Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association, as a member of the league's Western Conference in the Pacific Division; the Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, an arena shared with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association, the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, have won 16 NBA championships, the second-most behind the Boston Celtics; the franchise began with the 1947 purchase of a disbanded team, the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League. The new team began calling themselves the Minneapolis Lakers. A member of the NBL, the Lakers won the 1948 NBL championship before joining the rival Basketball Association of America, where they would win five of the next six championships, led by star George Mikan. After struggling financially in the late 1950s following Mikan's retirement, they relocated to Los Angeles before the 1960–61 season.
Led by Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, Los Angeles made the NBA Finals six times in the 1960s, but lost each series to the Celtics, beginning their long and storied rivalry. In 1968, the Lakers acquired four-time NBA Most Valuable Player Wilt Chamberlain, won their sixth NBA title—and first in Los Angeles—in 1972, led by new head coach Bill Sharman. After the retirement of West and Chamberlain, the team acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who won multiple MVP awards, but was unable to make the Finals in the late 1970s; the 1980s Lakers were nicknamed "Showtime" due to their fast break-offense led by Magic Johnson. The team won five championships in a nine-year span, contained Hall of Famers Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, was led by Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley. After Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson retired, the team struggled in the early 1990s, before acquiring Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant in 1996. With the duo, who were led by another Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson, the team won three consecutive titles between 2000 to 2002, securing the franchise its second "three-peat".
The Lakers won two more championships in 2009 and 2010, but failed to regain their former glory in the following decade. The Lakers hold the record for NBA's longest winning streak, 33 straight games, set during the 1971–72 season. 21 Hall of Famers have played for Los Angeles. Four Lakers—Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, O'Neal, Bryant—have won the NBA MVP Award for a total of eight awards; the Lakers' franchise began in 1947 when Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen of Minnesota purchased the disbanded Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League for $15,000 from Gems owner Maury Winston. Minneapolis sportswriter Sid Hartman played a key behind the scenes role in helping put together the deal and the team. Inspired by Minnesota's nickname, "Land of 10,000 Lakes", the team christened themselves the Lakers. Hartman helped them hire John Kundla from College of St. Thomas, to be their first head coach, by meeting with him and selling him on the team; the Lakers had a solid roster, which featured forward Jim Pollard, playmaker Herm Schaefer, center George Mikan, who became the most dominant player in the NBL.
In their first season, they led the league with a 43–17 record winning the NBL Championship that season. In 1948, the Lakers moved from the NBL to the Basketball Association of America, Mikan's 28.3 point per game scoring average set a BAA record. In the 1949 BAA Finals they won the championship; the following season, the team improved to 51–17, repeating as champions. In the 1950–51 season, Mikan won his third straight scoring title at 28.4 ppg and the Lakers went 44–24 to win their second straight division title. One of those games, a 19–18 loss against the Fort Wayne Pistons, became infamous as the lowest scoring game in NBA history. In the playoffs, they defeated the Indianapolis Olympians in three games but lost to the Rochester Royals in the next round. During the 1951 -- 52 season, the Lakers won 40 games, they faced the New York Knicks in the NBA Finals. In the 1952–53 season, Mikan led the NBA in rebounding, averaging 14.4 rebounds per game, was named MVP of the 1953 NBA All-Star Game.
After a 48–22 regular season, the Lakers defeated the Fort Wayne Pistons in the Western playoffs to advance to the NBA Finals. They defeated the New York Knicks to win their second straight championship. Though Lakers star George Mikan suffered from knee problems throughout the 1953–54 season, he was still able to average 18 ppg. Clyde Lovellette, drafted in 1952, helped the team win the Western Division; the team won its third straight championship in the 1950s and fifth in six seasons when it defeated the Syracuse Nationals in seven games. Following Mikan's retirement in the 1954 off-season, the Lakers struggled but still managed to win 40 games. Although they defeated the Rochester Royals in the first round of the playoffs, they were defeated by the Fort Wayne Pistons in the semifinals. Although they had losing records the next two seasons, they made the playoffs each year. Mikan came back for the last half of the 1955–56 season, but struggled and retired for good after the season. Led by Lovellette's 20.6 points and 13.5 rebounds, they advanced to the Conference Finals in 1956–57.
The Lakers had one of the worst seasons in team history in 1957–58 when they won a league-low 19 games. They had hired Mikan, the team's general manager for the previous two seasons, as head coach to replace Kundla. Mikan was fired in January when
Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy
The Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy is the championship trophy awarded annually by the National Basketball Association to the winner of the NBA Finals. The name of the trophy was the Walter A. Brown Trophy until 1984; the current design, depicting a basketball over a hoop and basket, was first awarded in 1977 still under its original name, changed in honor of former NBA commissioner Larry O'Brien who served from 1975 to 1984. Before joining the NBA, O'Brien was the United States Postmaster General under President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1965 to 1968; the trophy was referred to as the NBA Finals trophy, but was renamed in 1964 after Walter A. Brown, the original owner of the Boston Celtics, instrumental in merging the BAA and the National Basketball League into the NBA in 1949; the original trophy was awarded to the BAA/NBA champions from 1947 to 1976. The trophy was kept by the winning team for one year and given to the winning team of the following year's finals, unless the previous team won again, much like the NHL's Stanley Cup, which continues that tradition to this day.
The inaugural winners of the trophy were the Philadelphia Warriors. From 1957 to 1969, the Celtics won the NBA Finals 11 out of 13 times, including eight consecutive wins; the final winners of the trophy were the Philadelphia 76ers, who defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1983 NBA Finals. In 1984, the trophy was renamed the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. A new trophy design was created for the 1977 NBA Finals, although it retained the Walter A. Brown title. Unlike the original championship trophy, the new trophy was given permanently to the winning team and a new one was made every year. In 1984, the trophy was renamed to the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy, in honor of Larry O'Brien, who served as NBA commissioner from 1975 to 1984; the current trophy is made out of 15.5 pounds of sterling silver and vermeil with a 24 karat gold overlay and stands 2 feet tall. It is designed to look like a basketball about to enter a net; the year and team names are engraved on the trophies, which are prominently displayed in the winning team's arena.
The Boston Celtics were the inaugural winners of the renamed trophy, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games in the 1984 NBA Finals. The trophy is two feet tall and is made of 15.5 pounds of sterling silver and vermeil with a 24 karat gold overlay. The trophy is manufactured by Co.. The championship team maintains permanent possession of the trophy; the year and winning team names are engraved on the trophies, are prominently displayed in the winning team's arena. After the sale of the Houston Rockets from Leslie Alexander to Tilman Fertitta in late 2017, Alexander maintained the ownership of the team's 1993-94 and 1994-95 trophies as mementos of his ownership. Thus, the team commissioned Tiffany to create replica versions of both Larry O'Brien trophies, which were publicly unveiled on September 20, 2018. Although the Larry O'Brien Trophy has been compared with the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup, it has never been as prominent as the NHL trophy. To reduce this discrepancy, the NBA has been promoting the O'Brien Trophy in recent years to generate more recognition and an iconic status for the trophy.
After the Detroit Pistons won the NBA Finals in 2004, the trophy was toured around the state of Michigan, marking the first time the trophy toured around the state of the winning team. In 2005, the NBA Legends Tour was launched in New York City; as part of the tour, the O’Brien Trophy was showcased in various cities—including those that were hosting the playoffs—for fans' autograph and photo sessions. It was escorted by many former players, including Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell. In May 2007, the NBA unveiled the NBA Headquarters on Second Life, an Internet-based virtual reality environment. With this launch, fans could take pictures with the championship trophy in the virtual Toyota Larry O'Brien Trophy Room. In August, the trophy traveled to Hong Kong for the first time as part of the NBA Madness Asia Tour
Sam Jones (basketball)
Samuel Jones is an American retired professional basketball player at shooting guard. He was known for his quickness and game-winning shots during the NBA Playoffs, he has the second most NBA championships behind his teammate Bill Russell. He was one of only 3 Boston Celtics to be part of the Celtics's 8 consecutive championships from 1959 to 1966, he is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Jones attended and graduated from North Carolina Central University, where he was a four-year letterwinner for Hall of Fame coach John McLendon and coach Floyd Brown. Jones scored 1,745 points, still second in school history, he was a three-time All-CIAA league selection. His jersey, no. 41, hangs in the Eagles' arena. Jones weighed 200 lb. Boston Celtics Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach took a trip south to scout North Carolina players who had just won the national championship. Former Wake Forest coach Bones McKinney told Auerbach he could visit Chapel Hill, but the best player in the state was a few miles away.
In the 1957 NBA draft, the Philadelphia Warriors selected North Carolina's Lennie Rosenbluth with the sixth pick. Boston selected Jones two picks even though Auerbach had never seen Jones play. Jones played all of his 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association NBA with the Celtics, he was known with more than 15,000 points in his career. He participated in five All-Star Games, is recognized as one of the best shooting guards of his generation. Jones was named to the All-NBA Second Team three straight years and he played on 10 championship teams — a total exceeded only by teammate Bill Russell in NBA history. Jones was claimed by the Minneapolis Lakers, but he returned to college to earn his degree upon completion of military service, therefore voided NBA rules. Jones’ perfect form when shooting a jump shot, along with his great clutch shooting, led opponents to nickname him "The Shooter." He was adept shooting the bank shot, in which the shooter bounces the ball off the backboard en route to the basket.
Many coaches, including UCLA's great John Wooden, believe that when a shooter is at a 20- to 50-degree angle to the backboard and inside 15 feet, a bank shot is always the preferred shot. At 6-foot-4, Jones was the prototype of the tall guard who could run the floor, bang the boards and had a rangy offensive game that gave opponents fits. One of the "Jones Boys" in Boston, Sam teamed with K. C. Jones in the Celtics' backcourt to create havoc in NBA arenas around the country, he led Boston in scoring in the 1962 -- 63 NBA season, 1964 -- 1965 -- 66 NBA season. He produced four consecutive seasons averaging 20 points or better, he owns Boston's fourth-best single-game scoring output. He scored 2,909 points in 154 playoff games, 26th best in history. In 1962, Jones was inducted into the NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame. 1969, Jones was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame – the first African-American thus honored. Jones was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984.
In 1970 he was named to the NBA 25th Anniversary Team, in 1996, he was named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. After retiring from basketball, Jones coached at Federal City College from 1969–73 and at North Carolina Central University, his alma mater, in 1973–74, he was an assistant coach for the New Orleans Jazz in 1974–75. Jones resides in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2013, he gave an inspirational talk to players for North Carolina Central after the Eagles played a game in Florida. List of National Basketball Association players with 50 or more points in a playoff game List of NBA players with most championships List of NBA players who have spent their entire career with one franchise Sam Jones - Hoophall Biography Hoopedia bio Sam Jones Statistics
Hot Rod Hundley
Rodney Clark "Hot Rod" Hundley was an American professional basketball player and television broadcaster. Hundley was the No. 1 pick of the 1957 NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals out of West Virginia University. In 2003, Hundley received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Hundley's life revolved around the game of basketball, his love and talent for the game led him to achieve honors in high school and most notably during his college years. At West Virginia University, Hundley played to packed crowds at the Old Field House, his dribbling antics and daredevil maneuvers on the floor led to his popular nickname, "Hot Rod". He became known as a broadcaster for the Utah Jazz. Hundley was raised by various families in West Virginia. In high school, Hundley lived alone. A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Hundley showed evident talent for the game during his youth. At Charleston High School in West Virginia he averaged 30 points per game, breaking the state's four-year scoring record in just three years.
He was offered many scholarships to universities. Hundley played for WVU from 1954 to 1957; the Mountaineers made their first NCAA appearance and three total appearances between 1955 and 1957. During his junior year, Hundley averaged 13.1 rebounds per game. He scored more than 40 points in a game six times, which led to the Mountaineers scoring over 100 points in nine games; the Mountaineers were ranked No. 20 in the nation in 1955 and No. 4 in 1956. Hundley holds a varsity school record with 54 points in a single game against Furman and holds a freshmen team record of 62 points against Ohio; as a sophomore in 1955, Hundley averaged 23.7 points per game and 8.1 rebounds in 30 games, 27 of which he started. Hundley scored 24 points against Wake Forest followed up with 30 against Alabama, he scored another 47 points against Wake Forest two games later. He followed up with 24 points against Cornell 38 points against NYU. Two games he scored 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Carnegie Tech, he followed up three games with 30 points against VMI.
He had 17 points against Virginia Tech and 25 points with 11 rebounds against Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl. He had 35 points in a loss to Duke, he had 21 against Penn State, 28 against Washington & Lee, 23 against William & Mary, 35 points with 13 rebounds against Pitt. He followed the five-game stretch with 39 points and 10 rebounds against George Washington 25 points and 7 rebounds against Rutgers, he had 27 points and 9 rebounds against VMI, 27 points and 12 rebounds against Washington & Lee, 30 points and 12 rebounds against George Washington. In the Southern Conference tournament, Hundley had the opportunity to set the tournament scoring record with two free throws in the final seconds of a game against George Washington with the Mountaineers having the game won. However, Hundley shot a behind-the-back shot that both resulted in air balls; as a junior in 1956, Hundley set 13.1 rebounds per game. Hundley's first six games of the season had scores of 34 points, 20 points, 27 points, 40 points, 20 points, 21 points.
He had games of 23 points and 29 points against Columbia and Washington & Lee. He followed up with 17 points & 9 rebounds against Villanova, 25 points & 10 rebounds against La Salle a career-game of 24 points, 26 rebounds & 9 assists against VMI, he had 28 points against Carnegie Tech and 29 points, 5 rebounds & 4 assists against Penn State. He followed it up with 29 points against Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl, 35 points & 6 rebounds against Furman, 28 points against VMI, 25 points & 24 rebounds against Richmond, he followed up with 25 points against Penn State and 28 points, 13 rebounds & 7 assists against Virginia Tech. He continued with 38 points against William & Mary, 40 points & 13 rebounds against St. John's, 31 points & 13 rebounds against William & Mary, 40 points & 7 rebounds against Pitt, he had a season-high 42 points & 9 rebounds against Furman 26 points against Richmond. In his final collegiate season, in 1957, Hundley averaged 10.5 rebounds per game. He began his senior season with 23 points and 9 rebounds in the first game, 25 points and 13 rebounds in the second game, 28 points and 12 rebounds in the third game of the season.
In the next contest against Penn State, Hundley totaled 16 rebounds. He had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the 83-82 upset over the Duke Blue Devils, he had consecutive games of 24 points, the first with 9 rebounds and the second with 12. In the January 5 game against Furman, Hundley scored a career-high 54 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the victory, a school record for points in a game, he followed the game up with a game of 32 points and the following game with 34 points and 15 rebounds against Villanova. He had three games of 21 points, 19 points and 18 points, he had a game of 30 points with 13 points against St. John's followed by a game of 34 points and 10 rebounds against VMI, he had a five-game stretch of 32 points, 28 points, 23 points, 39 points, 27 points and 19 rebounds. Hundley was the fourth player in NCAA history to score more than 2,000 points during his career—and he did it in three years, because freshman could not play varsity basketball, he averaged 24.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game for three seasons and finished his collegiate career with 2,180 points.
He was a two-time, first team All-American and holds eight school records. He remains the only Mountaineer to be drafted first overall in an NBA draft. Once on a trip back to West Virginia to play in a charity game at the
Thomas Ernest "Satch" Sanders is an American retired college and professional basketball player and coach. He was a 6'6", 210 lb power forward. Sanders is tied for third for most NBA championships in a career, is one of three NBA players with an unsurpassed 8–0 record in NBA Finals series outcomes. On April 4, 2011, it was announced that Sanders was elected to the 2011 class to enter the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor. After playing at New York University as a stand out collegian he spent all of his 13 years in the National Basketball Association with the Boston Celtics, being part of eight championship teams in 1961–66, 1968 and 1969. In NBA history, only teammates Bill Russell and Sam Jones have won more championship rings during their playing careers, he ended his career in 1973. Following his playing career Sanders became the basketball coach at Harvard University, a position he held until 1977. Sanders became the first African-American to serve as a head coach of any sport in the Ivy League.
In 1978, Sanders became the head coach of the Boston Celtics, taking over for former teammate Tommy Heinsohn. Sanders returned the following season. In 1986, Sanders founded the Rookie Transition Program - the first such program in any major American sport. List of NBA players with most championships BasketballReference.com: Satch Sanders BasketballReference.com: Satch Sanders
Frank Ramsey (basketball)
Frank Vernon Ramsey Jr. was an American professional basketball player and coach. A 6-3 guard, he played his entire nine-year NBA career with the Boston Celtics and played a major role in the early part of their dynasty, winning seven championships as part of the team. Ramsey was a head coach for the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA during the 1970–1971 season. Ramsey was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982. Raised in Madisonville, Ramsey was a multi-sport athlete at the University of Kentucky, playing baseball as well as basketball. Playing under legendary coach Adolph Rupp, Ramsey, as a sophomore in 1951, helped the Wildcats win the NCAA Championship with a 68-58 victory over Kansas State. In the fall of 1952, a point shaving scandal involving three Kentucky players over a four-year period forced Kentucky to forfeit its upcoming season, Ramsey's senior year, as well as that of Cliff Hagan and Lou Tsioropoulos; the suspension of the season made Kentucky's basketball team, in effect, the first college sports team to get the "death penalty", although it was nothing more than the NCAA asking members schools not to schedule Kentucky, not mandating it.
Ramsey and Tsioropoulos all graduated from Kentucky in 1953 and, as a result, became eligible for the NBA draft. All three players were selected by the Boston Celtics—Ramsey in the first round, Hagan in the third, Tsioropoulos in the seventh. All three returned to Kentucky for one more season despite graduating. After finishing the regular season with a perfect 25-0 record and a #1 ranking in the Associated Press, Kentucky had been offered a bid into the NCAA Tournament. However, then-existing NCAA rules prohibited graduate students from participating in post-season play. Ramsey played on Kentucky Wildcats baseball team, earning All-SEC honors as an outfielder in 1951, 1952 and 1954. Upon completion of his college basketball career, Ramsey scored 1344 points, which at the time ranked him fourth in the school's history, grabbed 1038 rebounds, a school record surpassed by one of his future Kentucky Colonels players, Dan Issel. After playing his rookie season with the Celtics, Ramsey spent one year in the military before rejoining the team.
In the eight seasons he played after military service, he was a member of seven championship teams. He was a major contributor of the Celtics dynasty, playing behind the duo of Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman and playing with Bill Russell, Sam Jones, K. C. Jones, Tom Heinsohn, John Havlicek and Satch Sanders. In his 623 NBA games Ramsey scored 8378 points for an average of 13.4 points per game. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1981, his #23 is retired by the Celtics. Ramsey's best statistical season was 1957–1958, it was his only post-military season in which the Celtics did not win the NBA championship. Ramsey was a head coach for one season in the ABA with the Kentucky Colonels, who were led by two former Kentucky Wildcats – Issel, a rookie, Louie Dampier. Ramsey was named coach 17 games into an 84-game season and, though he had a 32-35 record, coached the Colonels into the playoffs; the Colonels lost to the Utah Stars in the 1971 ABA Finals, 4 games to 3. Joe Mullaney replaced Ramsey as coach the following season.
Prior to coaching in the ABA, Ramsey had been Red Auerbach's first choice to replace his mentor as Celtics coach after Auerbach retired at the end of the 1965–66 season. However, Ramsey decided to move back to Madisonville. Auerbach is credited throughout basketball with creating the sixth man. Though Ramsey was one of the Celtics' best players, he felt more comfortable coming off the bench and Auerbach wanted him fresh and in the lineup at the end of close games. Ramsey was the first in a series of sixth men. In the championships the Celtics won after Ramsey's retirement, they have had successful sixth men such as Havlicek, Paul Silas, Kevin McHale, Bill Walton, James Posey. Ramsey was mentioned in the episode ``. Bud asked Al the trivia question, "Who was known as the best sixth man in basketball? He played for the Celtics", to which Al nonchalantly replied, "Frank Ramsey". However, little did. On November 15, 2005, Ramsey's house was destroyed in a tornado that hit his residence in Madisonville.
One of his plaques was found miles away from his home, Ramsey himself was found unhurt. As of June 2008, Ramsey was a bank president in Kentucky. Ramsey died of natural causes in his hometown of Madisonville, Kentucky on July 8, 2018 at the age of 86. Ramsey was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982. In 2005, Ramsey was inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2006, Ramsey was a charter inductee to the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Ramsey's #23 jersey