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Oscar Robertson

Full name: Oscar Palmer Robertson
Nickname(s): Big O
Gender: Male
Height: 6-5 (196 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee, United States
Affiliations: Cincinnati Bearcats, Cincinnati (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Basketball

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

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Biography

Until the advent of Michael Jordan, many people feel Oscar Robertson, "The Big O", was the greatest guard to ever play basketball. A few went even further and called him the greatest basketball player period. Robertson started his road to stardom at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis and then took his show to the University of Cincinnati. For three consecutive years he led the NCAA in scoring, made first-team All-America, and was named collegiate Player of the Year. In his junior year, he broke the NCAA career scoring mark which had been set in a four-year career. Robertson was 6-5 (1.95) tall and was a natural guard, though he was probably the biggest man to ever play that position at the time. In 1959 he was on the gold medal winning team at the Pan American Games. At Rome in 1960 he often played forward because of his size and jumping ability. After the Olympics, Robertson joined the Cincinnati Royals with whom he stayed until 1970 when he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. It was while playing with the Bucks in 1971 that he finally played on an NBA champion. In his 14-year pro career, Robertson re-wrote the record book. He was 10 times named to first team All-NBA and twice, in the twilight of his career, was named to the second team. He was Rookie of the Year in 1961 and MVP in 1964 – rare feats back then for a guard. Perhaps the best measure of his dominance is the triple-double, a new term coined to describe the exploits of Magic Johnson, and which refers to a game in which a player scores in double figures in points, rebounds, and assists. It was not until the seventh year of his career that Robertson's career averages fell below a triple-double standard. Later in life, Robertson donated a kidney to his daughter, who was quite ill with kidney failure.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 21 Roma Basketball Men's Basketball United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1960 Summer 21 Roma Basketball United States USA Final Round Match #2 1 1960-09-08 USA 112, ITA 81 22
1960 Summer 21 Roma Basketball United States USA Final Round Match #4 1 1960-09-10 USA 90, BRA 63 12
1960 Summer 21 Roma Basketball United States USA Group B Match #1 1 1960-09-01 USA 104, YUG 42 16
1960 Summer 21 Roma Basketball United States USA Group B Match #4 1 1960-09-02 USA 108, URU 50 13
1960 Summer 21 Roma Basketball United States USA Group B Match #6 1 1960-09-03 USA 81, URS 57 16
1960 Summer 21 Roma Basketball United States USA Group A Match #2 1 1960-08-26 USA 88, ITA 54 16
1960 Summer 21 Roma Basketball United States USA Group A Match #3 1 1960-08-27 USA 125, JPN 66 19
1960 Summer 21 Roma Basketball United States USA Group A Match #5 1 1960-08-29 USA 107, HUN 63 22
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