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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
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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

September 6, 2012 Updates

The NBA is locked in a legal battle with origins in a bygone era of short shorts, tight tops and big hair. The dispute stems from an antitrust lawsuit filed in 1970 by legends like Oscar Robertson and Bill Bradley that challenged the merger of the NBA and ABA. A provision in a 1976 settlement requires the NBA to share network television revenue with the former owners of the defunct St. Louis Spirits for the life of the league. Last year, the owners accused the NBA of withholding their fair share of newer revenue from international and cable broadcasts. Washington Post

May 31, 2012 Updates
April 20, 2012 Updates

In honor of one of the NBA’s all-time greats, the Sacramento Kings continue to celebrate the legacy of Oscar Robertson, both on and off the court, by awarding the 2012 Oscar Robertson Triple-Double Award to Isaiah Thomas. The Oscar Robertson Triple-Double Award winner is selected by a panel of local sports media journalists and presented to the deserving Kings player who best exemplifies winning characteristics, both as an athlete and a conscientious citizen active in the community. Deconstructed, the “triple” signifies on-court accomplishments: He is a team leader, embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and plays an outstanding all-around game, whereas the “double” signifies his impact off the court by demonstrating commitment to community service and family. NBA.com

February 23, 2012 Updates

Oscar Robertson, NBA legend and the man who led the way so players like Dwight Howard would have the right to become free agents, has a word of advice for Dwight in this ongoing trade saga. “Keep your mouth shut and play basketball,” said Robertson, who was a guest on our radio show Wednesday and will be in town during All-Star Weekend to raise awareness for prostate cancer. ”If he wants to be traded, he’s going to be traded. Go and talk to the owners and say, ‘I want to be traded’ and keep it a secret.’ In a situation like this, he can’t win. … Anytime they (Magic) stumble and fall and every time they get beat, they’re going to blame Dwight Howard and it’s totally unfair because it’s not all his fault. I don’t think management has done a great job in keeping certain players on the team. They had a nucleus of players that got them to the Finals and then, all of the sudden, it’s gone downhill.” Orlando Sentinel

It is not surprising that Robertson would back Howard; he’s been fighting for player rights since he was an NBA superstar in the 1960s and ’70s. He sued the NBA in a landmark lawsuit in the 1970s and contended that the NBA draft and other rules restricting player movement violated antitrust laws. The suit was settled in 1976 when the league agreed to let players become free agents. In effect, Robertson sacrificed his own future for the good of the players who came after him. After the lawsuit, he was essentially blackballed from any future NBA coaching or executive positions that almost certainly would have come his way. “They didn’t want to be bothered with Oscar Robertson because of that (the lawsuit),” said Robertson, who is proud that he and some of his contemporaries blazed the trail so players like LeBron would have the right to make The Decision. “We were successful in getting these rights … rights for players to be able to move once their contracts were up, the right to have better hotels, better doctors, better everything. It made basketball players like movie stars.” Orlando Sentinel

February 16, 2012 Updates

Oscar Robertson is stepping back into the spotlight. After living quietly in Ohio, the NBA Hall of Famer wants to raise awareness about prostate cancer. Robertson was diagnosed with the disease about a year ago and had his prostate removed. He is serving as honorary chairman at the International Prostate Cancer Foundation’s gala in Orlando next month. The 73-year-old said his diagnosis followed a routine PSA screening. “I had some numbers that went up a little bit and that was the indicator something was wrong,” he said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. Washington Post

February 9, 2012 Updates

Robertson on the Heat's title chances: "I want LeBron to win. It felt like the whole country was against him last year. But I've always said this: To win championships, you need to have a center who can get you 12 points, 10 rebounds. The Heat don't have that." TCPalm.com

June 8, 2011 Updates

At that, Hall of Fame guard Oscar Robertson, who may have been every bit as good as Jordan in his day, just rolls his eyes and shakes his head. “I didn’t hear the comments,” Robertson told the Dan Sileo Show on WDAE in Tampa Wednesday morning. “Let me tell you about what being great is. Ever hear of Elgin Baylor? Never mention his name, do we? Great basketball player. You know what you have today? Michael Jordan was a great player, but he won after Chicago got Pippen, Grant and those other players to go along with him, because for a while they couldn’t beat Detroit. “Everybody looks at what you’ve done. Sure he won six championships, Russell won eleven. There are other players on these teams when they play. They don’t play by themselves. Michael Jordan is a great player. Was he the greatest? Ask Kobe that. Ask Bill Russell. Ask Oscar Robertson. Ask Wilt Chamberlain. Ask Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, ask those guys.” Sporting News

April 30, 2011 Updates

The Milwaukee Bucks are presenting a special tribute on Bucks.com to the franchise’s 1971 World Championship team over the next week as Saturday, April 30 marks the 40th anniversary of the Bucks winning at Baltimore to complete a four-game sweep to bring the NBA championship to Milwaukee. Starting today, Friday, April 29, the Bucks are unveiling their championship anniversary content on Bucks.com with an introductory video by the television “voice of the Bucks” Jim Paschke. The web page will contain feature articles, photos and videos with a new top story each day for the next week. The Bucks are pleased to announce that longtime, respected Milwaukee journalist Dale Hofmann will be contributing exclusive articles to the tribute section with interviews of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wayne Embry. NBA.com

That’s the kind of pressure that the second-year pro took with him into the 1970-’71 season, and when he emerged from it with a ring on his finger, everyone thought it was just the beginning of something that could last for a very long time. Everyone but Abdul-Jabbar. "I didn’t think of it in those terms," he says now as he looks back on the team’s historic 4-0 sweep of the Baltimore Bullets in the Final series. "I kind of was relieved that I’d been able to play on a championship team at every level of the game. I was very proud of that and pleased. I felt that I had arrived in a way that no one could ever knock me again. "Being able to win a world championship and be the series MVP, I was very happy for my own personal achievement, and I was happy for the team and our fans. I didn’t know how special it was at that point, because it was only my second year in professional basketball." NBA.com

In another time with other egos that could have caused a problem. Whose team was it now, Kareem’s or Oscar’s? "I never considered that," said Abdul-Jabbar. "I didn’t mind deferring to Oscar. He’d earned all the accolades that he had. We were very fortunate to have him. I don’t know anybody on the team who didn’t respect and look up to Oscar as a superb athlete. "I felt we had a great relationship. I like anybody who knew anything about the game knew he was a total master. We really were able to bond. There was just a lot there that enabled us to be together." NBA.com

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