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The Arnold-Gaines connection

December 27th, 2010

Hawaii coach Gib Arnold, like so many others, was shocked to hear of the sudden demise of former UH basketball star Chris Gaines.

Gaines, the all-time leading scorer in UH history at 1,731 points, died of a heart attack on Christmas in Orlando, Fla. He was only 42.

Arnold knew Gaines personally. Arnold was in Hawaii as a senior at Punahou the year Gaines came into the program under Gib's father, then-UH coach Frank Arnold. The two are less than a year apart in age.

"I was in high school, and all preseason, after the season, I'd come and play pick-up ball with all the guys," Arnold said after today's practice. "So I got to know Chris pretty well and got to play with Chris. Just a real quiet scorer, just a great basketball player. You could tell he had loads of talent, and ended up being the leading scorer in the history of the school. It was earned with hard work. A heck of a player, and a real nice guy too. Everybody liked Chris.

"I heard about it coming in on the radio this morning. I was shocked. I know he's about my age. It was a shocker for all of us who knew him or played with him at all."

5 Responses to “The Arnold-Gaines connection”

  1. papajoe2:

    B. McInnis, Do you know what Melton Werts is doing now?

  2. cocobean:

    Why isn't Chris Gaines in the Circle of Honor?

  3. Manoa Mist:

    Agree with the bean. Leading scorer in the history of the program has got to be in the Circle of Honor.

  4. Brian McInnis:

    Hey Papajoe,

    I don't. Heard he played some pro ball after his UH days, but that was some time ago.

  5. che:

    What is Tom Henderson doing now?

    How many former UH basketball players are in the "Circle of Honor"?