Mark Allen Olberding (born April 21, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player born in Melrose, Minnesota.
A 6'8" forward from the University of Minnesota, Olberding played 12 seasons (1975–1987) in the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association as a member of the San Diego Sails (1975–76), San Antonio Spurs (1975–82), Chicago Bulls (1982–83), Kansas City Kings (1983–85), and Sacramento Kings (1985–87). He had his best seasons with the Spurs, for whom he played 536 games. One of the highlights of his career occurred on January 21, 1977, when he made 10 field goals without missing in a game against the Boston Celtics. In the 1987-88 season, he played professionally in Italy for Benetton Treviso.
During the 1980s, Spurs teammates Olberding, George Johnson, Dave Corzine, Kevin Restani, Paul Griffin, and Reggie Johnson earned the nickname "The Bruise Brothers" for their physical style of play.
Olberding currently lives in San Antonio and coaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
By Dean Hanley
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