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Former league ironman Smith dies at 60

FORMER All-Star guard Randy Smith, one of the NBA's renowned ironmen, has died aged 60, the Los Angeles Clippers said yesterday.

Smith died on Thursday from an apparent heart attack while working out on a treadmill at his Connecticut home, the Clippers reported on their official website (

A good shooter and superb jumper, he played seven seasons in the 1970s for the Buffalo Braves, the initial incarnation of the Clippers franchise.

Widely regarded as the league's fastest player while in his prime, Smith set an NBA record by playing in 906 consecutive games from 1972-83.

A highlight of his career was the 1978 NBA All-Star Game where he was named the Most Valuable Player after coming off the bench to lead all scorers with 27 points.

Smith went on to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks before retiring in 1983 with a career record of 16,262 points at 16.7 per game.

"Best athlete the college ever had," Smith's former Buffalo State basketball team mate Dick Bihr was quoted as saying by the Buffalo News. "It's hard to believe that a guy who was such a special athlete could pass away like that."


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