Video: Flash from the past, Spurs’ Larry Kenon


With the FIBA Americas championship and 2011 EuroBasket tournament already over, there is not much Spurs basketball news to talk about. The fact that the NBA lockout is still in full effect, then it’s looking like a long offseason without some NBA action.

Thankfully, Spurs World’s regular reader Joe Perez gave me an idea to write about a former Spurs great Larry Kenon.

Many of us probably didn’t see Kenon in action on the court, but to give us an idea on how he performed as a Spur, here is a look back.

Kenon was drafted by the Memphis Tams of the ABA, but the New York Nets secured his draft rights. During his rookie season, Kenon averaged 15.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game on the Julius Erving-led Nets team that won the 1974 ABA Championship.

He made the All-Star Team in each of his three ABA seasons, and competed in the first-ever Slam Dunk Contest during the 1976 ABA All-Star Game.

But after averaging a double-double in consecutive seasons with the Nets, Kenon was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Swen Nater, joining the Spurs in their last ABA season, where he averaged 18.7 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.

In the Spurs’ inaugural NBA season, Kenon raised his game, averaging 21.9 points and 11.1 rebounds and formed an explosive scoring duo in San Antonio with George Gervin.

In each of the four seasons they were teammates, the “Iceman” and “Special K”, both averaged at least 20 points per game, aside from averaging 20+ points, Kenon also averaged 10.7 rebounds during his four seasons in San Antonio and was named to the NBA All-Star team in 1978 and 1979.

Former Spur Larry Kenon soars for a layup while teammate George Gervin looks on.

In a December 26, 1976 game against the Kansas City Kings at Kemper Arena, which San Antonio won 110-105, Kenon set an NBA record for steals in a game with eleven.

He also recorded 29 points and 15 rebounds for a rare points-rebounds-steals triple-double feat.

Kenon’s 21.2 points per game is the third highest scoring average in Spurs’ history and his 10.7 rebounds per game ranks third among forwards (behind Dennis Rodman and Tim Duncan).

However, after the 1979-80 season Kenon signed with the Chicago Bulls.

While his minutes per game went down in Chicago, he still managed to average 14.1 points per game but that would be his last effective season.

In his seven NBA seasons, Kenon played a total of 503 games and scored 8,535 career points. His NBA and ABA totals were 12,954 points for a 17.2 average.

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11 thoughts on “Video: Flash from the past, Spurs’ Larry Kenon

  1. Pingback: Video: Flash from the past, Spurs' Larry Kenon « Spurs World | | The Spurs StoreThe Spurs Store

  2. Good to know that there was another Spur great besides, Gervin, Robinson and Gilmore… Maybe he also deserve to be in the HOF?

  3. Robby

    Thanks for keeping up us all updated ! As for Kenon knew little about him beyond his career with the Spurs , so it is great that you’ve provided us with this tidbit .

    By the way did the former ” Mrs Parker” ( Eva Longoria) get all she wanted out of Tony ? She wants spousal support from a marriage that she hardly contributed anything to ? Perhaps it’s just me but I felt you get out a marital union what you put into it ? Much like her career the union was doomed for failure to begin with !

    tophatal ……..

  4. Robby;
    WOW, chilling to see a video like this, brings back memories of the SAS of the 70′s. What a great time for the franchise, went back memory lane again and started reminiscing of High School days. Special K as he was known was a dominant, physical player, his dues were never given. Now we also had the BRUISE BROTHERS a special team Black n White and Bloody, something like cut throat BB a very Physical team that enjoyed dishing out pain to the other teams, way before the Detroit bad boys were ever dream off. Some old highlights will show you the Bruise Brothers section in the Hemisphire Convention Center, they were a section of guys dress as the BLUES BROTHERS, up on the nose bleed it was an incredible time to go see the Spurs. Glad too say I was fortunate enought to grow up with the franchise from beggining. Robby, shed some light on another one of my favorite SAS player coach GEORGE KARL yes guys he was also a SAS player. Robby, Don’t know where you keep comming up with this great archieves but this one gets 5 STARS.

    • Joe Perez

      That may well be the case but at the end of the day it’s left up to those who have the right to make the decision and so far it it hasn’t happened . So now what ?

      tophatal ……

  5. Tophatal;
    I’am with you, I would problaly create an NABA HOF, a combination of NBA, ABA for this certain players that meet that criteria.

    • Joe Perez

      Once the NBA came into being from a commercial standpoint obviously there was the ABA , with that said the NBA sought to poach stars from the then declining ABA , pay them more in order to become viable. Unfortunately as part of history that’s rarely touched upon by the NBA . It was the same with the NFL and how they came about in the true sense of the word .

      Hopefully at some time in the future it’s hoped that Kenon will be duly rewarded with his enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame .

      Have a great weekend and stay safe !

      tophatal ……..

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