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Tinsley to Join Kentucky Hall of Fame

Postby rlee » Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:45 pm

Tinsley to Join Kentucky Hall of Fame
By Tom Zebold
THE LEDGER
http://www.theledger.com/article/201106 ... e=printart

George Tinsley Sr. is racking up the Hall of Fame honors for his past work on the hard court in Kentucky.

The Winter Haven resident, who won three NCAA Division II basketball titles in the 1960s at Kentucky Wesleyan College, was inducted into the Kentucky Black Sports Hall of Fame in Louisville in early May.

The 64-year-old will be back in Louisville today for his induction into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

"I'm excited about it. I'm honored," Tinsley said in a phone interview Tuesday.

That makes five halls of fame in Kentucky for Tinsley, who also is in the KWC Alumni Hall, the Smoketown Athletic Hall of Fame in Louisville and the Louisville Male High School Hall of Fame for Basketball and Business after he won a state title at the school as an assistant boys basketball coach.

Tinsley called the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame "the granddaddy of them all."

"It's the most prestigious Hall of Fame honor that I can think of at any particular ­level," he said. "It even in some ways rivals the NBA Hall of Fame in that kids that play and grow up in Kentucky, it's the epitome of recognition."

Tinsley, a Louisville native, was a two-time All-American at KWC and finished as the program's leading rebounder (1,115) and fourth-best scorer (2,014 points). He was named to the NCAA Division II All-Decade Team in 2008. The class included multiple NBA title-winning coach Phil Jackson.

After college, Tinsley played professionally with the Oakland Oaks, Washington Capitals, Kentucky Colonels, Miami Floridians and New York Nets (now the New Jersey Nets) of the American Basketball Association before retiring in 1973.

He and his wife, Seretha, own PenGeo, Inc., a restaurant franchise operating company. They own the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Auburndale, which is ranked No. 1 in the United States for its town's size category.

Tinsley and his wife also own Tinsley Family Concessions, an airport business with numerous concessions located in Tampa, Miami and Louisville.
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Re: Tinsley to Join Kentucky Hall of Fame

Postby Mike Goodman » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:43 pm

... Tinsley played professionally with the Oakland Oaks, Washington Capitals, Kentucky Colonels, Miami Floridians and New York Nets... before retiring in 1973

Oddly, b-r.com only records stints with the Caps and Colonels in 1969-70, then with the Floridians in 1971-72.
http://www.basketball-reference.com/pla ... lge01.html
Nothing before 1970 (when the Caps were the Oaks), nothing for 1970-71, and no Nets appearance.

He played 1419 minutes (76% of his pro career) with Kentucky, where he backed up Goose Ligon, Sam Smith, and Wayne Chapman.
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Re: Tinsley to Join Kentucky Hall of Fame

Postby John Grasso » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:23 am

He was selected by the Nets from the Floridians in the dispersal draft when the Floridians folded but was then later waived by the Nets
on 9/26/72.
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Re: Tinsley to Join Kentucky Hall of Fame

Postby MCT » Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:36 am

Tinsley was selected by the Oaks/Caps franchise in the 1969 ABA Draft, at which time the team was still the Oakland Oaks. It isn't clear to me whether he actually signed with or tried out for the team before it moved to Washington. FWIW, Tinsley was also a 6th round pick of the Bulls in the 1969 NBA Draft.

According to articles in the Google News Archive, Tinsley was waived by the Colonels on October 2, 1970. He was apparently out of the ABA in 1970-71 but tried out for and made the Floridians' roster the next offseason.
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