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Monday, July 25, 2005

Check out my Interview with the "Big O"

Oscar Robertson achieved tremendous success at every level of the game, including two Indiana high school championships, two Final Four appearances, an Olympic gold medal in 1960, an NBA title in 1971 with the Milwaukee Bucks and selection as one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players. Robertson is perhaps best known for being the only NBA player to average a triple double for a season (30.8 ppg, 12.5 rpg and 11.4 apg in 1961-62); in fact, Robertson averaged a triple double overall during his first five years in the league: 30.3 points per game, 10.6 assists per game and 10.4 rebounds per game. He is the all-time career leader in triple doubles with 181 (Magic Johnson is a distant second with 138 and Wilt Chamberlain is third with 78).

In 1955 Robertson led Crispus Attucks to the Indiana high school basketball championship. Attucks was the first all-black team to win the title and they repeated as champions in 1956 with the first undefeated championship season in Indiana prep basketball history.

The "Big O" set the NCAA Division I career scoring record with 2973 points (33.8 ppg) in his three seasons at the University of Cincinnati (freshmen were ineligible for varsity play at that time) and 45 years later he still ranks seventh. Everyone who outscored Robertson played four seasons except for the player who broke his record and still tops the list--"Pistol" Pete Maravich, who poured in 3667 points (44.2 ppg) for LSU. Maravich and Robertson played against each other for four years in the NBA. While Magic Johnson has said that Maravich was "ahead of his time" and Isiah Thomas once called him "the best showman of all-time," Robertson has a more measured view of his fellow Hall of Famer. For more details, check out my interview with Robertson here: http://hoopshype.com/interviews/robertson_friedman.htm

posted by David Friedman @ 1:19 AM


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