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Many times an NBA All-Star, but overlooked today

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We take a look at multiple-time NBA All-Stars who were big deals in their day but have been somewhat forgotten or overlooked with the passage of time in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast.

Co-hosts Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch first discuss some of elite superstars of their day: Larry Foust, an 8-time all-star who led the Fort Wayne Pistons to back-to-back NBA Finals in 1955 and 1956 and has the highest Basketball Reference probability score for someone who is not in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame; Alonzo Mourning, who was among top best centers in the NBA for the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat before a kidney ailment limited him in the second half of his career; Harry "The Horse" Gallatin, an iron man and rebounding savant for the New York Knicks that went to three straight NBA Finals from 1951-53; Amar'e Stoudemire, an elite offensive force who helped make the 2000s "Seven Seconds or Less" Phoenix Suns go before injuries caught up to him with the Knicks; and Neil Johnston, a top big man of the 1950s who consistently was near the top of the league in points, rebounds and PER and led the Philadelphia Warriors to the 1956 championship.

We also look at some overlooked 1980s favorites like the Denver Nuggets scoring machine Alex English, Seattle Supersonics big man Jack Sikma (another major Hall of Fame oversight), sweet shooting Phoenix Suns star Walter Davis, and the versatile Milwaukee Bucks swingman Marques Johnson. Plus some 1990s and 2000s stars: how Tim Hardaway succeeded in vastly different teams with the Run TMC Golden State Warriors and the grind-it-out Heat, how Shawn Kemp was much more than a dunker for the Sonics, and how Jermaine O'Neal's six-year peak stands with some of the best in NBA history. We also investigate the careers of multi-time 1950s and 1960s NBA All-Stars Don Ohl, Dick Garmaker and Mel Hutchins.