Willie Burton: Finding Willie, 1995
The problem was, everything was not right in Willie Burton’s life during the four seasons he spent in Miami.
Bill Laimbeer’s Greatest Hits, 1988
We can argue with some of what he does, but not with the consistency with which he does it. Laimbeer has played in 646 consecutive regular-season games. He has started 522 in a row. Those are the longest active streaks in the league.
On the Bounce with Jo Jo White, 1975
Jo Jo’s efforts to develop an all-around game have had a noticeable effect on his shooting. “He is streaky now because he has so many other things to think about,” says Tommy Heinsohn, the Boston coach.
The Pro’s Pros: Jerry West and John Havlicek, 1969
Both are intense competitors. To say such is to use a cliché used too often about too many. The fact is, under pressure, some choke up, some do as well as they usually do, only a handful do better.
Pooh Richardson: As Chill as a Cucumber, 1993
With the Timberwolves, Richardson was sort of a sacrificial lamb. The first draft choice for the first-year Timberwolves, he was a steady rookie on a shaky team.
Running and Gunning with Reggie Theus, 1979
On the Chicago roster, Theus is listed as a guard, something of a misnomer. Actually, he’s an entertainer.
Robert Parish: The Chief Ages Gracefully, 1991
“I’m 38, and everyone is making a big deal out of it because I got a few gray hairs cropping in my sides,” he said. “I don’t think it matters how old you are as long as you keep yourself physically fit.”
Glen Rice: Small Hands, Big Heart, 1993
Rice can barely palm the ball. But that has not stopped him from raising his scoring average in each of his first three NBA seasons, and he is now one of the guns who can be counted on to produce 20 points every night.
Grant Hill: A Five-Star Serenade, 1994
Grant Hill got his first taste of hoops on the tube. He said, “I can do that” and “that too” and also “that” and “that.” Then he went out and did it.
Darrell Griffith and Some Dirt Bowl Delight, 1975—1999
The Dirt Bowl may be the last refuge of the true neighborhood team—literally, a Bunch of Guys From the Block.
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