Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
The Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is an annual National Basketball Association award given since the 1969 NBA Finals. The award is decided by a panel of nine media members, the person with the highest votes wins the award. In at least one NBA Finals, fans balloting on NBA. com accounted for the tenth vote, the award was originally a black trophy with a gold basketball-shaped sphere at the top, similar to the Larry OBrien Trophy, until a new trophy was introduced in 2005. Since its inception, the award has given to 30 different players. Michael Jordan is a record six-time award winner, magic Johnson, Shaquille ONeal, Tim Duncan and LeBron James won the award three times in their careers. Jordan and ONeal are the players to win the award in three consecutive seasons. Johnson is the only ever to win the award, as well as the youngest at 20 years old. Andre Iguodala is the winner to have not started every game in the series. Jerry West, the first ever awardee, is the person to win the award while being on the losing team in the NBA Finals.
Willis Reed, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Olajuwon and James have won the award in two consecutive seasons. Abdul-Jabbar and James are the players to win the award for two different teams. Olajuwon of Nigeria, who became a naturalized U. S. citizen in 1993, Tony Parker of France, cedric Maxwell is the only Finals MVP winner eligible for the Hall of Fame who has not been voted in. NBA Most Valuable Player Award NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award General Specific
National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is the major mens professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier mens professional basketball league in the world. It has 30 teams, and is a member of USA Basketball. The NBA is one of the four professional sports leagues in the United States. NBA players are the worlds best paid athletes by average annual salary per player, the league was founded in New York City on June 6,1946, as the Basketball Association of America. The league adopted the name National Basketball Association on August 3,1949, the leagues several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in New York City. NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are directed out of offices located in Secaucus, the Basketball Association of America was founded in 1946 by owners of the major ice hockey arenas in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Canada. On November 1,1946, in Toronto, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens, the first basket was made by Ossie Schectman of the Knickerbockers.
During its early years, the quality of play in the BAA was not significantly better than in competing leagues or among leading independent clubs such as the Harlem Globetrotters. For instance, the 1948 ABL finalist Baltimore Bullets moved to the BAA and won that leagues 1948 title, Following the 1948–49 season, the BAA took in the remainder of the NBL, Anderson, Tri-Cities, Sheboygan and Waterloo. The new league had seventeen franchises located in a mix of large and small cities, as well as arenas and smaller gymnasiums. The process of contraction saw the leagues smaller-city franchises move to larger cities, the Hawks shifted from the Tri-Cities to Milwaukee in 1951, and to St. Louis in 1955. The Rochester Royals moved from Rochester, New York, to Cincinnati in 1957, japanese-American Wataru Misaka broke the NBA color barrier in the 1947–48 season when he played for the New York Knicks. He remained the only player in league history prior to the first African-American, Harold Hunter. During this period, the Minneapolis Lakers, led by center George Mikan, won five NBA Championships, to encourage shooting and discourage stalling, the league introduced the 24-second shot clock in 1954.
If a team does not attempt to score a goal within 24 seconds of obtaining the ball, play is stopped. In 1957, rookie center Bill Russell joined the Boston Celtics, who already featured guard Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, and went on to lead the club to eleven NBA titles in thirteen seasons. Center Wilt Chamberlain entered the league with the Warriors in 1959 and became a dominant individual star of the 1960s, russells rivalry with Chamberlain became one of the greatest rivalries in the history of American team sports. The 1960s were dominated by the Celtics, led by Russell, Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, Boston won eight straight championships in the NBA from 1959 to 1966
The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association played between the Western and Eastern champions of the Conference Finals. The first team to win four games in the game series is declared the league champion and is awarded the Larry OBrien Championship Trophy. Winners from 1946 to 1983 received the Walter A. Brown Trophy redesigned in 1977 to the current form, the NBA Finals has been played at the end of every NBA and Basketball Association of America season in history, the first being held in 1947. Most NBA Finals series were played under the 2–2–1–1–1 format prior to 1985, the series was named the BAA Finals from 1947 to 1949 and changed to the NBA World Championship Series from 1950 to 1982. The following two years, the league used Showdown 83 and Showdown 84 and it returned to NBA World Championship Series in 1985, before settling on NBA Finals in 1986. During the first decade the Minneapolis Lakers had the first NBA dynasty, the team featured George Mikan, one of the greatest players in NBA history.
The Boston Celtics went 11–1 in the NBA Finals during 13 seasons and they won eight straight NBA championships from 1959 through 1966. With the establishment of the Celtics dynasty in 1957, Bill Russell became the star of the league, Game 7 of the NBA Finals was decided on a Celtics basket in the final seconds of the second overtime. For most of the late 1950s and 1960s, the Celtics always seemed to have the hand on Wilt Chamberlains teams. The following season, he joined the Philadelphia 76ers, the former Syracuse Nationals team that had moved to cover the vacancy created with the departure of the Warriors, a clash between the two stars in the playoffs was in 1966 and Boston won it 4–1. Chamberlains coach told him to play a game, not an individual game. His new-found team spirit brought them to a new record of 68 wins the season, and they defeated the Celtics and advanced to, and won. In 1968, Boston overcame a 3–1 deficit against Philadelphia to once again arrive in the Finals and they went on to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers for the sixth straight time,4 games to 2.
In 1969, the Celtics overcame even longer odds, Boston was an aging team and had injuries to a number of players. They barely qualified for the playoffs, finishing fourth in the East, the Lakers, who in the offseason added Chamberlain to join West and Elgin Baylor, won the West and were prohibitive favorites to finally win it all for the first time since relocating to L. A. They won the first two games at the Los Angeles Forum, when the series shifted to Boston Garden, the Celtics won Game 3 110–105. Game 4 was the point, as the Lakers led 87–86 and had the ball with 10 seconds to play. But after a turnover, Sam Jones put up a shot hit the front of the rim, the back heel, rolled around
Kenneth Robert Sears is a retired American professional basketball player. He holds the distinction of being the first basketball player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, a 69 forward from Santa Clara University, Sears played eight seasons in the National Basketball Association as a member of the New York Knicks and San Francisco Warriors. He averaged 13.9 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game in his NBA career, Sears led the NBA in field goal percentage twice. Sears spent the 1961–62 basketball season in the short-lived American Basketball League
Sam Jones (basketball)
Samuel Sam Jones is an American retired professional basketball player at shooting guard and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was known for his quickness and game-winning shots, especially during the NBA Playoffs and he has the second most NBA championships of any player, behind his teammate Bill Russell. He was one of 3 Boston Celtics to be part of the Celticss 8 consecutive championships from 1959 to 1966. Jones attended and graduated from North Carolina Central University, where he was a four-year letterwinner for Hall of Fame coach John McLendon, Jones scored 1,745 points, which is still second in school history. He was a three-time All-CIAA league selection,41, is retired and hangs in the Eagles arena. Jones was 6-foot-4 and 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, eventually, in the 1957 NBA draft, the Philadelphia Warriors selected North Carolinas Lennie Rosenbluth with the sixth pick.
Boston selected Jones two picks later, 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 as a scorer, with more than 15,000 points in his career. He participated in five All-Star Games, and 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 originally claimed by the Minneapolis Lakers, but he returned to college to earn his degree upon completion of military service, jones’ perfect form when shooting a jump shot, along with his great clutch shooting, led opponents to nickname him The Shooter. He was particularly adept shooting the bank shot, in which the shooter bounces the ball off the backboard en route to the basket. Many coaches, including UCLAs 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 guard who could run the floor. 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 and he led Boston in scoring in the 1962–63 NBA season, 1964–65 NBA season and 1965–66 NBA season. He produced four seasons averaging 20 points or better. He owns Bostons fourth-best single-game scoring output and he scored 2,909 points in 154 playoff games, 26th best in history
Havlicek is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game and was inducted as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984. He was an athlete at Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Ohio. Havlicek played college basketball with Jerry Lucas at Ohio State University and that team, which had future coaching legend Bobby Knight as a reserve, won the 1960 NCAA title. He was named as an alternate to the 1960 Olympic Games United States Team, Havlicek was drafted by both the Celtics and the NFLs Cleveland Browns in 1962. He was known for his stamina, with saying that it was a challenge just to keep up with him. Nicknamed Hondo, Havlicek revolutionized the sixth man role, and has been immortalized for his clutch steal in the seconds of the 1965 Eastern Conference championship. Hal Greer was set to throw the inbounds pass for the 76ers, Havlicek stood with his back to Greer, guarding Chet Walker. But as Greers pass came inbounds, Havlicek spun and tipped the pass to Sam Jones.
Veteran referee Earl Strom, who wrote about this in his memoir Calling the Shots, Havlicek is the Celtics all-time leader in points and games played, scoring 26,395 points, and playing in 1,270 games. He became the first player to score 1,000 points in 16 consecutive seasons, Havlicek shares the NBA Finals single-game record for most points in an overtime period, and was named that years NBA Finals MVP. In the second overtime of Game Five of the 1976 NBA Finals, Havlicek made a leaning, running bank shot that appeared to be the game-winner, as fans spilled onto the floor. But, Havliceks shot went in one second left and Phoenix was allowed one final shot. The Celtics went on to win the game in triple overtime, as a result of his endurance, he was a devastating fastbreak finisher, one who could suddenly score in bunches when his Celtics team would shut out the other team and grab defensive rebounds. Although he did not have a field goal percentage, he was a clutch outside shooter with great range.
In 1974, Russell summed up Havliceks career by saying He is the best all-around player I ever saw, a thirteen-time NBA All-Star, Havlicek retired in 1978 and his number 17 jersey was immediately retired by the Celtics. At the time of his retirement, Havlicek was the NBA career leader in games played and third in points behind Chamberlain, Havlicek retired as the career leader in field goal attempts and missed field goals. Havlicek is now 26th, 15th, 6th and 2nd, respectively, in 1984 Havlicek became a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1997 he was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Havlicek was ranked #17 on SLAM Magazines Top 50 NBA Players of all time in 2009 and once again at the same position in the magazines Top 500 NBA Players of all time in 2011
William Dean Naulls is a retired American basketball player. A66 power forward/center, he played professionally in the National Basketball Association from 1956 to 1966, while attending San Pedro High School in San Pedro, California he was named as California Mr. Basketball in 1952. After becoming an All-American playing at UCLA, Naulls was drafted by the St. Louis Hawks in 1956 and he spent just 19 games with the Hawks, before being traded to the New York Knicks, with whom he would spend the prime of his career. He averaged a double-double during his tenure with the team. While with the Knicks, Naulls was the first African-American player to be named captain of a professional sports team. During the 1962–63 NBA season, the Knicks traded Naulls to the San Francisco Warriors, Naulls would spend his last three professional seasons with the Celtics, winning three NBA Championship rings in the process. He was a member of the 1964–1965 Celtics team that was named one of the ten best teams in the NBA at the 50th anniversary of the association, upon retiring in 1966, he had tallied 11,305 career points and 6,508 career rebounds.
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Thomas William Tommy Heinsohn is an American retired professional basketball player. He has been associated with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association for six decades as a player, coach and he played for the Celtics from 1956 to 1965, and coached the team from 1969 to 1978. He has been granted Hall of Fame Status for his success as a player and he has been inducted into the hall of fame as a coach. He helped form the NBA players union, Heinsohn is the only person to have the distinction of being involved in an official team capacity in each of the Celtics 17 championships, as well as each of their 21 NBA Finals appearances. He is currently the commentator on the Celtics television broadcasts on CSN New England. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Heinsohn was a standout at St. Michaels High School in nearby Union City. He accepted a scholarship to Holy Cross and became the schools leading scorer with 1,789 points. During his senior year, Heinsohn scored a school record 51 points in a game against Boston College, in 1956, Heinsohn was chosen as the Boston Celtics regional, or territorial, draft pick.
In his first season, Heinsohn played in an NBA All-Star Game, was named the NBA Rookie of the Year over teammate Bill Russell and he was part of a Celtics squad that won eight NBA titles in nine years, including seven in a row between 1959 and 1965. In NBA history, only teammates Russell and Sam Jones won more championship rings during their playing careers, during his playing career, Heinsohn was named to six All-Star teams. On the day his teammate and fellow Holy Cross Crusader Bob Cousy retired, Heinsohn scored his 10 and his number 15 was retired by the Celtics in 1965. Off the court, Heinsohn played an important leadership role in the NBA Players Association, Heinsohn became the Celtics head coach beginning in the 1969–70 season. He led the team to a league best 68–14 record during the 1972–73 season and was named Coach of the Year, the next season Heinsohn and the Celtics won the championship, and they claimed another title in 1976. He accumulated a career coaching record of 427–263, on February 14,2015, it was announced that Heinsohn will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for a second time as a coaching inductee.
He is one of five members of the class of 2015 who were elected and is just one of four people to be inducted as both a player and coach. Heinsohns broadcasting career began in 1966, calling play-by-play for WKBGs Celtics broadcasts and he spent three seasons in this role before becoming coach in 1969. From 1990 to 1999, Heinsohn was the Celtics road play-by-play man on WFXT, WSBK, in 1981, Heinsohn joined Mike Gorman as color commentator in the Celtics television broadcasts, they have since become one of the longest-tenured tandems in sports broadcasting history. Occasionally, Bob Cousy makes appearances with the tandem of Gorman and he teamed with Brent Musburger and James Brown during his time with CBS
Nathaniel Nate Thurmond was an American basketball player who spent the majority of his 14-year career in the National Basketball Association with the Golden State Warriors. He played the center and power forward positions, Thurmond was a seven-time All-Star and the first player in NBA history to record an official quadruple-double. In 1965, he grabbed 42 rebounds in a game, only Wilt Chamberlain, Thurmond was named both a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Known to fans as Nate the Great, Thurmond has had his No.42 jersey retired by both the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thurmond starred at Akrons Central High School, where he played alongside fellow future NBA star Gus Johnson. Passing up an offer from Ohio State to avoid becoming a backup to Jerry Lucas. Thurmond led the Mid-American Conference in rebounds during all three of his varsity seasons, and was named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News in 1963.
In Thurmonds last two years with Bowling Green, he helped lead the team into the NCAA Tournament and he set a record with 31 rebounds in his final college game. Thurmond was drafted by the San Francisco Warriors in the 1963 NBA draft, as a rookie, he mainly played a supporting role alongside Hall of Fame center Wilt Chamberlain. Thurmond averaged 7 points and 10.4 rebounds in his first NBA season and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1964, after Chamberlain was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers during the next season, Thurmond blossomed into a highly productive starting center for the Warriors. Among his many accomplishments, Thurmond set a season record for rebounds in a quarter with 18. However, even with the contributions of star teammates like Rick Barry and they reached the 1967 NBA Finals, but lost to Chamberlains 76ers. Thurmond was acquired by the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Clifford Ray, the Bulls had felt a need for one starting center rather than continue with a three-man rotation of Ray, Tom Boerwinkle and Dennis Awtrey.
The Warriors added more fiscal stability when completing the deal, thirteen games into the 1975–76 season, Thurmond was traded along with Rowland Garrett to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Steve Patterson and Eric Fernsten on November 27,1975. After retirement, Thurmond returned to San Francisco and opened a restaurant and he sold the restaurant after 20 years, while living in San Francisco with his wife, Marci. He was given the title Warriors Legend & Ambassador by the Warriors organization, Thurmond died on July 16,2016, nine days away from his 75th birthday, after a short battle with leukemia. Alvin Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson are the other players to achieve a quadruple-double. Hall of Fame profile NBA profile Carrer statistics and player informations on Basketball-Reference. com
Frank Ramsey (basketball)
Frank Vernon Ramsey, Jr. is an American former professional basketball player and coach. A 6-3 guard, he played his entire nine-year NBA career with the Boston Celtics and played a role in the early part of their dynasty. Ramsey was a coach for the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA during the 1970–1971 season. Raised in Madisonville, Ramsey was an athlete at the University of Kentucky. Playing under legendary coach Adolph Rupp, Ramsey, as a sophomore in 1951, 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, all three returned to Kentucky for one more season despite graduating. After finishing the season with a perfect 25-0 record and a #1 ranking in the Associated Press. 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 contributor of the Celtics dynasty, playing behind the duo of Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman and playing with Bill Russell, Sam Jones. Jones, Tom Heinsohn and John Havlicek, 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 and his #23 is retired by the Celtics. Ramseys best statistical season was 1957–1958, he averaged 16.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. It was his only season in which the Celtics did not win the NBA championship. Ramsey was a coach for one season in the ABA with the Kentucky Colonels. Ramsey was named coach 17 games into an 84-game season and, though he had a 32-35 record, 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 Auerbachs first choice to replace his mentor as Celtics coach after Auerbach retired at the end of the 1965–66 season.
However, Ramsey decided to back to Madisonville, his father, Frank Sr. wasnt in good health. Auerbach is often 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