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YouTube Gold: Forgotten Greatness

Ernie DiGregorio was one of basketball’s greatest passers

Sears Shooting Stars Competition
 HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 16: A rack of basketballs are seen during the Sears Shooting Stars Competition part of 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend at the Toyota Center on February 16, 2013 in Houston, Texas.
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As regular readers know we consider the pass to be the greatest art form in basketball. There haven’t been that many prodigies in the history of the game really, guys who can see things that most people can’t conceive of and then put the ball where it needs to be in a way that defies imagination.

Here’s a short list:

  • Bob Cousy
  • Larry Bird
  • Magic Johnson
  • Pete Maravich

And the one we forget, Ernie DiGregorio.

When you watch this video, you’ll see a kid who could put the ball anywhere he wanted. He was simply a brilliant point guard. He was the 1973-74 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Injuries limited his NBA career to five years but when you see what he could do it’s impossible not to wonder what might have been. The guy was just amazing.

He finished his career with the Boston Celtics in 1978. Imagine what a healthy DiGregorio and Larry Bird would have been like.