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Pro Hoops History HOF: Earl Monroe

Whether you called him “Magic”, “Black Jesus”, or “the Pearl”, Vernon Earl Monroe was always going to take care of business on the basketball court. The shooting guard had a mesmerizing way of dribbling and moving up the court. It rarely

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Gus Johnson

Although nicknamed “the Honeycomb”, there was very little saccharine or sweet about Gus Johnson. The Baltimore Bullet was a violent force of raw power harnessed with explosive results during the 1960s. Standing about 6’6”, Gus’s muscles were so chiseled that

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Walt Bellamy

I’ve written before about the absurdity that Walt Bellamy’s career faced. Unfairly maligned for having his scoring average drop over the first seven seasons of his career, the circumstances of Bellamy’s career should be taken into account. As a rookie

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Wes Unseld

The outlet pass and Wes Unseld go together like peanut butter and jelly, like Peaches & Herb. The moment Wes captured a rebound, wheeled his mammoth body around, instantly surveyed the court, and caught a teammate speeding down court, was

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Expansion All-Stars: Jerry Sloan

Pre- “Expansion All-Star” Seasons (1966): 5.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.9 APG, .415 FG%, .705% FT, 16.1 MPG “Expansion All-Star” Season (1967): 17.4 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, .432 FG%, .796 FT%, 36.8 MPG Post- “Expansion All-Star” Seasons (1968 – 1976):

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The Lowdown: Bailey Howell

Years Active: 1960 – 1971 Regular Season Stats: 951 games, 32.2 mpg 18.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 48% FG, 76.2% FT Postseason Stats: 86 games, 31.7 mpg 16.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 46.5% FG, 73.2% FT Accolades: Hall

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The Misunderstood Journey of Walt Bellamy

  Walt Bellamy had one of the greatest rookie campaigns in NBA history. His 31.6 points per game remain the 2nd-highest ever for a rookie behind only Wilt Chamberlain’s 37.6 in 1960. His rookie rebounding average of 19.0 is behind

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