June 7, 2000
Clemson, SC–Former Clemson star Dale Davis will begin his pursuit of an NBA World Championship Wednesday, June 7 when his Indiana Pacers face the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Championship Series. Davis is the starting power forward for the Pacers and will try to be the second former Clemson in history to win an NBA World Championship. Horace Grant was a member of three NBA World Championship teams with the Chicago Bulls, 1991,92,93.
Overall, 24 former Clemson athletes have been on 35 professional world championship teams. The list dates to 1926 when former Clemson pitcher Flint Rhem was a member of the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. The town of St. Louis brought two former Clemson football players Super Bowl Championship rings this year as Tony Horne and Dexter McCleon were both members of the Rams team that defeated the Tennessee Titans in Atlanta. Joe Bostic won three Super Bowl Championship rings with the Washington Redskins in the 1980s. He and Grant are the only former Clemson athletes with three world championship rings.
Davis has been with the Pacers since the 1991-92 season and is the team’s all-time leading rebounder. He averaged 10.0 points and 9.9 rebounds a game this year, an all-star season for the former Tiger who was an honorable mention All-American on Clemson’s 1990 ACC regular season championship team.
In the playoffs, Davis has averaged 8.1 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. The Pacers leading rebounder this year and one of the top rebounders in the NBA playoffs this year, Davis has recorded seven double-doubles in the playoffs and has six games with at least 16 rebounds. His offensive rebound of his own missed free throw in the last seconds of Game five in the series with the Knicks led to a victory four point victory at Indiana.
Game One of the series against the Lakers will begin at 9:00 PM and will be televised nationally by NBC.
Clemson's Professional World ChampionsName Year(s) TeamDan Benish 1987 Washington RedskinsJeff Bostic 1982, 87, 91 Washington RedskinsDwight Clark 1981, 84 San Francisco 49ersBennie Cunningham 1977, 78 Pittsburgh SteelersMark Davidson 1987 Minnesota TwinsTerrence Flagler 1988, 89 San Francisco 49ersSteve Fuller 1985 Chicago BearsHorace Grant 1991,92,93 Chicago BullsAndy Headen 1986 New Yor GiantsTony Horne 1999 St. Louis RamsJimmy Key 1992 Toronto Blue Jays 1996 New York YankeesTerry Kinard 1986 New York GiantsBill Mathis 1969 New York JetsJeff McCall 1983 Oakland RaidersDexter McCleon 1999 St. Louis RamsJohn McMakin 1974 Pittsburgh SteelersWilliam Perry 1985 Chicago BearsTrevor Pryce 1997, 98 Denver BroncosArchie Reese 1981 San Francisco 49ersFlint Rhem 1926, 31 St. Louis CardinalsWayne Simmons 1996 Green Bay PackersJim Stuckey 1981, 84 San Francisco 49ersTim Tuefel 1986 New York MetsCharlie Waters 1971, 77 Dallas Cowboys
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