They were giants of the sporting world, names like George Mikan, Bob Pettit, Bill Russell, Wilt the Stilt, Truck, Moses, The Enforcer, Mr. Mean, the Big O, the Big E and the Big Redhead.
Basketball’s leviathans in the low post.
Fans thrilled at their combination of size, strength and agility. The battles they waged under the boards defined the NBA and made sport headlines for over 50 years.
But change is the constant in a consumer democracy.
The Chuck Taylor high-tops and short-shorts are long gone, replaced with hideous foot-wear and a plethora of prison-yard tattoos. Historic but cramped old arenas gave-way to bigger & brighter venues with better seats, paint-happy hardwood and $14.50 nachos.
And no change has been greater than disappearance of the inside game. In particular, the demise of the dominant center and power-forward…….Read More