OBITUARY: Randy Smith (1948-2009)

Randy Smith, who earned All-American honors at Buffalo State in soccer, basketball and track & field and later was an NBA star, died of a heart attack Thursday at his home in Norwich, Conn.

College soccer did not have much of a following in 1970 when Smith earned All-Americans honors, but he was so good that fans came just to see him.

He was only a seventh-round NBA draft pick in 1971 but he scored 26,262 points in his long career. The highlight came in 1978 when he the MVP of the NBA All-Star Game with 27 points off the bench.

Smith grew up in Long Island. After retiring, he worked for the NBA, coached in the CBA and most recently worked for a casino.

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