Rollins sensed coaches didn’t see him as the next Wilt Chamberlain, so he quit even thinking about scoring big.
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Chuck Person: Person-al Touch, 1988
After every game, Person leans against his locker, ice bags hanging from all extremities. Although he’s got good size at 225 pounds, he invariably wears black-and-blue marks like merit badges.
￼Lenny Wilkens: Player Lenny Wins Coach’s Crop, 1971
Lenny Wilkens, a handsome sort, smiles readily but speaks restrainedly, in a low voice, in sincere tone.
￼Bill Willoughby: Playing One-on-None, 1990
Trouble with agents, trouble with coaches, trouble with people to whom he gave his trust has accompanied Willoughby throughout his basketball career like a persistent little sister.
￼Pistol Pete: Just a Simple Man with Simple Ideals, 1974
This is what eats at Maravich’s brain. “Pistol” basketball is different, he calls it “futuristic.”
￼Charlie Criss: Guts and Elbows Basketball, 1977
Criss became known as “The Mosquito,” and it was not a phony alliterative or geographical title invented by a P.R. man. It was a high sign to Criss that even though there were guys on the playground nobody ever heard of, many of them could hold their own with the best in the NBA.
￼Julius Erving: The Greatest Show on Earth, 1973
Did Erving need the big-time to feed his ego, feeling perhaps that he’d suffer the sort of way Henry Aaron did by playing in towns where he didn’t get much national publicity? “No, I don’t feel that way,” said Erving. “All during my basketball career and life, the acknowledgement of me has been in a very limited sense.”
Lou Hudson: Finding the Good Life, 1977
Lou Hudson may be the only guy to make the All-Star team in back-to-back years, first as a forward and then as a guard.
Talking Pistol Pete, 1971
The free-wheeling pro game is my cup of tea. So is the 24-second clock. No stalls, no slowdowns, no ball control. I love the running game.
Pistol Pete’s Last Shot
Now Maravich arrives at the moment Bird ascends. A star is born; a star descends.