Thursday, September 24, 2009

Grandpa Roy Column Answer

Hey guys, Drew back here, after I let the last question run for a little while, I will announce the answers, and you guys got all 7! I don't know if you used reference material while making answers, so not sure it uses all 100% of brain power. Here's the question if you forgot:

Michael Jordan, often considered the best basketball player ever to play the game, was recently inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame a few weekends ago. This superstar is one of only 7 players to have won the trifecta (Collegiate Championship, NBA Championship, and Olympic Gold Medal) in their careers, who are the others?

And here are the answers you guys made:

1: Michael Jordan, 1982 NCAA Champion, 1991; 1992; 1993; 1996; 1997; 1998 NBA Championships, 1984+1992 Olympic Gold Medals.

2: Magic Johnson, 1979 NCAA Champion, 1980; 1982; 1985; 1987; 1988 NBA Championships, Dream Team 1992 Olympic Gold Medal

3: Bill Russell, 1955 & 1956 NCAA Champion, 1957; 1959; 1960; 1961; 1962; 1963; 1964; 1965; 1966; 1968; 1969 NBA Championships (Yes, 11), 1956 Gold Men's Basketball Medal

4: Jerry Lucas, 1959; 1960; 1961 NCAA Champion, 1973; 1974 NBA Championships, 1960 Olympic Gold Medal

5: K.C. Jones, NCAA Champion, 1959; 1960; 1961; 1962; 1963; 1964; 1965; 1966 NBA Championships, 1956 Olympic Gold Men's Basketball Medal

6: Quinn Buckner, 1976 NCAA Champion, 1984 NBA Championship, 1976 Olympic Gold Medal

7: Clyde Lovellette, 1952 NCAA Champion, 1954, 1963, 1964 NBA Champion, 1952 Olympic Gold Medal

So, there are your 7, here are the guys that get credit for this question:

Duane (Democratic Roadkill): 2 Points (+ 1 More for making another question out of this)
SpastikMoose (GSNHOF): 1 Point
Don (Trammell to Whitaker): 5 Points

So there you have it, 5 for Don! You guys did pretty good with this, and here's my input on the question:

Well, making it far in high school is a tough challenge. There aren't 28 high schools, or colleges to play. You have to be number 1. And these 7 guys made such an effort to go far it's remarkable. To not only win the NCAA Championship but also win in the NBA is amazing, and add an Olympic medal and you are an accomplished man. 6 out of these 7 players are in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Connecticut, as there names will forever be recognized by the word, "champion". In Michael Jordan's case, the newest Hall of Famer is often considered the greatest basketball player to walk this earth, and Bill Russell and Magic are up there too. But, as some sports stars such as A-Rod never accomplished being #1, these guys definitely have a reason for it.

*By the way, Duane, want to name the 3 guys who also won a high school medal for .5 points total? Leave a comment! Thanks buddy

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