Brian Hill (basketball)
Brian Alfred Hill is a retired American basketball coach. Hill was a starter on the Kennedy basketball team. In 1970, Hill began his career as head coach at Clifford Scott High School in his native East Orange. Hill was an assistant coach at Montclair State College from 1972 to 1974, Hill spent one season as an assistant coach at Lehigh University and served as head coach for Lehigh from 1975 to 1983. In eight seasons at Lehigh, Hill had a 75-131 record, in 1983, Hill joined head coach Bruce Parkhills staff at Penn State. Hill began his NBA coaching career in 1986 as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks under Mike Fratello, the two met at Montclair State College when Hill was studying to be certified as a drivers education teacher. In 1990, Hill joined the Orlando Magic as an assistant coach under Matt Guokas and he was the head coach of the Orlando Magic from 1993 to 1997 and is the Magics most successful coach with a record of 191–104. During that time period, he led the Magic to their first NBA Finals in 1995, following the loss of star center Shaquille ONeal to free agency during the off-season, he was fired mid-season in 1997 after a player revolt was led by disgruntled star Penny Hardaway.
Following his firing from the Magic, he became coach of the third-year. Hill was fired early in his third season, following that, he became an assistant coach of the New Jersey Nets, where he remained until the end of the postseason. He was rehired by the Magic and he led the team to a 36–46 record in the 2005–2006 season and it was a position he had held since May 24,2005. It was his second stint with the team, Hill, a graduate of John F. Kennedy College in Nebraska, has two adult children and Christopher. His daughter was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 5 years old and, as a result, Hill has supported cystic fibrosis research by holding fundraisers and he and his wife Kay live in Orlando, where they have remained even after his original departure from the Orlando Magic. Source, Brian Hill Coaching Record – Basketball-Reference. com Brian Hill bio at nba. com
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
The Orlando Magic is an American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. The Magic compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The franchise has played in the NBA playoffs for more than half of its existence. Orlando has been the second most successful of the four expansion teams brought into the league in 1988 and 1989 in terms of winning percentage, after fellow Floridian team Miami Heat. In September 1985, Orlando businessman Jim L. Hewitt approached Philadelphia 76ers general manager Pat Williams as they met in Texas on his idea of bringing an NBA team to Orlando. Intrigued by the project, Williams signed on as the front man of the investment group one year as he left the 76ers, on June 19,1986, the two held a news conference to announce their intention of seeking an NBA franchise. At the same time Hewitt and Williams decided to hold a contest in the Orlando Sentinel newspaper to get names for their new franchise.
Out of a total of 4,296 submitted entries, the names were subsequently narrowed to four, Tropics, the last one, which had been submitted by 11 people, was picked after Williams brought his 7-year-old daughter Karyn to visit in Orlando. On July 27,1986, it was announced that the committee chose the Magic to be the new name of the Orlando franchise in the NBA, the name Magic alludes to the citys biggest tourist attraction and economic engine Walt Disney World, along with its Magic Kingdom. Hewitt added that You look at all the aspects of Central Florida, and you find it really is an exciting place, a magical place. Many, including Williams himself at first, thought that Miami or Tampa were better locations in Florida for a franchise, given Orlando was a small town lacking a major airport and a suitable arena. Meanwhile, Williams gave presentations to NBA commissioner David Stern and the owners of the teams of the league that the town was viable. The Magic were one of the four new expansion franchises awarded by the NBA in 1987 along with the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, the Magic became the first ever major-league professional sports franchise in the Orlando area, following an expansion fee of reportedly $32.5 million.
The Magic hired Matt Guokas as the teams first coach, who helped the Magic select 12 players in the NBA Expansion Draft on June 15,1989. On June 27,1989, the Magic chose Nick Anderson with the 11th pick in the first round, the very first game played was an exhibition game on October 13,1989 against the reigning champions Detroit Pistons, which the Magic won. Anderson was quoted as saying the atmosphere and the people watching the game was like Game 7 of the NBA Finals. On November 4,1989, the Magic played their first season game at the Orlando Arena against the visiting New Jersey Nets, the Magics first victory came two days later, as the Magic defeated the New York Knicks 118–110. The inaugural team compiled a record of 18–64 with players including Reggie Theus, Scott Skiles, Terry Catledge, Sam Vincent, Otis Smith, in the 1990 NBA draft, the Orlando Magic selected Dennis Scott with the fourth overall pick
In basketball, free throws or foul shots are unopposed attempts to score points from a restricted area on the court, and are generally awarded after a foul on the shooter by the opposing team. Each successful free throw is one point. Free throws can normally be shot at a percentage by good players. In the NBA, most players make 70–80% of their attempts, the leagues best shooters can make roughly 90% of their attempts over a season, while notoriously poor shooters may struggle to make 50% of them. During a foul shot, a players foot must be completely behind the foul line, if a player lines up with part of his or her foot on the line, a violation is called and the shot doesnt count. Foul shots are worth one point, Rick Barry and youngest Canyon Barry, both career 90% shooters who used an unusual underhand method, believes that 80% is the minimum for a player to be considered good at the free throw. Mark Price, who broke Barrys career record, states that 75% is the minimum, tall players often shoot free throws poorly, though theoretically taller players should be better at making them.
One possible explanation for this is that the release point of their shots can cause them to stand overly erect. Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain made just 51, on the other hand, there have been big men who have been prolific scorers from free throws, who not surprisingly have good outside shooting range. Some examples include Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki who, at 7 ft 0 in, has an average of 88% and Yao Ming who. There are many situations when free throws can be awarded, The first and most common is when a player is fouled while in the act of shooting. If the player misses the shot during the foul, the player receives two or three free throws depending on whether the shot was taken in front of or behind the three-point line. If, despite the foul, the still makes the attempted shot, the number of free throws is reduced to one. This is known as a three-point or four-point play, depending on the value of the made basket, the second is when the fouling team is in the team bonus situation.
This happens when, in a period, a team commits a set number of fouls whether or not in the act of shooting. In the WNBA, the player shoots two free throws starting with the opponents fifth foul, or second team foul in the final minute if that team has committed under 5 fouls in a period. In NCAA mens basketball, beginning with the foul of the half, one free throw is awarded, if the player makes the free throw. This is called shooting a one-and-one, starting with the tenth foul of the half, two free throws are awarded
Jesse Jess Kersey is an American retired basketball referee who worked for the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. Born in Newport News, Kersey attended Thomas Nelson Community College. Joining the NBA in 1973, Kersey was a highly regarded referee and officiated at the 1975 ABA All-Star Game, the NBA All-Star Games in 1983,1987 and 2002, and the NBA Finals in 1983,1984 and 1991. During his 30 year career, he officiated 1,911 regular season games,189 playoff games and 18 NBA Finals games, in July 1997, Kersey resigned from the NBA after 24 seasons as a referee after he pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Kersey returned to the NBA for the 1998–99 season and continued working games until the 2006–07 season, on April 10,2007, Kersey was injured after Corey Maggette collided with him, and Kersey underwent hip replacement surgery the following year. Kersey was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2012
Richard W. Dick Bavetta is an American retired professional basketball referee for the National Basketball Association. Since starting in 1975, he had never missed an assigned game and his game on April 12,2013 in Washington was his 2, 600th consecutive game as an NBA official. Bavetta was born in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York on December 10,1939 and his father was an officer for the New York Police Department, and his mother was a homemaker. Bavetta attended Power Memorial Academy in New York City and is a 1962 graduate of St. Francis College in New York and he began officiating after his brother, who officiated for the American Basketball Association, convinced him that it would be an interesting career. In mid-1960s, he began to attend regional referee tryouts in the hopes of becoming an NBA referee, however, he was rejected for nine years due to his small physique. Bavetta was finally hired by the NBA in 1975 following the retirement of Mendy Rudolph and he debuted December 2,1975 at Madison Square Garden in an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics.
His first ten years in the league were tough as he was ranked bottom among NBA referees in performance evaluations and led the league in technical fouls. To improve his officiating, Bavetta refereed games for the New Jersey pro league and Rucker League in Harlem during the off-seasons, in 1983, he became the first referee to undergo rigorous physical training. He ran six to eight miles and took three-hour naps every day and his effort paid off when he emerged as one of the best referees. In the 1980s, he was named chief referee, who has the power to approve or overrule calls made by other officials and he was assigned to officiate his first playoff game in 1986. At one point in the game, Celtics forward Larry Bird, Bavetta believed that this game assisted in the progression of his career in the NBA. From 1990 to 2000, Bavetta regularly refereed playoff games and was ranked at the top referees in terms of performance evaluation. In 2000, he was one of the referees in the NBA. However, television replays on NBC showed otherwise, Bavetta did not leave the game immediately, opting to wait until in the day to have surgery.
He returned the day to officiate a New Jersey Nets game. On February 8,2006, Bavetta officiated his 2, 135th NBA game, Bavetta said the secret to his longevity was wearing five pairs of socks, which he claims helped keep his feet in good shape. Contributing to his health, Bavetta says he runs five to eight miles every day. For his longevity in the league, he has received the nickname the Cal Ripken, during the 2006–07 season, Bavetta officiated a December 16,2006 game between the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets
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
Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American former professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the position in the National Basketball Association for the Houston Rockets. He led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995, in 2008, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 2016, he was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame. Listed at 7 ft 0 in, Olajuwon is considered one of the greatest centers ever to play the game and he was nicknamed The Dream during his basketball career after he dunked so effortlessly that his college coach said it looked like a dream. Born in Lagos, Olajuwon traveled from his country to play for the University of Houston under head coach Guy Lewis. His college career for the Cougars included three trips to the Final Four, Olajuwon was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the first overall selection of the 1984 NBA draft, a draft that included Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton.
He combined with the 7 ft 4 in Ralph Sampson to form a duo dubbed the Twin Towers, the two led the Rockets to the 1986 NBA Finals, where they lost in six games to the Boston Celtics. After Sampson was traded to the Warriors in 1988, Olajuwon became the Rockets undisputed leader and he led the league in rebounding twice and blocks three times. His Rockets won back-to-back championships against the New York Knicks, in 1996, Olajuwon was a member of the Olympic gold-medal-winning United States national team, and was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He ended his career as the leagues leader in blocks and is one of four NBA players to record a quadruple-double. Olajuwon was born to Salim and Abike Olajuwon, working class Yoruba owners of a cement business in Lagos and he was the third of eight children. He credits his parents with instilling virtues of work and discipline into him and his siblings, They taught us to be honest, work hard, respect our elders. Olajuwon has expressed displeasure at his childhood in Nigeria being characterized as backward, Lagos is a very cosmopolitan city.
There are many ethnic groups. I grew up in an environment at schools where there were all different types of people, during his youth, Olajuwon was a soccer goalkeeper, which helped give him the footwork and agility to balance his size and strength in basketball, and contributed to his shot-blocking ability. Olajuwon did not play basketball until the age of 17, when he entered a local tournament and it has been said that a coach in Nigeria once asked him to dunk and demonstrated while standing on a chair. Olajuwon tried to stand on the chair himself, when redirected by staff not to use the chair, Hakeem could initially not dunk the basketball. Despite early struggles, Olajuwon quickly became taken into the game and that immediately I pick up the game and, you know, realize that this is the life for me. All the other sports just become obsolete, Olajuwon emigrated from Nigeria to play basketball at the University of Houston under Cougars coach Guy Lewis
Dan Crawford is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association since the 1984–85 NBA season. As of the end of the 2014–15 NBA season, Crawford has officiated in 1,786 regular season games and he wears the uniform number 43. Crawford has been part of the crew for many of the leagues most important games, including Games 3 and 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals. He refereed the 1994 NBA All-Star Game, the 2001 NBA All-Star Game and he now lives in Naperville, where his son Drew Crawford played basketball at Naperville Central High School. Drew went on to play on the 2013-2014 Northwestern Wildcats mens basketball team
1994 NBA Finals
This matchup was Hakeem Olajuwons second NBA Finals appearance, his other being in 1986, where Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets four games to two. The series was Patrick Ewings first NBA Finals appearance, the Knicks hoped to impress their new owners Viacom, who had just bought Paramount Communications, their longtime owners. The series was hailed as a meeting of the two great centers who had played for a championship in college. In 1984 while Olajuwon was with the University of Houston and Ewing was with Georgetown University, Georgetown had beaten Houston 84–75 in the 1984 NCAA Championship game. In this series, Olajuwon outperformed Ewing, outscoring him in game of the series. However, Ewing set an NBA finals record in the series with a total of 30 blocks, during the series, the Houston Rockets played seven low-scoring, defensive games against the New York Knicks. In addition, the Knicks set a record for most playoff games played in one season, the Detroit Pistons tied this record in 2005.
The Boston Celtics, coached by Doc Rivers, would surpass it during their season of 2008 when they played 26. For his efforts Olajuwon was named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, for the Knicks, Riley had the unfortunate distinction of having become the first coach to lose a Game 7 NBA Finals on two different teams, having lost to the Celtics in 1984. It denied him the distinction of being the first coach to win a Game 7 NBA Finals with two different teams, having defeated the Detroit Pistons in 1988, NBC Sports used Ahmad Rashād and Hannah Storm. Hal Douglas narrated the season-ending documentary Clutch City for NBA Entertainment, the Rockets chose Hakeem Olajuwon as the first overall pick in the 1984 NBA draft. By his tenth season, Olajuwon became a complete player. But after a defeat of the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, they blew a pair of big fourth quarter leads at home. In response, the Rockets used the headline as motivation, overcoming a 0–2 deficit to defeat the Suns in seven games, in the conference finals, Houston defeated the Utah Jazz in five games to claim their third conference title.
Olajuwon won the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards at seasons end, like Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing was a first overall pick of the NBA draft. Ewing was picked by the Knicks in the 1985 draft, but despite earning All-Star accolades of his own, the Knicks teams he played with only made it past the first round twice during his first six seasons. In the 1991 off-season, the Knicks hired Pat Riley as head coach, in contrast to the fast-paced style of Showtime he used with the Los Angeles Lakers, Riley decided to go for a more deliberate and physical approach in New York. Their playoff run began with a 3–1 victory over their cross-river rival New Jersey Nets, they had a hard time disposing a Chicago Bulls team that lost Michael Jordan to retirement, but managed to win all four home games to advance
NBA on NBC
The NBA on NBC is the branding formerly used for presentations of National Basketball Association games produced by the NBC television network in the United States. NBC held broadcast rights from 1955 to 1962 and again from 1990 to 2002, during NBCs partnership with the NBA in the 1990s, the league rose to unprecedented popularity, with ratings surpassing the days of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird in the mid-1980s. NBCs first tenure with the National Basketball Association began on October 30,1954, on November 9,1989, the NBA reached an agreement with the network worth US$600 million contract to broadcast the leagues games for four years, beginning with the 1990–91 season. On April 28,1993, NBC extended its exclusive broadcast rights to the NBA with a four-year, $750 million contract. NBCs coverage of the NBA began on Christmas Day each season, with the exception of the season in 1990, the 1998–99 season. NBC aired the NBA All-Star Game every year, usually at 6,00 p. m. Eastern Time, in 2002, NBC aired the game an hour earlier due to the Winter Olympics that evening.
Starting in 2000, during the NBA Playoffs, NBC would air tripleheaders on Saturdays and Sundays for the first two weeks of the playoffs, prior to 2000, NBC would air a doubleheader on Saturday, followed by a tripleheader on Sunday. On December 30,2000, NBC aired a rare second December game, the Saturday match was the only time that NBC aired a game between Christmas Day and the start of the regular run of games in February. In 2001, NBC was scheduled to air an October preseason game involving an NBA team playing an international team, during the 2001–02 NBA season, NBC added a significant number of Washington Wizards games to its schedule. When Jordan became injured during the middle of the season, the replaced the added Wizards games with the games that had been originally on the schedule. The theme music for the NBA on NBC broadcasts, Roundball Rock, was composed by new-age artist John Tesh. The instrumental piece, which NBC used for every telecast during the networks twelve-year tenute with the NBA, is used to this day by NBA TV for their live game coverage.
After briefly considering using the theme for its NBA coverage, ABC decided against it, in the early days of the WNBA, NBC used a variant of the theme for its game telecasts of the new league. In 1991, The Dream is Still Alive by Wilson Phillips was played during the end of the season montage, until 1996, NBC would play the rock song Winning It All by The Outfield during its end-of-season montage. From 1997 to 2001, several music pieces were used for the montage. After the 1999 Finals, NBC used Roundball Rock for their montage, the song composed by James Horner is played at the beginning of the montage as well as the end featuring footage from the Los Angeles Lakers dynasty era. This theme song has made a comeback as part of NBCs Olympic basketball coverage in 2008. The pre-game show for NBCs NBA telecasts was NBA Showtime, a title that was used from 1990 until 2000, the video game NBA Showtime, NBA on NBC, by Midway Games, was named after the pregame show