A Former Runnin' Rebel Wins Ring For 2nd Straight Year
June 21, 2012
MIAMI (UNLVRebels.com) - Former UNLV Runnin' Rebel Joel Anthony became the second player from the UNLV men's basketball program to win a NBA Championship in as many seasons as his Miami Heat topped the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106, at American Airlines Arena on Thursday night. The Heat won the series in five games, winning the title for the second time in franchise history.
Anthony played in 17 games during the playoffs this year, logging over 19 minutes played per contest. During the regular season, he appeared in 64 games with 51 starts. He is just the third former Runnin' Rebel player to win a NBA title (as a postseason roster member). Shawn Marion's Dallas Mavericks won the title last season, while John Trapp (played at UNLV in 1967-68) won with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972.
Jackie Robinson (1973-78) won a ring with the 1979 Seattle SuperSonics after playing 12 regular season games and J.R. (Isaiah) Rider (1991-93) earned one with the 2001 Lakers after playing in 67 regular season games. Robinson and Rider were not on their respective team's playoff rosters those years.
Anthony played at UNLV during the 2004-05 and 2006-07 seasons (redshirted in 2005-06). He helped take the Runnin' Rebels to the Sweet 16 in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Marion played for the Runnin' Rebels during the 1998-99 season (current UNLV head coach Dave Rice was an assistant coach on that team).