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This is the story of perhaps the greatest all-around player in basketball history, told straight from his mouth.

The name Oscar Robertson nowadays gets mentioned in conjunction with one of basketball's seminal accomplishments: the triple-double season. The year was 1962. He was all of twenty-three. No player in basketball history had ever done this. No one has done it since--not Magic Johnson, not Larry Bird, not Michael or Kobe. Throughout the first five years of his career, he averaged a triple-double.

Videotape does not do him justice. The images are washed out, the colors faded and fuzzy in a manner associated with bygone eras, the fashions and style of play not aging well. And yet there is palpable greatness.

He was voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on the first ballot, and the National Association of Basketball Coaches named him their player of the century. ESPN put him among their fifty greatest athletes of the century, the National Basketball Association on their list of the fifty greatest players. On and on. So many accolades that they run into one another.

But the story of Oscar Robertson is about much more than basketball. The story of Oscar Robertson is one of a shy black child growing up in a city so segregated that, until he is ten years old, his only exposure to white people is the distant memory of two Tennessee farm owners whose land his father had worked. It is the story of a poor family, and absent parents working long hours without complaint or reward.

The story of Oscar Robertson is also the story of the basketball-crazed state of Indiana and Crispus Attucks High School, the high school he led to the state championship. He joins the University of Cincinnati's basketball team and handles the ball on the perimeter in a way that has never been seen before.

Oscar Robertson enters the NBA with the Cincinnati Royals, who have been just barely holding on as they wait for the fledgling star. Robertson does not disappoint. Moving to the backcourt, he simply revolutionizes the game.

The story of Oscar Robertson is one of a superstar at the height of his career becoming the president of a union, the National Basketball Players Association, using his fame to try to improve conditions for all basketball players. It is the story of the man who sues the NBA for the right to free agency.

He is thirty-one years old when the Milwaukee Bucks trade for him. And so Oscar Robertson's story is also the story of a veteran player who joins young superstar Lew Alcindor (the future Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and leads Milwaukee to an NBA championship.

It is the story of a man who, at thirty-four years old, is forced to leave the game. Who is blacklisted from coaching and is forced out of broadcasting. Who must face questions not about whether he fought the good fight, but how he fought it.

Two years after he leaves basketball, after six years of legal wrangling, Robertson wins his lawsuit with the NBA. It is the story of a man who revolutionized the game of basketball twice: once on the court, and once in the way that the business of basketball is conducted. It is the story of how the NBA, as we now know it, was built. Of race in America in the second half of the twentieth century. Of a complex hero. An uncompromising man. It is Oscar Robertson's story.

Synopsis:

"Every time I get on a basketball court, I'm chasing Oscar Robertson's legend. He set the standard for guys like me. I can only hope, when I'm done playing, that I've come close to what he's accomplished."--JASON KIDD

"Oscar Robertson is an incomparable superstar. He is also a thoughtful man and a man of vision. If you want insight into what formed Oscar in the crucial years of his youth, look here. It's a great book."--KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR

"Oscar was one of basketball's great leaders, and his life is one of basketball's great stories. He was unafraid, unabashed, and unmatched in everything he did. There will never be another like him."--BILL RUSSELL

"Oscar Robertson was never a rookie. He was the measuring stick for how a player should play. It is an honor to know him and to have competed against him. He is a man for the ages."--JERRY WEST

Synopsis:

The greatest basketball player of his era speaks out about basketball on the court and off.

Table of Contents

The crossroads of America, 1938-1951 — Li'l Flap, 1951-1954 — "They don't want us," 1954-1955 — "Talk is cheap," 1955-1956 — Collegiate life, 1956-1958 — "What they eat don't make me fat," 1958-1959 — Gold, 1959-1960 — Rookie stardom, 1960-1961 — The triple-double, 1961-1963 — Union president, NBA royalty, 1963-1968 (part one) — The sixties continued, 1963-1968 (part two) — Moving on, 1969-1970 — Milwaukee, Lew Alcindor, and the championship, 1970-1971 — Do not go gently, 1971-1974 — Endings, 1974-1976.

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bzpowell, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by bzpowell)
The Big O is probably the greatest basketball player of all time. He also is perhaps the best basketball player to come out of the state of Indiana, and many great players have come from the Hoosier state. I still remember his team winning two straight Indiana state high school championships and the city of Indianapolis police and fire departments having to protect them when they travelled downtown to celebrate because the white population were afraid of riots.

Read this book, It is the story of a great man, not only in basketball, but one who succeeded in the gamo of life.

Bill Powell
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781579547646
Subtitle:
My Life, My Times, My Game
Author:
Robertson, Oscar
Publisher:
Rodale Books
Location:
Emmaus, Pa.
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Basketball
Subject:
Basketball players
Subject:
Sports - Basketball
Subject:
Basketball - Professional
Subject:
Basketball - General
Subject:
Sports
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
Band 144
Publication Date:
20031115
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
black-and-white photo insert
Pages:
342
Dimensions:
9.38x6.26x1.20 in. 1.38 lbs.

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Product details 342 pages Rodale Press - English 9781579547646 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
"Every time I get on a basketball court, I'm chasing Oscar Robertson's legend. He set the standard for guys like me. I can only hope, when I'm done playing, that I've come close to what he's accomplished."--JASON KIDD

"Oscar Robertson is an incomparable superstar. He is also a thoughtful man and a man of vision. If you want insight into what formed Oscar in the crucial years of his youth, look here. It's a great book."--KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR

"Oscar was one of basketball's great leaders, and his life is one of basketball's great stories. He was unafraid, unabashed, and unmatched in everything he did. There will never be another like him."--BILL RUSSELL

"Oscar Robertson was never a rookie. He was the measuring stick for how a player should play. It is an honor to know him and to have competed against him. He is a man for the ages."--JERRY WEST

"Synopsis" by , The greatest basketball player of his era speaks out about basketball on the court and off.
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