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Pro Hoops History HOF: Ed Sadowski

“A scowling brute of a man with close-cropped hair and a game face as belligerent as a clenched fist, Big Ed tallied most of his points with a sweeping right-handed hook shot that was virtually unstoppable. For sure he was

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Neil Johnston

If ever a player picked a bad time to dominate the NBA, it was Neil Johnston. He rose to prominence as George Mikan’s Minneapolis Lakers dynasty came to a close. He faded as Bill Russell began constructing a new one

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Joe Fulks

Looking back seven decades, it seems that the 1940s has all its rough edges smoothed out and its sharp points dulled. The excitement, the revolutions, the uncertainty of it all gets smothered in the process as we create comforting wistful

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Wilt Chamberlain

The individual success of Wilt Chamberlain is undeniable and legendary. The first man to average over 30 and 40 and 50 points per game. The first to shoot over 50% and 60% and 70% from the field for a season.

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Pro Hoops History HOF: Paul Arizin

Paul Arizin is sometimes mistakenly referred to as the creator, originator, or popularizer of the jump shot.┬áTo be truthful, Arizin didn’t even take all his long-range shots as jumpers. He still relied upon a set-shot when things were calm and

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Tom Gola

Few players come as versatile as Tom Gola who received the nickname “Mount All-Around” for his jack of all trades capabilities. A native of Philadelphia, who went to LaSalle, Gola was a territorial draft pick of the hometown Warriors in

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Former LaSalle player John Grauer on Philly Basketball in the 1950s

Philadelphia has been the stomping grounds of some of basketball’s greatest players. Wilt Chamberlain, Guy Rodgers, Rasheed Wallace, Larry Foust, Tom Gola, and Paul Arizin just to name a few notables. This week I was fortunate to get in touch

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Classic Rivalries: Wilt Chamberlain vs. Elgin Baylor

Teammates from 1968 through 1971 on the Los Angeles Lakers, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain weren’t exactly the best of friends. The two men possessed huge similarly styled egos. Each always thought he was right all the time and never

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Forgotten Warriors: Joe Graboski

Years Active: 1949 – 1962 Regular Season Stats: 845 games, 30.5 mpg 11.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 35.2% FG, 70% FT Playoff Stats: 40 games, 25.8 mpg 9.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 32.8% FG, 73.5% FT Accolades: NBA

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The 1962 Eastern Division Finals: Philly vs. Boston, Wilt vs. Russell, Barstools vs. Jungle Jim

THE SETUP Oh, I’m sure everyone’s familiar with mythical aura of Wilt vs. Russell, but let’s take a crash course lesson on the Boston Celtics vs. the Philadelphia Warriors, which was one of the great rivalries of the early NBA.

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