‣ Bobby “Bingo” Smith, a Cavaliers icon, passed away at the age of 77.
‣ Smith was one of the franchise’s best players and led the Cavs in scoring in the 1974/75 season.
‣ He was part of the “Miracle of Richfield” playoff run and represented Cleveland for four more seasons.
Bobby “Bingo” Smith
RIP to a true Cleveland legend
— Mr. Cleveland Sports (@MrCleveland_216)
Cleveland and NBA fans are mourning the loss of Bobby “Bingo” Smith, a beloved Cavaliers icon who played an instrumental role in the team’s success during the 1970s. The small forward passed away at the age of 77, and while the cause of death has not been confirmed, it was known that Smith had been battling health issues in recent years. As a tribute to his contributions, the Cavaliers retired Smith’s No. 7 jersey in 1979.
The franchise released a statement expressing their condolences and honoring Smith’s legacy. “Cavaliers Legend, Bobby Bingo Smith, passed away today at the age of 77. Our thoughts, prayers, and well wishes are with the Smith family. Smith’s enduring legacy shines through his presence in the franchise’s record books and his meaningful time spent with the organization.”
Smith’s impact on the court was unquestionable. Despite a slow start in his early years in the league, he ultimately became one of the Cavaliers’ top players. In the 1974/74 season, he led the team in scoring, and the following year, he played a crucial role in guiding the Cavaliers to their first-ever playoff appearance. Alongside other icons like Campy Russell, Jim Chones, and Austin Carr, Smith was part of the historic “Miracle of Richfield” series, where Cleveland fans celebrated their team’s success with unbridled joy.
Teammates and fans alike remember Smith as one of the most gifted players to wear the Cavaliers jersey. His impact extended beyond the court, as he made a lasting impression on the community as well. Campy Russell, now the team’s director of alumni relations, describes Smith as someone who had a significant influence both on and off the court. Smith’s contributions to the franchise are still evident today, as he ranks highly in several statistical categories.
Austin Carr, another former teammate, recalls Smith’s tenacity and sends his condolences to both Smith’s family and the fans who grew up admiring him. “Bingo was always a giving teammate and one of the most fierce competitors I ever played with. This is truly a sad moment in our franchise history, and my heart goes out to his family.”
The loss of Bobby “Bingo” Smith is deeply felt in the Cleveland community and among NBA enthusiasts. His impact on the Cavaliers franchise is undeniable, forever leaving a mark in their record books and in the hearts of fans who witnessed his greatness on and off the court.