By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Kennedy McIntosh: 1949-2009
NEW YORK — Former NBA player Kennedy McIntosh succumbed to a stroke last Friday 6 at UCLA-Santa Monica Hospital in Los Angeles, California.
He is survived by his daughter Kourtney, son Kevin, daughter Kai, Godson former NBA player, Sean Higgins as well as six grandchildren, two sisters and a brother, nieces and nephews and a host of cousins.
McIntosh was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 1971 draft. He played with the Bulls during the 1971-72 season but during the 1972-73 season went to play for the Seattle SuperSonics for whom he would play 56 games that year.
McIntosh remained with Seattle for the next two seasons, leaving the NBA early in 1975 due to injury. Prior to his NBA years with the Chicago Bulls and Seattle Supersonics, Kennedy “Big Dude” McIntosh set multiple records that have yet to be broken at Eastern Michigan University.
The school honored his accomplishments by raising his number 54 to the rafters 35 years after his departure. From 1967-71 Ken McIntosh helped rule the front court for the then-EMU Huron’s and acquired the nickname “Big Dude.”
He played alongside a young George “Iceman” Gervin, who would become a dominant NBA legend. While at Eastern Michigan University, McIntosh set records in scoring and rebounding that have stood the test of time for nearly 40 years.
McIntosh still holds the EMU career mark for points scored (2,219) and rebounds (1,426) and is the only EMU player to grab more than 1,000 rebounds. His jersey was retired during a halftime ceremony Jan. 14, 2006.
Although McIntosh resided in Los Angeles following his NBA career, Big Dude was born and raised in Detroit. Upon being drafted by the Bulls, he would score over 400 points in his first two seasons.
Kennedy would play under the tutelage of Bill Russell while in Seattle and alongside friends and basketball greats like Fred Brown and Spencer Haywood.