In basketball, an official enforces the rules and maintains order in the game. The title of official applies to the scorers and timekeepers, as well as other personnel that have an active task in maintaining the game. Basketball is regarded as among the most difficult sports to officiate due to the speed of play, complexity of rules, the case-specific interpretations of rules, the instantaneous decision required. There is one lead referee and one or two umpires, depending on whether there is a two- or three-person crew. In the NBA, the lead official is called the other two officials are referees. In FIBA-sanctioned play, two-man crews consist of a referee and an umpire, three-man crews contain a referee and two umpires. Regardless, both classes of officials have equal rights to control all aspects of the game. In most cases, the lead official performs the jump ball to begin the contest, though NFHS and NCAA have allowed the referee to designate which official shall perform the jump ball. In American high school and college basketball, officials wear black-and-white-striped shirts with black side panels, black pants, black shoes.
Some state high school association allow officials to wear grey shirts with black pin-stripes instead of black-and-white-striped shirts. NBA officials wear light grey shirts with black shoes; the NBA shirt is light grey with one black colored stripe on either shoulder, a black stripe on either side, the official's number in the center at the top on the back, the NBA logo above the breast. NBA officials sometimes wear alternate uniforms consisting of a white shirt with light gold shoulders and black stripes. NBA Summer League officials wear the same light grey shirt but with blue shoulders; the WNBA referee shirt is similar to the NBA referee shirt except that its shoulder and sleeve colors are orange, the WNBA logo takes the place of the NBA logo. FIBA officials wear a grey and black shirt, black trousers, black socks, black shoes. Officials in competitions organized by Euroleague Basketball – the Euroleague and Eurocup – wear an orange shirt. Officials in the Israel Basketball Association wear the Euroleague's orange shirt but sometimes wear royal blue shirts for contests between two Israeli teams.
NBL officials wear orange stripes on the sides. The NBL logo is atop the breast and a sponsor's name is on the back. Shirts are V-neck, without a collar, pants lack belts. All officials wear a whistle, used to stop play as a result of a foul or a violation on the court. Hand signals are used to administer the game. In higher levels of college and professional basketball, officials wear a timing device on the belt-line called PTS; the device is used by on court officials to start and stop the game clock in a timely manner, rather than waiting for the scoreboard operator to do so. The officials must ensure that the game runs smoothly, this encompasses a variety of different responsibilities, from calling the game to player and spectator management, they carry a duty of care to the players they officiate and to ensure that the court and all equipment used is in a safe and usable condition. Should there be an issue that inhibits the safe playing of the game it is the job of the officials to rectify the problem.
Quite the job of an official surpasses that of the game at hand, as they must overcome unforeseen situations that may or may not have an influence on the game. There are two standard methods for officiating a basketball game, either "two-person" or "three-person" mechanics depending on how many officials are available to work the game. In "two-person" mechanics, each official works either the trail position; the lead position is along the baseline of the court, with the trail position having its starting point at the free throw line extended on the left side of the court facing the basket. Officials change position during the game to cover the area in the best possible way; as the game transitions from one end of the court to the other, the lead becomes the trail and vice versa. Between the two positions, each is responsible for a specific part of the court as well as two each of the side, base or back court lines. Officials change position after certain calls; this allows officials to alternate between positions to increase the speed of play.
This prevents one official from always working one particular team's basket throughout the course of the game. In "three-person" mechanics, the court is further divided among three officials, with the lead official determining the position of the other two officials; the lead official will move to the side of the court in which the ball is located if there is a "post-up" player in that position. The official, on the same sideline as the lead official takes up a position level with the top of the three-point line and becomes the "trail" official, while the third official will stand across the court near the free throw line in what is called the center position; this creates a triangle coverage of the court. The lead will switch sides of the baseline during a play, requiring the trail to move down to be level with the free-throw line and become the new center, while the center will move up and become the trail; as the ball moves to the other end of the court in transition, the lead will become the trail, the trail will b
Leonard Randolph Wilkens is an American former basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association. He has been inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, first in 1989 as a player, as a coach in 1998, in 2010 as part of the 1992 United States Olympic "Dream Team", for which he was an assistant coach, he is a 2006 inductee into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Wilkens was a combined 13-time NBA All-Star as a player and as a head coach, was the 1993 NBA Coach of the Year, won the 1979 NBA Championship as the head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics, an Olympic gold medal as the head coach of the 1996 U. S. men's basketball team. During the 1994–95 season, Wilkens set the record for most coaching wins in NBA history, a record he held when he retired with 1,332 victories. Wilkens is now second on the list behind Don Nelson, who broke it in 2010, he won the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award for the 2010–11 NBA season. Wilkens is the most prolific coach in NBA history, at 2,487 regular season games, 89 more games than Nelson, over 400 more than any other coach, has more losses than any other coach in NBA history, at 1,155.
Wilkens grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. His father was African his mother was Irish American. Wilkens was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. At Boys High School, Wilkens was a basketball teammate of longtime Major League Baseball star Tommy Davis. Wilkens was a two-time All-American at Providence College, he led the team to their first NIT appearance in 1959, to the NIT finals in 1960. When he graduated, Wilkens was, with 1,193 points, the second-ranked scorer in Friar history. In 1996, Wilkens' No. 14 jersey was retired by the college, the first alumnus to receive such an honor. In honor of his collegiate accomplishments, Wilkens was one of the inaugural inductees into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Wilkens was drafted sixth overall by the St. Louis Hawks in the 1960 NBA draft, he began his career with eight seasons with the St. Louis Hawks, who lost the finals to the Boston Celtics in his rookie season; the Hawks made the playoffs with Wilkens but never again reached the finals.
Wilkens placed second to Wilt Chamberlain in the 1967 -- his last with the Hawks. Wilkens was spent four seasons there, he averaged 22.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 8.2 assists per game in his first season for the SuperSonics, was an All-Star in three of his seasons for them. He was named head coach in his second season with the team. Although the SuperSonics did not reach the playoffs while Wilkens coached and started at point guard, their record improved each season and they won 47 games during the 1971–72 NBA season. Wilkens was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers before the start of the next season in a unpopular trade, the SuperSonics fell to 26-56 without his leadership on the court. Wilkens ended his career spending two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers and one with the Portland Trail Blazers. Wilkens scored 17,772 points during the regular season, was a nine-time NBA All-Star, was named the 1971 NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1971. With Seattle, he led the league in assists in the 1969–70 season, at the time of his retirement was the NBA's second all-time leader in that category, behind only Oscar Robertson.
From 1969 to 1972 with Seattle, in his one season as a player with Portland, he was a player-coach. He retired from playing in 1975 and was the full-time coach of the Trail Blazers for one more season. After a season off from coaching, he again became coach of the SuperSonics when he replaced Bob Hopkins, fired 22 games into the 1977–78 season after a dismal 5-17 start; the SuperSonics won 11 of their first 12 games under Wilkens and made the playoffs in back-to-back years, losing in seven games to the Washington Bullets in the 1978 NBA Finals before returning to the 1979 NBA Finals and defeating the Washington Bullets in five games for their first and only NBA title. He coached in Seattle for eight seasons, winning his only NBA championship in 1979, he would go on to coach Cleveland, Atlanta and New York. The Hall of Famer was named head coach of the New York Knicks on January 15, 2004. After the Knicks' slow start to the 2004–05 season, Wilkens resigned from the team on January 22, 2005. On November 29, 2006 he was hired as vice chairman of the Seattle SuperSonics' ownership group, was named the Sonics' President of Basketball Operations on April 27, 2007.
On July 6, 2007 Wilkens resigned from the Sonics organization. Wilkens is seen on Northwest FSN Studio as a College Hoops analyst and appears on College Hoops Northwest at game nights, he is the founder of the Lenny Wilkens Foundation for lives in Medina, Washington. "I learned my basketball on the playgrounds of Brooklyn. Today, being a playground player is an insult, it means all you want to do is go one-on-one, it means your fundamentals stink and you don't understand the game. But the playgrounds I knew were tremendous training grounds." "Show people how to have success and you can push their expectations up." List of National Basketball Association career free throw scoring leaders List of National Basketball Association career assists leaders List of National Basketball Association career minutes played leaders List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game Lenny Wilkens at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Lenny Wilkens at t
The Spectrum was an indoor arena in Philadelphia, United States. Opened in the fall of 1967 as part of what is now known as the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, after several expansions of its seating capacity it accommodated 18,168 for basketball and 17,380 for ice hockey, arena football, indoor soccer, box lacrosse; the last event at the Spectrum was a Pearl Jam concert on October 31, 2009. The arena was demolished between November 2010 and May 2011. Opened as the Spectrum in fall 1967, Philadelphia's first modern indoor sports arena was built to be the home of the expansion Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, to accommodate the existing Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA; the building was the second major sports facility built at the south end of Broad Street in an area known as East League Island Park and now referred to as the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. Ground was broken on the arena on June 1, 1966, by Jerry Wolman and then-Philadelphia Mayor James Tate as the home of the NHL's expansion Philadelphia Flyers.
The first event at the arena was the Quaker City Jazz Festival on September 30, 1967, produced by Larry Magid. The first sporting event at the arena was an October 17, 1967 boxing match featuring Joe Frazier vs. Tony Doyle. From 1967 through 1972, fifteen fight cards were held at the Spectrum; the NBA's 76ers moved there from Convention Hall as a second major league sports tenant. Lou Scheinfeld, former President of the Spectrum, explained that the name "Spectrum" was selected to evoke the broad range of events to be held there. "The'SP' for'sports' and'South Philadelphia,"E' for'entertainment,"C' for'circuses,"T' for'theatricals,"R' for'recreation,' and'UM' as'um, what a nice building!" Scheinfeld said that a seat in the city's first superbox cost $1,000 a year: "For every Flyers game, Sixers game, you name it, you got 250 events for $1,000." The Flyers won their first home game in this arena by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 1–0. Bill Sutherland scored the arena's first goal. On March 1, 1968, wind blew part of the covering off the Spectrum's roof during a performance of the Ice Capades, forcing the building to close for a month while Mayor Tate fought with then-Philadelphia County District Attorney Arlen Specter over responsibility for the construction of the roof, the damage was repaired.
The 76ers moved their home games to Convention Hall and to the Palestra, but neither of those arenas had ice rinks at the time, there were no other NHL-quality sites in the Philadelphia area. Thus the Flyers hurriedly moved their next home game to Madison Square Garden in New York followed by a meeting with the Boston Bruins played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto before establishing a base at Le Colisée in Quebec City, home of their top minor league team, the AHL Quebec Aces, for the remainder of their regular season, marking the first NHL games in Quebec City in over four decades, years before the Quebec Nordiques joined the NHL. In 1993, the Flyers played a day game against the Los Angeles Kings during a blizzard. A piece of flying debris smashed out one of the concourse windows, cancelling the game just after the first period. In the 1970s, the venue's location on Broad Street and the reputation for fisticuffs that the Flyers had developed led to the nickname "Broad Street Bullies." A plaque inside The Spectrum stated that it held the world record for the fastest conversion from Hockey to Basketball.
The Spectrum, along with the Met Center and The Forum, was one of the first sports arenas to have a scoreboard with a messageboard. Furthermore, the messageboards on the Spectrum scoreboard were the first dot matrix screens in pro hockey or basketball, capable of photos and replays as well as messages; this was replaced in 1986 with ArenaVision, which consisted of six 9-by-12-foot rear-projection videoscreens at the top and a four-sided American Sign and Indicator scoreboard at the bottom. Inside the videoscreens were General Electric projectors located 15 feet away from each screen; the Flyers won their first Stanley Cup at the Spectrum on May 19, 1974, defeating the Boston Bruins, 1–0, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in front of a then-capacity crowd of 17,007. The most important and emotional hockey game—or sporting event of any kind—ever held there, came at the height of the Cold War on January 11, 1976, when the Flyers became the first NHL team to defeat the vaunted hockey team of the Soviet Central Red Army.
Two games in the inaugural Canada Cup hockey tournament were held at the Spectrum in September of that year, as the U. S. took on Czechoslovakia and the USSR. Ten NHL or NBA playoff championship series were hosted at the Spectrum; the Flyers competed in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1985, 1987. The 76ers played in the NBA Finals in 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983; the 1976 and 1992 NHL, 1970 and 1976 NBA All-Star Games were held here. The AHL Phantoms won their first Calder Cup title on Spectrum ice before a sellout crowd of 17,380 on June 10, 1998, by defeating the Saint John Flames, 6–1; the Spectrum is the only venue to host the NBA and NHL All-Star Games in the same season, doing so in 1976, when it hosted that year's Final Four. It is one of a handful of venues to host the Stanley Cup and NBA Finals at the same time, doing so in 1980 (all four major Philadelphia teams would reach the championship r
Elvin Ernest Hayes is an American retired professional basketball player and radio analyst for his alma-mater Houston Cougars. He is a member of the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, an inductee in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. A quiet, introverted youth, Hayes first picked up a basketball in eighth grade, by accident, he was sent to the principal's office. But another teacher, Reverend Calvin, said he was welcome in his class. Although the youngster showed no inclination for any sports, Calvin thought he would benefit by playing basketball and put him on the school team. Hayes was so clumsy, that he evoked laughter with his awkward attempts at shooting and dribbling, but young Hayes was determined to improve, during the summers he practiced long hours. As a 6'5" ninth grader he was a benchwarmer on the junior varsity squad at Britton High School when he became determined to crack the starting lineup. "I was too weak to shoot the turnaround then", Hayes recalled, "so all summer long I shot with a small rubber ball at a basket in my yard.
My development was overnight." In Hayes's senior year, 1963–64, he led Britton to the state championship, averaging 35 points during the regular season. In the championship game he picked up 20 rebounds. Hayes and Don Chaney were the University of Houston's first Black American basketball players in 1966. In 1966, Hayes led the Cougars into the Western Regional semi-finals of the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament before losing to the Pac-8 champion Oregon State Beavers. In 1967, he led the Cougars to the Final Four of the 1967 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, he would attempt 31 field goals, score 25 points and 24 rebounds in a 73-58 semi-final loss to the eventual champion UCLA Bruins featuring Lew Alcindor. His rebounding total is second to Bill Russell's Final Four record of 27. On January 20, 1968, the Big E and the Houston Cougars faced Lew and the UCLA Bruins in the first-ever nationally televised regular season college basketball game. In front of a record 52,693 fans at the Houston Astrodome, Hayes scored 39 points and had 15 rebounds while limiting Alcindor to just 15 points as Houston beat UCLA 71–69 to snap the Bruins' 47-game winning streak in what has been called the "Game of the Century".
That game helped. One month on February 10, he grabbed a career-high 37 rebounds in a game against Centenary. In the rematch to the "Game of the Century", Hayes faced Alcindor and UCLA in the 1968 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. UCLA coach John Wooden had the Bruins play a'triangle and two" zone defense with Alcindor playing behind Hayes and Lynn Shackleford fronting him, he was held to 10 points, losing to the Bruins 101-69 in the semi-final game. Hayes led Houston in scoring. For his college career, Hayes averaged 17.2 rebounds per game. He has the most rebounds in NCAA tournament history at 222. While a student at Houston, Hayes was initiated into the Alpha Nu Omega Chapter of the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity. With his departure from college Hayes was selected as the first overall selection in both the 1968 NBA draft and 1968 ABA draft, he was taken by the Houston Mavericks, respectively. Hayes joined the NBA with the San Diego Rockets in 1968 and went on to lead the NBA in scoring with 28.4 points per game, averaged 17.1 rebounds per game, was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team.
Hayes' scoring average is the fifth best all-time for a rookie, he remains the last rookie to lead the NBA in scoring average. He scored a career-high 54 points against the Detroit Pistons on November 11, 1968. In Hayes' second season, he led the NBA in rebounding, becoming the first player other than Bill Russell or Wilt Chamberlain to lead the category since 1957. In Hayes' third season, 1970–71, he scored a career best 28.7 points per game. In 1971, the Rockets moved to Houston. Hayes was acquired by the Baltimore Bullets from the Rockets for Jack Marin on June 23, 1972, he teamed with Hall-Of-Famer Wes Unseld to form a dominating frontcourt combination. The 18.1 rebounds per game Hayes averaged in 1974 is the third highest rebounding average of any NBA player since Wilt Chamberlain retired in 1973. Hayes and Unseld led the Washington Bullets to three NBA Finals, an NBA title over the Seattle SuperSonics in 1978. During the Bullets' championship season, he averaged 21.8 points and 12.1 rebounds per game in 21 playoff games.
Hayes set an NBA Finals record for most offensive rebounds in a game, in a May 27, 1979 game against the SuperSonics. The Chicago Bulls' Dennis Rodman would tie this record twice, both games coming in the 1996 NBA Finals against the SuperSonics. Desiring to finish his playing career in Texas and preferably Houston, Hayes was sent back to the Rockets for second-round draft picks in 1981 and 1983 on June 8, 1981; the "Big E" closed out his career with the Rockets in 1984. His final season was marked with some controversy.
Chester Walker is an American former professional basketball player. Born in Bethlehem, Walker played high school basketball for the Benton Harbor High School boys basketball team, he graduated from Bradley University in 1962 as the school's all-time leading scorer. The Bradley Braves won the NIT Championship in 1957 and 1960. Walker's speed and agility on the court earned him the nickname "Chet the Jet." He is best remembered as a starting forward on the 1966–67 Philadelphia 76ers team, which some consider the best NBA team of all time. Walker was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals in the 1962 NBA draft, was named to the NBA's first All-Rookie Team in 1963, he followed the team to Philadelphia after his rookie season. A seven-time participant in the NBA All-Star Game, Walker averaged over 19 points and eight rebounds a game for the 1966–67 76ers, who won 68 games and lost just 13—the best record in NBA history at the time; that Alex Hannum-coached team, which featured center Wilt Chamberlain, guards Hal Greer and Wali Jones, sixth man Billy Cunningham, ended the eight-year championship run of the Boston Celtics.
Walker played his final six seasons with the Chicago Bulls, never averaged less than 19.2 points and 5.0 rebounds a game. In his 13-year career, Walker scored a total of 18,831 points; the 6–6 forward was an outstanding free-throw shooter in his years with the Bulls. He led the NBA with an accuracy rate of 85.9 percent in 1970–71, ranked among the top-10 free-throwers five other times. After his playing days, Walker became a moderately successful TV movie producer, he is the author of a memoir entitled Long Time Coming: A Black Athlete's Coming-Of-Age in America. Walker appeared in The White Shadow in Season 3's "If Your Number's Up, Get it Down" as a former Chicago Bulls' teammate of Coach Ken Reeves On February 24, 2012 it was announced that Chet Walker was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame by the veterans committee, he was formally inducted into the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts on September 7, 2012. List of National Basketball Association career games played leaders List of National Basketball Association career free throw scoring leaders Official NBA bio
Rising Stars Challenge
The Rising Stars Challenge is a basketball exhibition game held by the National Basketball Association on the Friday before the annual All-Star Game as part of the All-Star Weekend. The players are first- and second-year players selected by the NBA's assistant coaches. Two people designated as "general managers" draft players for the two opposing teams; the Rookie Challenge, established in 1994, was competed by two randomly selected teams composed of first-year players. This format was continued until 1996, when it was changed to pit rookie teams of both the Eastern and the Western Conference against each other. In 1999, the game was cancelled as a result of the NBA lockout. Since the 1998 rookie class did not compete that year, the game was revamped and featured a team of standout first-year players against a team of standout second-year players. For 2012 and 2013, the format was changed to having two teams drafted by Basketball Hall of Famers Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal. In 2014, the two teams were drafted by Grant Hill.
The format of the game and name was changed to the Rising Stars Challenge in 2012. The game format changed in 2015 to Team USA vs Team World, where each team should choose at least three Rookies and three Sophomores, the squad of each team should have four back courts, four front courts and two swingmen. Unlike regular NBA games, the game was divided into two twenty-minute halves plus multiple five-minute overtime periods, similar to college basketball; the participating players were chosen by voting among the league's assistant coaches. In the game, players wear their respective regular team uniforms, except for 2009, in which players wore fan-designed jerseys; the head coaches of the two teams are the lead assistant coaches of the NBA All-Star Game coach. Starting in 2009, two active NBA players were added to the game coaching staffs; the game is sponsored by Mtn Dew Kickstart. Before 2012, the event was known as the Rookie Challenge named the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam. To celebrate the first time the NBA holds the All-Star game outside of the USA, the game makes the World Team the home team instead of Team USA.
Team USA won 157–154 in the highest scoring game in Rising Stars Challenge history. Zach LaVine was named MVP, leading all of the USA team with 30 points while recording 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell, Devin Booker all scored over 20 points, with Russell recording 7 assists. Kristaps Porziņģis and Emmanuel Mudiay led the way for Team World with 30 points each, with Andrew Wiggins scoring 29 points; the World team won against the U. S. 121-112 at the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend. Canada's Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert added 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Brooklyn's Bojan Bogdanovic of Croatia, Chicago's Nikola Mirotić of Montenegro added 16 points each for the World team. Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic and Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves led the U. S. team with 22 points each. Andrew Wiggins, the 2014 NBA draft 1st overall pick, won the game's MVP award. Shortly before the draft for the rosters, Norris Cole and Jeremy Lin were added to the original player pool.
A few days before the game, Tiago Splitter was replaced by Derrick Favors. Lin played only nine minutes in the game, at his request, due to exhaustion from his rise to stardom that month; the 2007 Rookie Challenge took place on Friday, February 16 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Final Score: East:150 West: 167 The 2006 Rookie Challenge took place February 17 at the Toyota Center in Houston. Rookie Roster: Head Coach: Sidney Lowe Assistant Coach: Elvin Hayes Sophomore Roster: Head Coach: Del Harris Assistant Coach: Moses Malone Did not play due to injury The 2005 Rookie Challenge took place February 18 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Rookie Roster: Head Coach: P. J. Carlesimo Assistant Coach: Alex English Sophomore Roster: Head Coach: Bob McAdoo Assistant Coach: Doug Moe Did not play due to injury The 2004 Rookie Challenge took place February 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Rookie Roster: Head Coach: Doug Collins Assistant Coach: A. C. Green Sophomore Roster: Head Coach: Michael Cooper Assistant Coach: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Said to be the most exciting Rookie Challenge in history due to all the highlight-reel dunks.
Much of the hype centered on rookie phenoms LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, who had 33 and 17 points respectively. Amar'e Stoudemire set a Rookie Challenge record with 36 points; the 2003 Rookie Challenge took place February 8 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. This was the last time. Rookie Roster: Head Coach: Cotton Fitzsimmons Assistant Coach: Lou Hudson Sophomore Roster: Head Coach: Mike Fratello Assistant Coach: Bob Pettit The 2002 Rookie Challenge took place February 9 at the First Union Center in Philadelphia. Rookie Roster: Head Coach: Chuck Daly Assistant Coach: Darryl Dawkins Sophomore Roster: Head Coach: Billy Cunningham Assistant Coach: Bobby Jones The 2001 Rookie Challenge took place February 10 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D. C.. Rookie Roster: Head Coach: Kevin Loughery Assistant Coach: Jack Marin Sophomore Roster: Head Coach: Elvin Hayes Assistant Coach: Phil Chenier The 2000 Rookie Challenge took place February 11 at the Oakland Arena in Oakland. Rookie Roster: Head Coach: Al Attles Assistant Coach: Nate Thurmond Sophomore Roster: Head Coach: Bill Russell Assistant Coach: K. C. Jones **Did not play due to injury The 1998 Rookie Challenge took place February 8 at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
East Roster: Head Coach: Willis Reed West Roster: Head Coach: Dave DeBusschere The 1997 Rookie Challenge
Elgin Gay Baylor is an American former basketball player and executive. He played 14 seasons as a small forward in the National Basketball Association for the Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers, appearing in eight NBA Finals. Baylor was a gifted shooter, strong rebounder, an accomplished passer. Renowned for his acrobatic maneuvers on the court, Baylor dazzled Lakers fans with his trademark hanging jump shots; the No. 1 draft pick in 1958, NBA Rookie of the Year in 1959, 11-time NBA All-Star, a 10-time member of the All-NBA first team, he is regarded as one of the game's all-time greatest players. In 1977, Baylor was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Baylor spent 22 years as general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers, he won the NBA Executive of the Year Award in 2006, before being relieved of his duties shortly before the 2008–09 season began. His popularity led to appearances on the television series Rowan and Martin's Laugh In in 1968, The Jackson Five's first TV special in 1971 and a Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode, "Olympiad".
Elgin "Rabbit" Baylor had two basketball-playing brothers and Kermit. After stints at Southwest Boys Club and Brown Jr. High, Baylor was a 3 time All City player in High School. Elgin played his first 2 years at Phelps Vocational High School in the 1951 and 1952 basketball seasons where he set his first area scoring record of 44 points vs Cardozo. During his 2 All City years at Phelps, he averaged 18.5 and 27.6 points per season. He did not perform well academically and dropped out of school to work in a furniture store and to play basketball in the local recreational leagues. Baylor reappeared for the 1954 season playing for the newly opened Spingarn High School and the 6'5", 190 lb senior was named 1st team All-Met and won the SSA's Livingstone Trophy as the Area's Best Basketball player for 1954, he finished with a 36.1 average for his 8 Interhigh Division II league games. On February 3, 1954, in a game against his old Phelps team, he scored 31 in the first half. Playing with 4 fouls the entire second half, Baylor scored 32 more points to establish a new DC area record with 63 points.
This broke the point record of 52 that Western's Jim Wexler had set the year before when he broke Rabbit's record of 44. An inadequate scholastic record kept him out of college until a friend arranged a scholarship at the College of Idaho, where he was expected to play basketball and football. After one season, the school dismissed the head basketball coach and restricted the scholarships. A Seattle car dealer interested Baylor in Seattle University, Baylor sat out a year to play for Westside Ford, an AAU team in Seattle, while establishing eligibility at Seattle; the Minneapolis Lakers drafted him in the 14th round of the 1956 NBA Draft but Baylor opted to stay in school instead. Baylor led the Seattle University Chieftains to the NCAA championship game in 1958, falling to the Kentucky Wildcats, Seattle's only trip to the Final Four. Following his junior season, Baylor was drafted again by the Minneapolis Lakers with the #1 pick in the 1958 NBA Draft, this time he opted to leave school to join them for the 1958–59 NBA season.
In his three collegiate seasons, one at College of Idaho and two at Seattle, Baylor averaged 31.3 points per game. He led the NCAA in rebounds during the 1956–57 season. Fifty-one years after Baylor left Seattle University, Seattle U named its basketball court in honor of him on November 19, 2009; the Redhawks now play on the Elgin Baylor Court in Seattle's KeyArena. The Redhawks host the annual Elgin Baylor Classic. College of Idaho has announced that Baylor will be one of the inaugural inductees into the school's Hall of Fame in June 2017; the Minneapolis Lakers used the No. 1 overall pick in the 1958 NBA draft to select Baylor convinced him to skip his senior year at SU and instead join the pro ranks. The team, several years removed from its glory days of George Mikan, was in trouble on the court and at the gate; the year prior to Baylor's arrival the Lakers finished 19–53 with a squad, slow and aging. Baylor, whom the Lakers signed to play for $20,000 per year, was the franchise's last shot at survival.
With his superb athletic talents and all-round game, Baylor was seen as the kind of player who could save a franchise, he did. According to Minneapolis Lakers owner Bob Short in a 1971 interview with the Los Angeles Times: "If he had turned me down I would have been out of business; the club would have gone bankrupt." As a rookie in 1958–59, Baylor finished fourth in the league in scoring, third in rebounding, eighth in assists. He registered 55 points in a single game the third-highest mark in league history behind Joe Fulks' 63 and Mikan's 61. Baylor won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and led the Lakers from last place the previous year to the NBA finals, where they lost to the Boston Celtics in the first four-game sweep in finals history, thus began the greatest rivalry in the history of the NBA. During his career, Baylor helped lead the Lakers to the NBA Finals seven more times. From the 1960–61 to the 1962–63 seasons, Baylor averaged 34.8, 38.3 and 34.0 points per game, respectively. On November 15 of the 1960–61 season, Baylor set a new NBA scoring record when he scored 71 points in a victory against the New York Knicks while grabbing 25 rebounds.
In doing so, Baylor had broken his own NBA record of 64 points that he had set in the previous season. Baylor, a United States Army Reservist, was called to active duty during the 1961–62 season, being stationed in Washington state, he could play for the Lakers only when on a weekend pass. Despit