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WVPacman
04-16-2012, 01:14 AM
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Former NBA and University of Florida basketball player Dwayne Schintzius died Sunday afternoon from respiratory failure. He was 43.


The 7-foot-2 Schintzius, who starred at Brandon (Fla.) High School east of Tampa, had been battling complications from a bone marrow transplant he received as treatment for chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, the Tampa Tribune reported.


Schintzius played at Florida from 1987-90 and helped lead the Gators to their first three NCAA tournament appearances in school history (the first two were later vacated by the NCAA). Schintzius is sixth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,624 points and still holds the school record for blocked shots (272). He was named an All-American by The Associated Press, UPI and the Sporting News in 1989 after averaging 18.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.


Schintzius is still the only player in Southeastern Conference history with more than 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 250 assists and 250 blocked shots.


But Schintzius was almost as well known for his mullet haircut -- which he called The Lobster -- and the unceremonious end to his collegiate career. He quit the team 11 games into the 1989-90 season after a falling out with interim head coach Don DeVoe.


Bill Koss, a Sun Sports and Fox Sports Florida basketball analyst and former UF player from 1963-65, said he'll remember Schintzius as the first great big man to play at Florida.


"He was maybe as skillful as any big man that's ever played at Florida," Koss said. "Soft hands. Could really pass the basketball. Great instincts.


"He really was a guy that had a large, large impact on University of Florida basketball."


Schintzius returned to the O'Connell Center for a game on Feb. 24, 2011 for the first time since he left the team. He was treated to a rousing ovation when he was introduced in the first half.


"That meant a lot," Schintzius told the school's website after the Gators beat rival Georgia 71-62. "No matter what happened, I've always been proud to be a Gator."


Schintzius was a first-round draft pick by San Antonio in 1990 (24th overall selection). He played for six teams in his injury-filled eight-year NBA career, which ended in 1989 with the Boston Celtics.


Schintzius underwent surgery on his back, knee (twice) and ankle and never played in more than 43 games in a single season. His best season was his rookie season, when he averaged. 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.


Schintzius was diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia more than two years ago and underwent chemotherapy and also had a bone marrow transplant. He was declared cancer-free but suffered a relapse and was forced to undergo another bone marrow transplant

Blimpie
04-16-2012, 01:02 PM
I was attending UF as an undergrad throughout the entire Schintzius era. Most articles have pretty accurately depicted his impact on the Gator basketball program--which was profound.

When Schintzius arrived, UF had not even won their first SEC Championship. You could argue that he was a recruit that started to make Florida basketball relevant.

cumberlandreds
04-16-2012, 01:12 PM
He was the bad boy of the SEC at the time but he was a really good player.
Maybe someone remembers this. One time when Florida played Vandy, the Vandy student section pelted the floor with tennis balls at the end of a game. A technical was called and cost Vandy the game. Does anyone remember this? Do you remember what the Tennis incident was with him? I've been trying to remember but can't for the life of me.

dabvu2498
04-16-2012, 01:58 PM
He was the bad boy of the SEC at the time but he was a really good player.
Maybe someone remembers this. One time when Florida played Vandy, the Vandy student section pelted the floor with tennis balls at the end of a game. A technical was called and cost Vandy the game. Does anyone remember this? Do you remember what the Tennis incident was with him? I've been trying to remember but can't for the life of me.

It was Vandy. He had been charged with assault for hitting his girlfriend with a tennis racket.

KronoRed
04-16-2012, 05:04 PM
It was Vandy. He had been charged with assault for hitting his girlfriend with a tennis racket.

It wasn't his girlfriend, it was a male student outside a bar, he got suspended for it.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1126470/2/index.htm

This is sad news, he had definitely changed according to those who knew him.

Assembly Hall
04-16-2012, 06:32 PM
Just a shame. I enjoyed him. God bless.

dabvu2498
04-16-2012, 06:39 PM
It wasn't his girlfriend, it was a male student outside a bar, he got suspended for it.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1126470/2/index.htm

This is sad news, he had definitely changed according to those who knew him.

My bad. I have been told that story a million times. You'd think I'd have it right by now.

Blimpie
04-16-2012, 07:10 PM
One thing that I remember about the Vandy fiasco was that it happened in an absolutely huge game for the Gators. After Schintzius knocked down the technicals, it essentially locked up the SEC title for Florida.

When Florida next visited FSU in Tallahassee I traveled from Gainesville to see the game. When Schintzius was introduced before the game, the Seminole fans rained--not hundreds--but literally thousands of tennis balls onto the court.

TheBigLebowski
04-16-2012, 08:10 PM
A true tragedy. Dwayne really settled down as he aged and was truly a good person. As a UF alum and a huge Gator Basketball fan, I am forever indebted to him for what he did for our program. He was a special talent. RIP.

Revering4Blue
04-16-2012, 09:06 PM
I'll never forget the improbable run to the sweet 16 by the '87 Gator team with Schintzius, Vernon Maxwell, Moten and the Lawrence twins, falling in a close game to NCAA runner-up Syracuse.

I also recall a period of time during Schintzius's rookie year with the Spurs, in which he replaced an injured Terry Cummings in the starting lineup and excelled with David Robinson playing PF.

Sad news, indeed.

cumberlandreds
04-17-2012, 07:56 AM
It was Vandy. He had been charged with assault for hitting his girlfriend with a tennis racket.

Thanks to you and Krono. I couldn't remember what happened for the life of me. Just too long ago. I really hated hearing about his death. Sounds like he had truly became a good person.

Scrap Irony
04-17-2012, 09:41 AM
I'll never forget the improbable run to the sweet 16 by the '87 Gator team with Schintzius, Vernon Maxwell, Moten and the Lawrence twins, falling in a close game to NCAA runner-up Syracuse.

Ah, Mad Max. One of my favorite shooters of all time.

He, Dale Ellis from UT, and Chuck Person from Auburn were absolutely money from downtown. So much fun to watch.

The SEC in those days was truly awesome. Players flying up and down the floor, phenomenal athletes-- too bad the style of play has gotten so... grounded.

I miss the possibility of triple digit games. I miss Dominique's windmill slams and The Round Mound of Rebound. I miss Dinner Bell Mel from the elbow and Wimp Sanderson's plaid jacket. I miss Sean Thuhoy scoring from... well, everywhere, and Rickey Blanton flopping and windmilling his arms while running down the court. Jeff Malone from the corner? It's only an echo now. Vandy's Kentucky connection with Barry Goheen from half-court to beat Louisville? Awesome.

Sigh.

I miss good basketball.

Blimpie
04-17-2012, 12:15 PM
Ah, Mad Max. One of my favorite shooters of all time.

He, Dale Ellis from UT, and Chuck Person from Auburn were absolutely money from downtown. So much fun to watch.

The SEC in those days was truly awesome. Players flying up and down the floor, phenomenal athletes-- too bad the style of play has gotten so... grounded.

I miss the possibility of triple digit games. I miss Dominique's windmill slams and The Round Mound of Rebound. I miss Dinner Bell Mel from the elbow and Wimp Sanderson's plaid jacket. I miss Sean Thuhoy scoring from... well, everywhere, and Rickey Blanton flopping and windmilling his arms while running down the court. Jeff Malone from the corner? It's only an echo now. Vandy's Kentucky connection with Barry Goheen from half-court to beat Louisville? Awesome.

Sigh.

I miss good basketball.

I share your nostalgia, Scrap.

Around that same vintage, Florida had a starting PF named Dwayne Davis. One of the most athletically gifted players EVER to wear a Gator uniform.

Not a pure shooter by any stretch, but the guy created his own shots and could absolutely jump out of the gym.

TheBigLebowski
04-17-2012, 12:28 PM
I share your nostalgia, Scrap.

Around that same vintage, Florida had a starting PF named Dwayne Davis. One of the most athletically gifted players EVER to wear a Gator uniform.

Not a pure shooter by any stretch, but the guy created his own shots and could absolutely jump out of the gym.

3D was amazing. Never understood why he never even got so much as a look at the next level.

Assembly Hall
04-17-2012, 12:42 PM
Dang, you guys are really making me feel old!!!!!!!!!! I miss those days as well.

Sea Ray
04-17-2012, 02:54 PM
He, Dale Ellis from UT, and Chuck Person from Auburn were absolutely money from downtown. So much fun to watch.



Dale Ellis was pretty much a post up/power forward in college. UT's long range shooter was Michael Brooks. Man I wish we had the 3 pt line back then

Blimpie
04-18-2012, 07:58 AM
Getting off subject here, but this is fun....

Another fond SEC memory that I had from that era was when I got to witness in person LSU Freshman Chris Jackson drop 'half a hundred' on the Gators in a shootout.

I believe his 53 point performance remains an O'Dome record nearly 25 years later.

Scrap Irony
04-18-2012, 03:09 PM
That kid could shoot.

And did.

Often.

dabvu2498
04-18-2012, 03:18 PM
That kid could shoot.

And did.

Often.

Enjoy this:

Chris Jackson vs Tennessee (Ten 3-pointers) - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6V8fXCfNvw)

Especially given the announcer.

Blimpie
04-19-2012, 01:09 PM
Kid was absolutely unguardable.

cumberlandreds
04-19-2012, 01:22 PM
Enjoy this:

Chris Jackson vs Tennessee (Ten 3-pointers) - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6V8fXCfNvw)

Especially given the announcer.

Too bad Joe Dean wasn't announcing that game. He would have worn out "They call that Straaaang music from Knoxville, Tennessee."
Jackson was one of the best SEC players I have ever seen. Just a remarkable player.
Marty did UK Network TV games for a couple of seasons in the late 80's. One of those years was 1989,the only losing season UK has had in about 80 years. I blame Marty for that. ;)

cumberlandreds
04-19-2012, 01:23 PM
Kid was absolutely unguardable.

In that clip Tennessee did very little guarding of him. They were giving him 3 feet on most of those shots. More than enough for Jackson.

dabvu2498
04-19-2012, 02:43 PM
Too bad Joe Dean wasn't announcing that game. He would have worn out "They call that Straaaang music from Knoxville, Tennessee."
Jackson was one of the best SEC players I have ever seen. Just a remarkable player.
Marty did UK Network TV games for a couple of seasons in the late 80's. One of those years was 1989,the only losing season UK has had in about 80 years. I blame Marty for that. ;)

Marty was also on the radio mic for the 92 Duke game. Just sayin.

dabvu2498
04-19-2012, 02:43 PM
In that clip Tennessee did very little guarding of him. They were giving him 3 feet on most of those shots. More than enough for Jackson.

But when they did, it was blow-by city. He was goooood.

cumberlandreds
04-19-2012, 02:53 PM
Marty was also on the radio mic for the 92 Duke game. Just sayin.

Really. I didn't know that. I assume it was part of the NCAA radio network.

dabvu2498
04-19-2012, 03:03 PM
Really. I didn't know that. I assume it was part of the NCAA radio network.

Yep. If you listened real close on the UPS commercials you could hear his voice.

He used to do one of the semi final games on Saturday at the Final 4 also.

He was a pretty good basketball announcer, IMO.

Blimpie
04-20-2012, 09:07 AM
It was obvious that Marty loved doing NCAA basketball games. In fact, he has mentioned publically that he very much would have loved to become the UK play-by-play announcer after the death of Cawood Ledford.

Apparently, when Jim Host selected Ralph Hacker as the on-air replacement, Marty cried conspiracy and has not had much nice to say about Hacker ever since.

cumberlandreds
04-20-2012, 09:28 AM
It was obvious that Marty loved doing NCAA basketball games. In fact, he has mentioned publically that he very much would have loved to become the UK play-by-play announcer after the death of Cawood Ledford.

Apparently, when Jim Host selected Ralph Hacker as the on-air replacement, Marty cried conspiracy and has not had much nice to say about Hacker ever since.

I don't think Marty's personality would have gone over with UK and its fans. He's way too critical and over the top. I think that was one reason he didn't stay on longer as UK's TV voice.

Blimpie
04-20-2012, 12:24 PM
I could not agree more.

dabvu2498
04-21-2012, 10:33 AM
It was obvious that Marty loved doing NCAA basketball games. In fact, he has mentioned publically that he very much would have loved to become the UK play-by-play announcer after the death of Cawood Ledford.

Apparently, when Jim Host selected Ralph Hacker as the on-air replacement, Marty cried conspiracy and has not had much nice to say about Hacker ever since.

In Marty's defense, Hacker was pretty awful. :)