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Former NBA player Ernie Vandeweghe dies at 86
The death was confirmed Sunday night by Kiki Vandeweghe, who said his father died of natural causes at his home in Newport Beach.
Vandeweghe averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 224 regular-season games for the Knicks from 1949-56. In college, he averaged 19.1 points in four seasons at Colgate.
"I am so lucky to have spent so many years with him learning and growing," granddaughter CoCo Vandeweghe, a pro tennis player ranked 40th in the world, said in a Facebook post Saturday. "He is now in a better place with his beloved wife. He will be missed dearly. Love you Pal."
Ernie Vandeweghe's wife, Colleen, died in 2010. She won the 1952 Miss America pageant.
Born in Montreal, Vandeweghe went to medical school while in the NBA and was a physician in the U.S. Air Force. He was chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and served on the Olympic Sports Commission. He also was the Lakers' team physician when the team moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis.
"He's never really gone because the lessons are still there," said Kiki Vandeweghe, who as a 5-year-old didn't understand why his physician father would often be gone on weekends.
"He used to take care of the athletes and their kids. I found out he never charged any of those people. When you can afford to give back, you do."
Kiki Vandeweghe played 13 seasons in the NBA and was a two-time All-Star who averaged 19.7 points for his career. Daughter Tauna won a U.S. swimming championship in the backstroke and competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Son Bruk was a beach volleyball player, and daughter Heather captained the U.S. women's polo team. Coco is Tauna's daughter.
Ernie Vandeweghe grew up on Long Island and played football, basketball and baseball at Oceanside High School.
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Memphis Grizzlies vs. LA Lakers Betting Odds and Preview
Sportsbook.com Betting Odds: L.A. Lakers -8.5, Total: 202
The Grizzlies look for their third straight win as they head to Los Angeles to face the Lakers in the first of a four-game West Coast road trip. Memphis won by a point at Dallas on Friday and returned home to crush Minnesota by 20 on Saturday. Against the Pacific Division last year, the Grizzlies went 10-8 ATS.
Despite finishing fourth in the league with 103.2 points per game on the road in 2009-10, the Grizzlies allowed opponents to shoot 49.3% from the field and average 106.3 PPG. Memphis will need to shoot well from the floor Tuesday night as it is only averaging 10.7 offensive RPG and will likely be without forward Zach Randolph, who ranked second in the league with 11.7 RPG in 2009-10. Randolph has a bruised tailbone, which limits his jumping ability. He playing status will be determined in Tuesday’s shoot-around, but don’t expect him to play against the Lakers.
Meanwhile, the back-to-back NBA Champion Lakers are 3-0 to start the season and have the league’s second-best point differential (+11.3 PPG). L.A. crushed Golden State by 24 points on Sunday, 107-83, while out-rebounding the Warriors 67 to 48.
The Lakers recorded an impressive 45-8 home record in 2009-10, but the basketball betting crowd didn’t profit as they went 23-29-1 (44.2%) ATS. Los Angeles favored the Under last year against the Southwest Division going Under in 11 of 17 games (64.7%). The Lakers are shooting well from behind the arc this season (40.3%) and are averaging 111.0 PPG. L.A. will be difficult to defend with superstars Kobe Bryant scoring 24.0 PPG in just 32.7 MPG and Pau Gasol shooting 52.5% FG for 25.3 PPG, while grabbing over 10 boards per game.
In the last 26 series meetings in Los Angeles, the Lakers have won 21 straight up, but the Grizzlies are 14-11 ATS. Five of six games have gone under the total in the last three seasons.
This NBA betting trend indicates that the Grizzlies will cover the point spread
Play Against - Home favorites (LA LAKERS) - good 3PT shooting team (>=36.5%) against a poor 3PT defense (>=36.5%), average rebounding team (+/-3 reb/game) against a horrible rebounding team (<=-5.5 reb/game). (35-9 since 1996.) (79.5%, +25.1 units. Rating = 3*).
For those interested in betting on the Grizzlies vs. Lakers ‘total’, this betting trend indicates the ‘under’ is the way to go.
Play Under - Any team (MEMPHIS) - after a blowout win by 20 points or more against opponent after leading in their previous game by 15 or more points at the half.
(107-50 since 1996.) (68.2%, +52 units. Rating = 3*).
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