Before Bird won NBA titles and MVP awards with the Boston Celtics, he starred at Indiana State University from 1976-79. Bird finished his career with 2,850 points and 1,247 rebounds and in his final season led the Sycamores to a runner-up finish in the 1979 NCAA tournament. He still holds the program records for career points, field goals made and rebounds.
Bird was a consensus All-American twice and in his final season earned numerous player of the year awards. Indiana State has since retired his No. 33 jersey.
— Sycamore Basketball (@IndStMBB) February 1, 2019
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Johnson’s storied NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers that saw him win MVP awards and NBA championships followed a two-season run with the Michigan State Spartans from 1977-1979. The Michigan native scored 1,059 points, dished out 491 assists and grabbed 471 rebounds in his college career. He topped it all off with a NCAA title in 1979 against Larry Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores. That same year he also earned recognition as an All-American.
Johnson’s No. 33 MSU jersey is retired.
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O’Neal’s title-winning professional career spanned 20 years and a number of teams, although he’ll be most remembered for his time with the Lakers, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. That came after a career wearing No. 33 for Louisiana State University. As a member of the Tigers, O’Neal scored 1,941 points, pulled down 1,217 rebounds and blocked 412 shots. He was a two-time consensus All-American and two-time SEC player of the year who also earned recognition as the nation’s top player for the 1990-91 season from the Associated Press.
The Tigers legend’s jersey is retired.
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Then Lew Alcindor, Abdul-Jabbar won numerous player of the year awards and earned All-America nods each season at UCLA. He won three NCAA championships as he amassed career totals of 2,325 points and 1,367 rebounds. And he lost just twice. All this before a 20-season NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers that included six MVP awards and six NBA championships.
His No. 33 Bruins jersey is retired.
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Ewing’s time wearing No. 33 for Georgetown included a national championship. He scored 2,184 points, grabbed 1,316 rebounds and blocked 480 shots. He earned consensus All-America recognition three years in a row. You can find him now on the Georgetown sidelines coaching his alma mater.
He was an 11-time all-star in the NBA and is most known for his years spent with the New York Knicks.