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John Roche – 1972-’73 Topps #201

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JohnRoche_a John Michael Roche (born September 26, 1949 in New York City) is a retired American professional basketball player in both the ABA and the NBA from 1971 to 1982.
Roche attended high school at La Salle Academy and college at the University of South Carolina and was a three-time All-American and two-time MVP of the Atlantic Coast Conference and played for Frank McGuire at South Carolina. He was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round (14th pick) of the 1971 NBA Draft and also selected by the Kentucky Colonels in the 1971 ABA Draft. Roche signed with the New York NetsJohnRoche_b of the ABA, who had obtained the rights to him from the Colonels. He was selected to the 1972 ABA All-Rookie team, and played with the Nets during his first three seasons. During the 1973–74 season, he was traded back to Colonels for Mike Gale and Wendell Ladner. Roche is one of three players in NBA history to hit 7 three-point field goals in a quarter. Roche earned a law degree from the University of Denver College of Law, while playing for the Denver Nuggets. As of 2012, Roche was an attorney at the Denver office of the law firm Taylor  Anderson.

Jim Chones – 1972-’73 Topps #259


James Bernett Chones (born November 30, 1949 in Racine, Wisconsin) is an American former professional basketball player. A 6’11″ forward/center, Chones starred at Marquette University, where he earned All-America honors as a junior in 1972 after averaging 20.5 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. When he left Marquette to pursue an NBA career, he was only the second player in NCAA history to leave school for the NBA, before his graduating year. Professionally, he first played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and later in the National Basketball Association. Chones won an NBA Championship as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980, and he retired from basketball in 1982 with combined ABA/NBA totals of 9,821 points and 6,427 rebounds. After retiring from the NBA, Chones spent eleven seasons as the television color analyst for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and in 2007, returned as a radio postgame analyst. Thirty-five years after leaving Marquette, Chones returned to earn his degree in Philosophy. He was inducted into the Marquette University Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Cleveland Sports Commission Hall of Fame in 2006. In addition to his broadcasting duties with the Cavaliers, Chones has been an occasional color analyst for the Milwaukee Bucks. For the 2010-2011 season, usual Cavs radio voice Joe Tait has missed much of the season as he recovers from surgery/illness. During this time, Chones and WTAM morning co-host/sports director and Cavs pregame/postgame host Mike Snyder have formed the interim radio play by play team.

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