Jo Jo White
Joseph Henry Jo Jo White is an American former professional basketball player. As an amateur, he played basketball at the University of Kansas, White was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. White was born in St. Louis, the son of a minister, the youngest of seven siblings, he started playing basketball at six and found sports to be a key platform for his community. As a child, he followed the St. Louis Hawks, White joined the team mid-season and enjoyed immediate success, entering the 1966 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament. They played dominantly but encountered a physical Texas Western squad, now known as University of Texas at El Paso, during the first overtime, White took and made a shot as the buzzer sounded, but he was ruled out of bounds by referee Rudy Marich. The team lost this thriller in the 2nd overtime to Texas Western who went on to win the championship, the game would go on to be featured in the 2006 film Glory Road about the 1966 Texas Western team.
White would become a leader of the team and made the consensus NCAA All-American Second Team in 1968 and 1969 and he graduated with a degree in physical education. After college, White played on the 1968 USA Olympic basketball team in Mexico City, the team was not expected to win the gold medal due to many future Basketball Hall of Fame players either declining to participate or not being chosen. The U. S. Olympic Basketball Committee limited four roster spots from the NCAA, the U. S. Mens team, led by White and Haywood unexpectedly went undefeated, beating Yugoslavia 65-50 in the title game. White described his reaction, Going into the Olympic Games we weren’t the overwhelming favorites to win the gold medal and we weren’t even considered the strongest team in the tournament. That billing went to the Russians, who was upset by Yugoslavia in the semifinals, but we were the more determined team, and I think thats what set us apart. This victory would prove to be the last in a streak of seven gold medals for the US Mens team.
After the Olympics, White was drafted in 1969 in the first round by the NBAs Boston Celtics, there was some reluctance during the time of the draft as White had a mandatory two-year military commitment. Then Boston general manager, Red Auerbach, was able to shorten Whites commitment, plus I was in excellent condition because of my military obligation, so I feel that this gave me an added advantage. White was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Reds, before White even reported to training camp, the Celtics center and player-coach Bill Russell announced his retirement and cut ties to the organization. Also, the teams long-time Shooting Guard Sam Jones would end his career, with the sudden departure of Russell and Jones, White would endure a rebuilding season where the franchise experienced their first losing season since 1950. White made the All-NBA rookie team during the 1970 season, the Celtics got back on track by drafting Dave Cowens, trading for Paul Silas, retaining veteran John Havlicek, and hiring of coach Tommy Heinsohn.
With White leading the attack from the point guard position, the returned to its winning ways in 1971
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. During his career as a center, Abdul-Jabbar was a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. A member of six NBA championship teams as a player and two as an assistant coach, Abdul-Jabbar twice was voted NBA Finals MVP, in 1996, he was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. NBA coach Pat Riley and players Isiah Thomas and Julius Erving have called him the greatest basketball player of all time, drafted by the one-season-old Bucks franchise in the 1969 NBA draft with the first overall pick, Alcindor spent six seasons in Milwaukee. After winning his first NBA championship in 1971, he adopted the Muslim name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at age 24, using his trademark skyhook shot, he established himself as one of the leagues top scorers.
In 1975, he was traded to the Lakers, with whom he played the last 14 seasons of his career, Abdul-Jabbars contributions were a key component in the Showtime era of Lakers basketball. Over his 20-year NBA career his team succeeded in making the playoffs 18 times and past the 1st round in 14 of them and he remains the all-time leading scorer in the NBA, and is ranked 3rd all-time in both rebounds and blocks. In 2007, ESPN voted him the greatest center of all time, in 2008, they named him the greatest player in basketball history. Abdul-Jabbar has been an actor, a coach. In 2012, he was selected by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be a U. S. global cultural ambassador, in 2016, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. was born in New York City, the child of Cora Lillian, a department store price checker. At birth, he weighed 12 pounds 11 ounces and was 22 1⁄2 inches long and he was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended Power Memorial Academy, a Catholic high school in Manhattan.
From an early age, Lew Alcindor began his record-breaking basketball accomplishments and this earned him a nickname—The tower from Power. His 2,067 total points were a New York City high school record, the team won the national high school boys basketball championship when Alcindor was in 11th grade, and was runner-up his senior year. Alcindor played on the UCLA freshman team only because the rule was in effect. In his first college game, Lew set a UCLA single game record with 56 points, in 1967 and 1968, he won USBWA College Player of the Year which became the Oscar Robertson Trophy. Alcindor became the player to win the Helms Foundation Player of the Year award three times. The 1965–66 UCLA Bruin team was the preseason #1, but on November 27,1965, the freshman team led by Alcindor defeated the varsity team 75–60 in the first game in the new Pauley Pavilion
Leonard Randolph Lenny Wilkens is an American retired basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association. He is a 2006 inductee into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. S, 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 and he won the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award for the 2010–11 NBA season. Wilkens grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn and his father was African American and 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 and he led the team to their first NIT appearance in 1959, and to the NIT finals in 1960. When he graduated, Wilkens was, with 1,193 points, in 1996, Wilkens No.14 jersey was retired by the college, the first alumnus to receive such an honor.
In honor of his 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 and 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 consistently with Wilkens but never reached the finals. Wilkens placed second to Wilt Chamberlain in the 1967–1968 MVP balloting, Wilkens was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Walt Hazzard and spent four seasons there. He averaged 22.4 points,6.2 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game in his first season for the SuperSonics and he was named head coach in his second season with the team. Wilkens was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers before the start of the season in a highly unpopular trade. 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, and was named the 1971 NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1971.
With Seattle, he led the league in assists in the 1969–70 season, from 1969 to 1972 with Seattle, and in his one season as a player with Portland, he was a player-coach. He retired from playing in 1975 and was the coach of the Trail Blazers for one more season. After a season off from coaching, he became coach of the SuperSonics when he replaced Bob Hopkins who was fired 22 games into the 1977–78 season after a dismal 5-17 start. He coached in Seattle for eight seasons, winning his only NBA championship in 1979 and he would go on to coach Cleveland, Atlanta and New York
Rising Stars Challenge
The Rising Stars Challenge is an exhibition basketball 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 NBAs 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 entirely of first-year players. This format was continued until 1996, when it was changed to pit 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 ONeal, in 2014, the two teams were drafted by Chris Webber and Grant Hill.
The format of the game and name was changed to the Rising Stars Challenge in 2012, unlike regular NBA games, the game was divided into two twenty-minute halves, similar to college basketball. The participating players were chosen by voting among the leagues 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 assistant coaches of the NBA All-Star Game coach. Starting in 2009, two active NBA players were added to the coaching staffs. The game is sponsored by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria. Before 2012, the event was known as the Rookie Challenge, officially named the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam. To celebrate the first time the NBA celebrates the All-Star game outside of the U. S. A. the game makes the World Team the home instead of Team U. S. A. 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, DAngelo Russell, and Devin Booker all scored over 20 points, 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, canadas Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, and Rudy Gobert added 18 points,12 rebounds and three blocks. Brooklyns Bojan Bogdanovic of Croatia, and Chicagos 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 games MVP award, shortly before the draft for the rosters, Norris Cole and Jeremy Lin were added to the original player pool
Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain was an American basketball player. The 7 foot 1 inch Chamberlain weighed 250 pounds as a rookie before bulking up to 275 and he played the center position and is widely considered one of the greatest and most dominant players in NBA history. Chamberlain holds numerous NBA records in scoring and durability categories and he is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. He won seven scoring, eleven rebounding, nine field goal percentage titles, Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game in a season, a feat he accomplished seven times. He is the player to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game over the entire course of his NBA career. Chamberlain was known by various nicknames during his playing career. He hated the ones that called attention to his height such as Goliath and Wilt the Stilt and he preferred The Big Dipper, which was inspired by his friends who saw him dip his head as he walked through doorways.
Chamberlain was a businessman, authored several books. He was a bachelor, and became notorious for his claim to have had sexual intercourse with as many as 20,000 women. He was a child, nearly dying of pneumonia in his early years. In his early years Chamberlain was not interested in basketball, because he thought it was a game for sissies, but according to Chamberlain, basketball was king in Philadelphia, so he eventually turned to the sport. According to ESPN journalist Hal Bock, Chamberlain was scary, flat-out frightening, before he came along, most basketball players were mortal-sized men. It was in this period of his life when his three lifelong nicknames Wilt the Stilt and his favorite, The Big Dipper, were allegedly born. He scored 34 points, won Overbrook the Public League title, in that game, West Catholic quadruple-teamed Chamberlain the entire game, and despite the centers 29 points, the Panthers lost 54-42. In his second Overbrook season, Chamberlain continued his scoring, among them scoring a high school record 71 points against Roxborough.
The Panthers comfortably won the Public League title after again beating Northeast in which Chamberlain scored 40 points, Chamberlain scored 32 points and led Overbrook to a flawless 19–0 season. During summer vacations Chamberlain worked as a bellhop in Kutshers Hotel, owners Milton and Helen Kutsher kept up a lifelong friendship with Wilt, and according to their son Mark, They were his second set of parents. In Chamberlains third and final Overbrook season, he continued his high scoring, the Panthers won the Public League a third time, beating West Philadelphia 78-60, and in the city championship game, they met West Catholic once again
Westley Sissel Wes Unseld is an American former basketball player. He spent his entire NBA career with the Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988, Unseld starred for the Seneca High School team that won Kentucky state championships in 1963 and 1964. At the University of Louisville in 1965, he played center for the freshman team. Unseld lettered for Louisville as a sophomore and senior, scored 1,686 points and he led the Missouri Valley Conference in rebounding all three years. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and he was one of the best defensive players of his era, and in 1975, he led the NBA in rebounding. The following season, he led the NBA in field goal percentage with a.561 percentage, Unseld took the Bullets franchise to four NBA Finals, and won the championship in 1978 over the Seattle SuperSonics, in which he was named the Finals MVP. He ended his career following the 1980–1981 season, and his #41 jersey was retired by the Bullets shortly thereafter.
Unseld was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988, after his retirement in 1981, he moved into a front office position with the Bullets, where he served as vice president for six years before being named head coach in 1987. He resigned following the 1994 season with a 202–345 record, Unseld became Washingtons general manager in 1996 and guided the team to the playoffs once during his tenure. Wes Unselds wife, opened Unselds School in 1979, a coed private school located in southwest Baltimore, it has a daycare program, nursery school and a kindergarten-to-eighth grade curriculum. Connie and daughter Kimberley serve as teachers at the school and he works as an office manager and head basketball coach. His son, Wes Unseld Jr. is a basketball coach and most recently served as an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic. com profile Wes Unseld at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Richard Francis Dennis Rick Barry III is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association. Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in history by the NBA in 1996, Barry is the player to lead the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He was known for his unorthodox but effective underhand free throw shooting technique, in 1987, Barry was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is the father of former NBA players Brent Barry and Jon Barry, Barry grew up in Roselle Park, New Jersey, graduating from Roselle Park High School in 1962. Barry was an All-American basketball player for the University of Miami, while at Miami, Barry met his wife Pamela, the daughter of Hurricanes head coach Bruce Hale. As a senior in the 1964–65 campaign, Barry led the NCAA with a 37.4 points-per-game average and the Hurricanes did not take part in the NCAA Tournament, because the basketball program was on probation at the time.
Barry is one of just two players to have his number retired by the school. Barry was drafted by the San Francisco Warriors with the pick of the 1965 NBA draft. In Barrys first season in the NBA with the Warriors, the team improved from 17 to 35 victories and that 76ers team is considered to be one of the greatest in basketball history.7 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in the 1965–66 season. Teamed with star center Nate Thurmond in San Francisco, Barry helped take the Warriors to the 1967 NBA Finals, including a 55-point outburst in Game 3, Barry averaged 40.8 points per game in the series, an NBA Finals record that stood for three decades. The courts ordered Barry to sit out the 1967–68 season before he starred in the ABA, the ensuing negative publicity cast Barry in a negative light, portraying him as selfish and money-hungry. However, many NBA players at the time were looking at jumping to the ABA for more lucrative contracts, Barry would star in the ABA, twice averaging more than 30 points per game.
After the 1966–67 season, Barry became one of the first NBA players to jump to the American Basketball Association when he signed with the Oakland Oaks, in the ABAs first season, the Oaks were the only ABA team located in the same market as an NBA team. The Warriors went to court and prevented Barry from playing for the Oaks during the 1967–68 season, Barry instead worked on Oaks radio broadcasts during the ABAs first season. During the 1968–69 season Barry suited up for the Oaks and averaged 34 points per game and he led the ABA in free throw percentage for the season. However, on December 27,1968, late in a game against the New York Nets and Kenny Wilburn collided and Barry tore ligaments in his knee. He tried to again in January but only aggravated the injury and sat out the rest of the season. Despite the injury Barry was named to the ABA All-Star team, the Oaks finished with a record of 60-18, winning the Western Division by 14 games over the second place New Orleans Buccaneers
William Walton Bill Sharman was an American professional basketball player and coach. He is mostly known for his time with the Boston Celtics in the 1950s, as a coach, Sharman won titles in the ABL, ABA, and NBA, and is credited with introducing the now ubiquitous morning shootaround. He was the first North American sports figure to win a championship as a player, coach and he was a 10-time NBA champion, and a 12-time World Champion in basketball overall counting his ABL and ABA titles. Sharman is a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, having been being inducted in 1976 as a player, only John Wooden, Lenny Wilkens and Tommy Heinsohn share this double honor. Sharman completed high school in the Central California city of Porterville and he served during World War II from 1944 to 1946 in the US Navy, and was a graduate of the University of Southern California. He played 1st base on the 1948 USC Trojans College World Series championship team, following his senior year, Sharman was selected as one of the 1950 NCAA Mens Basketball All-Americans.
From 1950 to 1955 Sharman played professional baseball in the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league system and he was called up to the Dodgers late in the 1951 season but did not appear in a game. He was part of a September 27 game in which the entire Brooklyn bench was cleared from the dugout for arguing with the plate umpire over a ruling at the plate. This has led to the legend that Sharman holds the distinction of being the player in baseball history to have ever been ejected from a major league game without ever appearing in one. However, although Sharman was among the Dodger bench players that had to go to the clubhouse, in fact, in the top of the ninth, one of the other dismissed players, Wayne Terwilliger, was used as a pinch-hitter in the game. Sharman was drafted by the Washington Capitols in the 2nd round of the 1950 NBA draft, Sharman played a total of ten seasons for the Celtics, leading the team in scoring between the 1955–56 and 1958–59 seasons and averaging over 20 points per game during three of them.
Sharman was one of the first NBA guards to better than.400 from the field. He led the NBA in free throw percentage a record seven times, Sharman still holds the record for consecutive free throws in the playoffs with 56. Sharman was named to the All-NBA First Team from 1956 through 1959, and was an All-NBA Second Team member in 1953,1955, Sharman played in eight NBA All-Star games, scoring in double figures in seven of them. He was named the 1955 NBA All-Star Game MVP after scoring ten of his fifteen points in the fourth quarter, Sharman still holds the NBA All-Star Game record for field goals attempted in a quarter with 12. Sharman ended his NBA playing career after 11 seasons in 1961, Sharman coached the Cleveland Pipers of the American Basketball League to the league championship in 1962. He next went on to coach Los Angeles State for two seasons, in 1970–71 he coached the Utah Stars to an ABA title and was a co-recipient of the ABA Coach of the Year honors. After resigning as coach for the Utah Stars, Sharman signed a contract to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, Sharman was originally ordered to pay $250,000 in damages, but appealed the trial court decision and reversed the judgement
NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge
The NBA Skills Challenge, is a National Basketball Association contest held on the Sunday before the annual All-Star Game as part of the All-Star Weekend. First held in 2003, it is a competition to test ball-handling and shooting ability, in the current version of the contest, two participants race against each other on identical courses by first dribbling between five obstacles while running down the court. Next, the player must throw a pass into a net that does not touch the ground, the players must dribble back the full length of the court for a lay up. Shortly after, the players must dribble back down the court, the match ends when the first player hits the three pointer. Currently, the champion is decided via an elimination tournament format, with a guard. The current champion is Kristaps Porziņģis of the New York Knicks, a The time is the all-time event record. B Jameer Nelson was injured and was replaced by Mo Williams, C Derrick Rose was injured and was replaced by Russell Westbrook.
D Stephen Curry was injured and was replaced by Rajon Rondo, E For the 2013–14 season, the NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge was revamped to have 4 teams of two players compete to a two-round time relay-style course. F John Wall was replaced by Patrick Beverley due to resting purposes, G Michael Carter-Williams was replaced with his teammate Robert Covington due to injuries. Covington would be replaced by Elfrid Payton due to resting purposes, H Jimmy Butler was replaced by Dennis Schröder due to a shoulder injury. J Defending champion Patrick Beverley would be replaced by rookie Emmanuel Mudiay due to an ankle injury, K Joel Embiid was replaced by Nikola Jokić due to a knee injury. Starting with the 2015 edition of the Skills Challenge, a tournament format was adopted,201520162017 Davis, Cousins give Taco Bell Skills Challenge new look. 2010 Skills Challenge 2009 Skills Challenge 2008 Skills Challenge 2007 Skills Challenge 2006 Skills Challenge 2005 Skills Challenge 2004 Skills Challenge
Chicago Stadium was an indoor arena located in Chicago. It opened in 1929, and closed in 1994, the Stadium hosted the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL from 1929–1994 and the Chicago Bulls of the NBA from 1967–1994. The stadium was first proposed by Chicago sports promoter Paddy Harmon, Harmon wanted to bring an NHL team to Chicago, but he lost out to Col. Frederic McLaughlin. This team would soon be known as the Chicago Black Hawks, Harmon went on to at least try to get some control over the team by building a stadium for the Blackhawks to play in. He spent $2.5 million and borrowed funds from friends. Opened on March 28,1929 at a cost of $9.5 million, detroits Olympia stadium, built two years earlier, was a model for the Chicago stadium and had a capacity of over 15,000 people. It was the first arena with an air conditioning system, the Stadium sat 17,317 for hockey at the time of closure. Standees were allowed for many years, and often the official figures in the published game summaries were given in round numbers.
The largest recorded crowd for an NHL game at the stadium was 20,069 for a game between the Blackhawks and Minnesota North Stars on April 10,1982. Melgard played for decades during hockey games there, earning the Stadium the moniker The Madhouse on Madison, for years, it was known as The Loudest Arena in the NBA, due to its barn-shaped features. Thats the kind of place Chicago Stadium is right now, the dressing rooms at the Stadium were placed underneath the seats, and the cramped corridor that led to the ice, with its twenty-two steps, became the stuff of legend. Legend has it a German Shepherd wandered the bowels at night as the security team. In the 1973 Stanley Cup Final against Montreal, Chicago owner Bill Wirtz had the NHLs first goal horn installed in the building and it became traditional for Blackhawk fans to cheer loudly throughout the singing of the national anthems, especially when sung by Chicago favorite Wayne Messmer. Denizens of the second balcony often added sparklers and flags to the occasion, the most memorable of these was the singing before the 1991 NHL All-Star Game, which took place during the Gulf War.
This tradition has continued at the United Center, longtime PA announcer Harvey Wittenberg had a unique monotone style, Blackhawk goal scored by #9, Bobby Hull, unassisted, at 6,13. In 1992, both the Blackhawks and the Bulls reached the finals in their respective leagues, the Blackhawks last won the Stanley Cup at the Stadium in 1938, they did not win the Cup again at home until 2015 at the United Center. It was the last NHL arena to retain the use of an analog dial-type large four-sided clock for timekeeping in professional hockey games, the difficulty was compounded on the main central dial from the aforementioned minute and sweep-second hands being in constant motion during gameplay. The Sports Timers only digital displays were for scoring and for penalized players numbers, each comprising a six-high
Walter Clyde Frazier is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the only two NBA Championships, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Upon his retirement from basketball, Frazier went into broadcasting, he is currently a commentator for telecasts of Knicks games on the MSG Network. He lives in Harlem with his partner, Patricia James. He is the father of a son referred to both as Walt Jr. and, Walt III, Frazier is a member of the prestigious Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. The eldest of nine children, Frazier attended Atlantas David Tobias Howard High School and he quarterbacked the football team and played catcher on the baseball team. He learned basketball on a rutted and dirt playground, the facility available at his all-black school in the racially segregated South of the 1950s. After Howard, Frazier attended Southern Illinois University, Frazier became one of the premier collegiate basketball players in the country.
He was named a Division II All-American in 1964 and 1965, as a sophomore in 1965, Frazier led SIU to the NCAA Division II Tournament only to lose in the finals to Jerry Sloan and the Evansville Purple Aces 85-82 in overtime. In 1966, he was ineligible for basketball. SIU moved up from Division II to Division I, Frazier was named MVP of the 1967 tournament. Frazier was selected by the New York Knicks with the 5th pick in the 1967 NBA draft, while playing for them, he picked up the nickname Clyde due to wearing a similar hat to Warren Beatty, who played Clyde Barrow in the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1968 and he was an NBA All-Star seven times, was named to the All-NBA First Team four times, the All-NBA Second Team twice, and the All-Defensive First Team seven times. With Frazier, the Knicks captured the NBA championships in 1970 and 1973, in 1971, the New York Knicks traded for star guard Earl the Pearl Monroe to form what was known as the Rolls Royce Backcourt with Frazier.
That pairing is one of few backcourts ever to feature two Hall of Famers and NBA 50th Anniversary Team members. Frazier held Knicks franchise records for most games, minutes played, field goals attempted, field goals made, free throws attempted, free throws made, center Patrick Ewing would eventually break most of those records, but Fraziers assists record still stands. After 10 years in New York, Frazier ended his career as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, won 2 NBA championships with the New York Knicks. Fraziers #10 jersey was retired by the New York Knicks on December 15,1979, in 1987, Frazier was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with Pete Maravich and Rick Barry
In basketball, an official is a person who has the responsibility to enforce the rules and maintain the order of the game. The title of official applies to the scorers and timekeepers, officials are usually referred to as referees, generally 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 official is called the crew chief. In FIBA-sanctioned play, two-man crews consist of a referee and an umpire, both classes of officials have equal rights to control almost all aspects of the game. In most cases, the lead official performs the jump ball to begin the contest, though NFHS, in American high school and college basketball, the officials generally wear black and white striped shirts with black side panels, black pants and black shoes. Some state high school association allow officials to wear shirts with black pin strips instead of the black. NBA officials wear shirts with black slacks and black shoes. The NBA shirt is grey with black colored shoulders and sleeves, the WNBA referee shirt is similar to the NBA referee shirt, except that its shoulder and sleeve colors are orange and the WNBA logo takes the place of the NBA logo.
FIBA officials wear a grey and black official referee shirt, black trousers, black socks, officials in competitions organized by Euroleague Basketball —the Euroleague and Eurocup—wear an orange referee shirt. Officials in the Israel Basketball Association generally wear the Euroleagues orange uniform shirt, most officials slacks are currently belt-less, while most officials shirts are collar-less, V-neck shirts. All officials wear a whistle that is used to play as a result of a foul or a violation on the court. In all instances of officiating, hand signals are used to indicate the nature of the infraction or to administer the game, in higher levels of college and professional ball, all officials wear a timing device on the belt-line called PTS. The device is used by on court officials to start and stop the clock in a timely manner, rather than waiting for the scoreboard operator to do so. The officials must ensure that the game runs smoothly, and 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, quite often, 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 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 lead or the trail position, the lead position is normally 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