This Day In Sports: The O-Train Makes Its Last Stop


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Robertson loves playing the Raise Your Hand If Your A Hall-Of-Famer game.

September 3, 1974: After playing 14 seasons in the NBA - earning 12 All-Star nods, the Rookie of the Year award, and one MVP - Oscar Robertson retired from professional basketball. In his time with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks, the Hall of Famer scored 26,710 points and tallied 9,887 assists - then the NBA record for most assists in a career. Robertson now ranks fifth on the all-time assist list behind John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson and Magic Johnson and ninth on the all-time scoring list.

Robertson, who became a star in high school after leading Crispus Attucks (Indianapolis, Ind.) to consecutive state championships in 1955 and '56 (the first time an all-African-American team won the title), is the only NBA player to average a triple-double in a single season. He did so in 1961-62, averaging 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game. In 1963-64, he was named MVP after averaging a career-high 31.4 points and 11 assists per game. In 1971, after being traded to the Bucks, Robertson finally got his NBA title, sweeping the Bullets in the Finals and scoring 30 points in the series-clinching game. "Finally," Robertson said. "This is the first champagne I've ever had, and it tastes mighty sweet."

Robertson, a three-time All-American at Cincinnati and member of the 1960 gold medal winning Olympic team, became president of the NBA players union in 1963. He held the position until he retired, just three months before his 36th birthday. Six weeks later, his No. 1 was retired by the Bucks. His No. 14 jersey was also retired by the Royals.