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Our NBA panel -- with members from across ESPN, including TV, radio, ESPN.com, The Undefeated and ESPN The Magazine -- voted more than 11,000 times to select the top 90 game changers, and a smaller committee of writers and editors selected the final 10. Growing up [url=http://www.panthershopnflonline.com/SUPER-BOWL-KURT-COLEMAN-JERSEY]http://www.panthershopnflonline.com/SUPER-BOWL-KURT-COLEMAN-JERSEY[/url] on a cotton plantation in Mississippi, Spencer Haywood knew the drudgery of working from sunup to sundown. The adolescent Haywood planted and chopped cotton for a pittance. After being thrust into hard and unfair labor as a child, Haywood as a young adult went on to challenge the unfair labor order of sports. It was a challenge that still benefits players some 50 years later.
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At age 19, he led Team USA to a surprising gold medal at the 1968 Olympics. Desperate to support himself and his family, Haywood skipped the rest of his college years and joined the ABA for the 1969-70 season, winning MVP and ROY honors. The restless Haywood then jumped to the NBA for the 1970-71 season.
The league's legal attempts to enforce its four-year college rule on Haywood failed and established the "hardship case" rule that allowed underclassmen to enter the NBA draft. By age 25, Haywood had been selected to one ABA first team and two NBA [url=http://www.officialhawkstore.com/Mike_Muscala_Jersey]http://www.officialhawkstore.com/Mike_Muscala_Jersey[/url] first teams. Since then he has defeated drug addiction and continues to speak out against the exploitation of college athletes by the NCAA. -- Curtis Harris
The Point God has nearly perfected the position, making extreme efficiency his trademark. On one end he's a precision playmaker and scorer who can toss alley-oops or play off the ball and sink jumpers, and on the other a dogged defender and pickpocket.
A leader for teammates and coaches who appreciate his commanding edge, CP3 also isn't for everyone. "Chris is a militant, and I mean that in a good way," Houston assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik told Zach Lowe.Paul's new Rockets team might give him the chance to silence a RINGZ narrative that has sometimes overshadowed his accomplishments, which include leading the league in assists four times and steals six times, plus a long string of winning seasons and two Olympic gold medals alongside pals LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony.
But even without a title, the former Lob City general has built a legacy as a voice for social causes (speaking out against police brutality at the 2016 ESPYS and ousted Clippers owner Donald Sterling in 2014) and his fellow players as the president of the NBPA. -- Austin Tedesco For better or worse, Rick Barry is a man of ironclad conviction and determination who created one of the greatest résumés in basketball history: 12 All-Star selections, 10 All-NBA/ABA nods, three Finals appearances, and a title and Finals MVP in 1975. His prickly personality in addition to his all-world scoring and passing talent made him one of pro basketball's unique figures.
The self-proclaimed "Basketball Gypsy" had played in the NBA and ABA by 1975 with three franchises in four different cities and caused a firestorm by insulting the state of Virginia. He even called the 1976 NBA [url=http://www.authentictorontobluejaysshop.com/Marco-Estrada-Jersey]Marco Estrada Youth jersey[/url] Finals for CBS even though his Warriors had just lost the West finals, and he was an outspoken commentator on the NBA scene.
His conviction could cause chaos, but that determination made him the first star to leave the NBA for the ABA and willed the Warriors to their stunning 1975 NBA title. It also made him a meticulous free throw shooter who employed the granny shot to perfection and tormented defenses with an all-around offensive repertoire. Barry's influence continued as three of his sons played in the NBA, including Brent and Jon, now national TV commentators. -- Harris
The Ice Man was one of a kind. With a smooth personality and a signature shot to die for, Gervin led the NBA in scoring four times. With his finger roll operating at all angles, no matter how impossible, Gervin was synonymous with pro basketball in San Antonio for over a decade in the 1970s and '80s. With Gervin at the helm, the Spurs missed the [url=http://www.billsofficialonlineshop.com/YOUTH+LORENZO+ALEXANDER+JERSEY]http://www.billsofficialonlineshop.com/YOUTH+LORENZO+ALEXANDER+JERSEY[/url] postseason just once in his 12 seasons with the team and three times made the conference finals.
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