Sir Charles Barkley, 1992

In an era where star athletes dole out their signatures for money, barely nodding or smiling at the purchaser, Barkley is a throwback. He grins and chats, seeking conversations with the littlest ones in the rear who are too shy to call out his name.

The Master Plan to Change Wilt Chamberlain, 1962

The Warriors were sputtering in their early games, but Chamberlain was ripping up the record book like a barracuda with a can of tuna.

Lamar Green: I’ll Be There, 1970

Lamar Green remembered: “In came this little kid, and he had his fingers all taped up and his wrist taped. I wasn’t going to say anything, but the other kids started laughing at him, saying who did he think he was, the Hawk or somebody?”