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Have You Seen This Athlete? September 18, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, Have You Seen This Athlete?, NBA, Sports.

Keith ClossSigned as a NBA free agent by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1997, Keith Closs was never a great player, but he was very hard to miss.  Standing 7’3” and weighing a rail thin 212 pounds, Closs stood out among his NBA peers.  He is more famous for his looks than his play.  Closs usually had cornrows, but would sometimes wear his hair in an afro similiar to Ben Wallace. Add that with the freckles, tube socks, extreme awkwardness on the court, and you have quite a sight for fans to see.

Closs wasn’t bad, but he certainly wasn’t good either.  He was expected to be a solid rebounder and shot blocker for the Clips, although his career totals state otherwise. During his three year career in the NBA, all with the Clippers, Closs averaged just 2.9 rebounds and 1.25 blocks per game. He also contributed 3.9 points per game while playing limited minutes.

While Closs would have many troubles on the court, he also had some trouble off the court. In 2000, video surfaced of Closs being assualted by a crowd while at a Los Angeles night club.

Closs seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth after playing his last NBA season in 2000. He was last seen playing for the Buffalo Silverbacks of the ABA in early 2007.  If you have any additional information on the whereabouts of Keith Mitchell Closs, please contact All Talk Sports.