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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 History HOF: Rick Barry

Few of basketball’s all-time legends come as under-appreciated as Rick Barry. The small forward’s demeanor certainly never helped folks fondly remember him on all occasions. Mike Dunleavy, Sr., declared, “You could send [Barry] to the U.N., and he’d start World War

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Julius Erving

Fabled and legendary for his dunks, Doctor J was deserving of all the mythical praise. Sure other players before him had dunked with power (Wilt Chamberlain), dunked with boom shakalaka oomph (Gus Johnson), and dunked with splendid grace (Connie Hawkins),

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Pro Hoops History HOF: Larry Kenon

“I’m the best all-round forward in the game,” he says. “If anyone takes the trouble to look, they’ll see that I’m the one who makes our team go. I’m the most important guy out there. I love to rebound and

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The Lowdown: Billy Paultz

Years Active: 1971 – 1985 Career Stats: 11.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 bpg, 0.5 spg, 49.7% FG, 69.0% FT Accolades: 3x ABA All-Star (1973, ’75-’76), ABA Champion (1974) In a 1972 game against the Squires, [Paultz] hit his

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Posted in Legends of Hardwood Paroxysm, The Lowdown
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