(Born on September 19, 1980) -- J.R. Bremer has gotten to see a lot of the world through the sport of basketball. That list of destinations includes Olean.
Bremer turned up in a St. Bonaventure uniform in 1998-99, and a season later he helped the Bonnies reach their first NCAA tournament in 22 years. He had 17 points in 35 minutes in the memorable overtime loss to Kentucky in the first round. Bremer then was a big part of the Bona teams that went to the NIT in the next two seasons.
All of that didn’t help Bremer get drafted by an NBA team. But he signed with the Boston Celtics as a free agent. He averaged more than eight points per game and made the all-rookie team in 2002-03. Bremer bounced to Cleveland and Golden State in the next season.
Then in 2004, it was on to Europe. Bremer played in Spain, Italy, Greece, Bosnia and Russia over the next several years. He was considered one of the best point guards in Europe at one time.
By the way, his full name is Ernest Lenell Bremer. His father is also named Ernest, so he became J.R. along the way.
--- Budd Bailey