The one facet of basketball Newlin insists he enjoys most is the pressure, a situation he refers to as “mental intensity.”
“You have loved ones who are not interested in money and fame, they’re just concerned about your soul,” Reid says.
“The only thing I was worried about was if I would get a real chance or not,” Leavell said. “I knew if they gave me a chance, I would make it.
Despite the inexorable march of progress, some places in the league are still tougher to play in than others.
[No intro needed for George Gervin. His many career achievements and chill image precede him. In this article, which ran in the April 1988 issue of Basketball Digest, Glenn Rogers of the San Antonio Express newspaper checks in with the 35-year-old Iceman to mark an upcoming city-wide ceremony to fete their retired pro basketball heroContinue reading “￼George Gervin: Chillin’ with The Iceman, 1988”
Moses Malone was the hard hat—6-foot-11, 255 pounds of steel-driving man. He showed up in overalls every night. And when everybody else was wobbly with fatigue, he was the guy still pounding rivets, drenched in sweat, a fierce scowl on his face.
Some fellows sit on the bench for years, and people think they’re not good basketball players. All they need is a break.
It was an awesome sight for opponents when Dunbar played in the Houston backcourt for a team labeled “the Big Bunch”
Sampson said soon after the trade, the best piece of advice he received upon entering the NBA was never to unpack your bags.
Now, like Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and, to a lesser extent, Bill Walton, Sampson is expected to usher in an era of his own—“The Age of Sampson.”