Where many sports have got fame like cricket and football, basketball is also at the peak of success. It was a dying sport a long time ago, but now it is a rising sport. The reason behind all this is the most dedicated players of basketball who gave their ultimate best to take this game to heights and are still giving. Now, if we see, it has the third number in the top best sports in the world. Some of its legendary players are described below:
Earvin Johnson was born in August 1959 in Lansing, Michigan. His father used to work in a motor car factory and also used to play basketball. So, he got his skills from his father and got better with time. He was tall and was in the point guard position on his team. He was taken by the Western Team named “LA Lakers“. In the season of 1978-79, he won the NCAA Tournament and won the MOP award. His rival and also a friend outside the field was Larry Bird. He won five NBA championships, four-assist leader awards, three final MVPs, and many more such awards. In 1992 in Barcelona Olympics, he won Gold Medal and retired after the 1995-96 season. He was the reason NBA was rescued from its dying fame.
He was born in Dec 1956 in Indiana, United States, and belonged to a hard-working family. In 1979. He was selected by the Eastern Team, Boston Celtics. His rival and also a close friend outside the battlefield was Magic Johnson. They pushed each other through their performances to the heights of success. He won three championships, and two MVP awards. He was the only person awarded by “Rookie of the Year” award. He was inducted into the “Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame” in 1998. He had been an NBA All-Star about twelve times. He retired after the retirement of Magic Johnson and won many awards in his career and also after it.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar:
He was born in April 1974 in the New York City of the United States. He was very tall and played as the center on his team. After making an unremarkable record on his high school team, he was selected for the Milwaukee Bucks. Then, in 1975, he was traded to the LA Lakers and played the last fourteen seasons of his life with them. He won three “ MVP in NCAA tournament” awards and also had been NBA All-Star about nineteen times. He retired in 1989 and was named the “Greatest Center of All-Time by ESPN” In 2016, he was awarded the “2nd Best Player in NBA history” and also the “Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama“. He was also listed in the 50 Greatest Players of NBA history. He had won many other awards in his life, and he was also an actor, author, and coach.
He was famous by the name “Air Jordan” and was born Feb 1963 in New York. He grew his height by four inches after he was rejected from basketball. He was selected by the NBA Chicago Bulls after his splendid performances in his studying life. In 1982. He was awarded the “ACC Freshman player of the Year”. He also won the Gold Medal in the U.S. Olympics in 1984. In 1991, he won three championships in a row and was made Captain of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1992. He was retired in 2003, for the third last time. He was awarded the “Rookie Of the Year” in the 1984-85 season.
He was born in March 1972 in New Jersey. He led his high school basketball team to win the State Championship. He was awarded the “NCAA Men’s Basketball Player of the Year” in 1991. He was selected for NBA in 1992 and learned from the famous Magic Johnson. He won “Rookie of the Year” in his first season and joined the LA Lakers in 1996. He brought a Gold Medal to the U.S. in Atlanta Olympics, 1996. He won MVP three times in three consecutive championships in1999. In 2004, he moved to the Miami Heat and helped them to win the championship in 2006. He was retired in 2011, after playing his last season with the Boston Celtics.
Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon:
He was born in January 1963 in Nigeria and used to play football in his childhood. At the University of Huston, he developed his passion for basketball. In1983, he won the “NCAA Tournament Player of the Year” award. In1994, he made a great contribution to his team in winning the championship. He also won the MVP in this championship. In 1995, he won the “Player of the Month” award even though he was fasting this whole month of “RAMADAN“, and was retired in 2002. In 2008, he was inducted into “The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame“, and also into “The FIBA Basketball Hall of Fame” in 2016. He was listed in the 50 Greatest Players of NBA history, and also ranked in 10th position in “ESPN All-Time The Greatest Players“.
Wilton Norman Chamberlain was born in August 1936 in Philadelphia. When he was in high school, he had won two All-City Championships. He was a terrific free shooter in basketball history. In 1956, he joined the University of Kansas and led his team to the finals of the NCAA. Later he joined different teams of basketball in his career. He won the “Rookie of the Year” award, and also two NBA All-Star titles. He had many other aspects of his personality like an actor, author, and many others. He was retired in 1973 and made records that are still standing.
William Felton Russell was born in Feb 1934 in Louisiana, United States. He played for the Boston Celtics as a center and performed greatly. He was the first black person to win the championship and become an NBA star. He brought two consecutive NCAA championships to the San Francisco in 1955-56. He was also the captain of the team that won the Gold Medal In the 1956 Summer Olympics. He was rewarded with many Rewards in his thirteen-year career and also after that. Despite that, he was the first black coach in American Professional Sports. In 2009, the MVP trophy was renamed by the name of William Felton Russell as the “Bill Russell NBA” trophy. Barack Obama awarded him with the “Presidential Medal of Freedom” for his achievements.
He was born in April 1976 in the Virgin Islands of the United States. He used to play basketball on his high school team and also on the University team during his graduation. In 1997, he was chosen by the San Antonio Spurs Team of the NBA League and played as a power forward and center. He also represented his country in Athens Olympics in 2003 as a member of the National Basketball Team. He also won Gold Medal in the Summer Universiade in Japan in 1995. He also won Gold Medal in San Juan FIBA Americas Championships in 1999 and 2003. He also won the Bronze Medal in Athens Olympics in 2004. He was rewarded with many rewards like Rookie of the Year, MVP, and many others both individually, also with Antonio’s Team. He was retired after the season of 2015-16.
He was born in August 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but went to Italy with his father. His father was a basketball player in Italy and helped him a lot to improve his skills. When he returned to the United States of America, he was awarded the Top High School Player in the country. He won consecutively three championships in a row with LA Lakers from 2000 to 2002. He brought two Gold Medals for the U.S.A. He was awarded many awards and had been fifteen times All-Star, two times Scoring Champion, and many others.
He was born in Dec 1984 in Akron, Ohio, and used to belong to a poor family. He skipped college, but he was a very brilliant player in his high school. He was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003. He led his team to the finals against the team of Timothy Duncan in 2007. He moved to the Miami Heat in 2010 and brought them two NBA championships. After returning to the Cavaliers, he helped them to get the NBA championship of 2015-16. After some time, he joined the LA Lakers and continued to play with them. He also took part in U.S. Summer Olympics three times in 2004,2008 and 2012.