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1998–99 NBA season

The 1998–99 NBA season was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association. Due to a lockout, the season did not start until February 5, 1999, after a new six-year Collective Bargaining Agreement was reached between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. All 29 teams played a shortened 50-game regular season schedule and the 16 teams who qualified for the playoffs played a full post-season schedule; that season's All-Star Game, scheduled to be held in Philadelphia, was canceled. The season ended with the San Antonio Spurs winning their first NBA championship, beating the New York Knicks 4 games to 1 in the 1999 NBA Finals; this was the 50th season since the BAA and NBL had merged into the NBA. The second lockout in the history of the NBA lasted from July 1, 1998, to January 20, 1999. NBA owners were seeking changes to the league's salary cap system and a ceiling on individual player salaries; the National Basketball Players Association opposed the owners' plans and wanted raises for players who earned the league's minimum salary.

As the labor dispute continued into September, the preseason was shortened to just two games instead of the normal eight, training camps were postponed indefinitely. By October, it became the first time in NBA history. Further games were canceled by November and December, including the league's Christmas Day games and the All-Star Game. Two exhibition games were played. An agreement between the owners and players was reached on January 18, 1999; when play resumed, the regular season was shortened to 50 games per team, as opposed to the normal 82. To preserve games between teams in the same conference, much of the time missed was made up for by skipping well over half of the games played between teams in the opposite conference; as a result, some teams did not meet each other at all during the course of the shortened season. Michael Jordan announced his retirement for the second time on January 13, 1999, while the lockout was still ongoing, he would return to play two more seasons for the Washington Wizards from 2001–2003.

The New York Knicks became only the second #8 seed to advance in the playoffs by defeating a #1 seed. As of 2018, they remain the only #8 seed to have advanced to the NBA Finals; the Los Angeles Lakers played their final season at the Great Western Forum. Because the Great Western Bank ceased to exist two seasons prior, the arena name was replaced by the team name on center court, in anticipation of the move to the Staples Center; the Los Angeles Clippers played their final season at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The Indiana Pacers played their final season at the Market Square Arena; the Denver Nuggets played their final season at the McNichols Sports Arena. The Miami Heat played their final full season at the Miami Arena, although they still played the first two months of the following season at this arena before moving to the American Airlines Arena in January 2000; the Toronto Raptors played their first game in Air Canada Centre on February 21. The San Antonio Spurs became the first former ABA team to win a championship.

The Atlanta Hawks played another season in the Georgia Dome while Philips Arena was constructed for the 1999–2000 season. This season would be the Hawks' last playoff appearance until the 2007–08 season; the Clippers tied the 1988–89 Miami Heat for the longest losing streak to start the season from February 5 until March 11 when they defeated the Sacramento Kings. In December 2009, this record was broken by the New Jersey Nets who lost the first eighteen games of the season. Hall of Fame coach Red Holzman died on November 13, 1998, at age 78. For the first time in 15 seasons, the Chicago Bulls missed the playoffs, they would become the second defending champion in NBA history that failed to make the playoffs, joining the 1969–70 Boston Celtics. The Indiana Pacers added; the Minnesota Timberwolves added new black alternate uniforms. The New Jersey Nets added new gray alternate uniforms; the Orlando Magic changed their uniforms, replacing the pinstripes with visible stars on their jerseys. The Sacramento Kings added new purple alternate uniforms.

The Toronto Raptors moved into Air Canada Centre during the regular season. The Utah Jazz added new black uniforms. Notes z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs y – Clinched division title x – Clinched playoff spot Teams in bold advanced to the next round; the numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home court advantage does not belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record. * Division winnerBold Series winnerItalic Team with home-court advantage Most Valuable Player: Karl Malone, Utah Jazz Rookie of the Year: Vince Carter, Toronto Raptors Defensive Player of the Year: Alonzo Mourning, Miami Heat Sixth Man of the Year: Darrell Armstrong, Orlando Magic Most Improved Player: Darrell Armstrong, Orlando Magic Coach of the Year: Mike Dunleavy, Portland Trail Blazers Executive of the Year: Geoff Petrie, Sacramento Kings Sportsmanship Award: Hersey Hawkins, Seattle SuperSonics The following players were named the Players of the Month.

The following players were named the Rookies of the Month. The following coaches were named Coaches of the M

Nagel point

In geometry, the Nagel point is a triangle center, one of the points associated with a given triangle whose definition does not depend on the placement or scale of the triangle. The Nagel point is named after Christian Heinrich von Nagel. Given a triangle ABC, let TA, TB, TC be the extouch points in which the A-excircle meets line BC, the B-excircle meets line CA, C-excircle meets line AB, respectively; the lines ATA, BTB, CTC concur in the Nagel point N of triangle ABC. Another construction of the point TA is to start at A and trace around triangle ABC half its perimeter, for TB and TC; because of this construction, the Nagel point is sometimes called the bisected perimeter point, the segments ATA, BTB, CTC are called the triangle's splitters. The Nagel point is the isotomic conjugate of the Gergonne point; the Nagel point, the centroid, the incenter are collinear on a line called the Nagel line. The incenter is the Nagel point of the medial triangle; the trilinear coordinates of the Nagel point are as csc 2 ⁡: csc 2 ⁡: csc 2 ⁡ or, equivalently, in terms of the side lengths a = |BC|, b = |CA|, c = |AB|, b + c − a a: c + a − b b: a + b − c c.

The Nagel point is named after Christian Heinrich von Nagel, a nineteenth-century German mathematician, who wrote about it in 1836. Early contributions to the study of this point were made by August Leopold Crelle and Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi. Mandart inellipse Trisected perimeter point Nagel Point from Cut-the-knot Nagel Point, Clark Kimberling Weisstein, Eric W. "Nagel Point". MathWorld. Spieker Conic and generalization of Nagel line at Dynamic Geometry Sketches Generalizes Spieker circle and associated Nagel line

Mikihiko Nagata

Nagata Mikihiko was a poet and playwright active during the Shōwa period in Japan. He was a scriptwriter. Born in Tokyo, Nagata was the brother of fellow writer Nagata Hideo. Influenced by his brother, his brother's associates Kitahara Hakushū and Yoshii Isamu, he turned to poetry and literature as a career, He contributed to the literary journal Myōjō and Subaru while still a student at Waseda University, but left university without graduating and went to Hokkaido to work as a laborer at coal mines and at railroad construction sites. Nagata and Jun'ichirō Tanizaki were close friends to the extent that Nagata used the pen name “Mikihiko Jun'ichirō” on some of his early works. Nagata is best known for his semi-factual work on the Great Kantō earthquake, Daichi wa furu and for numerous works on the Gion district of Kyoto, he turned to scriptwriting and directed a theatrical troupe. In 1947, he staged a play called Shōwa Ichidai Onna, which starred the notorious Sada Abe, released from prison shortly before, in a one-act dramatization of her crime.

Nagata died of pneumonia in 1964, his grave is at the Kanei-ji Cemetery in Ueno, Tokyo. Japanese literature List of Japanese authors Johnston, William. GEISHA - HARLOT - STRANGLER - STAR: A Woman, And Morality in Modern Japan. Columbia University Press. ISBN 023113052X page 152. Kunimoto, Tadao. Japanese Literature Since 1868. Hokuseido Press. Japanese Literature Since 1868 at Google Books