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THE KENNY SAILORS STORY

A FORGOTTEN PIONEER

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THE KENNY SAILORS STORY

A FORGOTTEN PIONEER

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“Jumpshot” uncovers the inspiring true story of Kenny Sailors, the proclaimed developer of the modern day jump shot in basketball, and how the zenith of our lives doesn’t end in our athletic prime. Introducing this never before seen “leaping one-hander” to the masses on a national level Kenny quickly grew to be a fan favorite while leading his Wyoming Cowboys to the Collegiate National Championship in Madison Square Garden in the 1943. But after playing on several losing teams in an unstable, emerging league now known as the NBA, Kenny disappeared into the Alaskan wilderness only to be forgotten by the sport he helped pioneer. Now, nearly sixty years later, the multitude of people he has touched along the way have forced Kenny’s humble reemergence. This film will follow Kenny’s supporters’ ongoing efforts to not only get him in recognized in the Naismith Hall of Fame, but also, to uncover the man behind the shot and why the sport he helped define never defined him."

“It’s one of the most important discoveries of my basketball lifetime, and I’ve been-as I said-National Research Chairman for over 40 years.  I’ve been in basketball, coaching and playing almost 70 years and it’s just been almost a tragedy to me that the most significant development and skill in the sport of basketball that everybody recognizes today isn’t credited to someone. “ Jerry Krause

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DickVitale


“Kenny Sailors Ex-Wyoming star invented the jump shot. Should be in the Hall of Fame!”

Dick Vitale

 

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DickVitale


“Kenny Sailors Ex-Wyoming star invented the jump shot. Should be in the Hall of Fame!”

Dick Vitale

 

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BobbyKnight


“What Kenny Sailors gave the game of basketball no one else was smart enough to develop. The Naismith Hall of Fame has failed to acknowledge the man who in my lifetime has done more to raise the sport to the popularity that he did. He didn’t give the United States a game, the son of a gun gave the world a game.”

Hall of Fame Coach Bob Knight

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BobbyKnight


“What Kenny Sailors gave the game of basketball no one else was smart enough to develop. The Naismith Hall of Fame has failed to acknowledge the man who in my lifetime has done more to raise the sport to the popularity that he did. He didn’t give the United States a game, the son of a gun gave the world a game.”

Hall of Fame Coach Bob Knight

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JoeLapchick


“In 1945-46 Wyoming University came into the Garden with a kid named Kenny Sailors, who unveiled a new weapon – the jump shot. The shot was a sensation and has been basketball‟s chief scoring weapon ever since . . . . The one-hand jump shot is the most popular shot in the history of the game”   

Hall of Fame coach and player, Joe Lapchick

 

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JoeLapchick


“In 1945-46 Wyoming University came into the Garden with a kid named Kenny Sailors, who unveiled a new weapon – the jump shot. The shot was a sensation and has been basketball‟s chief scoring weapon ever since . . . . The one-hand jump shot is the most popular shot in the history of the game”   

Hall of Fame coach and player, Joe Lapchick

 

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JudHeathcote


“I saw Kenny Sailors play two games in the 1946 AAU Tournament in Denver. I was mesmerized by his shot and footwork. I had never seen anyone before who could do that. That shot changed the game of basketball”

Coach Jud Heathcote

 

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JudHeathcote


“I saw Kenny Sailors play two games in the 1946 AAU Tournament in Denver. I was mesmerized by his shot and footwork. I had never seen anyone before who could do that. That shot changed the game of basketball”

Coach Jud Heathcote

 

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