Ronald Bruce Boone (born September 6, 1946) is a retired American Basketball Association (ABA) player.
During his years at Tech High in North Omaha, Nebraska, Boone stood 6'2" and weighed 175 pounds.
After college, at Idaho State University, Boone was selected by the Dallas Chaparrals in the 1968 ABA Draft and by the Phoenix Suns in the 1968 NBA Draft. Boone opted for Dallas and the ABA.
After two seasons with the Dallas Chaparrals (1968–71), Boone played for five seasons with the Utah Stars (1971–75). He was also on the Stars' championship team in the 1971 ABA Finals. After five seasons with the Stars, Boone played for the Spirits of St. Louis during the 1975-76 season. After the ABA-NBA merger in June 1976 Boone played in the NBA for the Kansas City Kings for two seasons (1976–78) and then for the Los Angeles Lakers for two seasons. Boone then returned to Utah, finishing his professional career with two seasons as a member of the Utah Jazz.
In Terry Pluto's collection of the oral history of the ABA, Loose Balls, interviewees noted that Boone's nickname was "The Legend," because he always showed up each season in shape and always was remarkably consistent. At the time of his retirement, Boone had the distinction of having played the most consecutive games of any player in the history of professional basketball - 1,041 in a row between the ABA and NBA. This record has since been broken by A. C. Green. However, Boone played at least 20 minutes in each game, whereas Green made several "token appearances" during his streak while suffering from various injuries.
- ^ a b c d e f g h DatabaseBasketball.com Ron Boone page
- ^ "Jazz Waive Boone, Ending His Streak of 1,041 Games", The New York Times, January 27, 1981, 2007
- ^ Remember the ABA: Utah Stars
By Dean Hanley
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