Clyde Edward Lovellette (born September 7, 1929– March 9, 2016) is a retired professional basketball player. He is the first basketball player in history to play on an NCAA championship team, Olympics gold medal basketball team, and NBA championship squad. As a high school junior (1946-47), Lovellette’s previously undefeated high school team in Terre Haute, Indiana lost in the Indiana state championship finals to Shelbyville, Indiana led by Bill Garrett.
At the pro level, Clyde became one of the first big men to move outside and utilize the one-handed set shot that extended his shooting range and offensive repertoire. This tactic enabled him to play either the small forward, power forward or center positions, forcing the opposition’s big man to play out of position. In 704 NBA games with the Minneapolis Lakers, Cincinnati Royals, St. Louis Hawks and Boston Celtics, Lovellette scored 11,947 points (17.0 ppg) and grabbed 6,663 rebounds (9.3 rpg). Selected to play in three NBA All-Star Games, Lovellette was an integral component of championships in Minneapolis (1954) and Boston (1963, 1964).
Lovellette is one of only seven players in history to win an NCAA Championship, an NBA Championship, and an Olympic Gold Medal, and for all of his accolades, Lovellette was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982, and into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988. He is also featured in the ’50s All-Star roster on NBA Live 2007.
After retiring he participated in a variety of activities including serving as Sheriff in his hometown, farming, business activities, and then found a position at Whites Residential Services, a faith-based school in Wabash County, IN for at-risk teenagers where he served for 20 years and was successful in providing a positive influence on their lives. He resided at one time in the small town of Munising in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he served as the Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach and on the city council. He currently lives in the small Indiana town of North Manchester, home of Manchester University where he is frequently seen as a spectator at MU basketball games.
Career highlights and awards
3× NBA champion (1954, 1963, 1964)
4× NBA All-Star (1956–1957, 1960–1961)
All-NBA Second Team (1956)
NCAA champion (1952)
NCAA Final Four MOP (1952)
Helms Foundation Player of the Year (1952)
NCAA Division I scoring leader (1952)
2× Consensus first-team All-American (1951, 1952)
Third-team All-American – AP (1950)
Competitor for the United States United States Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1952 Helsinki Team Competition