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Marc D’Amico: John Havlicek: “If Oscar Robertson and Jerry West hadn’t been around, Sam Jones would have been the best guard in the NBA.”
In the third quarter Tuesday, in the midst of his fifth career season averaging a double-double with at least 18 points per game, Paul surpassed the 13,000 career point mark. By doing so, he became one of only four players in NBA history with at least 13,000 points and 6,500 assists in fewer than 700 career games. The only other players to achieve that feat? Oscar Robertson, Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson. “Jamal Crawford said it the other day, and I always try to make an imprint, a lasting imprint, things like that,” Paul said after the win against the Lakers. “That’s definitely a huge honor to even be mentioned among those guys.”
Q: Who do you like watching, Mike? D’Antoni: “Golden State jumps out at me. You’ve got to like Oklahoma City. I mean Holy mackerel, watching Westbrook is like sitting on a roller coaster and going a thousand miles an hour. You’ve never seen anything like that. What he’s doing?” Q: You know what’s funny? Everybody always brings up Oscar Robertson as the triple-double king – and that’s true – but we forget how fast they used to play. This OKC team is not playing at anywhere near the pace of those old Oscar teams, which absolutely makes your head spin. A: “No, it does. And if you watch old films, that ball is flying around and they’re going. They’re going. I think that if you put today’s bodies (of) people and played the way they did, now you’re talking. It’s interesting. You know what’s fun about basketball? It keeps evolving, and it keeps changing a little bit. And the older guys want to try to hold it back to how they grew up, and it’s not the same. You’ve got to change with the times, and some of the guys you’ve got to drag across the finish line.”
Four-time NBA All-Star Bob Dandridge’s No. 10 jersey was retired Saturday night by the Milwaukee Bucks. Honoring a key player from their 1971 NBA championship team, the Bucks held the retirement ceremony at halftime of their game against Washington — the other franchise Dandridge played for and helped win a title in his 13-year career. Known as the “The Greyhound,” Dandridge averaged 18.4 points on the 1971 Bucks squad led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson that beat Baltimore for the title.
“He was everything to us,” said Jim Tucker, 82, who was in attendance last year when a statue of Lloyd was unveiled at West Virginia State, Lloyd’s alma mater, in the presence of such immortals as Bill Russell and Oscar Robertson.
Ethan J. Skolnick: Oscar Robertson: “I just watch certain teams play, and I don’t watch a lot of them, to b honest. They don’t do anything…. (1/2)
Key investors in a campaign to legalize marijuana use in Ohio include a former pro-basketball star, a pro-football player and a fashion designer. In a news release, Oscar Robertson said he joined the campaign because of the benefits provided by medical marijuana. “It’s a terrible feeling when you can’t help someone suffering from cancer or another debilitating medical condition — I know from personal experience,” Robertson said. “But medical marijuana can give our loved ones relief.”
Robertson is the biggest name on the list of investors. He played at the University of Cincinnati in the late 1950s before going on to a stellar NBA career with the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. He said in a statement released by ResponsibleOhio that he was taking part because of the benefits from medical marijuana. “It’s a terrible feeling when you can’t help someone suffering from cancer or another debilitating medical condition — I know from personal experience, Robertson said in the statement. The NBA great had surgery a few years ago after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, a former current NFL player and a prominent fashion designer are among the investors in a group that wants to legalize marijuana use in Ohio, organizers of the campaign announced. The group called ResponsibleOhio on Friday released a list of 11 backers who include Ohio business people and philanthropists. It’s one of two legalization campaigns in Ohio despite opposition from all five statewide officeholders. Responsible Ohio hopes to put its ballot measure before voters this fall. The plan would amend the Ohio Constitution to make marijuana legal for medical and personal use for those over 21 years old.
His shot volume is way down. His passing attempts are on the rise. As is his shooting accuracy. Double-teamed him from the start, he responded accordingly. “To score the ball takes a lot out of my legs. I’m making some adjustments,” he said, crediting his recent basketball break. “Oh my gosh, yes. Absolutely. “But also it gave me a chance to reflect. Breaking down my game. You see now I’m very, very efficient. I know exactly where I want to go. I get to my spots, I don’t try to beat guys with quickness. I back them down, I get to my areas, I elevate over them. It’s just old-school Oscar Robertson style.”
“Passing the Big O and knowing that only nine guys ever in this league scored more than me, that’s crazy to think,” Nowitzki said. “From where I came from — a little dump in Wurzburg, Germany — it’s been an amazing ride. “So you know, hopefully I can have a couple more good years and we’ll see where I end up.”
So if not New York, what landing spot did Robertson see fit for ‘Melo? “If he goes to Houston, they’re gonna win everything,” Robertson said. “You look at LeBron, LeBron’s got a great game, Durant’s got a great game – they can’t out-shoot Carmelo.”
When Spike insisted things would change for the Knicks with the hiring of Phil Jackson, Robertson replied, “Let me ask you: When was the last time Phil Jackson played?” “I think Phil is great to have gotten $12 million out of [Knicks owner Jim Dolan]. Super job. Take the money and run,” Robertson said. “If I were Carmelo, I would say, ‘Listen, I’m not gonna stay here and take all this gruff and all this criticism. You got other guys on the team making $12, $15, $16 million and doing nothing, and here I am averaging 28, 29 points per game.’”
Durant’s streak stands as the third longest over a single season in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (80) and Oscar Robertson (46). “When I sit back after the season’s over, that’s when I’ll reflect on everything, what I’ve done, what the team’s done,” Durant said. “I’m sure I’ll appreciate it then, but now I’m just focusing on game to game and how we can get better as a group and how I can help the team get better. I was getting so many texts after every game, I’m glad that’s over with.”
Durant’s streak surpassed Jordan’s 40 in a row of 25 or more and is the longest since Oscar Robertson did it for 46 straight games in 1963-64. Wilt Chamberlain did it in all 80 regular-season games in the 1961-62 season. And Durant is totally unimpressed by his streak. “I don’t really care about it,” he said. “I can’t wait until it’s over.”
Then Steve Smith asks LeBron to name the NBA’s Mount Rushmore, which is not easy. “I would say obviously, the easy three, that we all talk about in our league is Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and you got Magic Johnson. And I would say my fourth… this is so tough, the greatest players of all time that I would like to see on Mount Rushmore… this is not fair. You know how many great players there is? “Oscar Robertson.” Then comes the question that will ignite hours of sports talk radio: When his career is over, will LeBron be up there? “Yes.” Why? “Because I’m going to be one of the top four to ever play this game, for sure. And if they don’t want me to have one of those top four spots they better find another spot on that (mountain).”
James, who has previously talked about being one of the greats of all time, was responding to a question during the interview when asked to name his personal Mount Rushmore, the four greatest players of all time. James’ first three selections which he called the “easy three,” were Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. He deliberated before taking Oscar Robertson as his fourth choice.
In a recent telephone interview, Robertson chuckled about the discussion and declined to get involved. “I think in America … history only goes by one decade,” Robertson said from his home in Cincinnati where he runs several businesses. “What happens is you get people in and around television who never ever played the game, never shot the ball, never rebounded and they determine who did this and that. They haven’t lived the history of sports. … They don’t understand what’s gone on in the world at all.”
Former Cavaliers general manager Wayne Embry is 76 — one year older than Oscar Robertson, his former roommate, who turns 75 today, “Pound for pound, inch for inch, I think Oscar was the greatest player of all time,” Embry has told anyone who asks for years. So Robertson deserves to be included in the GOAT discussion along with Jordan and James, Embry was asked. “I think it’s the others who should be included in the discussion,” he said, emphatically. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 66, agrees. According to an article by Steve Aschburner on NBA.com, Abdul-Jabbar, who won an NBA title with Robertson in Milwaukee in 1971, recently weighed in on the subject, telling ESPN Radio, “LeBron is awesome, MJ was awesome, but I think Oscar Robertson would have kicked them both in the behind.”
B/R: Who’s in your all-time starting five? KI: Michael Jordan, Big O, Wilt Chamberlain, Isiah Thomas and Bill Russell.
But Abdul-Jabbar thinks one of his former teammates is better than both of those all-time greats. “LeBron is awesome, MJ was awesome — but I think Oscar Robertson would have kicked them both in the behind,” Abdul-Jabbar said Thursday on Colin Cowherd‘s radio show. “Absolutely. Oscar was awesome. He had brains . . . He had all the skills. He could rebound and box out guys 4 and 6 inches taller than him. He was ruggedly built. He had fluid, quickness, and just understood the game. No flair, he just got the job done every night. Who’s going to average double figures in points, assists and rebounds?”
The Mailman joined “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday to talk all things NBA when the topic of who to start an all- time greatest team with came up. Malone, who notably played in Jordan’s shadow for the majority of his career, curiously named Oscar Robertson, John Stockton, LeBron James, Scottie Pippen and Bill Russell as his go-to squad while leaving No. 23 off of it.