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Art Heyman
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Basketball Player
    (June 24, 1941-August 27, 2012)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Attended Duke University
    Drafted 1st overall by the New York Knicks in the 1963 NBA Draft
    Small forward/Guard for the New York Knicks (1963-1965), Cincinnati Royals (1965), Philadelphia 76ers (1965-1966), Wilmington Blue Bombers (*EPBL) (1966), Hartford Capitols (EPBL), New Jersey Americans (ABA) (1967), Pittsburgh/Minnesota Pipers (ABA) (1967-1969) and the Miami Floridians (ABA) (1969-1970)
    *EPBL stands for Eastern Professional Basketball League
    Inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1993)
    He was agreed to play for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but he quickly changed his mind to play for their rival, Duke University.
    He mistakenly shoved a fan who he thought attacked him and got into a fight with Donnie Walsh and future NBA coach Larry Brown in a game between North Carolina and Duke (February 4, 1961).
    That fight resulted him, Larry Brown and Donnie Walsh being suspended for the rest of the 1960-61 ACC season.
    In his second season with the Knicks, he had a short fuse and outbursts over minimal playing time with the team.
    He was a journeyman player.
    He guided Duke to their first NCAA Final Four appearance in one of his best seasons in his college career (1963).
    He set Duke records for points scored with 1,984 and averaged points per game with 25.1.
    He was the first ACC player to be chosen to the All-ACC Men's Basketball team three times.
    He started his professional career with his hometown Knicks.
    He was a member of the 1968 ABA Championship winning Pittsburgh Pipers team.
    Duke retired his #25 jersey.
    He was refered as one of the most elite players in a Duke basketball uniform by Mike Krzyzewski.

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