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The definitive point guard prototype, Oscar Robertson filled up box-scores like no one before and few since, and as head of the NBA union, changed the very infrastructure of the professional game. Robertson blazed trails even as a high school player in Indiana by leading the first all-African-American team to win a state high school hoop championship. Dubbed the "The Big O," he garnered national renown at the University of Cincinnati, where he won National Collegiate Player of the Year award three straight years and took the Bearcats to the Final Four twice. He remained in the Queen City as the star of the NBA's Cincinnati Royals and perennially posted 30-points-per-game seasons and, more impressively, the game's most vaunted statistical accomplishment - the "triple double." In his second season, Robertson averaged double figures in points, rebounds and assists for the entire season. However, a title eluded him until the Royals in 1970 traded him to Milwaukee and there, teamed with a young Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he finally garnered a championship ring. Robertson served a nine-year stint as president of the players union and in 1970 brought an antitrust suit against the league that challenged stringent...

The definitive point guard prototype, Oscar Robertson filled up box-scores like no one before and few since, and as head of the NBA union, changed the very infrastructure of the professional game. Robertson blazed trails even as a high school player in Indiana by leading the first all-African-American team to win a state high school hoop championship. Dubbed the "The Big O," he garnered national renown at the University of Cincinnati, where he won National Collegiate Player of the Year award three straight years and took the Bearcats to the Final Four twice. He remained in the Queen City as the star of the NBA's Cincinnati Royals and perennially posted 30-points-per-game seasons and, more impressively, the game's most vaunted statistical accomplishment - the "triple double." In his second season, Robertson averaged double figures in points, rebounds and assists for the entire season. However, a title eluded him until the Royals in 1970 traded him to Milwaukee and there, teamed with a young Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he finally garnered a championship ring. Robertson served a nine-year stint as president of the players union and in 1970 brought an antitrust suit against the league that challenged stringent player-rights strictures and led to the establishment of free agency. Robertson was hailed as a both a perfect specimen of hoop fundamentals and, as a guard the size of a forward who controlled nearly all facets of the court, an evolutionary step towards next-generation superstars such as Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

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 NBA at 50 (1996)
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 Black Champions (1986)
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