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Pro Hoops History HOF: Jamaal Wilkes

“I would have the player be a good student, polite, courteous, a good team player, a good defensive player and rebounder, a good inside player and outside shooter,” [John] Wooden told the New York Post in 1985. “Why not just

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Pro Hoops History HOF: Hakeem Olajuwon

Befitting a man of a thousand moves, Hakeem Olajuwon has no definitive image, but definitive motions. The nimble footwork he picked up as a soccer player paid enormous dividends on the basketball court. He had a fluidity that defied any

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Pro Hoops History HOF: Joe Dumars

Joe Dumars was never one to awe with the freakishly spectacular. He stood 6’3″, had a matter-of-fact mustache, and a workman-like attitude. About the flashiest thing he ever did on a basketball court was hit silly bank shots and toss

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Dan Issel

. On May 22, 1985, a great career came to end in Los Angeles, which is want to happen. In the final game of that year’s Western Conference Finals, the Laker fans in attendance gave a rousing standing ovation as

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Karl Malone

The duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone are inseparable. For 18 years they brought playoff basketball and pick-and-roll offense to Utah. No two players ran that bread and butter play as well and as often as those two did.

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: John Stockton

The duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone are inseparable. For 18 years they brought playoff basketball and pick-and-roll offense to Utah. No two players ran that bread and butter play as well and as often as those two did.

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Dennis Johnson

Was Dennis Johnson a point guard or a shooting guard? It’s a question with no easy answer. While with the SuperSonics, Johnson played alongside Gus Williams and Freddie Brown in the backcourt. All three men were under 6’4″ in height

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Maurice Cheeks

Maurice Cheeks in so many ways was the 1980s version of Slater Martin. Martin was the venerable point guard for the Minneapolis Lakers and St. Louis Hawks.Through his stellar defense and command of the offense, he helped lead his teams

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Dennis Rodman

Nicknamed the Worm, Dennis Rodman had innate and uncanny abilities to work his way underneath an opponent’s skin. Physically, he’d grab, twist, trip, bump, and thump you. Mentally he’d put on a smile reminiscent of the Cheshire cat and mention

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Brad Daugherty

The late 1980s and 1990s are heralded as the Age of Center. Hakeem, Robinson, Ewing, and Shaq are the headliners of this period of big men domination. One towering seven-footer who never received their level of acclaim, but was still talented

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