Joe Meriweather

Joe Meriweather
Personal information
Born (1953-10-26)October 26, 1953
Phenix City, Alabama
Died October 13, 2013(2013-10-13) (aged 59)
Columbus, Georgia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Central (Phenix City, Alabama)
College Southern Illinois (1972–1975)
NBA draft 1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career 1975–1988
Position Center / Power forward
Number 50, 25, 31
Career history
1975–1976 Houston Rockets
1976–1977 Atlanta Hawks
19771979 New Orleans Jazz
19791980 New York Knicks
19801985 Kansas City Kings
1985–1986 Granarolo Bologna
1987–1988 Joventut Badalona
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 5,439 (8.1 ppg)
Rebounds 3,764 (5.6 rpg)
Blocks 810 (1.2 bpg)
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Joe C. Meriweather (October 26, 1953 – October 13, 2013) was an American professional basketball player.

A 6'10" center from Southern Illinois University, Meriweather played ten seasons (1975–1985) in the NBA as a member of the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz, New York Knicks, and Kansas City Kings. He earned NBA All-Rookie honors in his first season, during which he averaged 10.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks. Over the course of his NBA career, Meriweather averaged 8.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks.[1]

Of note, Meriweather is one of a select few players who have blocked 10 shots in an NBA game more than once. Meriweather accomplished the feat twice during his career, first with the Jazz in 1977 (his only career triple double), and then again later with the Knicks in 1979. Those totals established franchise records for both teams; the Jazz record has since been broken by Mark Eaton numerous times, but Meriweather still holds the record for the Knicks (later tied by Dikembe Mutombo).

He played for the US national team in the 1974 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.[2]

Meriweather spent the 1985–86 basketball season playing for Granarolo Bologna in Italy.[3] He coached the Kansas City Mustangs of the Women's Basketball Association professional league to an undefeated season in 1994.[4] He also served as the head women's basketball coach at Park University in Parkville, Missouri from 1997 to 2010 before resigning in March 2010.[5]

Meriweather died on October 13, 2013 in Columbus, Georgia.[6]

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