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Raymond Lewis to date is considered one of the greatest basketball players to ever come out of Los Angeles. Who you might say to yourself, Who? Lewis' legend began growing as a high school Phenom at Verbum Dei in Watts, CA a stone’s throw west of Los Angeles. Lewis led the Eagles to three consecutive California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) titles in 1969, 1970 and 1971.
He was also twice named MVP in his Junior and Senior year at the Verb. Lewis who had committed to play his college ball at Long Beach State under legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian, eventually ended up at Cal State L.A. when he found a brand new Red Corvette ended up sitting in his driveway via the institution's brass.
As a freshman he at Cal State L.A. he averaged 39 points per game and even had a 73 point outing against UC Santa Barbara. As a sophomore Lewis was the NCAA's Division 1's second leading scorer with a 32.9 average which included one of the most spectacular performances of the year when Raymond scored 53 points in a 107-104 victory against number three-ranked, 22-1, Long Beach State. (Games were played before the three-point shot rule.)
After the 1972-73 sophomore season a CSLA, through a hardship case Lewis became a first-round draft pick of the Philadelphia 76ers signing a three year contact, which at that time made him the youngest person ever to be signed by the NBA.
Rookie Camp in Philly
In June of 1973, the 76ers held their rookie camp. By all accounts, Lewis had a spectacular camp, outplaying Doug Collins, the NBA's and 76ers overall No. 1 pick in the draft and a star for the 1972 U.S. Olympic team.
The Philadelphia media watching the game discovered that Lewis looked better than Collins, who had signed a $200,000 per year contract. In one full-court scrimmage, he reportedly scored 60 points by halftime and coach Gene Shue called off the second half so that the number one draft choice and million-dollar rookie Collins would not be further embarrassed by Lewis.
With all the accolades he received during the camp, Lewis who represented himself, wanted to renegotiate his 3-year contract worth only $190,000. When the 76ers refused, Lewis eventually left camp eventually signing with the ABA's Utah Stars. When Philadelphia threatened to sue the Stars if they played Lewis, the ABA team backed down and released him.
Raymond Lewis vs Michael Cooper
In 1983, in a Summer Pro League game, it was NBA star Michael Cooper, against Raymond Lewis, the legend of the playgrounds. Lewis scored 56 points that night against Cooper in only three quarters of play.
He would make several attempts to try and make an NBA team, even once averaging 54 points in a Summer Pro League games against highly-regarded NBA players. However, in the end he would never play one minute of professional basketball. Many felt that he was blackballed from the league, while others will say he had ample opportunity to make an NBA squad, but lacked what it took to make an NBA team.
The Raymond Lewis story is full or twists and turns that go well-beyond basketball which is what makes his story so fascinating. Join as we attempt to make sense of the senseless of how this basketball Phenom who was once proclaimed a "can't miss, NBA prospect, but did indeed miss. Raymond Lewis is no longer with us but his legend will live on forever!
Proceeds from the sale of these T-shirts go directly towards the filming of the RAYMOND LEWIS: L.A. LEGEND documentary.
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