Paul Theron Silas is an American retired professional basketball player and former NBA head coach. He is the father of current NBA assistant coach Stephen Silas, born in Prescott, Silas attended Creighton University, where he set an NCAA record for the most rebounds in three seasons and averaged 20.6 rebounds per game in 1963. In the NBA, Silas collected more than 10,000 points and 10,000 rebounds during his distinguished 16-year career and he was named to the All-NBA Defensive First Team twice, and to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team three times. He was head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers until March 21,2005 and he worked for ESPN, although in April 2007, he interviewed for the vacant head coaching position with the Charlotte Bobcats which was eventually filled by Sam Vincent. Upon the firing of Sam Vincent in April 2008, he stated that coaching the Bobcats would be a dream job, on December 22,2010, Silas was named interim head coach of the Bobcats, replacing the outgoing coach Larry Brown.
On February 16,2011, the Bobcats removed his interim status
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
Oscar Palmer Robertson, nicknamed The Big O, is an American former National Basketball Association player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. The 6 ft 5 in,205 lb Robertson played point guard and was a 12-time All-Star, 11-time member of the All-NBA Team and he is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season. In the 1970–71 NBA season, he was a key player on the team brought the Bucks their only NBA title. His playing career, especially during school and college, was plagued by racism. He was voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996 and he was ranked as the 36th best American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN. Robertson was a part of Robertson v. National Basketball Assn of 1970. Robertson was born in poverty in Charlotte and grew up in a housing project in Indianapolis. In contrast to other boys who preferred to play baseball. Because his family could not afford to buy a basketball, he learned how to shoot by tossing tennis balls, Robertson attended Crispus Attucks High School, an all-black high school.
At Crispus Attucks, Robertson was coached by Ray Crowe, whose emphasis on a sound game had a positive effect on Robertsons style of play. As a sophomore in 1954, he starred on an Attucks team that lost in the finals to eventual state champions Milan. When Robertson was a junior, Crispus Attucks dominated its opposition, going 31–1 and winning the 1955 state championship, the state championships were the first ever by an Indianapolis team in the Hoosier tourney. After their championship wins, the team was paraded through town in a regular tradition. Robertson stated, thought the blacks were going to tear the town up, Robertson scored 24.0 points per game in his senior season and was named Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1956. After his graduation year, Robertson enrolled at the University of Cincinnati. Robertson continued to excel while at the University of Cincinnati, recording an incredible scoring average of 33.8 points per game, the third highest in college history. In each of his three years, he won the scoring title, was named an All-American, and was chosen College Player of the Year.
Robertsons stellar play led the Bearcats to a 79–9 overall record during his three varsity seasons, including two Final Four appearances, however, a championship eluded Robertson, something that would become a repeated occurrence in his professional career
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
Richard F. Richie Powers was a professional basketball referee in the NBA from 1956 to 1979. Following his career in the NBA, Powers was a sportscaster for WABC-TV, Powers attended St. Johns University and played baseball under Frank McGuire. Before joining the NBA, Powers worked as a minor league baseball umpire, Powers officiated the triple-overtime Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals, which was notable for controversial moments involving Powers. With the score tied at 95 with three remaining in the fourth quarter, Boston stole a Suns inbound pass and the Celtics Paul Silas attempted to call a time-out by giving the T sign to Powers. Boston had no timeouts remaining, which if recognized, would have resulted in a technical foul, Powers did not acknowledge Silass request for the time-out as time expired. Mendy Rudolph and Rick Barry, color commentators for the CBS Sports telecast, were quick to note that Silas was signaling for a timeout, Boston went on to win the game in the third overtime period.
According to the Suns organization, Powers told a Phoenix golf professional that he didnt want to see the championship decided on a technicality. Angered over the incident, Al Bianchi, then-assistant coach of the Suns, ordered a ring in which the words Fuck You, the game clock expired as Havlicek made the field goal and fans at the Boston Garden stormed onto the court assuming the game was over. Powers strength among the referees was diminished considerably when he was one of two referees who did not strike during the 1977 playoffs, one sportswriter in the arena reported this to the league which resulted in Powers being suspended for three weeks and fined $2,500. This resulted in Powers being fined and suspended again, Powers retired from the NBA after the 1978–79 season. After leaving the NBA, he became sportscaster on WABC-TV in New York, after his contract expired, he became Director of Operations for the U. S. He left this position, presumably after the NBA signed most of the newly formed minor leagues talent, after selling cable television subscriptions and cars, he returned to his former position with the USBL in 1990.
Richie Powers was a member of Westchester Country Club in Rye. He died of a stroke in 1998 in Allentown, Pennsylvania at the age of 67, an uninhibited account of a referees life in the NBA. A Long Way Down Referee Magazine, July 1991
New York Knicks
The New York Knickerbockers, commonly referred to as the Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in New York City. The Knicks compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its games at Madison Square Garden, located in the borough of Manhattan. They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City, the other is the Brooklyn Nets, along with the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are one of only two original NBA teams still located in its original city. The Knicks were successful during their years and were constant playoff contenders under the franchises first head coach Joe Lapchick. Beginning in 1950, the Knicks made three appearances in the NBA Finals, all of which were losing efforts. Lapchick resigned in 1956 and the team began to falter. It was not until the late 1960s when Red Holzman became head coach that the Knicks began to regain their former dominance, Holzman successfully guided the Knicks to two NBA championships, in 1970 and 1973.
The Knicks of the 1980s had mixed success that included six playoff appearances, the playoff-level Knicks of the 1990s were led by future Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing, this era was marked by passionate rivalries with the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, and Miami Heat. During this time, they were known for playing tough defense under head coaches Pat Riley, during this era, the Knicks made two appearances in the NBA Finals, in 1994 and 1999, though they were unable to win an NBA championship. Since 2000, the Knicks have struggled to regain their former glory, in 2012–13, the franchise won its first division title in 19 years, but was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Indiana Pacers. According to a 2016 Forbes report, the Knicks were the most-valuable NBA franchise, in 1946, particularly college basketball, was a growing and increasingly profitable sport in New York City. Hockey was another sport at the time and generated considerable profits, however. Max Kase, a New York sportswriter, became the editor at the Boston American in the 1930s.
Kase developed the idea of a professional league to showcase college players upon their graduation. Brown, intrigued by the opportunity to attain additional income when the teams were not playing or on the road. Ned Irish, a college basketball promoter, retired sportswriter and president of Madison Square Garden, was in attendance, Kase originally planned to own and operate the New York franchise himself and approached Irish with a proposal to lease the Garden. Irish explained that the rules of the Arena Managers Association of America stated that Madison Square Garden was required to own any professional teams played in the arena
George Allen Pat Summerall was an American football player and television sportscaster, having worked at CBS, and ESPN. In addition to football, he announced major golf and tennis events. In total, he announced 16 Super Bowls on network television,26 Masters Tournaments and he contributed to 10 Super Bowl broadcasts on CBS Radio as a pregame host or analyst. Summerall played football for the Arkansas Razorbacks and in the National Football League from 1952 through 1961 and he was drafted by the Detroit Lions and played with Bobby Layne. The best playing time in his career was with the New York Giants as a kicker, after retiring as a player, he joined CBS as a color commentator the next year. He worked with Tom Brookshier and John Madden on NFL telecasts for CBS, although retired since 2002, he continued to announce games on occasion, especially those near his Texas home. He was named the National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 1977 and that year, he received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1999, at Columbia High School, Lake City, Summerall played football, tennis and basketball. Although basketball was his favorite sport, he was recognized as an All-State selection in basketball and football and he was inducted into the FHSAA Hall of Fame and was named to the FHSAAs All-Century Team. Summerall played college football from 1949 to 1951 at the University of Arkansas, where he played end, tight end. He graduated in 1953 majoring in Russian history, according to CBS News, Summerall spent ten years as a professional football player in the National Football League, primarily as a placekicker. The Detroit Lions drafted Summerall as a draft choice in the 1952 NFL Draft. Summerall played the pre-season with the Lions before breaking his arm and his best professional year statistically was 1959, when Summerall scored 90 points on 30-for-30 extra-point kicking and 20-for-29 field goal kicking. Summeralls most memorable moment may well have been at the very end of the December 14,1958 regular season finale between his Giants and the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium.
Going into the game, the Browns were in first place in the Eastern Conference, in that era, there was no overtime during regular season games, standings ties were broken by a playoff, and there were no wild-card teams. The Browns, on the hand, needed only a tie to clinch the Eastern championship. As time was running out, the Giants and Browns were tied, 10–10, the Giants got barely into Cleveland territory, sent out Summerall to try for a tiebreaking 49-yard field goal. To add to the drama, there were swirling winds and snow, Summerall, a straight-ahead kicker, made the field goal with just two minutes to play, keeping the Giants alive for another week
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
WBZ is a Class A radio station and operated by CBS Radio and licensed to Boston, Massachusetts. WBZ additionally transmits using the HD Radio digital format, and its programming is carried on WBZ-FMs HD3 digital subchannel. The stations studios are in Allston and its site is at Hull. WBZ is a designated Primary Entry Point for the Emergency Alert System, WBZ currently features an all-news format during the day and talk radio at night. Its nighttime signal covers most of eastern North America, WBZ was first licensed on September 15,1921, and was originally located in Springfield, before moving to Boston in 1931. It is the oldest broadcasting station in New England, and one of the oldest stations in the United States, WBZ currently runs an all-news format during the day and a talk radio format at night. The station was the home of talk host David Brudnoy for 18 years and it was the radio home for decades of pioneering Boston meteorologist Don Kent. WBZ has long been one of the stations in the Boston area.
WBZ has heavily involved in charitable work, with its annual Christmastime fund drive for Bostons Childrens Hospital being the most high-profile. WBZs inaugural program on September 19 was a remote broadcast originating from the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, by early 1922 WBZs studios were set up at the luxurious Hotel Kimball in Metro Center Springfield. Programs consisted of entertainment and information, including live music, farm reports, special events. Because of its reach, the station often referred to itself as WBZ, New England. Even after increasing its power to 2,000 watts by April 1925. This led Westinghouse to inaugurate, on August 20,1925, for nearly a year while the technology was being perfected WBZA shifted between the two transmitting frequencies, before finally going to full-time synchronous operation in June 1926. The power of the WBZ transmitter in East Springfield continued to be boosted, on March 31,1926 it was granted permission to operate with 5,000 watts, and by 1927 it was operating with 15,000 watts.
On November 11,1928, under the provisions of the Federal Radio Commissions General Order 40, WBZ, amidst the technical changes, WBZ began engaging in network activities. This paved the way for the station to become an affiliate of the National Broadcasting Company on November 15,1926. With this change the station began running commercials for the first time
The Chicago Bulls are an American professional basketball team based in Chicago. The Bulls compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Eastern Conference Central Division. The team was founded on January 16,1966, the team plays its home games at the United Center, an arena shared with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. The Bulls saw their greatest success during the 1990s and they are known for having one of the NBAs greatest dynasties, winning six NBA championships between 1991 and 1998 with two three-peats. All six championship teams were led by Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, the Bulls are the only NBA franchise to win multiple championships and never lose an NBA Finals series in their history. The Bulls won 72 games during the 1995–96 NBA season, setting an NBA record that stood until the Golden State Warriors won 73 games during the 2015–16 NBA season. The Bulls were the first team in NBA history to win 70 games or more in a season.
Many experts and analysts consider the 1996 Bulls to be one of the greatest teams in NBA history, Michael Jordan and Derrick Rose have both won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award while playing for the Bulls, for a total of six MVP awards. The Bulls share rivalries with the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, the Bulls rivalry with the Pistons was highlighted heavily during the late 1980s and early 1990s. On January 16,1966 Chicago was granted an NBA franchise to be called the Bulls, the Chicago Bulls became the third NBA franchise in the city, after the Chicago Stags and the Chicago Packers/Zephyrs. The Bulls founder, Dick Klein, was the Bulls only owner to play professional basketball. He served as the Bulls president and general manager in their initial years, after the 1966 NBA Expansion Draft, the newly founded Chicago Bulls were allowed to acquire players from the previously established teams in the league for the upcoming 1966–67 season. The team started in the 1966–67 NBA season, and posted the best record by a team in NBA history.
In their first two seasons, the Bulls played most of their games at the International Amphitheatre, before moving to Chicago Stadium. Fan interest was diminishing after four seasons, with one game in the 1967–68 NBA season having an attendance of 891. The Bulls under Williams and head coach Dick Motta qualified for four straight playoffs and had attendances grow to over 10,000, in 1972, the Bulls set a franchise win-loss record at 57 wins and 25 losses. During the 1970s, the Bulls relied on Jerry Sloan, forwards Bob Love and Chet Walker, point guard Norm Van Lier, the team made the conference finals in 1975 but lost to the Golden State Warriors,4 games to 3. After four 50-win seasons, Williams returned to Philadelphia, and Motta decided to become GM as well, the Bulls ended up declining, winning only 24 games in the 1975–1976 season
Donald Arvid Don Nelson is an American former NBA player and head coach. He coached the Milwaukee Bucks, the New York Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks, an innovator, Nelson is credited with, among other things, pioneering the concept of the point forward, a tactic which is frequently employed by teams at every level today. His unique brand of basketball is often referred to as Nellie Ball and he was named one of the Top 10 coaches in NBA history. On April 7,2010, he passed Lenny Wilkens for first place on the all-time NBA wins list with 1,333 wins. After a very high school career at Rock Island High School. He was drafted 19th overall by the Chicago Zephyrs of the NBA and he played for the Zephyrs one season, and was acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1963. After two years with the Lakers, he was signed by the Boston Celtics, in his first season with Boston, Nelson averaged 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds, helping the Celtics to the 1966 NBA title as one of their role players. Four more championships with Boston followed in 1968,1969,1974, the shot, taken with just over a minute to go in the game and the Celtics clinging to a 103–102 lead, helped secure Bostons 11th NBA title in 13 seasons.
A model of consistency, Nelson would average more than 10 points per game every season between 1968–69 and 1974–75 and he led the NBA in field-goal percentage in 1974–75. Nelson was coined as one of the best sixth men ever to play in the NBA and he was known for his distinctive one-handed style for shooting free throws. He would place the ball in his hand, lean in almost off-balance and toe the free-throw line with his right foot. He would push the ball toward the basket completely with his hand while springing with his right knee. This technique helped him to a career 76. 5% free-throw shooting percentage, Nelson retired as a player following the 1975–76 season. His number 19 jersey was retired to the Boston Garden rafters in 1978, Nelson was named the general manager and head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks in 1976, and began to show what would become his signature style of wheeling and dealing players. He made his first trade of Swen Nater to the Buffalo Braves and turned the draft pick he received into Marques Johnson, in 1980, he sent off an underachieving Kent Benson to the Detroit Pistons for Bob Lanier.
And, in 1986, he would deal Alton Lister to the Seattle SuperSonics for Jack Sikma and it was in Milwaukee where Nelson became known for his unorthodox, innovative basketball philosophy. He pioneered the concept of the point forward – a tactic wherein small forwards are used to direct the offense, in Nelsons tenure with the Bucks, he used 6–5 small forward Paul Pressey for the role. This enabled Nelson to field shooting guards Sidney Moncrief and Craig Hodges or Ricky Pierce at the time without worrying about who would run the offense
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