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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Pro Basketball's Greatest Ball Hawks

NBCSports.com has just published my article titled "Pro Basketball's Greatest Ball Hawks." It is currently being featured on their main NBA page, accompanied by photos of Julius Erving, Kevin Garnett and Hakeem Olajuwon.

"Pro Basketball's Greatest Ball Hawks" discusses the sport's most versatile defenders, members of the "100/100 Club": players who accumulated at least 100 steals and 100 blocked shots in the same season. Erving is the club's "founder" and "president," since he is the first player to officially accomplish the feat (the NBA did not record steals and blocked shots until 1973-74, one year after the rival ABA began tracking those numbers). He had 12 such seasons, tied with Olajuwon for the all-time record. Garnett, one of five players who had "100/100" seasons in 2005-06, has done this eight times, trailing only Erving and Olajuwon.

Here is a direct link to the article:

Pro Basketball's Greatest Ball Hawks

posted by David Friedman @ 2:32 PM


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At Monday, November 20, 2006 9:21:00 AM, Blogger illest said...

Good and interesting column and statistic.
Another very very underrated great player is Hakeem Olajuwon. If you look at the top 5 centers ever (Russell, Jabbar, Wilt, Shaquille, Hakeem), Hakeem is the best all around out of all of them. His defense and impeccable footwork on offense was unbelievable to watch for someone at his height. And he worked on his game, which I love when players to that.

At Tuesday, November 21, 2006 4:23:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...

What Hakeem did to David Robinson in the playoffs after Robinson received the 1995 MVP was unreal. I asked Mario Elie about that (links to parts I and II of the interview are on the right hand side of 20SecondTimeout) and he said that Hakeem told him before the pre-game award ceremony, "Mario, he's borrowing my trophy."

At Tuesday, November 21, 2006 8:49:00 AM, Blogger illest said...

I remember that quote.


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