Ontario, one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada, is located in east-central Canada. It is Canadas most populous province by a margin, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all Canadians. Ontario is fourth-largest in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and it is home to the nations capital city and the nations most populous city, Toronto. There is only about 1 km of land made up of portages including Height of Land Portage on the Minnesota border. Ontario is sometimes divided into two regions, Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario. The great majority of Ontarios population and arable land is located in the south, in contrast, the larger, northern part of Ontario is sparsely populated with cold winters and is heavily forested. The province is named after Lake Ontario, a thought to be derived from Ontarí, io, a Huron word meaning great lake, or possibly skanadario. Ontario has about 250,000 freshwater lakes, the province consists of three main geographical regions, The thinly populated Canadian Shield in the northwestern and central portions, which comprises over half the land area of Ontario.
Although this area mostly does not support agriculture, it is rich in minerals and in part covered by the Central and Midwestern Canadian Shield forests, studded with lakes, Northern Ontario is subdivided into two sub-regions, Northwestern Ontario and Northeastern Ontario. The virtually unpopulated Hudson Bay Lowlands in the north and northeast, mainly swampy. Southern Ontario which is further sub-divided into four regions, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Golden Horseshoe, the highest point is Ishpatina Ridge at 693 metres above sea level located in Temagami, Northeastern Ontario. In the south, elevations of over 500 m are surpassed near Collingwood, above the Blue Mountains in the Dundalk Highlands, the Carolinian forest zone covers most of the southwestern region of the province. A well-known geographic feature is Niagara Falls, part of the Niagara Escarpment, the Saint Lawrence Seaway allows navigation to and from the Atlantic Ocean as far inland as Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario.
Northern Ontario occupies roughly 87 percent of the area of the province. Point Pelee is a peninsula of Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario that is the southernmost extent of Canadas mainland, Pelee Island and Middle Island in Lake Erie extend slightly farther. All are south of 42°N – slightly farther south than the border of California. The climate of Ontario varies by season and location, the effects of these major air masses on temperature and precipitation depend mainly on latitude, proximity to major bodies of water and to a small extent, terrain relief. In general, most of Ontarios climate is classified as humid continental, Ontario has three main climatic regions
He has worked as an NBA TV analyst. Stackhouse was a player from the time he was a sophomore in high school. He was the player of the year for North Carolina in 1991–1992. His senior year, he played for Oak Hill Academy with future college teammate Jeff McInnis and he was a two-time first team Parade All-America selection, and was the MVP of the McDonalds Game. At the 1992 Nike Camp, was considered along with Rasheed Wallace to be the top player at the camp, there were some who considered Stackhouse the top prep player to come out of North Carolina since Michael Jordan. Stackhouse attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where he was a teammate of future NBA players Rasheed Wallace, Jeff McInnis and Shammond Williams. In his sophomore season at UNC, Stackhouse led the team in scoring with 19.2 points per game and he led UNC to a Final Four appearance and was named as the National Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated and earned first-team All-America and All-ACC honors. While playing for Tar Heels, he was coached by Dean Smith, following the season, Stackhouse declared his eligibility for the 1995 NBA draft.
Even though he left UNC after two years, he continued working on his degree and received his bachelors degree in African American Studies in 1999, Stackhouse was selected in the first round of the 1995 NBA draft with the third pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. At one time he was hyped as the Next Jordan since both players played at North Carolina, went #3 in the draft, were listed at 66, looked similar physically, and had similarly acrobatic games. Coincidentally, both had a power forward from UNC drafted immediately after them in the #4 spot, Sam Perkins in 1984. In his first season with the 76ers, Stackhouse led his team with a 19.2 points per game average, in the 1996–97 season, the 76ers drafted Allen Iverson. Combined, the two posted 44.2 points per game for the Sixers, midway through the 1997–98 season, Stackhouse was dealt to the Detroit Pistons with Eric Montross for Theo Ratliff, Aaron McKie and future considerations. By the 1999–2000 season, his full season with the Pistons. A year later, he had an average of 29.8 points per game.
In a late season victory over the Chicago Bulls, he set the Pistons franchise record, Stackhouse saw his final action as a Piston with Detroits elimination in the second round of the 2001–02 NBA playoffs. During the 2002 offseason, Stackhouse was traded to the Washington Wizards in a six-player deal, in his first season with Washington, Stackhouse led the Wizards in points and assists per game with 21.5 and 4.5 respectively. He missed most of the 2003–04 season while recovering from surgery on his right knee
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
The Detroit Pistons are an American professional basketball team based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The Pistons compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Eastern Conference Central Division. The team plays its games at The Palace of Auburn Hills and was founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1941. The Pistons joined the Basketball Association of America in 1948, in 1949, the NBL and BAA merged to become the NBA, and the Pistons became part of the merged league. Since moving to Detroit in 1957, the Pistons have won three NBA championships in 1989,1990 and 2004. The Detroit Pistons franchise was founded as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, owners Fred Zollner and his sister Janets Zollner Corporation was a foundry, manufacturing pistons, primarily for car and locomotive engines. The Zollner Pistons were NBL champions in 1944 and 1945 and they won the World Professional Basketball Tournament in 1944,1945 and 1946. In 1948, the became the Fort Wayne Pistons, competing in the Basketball Association of America.
In 1949, Fred Zollner brokered the formation of the National Basketball Association from the BAA, there are suggestions that Pistons players conspired with gamblers to shave points and throw various games during the 1953–54 and 1954–55 seasons. In particular, there are accusations that the team may have intentionally lost the 1955 NBA Finals to the Syracuse Nationals, in the decisive Game 7, the Pistons led Syracuse 41–24 early in the second quarter, the Nationals rallied to win the game. Syracuse won on a throw by George King with twelve seconds left in the game. After the 1956–57 season, Zollner decided that Fort Wayne was too small to support an NBA team, although it was the fifth largest city in the United States at the time, Detroit had not seen professional basketball in a decade. In 1947, they had lost the Detroit Gems of the NBL, Zollner decided to keep the Pistons name, believing it made sense given Detroits status as the center of the automobile industry. The new Detroit Pistons played in Olympia Stadium for their first four seasons, the franchise was a consistent disappointment, struggling both on the court and at the box office.
During the 1960s and 1970s, the Pistons were characterized by strong individuals. In fact, in their first 27 years in Detroit, they only had three winning seasons, some of the superstars who played for the team included Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Jimmy Walker, and Bob Lanier. At one point DeBusschere was the youngest player-coach in the history of the NBA, DeBusschere became a key player in leading the Knicks to two NBA titles. Detroit qualified for the postseason in four seasons, but never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs
Joe Smith (basketball)
Joseph Leynard Smith is an American former professional basketball player who played at power forward position for 12 teams of the NBA during his 16-year career. Born and raised in Norfolk, Smith was the College Player of the Year at Maryland in 1995 and he was named to the 1995–96 All-Rookie team. Smith was mobile throughout his career, the NBA indicated that he was one of the most traded players, in 1998, Smith was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves until 2003. Smith attended Maury High School and played at the University of Maryland, Smith was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team for the 1995–96 season and finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting to Damon Stoudamire and Arvydas Sabonis. Joe Smith would play two-and-a-half years for the Warriors before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers with Brian Shaw for Clarence Weatherspoon, the trade was engineered by Golden State as Smith had made clear his desire to return to the east coast, and he was approaching free agency.
Smiths statistics declined immediately after the trade, and never fully recovered, despite a drop in production, Smith was seen still as a hot commodity in the free agency blitz that followed the strike in late 1998. In what seemed at the time like a move, Smith signed for very little money with the Minnesota Timberwolves. For the next two years, Smith played very productively at small forward alongside All-Star Kevin Garnett, following the 1999–2000 season, it was discovered that Smith was involved in a salary cap–tampering scandal involving Timberwolves executive Kevin McHale. Smith was allegedly promised a future multimillion-dollar deal if he signed with the team for below market value, Joe Smith was released by the Timberwolves and signed with the Detroit Pistons for the 2000–2001 season as a backup. Smith produced good numbers for the Pistons and, at the end of the season, for the next three seasons Smith played for the Milwaukee Bucks. Prior to the 2006–07 season, Smith moved on to the Nuggets, despite being considered an add-in on the deal, Smith averaged over 25 minutes per game with the 76ers, during the teams ultimately unsuccessful second half battle to make the playoffs.
For the 2007–08 season, Smith signed with the Chicago Bulls, Smith averaged over 11 points and 5 rebounds per game for the Bulls, but the team managed only 33 wins the whole season. Smith was traded in a three team deal at the deadline to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On March 1,2009, the Thunder bought out the remainder of Smiths contract, two nights later, he agreed to terms to rejoin the Cavaliers. On August 25,2009, he signed a contract with the Atlanta Hawks. On March 17,2010, Smith became the 92nd player in NBA history to reach 1000 games played, on September 10,2010, Smith signed a deal with the New Jersey Nets. On December 15,2010, Smith was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three team trade involving the Nets and Houston Rockets, on January 2,2011, Smith made his debut for the Lakers. Two days later, he scored his first points as a member of the team, Smith wound up participating in one of the Phoenix Suns pre-draft practices on June 9,2015 as someone to help out center Alex Len during practice
The Memphis Grizzlies are an American professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee. The Grizzlies compete in the National Basketball Association as a team of the leagues Western Conference Southwest Division. The Grizzlies play their games at FedExForum. The team is owned by Robert Pera, the Grizzlies are the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues based in the city of Memphis. The team was established as the Vancouver Grizzlies, an expansion team that joined the NBA for the 1995–96 season. After the 2000–01 NBA season concluded, the Grizzlies moved to Memphis, the Vancouver Grizzlies were a Canadian professional basketball team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They were part of the Midwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association, the team was established in 1995, along with the Toronto Raptors, as part of the NBAs expansion into Canada. Following the 2000–01 season, the relocated to Memphis, United States. The Grizzlies played their games at General Motors Place for the entirety of their six seasons in Vancouver.
The Vancouver Grizzlies applied with the NBA to relocate to Memphis on March 26,2001, Memphis became the easternmost city in the Western Conference. In their first three seasons in Memphis, the Grizzlies played their games at the Pyramid Arena. In the 2001 NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks chose Pau Gasol as the 3rd overall pick, forward Shane Battier was selected with the 6th pick in the same draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies. They acquired Jason Williams from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Mike Bibby that same year, after the Grizzlies first season in Memphis, Gasol won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. The Grizzlies drafted Shane Battier, who became an unofficial spokesman for the team. However, despite the strong draft class, general manager Billy Knight was let go, during the 2002–03 season, Hubie Brown was hired to coach the Grizzlies. They won a record 50 games under Gasol and Williams, in the playoffs they faced the San Antonio Spurs, who swept them out of the playoffs in four games.
Brown stepped down as coach during the 2004–05 NBA season. At the time of his resignation, the Grizzlies had a record but West hired TNT analyst
The UCLA Bruins are the athletic teams that represent the University of California, Los Angeles. The Bruin mens and womens teams participate in NCAA Division I as part of the Pac-12 Conference, for football, they are in the Football Bowl Subdivision of Division I. UCLA has the most decorated athletic program in NCAA history, with 113 NCAA team championships, UCLA offers 10 varsity sports programs for men and 13 for women. UCLA sponsors teams in mens and fourteen womens NCAA sanctioned sports. * = Beach volleyball is a fully sanctioned NCAA sport which had its first national championship in the spring of 2016, the UCLA athletic teams colors are True Blue and Gold. In the early days of the school, UCLA had the colors as the University of California, Yale blue. When football coach Red Sanders came to UCLA for the 1949 season he redesigned the football uniforms, the Yale blue was changed to a lighter shade of blue. Sanders figured that the blue would look better on the field. He would dub the baby blue uniform Powderkeg blue, powder blue with an explosive kick, for the 1954 football season, Sanders added a gold loop on the shoulders, the UCLA Stripe.
UCLA still uses different color blues and they have an alternate uniform that is predominately Navy. Their helmet has the UCLA script in Royal, the Jackie Robinson 42 Athletics and Recreation Complex monument was installed in front of the John Wooden Recreation Center and was unveiled on March 5,2016. The school retired number 42 which was the number Robinson worn as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, two notable sports facilities serve as home venues for UCLA sports. Since 1982, the Bruin football team has played games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. From 1923–81, including the Bruins 1954 National Championship year, the played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. The women’s gymnastics and womens basketball, and volleyball teams play at Pauley Pavilion on campus, the softball team plays on campus at Easton Stadium. Down the hill, the teams as well as the swim. For baseball, there is the Steele Field at the Jackie Robinson Stadium, see also, Drake Stadium, Los Angeles Tennis Center, Spieker Aquatics Center.
As of December 2015, UCLA has won 113 NCAA team championships, on May 13,2007, UCLA became the first school to win 100 NCAA championships, defeating Stanford, 5–4, for the 2007 Womens Water Polo Championship
Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. With a population of 2,731,571, it is the fourth most populous city in North America after Mexico City, New York City, and Los Angeles. A global city, Toronto is a centre of business, finance and culture. Aboriginal peoples have inhabited the area now known as Toronto for thousands of years, the city itself is situated on the southern terminus of an ancient Aboriginal trail leading north to Lake Simcoe, used by the Wyandot and the Mississauga. Permanent European settlement began in the 1790s, after the broadly disputed Toronto Purchase of 1787, the British established the town of York, and designated it as the capital of Upper Canada. During the War of 1812, the town was the site of the Battle of York, York was renamed and incorporated as the city of Toronto in 1834, and became the capital of the province of Ontario during the Canadian Confederation in 1867. The city proper has since expanded past its original borders through amalgamation with surrounding municipalities at various times in its history to its current area of 630.2 km2.
While the majority of Torontonians speak English as their primary language, Toronto is a prominent centre for music, motion picture production, and television production, and is home to the headquarters of Canadas major national broadcast networks and media outlets. Toronto is known for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. The name Toronto is likely derived from the Iroquois word tkaronto and this refers to the northern end of what is now Lake Simcoe, where the Huron had planted tree saplings to corral fish. A portage route from Lake Ontario to Lake Huron running through this point, in the 1660s, the Iroquois established two villages within what is today Toronto, Ganatsekwyagon on the banks of the Rouge River and Teiaiagonon the banks of the Humber River. By 1701, the Mississauga had displaced the Iroquois, who abandoned the Toronto area at the end of the Beaver Wars, French traders founded Fort Rouillé on the current Exhibition grounds in 1750, but abandoned it in 1759.
During the American Revolutionary War, the region saw an influx of British settlers as United Empire Loyalists fled for the British-controlled lands north of Lake Ontario, the new province of Upper Canada was in the process of creation and needed a capital. Dorchester intended the location to be named Toronto, in 1793, Governor John Graves Simcoe established the town of York on the Toronto Purchase lands, instead naming it after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany. Simcoe decided to move the Upper Canada capital from Newark to York, the York garrison was constructed at the entrance of the towns natural harbour, sheltered by a long sandbar peninsula. The towns settlement formed at the end of the harbour behind the peninsula, near the present-day intersection of Parliament Street. In 1813, as part of the War of 1812, the Battle of York ended in the towns capture, the surrender of the town was negotiated by John Strachan. US soldiers destroyed much of the garrison and set fire to the parliament buildings during their five-day occupation, the sacking of York was a primary motivation for the Burning of Washington by British troops in the war
Rasheed Abdul Sheed Wallace is an American retired professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association. A native of Philadelphia, Wallace played college basketball at the University of North Carolina before moving on to the NBA in 1995. Originally selected by the Washington Bullets as the pick in the 1995 NBA draft. He was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers after the season, with Portland he was a key member of the Trail Blazers team that made it to the Western Conference Finals in 1999 and 2000, and was an NBA All-Star in 2000 and 2001. Wallace averaged a career best 19.4 points per game in 2002 for the Trail Blazers, during the 2003–04 season Portland traded him to the Atlanta Hawks where he played one game before he was traded to the Detroit Pistons. With the Pistons, Wallace won the NBA championship in 2004, Wallace was an NBA All-Star in 2006 and 2008. After the 2008–09 season, Wallace left the Pistons as an agent and signed with the Boston Celtics.
He returned to sign a deal to play for the New York Knicks in 2012. Wallace is currently the NBAs all-time leader in technical fouls. Wallace holds the record for technical fouls. In the 2000–01 season, Wallace received 41 technical fouls over a span of 80 games, on April 17,2013, Wallace announced his second retirement. Wallace was born and raised in the city neighborhoods of Philadelphia. He was named USA Today High School Player of the Year after his season and was selected first team All America by Basketball Times. Wallace was a two-time Parade All-American first teamer, despite playing time of just 19 minutes per game, Wallace averaged 16 points,15 rebounds and seven blocks his senior year. In addition to basketball, Wallace ran track and high jumped as a teenager, along with Randy Livingston and Jerry Stackhouse, were considered the top three players in the 1993 class. University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith recruited Wallace to Chapel Hill, Smith was a revered mentor both to Wallace and Wallaces eventual Detroit coach Larry Brown.
Wallace has indicated that this North Carolina bond with Brown helped him adjust quickly to the Pistons system, during his brief time at North Carolina, Wallace had success in the national spotlight. He was named a second-team All-American by the AP his second year at UNC, Wallace and fellow future NBA player Jerry Stackhouse helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA Final Four in 1995
The Denver Nuggets are an American professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Western Conference Northwest Division. The team was founded as the Denver Larks in 1967 as a franchise of the American Basketball Association. It changed its name again to the Nuggets in 1974, after the name change, the Nuggets played for the final ABA Championship title in 1976, losing to the New York Nets. The team has had periods of success, qualifying for the ABA Playoffs for all seasons from 1967 to the 1976 ABA playoffs where it lost in the finals. The team joined the NBA in 1976 after the ABA–NBA merger and qualified for the NBA playoffs in nine seasons in the 1980s. However, it has not made an appearance in a round since its last year in the ABA. The Nuggets play their games at Pepsi Center, which they share with the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. In 1967, one of the ABAs charter franchises was awarded to a group in Kansas City, however, Trindle was unable to find a suitable arena in the Kansas City area.
League commissioner George Mikan suggested moving the team to Denver, after agreeing to name Denver native and former NBA player Vince Boryla as general manager, Trindle moved his team to Denver as the Denver Larks, named after Colorados state bird. The Trindle group was severely undercapitalized, leading Mikan to order the Larks to post a $100,000 performance bond or lose the franchise, hours before the deadline, Trindle sold a ⅔ controlling interest to Denver trucking magnate Bill Ringsby for $350,000. Ringsby renamed the team the Rockets, after his companys long-haul trucks, playing at the Denver Auditorium Arena, the Rockets had early successes on the court, developing a solid fan base along the way. However, the team had a history of early playoff exits, they had a solid lineup led by Byron Beck and Larry Jones, later by Beck and Ralph Simpson. Wright played four seasons with Denver, controversial rookie Spencer Haywood joined the team for the 1969–70 season. Haywood was one of the first players to turn pro before graduating from college, and the NBA initially refused to let him play in the league.
Haywood averaged nearly 30 points and 19.5 rebounds per game in his only ABA season, being named ABA MVP, ABA rookie of the year, the team finished 51-33, winning their division, before exiting the playoffs in the 2nd round. Just before the start of the 1970–71 season, Haywood signed with the Seattle SuperSonics, the team tumbled to a 30-54 record and attendance suffered. Ringsby sold the team to San Diego businessmen Frank Goldberg and Bud Fischer in 1972
The Toronto Raptors are a Canadian professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. The Raptors compete in the National Basketball Association, as a club of the leagues Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. The team was established in 1995, along with the Vancouver Grizzlies, when the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, Tennessee to become the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, the Raptors became the only Canadian-based team in the NBA. They originally played their games at the SkyDome, before moving eastward along Bremner Boulevard to the Air Canada Centre in 1999. Carter was instrumental in leading the team to a then-franchise high 47 wins and their first playoff win in 2001. During the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons, they failed to make significant progress, after Carter left, Chris Bosh emerged as the team leader. In the 2007–08 season, they advanced to the playoffs again, after Masai Ujiri was brought in as the new General Manager in 2013, he traded Bargnani to the New York Knicks. With a backcourt led by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors returned to the playoffs, won their second Atlantic Division title, they failed for a fourth consecutive time to advance beyond the first round of the playoffs.
In the 2015–16 season, they won a franchise record 56 games and Allan Slaight of Slaight Communications each owned 44%, with the Bank of Nova Scotia, David Peterson, and Phil Granovsky being minority partners. Wagering on NBA games in Ontario nearly cost Toronto the expansion franchise, as a result, a nationwide contest was held to help name the team and develop their colours and logo. Over 2,000 entries were narrowed down to eleven prospects, Bobcats, Grizzlies, Raptors, Scorpions, T-Rex, the name Raptor is a common informal name for the velociraptor, a swift medium-sized dromaeosaurid theropod non-avian dinosaur. On May 24,1994, the logo and first General Manager. As part of the deal, Thomas received an option to purchase part of the team and he would purchase 4. 5% in May 1995 and a further 4. 5% in December 1995, half each from Bitove and Slaight, decreasing their share to 39. 5%. The teams colours of red, purple and silver were revealed, Naismith silver was chosen as an ode to Canadian James Naismith.
As General Manager, Isiah Thomas quickly staffed the management positions with his own personnel, the teams roster was filled as a result of an expansion draft in 1995. Following a coin flip, Toronto was given first choice and selected Chicago Bulls point guard, Armstrong refused to report for training and Thomas promptly traded him to the Golden State Warriors for power forwards Carlos Rogers and Victor Alexander. Thomas selected a range of players in the expansion draft, including veterans Jerome Kersey, Willie Anderson. Subsequent to the draft, the Raptors landed the seventh pick in the NBA draft lottery, behind their fellow 1995 expansion club
Antonio Keithflen McDyess is an American retired professional basketball player. Listed at 69 and 245 lbs, McDyess played as a power forward. McDyess was born in Quitman and attended the University of Alabama, as a prep, McDyess was one of the top 30 players nationally, and made the Magic Johnson Roundball Classic. McDyess played college basketball at the University of Alabama, as a sophomore, he led the Crimson Tide in scoring and rebounding, and was considered the SECs best big man. He decided to forgo his two years of college to enter the 1995 NBA draft. McDyesss explosive leaping and power dunking ability allowed him to average 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game over his first six seasons, in 1997, before his third year, McDyess was traded to the Phoenix Suns. He helped the Suns to a 56–26 record during his season in Phoenix. He became an agent prior to the lockout–shortened 1998–99 season. The move was however, because after he had verbally agreed to return to Denver. According to Sports Illustrated, Jason Kidd, Rex Chapman, McDyess was attending a Colorado Avalanche game with Nuggets President and General Manager Dan Issel, and Issel told security to not let the three Suns players into the building.
Without any further consultation, he re–signed with the Nuggets, considered an up and comer, he was selected to be a part of the gold–winning U. S. Olympic mens basketball team at the 2000 Summer Olympics. In 2000–01, McDyess was named an All–Star and became just the third Nugget to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds for a season, after Dan Issel in 1977–78 and George McGinnis in 1978–79. Early in the 2001–2002 season McDyess suffered a knee injury, a Patellar tendon rupture. McDyess struggled to play through the injury, re–aggravating it several times and he was sidelined due to injury for the remainder of the 2001–2002 season as well as the entire 2002–2003 NBA season. McDyess was traded to the Knicks on June 26,2002 in exchange for Marcus Camby, Mark Jackson and the rights to Nenê. McDyess began the 2002–2003 season as a highly anticipated addition to the New York Knicks, but on October 8,2002, with 1 minute 55 seconds left in an exhibition game against Phoenix, McDyess reinjured the knee while dunking a rebound.
He would undergo another surgery four days later, in the 2003–2004 season, McDyess was traded to the Phoenix Suns after just 18 games with the Knicks in an eight–player deal that brought Stephon Marbury to New York. He remained healthy while in Phoenix for the remainder of the 2003–04 season and that off-season, his knee was declared healthy and the Detroit Pistons signed him for the full mid–level exception