An All-Star in every single one of his seasons (save for a seven-game return to boost ticket sales for the Cincinnati Royals, the team he coached, in 1970), Bob Cousy was a six-time NBA champion and the 1957 MVP. He was the man in Boston until the arrival of Bill Russell, with whom he teamed to build the NBA’s first dynasty. In celebration of Cousy's 88th birthday on Aug. 9, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of the great Celtics point guard of the 1950s and early '60s—nicknamed "Cooz" and "Houdini of the Hardwood"—through the years.
Three-time NBA MVP, 13-time All Star and Hall of Famer Moses Malone died at age 60 due to cardiovascular disease one year ago on Sept. 13, 2015. In remembrance of the "Chairman of the Boards," we present these classic SI photos of "Big Mo."
The 1968 NBA Draft's first overall pick out of Houston, Elvin Hayes won Rookie of the Year and made 12-consecutive All-Star Games while winning a championship with the Washington Bullets in 1978. As "The Big E" celebrates his 71st birthday on November 17, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of the Hall of Fame center and power forward.
Hall of Fame forward Elgin Baylor earned All-American honors at Seattle University before spending 14 seasons with the Lakers, where he posted career averages of 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds. The first overall pick of the 1958 NBA Draft won Rookie of the Year made 11 All-Star teams. In celebration of his 82nd birthday on Sept. 16, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of Elgin Baylor.
Deion Sanders was a one-of-a-kind talent, possibly the greatest cornerback in NFL history and a terrific showman. He dominated the game on defense and special teams, scoring touchdowns as a kick returner, punt returner, cornerback and even as a wide receiver. You could make the argument that Sanders was the greatest pure athlete ever to play pro football — he is the only player to ever score an NFL touchdown and hit a home run in a Major League Baseball game in the same week, a feat he accomplished in 1989. Not that it impacts his football accolades at all, but Sanders' baseball career spanned 1989-97, with a brief return in 2001. In celebration of his 49th birthday on Aug. 9, 2016, we present 21 classic SI photos of No. 21 — nicknamed "Prime Time" and "Neon Deion" — through the years.