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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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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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Remembering Zelmo Beaty

One of the great players in basketball history departed Saturday as Zelmo Beaty passed away at age 73. The 6’9″ center played from 1962 to 1975 in the NBA and ABA with the St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks, the Utah Stars, and

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Pro Hoops History HOF: Roger Brown

Roger Brown’s professional basketball career came perilously close to mirroring the fate of his college career. Coming out of New York City, Brown was one of the most highly recruited players in the country and the University of Dayton snagged

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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: John Havlicek

You’d be hard pressed to find a player who was more successful over a longer period of time than John Havlicek. He won NBA titles 13 years apart. Sure it was with the same franchise, but they were vastly different

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Sam Jones in the Clutch

Sam Jones’s glorious Hall of Fame career was notable for how late it started and how Jones performed late in games. To see just how great Jones was in the clutch, I went to basketball-reference.com and looked up every playoff

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Sam Jones

When it comes to postseason basketball very few can compare to lifelong Boston Celtic, Sam Jones. By the time he retired in 1969, only Los Angeles Lakers greats Elgin Baylor and Jerry West had scored more playoff points. Only teammate

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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: Nate Thurmond

One of the all-time great centers, Nate Thurmond never made an All-NBA Team. That tends to happen when you play in the same era as Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and Walt Bellamy, and then in the same era as Willis

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