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Vernell Eufaye "Bimbo" Coles (born April 22, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball player. Coles was a standout at Greenbrier East High School in Lewisburg, West Virginia. He played his college basketball for the Virginia Tech Hokies for four seasons (1986–87 to 1989–90) and was inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. He was a member of the United States 1988 Olympic basketball team. His NBA career started when he was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the 1990 NBA Draft, and immediately traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for veteran guard Rory Sparrow. After Coles' first of two stints with the Miami Heat, he was traded to the Golden State Warriors, and also played with the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics. He was utilized primarily as a backup point guard.[1] He received his nickname from a cousin in reference to a country music song of the same name.[2]

Bimbo Coles
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Personal information
Born (1968-04-22) April 22, 1968 (age 51)
Covington, Virginia
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolGreenbrier East
(Lewisburg, West Virginia)
CollegeVirginia Tech (1986–1990)
NBA draft1990 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career1990–2004
PositionPoint guard
Number12, 50
Career history
19901996Miami Heat
19961999Golden State Warriors
1999–2000Atlanta Hawks
20002003Cleveland Cavaliers
2003Boston Celtics
2003–2004Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points6,628 (7.8 ppg)
Assists3,313 (3.9 apg)
Steals735 (0.9 spg)
Stats at


  1. ^ Drawn to the HEAT, 8 April 2005
  2. ^ What the Hell Happened to Bimbo Coles?, Boston Celtics, Retrieved 2014-10-3

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