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Mark Landsberger
Power forward/center
Born May 21, 1955 (1955-05-21) (age 54)
Minot, North Dakota
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
College Allan Hancock College
University of Minnesota
Arizona State University
Draft 2nd round, 35th overall, 1977
Chicago Bulls
Pro career 1977–1984
Former teams Chicago Bulls (1977-80)
Los Angeles Lakers (1980-83)
Atlanta Hawks (1983-84)

Mark Walter Landsberger (born May 21, 1955 in Minot, North Dakota) is a retired American professional basketball player. At 6'8" and 215 pounds, he played as a power forward and center.

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Career

Landsberger attended Mounds View High School (Arden Hills, Minnesota) where he graduated in 1973 after leading the Mustangs to the 1972 AA State Championship as a junior. In his senior campaign, he led the Mustangs back to the state tournament and the Consolation championship. As of 2009, Landsberger still holds virtually every rebounding record at Mounds View. He then attended Allan Hancock College, the University of Minnesota, and Arizona State University before being selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft.[1] He appeared in 196 games for the Bulls from 1977 to 1980, averaging 7.4 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game.[2] On January 28, 1979, Landsberger grabbed 29 rebounds in a game against the Denver Nuggets. At the time, this was the third-highest single-game rebounding total in Chicago Bulls history.[3]

On February 13, 1980, the Bulls traded Landsberger to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Oliver Mack and two second round draft choices.[4] Landsberger remained in Los Angeles until 1983. Playing behind future hall-of-famers like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, and Magic Johnson, he never averaged more than 5.7 points or 5.5 rebounds in a single season with the Lakers. However, he won NBA Championship rings as a reserve in 1980 and 1982.[1]

Landsberger spent the 1983-84 NBA season with the Atlanta Hawks. He averaged 1.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 35 games. This was his last season in the NBA, and he ended his NBA career with 2,468 total points and 2,681 total rebounds.[1] He played professionally in Europe until the 1990s.[5]

Trivia

After an early 1980s Lakers practice in Phoenix, Arizona, Landsberger joined a group of sportswriters for lunch without changing out of his team jersey. During the meal, Landsberger spilled a chocolate shake on his uniform, leaving a long, brown streak. Since he was on a team road trip and did not have an extra road jersey available, he was forced to wear his stained clothing during the following night's nationally-televised game.[6]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Jan Hubbard, et al. The Official NBA Encyclopedia. New York: Doubleday, 2000
  2. ^ Alex Sachare. The Chicago Bulls Encyclopedia. Chicago" Contemporary Books, 1999.
  3. ^ K.C. Johnson. "Performance a grabber". Chicago Tribune. 16 December 2006.
  4. ^ Chicago Bulls All-Time Transactions. [1]. Retrieved 27 December 2006.
  5. ^ Sam Smith. "Johnson leads rookie race". Austin-American Statesman. 12 April 1992.
  6. ^ Steve Springer. "Wearing the purple, gold, and brown". Los Angeles Times. 18 December 2006.

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