The Mailman, of course, was only one half of the Stockton to Malone drumbeat parade. Stockton to Malone for the scoop shot lay-in off the pick and roll. Malone finished his career second on the all-time scoring list, only behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Karl Malone, however, was left standing at the championship altar by Michael Jordan. Jazz fans will forever shudder at the image of No.
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A former soccer player, Hakeem Olajuwon packaged the agility of a guard into the frame of a 7-foot center. Famous for his Dream Shake, Olajuwon would devastate opponents with his mix of shimmies, spin moves, hook shots, and fadeaway jumpers. On the defensive end, Hakeem Olajuwon was a cat-quick center that roamed the interior for timely steals and blocks.
For his career, The Dream averaged 3. In his prime, Hakeem Olajuwon challenged and dominated all comers. Picture Hakeem Olajuwon facing up David Robinson on the baseline and putting the ball on the floor to cross over the Admiral. In the post, Olajuwon would spin, wheel and deal, up fake, and lift Robinson off his feet before dropping in a sweet scoop shot.
24. Andre Drummond (2013-Present)
The Big Fundamental has been a model of consistency. On the low block, Tim Duncan combined the technical footwork of a Kevin McHale alongside the lateral quickness of mentor David Robinson. On the wing, Tim Duncan has been able reach into his bag of tricks to hit bank shots off the glass, dribble drive into the paint, and work his post-up game for clutch baskets right at the front of the rim. With his stoic nature and winning ways, Tim Duncan is the perfect match for military town San Antonio. As a literal man amongst boys, Shaq camped out in front of the basket, took entry passes, and powered his way up for dunks time and time again.
In response, frustrated coaches would employ the Hack-A-Shaq defense and send entire front line personnel to take him down. In Orlando, Shaq teamed up with sidekick Penny Hardaway to create a formidable one-two punch before leaving for the bright lights and money of L. As the casualty of the divorce, Shaq was shown the door and given his golden watch alongside a one-way ticket to Miami. After the confetti settled, Shaq ultimately took his act to Phoenix, Cleveland, and Boston — in an attempt to chase after even more rings. Bill Russell was the greatest defensive center of all time.
He revolutionized the idea of help defense, as he would either rotate off his man to protect the rim on the dribble drive and block shots, or recover back into the passing lane for steals and deflections. A fierce rebounder, Russell learned to play the angles and use his quick leaping ability to control the boards.
Largely due to instinct and technique, the great Bill Russell was able to average 23 rebounds per game throughout his year career. Although Russell rarely had his number called in offensive sets, he also tacked on 15 points and 4 assists per game to go alongside his impressive defensive prowess. Most importantly, Bill Russell was a winner. To rack up points, Abdul-Jabbar would tower over opponents to drop in his patented skyhook.
Good from either hand, Kareem was automatic on the block from fifteen feet and in. As a winner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took home a total of six rings that mirrored his career arc. By , Abdul-Jabbar had made the transition from a focal-point center and into an effective role player of the Showtime Lakers.
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Wilt Chamberlain was the greatest NBA big man of all time. Throughout his career, the Big Dipper put up video game-like numbers. A giant before his time, Chamberlain led the NBA in both scoring and rebounding during his first four seasons as a professional. Blocking was allowed in this version, which, I learned later, was neither accepted nor acceptable practice in the touch football game played in my neighborhood primarily with sighted kids. At Bell School, when the ball was put into play, the ball carrier had to call--make some audible noise. Failure to call resulted in a penalty.
In the neighborhood game that rule was inserted only after I began to play regularly. The playing field at school was a concrete sidewalk laid out in six foot squares. At one end of the playing area was a short flight of stairs leading into the school. The other end of the field was marked by the end of the school auditorium, which stood on one side of the field.
The playing field at home varied. Sometimes it was an alley with telephone poles as goal line markers. Sometimes the playing surface was the street with a sewer cover or parked car or lamp post designated as the goal line marker. Occasionally we actually played on a park field or in a DePaul University parking lot--the latter, of course, when university classes were not in session.
Whatever field we played on, we seldom had line markers, so mostly there were no first downs. The offensive team had to cover the length of the field in four downs. Occasionally a team would punt on fourth down, but more often than not fourth down was a straight play or a fake punt. The neighborhood games tended to be more wide open.
We usually played with three to five men on a side. Since the field of play at Bell School was smaller, punts and kick-offs were thrown, and we played with a large, round inflated rubber ball. The shape of the ball allowed better control, and the bounce was more true.
We used a standard football in the neighborhood game because the fields were larger and kicking was allowed. I never mastered the drop kick. I held the ball by one end, pointed down low in front of me, and kicked away. I guess I was about as good and about as consistent as most of my peers, which wasn't very good or consistent. Whether at school or in the neighborhood, I played every position but receiver. I couldn't see the ball to catch it, not even the big rubber ball we used at school.
More often than not I played quarterback in the neighborhood. Receivers ran down field and called a code word when they were open to receive a pass.
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I should point out that we used stop-and-go patterns, slant plays, down-and-out patterns, and a variety of other plays. Each pattern had its own code words: colors, animals, street names, and so on. The field at school was small, and we were all very familiar with all of its quirks and characteristics. The neighborhood fields presented other challenges.
If I had the opportunity, I would walk the field before starting play. If there were any unusual obstacles on the playing area, my friends would tell me about them: holes, puddles, mounds, trenches, cars or other vehicles, etc. Being familiar with the topography of the field was useful when I was required to execute a running play or when I played defense and had to chase an opponent. Recently I had dinner with two of my childhood friends, Nick and Tom.