As the NBA playoffs heat up this week and the conference semifinals continue, PBS Digital Studios rewinds to a 1992 interview with the late basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain in the latest installment of PBS Digital Studios’ “Blank on Blank.” The 7’1” NBA star reflects on growing up with his physique and his self-consciousness, his more sensitive side, and of course, his relationship with the ladies. The animated video can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxLiVnSGJKc&feature=player_embedded
To watch the high-scoring action in the National Basketball Association today, it is hard to believe the way things once were. But back in the early years of the league, games were yawning affairs or stalling contests.
The 1950-1951 season saw the NBA go from an unwieldy 17-team league to 11 teams in a two-division setup. It was also a season that included the lowest-scoring game in NBA history.
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What was to be a Christmas gift for all pro hoops fans happened on December 25th. Like Santa Claus, the NBA returned to town. But unlike Santa Claus, this Faux NBA was not as gifted and gift-giving as the real NBA.
The lockout produced a truncated, compressed National Basketball Association schedule that at times seems as it was thrown together without any concerns about game quality, player's health, fan's remorse. Perhaps Chicago's Derek Rose says it best: "Every game now seems to be like "a back-to-back game."
Back in the day as some are apt to say, I was interviewing and writing Red on Red. It was the autobiography of the legendary coach of the New York Knickerbockers Red Holzman. He is still the only coach to ever win an NBA title with the Knicks, in fact he won two.
Red was a walking history book when it came to pro basketball. He was especially informed about league trivia. He also knew had to spin a tale.
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