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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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Remembering Zelmo Beaty

One of the great players in basketball history departed Saturday as Zelmo Beaty passed away at age 73. The 6’9″ center played from 1962 to 1975 in the NBA and ABA with the St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks, the Utah Stars, and

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Zelmo Beaty

Following Game 6 of the 1970 ABA Finals, the Los Angeles Stars were a forlorn dejected bunch. The California squad had just lost the series, 4-games-to-2, to the Indiana Pacers. Coach Bill Sharman rallied his menĀ  by telling them that

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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: Clyde Lovellette

With the retirement of George Mikan from pro-basketball, Clyde Lovelette has a big pair of shoes to try and fill. The 6ft. 9in., 245lb. Indianian will get some help from the five rookies who joined the team this season. Replacing

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Bob Pettit

The NBA’s blossoming in the late 1950s and early 1960s is heralded as a revolution in basketball. Oscar Robertson made point guards big, stocky, and brutal. Bill Russell turned defensive play into a beautiful art form. Wilt Chamberlain was a

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Ed Macauley

Only one man, Bob Pettit, has ever meant more to St. Louis basketball, and even his stature above Ed Macauley is highly debatable. Macauley was born in St. Louis. He was raised in St. Louis. He went to high school

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ProHoopsHistory HOF: Slater Martin

A no-nonsense, all business point guard, Slater Martin doesn’t leave us much to appreciate in terms of numbers. Only five times in his 11-year career did he average over 10 points a game, and his highest single-season scoring average was

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Pro Hoops History HOF: Lou Hudson

The last great player to emerge from the St. Louis Hawks, Lou Hudson was a member of the All-Rookie 1st Team in 1967 thanks to a healthy 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds that season. The sweet shooting Super Lou seemingly

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Pro Hoops History HOF: Lenny Wilkens

Lenny Wilkens was the first coach in NBA history to amass 1000 victories. The first of those many wins for coach Wilkens came on Halloween 1969. Wilkens was coaching the Seattle SuperSonics. His leading scorer and the player that led

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