The only player George Gervin had problems with

The only player George Gervin had problems with

George “Iceman” Gervin, was one of the best scorers in basketball history. He was a guy that would put up 40 without even breaking a sweat. But that wasn’t actually why he got his ice-cold nickname. It was because of his fashion style.

Gervin was born in Detriot. He went to Martin Luther King Jr. High School but didn’t become a special player until his senior year. He then averaged 31 points and 20 rebounds and led his school to the state quarterfinals. In 1970 he was named a Detroit Free Press All-State selection. At Eastern Michigan University, Gervin averaged 29.5 points as a sophomore during the 1971-72 season.

After an incident with one of his teammates, Gervin was out of Michigan and went over to Pontiac Chaparrals of the Continental Basketball Association. While he was playing with the Chaparrals, a scout for a team in the ABA noticed him. The Virginia Squires ended up signing him to a contract. After his fruitful stint with the Squires, he was sold to San Antonio Spurs. When ABA and NBA merged, Gervin was still tearing it up. At 6-foot-7, “Iceman” was a versatile scorer, famously known for his flick of the wrist when going to the hoop.  There was only one time during his NBA career where he didn’t average 20 or more points.

Gervin played against both Dr. J and MJ, but he had only had problems with the first one. Even the best hoopers tumble into someone that can match their game. As Gervin told on the Knuckleheads podcast, he had problems when he first came to ABA. The question was – who was the first person to bust his a** in his playing days?

“Dr. J. in the ABA. He was my teammate in the Squires. And in the NBA… I didn’t have that problem.”

George Gervin, The Knuckleheads

So there you go; after Dr. J schooled Gervin in his first days, no one could stop him. He averaged 25.1 points (on 50,4% shooting), 5,3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 1060 games in his career. You know he was something else when he was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996.