Robert “Bingo” Smith was an American professional basketball player. He was born on February 26, 1946, and died on October 26, 2023. He played for the San Diego Rockets, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the San Diego Clippers. Below you can read all the details relating to Bobby Bingo Smith obituary and more.
Bobby Bingo Smith Obituary
“Bingo” Robert Smith, who had been ill for a long time, died peacefully on October 26th, 2023. Bingo Smith was born to parents Chalmers and Idella Smith on February 26, 1946, in Memphis, Tennessee. While at Melrose High School, he excelled in four sports and was named All-American in each of them. He chose to play basketball at the University of Tulsa, where he was once again recognized as an All-American and where he also thrived academically.
Bingo was the cornerstone of the Cleveland Cavaliers for ten years after being drafted sixth overall by the San Diego Rockets in 1969. Bingo’s final season was spent playing for the San Diego Clippers. Most of his post-basketball activities involved helping the youngsters of Northeast Ohio in various ways.
Andre (Kati) Monique, Malaika, Courtney, and Misty Smith are his surviving children; he was predeceased by his parents and siblings. Joie, Chris, and Bobby are Nicole and Nicholas’s grandparents. Mary Truitt, George and Sandra McClain, Donald Christian, Bill and Jane McCloude, and Campy Russell are just a few of the many close friends who are mourning alongside the family.
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Fans Tributes To Bobby Bingo Smith
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— Mr. Cleveland Sports (@MrCleveland_216) October 27, 2023
— John Skrtic (@SkrticX) October 27, 2023
Today’s Treasure from my collection: Remembering Bobby “Bingo” Smith, who just passed away at age 77. Best known for his sweet jump shot & playing with the Cavs, Bingo bookended those Cleveland years as both a SAN DIEGO Rocket & SAN DIEGO Clipper. pic.twitter.com/jxBuorzn8v
— Timothy Gallagher (@TimGall13) October 27, 2023
Cavaliers Legend, Bobby “Bingo” Smith, passed away today at the age of 77. Our thoughts, prayers, and well wishes are with the Smith family. Smith’s enduring legacy shines through his presence in the franchise’s record books and his meaningful time spent with the organization.… pic.twitter.com/1Eat4m8DNS
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) October 26, 2023
What Role Did This Player Play for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1970?
The San Diego Rockets picked Smith with the sixth overall choice in the first round of the 1969 NBA draft. A year later, he was picked by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1970 Expansion Draft. He put up 21 points on his debut for the team. In 1976, he was an integral component of the Cavaliers’ Miracle at Richfield, which led to the team’s victory over the Washington Bullets in Game 2 of the NBA Semifinals.
Smith played 865 games over the course of 11 seasons, totaling 22,407 minutes. Smith’s long-range jump-shooting prowess was especially lauded. He frequently took three-point jump shots from the perimeter. A total of 4,776 out of 10,642 field goals attempted were successful for a lifetime field goal percentage of.449. Smith grabbed 3,630 boards, dished out 1,734 assists, and scored 10,882 points while shooting.798 from the free throw line (1,307 for 1,637). The rainbow jumper made famous by Smith is now used by forwards like Dirk Nowitzki.
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