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Tim Kazee

National Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame Member Details

Year Inducted:

2008

 

 

 

Name:

Tim Kazee

 

 

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Sports Biography:

Kazee was the author of some of the most brilliant offensive and defensive plays in the history of the game, plays that prompted many NWBA aficionados to compare him to the greatest who have played the sport of wheelchair basketball. A master of the dramatic steal executed from Arkansas' triangle-and-two defense, Kazee led the Arkansas Rollin' Razorbacks to 11 straight NWBTS, winning 5, in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 2000. He earned first-team, all- tournament status in ten of those years, and second team once. He was the MVP in 1991, 1993, and 1994. Tim was selected to represent the U.S. on Gold-Cup teams in 1990, 1994 and 1998, winning 2 silvers and a gold. He played on the U.S. Paralympic teams in 1992 where his team won the championship game and in 1996 where he won a bronze medal. Tim was selected to represent the US on Gold Cup teams in 1990, 1994 and 1998, winning 2 silvers and a gold. Individual highlights of his career include,

In 1991 with Arkansas acting as the NWBT host while winning the championship, Kazee earned his first MVP leading Sports 'N Spokes to emote that he "dazzled the competition."

In the 1992 NWBT in Albuquerque where Arkansas placed 3rd, he was selected to the all-tournament first team averaging 22 points per game and executing what SN S described as the shot of the match, a shot lofted with his non-dominant hand, specifically, "an arching left-handed hook from 10 feet that caught nothing but net."

In the 1993 NWBT in Boston where Arkansas won the championship, he led all scorers with a record setting 28-point per game average while also dishing 8 assists per game. In 1994, when Arkansas won the championship and Tim won his third MVP he averaged 22.5 points per game. His defense was such that in Sports 'N Spokes he was described as constantly "breathing down the necks" of his opponents from Music City.

In the first Division-1 NWBT in Portland, Oregon in 1996, the Razorbacks trailed the defending national champion Fresno Red Rollers by 18 points at half and by 7 at 2 minutes. In those last 2 minutes, Kazee made 2 keys steals and 3 clutch free throws to win the game by one in the closing seconds. Portland Trailblazers Coach P.J. Carlisimo said it was one of the most exciting finishes he had ever seen.

Cheryl Vines emphasized that "Kazee, Coach (and Hall-of-Famer) Harry Vines and the 'Hogs' developed what many consider the best community team in the NWBA in the 1990s. After the 2000 season, Tim's coach for basketball and life, Vines, retired from coaching due to illness. Kazee chose that time to retire too, saying that their ride had been such a great one, and he would not play for another coach."

 

 

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