Hal Greer Article in Hoop's January IssueHoop Magazine's January issue, now available in bookstores and NBA arenas, includes "Hal Mark," my article about 76ers guard Hal Greer. Whenever the subject of great 60s guards is brought up, thoughts naturally turn to Oscar Robertson and Jerry West, but Greer accomplished something that neither of those legends did: being the leading playoff scorer on a team that defeated Bill Russell's Boston Celtics and went on to win an NBA championship (Robertson and West each won an NBA title after Russell retired). Greer's mid-range jump shot was automatic, but he was much more than just a scorer; when I interviewed Billy Cunningham, Greer's teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, he lauded Greer's unselfishness and the completeness of his game. The 6-2, 175 pound Greer was also amazingly durable--when he retired he had played more games than anyone in NBA history and trailed only Wilt Chamberlain, Robertson, West and Elgin Baylor on the regular season career scoring list.
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