TNT to Air Special on "The Big O" on Saturday|
Feb. 13, 2014
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Royals basketball legend Oscar Robertson will be the subject of a one-hour TNT special during NBA All-Star weekend. "The Big O" airs this Saturday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. EST on TNT, and repeats at 11 p.m. EST on NBA TV Monday, Feb. 17.
The upcoming All-Star weekend is the 50th anniversary of Robertson's MVP award at the 1964 All-Star game, the second of three such awards he won. He scored 26 points to lead the East to a 111-107 victory over the West.
The special traces Robertson's Hall of Fame career from his Indiana high school days through the University of Cincinnati, the 1960 Olympics, the Cincinnati Royals, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the landmark Oscar Robertson Rule, a court settlement that paved the way for free agency in the NBA.
As player rep for the Cincinnati Royals in 1964, Robertson participated in the players' brief boycott of the All-Star game until the owners agreed to recognize National Basketball Players Association executive director Larry Fleisher as official bargaining agent for the union -- the first professional athletes' union to gain such recognition. The following year, Robertson became president of the NBPA and served until his retirement in 1974.
During his career at UC, Robertson led the Bearcats to three Missouri Valley Conference championships and two Final Fours. He was the first player to lead the NCAA in scoring three times or to be named consensus National College Player of the Year three times. In 2000, the National Association of Basketball Coaches voted him "Player of the Century."
Robertson graduated from UC in 1960 with a B.A. in Business, and has since been named one of the NCAA's all-time leading student athletes. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University and the William Howard Taft Distinguished Alumnus award.