On October 31, 2012, Leonard made his NBA debut, logging 23 minutes and scoring four points against the Los Angeles Lakers. Richardson motivates teammate Meyers Leonard with his pushups during open gym at the Richard T. Ubben Basketball Complex on the University of Illinois campus Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Champaign, Ill. (Herald & Review/ Stephen Haas), Meyers Leonard does pushups during open gym at the Richard T. Ubben Basketball Complex on the University of Illinois campus Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Champaign, Ill. (Herald & Review/ Stephen Haas), Meyers Leonard warms up during open gym at the Richard T. Ubben Basketball Complex on the University of Illinois campus Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Champaign, Ill. (Herald & Review/ Stephen Haas), Robinson's Meyers Leonard practices with the team in the gymnasium at Robinson High School Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, in Robinson, Ill. (Herald & Review/ Stephen Haas), Meyers Leonard poses for a headshot after practice in the gymnasium at Robinson High School Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, in Robinson, Ill. (Herald & Review/ Stephen Haas), Robinson's Meyers Leonard (32) dunks over Unity's Seth Gooch (21) during a game in the Bulldog Christmas Classic Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Effingham St. Anthony High School's Enlow Center in Effingham, Ill. (Herald & Review/ Stephen Haas), Robinson's Meyers Leonard (32) shoots above Mt. Leonard “Truck” Robinson Tennessee State ... All events and awards listed on this website (www.smallcollegebasketball.com) are owned and operated by Small College Basketball, LLC (EIN: 47-4550863). No credit card required. (AP Photo/Don Ryan), Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard (11) in the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Denver. O'Neil called him "something of a basketball anomaly", adding that Leonard "gained all that height without losing his coordination or his fast-twitch muscles.". Nebraska won 80-57. Tennessee State (1971-74); Was a two-time United Press International All-American (’73 & ’74) Led Tennessee State to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances … As a 1973 junior, guided the Tigers to the NCAA national championship game (lost 78-76 to Kentucky Wesleyan in OT) by averaging 25.7 points and a school single-season record 17.6 rebounds … Averaged 25.2 points and 17.3 rebounds over his final 2 seasons (58 games) … Finished 3-year college career with 2,249 points and 1,501 rebounds while leading the Tigers to a 70-16 record … Drafted in the second round by the Washington Bullets in 1974… Inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 … Given the nickname “Truck” by teammate Dennis DuVal to annoy him during his 1975 NBA rookie season. Herald & Review, Lisa Morrison Meyers Robinson impresses the young crowd with his baskets at the lower basket they are working with during the clinic. A possible new rule would eliminate seeding advantages for division champions.
All Rights Reserved.  After spending his first seven seasons with the Trail Blazers, he was traded to the Heat in the 2019 offseason. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoffs last year. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee), FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2019, file photo, Miami Heat forward Meyers Leonard (0) dunks on Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis, obscured at rear, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas. Zion High School Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, in Mt. Bothered by an Achilles injury early in the season this past year, Meyers Leonard said he's working on a quicker shot and confidence in the post for next season.  Leonard's dog, Bella died of cancer in December 2017. , On July 10, 2016, Leonard re-signed with the Trail Blazers on a four-year, $41 million contract. He saw action in 29 fewer games in 2013–14, with his minutes and points per game cut in half, as the Blazers transformed from a lottery team to a playoff contender. Enjoy more articles by logging in or creating a free account. Meyers Leonard and the Portland Trail Blazers won the Northwest Division to earn the No. The book and subsequent movie tell the story of Michael Oher, a boy who was homeless and didn't have much of a family life.
The Blazers lost the series 4–1. A forgotten star of the ‘70s and ‘80s.
 On October 8, 2016, he was cleared for all practice activities, six months after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder.
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee), Miami Heat forward Meyers Leonard falls into the crowd after running out of bounds during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in San Antonio. He graduated high school from William M. Raines. They founded a sports bar company called Level Foods together. Herald & Review/Mark Roberts University of Illinois sophomore center Meyers Leonard answers questions from media Tuesday October 11, 2011 in Champaign, IL. (AP Photo/John Dixon), Illinois' Meyers Leonard (12) tries to pass around Nebraska's Brandon Richardson (3) and Brandon Ubel (13) during their NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, in Lincoln, Neb. Rookie cards, autographs and more. PHOTOS: Meyers Leonard, former Robinson High School and Illini basketball star, and current NBA player. 11 overall draft pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June, 28, 2012, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun), Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard, left, reacts after scoring with Denver Nuggets guard Andre Miller looking on during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. , Leonard's numbers dipped from his rookie to sophomore season, falling behind fellow second-year big man Joel Freeland as the primary backup to starter Robin Lopez.
Ryan: Meyers Leonard received support, understanding and compassion for showing dissent during the national anthem.
 He went on to record a playoff-best game with 13 points and 13 rebounds in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 of Portland's first-round series. Leonard, born in Woodbridge, Virginia, grew up in Robinson, Illinois, a small town in southeastern Illinois. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren), Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard (0) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Denver. College: Tennessee State.
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