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Legends profile: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the game in 1989 at age 42, no NBA player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more Most Valuable Player Awards, played in more All-Star Games or logged more seasons.

“Pistol” Pete Maravich, one of the most exciting players in basketball history, would’ve turned 65 on Friday. The LSU graduate remains the all-time leading scorer in Division 1 history with 3,367 points, an average of 44 points per game. He was also a five-time NBA all-star and a member of the league’s 50th anniversary team. (James Drake/SI) SI VAULT: Pete Maravich discusses life as college hoops’ top player (12.1.69)


In 1966 Bill Russell became a player-coach, which made him the first ever African American coach in the NBA. He won 2 championships as a player-coach and is the only player to do so.


Pelton: Payton a rare late bloomer in Hall

NBA: Gary Payton's Hall of Fame induction a win for NBA late bloomers - ESPN


“There’s always somebody saying you can’t do it, and those people have to be ignored.” - Bill Cartwright