Through it all, Bob Love, the “defensive” forward, remained with Chicago, which was fine with Butterbean. He just wanted to play, knowing that if he ever got the green light, he’d be a star.
Now, it’s Fred Hetzel’s turn to haunt the Warriors for making him expendable.
In professional basketball, Oscar Robertson is what they call a made-to-order player.
Says a long-time basketball expert, “If Oscar walked into your neighborhood playground for a pick-up game, he’d probably get his 30 and not much more. He’s the most consistent star ever.”
The superstars get the headlines, and nobody knows it better than Harold Hairston, the 6-foot-7 forward of the Los Angeles Lakers.
When Johnny Green was a first-round draft choice, he received $2,000 as a bonus. Rookies now are getting more than an entire team’s payroll used to be.
There are few better than Flynn Robinson at what he does.
Seldom in the history of American sports, and certainly never in the history of basketball, has so bright a student and so brilliant an athlete faced so uncertain a future as Jerry Ray Lucas.
I had talent, a God-given talent, and I miss expressing myself. When they start naming the great forward of the game, I wanted to play against them.
Number 14’s name is Oscar Robertson, and he is the best basketball player in the civilized world.