Monday, March 17, 2008

Today's Date in NBA History

(Boulder-CO) Today's date is March 17th, and on this day:
'63- During a tearful farewell at Boston Garden on Bob Cousy Day, as the retiring 34-year-old Celtics star tried to compose himself, a throaty fan in the upper balcony relieved an awkward silence by hollering the instantly famous, “We love ya, Cooz!”.

'74- The Celtics downed the Capital Bullets 129-103 at Boston Garden, collecting an NBA record 61 defensive rebounds during the contest.

'84- Houston retired the #23 jersey worn by Calvin Murphy, only the second Rocket player (after Rudy Tomjanovich) to be so honored.

'85- Dan Issel of Denver scored 27 points in a 124-119 loss to San Antonio to move past Elvin Hayes into fourth place at the time on pro basketball’s all-time scoring list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Julius Erving.

'91- New York forward Kiki Vandeweghe scored 17 points in the Knicks’ 102-101 loss to Milwaukee at the Bradley Center, moving him past the 15,000-point mark for his career.

'99- Atlanta head coach Lenny Wilkens coaches in his 2,051st NBA game to surpass Bill Fitch’s 2,050 games coached to become the NBA’s all-time leader in games coached.
Enjoy your day!

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