Brent Woody Musburger is an American sportscaster, recently retired from the ESPN and ABC television networks. He has performed postgame wrap-up segments and covered championship trophy presentations and he is a member of the Montana Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. Musburger was born in Portland and raised in Billings, Montana and he was an umpire for minor league baseball during the 1950s. He was a friend of former Major League pitcher Dave McNally. His brother, Todd Musburger, is a prominent sports agent, Musburgers youth included some brushes with trouble, when he was 12, he and his brother stole a car belonging to their mothers cleaning lady and took it for a joy ride. His parents sent him to the Shattuck-St, educated at Northwestern Universitys Medill School of Journalism, he was kicked out for a year for owning and operating a car without a license. Musburger began his career as a sportswriter for the now-defunct Chicagos American newspaper, in it he stated Smith and Carlos looked like a couple of black-skinned storm troopers who were ignoble and unimaginative.
In a 1999 article in The New York Times, Musburger stated that comparing the two to the Nazis was harsh, but he stood by his criticism of the pairs action and Carlos aside, I object to using the Olympic awards stand to make a political statement. According to Carlos, Musburger never apologized, We are talking about someone who compared us to Nazis, here we are standing up to apartheid and to a man in Avery Brundage who delivered the Olympics to Hitler’s Germany. And here’s Musburger calling us Nazis and it hurt my wife, my kids. I’ve never been able to confront him about why he did this, every time I’ve been at a function or an event with Brent Musburger and I walk towards him, he heads the other way. In 1968, Musburger began a 22-year association with CBS, first as a anchor for WBBM radio. Beginning in late 1973, Musburger was doing play-by-play for CBS Sports and he started out doing regular season National Football League games. Musburger was paired with Tommy Mason or Bart Starr, who provided the color commentary, a year later, Wayne Walker would be paired with Musburger in the booth.
By 1975 at CBS, Musburger went from doing NFL play-by-play to rising to prominence as the host of the networks National Football League studio show, Musburger began to cover many assignments for CBS Sports. He would even lend his talents to weekend afternoon fare such as The Worlds Strongest Man contests, Musburger called Major League Baseball games for CBS Radio. But it was Musburgers association with The NFL Today that made him famous, during his tenure, CBS NFL pregame show was consistently the #1 rated pregame show. One of the signatures of the program was Musburgers show-opening teases to the various games CBS would cover, Musburgers accompanying intro to each visual, You are looking live at
Earl Yogi Strom was an American professional basketball referee for 29 years in the National Basketball Association and for three years in the American Basketball Association. Strom is credited as one of the greatest referees in the history of the NBA and was known for his flamboyant style, nicknamed The Pied Piper, the assertive Strom made foul calls with his whistle by using a tweet-pause-tweet-tweet tune and pointing at the offending player. In addition to calling fouls with flair, he was known for ejecting players from games with style, over the course of his career, he officiated 2,400 professional basketball regular season games,295 playoff games,7 All-Star games, and 29 NBA and ABA Finals. For his extensive contributions to the game, Strom was posthumously elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, Strom was born December 15,1927 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania to Max and Bessie Strom. Earls father, was a foreman at a bakery, as a child, he became interested in athletics and competing in sports, and this interest lasted throughout his childhood and into high school.
At Pottstown High School, Strom played football, after finishing high school in 1945, he joined the United States Coast Guard towards the end of World War II. Returning from service, Strom attended Pierce Junior College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he graduated in 1951, following school, the young Strom continued participating in sports and played for a local semi-professional basketball team in his early 20s. Following the advice of the referee, Strom decided to get into officiating and he officiated high school games for nine years as well as college games in the East Coast Athletic Conference for three years. In 1952, he married Yvonne Trollinger, and the couple went on to have five children, outside of officiating, Strom worked at General Electric in customer relations starting in 1956 and continued in this role through his first stint in the NBA. He felt this day job provided security to his family since officiating in the NBA did not at the time, Strom became an NBA referee with the start of the 1957–58 NBA season after accepting an invitation to join the league from Jocko Collins, supervisor of officials.
He further developed his skills in the league by learning from other such as Mendy Rudolph, Norm Drucker. Strom ascended to the top of the ladder by the end of his third season in the league as he was assigned playoff games. The following year and Rudolph made NBA history when they officiated the 1961 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and St. Louis Hawks. This was the time in NBA history that the same two officials worked an entire series, which was the result of the two teams not agreeing on any other officials to use in the series. Six years into his NBA career, Strom had worked every playoff game in the semi-finals and finals along with Rudolph, in fact, the former was assigned to any seventh and deciding game in a series during this time. He was involved in one of the most memorable moments in NBA history during the 1965 Eastern Conference finals between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, in the seventh and final game, the 76ers trailed the Celtics 110–109 with five seconds left.
The 76ers had possession of the ball and attempted to inbound the pass as the Celtics John Havlicek tipped the pass thrown by Hal Greer, Celtics radio announcer Johnny Most made his most fabled call, Havlicek stole the ball. And all this while, Strom had officiated the game in a cast as he had broken his hand punching a fan during an altercation at a game the previous night
He was an alumnus of Dominguez High School, Los Angeles Harbor College and Pepperdine University. A prototypical late bloomer, Johnson overcame early struggles and had a successful NBA playing career, drafted 29th overall in 1976 by the Seattle SuperSonics, Johnson began his professional career as a shooting guard. He eventually led the Sonics to their only NBA championship in 1979, after a short stint with the Phoenix Suns, he became the starting point guard for the Boston Celtics, with whom he won two more championships. Johnson was voted into five All-Star Teams, one All-NBA First and one Second Team, apart from his reputation as a defensive stopper, Johnson was known as a clutch player who made several decisive plays in NBA playoffs history. The Celtics franchise has retired Johnsons #3 jersey, which hangs from the rafters of the TD Garden, on April 5,2010, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame officially announced that Johnson had been posthumously elected to the Hall. He was formally inducted on August 13 and he is considered by several sports journalists to be one of the most underrated players of all time.
Dennis Wayne Johnson was born the eighth of sixteen children, to a worker and a bricklayer who lived in Compton, California. After high school, he worked odd jobs, including a $2. 75-per-hour job as a forklift driver. During this period, Johnson grew to a height of 63, and developed what some described as rocket launcher legs. Jim White, the coach at Los Angeles Harbor College, had watched Johnson play street basketball, feeling that Johnson excelled in defense, White asked him to enroll. Johnson gave up his jobs and developed into a young guard, averaging 18.3 points and 12.0 rebounds per game. However, the young guard lacked discipline, often clashed with White and was thrown off the three times in two years. At the end of his college career, two universities offered Johnson scholarships, Azusa Pacific University and Pepperdine University. Johnson chose the latter, and in his year in college, he averaged 15.7 points,5.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. After that year, Johnson made himself eligible for the 1976 NBA draft, NBA teams were wary of drafting a player with character issues, and Johnson was known to be a troublemaker.
In his rookie year, the 1976–77 NBA season, playing backup to the experienced Sonics backcourt tandem of Slick Watts and Fred Brown, the Sonics finished with a 40–42 record and missed the 1977 NBA Playoffs, leading head coach Bill Russell to resign. Johnson revelled in this new role, improving his averages to 12.7 points and 2.8 assists per game. During this period Johnson played shooting guard and was known for his slam dunking
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 NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, a quiet, introverted youth, Hayes first picked up a basketball in eighth grade, by accident. He was wrongly blamed for playing a prank and was sent to the principals office. But another teacher, Reverend Calvin, saw Hayes and 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 attempts at shooting and dribbling. But young Hayes was determined to improve, and during the summers he practiced long hours, as a 65 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, in Hayess 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 45 points and 20 rebounds and Don Chaney were the University of Houstons first Black American basketball players in 1966. In 1966, Hayes led the Cougars into the Western Regional semi-finals of the 1966 NCAA Mens 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 Mens Division I Basketball Tournament. He would attempt 31 field goals, and score 25 points and 24 rebounds in a loss to the eventual champion UCLA Bruins featuring Lew Alcindor. His rebounding total is second to Bill Russells 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. That game helped Hayes earn The Sporting News College Basketball Player of the Year, one month later, he grabbed a career-high 37 rebounds in a game against Centenary on February 10. In the rematch to the Game of the Century, Hayes faced Alcindor and he was held to 10 points, losing to Alcindor and the Bruins 101-69 in the semi-final game.
For his college career, Hayes averaged 31.0 points per game and 17.2 rebounds per game and 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 19681968 ABA draft. He was taken by the San Diego Rockets and 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, and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. Hayes scoring average is the fifth best all-time for a rookie and he scored a career-high 54 points against the Detroit Pistons on November 11 of 1968
After graduating from Utah State University, Motta started coaching at Grace, where he taught seventh grade and coached for two years before being drafted in the armed services. He once said in an interview that winning the 1959 Idaho state high school championship was his greatest thrill as a coach, Motta coached at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah in the 1960s. Under the direction of Motta and assistant coach Phil Johnson, Weber State won three Big Sky championships, the first Big Sky Championship the duo experienced while at Weber State was in 1965. Motta was hired as coach of the Chicago Bulls in 1968 after a six-year stint at Weber State University. From 1970 to 1974 he led the Bulls to four seasons of 50 wins or more. In 1976, Motta left the Bulls to coach the Washington Bullets, after two more seasons with the Bullets, he became the first coach of the Dallas Mavericks, whom he led to a 55–27 record in 1986–87. Motta served with the Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets before retiring in 1997, Motta holds the unique distinction of being one of the very few coaches in the NBA who never played either high school, college or pro basketball.
Motta is sometimes credited with coining the celebrated phrase, The opera aint over til the fat lady sings. In fact, the first recorded use of the phrase was by Texas Tech sports information director Ralph Carpenter, Motta heard the broadcast and adopted his own rendition of the expression — The opera isnt over til the fat lady sings — to warn Bullets fans against braggadocio. The odds were against the underdog Bullets, and sportswriters were forecasting a grim finale, so Motta rebounded with the upbeat ostinato, Wait for the fat lady. The victory gave Washington, D. C. area fans their first professional team in any sport since the Washington Redskins won the National Football League title in 1942. In Mottas second year as coach, the Bullets had become only the team to win the NBA championship in a seventh game on the road. That 1978 championship remains the franchises only NBA championship, after the climactic Game 7 victory to claim the title, Motta celebrated with his team wearing a beer-soaked The Opera Isnt Over Til The Fat Lady Sings T-shirt.
What made the championship so great was that we weren’t supposed to win it, most people didn’t give us a chance, but I felt all along we could. — Dick Motta In a Nov.5,2003 interview in the Utah Statesman and my wife said they were going to kill me when I said that
The center, known as the five or the big man, is one of the five positions in a regular basketball game. The center is normally the tallest player on the team, and often has a deal of strength. The tallest player to ever be drafted in the NBA was the 78 Yasutaka Okayama from Japan, the tallest players to ever play in the NBA, at 77, are centers Gheorghe Mureșan and Manute Bol. Standing at 72, Margo Dydek is the tallest player to have played in the WNBA. The center is considered a component for a successful team. But recently, the NBA has turned into a point guard league, great centers have been the foundation for most of the dynasties in both the NBA and NCAA. In the 1960s, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain further transformed basketball by combining height with a level of athleticism than previous centers. Following the retirement of George Mikan, the rivalry of the two big men came to dominate the NBA, many of the records set by these two players have endured today. Most notably and Russell hold the top eighteen season averages for rebounds, Bill Russell led the University of San Francisco to two consecutive NCAA Championships.
He joined the Boston Celtics and helped make them one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history, Russell revolutionized defensive strategy with his shot-blocking and physical man-to-man defense. His principal rival, Wilt Chamberlain, listed at 71,275 pounds, Chamberlain played college ball for the Kansas Jayhawks, leading them to the 1957 title game against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Although the Jayhawks lost by one point in overtime, Chamberlain was named the tournaments Most Outstanding Player. He won seven scoring titles, eleven rebounding titles, and four regular season Most Valuable Player awards, including the distinction, in 1960, stronger than any player of his era, he was usually capable of scoring and rebounding at will. Most notably, Chamberlain is the player in NBA history to average more than 50 points in a season. He holds the NBAs all-time records for rebounding average, rebounds in a single game, in contrast to the Celtics dynasty of the 1960s, the 1970s were a decade of parity in the NBA, with eight different champions and no back-to-back winners.
At the college level, the UCLA Bruins, under Coach John Wooden, built the greatest dynasty in NCAA basketball history, UCLA had already won two consecutive titles in 1964 and 1965 with teams that pressed and emphasized guard play. After not winning in 1966, Woodens teams changed their style when Lew Alcindor became eligible and he led UCLA to three championships-in 1967,68 and 69-while winning the first Naismith College Player of the Year Award. During his college career, the NCAA enacted a ban on dunking primarily because of Alcindors dominant use of the shot
Keith Raymond Erickson is an American former basketball player. After graduating from El Segundo High School, Erickson played at UCLA, who attended UCLA on a shared baseball/basketball scholarship, played on the 1964 US Mens Olympic Volleyball team. Coach John Wooden would remark that Erickson was the finest athlete he ever coached, in 1965, he was selected by the San Francisco Warriors in the third round of the NBA draft. Erickson played for the Warriors, Chicago Bulls, the 1972 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers, Erickson retired in 1977 with 7,251 points and 3,449 rebounds. He served as commentator for the Los Angeles Lakers with Chick Hearn, the Los Angeles Clippers. John Woodens first Championship Career statistics Keith Erickson answers questions from fans SANDS OF TIME, book excerpt Video, Erickson discusses Coach John Wooden
The Seattle SuperSonics, commonly known as the Sonics, were an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. The SuperSonics played in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Western Conference Pacific. After the 2007–08 season ended, the relocated to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Sam Schulman owned the team from its 1967 inception until 1983 and it was owned by Barry Ackerley, and Basketball Club of Seattle, headed by Starbucks chairman, president and CEO Howard Schultz. The sale was approved by the NBA Board of Governors on October 24,2006, home games were played at KeyArena, originally known as Seattle Center Coliseum, for 33 of the franchises 41 seasons in Seattle. In 1978, the moved to the Kingdome, which was shared with the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. They returned to the Coliseum full-time in 1985, moving temporarily to the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, the SuperSonics won the NBA championship in 1979. Overall, the franchise won three Western Conference titles,1978,1979, and 1996, the franchise won six divisional titles, the most recent being in 2005, with five in the Pacific Division and one in the Northwest Division.
The SuperSonics franchise history, would be shared with the Thunder, on December 20,1966, Los Angeles businessmen Sam Schulman and Eugene V. Klein and a group of minority partners were awarded an NBA franchise for the city of Seattle. Schulman would serve as the partner and head of team operations. He named the SuperSonics after Boeings recently awarded contract for the SST project, the SuperSonics were Seattles first major league sports franchise. Beginning play in October 1967, the SuperSonics were coached by Al Bianchi and featured All-Star guard Walt Hazzard and NBA All-Rookie Team members Bob Rule and Al Tucker. The expansion team stumbled out of the gates with a 144–116 loss in their first game, Hazzard was traded to the Atlanta Hawks before the start of the next season for Lenny Wilkens. Wilkens brought a strong game to the SuperSonics, averaging 22.4 points per game,8.2 assists per game. Rule, improved on his rookie statistics with 24.0 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game, the SuperSonics, only won 30 games and Bianchi was replaced by Wilkens as player/coach during the offseason.
Wilkens and Rule both represented Seattle in the 1970 NBA All-Star Game, and Wilkens led the NBA in assists during the 1969–70 season, Schulman threatened to move his soon-to-be ABA team to Los Angeles to compete directly with the Lakers. The Oscar Robertson suit delayed the merger, and the SuperSonics remained in Seattle, early in the 1970–71 season, Rule tore his Achilles tendon and was lost for the rest of the year. The following season, the SuperSonics went on to record their first winning season at 47–35, for the 1972–73 season, Wilkens was dealt to Cleveland in a highly unpopular trade, and without his leadership the SuperSonics fell to a 26–56 record
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
Hubert Jude Hubie Brown is an American retired basketball coach and a current television analyst. Brown is a two-time NBA Coach of the Year, the honors being separated by 26 years, Brown was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005 and hall of fame Curt Gowdy award. Born in Hazleton, Brown moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey at age three and was raised there, living in an apartment building without a telephone. Brown, a child, has said that his father, Charlie. He graduated from St. Mary of the Assumption High School in 1951, while in high school, St. Mary won state championships in football and baseball. Hubie Brown played college basketball and baseball at Niagara University, graduating in 1955 with a degree in education. While at Niagara, Brown was a teammate of former Utah Jazz coach Frank Layden, as well as Larry Costello and Charlie Hoxie, after leaving Niagara, Brown joined the U. S. Army where he joined the Armys basketball team. After being honorably discharged in 1958, Brown briefly played for the Rochester Colonels of the Eastern Professional Basketball League before they folded after just eight games and he averaged 13.8 points per game in his brief stint as a pro and was an excellent defender as a player.
He returned to Niagara to earn a degree in education. Browns defensive mentality would carry on into his career, which began in 1955 at St. Mary Academy in Little Falls. The following season, Brown joined Duke University as an assistant coach, Brown coached at Duke until 1972, when he joined the NBA as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks under Larry Costello. After two seasons in the NBA, Brown was given his first professional-level head coaching opportunity – the head position with the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association. Brown led the Colonels to the 1975 ABA Championship, Brown continued as the Colonels coach until the ABA-NBA merger in 1976 when the Colonels franchise folded, one of two ABA teams that did not join the NBA. Brown rejoined the NBA as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, but by the 1977-78 season, the Hawks had rebounded into a.500 team, finishing 41-41 and earning Coach of the Year honors for Brown. Brown continued to coach the Hawks, leading them to a Central Division Title in the 1979-80 season, before joining the New York Knicks in 1982 and he stayed with the Knicks until he was fired in 1986 after starting the season 4-12.
After reaching the playoffs in each of Browns first two seasons, the Knicks plummeted to 24-58 in 1984-85 and 23-59 in 1985-86, but there were circumstances that were far beyond Browns control that hastened the downfall. Brown left the Knicks at the beginning of the 1986-87 season, the Grizzlies choice of Brown was quite controversial at the time, Hubie Brown was the oldest coach in the NBA at the age of 69. Brown finished the season with a 28-46 record with the team, the team underwent a complete turnaround for the 2003-04 season, finishing 50-32 and making the playoffs for the first time in team history
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