Nobody was ever sure what made Martin great. He was too small to cope with the huge stars of the game, yet he often played them to a standstill.
There are so many sharp shooters coming out of the colleges every year, and so few rookies who can make the NBA, that the pro game, almost by definition, is loaded with sharp-eyed “gunners.”
Maurice Stokes crashed heavily into Vern Mikkelsen, and they both crashed heavily to the floor. The crowd laughed. Fourteen feet of humanity, 300 pounds of flesh rolled around the floor in their lingerie.