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New York, New York: Julius Erving, the Nets-Knicks Feud, and America’s Bicentennial

1976 was an awkward time for the United States of America. The previous few years had seen the military massacre college students at home and abandon an unpopular, costly war abroad. A president had resigned, narrowly escaping impeachment. And as

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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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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: Patrick Ewing

Whenever Patrick Ewing unfurled his long arms… stretched them out, waaaay out… then began to flap his hands up and down, you knew something magnetic and electric (electromagnetic?) was happening in the Garden. For 15 seasons, Ewing genuinely gave New York

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Micheal Ray Richardson

Anticipation was both, the best and the worst thing, about Micheal Ray Richardson’s career. It represented the worst in that his greatness, at least the true apogee of it, was always waiting to appear. When it did arrive, the moments

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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: Bernard King

Of the great scoring forwards in the 1980s, none began with as much promise as Bernard King. That promising beginning quickly gave way to hardship then a road back to redemption. A wash-rinse-repeat cycle occurred in the middle of King’s

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Max Zaslofsky

Way, waaaay, back in the day, there was a man simply called “The Touch”. The man who gained that tactile moniker had a gossamer shot that softly rolled and spinned a basketball into the hoop. At the age of 21, the

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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: Dave DeBusschere

The New York Knicks’ rise to NBA dominance in the early 1970s was a long road. Willis Reed and Walt Bellamy instigated the moribund franchise’s slow rise in the mid-1960s. Walt Frazier was brought on board in the 1967-68 season.

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