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Oscar Robertson

November 8, 1991
1977-78: Led Michigan State to a 25-5 record as a freshman as Spartans won their first Big Ten title in 19 years. 1979: Led Michigan State to NCAA title, beating Larry Bird and Indiana State in championship game. Entered NBA draft after sophomore year and Lakers made him the No. 1 selection. 1980: Led Lakers to NBA championship and was named playoff MVP.
September 5, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Hall of Famer Julius "Dr. J. " Erving listed his picks as the top five NBA players of all time on Fox Sports Live on Tuesday, and he included three former Lakers. "I decided on my five when I was about 15 years old -- that was Wilt [Chamberlain], Bill [Russell], [Elgin] Baylor, [Jerry] West and Oscar Robertson," Erving said. "That's my five. " Oddly, Erving didn't include Lakers' center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but in the same breath called him the "best who ever played in the NBA. " Erving was joined in the interview by Gary Payton, who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame over the weekend, and Charissa Thompson.
September 10, 2011 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Cliff Robertson, who starred as John F. Kennedy in a 1963 World War II drama and later won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a mentally disabled bakery janitor in the movie "Charly," died Saturday, one day after his 88th birthday. Robertson, who also played a real-life role as the whistle-blower in the check-forging scandal of then-Columbia Pictures President David Begelman that rocked Hollywood in the late 1970s, died at Stony Brook University Medical Center on New York's Long Island, according to Evelyn Christel, his longtime personal secretary.
April 11, 2005
One game after moving into ninth place on the NBA's all-time assist list ahead of Lenny Wilkens, New Jersey's Jason Kidd finished with a season-high 17 assists to spark the Nets to a 99-86 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday. Here are the top 15 all-time assist leaders: * Active *--* PLAYER ASSISTS SEASONS 1. John Stockton 15,806 19 2. Mark Jackson 10,323 17 3. Magic Johnson 10,141 13 4. Oscar Robertson 9,887 14 5. Isiah Thomas 9,061 13 6. Gary Payton * 8,478 15 7.
April 26, 2004 | From Associated Press
San Antonio Spur forward Tim Duncan made the All-NBA first team Sunday, becoming only the sixth player to receive the honor in each of his first seven seasons. Also on the first team were the Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett and New Jersey Net guard Jason Kidd. Garnett was the only player named on all 123 first-team ballots. The 6-foot-11 forward set career highs with 24.2 points and 13.
January 6, 1985 | Associated Press
Oscar Robertson, the former NBA and University of Cincinnati star, is one of five athletes chosen to receive NCAA awards Jan. 14. Officials of the NCAA are to present the Silver Anniversary awards to the athletes at the NCAA convention at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 14. The awards are given annually to college athletes who graduated 25 years ago, and are based on the athletes' community contributions as well as undergraduate achievements.
April 24, 1988 | United Press International
Alex English scored 27 points Saturday night, and the Denver Nuggets clinched the Midwest Division championship with a 134-109 rout of the Clippers. Denver won 16 of its last 18 games to overcome Dallas' 5 1/2-game division lead in mid-March. The Nuggets, in control throughout, also got a standout performance from guard Lafayette Lever, who had 24 points and 13 assists, while Michael Adams and Danny Schayes each scored 20 points.
April 7, 1997 | From Associated Press
Center Olden Polynice scored nine of his 15 points in a decisive third quarter Sunday night, lifting the Sacramento Kings to a 113-101 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics. Despite the return to the starting lineup of Shawn Kemp following a four-game benching for disciplinary reasons, Seattle lost for the fourth time in its last seven games. Chicago 110, Orlando 94--Michael Jordan scored 37 points to move into fifth place on the career scoring list at Orlando.
June 17, 2000
Finally, you guys figure out who knows basketball. Pete Newell is the greatest teacher of the game of basketball. My father was a member of the 1959 team that won the NCAA title. They were a bunch of nobodies, but they went out there and beat a Cincinnati team led by Oscar Robertson, and a West Virginia team led by Jerry West. They won games because Newell had told them how to win, and they believed him. As it turned out, he did know how to win. There are hundreds of great Newell stories; fortunately, this great man has a book out, "A Good Man," by Bruce Jenkins.
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