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Oscar Robertson

Robertson in the 1960s as a member of the Cincinnati Royals
Personal information
Born (1938-11-24) November 24, 1938 (age 78)
Charlotte, Tennessee
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Crispus Attucks
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
College Cincinnati (1957–1960)
NBA draft 1960 / Pick: Territorial/1st
Selected by the Cincinnati Royals
Playing career 1960–1974
Position Point guard
Number 14, 1
Career history
1960–1970 Cincinnati Royals
1970–1974 Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards

NBA champion (1971)
NBA Most Valuable Player (1964)
12× NBA All-Star (1961–1972)
3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1961, 1964, 1969)
9× All-NBA First Team (1961–1969)
2× All-NBA Second Team (1970, 1971)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1961)
6× NBA assists leader (1961, 1962, 1964–1966, 1969)
No. 14 retired by Sacramento Kings
No. 1 retired by Milwaukee Bucks
NBA 35th Anniversary Team
NBA 50th Anniversary Team
2× Helms College Player of the Year (1959, 1960)
3× UPI College Player of the Year (1958–1960)
2× USBWA College Player of the Year (1959, 1960)
3× Sporting News College Player of the Year (1958–1960)
3× Consensus first-team All-American (1958–1960)
3× NCAA Division I scoring leader (1958–1960)
3× First-team All-MVC (1958–1960)
No. 12 retired by University of Cincinnati

Career NBA statistics
Points 26,710 (25.7 ppg)
Rebounds 7,804 (7.5 rpg)
Assists 9,887 (9.5 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
FIBA Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

I'd like to think that the nature of the two teams – Boston being a championship team over the years and the Lakers, same thing – was a lot bigger than Larry Bird or Magic Johnson.
Oscar Robertson
Some players are more physical than others, some play with more finesse. Some are just really great all-around players. So you have to change your game.
Oscar Robertson
If you're a basketball player, you've got to shoot.
I don't blame David Stern because a player gets on the court and he doesn't put out competitively. No one can make you play if you don't want to play.
Oscar Robertson
When you go into a game on offense, you make a couple moves and see what the defender is going to do. Then you pretty much can figure out what he is going to do against you – whether he carries his hands low or high, whether he is bumping or pushing, those type of things.
Oscar Robertson
They should have a rule: in order to be a sportswriter, you have to have played that sport, at some level; high school, college, junior college, somewhere. Or, you should have had to have been around the game for a long time.
Oscar Robertson
You don't cut anywhere, don't pick down anywhere, don't double screen, no weak side picking. All these things that should happen in a game of basketball don't happen anymore.
Oscar Robertson
It's like all guys want to do is make a dunk, grab their shirt and yell out and scream – they could be down 30 points but that's what they do. Okay, so you made a dunk. Get back down the floor on defense!
Oscar Robertson
Now, I guess, people want stars. People are trying to invent stars.
When you play against different people from all walks of life you can't do the same thing against every player defensively or offensively. You have to change up the way you go at a player.
Oscar Robertson
You see what happens in college and high school games today – a three-point shot or a dunk. I think that's the reason that you see a lot of that in the pros today.
Oscar Robertson
The Olympics were great, because you had to make the team, and then go to the games. Now, I don't know, these guys today don't want to do anything like that.
Oscar Robertson
I don't think that players learn how to play any other aspect of the game in high school or college.
Oscar Robertson
You look at today, it's a different situation. You have a game that has been transformed into a game where almost every shot is either an outside shot – a three-point shot – or a dunk.
Oscar Robertson
When you play guard, you're not going to block a lot of shots. Inside, you're going to block shots.
Oscar Robertson
But I like to think an athlete is an athlete.
The thing about it is almost everyone could pass that way, but we were kept from doing it by our coaches.
Oscar Robertson
I think that teaching coaches are the norm now.
We're all Americans trying to compete. Magic was competing for his team and Larry for his team.
Oscar Robertson
I was taught to play that way when I was in high school and even before I got to high school.
Oscar Robertson
But I think the image that's thrown out on television is a bad image. Because you see players who want to imitate hip-hop stars. And the NBA is taking advantage of the situation.
Oscar Robertson
I think that basketball players should get the job done no matter how it looks on the screen.
Oscar Robertson
You've got to learn the footwork, the positioning, how to box out, how to pass, how to shoot your free throws. All these things are necessary, not to be the No. 1 player in the world, but maybe you can play against him.
Oscar Robertson
You need a teaching coach who understands the game of basketball, not just some guy coming on the court talking about Xs and Os.
Oscar Robertson
Basketball is basketball.
It's a sad commentary when I have to say that sometimes in our country we are real sensitive to race.
Oscar Robertson
I think that everyone should be able to dribble. Everyone should be able to pass. Otherwise, why are you out there?
Oscar Robertson
Who do I think was the greatest? This might shock you: Elgin Baylor. He did so many great things. Nobody could guard him, playing in the forward spot. I'd love to see some of today's greats playing against Elgin. They couldn't guard him. Nobody could.
Oscar Robertson
But if people are buying the products, naturally they're gonna use them.
Oscar Robertson
This is where young players today want to land. They want to be NBA players because of the money.
Oscar Robertson