George Gervin played in one of the most important eras in basketball history. The NBA and ABA merged, superstars like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird formed the sport’s fiercest rivalry, and one-of-a-kind talents like Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon burst onto the scene.
Through the eyes of many, this is when the game was at its peak — while today’s NBA is so often labeled “too soft” and criticized for lacking parity.
But through the eyes of “The Iceman” — who made a living terrorizing defenses, effortlessly sinking basket after basket en route to four scoring titles and 12 All-Star selections — the sport is at an all-time high.
“This game is global, man. Do these people know where this game started? I’m from the 70s and 80s and we weren’t worldwide,” Gervin told USA TODAY Sports. “My playoff games were tape delayed. To say that this league is not where it should be, to me, being a part of the league, is insane….