James Clifford “Jim” Pollard (1922-1993) was nicknamed “The Kangaroo Kid” for his ability to dunk the basketball from the free throw line in the 1940s and ‘50s before the move became in vogue. Pollard starred with the Stanford Cardinal when they won the 1942 NCAA National Championship. After a stint in the Coast Guard during World War II, the Chicago Stags took Jim in the 1947 BAA Draft. In 1948, he joined the Minneapolis Lakers teaming him with George Mikan and Vern Mikkelsen making them one of the most formidable frontcourts in the history of the game. Pollard played eight seasons (1947-1955) with the Lakers, capturing six championships (1948 – NBL; BAA – 1949; NBA - 1950, 1952-1954). From 1949 to 1955, Jim was named to four NBA All-Star Games and two All-NBA First Teams and two Second Teams. Jim retired as a player following the 1954-55 season with 5,762 points, 2,487 total rebounds and 1,417 assists. In 1959, he took over the reigns as head coach of the Lakers for one season, losing the Western Conference Finals to the St. Louis Hawks. He coached one more season (Chicago Packers – 1961-62) in the NBA before joining fledgling American Basketball Association for three seasons (Minnesota Muskies – 1967-68; Miami Floridians – 1968-1970). He retired from coaching after the 1969-70 season with a record of 130-165 in 295 games. Jim Pollard was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978.