By r4m3v151t0R. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 15:36:48 PM.
Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert and Billie Jean King helped tennis capture the imagination of the American public. But it was during the days of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi that tennis peaked in the United States. Before Federer, Sampras was the yardstick for Grand Slam success. Agassi became the sport’s rockstar.
Right off the top of most NBA fans heads will be the much maligned class of 1986. The 86 class was fraught with absolute franchise changing bombs that would derail some of the greatest franchises in NBA history for decades. Of the top 10 picks in the draft only two, Chuck Persons and Ron Harper, would play more than 10 seasons in the NBA and two of the top 5 picks would play less than 2 seasons in the NBA.
Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky are Canadians. So was Mario Lemieux. Lemieux played for the Pittsburgh Penguins while Howe for the Detroit Red Wings so the Americans were also endeared to ice hockey. Not to mention that while Gretzky began his career for the Edmonton Oilers, he reached mega star status while playing for the Los Angeles Kings.