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The NBA Record Book… in 1976

The idea of having an “all-time” record has always seemed odd to me. For starters, no one and no thing exists for “all-time.” We all eventually fade away and so do records. Secondly, trying to encompass “all-time” records washes over

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The Lost MVPs: The 1949-50 NBA Season

The NBA has arrived! The BAA, after having raided the NBL for several teams the previous year, completes a full-scale merger with their rival. The resulting hybrid league has now ballooned to 15 teams. This would be the most franchises

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Pro Hoops Podcast: Hall of Famer Richie Guerin

This past weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to Springfield, Massachusetts, for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Saturday afternoon, I was able to have a wonderful 10-minute interview with Knicks and Hawks legend Richie Guerin.

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Pro Hoops History HOF: Bill Russell

Bill Russell is the greatest winner in NBA history. 11 titles in 13 years. The Arabic numerals surrounded by Latin letters don’t lie. But to simply call Russell “the greatest winner in NBA history” actually downplays his role in the

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Bob Davies

One of the very first players to routinely toss slick passes and weave through defenses with fancy dribbles, Bob Davies is a legend of the highest stylistic order. He is, after all, the man who brought the behind-the-back dribble to

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Frank Ramsey

Frank Ramsey never received a single league-wide honor. No All-NBA Teams, no All-Star Teams, no All-Defensive Teams, no All-Rookie Teams. No MVP, no DPOY, no ROY, no 6MOY. Of course half of those individual honors didn’t even exist when Ramsey

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Neil Johnston

If ever a player picked a bad time to dominate the NBA, it was Neil Johnston. He rose to prominence as George Mikan’s Minneapolis Lakers dynasty came to a close. He faded as Bill Russell began constructing a new one

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Richie Guerin

In the long annals of pro basketball’s history, I’m not quite sure any player has ended a career in the fashion that Richie Guerin did. His final game was on April 19, 1970. It was the fourth game of Atlanta’s

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Joe Fulks

Looking back seven decades, it seems that the 1940s has all its rough edges smoothed out and its sharp points dulled. The excitement, the revolutions, the uncertainty of it all gets smothered in the process as we create comforting wistful

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Clyde Lovellette

With the retirement of George Mikan from pro-basketball, Clyde Lovelette has a big pair of shoes to try and fill. The 6ft. 9in., 245lb. Indianian will get some help from the five rookies who joined the team this season. Replacing

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