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Robert "Scotty" Robertson has a lot of great memories from being around college and professional basketball for about 20 years.
"There are too many to mention," said Robertson, whose wife Betty grew up on Lake St. John. Her brothers, Robert James Lancaster and Doc Lancaster lived on Lake Bruin before they both passed away last year.
The Robertson's celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary the second week of June.
"I don't think about age," Robertson. "When people ask my age, my wife just says I'm an adult."
Robertson also has a lot of honors and awards, the latest being named to the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions in Shreveport.
"I had no idea this was going to happen," Robertson said. "This was a big surprise."
Robertson was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and was inducted into the Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame in 1998. Robertson played basketball at Tech and coached from 1964-74, compiling a record of 161-86, including two Gulf State championships.
Robertson, will be inducted on August 7 along with Canadian Football Hall of Famer William Thomas "Tommy" Hinton, LSU and Baltimore Colts defensive tackle Fred Miller and Louisiana Tech, Ruston High School football coach L.J. "Hoss" Garrett and motorcycle drag racing great Richard Nallin.
Receiving a special lifetime achievement award for his contribution to sports is renowned orthopedic surgeon William S. Bundrick, Sr., M.D., of the Bone & Joint Clinic in Bossier City, La.
Robertson was named the first coach of the New Orleans Jazz in 1974.
"That was a real experience coaching Pete Maravich," Robertson said. "He was really something special."
Robertson later coached the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons.
He was an interim coach for the Bulls in 1979 and coached the Pistons from 1980-83.
"My last game we beat the Boston Celtics with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish," Robertson said.
He also has a stint as assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns and the Miami Heat.
"I've been fortunate to be around a lot of good players," Robertson said. "And I've been a part of the NBA Finals with Phoenix when we lost to Chicago in six games. I took an all-star team to Japan and been involved in coaching in Italy. Basketball has allowed me to travel all around the world."
Robertson and his wife live in Ruston. He volunteers help with Louisiana Tech men's coach Kerry Rupp and also works out at a local health club each morning.
Robertson said the NBA game has changed a lot, not only on the floor.
"The one thing I notice now is all the tattoos," Robertson said. "We didn't have much of that 10 years ago. As far as the game itself, it's primarily a game of one-on-one. Let me try and beat you and the others will stand around and get ready to rebound. But the two teams in the Finals (Boston and Los Angeles) have two good coaches and they play more as a team."
Robertson said he follows the New Orleans Hornets.
"I kept up with them real close when Tim Floyd was there," Robertson said. "I brought Tim Floyd to Louisiana Tech on a basketball scholarship years ago. His father coached at Southern Mississippi and when we competed against them I got to know him. I am really fond of that family."
Robertson and the other four new members will join the list of 113 past inductees. The museum will be open at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 for a reception followed by the banquet at 7 p.m. Individual and group tickets can be purchased for the event by contacting Dr. George Bakowski at (318) 221-8445.
Forced to close its doors in 2002, the Sports Museum of Champions reopened in 2007 in its current home, the lobby of the Shreveport Convention Center. At that time, the museum's name changed to the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions and the selection area expanded to include more athletes from the Ark-La-Tex region.
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