In 1957, the Cincinnati Royals selected a star basketball player named Rod Hundley out of the University of West Virginia, and promptly traded his rights to the Minneapolis Lakers.
Hundley, who played for the Lakers in Minneapolis and Los Angeles from 1957 until 1963, averaged 8.4 points per game, recorded over 1,400 assists and played in two All Star games.
Known as “Hot Rod,” Hundley boasts a career as long as it’s been outstanding as a basketball analyst, working not only with Chick Hearn in Los Angeles but most notably serving as the voice of the Jazz (both in New Orleans and Utah) since 1974.
Hundley retired after last season, but is happy to be filling in for Stu Lantz for the next six Lakers games, starting Friday night against Minnesota.
We spoke to Hundley a few hours prior to the game to discuss his time with Hearn, his present-day pairing with Joel Meyers, some memories of his favorite city (L.A., of course) and his thoughts about Kobe Bryant, who to him is without question the NBA’s best player.