien James Longley is an Australian 7'2" center who played 10 years in the NBA and is currently an assistant coach with the Australian national basketball team. During his 10 seasons in the league, he averaged 7.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 567 regular-season games.
Here are some fast facts on Longley, the starting center of 'The Last Dance' Chicago Bulls:
Longley was born in Melbourne, Australia on 19th January 1969.
He was recruited out of Scotch College in Perth by the University of New Mexico's basketball coach, Gary Colson, who was in Perth to recruit Longley's childhood friend Andrew Vlahov, who ended up going to Stanford University.
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Longley then attended college at the University of New Mexico, playing out all four years from 1987 to 1991. For a couple of years before college, he trained at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Following his college career, where he averaged 19.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in his senior year, he moved on to the 1991 NBA Draft.
In the Draft, he was picked 7th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves, which made him the first Australian to play in the league.
After 2.5 seasons with the franchise, he was traded to the Chicago Bulls towards the end of the 1993-94 season. In 170 games (57 starts), he averaged 5.4 points and 4.7 rebounds.
He remained with the Bulls, until they completed a second 3-peat in 1998 including the 72-win 1995-96 season. He was the starting center on all three seasons during the Bulls' second 3-peat.
As part of the breakup of the 1998 championship-winning Bulls squad, Longley was traded to the Phoenix Suns for Mark Bryant, Martin Müürsepp, Bubba Wells, and a conditional first-round draft pick.
After a couple of seasons in Phoenix, Longley was traded to the Knicks for the 2000-01 season, one that would turn out to be his final professional year.
Longley made his national team debut in 1988 and would be the preferred starting center for the next 12 years including three major Summer Olympics - 1988, 1992, and 2000.
He was inducted into the Basketball Australia's Hall of Fame in Melbourne in 2006.
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