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Bellamy's career often overlooked

Remarkable center played in the shadows of big names

Updated: April 27, 2014, 1:34 PM ET
By Ken Shouler | Special to ESPN.com

Walt Bellamy is hardly mentioned when the names of the great centers are rattled off. In 1973, when Bellamy was in Atlanta playing his 12th NBA season, an article in the Los Angeles Times proclaimed that Bellamy was not "for one reason or another" in "the [Wilt] Chamberlain, [Kareem Abdul-]Jabbar, [Nate] Thurmond class."

"Some coaches say he is inconsistent," the article continued, "but he's probably playing his best basketball now and Chamberlain has always respected him."

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