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Ed Tracey
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Date Posted: Sunday, September 30, 02:42:15pm

Former San Diego High star (and Celtics champion) "Hambone" Williams dies
Tom Krasovic, San Diego Unin-Tribune, September 27, 2018

Arthur “Hambone” Williams, who took up organized basketball as a San Diego High School junior, earned the 1959 Southern California prep player of the year award and won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics, died Thursday morning in San Diego of a stroke. He was 78.

“He was one of the better basketball players to be developed in San Diego,” said Jerry Magee, a longtime Union-Tribune sportswriter who chronicled Williams’ prep career.

Williams came by his nickname soon after his family moved from Bonham, Texas, to San Diego in the 1950s.

“My first day of junior high (Memorial), somebody hollered ‘Hambone!’ and I turned around,” Williams told the U-T in 2010. “I’ve been Hambone ever since.”

He joined the San Diego High team at the suggestion of a gym coach. A guard who was adept at setting up his teammates to score, he succeeded in high school as he had in pickup games.

He was 28 in 1967 when he tried out for the local NBA team, the San Diego Rockets, a first-year expansion club, after working various jobs in the defense industry following careers with San Diego City College and Cal Poly Pomona.

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