THE SIDELINES : UCLA Set to Retire Numbers of Jabbar, Walton, Meyers, Curry
Four of the finest players in UCLA basketball history--Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Ann Meyers and Denise Curry--will be honored at halftime of the Bruins’ game against DePaul on Feb. 3 when their uniform numbers will be retired.
The four numbers--Abdul-Jabbar’s 33, Walton’s 32, Meyers’ 15 and Curry’s 12--will be the first UCLA basketball numbers ever retired. All four players received All-America honors at least three times.
“We feel this will be the highlight of our season-long celebration of Pauley Pavilion’s 25th anniversary,” UCLA Athletic Director Peter T. Dalis said. “Certainly, we have had many great players perform in Pauley during its illustrious history, but these four are at the head of the class.”
Abdul-Jabbar, known as Lew Alcindor during his career at UCLA, led the Bruins to three national championships and a three-year record of 88-2.
Walton led the Bruins to two national championships and a three-year record of 86-4.
Meyers was the first woman inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame and led the Bruins to the AIAW national championship in 1978.
Curry scored in double figures in all 130 of her games at UCLA and was a freshman starter on the 1978 women’s championship team.