Sean Elliott

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  • Two-Time NBA All-Star
  • Lead the Spurs to their NBA Championship in 1999
  • Spurs TV Analyst for FSN South

Sean Elliott has earned various distinctions throughout his career. He was a Two-Time All-American at The University of Arizona, an NBA Champion and the first player in the history of the sport to return after a kidney transplant. After his incredible career at Arizona, which included a trip to The Final Four in 1988 and a Gold Medal as a member of the US national team at the 1986 FIBA World Championships, Sean was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the Third pick in the 1989 NBA Draft.  Sean later became a Two-Time NBA All-Star and was an instrumental part of the Spurs 1999 NBA Championship.

In 2000, Sean became the first player to ever return after a kidney transplant; he announced his retirement in 2011. After retiring Sean became a Color Analyst for The NBA on NBC and eventually worked for ABC Sports and ESPN before becoming the Spurs TV Analyst for FSN South in 2005, a job he still holds.

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Sean Elliott has earned various distinctions throughout his career. He was a Two-Time All-American at The University of Arizona, an NBA Champion and the first player in the history of the sport to return after a kidney transplant. After his incredible career at Arizona, which included a trip to The Final Four in 1988 and a Gold Medal as a member of the US national team at the 1986 FIBA World Championships, Sean was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the Third pick in the 1989 NBA Draft.

Sean was a Two-Time NBA All-Star and an instrumental part of the Spurs 1999 NBA Championship. In Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, Sean hit a 3 pointer with 9 seconds left in the game; the shot became known as the "Memorial Day Miracle" because Sean barely avoided going out of bounds. Shortly after the Championship, Sean announced that he had played despite have a kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.

In August of 2009 Sean underwent surgery, receiving a kidney from his brother, Noel. In 2000, Sean became the first player to ever return after a kidney transplant; he announced his retirement in 2011. After retiring Sean became a Color Analyst for The NBA on NBC and eventually worked for ABC Sports and ESPN before becoming the Spurs TV Analyst for FSN South in 2005, a job he still holds.

On March 6, 2005 Sean's #32 jersey was retired at the AT&T Center. He remains incredibly active in the San Antonio community and is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Kidney Foundation.

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