Willis Reed

PASSINGS: LeRoy Ellis, Jack Twyman


Ex-Laker backed up Wilt Chamberlin on 1971-72 title team

LeRoy Ellis, 72, a first-round draft pick of the Lakers in 1962 who was the backup center to Wilt Chamberlin on the 1971-72 NBA championship team, died Saturday in Portland, Ore., after battling cancer.

Ellis, a 6-foot-10 forward/center, played 14 seasons in the NBA and averaged 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds. A New York City native, he played college basketball at St. John's University.

The Lakers chose him with the sixth pick of the 1962 draft and he played

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