“The Big O” Leaves Basketball

Hall of Fame basketball player Oscar Robertson retired from basketball on September 3, 1974.

The 14 year career started with a first round pick in the first round of the 1960 draft when he got picked up by the Cincinnati Royals.

His 14 year career let him become one of the greatest athletes to enter the National Basketball Association. The point guard maintained a 48.5% field goal average and had 9,887 assists. He appeared in 12 All-Star games, and he received game MVP for three of them. His honors also included the prestigious Rookie of the Year award for the 1960-61 season as well as the overall MVP award for the 1963-64 season.

Robertson played with the Royals for nine years before he went to the Milwaukee Bucks for the last four years of his career. His number, one, was retired by the Bucks and 14 was retired by the Sacramento Kings (Royals).

As co-captain of the 1960 US Olympic basketball team, he helped lead the team to a gold medal victory against the Italian team in the final round. He was the co-leading scorer on the team with an average of 17 points per game. The team won all nine of their games by an average of 42 points while in Rome.

“You’ve got to learn the footwork, the positioning, how to box out, how to pass, how to shoot your free throws. All of these things are necessary, not to be the number one player in the world, but maybe you can play against him.”     -Oscar Robertson


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