Oscar Robertson is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball League. He has been named to the Basketball Hall of Fame and the FIBA Hall of Fame. Robertson was also named to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. In 1971, he became an NBA Champion. From 1961 to 1972, he was named an NBA All-Star.

In 2018, he was named was awarded the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award. His jersey No.1 was retired by the Milwaukee Bucks, No.14 was retired by the Sacramento Kings, and No.12 was retired by the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Oscar Palmer Robertson was born on November 24, 1938, in Charlotte, Tennessee in the United States. He stands 196 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 93 kg. His parents are Bailey Robertson and Mazell Robertson. He grew up idolizing Goose Tatum and Marques Haynes of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Position Point Guard
Height / weight 1.96 m / 93 kg
Born Nov 24, 1938
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname The Big O
Team History
Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 1970 - 1974
Cincinnati Royals Cincinnati Royals 1960 - 1970

In 2003, he published an autobiography – The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game. He is an honorary spokesman for the National Kidney Foundation and he donated a kidney to his daughter who had suffered from Lupus-related kidney failure.

High School and College Career

He attended the Crispus Attucks High School and was coached by Ray Crowe. As a senior in 1956, he was named Indiana Mr. Basketball. He went on to attend the University of Cincinnati to play for the Cincinnati Bearcats.

He received a number of accolades while in college, including being named the Helms, UPI, and USBWA College Players of the Year multiple times. He was also named the Sporting News College Player of the Year thrice. The Bearcats later retired Jersey No.12 in his honor.

Professional Career

He was chosen by the Cincinnati Royals as a territorial pick during the 1960 NBA Draft. In his first year, he was named the 1961 NBA Rookie of the Year. In the same year, he was named to the NBA All-Star team for the first time. In total, Robertson would be named an All-Star 12 times.

In 1961, he became the NBA All-Star MVP. He would be the MVP again in 1964 and 1969. In 1964, he was named the NBA Most Valuable Player. He won an NBA Championship in 1971. He was playing with the Milwaukee Bucks at the time. He retired from the NBA in 1974.

In 1995, he was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2018, he was awarded the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also been named to the 35th, 50th, and 75th NBA Anniversary Team.

Career Highlights

  • 1971 - NBA champion
  • 1964 - NBA Most Valuable Player
  • 1961-1972 - NBA All-Star
  • 1961, 1964, 1969 - NBA All-Star GameMVP
  • 1961–1969 - All-NBA First Team
  • 1970, 1971 - All-NBA Second Team
  • 1961 - NBA Rookie of the Year
  • 1961, 1962, 1964–1966, 1969 - NBAassists leader
  • 2018 - NBA Lifetime AchievementAward
  • 35th, 50th, 75th - NBA anniversaryteam
  • No. 14 retired by Sacramento Kings
  • No. 1 retired by Milwaukee Bucks
  • 1959, 1960 - Helms College Player ofthe Year
  • 1958–1960 - UPI College Player ofthe Year
  • 1959, 1960 - USBWA College Player ofthe Year
  • 1958–1960 - Sporting News CollegePlayer of the Year
  • 1958–1960 - Consensus first-teamAll-American
  • 1958–1960 - NCAA season scoringleader
  • 1958–1960 - First-team All-MVC
  • No. 12 retired by CincinnatiBearcats
  • 1956 - Mr. Basketball USA

Medal Record:

  • Gold - 1960 Rome Olympics - Men’sBasketball
  • Gold - 1959 Chicago Pan AmericanGames - Men’s Basketball

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