George “Ice” Gervin was a marvel to watch on the basketball court. So smooth with every movement, he would tantalize you into watching him so that you didn’t dare over-commit yourself to try to stop one move, because he would come right back with another one on you. He had a variety of great shots that were virtually unstoppable, including a mid-range jump shot from about every angle on the court, bank shots from just about every angle (he would actually call out “bank” as he shot the ball), and, of course, as everyone knows, “George could finger roll”.
They called him “Ice” because of his ultra-cool demeanor on the court. I remember an awesome poster at the time in which George was sitting on huge cubes of ice that were fashioned as a throne, bedecked in a robe and crown, and a basketball in hand. It was one of the best posters of the day and all the guys thought it was so cool.
Gervin played for the San Antonio Spurs throughout the majority of his career. The Spurs were always one of my most favorite teams to play against because not only did they have Gervin but they also had one of my favorite point guards in James Silas, and the biggest, strongest player in the league that I had to go up against — Artis “A–Train” Gilmore. I wasn’t privy to all the locker room chemistry that may or may not have been there with these opponents, but they always seemed to be a team that had fun on the basketball court and we matched up against them pretty well.
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