Listen: Bill Russell, Basketball, Bill Walton discussed on One Plus One
"A freak and never fit in or to be an athlete. His favorite sport is football. Because he's lean and mean, and he loves to tackle. But sergeant his mother steer him to basketball. They tell them. It's a sport. He could really succeed in for shack. That's an amazing in comforting notion that they believe he could succeed at anything. Even in a big man's game shack tries to force himself from his size. He owns what he calls small guy. Fangs running driving passing and footwork Sarge teaches Mckee moves of the great players Bill Russell's blocked shot west unsold outside pass Jerry West jump shot by fifteen shack is the star of his high school basketball team. He calls himself a child superstar. And he gets the attention of sports announcers. The same kids used to laugh at him. Now Chiro in crowd the sidelines to watch him. They hold up their fingers in these for victory basketball has turned his size into an enviable marketable asset sometimes he can even convince himself. He's not different. He's special. He goes on to Louisiana state where he's a two time all American and two time player of the year. And then with the first in the nineteen Ninety-two NBA draft, the Orlando Magic selects Shaquille O'Neal from Louisiana state university. Before his junior year. He leaves for the Orlando Magic as I pick in the draft even before he plays its first game. He's already a success. No rookie has ever nabbed such a lucrative contract. Forty one million for seven years. He's aware his small man's game and big man's body. Give him huge advantages. The grade center Bill Walton has coached him. Speaking courtside, he talks about Shaq's potential. Can't become the best player ever to play basketball. Whether he does depends on him. He has all the ability the physical skills. The mental skill the family background the disciplined the work ethic. Now, whether he puts his time in mind to it. He enters the league with two burning desires to dominate and to be loved. The first part is easy. He just plays hard. The being loved part is trickier for that. He studies. What makes other players popular he notices the hugely popular? Magic Johnson smiles a lot he watches players who fans tend to avoid the players who scowl curse be tells himself. I in crazy, I'll stay away from that. So he smiles a lot then he doesn't curse at least not in public. Kobe's different his first year contract isn't as hefty shacks. It's three point six million for three years. But before he plays his first game with the Lakers. He's also nailed down an endorsement deal with Adidas appearances in TV sitcoms, a guest spot."