Friday, November 7, 2008

Today's Date in NBA History

(Boulder-CO) Today's date is November 7th, and on this day:
'86- The Philadelphia 76ers retired uniform #24 in honor of forward Bobby Jones.

'91- Earvin “Magic” Johnson retired from the NBA after disclosing that he had tested positive for the HIV virus. Johnson, who helped lead the Lakers to five NBA titles in his 12 seasons with the team, retired as the league’s all-time leader in career assists with 9,921. The assist mark was later surpassed by Utah’s John Stockton. Johnson returned as an active player for 32 games during the 1995-96 season.

'92- With five assists in Detroit’s 89-87 road win at Indiana, Isiah Thomas became only the third guard in NBA history (along with Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson) to pass the 8,000 career assist mark. Utah’s John Stockton joined this exclusive club on February 23, 1993 with seven assists during a loss to Houston.

'92- The Suns celebrated their 30th Anniversary season by moving into the America West Arena.

'96- The NBA named Joe Dumars of the Detroit Pistons the recipient of the first-ever NBA Sportsmanship Award. The NBA Sportsmanship Award is a major award that is presented annually to an NBA player who best represents the classic ideals of sportsmanship on the court.

'97- Sacramento's streak of sellouts ended at 497, which had been the longest streak in the league.
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