“Moses Malone did help me make up my mind” — why Darryl Dawkins jumped straight from high school to the NBA
Darryl Dawkins was inspired and motivated by how Moses Malone quickly hit his stride in the pros despite coming straight out of high school.
“What are you going to do? Hang off the back of a garbage truck all of your life?” — how two coaches from Indiana State University convinced Larry Bird to play college basketball
Every basketball fan in the world should send a thank you note to Bill Hodges and Stan Evans, who wouldn't take no for an answer.
“Hey listen, you've got to be Dr. J” — Julius Erving revealed the story behind his famous nickname
It's a small detail, that makes all the difference in the world.
"A team that wanted me to replace Julius Erving himself" — Bernard King on joining the New Jersey Nets
Due to his God-given basketball skills, rookie Bernard King got the New Jersey Nets thinking he could be their next Julius Erving.
“When people talk about lifetime stats, they don't add in the ABA years” — Julius Erving on all-time records
Dr. J made a great point when he explained why his name is not mentioned on the all-time stats lists.
“My [USA] team bonded in pain and I don't ever want you to have that feeling” — Doug Collins' inspiring speech to the Redeem Team
In 1972, the Americans refused to accept their silver medals because they accused the Olympic committee of fixing the Finals.
Darryl Dawkins on his nickname "Dr. Dunkenstein" — “I wasn’t surgically operating but my operating did cause patients”
The late Darryl Dawkins was known as "Chocolate Thunder" but he also loved being called "Dr. Dunkenstein"
Larry Bird's father Joe once had to walk from home to watch his son break the high school county record because they couldn't afford a car
One of the most memorable nights in young Larry Bird's high school career was when he broke the Orange Country record by scoring 54 points and grabbing 30 rebounds.
Michael Cooper believes injury saved his career with the Lakers: "I don't think I would've been able to make the team"
For Michael Cooper, being hurt in your rookie season isn't always a bad thing
"He puts on a big act like he was hurt" — Kent Benson on what he learned after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke his hand after a sucker punch
Kent Benson is known in NBA history as the man sucker punched by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
“It's difficult to be the top dog” — Julius Erving talks about what it takes to be an ABA and NBA champion
Having heard "The Doctor" speak his mind about winning, there’s no wonder why he is a true legend. Be it the ABA or the NBA.
"Cultural differences" — The real reason why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wanted out of Milwaukee
Interestingly, the Los Angeles Lakers were Kareem's third choice on his list of preferred teams.
"I knew him differently!"-Jerry West speaks out on the rumor that he and Wilt Chamberlain didn't like each other
"The Logo" clarified the relationship between the two Lakers superstars in the early 1970s.
Jerry West reveals Bobby Knight called him the greatest player of all-time
One of the greatest and toughest basketball coaches of all time had a high opinion of Jerry West
A roster change and tough love — what started the historic 33-game winning streak of the '71 Lakers
Getting rid of a superstar and implementing discipline, the ’71 Lakers turned into a juggernaut that still holds the NBA's all-time winning streak record. Do the ’22 Lakers have enough character to do the same?
Wilt Chamberlain had one of the craziest "long distance" head-coaching jobs that resulted in him getting sued by the Los Angeles Lakers
Wilt Chamberlain once attempted to be a player/coach for the ABA team San Diego Conquistadors but ended up being a disaster
A little extra ‘Magic’ propelled Wizard of Westwood
The Bruins to this day haven’t replicated their dominance from the 60s and 70s, winning just a single national championship in 1994. Here’s a look at the aftermath of John Wooden’s retirement, the main guy behind their glory days.
Former NBA head coach George Karl recalls one of the worst brawls he initiated: "It was one of the longest-lasting fights in NBA history"
George Karl will never forget one of the worst fights in NBA history that he initiated fighting the opposing player.
Jerry West didn't want the Los Angeles Lakers to draft Magic Johnson
West initially wanted to draft Sydney Moncrief because he didn't think Magic would adapt well to the fast pace of the NBA
Julius Erving shares why Pistol Pete is the most skilled basketball player he ever saw
Julius Erving breaks down what made Pistol Pete Maravich the most skilled player he ever saw in his career
The story of the only player Michael Jordan admitted was better than him
Larry Jordan is the only player Michael considered to be better than he was in basketball
The first time Magic and Bird went head-to-head in the NBA
This wasn't your regular Friday night basketball game, this was the birth of a rivalry--the one that would change the NBA landscape forever.