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Bill Bradley started off his life in Crystal City Missouri He was born on July 28 1943 He took his first shot with a basketball when he was 9 at the Crystal Citys YMCA He started playing basketball for his local high school as a freshman He became captain of his high school team his second year He often went to the gym when he didnt have a team practice He would ask his coach if he could use the gym on the off days of practice Bill then moved on from high school and made up his mind to go to Princeton University He was an all American is college and was also asked to play on the Olympic team That team went on to be gold medallists He later broke the record for most points in a single NCAA tournament He also became the first basketball player to get the Sullivan Award for the nations best amateur athlete Aside from all his basketball he was a good student getting strait Bs Bill was one of the thirty-two people of the US chosen to go to Oxford University in England Bill then came back after two years of little basketball to be drafted by the knicks He signed a three year contract for 500000 That was unusual for a basketball player to get Most of them got 5000 to 10000 He then had to spend six months in the air forceAfter the six months he started playing for the knicks But he wasnt as good as he was in college because he didnt have as much practice But managed to start on the knicks great team the second year of his career Bill won the rookie of the year award In 1971 he was thinking about dropping out of basketball and going for politics but then he hit his career high 38 and stayed He also got three hundred rebounds and assists Bill was
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