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Lakers stay alive, Nets advance

New Jersey 96, Boston 88

BOSTON, May 31 (UPI) -- Completing a series in which he averaged a triple double, Jason Kidd led the New Jersey Nets to the Eastern Conference title Friday night with a 96-88 victory o

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Larry Costello dies of cancer

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Larry Costello, who won championships with Wilt Chamberlain as a player and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as a coach, died Tuesday. He was 70.
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Oscar Robertson
Former NBA All Star and college basketball standout Oscar Robertson prepares to introduce the College Player of the Year during an awards breakfast at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on April 1, 2005. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed "The Big O" or O-Train, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Robertson played the shooting guard/point guard position, and was a twelve-time All-Star, eleven-time member of the All-NBA Team, and one-time winner of the MVP award in fourteen professional seasons. He is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season, and he is regarded as one of the best and most versatile NBA players of all time. He was a key player on the team which brought the Bucks their only NBA championship in the 1970-71 NBA season. However, his playing career, especially during high school and college, was plagued by racism.

For his outstanding achievements, Robertson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980, and was voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. The United States Basketball Writers Association renamed their college Player of the Year Award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in his honor in 1998, and he was one of five people chosen to represent the inaugural National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class in 2006.

Robertson was also an integral part of the Oscar Robertson suit of 1970. The landmark NBA antitrust suit, named after the then-president of the NBA Players' Association, led to an extensive reform of the league's strict free agency and draft rules and, subsequently, to higher salaries for all players.

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