Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
'54- Bob Pettit made his debut for the Milwaukee Hawks at home against Ft. Wayne. The Pistons won 91-72.
'54- Frank Ramsey made his debut for the Boston Celtics at Rochester. The Royals won 98-95.
'54- The NBA adopted the use of the 24-second clock (the brainchild of Danny Biasone, owner of the Syracuse Nationals) and a limit of six team fouls per quarter, in an attempt to speed up play and eliminate stalling and deliberate fouls.
'80- The NBA announced its 35th Anniversary All-Time Team--Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, Julius Erving, John Havlicek, George Mikan, Bob Pettit, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell and Jerry West. Russell was voted the greatest player of all time, Red Auerbach of the Celtics the greatest coach and the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers the greatest team ever.
'81- Chuck Daly made his NBA coaching debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia. The 76ers won 128-104.
'81- Isiah Thomas made his debut for the Detroit Pistons at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Pistons won 118-113.
'81- Pat Riley made his NBA coaching debut for the Los Angeles Lakers at home against Houston. The Rockets won 113-112 in double-overtime.
'93- In the first preseason game between two NBA teams ever played in Europe, the Orlando Magic, behind 14 fourth-quarter points from Dennis Scott, defeated the Atlanta Hawks 120-95 before a sold-out crowd of 9,483 at Wembley Arena in the opening of the two-game NBA London Games series.
'01- John Stockton stepped onto the floor with the Jazz on Opening Night, beginning his 18th season with the same team, establishing the longest tenure with one organization. Stockton had been tied with Hakeem Olajuwon, whose 17 consecutive seasons with the Houston Rockets ended when he joined the Toronto Raptors during the offseason.
'02- On what Mayor Ray Nagin proclaimed as "Teal Day" in the city of New Orleans, the NBA returned to the Big Easy tonight as the Hornets defeated the Utah Jazz 100-75.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Obviously, this individual is a Nuggets fan who chooses to express their love for the team in a very, shall we say, interesting manner.
But I ask you, is such a unique way of expressing your loyalty to the team any worse than this, shall we say, classy, Utah Jazz fan?
And of course... There is always this.
Touché, my friends. Touché.
Head over to True Blue Jazz to give the fellas over there the business. Keep it classy!
'77- Boston Celtic standout John Havlicek became the second player in NBA history to connect on 10,000 career field goals, reaching the milestone in a 103-98 loss at Cleveland.
'82- Dominique Wilkins made his debut for the Atlanta Hawks at Detroit. The Pistons won 94-86.
'82- James Worthy made his debut for the Los Angeles Lakers against Golden State. The Warriors won 132-117.
'94- On the second day of the two-day “NBA Challenge” in Mexico City, a sellout crowd of 21,268 at the Palacio de los Deportes (Sports Palace) watched Seattle defeat San Antonio 124-95 in the championship game. Shawn Kemp led Seattle with 29 points and 10 rebounds. In the third place game, Houston defeated the LA Clippers, 111-103.
'96- In conjunction with the NBA’s 50th anniversary celebration, the list of The 50 Greatest Players in NBA History was announced. It included: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Nate Archibald, Paul Arizin, Charles Barkley, Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, Billy Cunningham, Dave DeBusschere, Clyde Drexler, Julius Erving, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, George Gervin, Hal Greer, John Havlicek, Elvin Hayes, Earvin Johnson, Sam Jones, Michael Jordan, Jerry Lucas, Karl Malone, Moses Malone, Pete Maravich, Kevin McHale, George Mikan, Earl Monroe, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Robert Parish, Bob Pettit, Scottie Pippen, Willis Reed, Oscar Robertson, David Robinson, Bill Russell, Dolph Schayes, Bill Sharman, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Nate Thurmond, Wes Unseld, Bill Walton, Jerry West, Lenny Wilkens, and James Worthy.
'01- The Fayetteville Patriots won the top selection in the NBDL’s Inaugural Draft Lottery.
Will there be fantastic prizes and large cash sums? Sadly no, but the fact that enough of you voted to make The Nugg Doctor #1 over some other great Nuggets sites is enough to supercharge me just in time for the regular season.
My appreciation is limitless and I thank all of you again!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
'73- Seven-foot center Elmore Smith of the Los Angeles Lakers blocked an NBA-record 17 shots in the Lakers’ 111-98 home victory over Portland.
'83- Clyde Drexler made his debut for the Portland Trail Blazers against the San Diego Clippers. Portland won 117-93.
'98- The NBA announced that it has canceled all games through November 30 and indefinitely postponed the entire 1998-99 season because of the stalled collective bargaining negotiations with the National Basketball Players Association.
'99- Jayson Williams of the New Jersey Nets donates over $2 million to his alma mater, St. John's, in the name of his former college coach, Lou Carnesecca. Although the exact amount was not revealed, it was believed to be in the neighborhood of the $2.5 million donation that Portland Trail Blazers guard Steve Smith made to his alma mater, Michigan State, a few years ago. The amount was the largest donation ever to St. John's by a professional athlete. Williams said that he wanted to do something to honor Carnesecca, who he looked to as a mentor and a role model.
Monday, October 27, 2008
'84- Hakeem Olajuwon made his debut for the Houston Rockets at the Dallas Mavericks. The Rockets won 122-111.
'92- The Houston Rockets defeated the Dallas Mavericks 104-102 in a preseason game held in Mexico City, before a crowd of 19,527 at the Mexico City Sports Palace. It was the first NBA game ever played in Latin America.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Fellow blogger and Nuggets play-by-play man, Chris Marlowe knows the team just about as well as anyone, so could his foresight be right? I hope so!
Click here to read, "Welcome to Nuggets Nirvana".
'84- Charles Barkley made his debut for the Philadelphia 76ers at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 76ers won 111-101.
'84- John Stockton made his debut for the Utah Jazz at Seattle. The SuperSonics won 102-94.
'84- Michael Jordan made his debut for the Chicago Bulls at home against the Washington Bullets. The Bulls won 109-93.
'85- Patrick Ewing made his debut for the New York Knicks at home against Philadelphia. The 76ers won 99-89.
Brett: Queen City Hoops
Also see links to all the previews at CelticsBlog.com
Saturday, October 25, 2008
'99- The Portland Trail Blazers are named as one of only five companies across the nation to receive the Points of Light Foundation 1999 Award for Excellence in Corporate Community Service. The Blazers are the only professional sports team ever to be recognized and the first corporation to receive the award in the state of Oregon. The award honors companies which have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service and which have very strong employee volunteer programs that target serious social problems. The other award winners are the Glaxo Wellcome Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC; LensCrafters, Cincinnati, OH; NEC Electronics Inc., Santa Clara, CA; and United Airlines, Elk Grove Township, IL.
'00- The NBA announced that as a result of an arbitrator’s ruling that the Minnesota Timberwolves, forward Joe Smith and his agent entered into a secret agreement in violation of the NBA’s salary cap rules, NBA Commissioner David J. Stern directed the forfeiture of Minnesota’s next five first-round draft picks, fined the team $3.5 million and voided all contracts between Smith and the Timberwolves. On December 8, the NBA restored Minnesota’s first round draft pick in 2003.
The game was another showcase for J.R. Smith. Now, I know I have written critical things about The Prodigy in the past, but I can not be sweeter on him than I am right now. J.R. scored yet another team-high 19 points on 4-7 from downtown to fit nicely with four assists, three rebounds, and a steal. And if this kind of production can become routine for Smith, there will be no choice but for George Karl to start him while pleading with Allen Iverson to metamorphose into more of a point guard than a scorer.
Linas Kleiza also had a solid game to finish the preseason. LK scored five of his 18 points in the final two minutes of the contest and added six rebounds, an assist, and a block in 25 minutes of burn. In total, the Nuggets had six players finish in double-digit scoring as Carmelo (11), Kenyon (10), Nene (12), and surprise-surprise Juwan Howard (11) accounted for 71 of the total 106 points scored.
On the defensive end, The Birdman ruled the roost. Chris Andersen finished last night's game with 15 rebounds, including eight offensive boards, and four blocked shots to accompany his six points.
For the Clippers, it was a startling look back at last season's suffering as their two main additions to this year's team were unable to play. Former Nugget Marcus Camby didn't play due to a right heel bruise sustained in a scrimmage two weeks ago that is still making him walk with a limp, and Baron Davis is still on the IR due to a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament in his left ring finger. My only hope for Marcus, Baron, and the Clippers as a franchise is to get healthy and have more success than last season because I spent the entire year covering L.A. for About.com and can sympathize with a team that has endured their fair share of bad luck and losing.
Friday, October 24, 2008
'93- Before a sellout crowd of 20,808 at the Mexico City Sports Palace, the New York Knicks defeated the Houston Rockets 103-93 in a preseason matchup, led by 20 points each from Patrick Ewing and Charles Smith.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
'75- Bill Willoughby made his debut for the Atlanta Hawks, becoming the youngest player in league history at 18 years, five months and three days old.
'87- The Milwaukee Bucks defeated Tracer Milan of Italy 123-111 in the opening game of the first McDonald’s Championship, held at the Milwaukee Arena. The Bucks defeated the Soviet National Team 127-100 in the championship game of the tournament, sponsored by the NBA and FIBA.
'93- In the finals of the sixth McDonald’s Championship, held at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany, the Phoenix Suns defeated Italian League champion Buckler Bologna 112-90, as Charles Barkley led all scorers with 28 points. Barkley was awarded the Drazen Petrovic Trophy as MVP of the tournament, after scoring 52 points in two games.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Denver won last night, 105-94, and shot 53% from the field.
The big story from what was an otherwise meaningless game is all about J.R. Smith. Smith poured in another great performance last night consisting of a game-high 22 points, five assists, four boards, and two steals in a team-high 31 minutes off the bench. He also continues to blister the three-point line after finishing 4-7 from long distance. Six games into this preseason I have only two concerns: First, that this torrid start for J.R. will cool off come regular season. And second, that George Karl is too stubborn to start him.
There were a couple of other Nuggets that played well. From the starters, Carmelo Anthony finished 15 points, six rebounds, and a team-high six assists and Dahntay Jones added a dozen points and four rebounds. From the bench, Chris Andersen had another solid performance of seven points, six rebounds, and another pair of blocks and Ruben Patterson hit double-figure points with ten.
But the big highlight of the game came from Nene. I'll let the video evidence speak for itself.
'58- Elgin Baylor made his debut for the Minneapolis Lakers at home against the Cincinnati Royals. The Lakers won 99-79.
'76- Robert Parish made his debut for the Golden State Warriors at home against the New York Nets. The Nets won 104-103.
'76- Twin brothers Tom and Dick Van Arsdale played together in a game for the Phoenix Suns, becoming the first and only pair of twins to play for the same NBA club. The Suns ended up losing the game 111-98 to the New Orleans Jazz.
'99- NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain, who died October 12, 1999 at the age of 63, is the subject of ESPN's SportsCentury series. Chamberlain was selected by a distinguished panel of 48 journalists, historians, observers and administrators as #13 on the list of the greatest North American athletes of the 20th Century. The charismatic Chamberlain played 14 seasons with the Warriors, 76ers and Lakers and dominated the NBA like no other player ever. He holds numerous NBA records, most notably for single-season scoring average (50.4 ppg), single-season minutes (48.5 minutes per game) and highest single-season rebound average (27.3 rpg). On March 2, 1962, Chamberlain did the unthinkable and scored 100 points in a game against the Knicks. For his career, Chamberlain averaged 30.1 points and 22.9 rebounds. Before coming to the NBA, Chamberlain played at the University of Kansas and averaged 29.9 points and 18.3 rebounds for his career.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
'72- One day after setting an NBA record by scoring 58 points in the fourth quarter of a 126-118 loss at Boston, the Buffalo Braves scored an NBA record-low four points in the third quarter of a 91-63 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at Buffalo.
'76- Adrian Dantley and Alex English made their debuts against each other. Dantley’s Buffalo Braves defeated English’s Milwaukee Bucks 133-112.
'79- Guard Sam Smith of the Chicago Bulls scored the first four-point play in NBA history during a 113-111 loss to the Bucks at Milwaukee.
'95- The Houston Rockets defeat Buckler Bologna of Italy 126-112 in the championship game of the six-team McDonald’s Championship, in front of a sellout crowd of 10,708 at London Arena in London, England. Clyde Drexler is awarded the Drazen Petrovic Trophy as the tournament MVP after averaging 20.5 points and 8.5 assists in two games, including 25 points and 10 assists against Buckler Bologna. The Rockets, who downed Australia’s Perth Wildcats 116-72 in the tournament semifinals, are the first reigning NBA Champion to play in the McDonald’s Championship.
Monday, October 20, 2008
(Boulder-CO) The Denver Nuggets played familiar preseason foes in not so familiar venues over the weekend and were able to split their chances for victory while improving their record to 4-1. Denver first played the Suns, in Syracuse, for a homecoming of sorts for Carmelo Anthony in which they were victorious, 94-91, on Friday before taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves, in Bismarck, North Dakota, and losing, 111-107, on Sunday.
In the Phoenix match-up, the Syracuse fans were nothing short of gracious to Carmelo. From the opening introductions to chanting, "We want 'Melo" late in the third, their positive vibration could be felt on the Nuggets side all night. And for their appreciation of Carmelo-past and Carmelo-present, Anthony did not disappoint. 'Melo scored 14 points in just 24 minutes while adding nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
But, once again, the brightest Nugget continues to be J.R. Smith. The Prodigy led the Nuggets in scoring for the fourth-straight preseason game with 19 points, five assists, three rebounds, and three steals in a quick 24 minutes of burn off the bench. If at this point he hasn't secured his place as the first Nugget off of George Karl's bench then I'm not sure what else this young man can do to ensure so. J.R. has seemingly turned the proverbial corner and his basketball IQ has caught up to his other-worldly physical gifts with the results having made me just a touch giddy. Because the way I see things... Allen Iverson needs to become more of a passing floor general anyways with a guy like J.R. Smith picking up his scoring void giving Denver an ideal starting backcourt this season.
The rest of the game was pretty mechanical for Denver. Linas finished with eleven points and three rebounds, and Anthony Carter was the only other Nugget to finish in double-digit points with ten. Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire, and Alando Tucker DNP'd for Phoenix while Chucky Atkins, Steven Hunter (what else's new), and Kenyon Martin (coaches decision) DNP'd for Denver.
(AP Photo/Tom Stromme)
In Sunday's match-up with the Wolves, the Nuggets finally took their first L of the preseason after Kevin Ollie made four free throws in the final 16 seconds to cement a, 111-107, Denver defeat. The game could have gone either way, but ultimately the Denver defense cost them the game.
However, this loss was good for the high-flying Nuggets because it proves that when they allow a team, even a rebuilding team like the Timberwolves, to shoot over 50% from the field that they will most likely lose. Minnesota finished the game with a clip of 52.6% shooting on 27 assists (led by Randy Foye's 15 dimes) while five Timberwolves scored in double-figures.
Sure, the boxscore indicates that Denver finished with six double-digit scorers led by Anthony Carter's 17 points and seven assists, but when the defense isn't there the W's are going to be few and far between.
Allen Iverson did not play due to a tweeked right ankle suffered Friday against the Suns.
Next up for the Nuggets is a trip to Canada to take on the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday. Once again, the game is not televised so be sure to check back tomorrow for a preview and recap of the action.
'73- Boston pulled down an NBA record 39 offensive rebounds in a game against the Capital Bullets at the Capital Centre, but the Celtics ended up losing the game, 96-87.
'76- The Philadelphia 76ers acquired Julius Erving from the New York Nets in exchange for $3 million.
Tom: Indy Cornrows
Thanks again to Jeff at www.celticsblog.com for putting these all together for us.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
'63- Jerry Lucas made his debut for the Cincinnati Royals at the St. Louis Hawks. The Royals won 112-93.
'65- Billy Cunningham made his debut for the Philadelphia 76ers at the Baltimore Bullets. The 76ers won 133-101.
'68- The Milwaukee Bucks made their debut with a 89-84 loss to the Chicago Bulls before a Milwaukee Arena crowd of 8,467.
'68- Wes Unseld made his debut for the Baltimore Bullets at home against the Detroit Pistons. The Bullets won 124-116.
'70- The Portland Trail Blazers defeated fellow expansion club Cleveland 115-112 to pick up their first victory in the NBA.
'71- Artis Gilmore made his debut for the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA at home against the New York Nets. The Colonels won 107-98.
'99- After a scare in the opening game the previous day, the San Antonio Spurs flexed their muscles in Milan, Italy and continued the NBA's domination of the McDonald's Championship. With Tim Duncan leading the way, the Spurs rolled to a 103-68 rout of Vasco da Gama of Brazil in the final of the biennial international tournament at the FilaForum. Duncan earned the Drazen Petrovic Trophy as the tournament MVP with a 32-point, 18-rebound performance. Duncan had 20 of his points in the first half when the Spurs built a 56-36 lead. After seeing its lead cut to 79-66, San Antonio outscored the Brazilian team, 24-2 in the fourth quarter. David Robinson had 16 points and Avery Johnson added 14 for the Spurs.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
1. What significant moves were made during the off-season?
The most significant moves made (or not made) by Nuggets management were the re-signing of J.R. Smith, trading Marcus Camby to the Clippers in a move that was essentially financial, the free agent signing of Chris “The Birdman” Andersen, losing free-agent Eduardo Najera to the New Jersey Nets, and acquiring Renaldo Balkman from the Knicks. The acquisitions of Chris Andersen and Renaldo Balkman bring two high-energy hustle players who should resonate as fan favorites. At 6‘11”, “The Birdman” provides depth at center while the 6’9” Balkman is capable of guarding all three front court positions with his combination of length, athleticism, and determination. And with Denver brass’ decision to trade Marcus Camby to the Clippers for a 10 million dollar trade exception it’s important to talk about Nene. “Big Brazil” is going to play an intricate role this season as he is catapulted into the starting role of center after missing the almost the entire 2007-08 season while undergoing treatment for testicular cancer. Nene has all the tools to be an All-Star caliber performer, but needs to shake the injury bug to prove he is indeed the big man for years to come in the Mile High City.
However, the biggest move of the Nuggets’ off-season was the resigning of J.R. Smith for $16.5 over the next three years. “The Prodigy” is flat-out an electric talent with seemingly limitless potential and could very well find his way into the starting line-up of Coach George Karl.
2. What are the team’s biggest strengths?
3. What are the team’s biggest weaknesses?
A clearly designated leader of this team is also an area that needs to be cemented for the Denver Nuggets to improve. The guessing game of, “Who’s team is this?”, needs to answered. Carmelo Anthony could certainly assume the role by becoming more vocal and leading by example on the defensive end or “The Answer” could be Allen Iverson and his style of play. It’s been proven that when AI records a double-double of assists and points the Nuggets are nearly unbeatable and by sacrificing some of his own scoring he makes the rest of this team’s gold glisten.
4. What are the goals for this team?
The goal for this team is to not be content just making the playoffs, but to finally advance in the postseason. For five straight seasons the Nuggets have been one of only four teams in the league to make the playoffs in said consecutive years and are the only team to have not made it to the conference semis.
Predicted Record: 44-38
As I said, the game wasn't televised and rather than bore you with an attempt to recreate the play-by-play. I'll just breakdown the boxscore and remind you of my prediction.
-J.R. Smith is showing signs of a breakthrough so far this preseason. He led the Nuggets in scoring tonight with 19 points (to be fair, Linas also scored 19 points), and is leading the Nuggets in ppg through three games with an average of 16.5 points.
-Four out of the five starters tonight scored in double figures. Carmelo finished with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Kenyon Martin also added 16 points, a team-high eight rebounds, and three steals. Linas Kleiza posted the aforementioned 19 points and Anthony Carter was good for ten points and three assists. Dahntay Jones rounded out the starters, but just missed double-digits with nine points while playing an otherwise well-rounded game consisting of six rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
-Although Smush Parker didn't score any points he still gave the Nuggets a much needed shot in the arm with his passing in what was otherwise a poor offensive second quarter. Parker only played 14 minutes in total, but handed out four of his team-high five assists in the first twelve minutes of the period.
-Chris Andersen, Nene, and Allen Iverson did not play. Iverson missed action tonight to rest the sore left knee, Birdman was caged with a sore calf, and Nene reportedly is suffering from a banged elbow sustained in practice Tuesday.
-The Nuggets won the turnover battle and as I predicted won the game. Denver forced 26 Jazz turnovers resulting in 33 Nugget points while only returning the favor with 19 miscues of their own of which Utah could only capitalize 25 points from.
-The game was decided in the final ten seconds of overtime after Dahntay Jones stole the ball from C.J. Miles. J.R. Smith missed two free-throws the possession before Jones came up with the steal that gave Linas Kleiza the opportunity to put the Nuggets up by four points with two free-throws after being fouled by Kevin Lyde. LK made both and the Nuggets ended up needed them after Kosta Koufos hit a 30-foot three-point heave with only one second remaining.
With the win, Denver stays a perfect 3-0 in preseason play with their remaining four preseason games on the road. Next up is rematch with the Phoenix Suns in a homecoming for Carmelo Anthony. Friday night's game will be played in Syracuse, New York at the Carrier Dome.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
But with all kidding aside, and I'm looking in the direction of the guys over at True Blue Jazz, I do envy a few things about the Utah Jazz. They are the things that have separated the two team over the last few seasons and a lot of them trickle down from the man at the helm, Jerry Sloan.
'66- Bill Russell became the NBA’s first black head coach when he was designated as player-coach of the Boston Celtics. In his coaching debut he led the Celtics to a 121-113 win over the San Francisco Warriors at Boston Garden. Russell, who coached Boston for three seasons, led the Celtics to a pair of NBA titles in 1968 and 1969.
'66- Dave Bing made his debut for the Detroit Pistons at Cincinnati. The Royals won 103-99.
'66- Matt Guokas Jr. played in his first game for the Philadelphia 76ers, marking the first time a father-son combination had competed in the NBA. Matt Sr. played with Philadelphia in the 1940s, and at the time of his son’s debut, was a sportscaster for the 76ers.
'70- Dan Issel made his debut for the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA at Indiana. The Pacers won 127-95.
'71- Julius Erving made his debut for the Virginia Squires of the ABA at the Carolina Cougars. The Squires won 118-114.
Can anyone say, "Full-Sleeves"? J.R. Smith is the most tattooed Nugget! Neck, hands, back, J.R. has it all! He has the words, "Death Before Dishonor" on his calf, both of his parents' names on either arm, and a detailed depiction of New Jersey on his left bicep with the message, "King of NJ". One things for sure... He is certainly the King of Tattoos!
Much like the man himself, Anthony Carter's ink doesn't command a whole lot of attention, but it's there and you can't deny it. Both arms are nearly covered, but shhhhhhh..... Don't make a big deal out of it.
From the chain around his neck to the self-explanatory wings underneath the Birdman's arms, Chris Andersen fits right in with this team. Welcome home, Birdman. Welcome home!
After all that photographic evidence is there anyone out there who can argue that the Nuggets do not have the most ink in the NBA?
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'70- Nate Archibald made his debut for the Cincinnati Royals at home against New York. The Knicks won 128-104.
Monday, October 13, 2008
'67- The first ABA game was played with the Oakland Oaks beating the Anaheim Amigos, 132-129. The game introduced the red, white and blue ball and used the 3-point field goal.
'70- Calvin Murphy made his debut for the San Diego Rockets at Chicago. The Bulls won 111-96.
'70- Dave Cowens made his debut for the Boston Celtics at New York. The Knicks won 114-107.
'79- Golden State lost a 102-96 overtime decision to Chicago. The Warriors went on to lose their next nine overtime games as well, setting the NBA record for consecutive overtime losses with 10.
'98- The NBA announced that it has canceled the first two weeks of the 1998-99 season because of the stalled collective bargaining negotiations with the National Basketball Players Association. The cancellation included all games originally scheduled to be played through November 16.
'00- Isiah Thomas, Bob McAdoo and 24-second shot clock innovator Danny Biasone are enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
'79- Magic Johnson made his debut for the Los Angeles Lakers at the San Diego Clippers. The Lakers won 103-102.
'89- The NBA joined USA Basketball, the national governing body for the sport in the United States.
'99- NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain passed away at his home in Bel-Air, California at the age of 63. A 13-time NBA All-Star, first-ballot Hall of Famer and holder of numerous records, many of which will never be broken, Chamberlain arrived in the NBA in 1959 out of the University of Kansas (1955-58), after a one-year stint with the Harlem Globetrotters (1958-59). In his first season with the Philadelphia Warriors, Chamberlain astonished the professional basketball world by averaging an NBA rookie record 37.6 points and 27.0 rebounds on his way to capturing the NBA MVP and NBA Rookie of the Year Awards following the 1959-60 season.
(Boulder-CO) These teams hit a little closer to home in the Western Conference and have added some talented players over the offseason. Don't sleep on the Southwest!
Jake Kerr: Mavs Moneyball
grungedave and UofTOrange: The Dream Shake
Joshua Coleman: 3 Shades of Blue
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Which reminds me of a certain part in a certain movie that details just how playing hoops outdoors can affect one's game...
However, there's some bad news for Nuggets fans. As I outlined in last night's game recap, Carmelo Anthony has an injured finger and according to one of my sources who talked to Coach Karl he's doubtful for tonight's game as is Allen Iverson. The Answer is going to stay behind to receive treatment on his swollen left knee, according to ESPN.
'02- The Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves played the first preseason game in the Dominican Republic at the Palacio de los Deportes in Santo Domingo. It marked the 19th time the NBA held a game in Latin America.
Friday, October 10, 2008
With that being said, there are still a lot of things to watch out for in the boxscore concerning this game. Regardless of how many minutes the likes of 'Melo, Nene, AI, and the rest of the presumed starters play it will be interesting to see how the Denver big men fare against the likes of Kevin Love and Al Jefferson; and even more importantly, how the Nuggets look as a whole on defense. Because regardless of what statistic-crazy big-time media types try and tell you about the Denver Nuggets... the fact still remains that their defensive effort last year was akin to a wet paper bag trying to hold an angry wolverine.
(Boulder-CO) There is so much public knowledge about the one they call 'Melo that I feel it would be best to only include the least known facts about him. So, with no further adieu...
-Carmelo's middle name is Kyam and his son's name is Kiyan.
-'Melo is a fan of the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, and Texas Longhorns football.
-He led Oak Hill Academy to a 32-1 record and the #3 final ranking in USA Today in '01-02.
-Carmelo released a children's book in 2004 entitled "It's Just the Beginning".
-'Melo is a major contributor to the Family Resource Centers of Colorado.
-He has hosted "A Very 'Melo Christmas" each year in Denver where hundreds of kids participated in a festive holiday party.
-Carmelo started his own record label and entertainment company Krossover Entertainment.
'80- Kevin McHale made his debut for the Boston Celtics against Cleveland. Boston won 130-103.
'00- Dick Klein, who founded the Chicago Bulls in 1965, died in his sleep in Greenville, S.C. at age 80.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
'01- Milwaukee coach George Karl was named coach of USA Basketball’s 2002 World Championship team that would compete in the FIBA World Championship for Men, beginning Aug. 29 in Indianapolis.
(Boulder-CO) AC is without question the most unsung when it comes to what actually makes the Denver Nuggets motor run. But did you know...
-AC started his collegiate basketball career at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, California before attending the University of Hawaii.
-Anthony donated $100,000 to the University of Hawaii in 2002 to create the Anthony Carter Men's Basketball Scholarship Fund.
-Carter went unselected in the 1998 NBA Draft, and began his professional career with the Miami Heat, after having spent one season with CBA's Yakima Sun Kings.
-In 2003, his agent misread a part of his contract which would have enabled him to get an extension, and more money, with Miami but it was too late as he had already signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs, which completely voided his rookie contract. The agent was later fired.
-He is the National spokesperson for the "I Have a Dream" organization, which sereves disadvantaged youth.
-In the future, AC sees himself coaching youth basketball.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
'99- Los Angeles Lakers Co-Owner/Vice President Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the legendary point guard who directed the great Showtime Lakers of the 1980s, is the subject of ESPN's SportsCentury series. Johnson was selected by a distinguished panel of 48 journalists, historians, observers and administrators as #17 on the list of the greatest North American athletes of the 20th Century.