NBA players are revered for their superior basketball skills. They have mastered the sport thanks to years of intensive training. Several of them have attained a very high level of fame and become recognizable celebrities.
Larry Bird had an impressive career as part of the Bolton Celtics. He played as both a small forward and power forward for 13 years. Bird has won 3 NBA championships and MVP awards. He first joined the Celtics in 1979. After retiring in 1992, he decided to become a coach. Eventually, he moved on to executive work for the Indiana Pacers.
Hall of famer Julius Erving played for both the ABA and NBA. Over the course of his career, he played over 800 pro basketball games. His average score for each game was 22 points. Erving was nicknamed Dr. J by fans. He helped to change the way that the game was played thanks to his dunking style and graceful athletic skills.
Wilton Chamberlain was an important member of the LA Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and San Francisco Warriors. Before his career in the NBA, he attained a fair level of fame by playing for the University of Kansas as well as the Harlem Globetrotters. Standing 7 foot 1 inch tall, Chamberlain was an imposing figure. His height allowed him to become a record-breaking rebounder and scorer. He won 2 championships in the NBA and attained 4 MVP awards. Chamberlain regularly appears on lists of the best NBA players of all time.
Magic Johnson was once an LA Lakers point guard for 13 seasons. He was drafted by the NBA in 1979. After winning his rookie season, Johnson was named MVP and went on to win an additional 4 championships. The rivalry between him and Larry Bird stands out as an NBA highlight.