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Beard, Alfred, Jr. "Butch"

(born: 1947) 

Born in Hardinsburg, KY, Alfred "Butch" Beard, Jr. played basketball at Breckinridge County High School and the University of Louisville, where he roomed with Wes Unseld. He was drafted in 1969 by the Atlanta Hawks, then drafted by the U.S. Army. After his military service, Beard returned to the NBA and played for several different teams. While with the San Francisco Golden State Warriors he scored the last seven points of the team's 1975 NBA Championship win. Beard retired as an NBA player in 1979, last playing for the New York Knicks. Since retiring, Beard has been an assistant coach in the NBA and a head coach of college basketball teams. For more see Who's Who Among African Americans; In Black and White. A guide to magazine articles, newspaper articles, and books concerning Black individuals and groups, 3rd ed., edited by M. M. Spradling; and Butch Beard at


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NKAA Entry: Unseld, Westley S. "Wes"
NKAA Entry: Spradling, Mary E. Mace
NKAA Source: Who's who among African Americans
NKAA Source: In Black and white : a guide to magazine articles, newspaper articles, and books concerning more than 15,000 Black individuals and groups

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