Oscar Robertson—the “Big O”—forever changed the game of basketball, on the court and in the courtroom. But his impact on American society extends far beyond sports. He has also distinguished himself as a humanitarian, a social activist, a businessman, a teacher and mentor, and a labor leader, where his efforts that led to The Oscar Robertson Rule forever changed the balance of power in professional sports.
Robertson co-captained, with Jerry West, the Pete Newell-coached, undefeated 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team, often considered the greatest basketball team ever put together (the “original dream team”).
For his unparalleled achievements on the court, he was named “Player of the Century” by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Basketball Association. He is the NBA’s all-time leader in triple-double games (points, rebounds, and assists) for a career with 181 and in rebounds by a guard. His single-season record of 41 triple-double games stood for 55 years until broken by Russell Westbrook, and his record of being the only player ever to average a triple-double for an entire season, set in 1961-62, was tied by Westbrook in the 2016-2017 season.