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ARTICLES BY OSCAR ROBERTSON:

The Big O welcomes Russell Westbrook to the triple-double club, The Undefeated, April 9, 2017

How our all-black high school turned Hoosier Hysteria upside down, The Undefeated, March 26, 2017

A season of change for the NBA as the players find their voice, The Undefeated, October 26, 2016

The dream team you've never heard of, The Undefeated, August 11, 2016

The Big O gives LeBron his blessing, The Undefeated, July 1, 2016

The NBA should honor its history and learn from it, New York Times, December 25, 2011

"Coronation for Basketball's Clown Prince," New York Times, August 7, 2011

"Collegians were the Olympic basketball show in 1960," New York Times, August 8, 2010

"When the Big O First Played the Garden: 56 in '58," New York Times, March 9, 2008

"The Big O's op-ed piece on the NBA Draft and 'One and Done'", New York Times, June 28, 2007

"Putting the I in the Lakers", New York Times op-ed, February 18, 2006

"From the past, a new game emerges" New York Times, December 19, 2004

"NBA Markets Style at the Expense of Substance" February 15, 2004

"Instead of hoops, the blame game," New York Times, November 7, 1998

Big O's Blogs during 2005 Finals, nba.com

"LeBron James: The New Face of the NBA?" by Oscar Robertson, TIME Magazine, April 18, 2005

WEB & PRINT COVERAGE:

Oscar Robertson's legacy much greater than triple-doubles,Sam Amick, USA Today, February 8, 2017

Oscar Robertson still feels sting of racism from high school days, Steve Marcus, Newsday, February 5, 2017

The Big O, a legend now and forever, Mike Wise, The Undefeated, October 28, 2016

Oscar Robertson keeps it real on social activism, Rhiannon Walker, The Undefeated, October 28, 2016

Oscar Robertson, basketball's living legend, Michael Dolan, Athletes Quarterly, June 2016

Oscar Robertson on LeBron, Terence Moore, Sports on Earth, June 25, 2016

Oscar Robertson was so much more than the guy who averaged a triple-double, Curtis Harris, Sporting News, February 4, 2016

Oscar Robertson, Happy 2016! Celebrating The Big O, Andre McCarter, iSports Times, December 31, 2015

Nobody quite like The Big O, Terence Moore, Sports on Earth, December 2, 2015

Oscar Robertson jumped through hoops to win big, Marc Myers, The Wall Street Journal, August 4, 2015

Triple-double kings Robertson, Kidd cared about winning, not stats, Andrew Gruman, FoxSports Wisconsin, April 20, 2015

The All-Star game that nearly wasn't, Steve Aschburner, nba.com, February 13, 2014

Robertson was as perfect as they come, Sam Smith, nba.com, November 25, 2013

Any greatest of all time discussion must include Oscar Robertson, Mary Schmitt Boyer, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, November 23, 2013

Oscar Robertson on turning 75, triple-doubles and GOAT, Steve Aschburner, nba.com, November 22, 2013

West praises his former rival, Steve Aschburner, nba.com, November 22, 2013

Kareem says Oscar Robertson better than Jordan or LeBron, Kurt Helin, nbcsports.com, October 3, 2013

The Big O: LeBron would excel as NBPA president, Steve Aschburner, nba.com, August 2, 2013

Season of Giants feature: Oscar Robertson, Fran Blinebury, nba.com, March 2012

Robertson's Triple-Double season unparalleled, Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati Enquirer, February 12, 2012

The Big O, Player of the Century, Michael O'Daniel, Black Sports the Magazine, February 2012

"Original Old School: Grand Royal," SLAM Online, October 23, 2010

"Oscar Robertson has no beef with LeBron James' decision," Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 12, 2010

Coverage of 1960 Olympic team induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Oscar Robertson, Alonzo Mourning receive National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award

"On this day, Oscar Robertson provided Big O," Game On, USAToday.com, March 15, 2010

"Oscar Robertson and Jerry West would have been great players in any era," Bill Livingston, Cleveland.com (Cleveland Plain Dealer), February 19, 2010

"With His Knack for Leadership, Oscar Robertson Finds the Keys to Success On-and Off-the Court," Portfolio Magazine, University of Cincinnati College of Business, October 2009

In LeBron James, Oscar Robertson Sees a Star With a Familiar Plight, by William C. Rhoden, New York Times, May 25, 2009

The forgotten Hoosiers: The Big O on Crispus Attucks, Wayne Drehs, ESPN.com, February 26, 2009

"Robertson's Achievements Remain as Timeless as Ever" by Rob Peterson, nba.com, November 24, 2008

"Blackballed" by Sam Smith, HoopsHype.com, June 18, 2008

"Oscar! Oscar! for that name on the USBWA trophy," by Dick Jerardi, President, US Basketball Writers Association, May 2008

"Still the Big 1" by Charles Gardner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 27, 2008.

"Robertson hopes book transcends basketball" by Jeremy Peter, Cincinnati Enquirer, March 23, 2008

"You can just call him The Big Original" by Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, February 25, 2008

"Robertson still taking strong opinions to the basket"" by Peter Finney, New Orleans Times-Picayune, February 16, 2008

"Following is still O so big" by Peter Vecsey, New York Post, November 30, 2007

"Robertson was MJ...before MJ" by Peter Vecsey, New York Post, November 25, 2007

"Remembering Big O's Legacy Amid the Glitter" by William C. Rhoden, New York Times, February 12, 2007

"Robertson became 'Big O' during endless hours perfecting game on Indy playground" by Jeff Rabjohns, Indianapolis Star, April 1, 2006

"In the Time of B.K. (Before Kobe)" by Mark Reynolds, Pop Matters, January 9, 2006

Hoops Hype interview with David Friedman, July 25, 2005

"Locker-Room Liberty: Athletes who helped shape our times and the economic freedom that enabled them," by Matt Welch, Reason Magazine, May 2005

National Association of Basketball Coaches name Oscar Robertson Player of the Century

"Oscar defined the triple-double," espn.com

"The Big O Mastered the Game," nba.com

"The Art of the Triple-Double," nba.com

"NBA Legends: Oscar Robertson" (biography, includes video and audio highlights), nba.com

"One on One with Oscar Robertson" (transcript of live chat May 11, 1999), nba.com

"Big O: All-star family man" by John Johnston, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, October 9, 1997

"Playing Pickup with Oscar" by Ira Berkow, New York Times, April 27, 1997

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VIDEO:

Oscar Robertson and Crispus Attucks, 60 years later, Spike Lee's L'il Joint 30x30 segment on ESPN, May 2015

"The Big O," TNT sports, one-hour special with Chris Webber as interviewer and narrator, February 15, 2014. This show will re-air periodically on NBA-TV; check listings for that channel.

"NBA on TNT" segment on Indianapolis Crispus Attucks High School vs. Gary Roosevelt High School in the 1955 Indiana state high school championship game.

"Celebrating Oscar Robertson's 75th birthday," NBC Sports, November 24, 2013

"Inside the NBA," TNT sports, February 14, 2009, segment featuring Oscar Robertson with Tom Heinsohn, Jerry West and Lenny Wilkens discussing the near-boycott of the 1964 NBA All-Star game.

"Inside The NBA," TNT Sports, January 17-18, 2000. Oscar Robertson appears as a panelist with Wayne Embry, Bill Russell and John Thompson discussing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century," presented by Sports Illustrated on CBS, December 2, 1999. Oscar Robertson is honored along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Bill Russell in the basketball category.

"ESPN Sports Century", 30-minute program on Oscar Robertson as one of the 20th Century's fifty greatest athletes, first aired 1999. Check ESPN listings for rebroadcast information.

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MAGAZINES:

With a cigar in hand, Oscar Robertson, looks back on his life, his Hall of Fame career and the NBA today, Kenneth Shouler, Cigar Aficionado, March-April, 2005

"Solo Acts: We rank the top 10 individual achievements in NBA history" by Jeff Ryan, COURTSIDE Magazine, November 2003

"King without a Castle" by Jack McCallum, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, July 15, 2002

"Oscar Robertson: Simply the Best," INDIANA BASKETBALL HISTORY MAGAZINE, Summer 2002 (published by Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame)

"Team of the Century" by Jack McCallum, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, November 15, 1999

"I Still Try To Do It All" by Oscar Robertson, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, November 23, 1998

"A Father's Gift" by Richard Jerome, PEOPLE MAGAZINE, May 26, 1997.

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BOOKS:

"Becoming a Master Student Athlete," textbook from Houghton Mifflin, 2005, The Big O contributed a profile.

"The Inside Game: Race, Power and Politics in the NBA" by Wayne Embry with Mary Schmitt Boyer (University of Akron Press, 2004).

"They Cleared the Lane" by Ron Thomas (University of Nebraska Press, 2002). This book on the early black stars of the NBA contains a chapter on Oscar Robertson.

"Sky Kings: Black Pioneers of Professional Basketball" by Bijan C. Bayne (Grolier Publishing, 1998). This book contains a chapter on Oscar Robertson.

"Kings of the Court: Legends of the NBA" by Alan Minsky (Metrobooks, 1995).

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