Kareem Abdul - Jabbar: Kareem played for the Los Angeles Lakers and was the NBA's all-time leading scorer, a six-time MVP, and the most complete center basketball has ever seen. The sky hook was his trademark and it was the greatest offensive weapon in the history of sports. Kareem played pro basketball for 20 years. By the time he retired in 1989 at age 42, he was honored in every NBA city.
Many people have said that you may love Barkley or you may hate Barkley,
but you can't ignore Barkley. They are right. Charles Barkley
played for the Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets. Now he plays for the
Houston Rockets. He was the leading scorer on both the 1992 and 1996
Although he has retired, Larry Bird is still remembered as one of the
Greats. In fact, it has been said that there will never be another
Larry Bird. While playing for the Celtics, Bird became known as "The
Hick from the French Lick", because he was country boy with a
Wilt Chamberlain: Wilt Chamberlain was a strong force in the NBA. He played with the Warriors and Lakers. In one game against the New York Nicks, he even scored 100 points. That caused him to beat his own record of 78 points! Although Chamberlain was 7'1 and weighted 275 pounds, that is not what he is remembered for. Instead we remember him for never fouling out in any of his 1,045 games! Not a bad thing to be remembered for.
Julius "Dr.J" Erving: It has been said that Julius Erving seemed to defy gravity because of his amazing power dunk jumps. No one could stop him once he was in the air. He is known for his slam dunk. Julius Erving not only jumped, he almost flew.
Earvin Johnson: You might not recognize the name Earvin Johnson, because most of us know him as "Magic" Johnson. Magic Johnson absolutely loved the game of basketball. You could tell it by watching the enthusiasm and happiness on his face when he was on the court. Every time he put on the Los Angeles Lakers' purple and gold uniform, he began a show that no one could forget.
Early in his career, Michael played for the Chicago Bulls, which was a
losing team. But before long, the Bulls added players like Scottie
Pippen until finally
"Pistol" Pete Maravich:
Pete's dad, Press Maravich, helped Pete become a great player. In the
eighth grade Pete played on the junior varsity team in
Shaquille O'Neal- Shaq has played for the Orlando Magic's,the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat. Shaq O'Neal does everything in a huge way. In the 1992 draft he was the main prize and was also the league's Rookie of the year. In his second season, he led the NBA in shooting percentage. In his third season, he was the league's scoring champion, and carried his team to the NBA Finals. Shaq is so talented he even performs of the court. He has even starred in movies. When he shattered the backboard in one of his games, they called it the "Shaq Attack."
Scottie Pippen: Scottie Pippen played side by side with Michael Jordan. Pippen, who is 6-foot-7-inches tall, has played every position but center and helped the Bulls win four championships in the 1990's. He has averaged at least six rebounds each game!
Bill Russell: Bill changed our thinking about the game of basketball by making the position of defense popular in winning games. Because of him, the belief now is that defense wins the championship. Bill was 6-foot-9-inch and a great star in sports history. Leading Celtics to eleven championships in thirteen seasons! His blocked shots made an impression, and his career left a huge impression.
Iverson: Allen became a very famous person as soon as he
entered the NBA. Allen was a gangster when he was on the
Dwayne Wade: Dwayne Wade is a
very talented player he was won many awards .
David Robinson: David Robinson is not known very well but is one of the legends Many people don’t know him even though he’s a star at blocking shots and getting rebounds. David doesn’t get disappointed because he’s not known well. He didn’t even get disappointed when they got Tim Duncan another very talented player. He didn’t care he just made another friend to work with.
Tim Duncan: Tim Duncan was the first pick in the NBA from Wake forest. He was the first senior to be a first pick overall since Larry Johnson. The impact seemed llike it came to soon. Tim Duncan and David Robinson together made a team as what they “the twin towers”. Tim, and lead there team to two NBA championships in a row!
Kevin Garnett: Kevin Garnett a very young but tall player that has the ability to dunk over many players. Kevin tried two times to get into college then he tried a third time. He had high enough scores the third time but he had chose to do what no basketball player had done in 20 years go right to the NBA. Garnett now an All-star with a smile on his face is young but he can dunk.
Tracy McGrady: Tracy McGrady a pretty well talented player but not so much of an all-star. Tracy McGrady very well talented can shoot three’s, mid jumpers, and dunk an unusual type. Michael Jordon is like that. When the rockets finally got T-Mac he and Yao Ming became one of the most dynamic duos ever.
Emmanuel Ginobli: “Manu”
Ginobli growing up in a basketball crazy city did not imagine of being a
Star. After wining the Italy MVP award two years in a row, the
Steve Nash: Steve Nash has been on two different teams the Phoenix Suns the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns again. Steve Nash has won the last two MVP awards and may get another one for the 2006-2007 season. Nash can go on the drive for a layup or a three pointer. One of his best friends Dirk Nowitzki, now his rival helped him be a great player.
Dirk Nowitzki: Dirk Nowitzki is a dunker and can shoot threes but is not as good as some other players. He is good at getting rebounds and setting picks, so other players can get an open shot mostly a three. Dirk also led the mavericks to the NBA finals last year, but they lost to Dwayne Wade and Shaquille O’Neal led the heat to beat the Mavericks.
Lebron James: “King” James is a very talented player that went straight from high school to the NBA draft. He wanted to play more in the NBA so he didn’t choose to play in college or go to college. So far it looked like he took the right choice because he’s attracted so many fans in his rookie years.