50 Greatest Players in NBA History
Players were chosen in 1996 to honor the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Steve Nash as a kid.
He also played lacrosse and rugby, but didn't play basketball until the eighth grade.
Bill Russell guards the lane against an Elgin Baylor drive during Game 4 of the 1966 NBA Finals between the Lakers and Celtics.
Current NO Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry (right) with Calvin Bowser, a college teammate, on campus at Appalachian St, 1975.
The merger. Dave Cowens and Dr J pose for SI's 1976 issue. It was the first year after the ABA merged with the NBA.
Charles Barkley acts in a sketch on Saturday Night Live with Paul Brittain.
Barkley hosted the show after appearing on NBC's coverage of the NFL Wild Card playoffs that same day.
Charles Barkley is not quite face-to-face with Manute Bol as the two have some words during a game in 1990.
NBA legends Clyde Drexler, Isiah Thomas, Wilt Chamberlain and Charles Barkley chat during NBA All-Star Weekend.
Current Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge while playing for the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB, 1980.
After three years with the Blue Jays, Ainge decided to pursue a career in basketball and was chosen in the 1981 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, who had to buy out Ainge's contract from the Blue Jays after a legal battle.
Detroit Pistons legend and former mayor of Dteroit (2009-2013) Dave Bing grabs the reabound during a game vs Chicago Bulls.
Poster for the very first NBA game in history on Nov. 1, 1946,
Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens.
Dikembe after one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history, No. 8 Nuggets beat the No. 1 Seattle SuperSonics, 1994.
The stars of the 1970's NBA gathered together...front row;l to r; campy russell-alvin adams-dennis johnson-calvin murphy/drums-norm nixon-john drew-lionel hollins.back row; LtoR;dan roundfield-george gervin-phil smith-darrell griffith-reggie theus-elvin hayes-maurice lucas-mychael thompson-artis gilmore-moses malone-bill cartwright- truck robinson-robert parish-rudy tomjanovich-bernard king-paul westphal-austin carr.
"The most important muscle you use while playing basketball is the one between your ears" ~Kareem to Bynum
Current Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale delivers a hard foul on Lakers forward Kurt Rambis in Game 4.
Tim Duncan and David Robinson on a plane after winning 2003 NBA Championship. Steve Kerr is seen in the background.
Mark Bryant accidentally steps on the face of John Stockton during a 1991 Blazers-Jazz playoff game.
Muggsy Bogues and Charles Barkley talk with Al Franken as Stuart Smalley during the Daily Affirmation skit on SNL.
Ray Allen posts up Allen Iverson during a 1996 Big East Tournament game between Connecticut and Georgetown.
Rick Barry drives past Stan Love (father of Kevin and Will Ferrel look-alike) during a 1973 Warriors-Lakers game.
Current Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle with Larry Bird, while playing for Boston Celtics. 1986
Rick Barry about to take a free throw.
Despite his unorthodox shot technique, he shot career 89% from the free throw line .
Rival stars Magic Johnson and Larry Bird of the Celtics battle beneath the rim in Game 1 of the 1985 Finals.
Robert 'Tractor' Traylor shatters the backboard after the dunk during a Ball State-Michigan game in 1998.