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Paul Seymour (basketball)
Position(s) Guard/Forward
Jersey #(s) 24, 25, 8, 5
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Born January 30, 1928(1928-01-30)
Toledo, Ohio
Died May 5, 1998 (aged 70)
Career information
Year(s) 1947–1960
College Toledo
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA and/or ABA)
Points     5,836 (NBA)
Rebounds     1,694 (NBA)
Assists     2,341 (NBA)
Stats @
Career highlights and awards

Paul Norman Seymour (January 30, 1928 in Toledo, Ohio – May 5, 1998) was an American basketball player and coach. A 6'1" guard, he played collegiately at the University of Toledo, and had a 12-year career in the NBA and its predecessor, the Basketball Association of America (BAA). He played his first season for the Baltimore Bullets of the BAA; the remainder of his career was with the Syracuse Nationals. He was a three-time All-Star. For a good part of his career, Seymour was a player-coach for the Nats.

Seymour later became a successful coach in the NBA, coaching four different teams in eight seasons.

Seymour was mentioned in the ESPN documentary, Black Magic, which told the story of African-Americans and basketball. In a segment about Cleo Hill, it was revealed that during the 1961–62 season, Bob Pettit and Cliff Hagan approached management and complained that Hill was taking too many shots. (Allegedly, this was just a cover-up for their desire to not play with an African-American teammate.) Management granted their wish, telling Seymour to severely diminish Hill's offensive role. Seymour refused and was fired 14 games into the season.

While coaching at Baltimore during the 1965-1966 season, Seymour deliberately ended Johnny Kerr's then-record consecutive-games-played streak of 844 games by benching the team captain for one game. According to Kerr, only after the game did Seymour tell Kerr about his intention to end Kerr's streak, saying, "This will take the pressure off you." [1]

Seymour still shares, with former teammate Red Rocha, the NBA record for most minutes in a playoff game with 67.[2]


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Preceded by
Al Cervi
Syracuse Nationals Head Coach
Succeeded by
Alex Hannum
Preceded by
Ed Macauley
St. Louis Hawks Head Coach
Succeeded by
Andrew Levane
Preceded by
Buddy Jeannette
Baltimore Bullets Head Coach
Succeeded by
Mike Farmer
Preceded by
Donnie Butcher
Detroit Pistons head coach
Succeeded by
Butch van Breda Kolff


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