The Arnold-Gaines connection

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.”


  1. papajoe2 December 27, 2010 9:49 pm

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

  2. cocobean December 28, 2010 2:25 pm

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

  3. Manoa Mist December 28, 2010 4:59 pm

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

  4. Brian McInnis December 30, 2010 12:59 pm

    Hey Papajoe,

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

  5. che December 30, 2010 3:26 pm

    What is Tom Henderson doing now?

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

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