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Gus Johnson, an original high flyer

Aug 13, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

In Gus Johnson’s era, the game was played below the rim. Great players like Bob Cousey and Bill Russell were not leaping out of the building — but Gus Johnson was. Starting in 1962 he came in and started to change how the game was played. Elgin Baylor had started the revolution but Johnson was one of the guys that took the game to new heights. Literally.

And with that paved the way for the game today. Which is why he is going into the International Basketball Hall of Fame today.

  1. robert lewis - Aug 13, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    When I was playing high school ball, there was b-ball courts with lights at Firestone Park in Akron. Actually got to play on the same court as Gus a couple of times. When Bobby Knight was coaching Cuyahoga Falls JV, he used to show up, with Havlicek in two once or twice; Nate Thurmond, Billy Turner, Don Smith, a bunch of Boykins from Kent and all the Akron legends . . . Gus could dunk from the foul line . . . first time I ever saw it happen.

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