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How the Chosen One Unknowingly Mentored His Future Rival

Episode 8 of ‘Icons Club’ looks at how modern NBA icons navigate the new normal—trying to repay the debts they owe to those who came before and to use their wealth and influence to improve the league for the next generation

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Kobe Bryant’s Greatest Move? Getting Michael Jordan to Share His Secrets

Episode 7 of ‘Icons Club’ focuses on Shaq and Kobe, but also delves into Mamba’s determination to learn everything he could from his idol

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Membership in the Icons Club Requires More Than Just On-Court Greatness

Being elite gets you a seat at the table. But popularity is what gets you a lifetime pass. A handful of players had all the NBA bona fides to qualify for Icon status, but for one reason or another didn’t end up in the club.

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The Dream Team Brought Superstars Together—Even Michael Jordan and Clyde Drexler

The 1992 Olympics spread basketball abroad and got some of the game’s best players—and fiercest competitors—to look past the names on their NBA jerseys

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Michael Jordan’s Takeoff in the NBA Got a Bit Bumpy

Jordan—and his Jordan Brand—were an instant hit, but his success drew the ire of established vets like Magic Johnson

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How the NBA Tapped Into the Bird and Magic Machine

A young David Stern utilized the stars’ exhilarating style of play, and the tensions around their rivalry, to market the league like never before

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Dr. J Passed Down the Superstar Blueprint to the Next Generation

Like Bill Russell before him, Julius Erving gladly shared the Icons’ unwritten code. His mentees include Shaq, Charles Barkley, and Michael Jordan.

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Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell Were the NBA’s First Frenemies

The NBA’s first icons shared a unique bond, but their on-court rivalry also created great friction—and, eventually, a falling out

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Introducing ‘Icons Club: The Evolution of the NBA Superstar’

Host Jackie MacMullan will interview Michael Jordan, Dr. J, Steph Curry, and a host of other icons about how an exclusive group of NBA superstars made the league what it is today