Game of Basketball

Basketball is one of the most exciting and fast-paced games in modern history. Players on each team can span from 300-lb, 7-foot centers to speedy 5'6" guards that dart around the court.


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The world of professional hoops is full of superstars dunking, dribbling and hanging on the rim. Get airborne with them in our gallery of iconic basketball images.

To some people, the month of March means the beginning of spring. To others, it's time to party for St. Patrick's Day. But for college basketball fans, March means only one thing: March Madness. Before you place any bets, though, you need to fill out your bracket.

Ralph Sampson won National Player of the Year honors three straight years, but enjoyed only brief success in the NBA. He was recruited heavily but suffered several knee problems.

Dolph Schayes played 706 consecutive games from 1952-1961. Only three players in NBA history have had longer skeins. Going pro the year before the founding of the NBA, Schayes finally retired in 1964.

Bill Sharman was the first NBA player to make 50 consecutive free throws. Not only that -- he played pro baseball for five years, too. Read more about Bill Sharman and his basketball career.

Robert Parish played more games than any player in history and won four championship rings. His career ended with the Chicago Bulls, who ironically were torn over whether or not to draft him 20 years earlier.

Bob Pettit, the first player to surpass 20,000 points in his career, was named first-team All-NBA 10 consecutive seasons. He retired due to injuries in 1965 and was elected to the NBA Hall of Fame in 1970. Read more about Bob Pettit.

Scottie Pippen ranked with the best all-around players in basketball, dominating in defense, rebounds and passing. He was an integral member of the Chicago Bulls during their title run in the 1990s. Read about this great NBA Forward.

Willis Reed was the first player named MVP of the regular season All-Star Game and NBA Finals in the same season (1970). He retired in 1974 and went on to coach the Knicks and Nets. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1981. Read more about Willis Reed.

With seven NBA championship rings Pat Riley is perhaps the greatest coach in NBA history. He led the Lakers through a terrific run and brought back the Miami Heat. Read about Pat Riley and his career as a coach and a guard.

Oscar Robertson's best season was 1963-1964, when he averaged 31.4 points and won the NBA MVP Award. Many consider him the best all-around player the sport has ever seen. Read more about Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.

David Robinson is one of four players in history to score 70 points in an NBA game. What's even more unbelievable is that 'The Admiral' was mainly a defensive player. Learn more about David Robinson's career highs, awards and titles.

When Adolph Rupp left the Univ. of Kentucky he had won more games than any other coach in history. During his career he became a legend and influenced countless other coaches and players. Read about Adolph Rupp and his career highlights.

Bill Russell was named 'the Greatest Player in the History of the NBA' in 1980. His scoring record may have been lacking, but he was an amazing defensive player who could dominate a game. Learn more about this basketball legend.

Shaquille O'Neal, one of the most dominant figures in NBA history, earns millions a year as a movie/rap star. O'Neal ranks with Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell as one of the best centers to ever play the game.

Kevin McHale may have been the best low-post scorer in basketball history. He retired in 1993 and later went on to become the vice-president of basketball operations in Minnesota. Learn more about this Celtics forward and his career averages.

In 1950 the Associated Press honored George Mikan as the best basketball player of the first half of the 20th century. He was known as a fierce competitor who often muscled his way to the basket for easy shots.

Cheryl Miller was the first woman basketball player to dunk in organized play. She was the first woman to be nominated for the Sullivan Award, which is given to the nation's top amateur athlete. Read more about Cheryl Miller and her road to the Hall of Fame.

Earl Monroe was 1968 NBA Rookie of the Year and an integral part of the New York Knicks' 1973 championship team. He retired due to bad knees and age in 1980 and was later elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989. Read about Earl 'the Pearl' Monroe.

James Naismith invented the sport of basketball in 1891 and was also a coach. He introduced basketball at Kansas and coached the varsity team but he offered little to coaching theory. Read more about James Naismith and the origin of basketball.

Hakeem Olajuwon averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in his first 12 seasons with the Houston Rockets. He retired in 2002 and is considered one of the five best centers in NBA history. Read about Hakeem Olajuwon's averages.

Famous for his fiery temper and antics on the sidelines, Bob Knight is the youngest college coach ever to win 300 games. He broke the all-time record for games won on January 1, 2007. Read more about bombastic Bobby Knight and his many victories.

Bob Lanier played in eight All-Star Games, winning MVP honors at the 1974 renewal. He retired after having his eighth knee surgery in 1984. He entered the NBA Hall of Fame in 1991. Get details about Bob Lanier and his career totals.

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