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Video highlights from Hall of Famer Don Barksdale

Sep 5, 2012, 2:36 AM EDT

Don Barksdale deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame as a ground breaker, the first-ever African American to be named to an NBA All-Star team and to play on a U.S. Olympic basketball team.

He got those honors because he was flat out good — from college where he was an All-American to his NBA career (cut short by ankle injuries). It was a different era and seemingly a different game in the early 1950s — notice the one-handed set shots — but that doesn’t make him any less one of the better players of his generation and a ground breaker for the NBA.

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  1. zblott - Sep 5, 2012 at 5:43 AM

    Please end the insanity of watering down the HOF with every guy who was sorta good once and we all remember fondly, especially these “pioneers.” There are already WAY WAY too many players in the Hall from the 40’s and 50’s. That one big All Star year of Barksdale’s (’52-53) saw him rank 14th in ppg and 13th in rpg in a 10-team league, on a team that was 16-54. He left the Bullets after that season and was replaced by historical nobody, and rookie, Ray Felix. Felix put up WAY better stats but still has 0% chance of ever being considered a HOFer, so I’m really missing what the hell Barksdale is now doing in Springfield. All these “pioneers” are a joke – stop this crap already.

  2. fanz928 - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Because they resemble history of the sport that’s why we recognize them dumfuc

  3. zblott - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    They “resemble history of the sport”…wtf does that mean? Every player ever is part of the sport’s history and transformation, so why stop at the guy who had one unspectacular All-Star season?

  4. donrwells3 - Sep 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    these guys look like me out there playing with a basketball…

    Looking down at the floor, hopping around, couple missed shots then a decent floater! (haha, all jokes)

    A good high school team would really put it on these guys, I think!

    It is crazy how things have changed!!!

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