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Johnny Neumann
Born September 11, 1951 (1951-09-11) (age 58)
Memphis, Tennessee
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
College University of Mississippi
Draft 6th round, 98th overall, 1976
Chicago Bulls
Pro career 1971–1979
Former teams Memphis Pros (1971-1972)
Memphis Tams (1972-1974)
Utah Stars (1974)
Virginia Squires (1974; 1975-1976)
Indiana Pacers (1974-1975; 1977-1978)
Kentucky Colonels (1976)
Buffalo Braves (1976)
Los Angeles Lakers (1976-1977)
Gabetti Cantu' (1978-1979)

Carl John Neumann (born September 11, 1951 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. At 6'6" and 200 pounds, he played the guard and forward positions.


High school and college

Following a standout career at Overton High School in Memphis, Neumann took his game to the University of Mississippi, where he played from 1969 to 1971. During his sophomore season, he drew comparisons to Pete Maravich after averaging an NCAA-high 40.1 points per game.[1] His strongest performances included a 63 point game against Louisiana State University and a 60 point game against Baylor University.[2] Neumann earned All-America and SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year honors at the end of the season.

After his sophomore season at Ole Miss, Neumann became the first player in basketball history to sign a hardship clause[3] as he signed a five-year, $2 million contract with the Memphis Pros of the American Basketball Association.[4] Neumann was later drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 6th round of the 1973 NBA Draft.[5]



Memphis Pros and Memphis Tams

Neumann's professional career started strong, with averages of 18.3 points per game and 19.6 points per game in his first two full seasons with Memphis. He was named to the ABA All-Rookie Team in 1972.[6] However, Neumann gradually fell out of favor with the team's coach and management, who thought he was not passing the ball enough, and he was traded by the Memphis Tams to the Utah Stars for Glen Combs, Ronnie Robinson, Mike Jackson and cash in January 1974.

Utah Stars

In Neumann's first year in Utah the Stars won the ABA Western Division and defeated the San Diego Conquistadors in the Western Division Semifinals and the Indiana Pacers in the Western Division Finals to make it to the ABA Championship series, losing the 1974 ABA Finalsto the New York Nets. Despite the team's success Neumann struggled to regain his scoring average after being traded to Utah. He averaged just 10.1 points in 44 games with the Stars.

Virginia Squires and Indiana Pacers

In August 1974 the Stars traded Neumann and a draft choice to the Virginia Squires for Jim Eakins and Larry Miller. After just four games with the Squires, the Indiana Pacers bought Neumann's rights from the Squires in November 1974. He averaged 8.3 points per game with Indiana.[7] Neumann finished out the 1974-75 season as a Pacer and in March 1975 the Virginia Squires bought Neumann's rights back from the Pacers.[8]

Neumann averaged 16.6 points per game for Virginia during the 1975-76 season but in January 1976 he was traded by the Squires.[9]

Kentucky Colonels

In January 1976 Neumann was traded with Jan van Breda Kolff to the Kentucky Colonels in exchange for Marv Roberts. He averaged 10.1 points per game as the Colonels defeated the Indiana Pacers in the ABA Quarterfinals and lost a 4-3 seven game series to the Denver Nuggets in the 1976 ABA Semifinals.


With the ABA-NBA merger in June 1976 Neumann ended up with the Buffalo Braves. From 1976 to 1978, Neumann played 83 games in the NBA as a member of the Braves, Los Angeles Lakers, and once again with the Pacers. His 1977-78 campaign with the Pacers, during which he averaged just 4.2 points, would be his last in the United States.

After leaving the NBA Neumann took his game to Europe, where he competed in Italy for Gabetti Cantu' (1978-1979)[10] and Germany.[11][12]

Coaching career

Neumann became an assistant coach while playing in Germany, a position that would prove to be his first of many basketball coaching jobs. Since the early 1980s, Neumann has coached in Belgium, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, China, and Japan, as well as in the American minor-league Continental Basketball Association.[13] Neumann also coached the Louisville Shooters of the Global Basketball Association in 1991 and 1992. While in Cyprus, he discovered Darrell Armstrong, a little-known American guard from Fayetteville State University who later found success in the NBA. [14]



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