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Dan Issel  

Dan Issel initially didn't seem to have the physical abilities required for stardom in the NBA.

Dan Issel is a former professional basketball player and coach.  Issel played college basketball at the University of Kentucky for three seasons.  Of those three seasons, Issel was named an All-American twice.

After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Issel went to play for the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association.  In 1975 he won an ABA title with the Colonels.  Issel was traded by the Colonels' owners to the Baltimore Claws franchise and ended up with the Denver Nuggets the following season.  Issel played through the 1984-1985 season, scoring over 25,000 points in his career.

After his playing career, he returned to the Nuggets as head coach in 1992 and led them to their first winning record in four years and to the playoffs.   He retired three games into the 1995-96 season but returned in 1998 as President and General Manager.  After a brief return to coaching, Issel decided to retire in December 2001.

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