Sacramento Kings to Recognize Oscar Robertson at Friday's Game|
April 18, 2012
CINCINNATI – Former University of Cincinnati men’s basketball star and NBA legend Oscar Robertson will be honored by the Sacramento Kings on Friday, April 20, when the franchise plays host to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Kings are recognizing the 50th anniversary of Robertson’s historic triple-double season with the Cincinnati Royals in 1961-62. The former Bearcat averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists during the year. He remains the only player in NBA history to accomplish the feat.
Sacramento will honor Robertson with tribute videos throughout the game. Robertson also will salute a current Kings player with the Robertson Triple Double award, given annually to a player who exemplifies excellence on and off the court.
The Kings also will present a roundtable called “Generations of Basketball” on Thursday. The event will be invitation only but will be broadcast live on www.kings.com. Robertson will be the honored guest and the panelist will include fellow Hall of Famers Bill Walton and Alex English along with former All-Star and Kings president Geoff Petrie and Kings rookie Isaiah Thomas. The focus on the discussion will be both on the history of the game and basketball fundamentals and basketball intelligence.
Friday will also be proclaimed as “Oscar Robertson Day in Sacramento” as former NBA All-Star and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson will present Robertson with the key to the city.
A 12-time NBA All-Star, Robertson is a Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inductee and has been named the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Player of the Century.
Robinson played 10 of his 14 NBA seasons with the Cincinnati Royals. He won an NBA championship as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks at the conclusion of the 1970-71 season.
The Cincinnati Royals were renamed the Kansas City Kings in 1972 when the organization moved to Kansas City, Mo. The Kings moved to Sacramento, Calif., prior to the 1986 season.
Robertson was honored by the Kings with the retirement of his jersey in February 2003.
Robertson played varsity basketball at UC from 1958 through 1960 and still ranks as the school’s all-time leader in points (2,973), rebounds (1,338), field goals made (1,052) and free throws made (869). He was a three-year consensus all-american and three-time pick for National Player of the Year honors. Robertson helped UC to a 97-7 record and two NCAA Final Four appearances (1959 and 1960) during his college career.