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To remember Beard for scandal is to remember the wrong things

Updated: November 30, 2007, 9:06 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

There is a hole in the Basketball Hall of Fame. A hole where Ralph Beard should be.

Many who saw Beard lead the Kentucky Wildcats to two national championships, earn a 1948 Olympic gold medal and start as a rookie in the first NBA All-Star Game say he was the greatest guard in the world at the time -- a world that included Bob Cousy, among others.

"He has a sharp eye for the basket, but his greatest assets are his tremendous speed and limitless stamina," The Sporting News ...

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