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Basketball Legends - Kobe, Iverson, Shaq, Bird, and Others

Basketball legends are as old as the game, but a majority of of the stars have come using this past generation. Though a few names have seeped through from years past (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain) the men which are famous for being famous players came out of the 90s: Kobe, Iverson, Shaq, and Jordan. Read on to discover a bit more about those lesser-known early champions.

Wilt Chamberlain wasn't huge only as they arrived at 7'1" and 300 lbs.; Wilt the Stilt is possibly the greatest player of all time. He took part in 13 All-Star games as well as on 10 All NBA first and second teams. He's been MVP 4 times, Rookie of the season in 1960, and has two NBA titles. He also has several "best" titles, and is also the only real player gain 100 points in the game. He's even the only player to average above 50 points in the season. In the career Chamberlain played for your San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and also the LA Lakers.

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Larry Bird may be the most famous Celtic, but Bill Russell was the best team member. Russell played for 13 years, from 1956-1969, and won 5 MVP awards, was on 12 All-Star teams, and it is one of the better shot-blockers hanging around. In his 13 years about the Celtics the c's won 11 Championship games. Russell was the initial truly famous African-American player in the league.

In his 20 year career (1969-89), Kareem Abdul-Jabaar scored one of the most points of the player in league background was awarded MVP six times. He was noted for his skyhook shot, which put his body between the ball and also the basket. Weighing 7'2" tall, it was a risky move. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spent 6 years playing for that Milwaukee Bucks before moving to the LA Lakers. He played on 19 all-star teams and the 50th anniversary team.

Charles Barkley played from 1984-2000 and it was voted the 1980's player of the season. Barkley would be a power forward and skilled rebounder. He helped the Olympic Dream Team win two medals, in 1992 and 1996, and it is now a commentator for that sport.

Unlike most NBA stars, Kobe Bryant skipped the NCAA and went pro directly from high school. He was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets but was quickly traded to and has spent nearly all of his career around the LA Lakers. He is a 4-time NBA Champion, One time MVP and 12-time NBA All Star. He's played on 7 all-star teams.
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