How the NBA Climbed Mountains Through an Era of Outlandish Proportions

December 6th, 2009 by Nick Gelso Leave a reply »
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Today's NBA is littered with some interesting nicknames. "The King," "Agent Zero," "The Answer ," "Superman," "Black Mamba," and "The Truth" .

In the 1970's, an era that concluded with the NBA in a media mess, the names given to NBA players sounded like lyrics from a Barry White songbook, "except for one". Back then, the league was headlined by, "Silk," "Clyde ," "Pistol-Pete," "The Pearl," "Iceman," "The Doctor," and then their was "CHOCOLATE THUNDER".

The Boston Celtics dominated the late 50's and 60's with 11 championships in 13 years. Frustrating as this decade of dominance may have been for the league's also-ran's (every non-Celtic), it was a period that mentored the development of the NBA through hard work, team chemistry, and pure refusal to lose.

It encouraged those players that could not compete on the basketball world's biggest stage; to go into the city schoolyard jungles of Philadelphia, New York and Chicago. A different form of mentoring began, one that is not often publicized in NBA books or documentaries but is displayed in the players that were born on ...

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