Bob Elias Hall of Famer Lonnie Shelton dies at age 62

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Multiple reports say Lonnie Shelton, one of the greatest athletes to ever come from Bakersfield, has died at age 62.

Lonnie Shelton was inducted into the Bob Elias Hall of Fame in 1982 and was a standout at three sports at Foothill High School. 

Shelton excelled in basketball, football and track and was named a football All-American and All-State in basketball.

He went on to play basketball at Oregon State and was later drafted by the New York Knicks in 1976.

Shelton’s career led him to become a starter for the Seattle SuperSonics and their only NBA championship-winning team in 1979.

Shelton was named an NBA All-Star in 1982 and played in the league for 10 seasons.

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