HoopsHype Oscar Robertson rumors

January 31, 2015 Updates

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. Boston Herald

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. Boston Herald

December 31, 2014 Updates

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.” Los Angeles Times

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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.” SiriusXM

April 9, 2014 Updates
April 7, 2014 Updates

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." ESPN.com

February 12, 2014 Updates

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).” NBCSports.com

February 11, 2014 Updates

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. ESPN.com

November 24, 2013 Updates

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.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

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.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 29, 2013 Updates
October 5, 2013 Updates

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?” FOXSports.com

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November 14, 2012 Updates

Robertson is going through SCP Auctions, the same company that sold the Cousy and Erving trophies. SCP president David Kohler predicts Robertson’s award should fetch about the same as Erving’s in the online auction that will run Wednesday through Dec. 1. “A lot of (sports stars) are selling a lot of items,’’ Robertson said by phone from his Cincinnati home when asked why he’s parting with the only NBA MVP he won in his legendary career, which spanned from 1960-74. “I don’t feel that I need to keep it, to be honest. I haven’t seen it for 40 years. It was sitting in the attic.’’ FOXSports Florida

“I know what I did in basketball,’’ Robertson said. “I don’t need that to remind me. If there’s an opportunity for somebody out there to get more enjoyment from it, that’s fine.’’ FOXSports Florida

November 1, 2012 Updates

Rookie point guard Damian Lillard impressed tonight, tallying a double-double -- 23 points and 10 assist. Lillard joined Hall-of-Famers Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas as the only players in NBA history with at least 20 points and 10 assist in their NBA debut. Following his stellar performance, Lillard was asked about the new company he's in. "It means I played a good game," Lillard said. We got 81 more games. I just want to try and be consistent and keep my level of play up to a level where I can help my team win games." CSNNW.com

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