Atlanta is the capital of, the most populous city in, the U. S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2017 population of 486,290, it is the 38th most-populous city in the United States; the city serves as the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5.8 million people and the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the nation. Atlanta is the seat of the most populous county in Georgia. A small portion of the city extends eastward into neighboring DeKalb County. Atlanta was founded as the terminating stop of a major state-sponsored railroad. With rapid expansion, however, it soon became the convergence point between multiple railroads, spurring its rapid growth; the city's name derives from that of the Western and Atlantic Railroad's local depot, signifying the town's growing reputation as a transportation hub. During the American Civil War, the city was entirely burned to the ground in General William T. Sherman's famous March to the Sea. However, the city rose from its ashes and became a national center of commerce and the unofficial capital of the "New South".
During the 1950s and 1960s, Atlanta became a major organizing center of the civil rights movement, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ralph David Abernathy, many other locals playing major roles in the movement's leadership. During the modern era, Atlanta has attained international prominence as a major air transportation hub, with Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport being the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998. Atlanta is rated as a "beta" world city that exerts a moderate impact on global commerce, research, education, media and entertainment, it ranks in the top twenty among world cities and 10th in the nation with a gross domestic product of $385 billion. Atlanta's economy is considered diverse, with dominant sectors that include transportation, logistics and business services, media operations, medical services, information technology. Atlanta has topographic features that include rolling hills and dense tree coverage, earning it the nickname of "the city in a forest."
Revitalization of Atlanta's neighborhoods spurred by the 1996 Summer Olympics, has intensified in the 21st century, altering the city's demographics, politics and culture. Prior to the arrival of European settlers in north Georgia, Creek Indians inhabited the area. Standing Peachtree, a Creek village where Peachtree Creek flows into the Chattahoochee River, was the closest Indian settlement to what is now Atlanta; as part of the systematic removal of Native Americans from northern Georgia from 1802 to 1825, the Creek were forced to leave the area in 1821, white settlers arrived the following year. In 1836, the Georgia General Assembly voted to build the Western and Atlantic Railroad in order to provide a link between the port of Savannah and the Midwest; the initial route was to run southward from Chattanooga to a terminus east of the Chattahoochee River, which would be linked to Savannah. After engineers surveyed various possible locations for the terminus, the "zero milepost" was driven into the ground in what is now Five Points.
A year the area around the milepost had developed into a settlement, first known as "Terminus", as "Thrasherville" after a local merchant who built homes and a general store in the area. By 1842, the town had six buildings and 30 residents and was renamed "Marthasville" to honor the Governor's daughter. J. Edgar Thomson, Chief Engineer of the Georgia Railroad, suggested the town be renamed Atlanta; the residents approved, the town was incorporated as Atlanta on December 29, 1847. By 1860, Atlanta's population had grown to 9,554. During the American Civil War, the nexus of multiple railroads in Atlanta made the city a hub for the distribution of military supplies. In 1864, the Union Army moved southward following the capture of Chattanooga and began its invasion of north Georgia; the region surrounding Atlanta was the location of several major army battles, culminating with the Battle of Atlanta and a four-month-long siege of the city by the Union Army under the command of General William Tecumseh Sherman.
On September 1, 1864, Confederate General John Bell Hood made the decision to retreat from Atlanta, he ordered the destruction of all public buildings and possible assets that could be of use to the Union Army. On the next day, Mayor James Calhoun surrendered Atlanta to the Union Army, on September 7, Sherman ordered the city's civilian population to evacuate. On November 11, 1864, Sherman prepared for the Union Army's March to the Sea by ordering the destruction of Atlanta's remaining military assets. After the Civil War ended in 1865, Atlanta was rebuilt. Due to the city's superior rail transportation network, the state capital was moved from Milledgeville to Atlanta in 1868. In the 1880 Census, Atlanta surpassed Savannah as Georgia's largest city. Beginning in the 1880s, Henry W. Grady, the editor of the Atlanta Constitution newspaper, promoted Atlanta to potential investors as a city of the "New South" that would be based upon a modern economy and less reliant on agriculture. By 1885, the founding of the Georgia School of Technology and the Atlanta University Center had established Atlanta as a center for higher education.
In 1895, Atlanta hosted the Cotton States and International Exposition, which attracted nearly 800,000 attendees and promoted the New South's development to the world. During the first decades of the 20th century, Atlanta experienced a period of unprecedented growth. In three decades' time, Atlanta's population tripled as the city limits expanded to include nearby streetcar suburbs; the city's skyline emerged with the construction of the
NC State Wolfpack men's basketball
The NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team represents North Carolina State University in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition. The Wolfpack competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference, of which it was a founding member. Prior to joining the ACC in 1954, the Wolfpack was a member of the Southern Conference, where they won seven conference championships; as a member of the ACC, the Wolfpack has won ten conference championships, as well as two national championships in 1974 and 1983. State's unexpected 1983 title was one of the most memorable in NCAA history. Since 1999, the Pack has played most of its home games at PNC Arena, where the NCAA championship trophies are kept. Prior to 1999, they played at Reynolds Coliseum. NC State began varsity intercollegiate competition in men's basketball in 1911. In 105 years of play, the Wolfpack ranks 25th in total victories among NCAA Division I college basketball programs and 26th in winning percentage among programs that have competed at the Division I level for at least 26 years.
The team's all-time record is 1737-1067. The program saw its greatest success during the head coaching tenures of Everett Case, Norm Sloan, Jim Valvano. NC State has produced some of the ACC's best players, including Tom Burleson, Rodney Monroe, Monte Towe, Ron Shavlik. David Thompson, who led the Wolfpack to its first NCAA title in 1974, has been recognized as one of college basketball's greatest players; the Wolfpack has won a total of 17 conference tournament championships and 13 regular season conference titles. State has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 26 times, with three Final Four appearances and two national titles; the Wolfpack appeared in the Final Four of the 1947 National Invitational Tournament, during the NIT's "national championship era." NC State achieved its 1700th overall win against Presbyterian College, 86-68, becoming the 26th NCAA school to reach such an achievement. In 1910 Guy Bryan formed a special committee that proposed to the university administration the organization of the school's first basketball team.
The program played its first official intercollegiate basketball game on February 16, 1911 against a much more experienced squad from Wake Forest. NC State known as the North Carolina A&M Farmers, lost, 33–6; the two teams met again five days in Raleigh, with A&M earning its first-ever victory, 19–18. The following year, the school's athletics council recognized basketball as a sport. Before the 1920–21 season the university changed its name from North Carolina A&M to North Carolina State College. At that time the school's nickname was the "Tech." That season the program joined the fledgling Southern Conference as a charter member. State College changed its nickname yet again in 1923, this time to the "Red Terrors." The name was drawn from a combination of the play of Rochelle "Red" Johnson and the team's new bright red road uniforms. In 1923, State opened its first basketball facility, Frank Thompson Gym; the gym, named in honor of a former athlete from the school who died in action during World War I, served as the team's home until 1948.
During the first years of the program, the team had no practice facility and was forced to practice on an outdoor field in nearby Pullen Park. Gus Tebell took over the basketball team as head coach in 1924. During his tenure he led the program to a number of school firsts, including the first conference championship in 1929 and the first 20-win season, he compiled a all-time program best career coaching record at 79–36. The Wolfpack's first player to garner significant national recognition was Bud Rose, after the 1931–32 season, was named as an honorable mention All-American. In 1941 the university began construction on William Neal Reynolds Coliseum, a multi-purpose arena that would serve as the new home of Wolfpack basketball. Construction was stalled due to the involvement of the United States in World War II, the skeleton structure of the arena was left unfinished for nearly six years until its completion in 1949; the Wolfpack would play its home games at Reynolds for the next 50 years, until the men's team moved to PNC Arena in 1999.
Following the end of World War II, chancellor John W. Harrelson and athletic director H. A. Fisher set upon rebuilding the university's athletic teams. In 1946 David Clark, a former president of the NC State Alumni Association, suggested to the Athletics Council that the best place to search for a new head basketball coach would be in Indiana, a basketball hotbed at the time. Per Clark's suggestion and his father Stejem Mark met with Indiana native Chuck Taylor, in Raleigh to coach his army team in an exhibition game against NC State. Taylor's recommendation for the job was his former high school coach Everett Case; when approached by Harrelson about the job, Case was at first hesitant because of the tight restrictions under which the program had been operating. Harrelson assured Case that he would be given an expanded budget and more than enough scholarships to field a competitive team. Additionally, Case was lured by the still unfinished Reynolds Coliseum, he accepted the job immediately without visiting the campus.
Everett Case was named head coach on July 1, 1946. Case had coached high school basketball in Indiana, where in 23 seasons he compiled a 726–75 record and won four state championships. Before arriving at NC State, he spent two years as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California and spent several years coaching teams at various Naval bases during the war. In February 1947, his first season at NC State, Case defeated North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 48–46 in overtime, beginning a streak of 15 consecutive victories over the Tar He
Florida State Seminoles men's basketball
The Florida State Seminoles men's basketball team represents Florida State University in the intercollegiate sport of basketball. The Seminoles compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and the Atlantic Coast Conference. Though they have played under the shadow of the football program, the Seminoles have had successes on the hardwood and they have achieved success in recent years. Florida State has made seventeen NCAA Tournament appearances: advancing to the Round of 32 on ten occasions, the Sweet Sixteen six times, the Elite Eight on three occasions, the Final Four once, moving on to the championship game and finishing as runner-up. Florida State has made ten appearances in the National Invitation Tournament. In the sixty-nine season history of the Seminole basketball program, the Seminoles have won the regular season conference title four times and the conference tournament title three times, including one ACC championship. Florida State has had twenty-two All-Americans, twenty-six players inducted into the Hall of Fame, thirty-one players that went on to play in the NBA.
Jeff Sagarin and ESPN listed the program 74th in the college basketball all-time rankings in the'ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia'. The Seminoles play their home games in the Donald L. Tucker Center on the university's Tallahassee, Florida campus; the current head men's basketball coach is Leonard Hamilton, in his seventeenth year. The Florida State Seminoles men's team annually plays an eighteen-game conference schedule, preceded by an out-of-conference schedule against few annual opponents except for Florida, their conference schedule consists of a home-and-home game against two permanent rivals, alternating home-and-home games against the other fourteen ACC teams. Florida State University has fielded a basketball team since 1947, the Seminoles are in their 71st season of play. Hugh Donald Loucks served as the first basketball coach for the Florida State Seminoles, he coached at the school for one year and compiled an overall record of 5–13, becoming one of only two coaches to leave the program with a losing record of 11 games.
After the departure of Loucks, J. K. Kennedy became the coach, he was the first coach to find success at Florida State, holding the position for eighteen years and compiling a record of 234–208. Hugh Durham played at Florida State in the 1950s, scoring 1,381 points in three years, his average of 21.9 points per game in 1958–59 is the seventh best tally in Florida State history. Durham's career average of 18.9 points per game is still the ninth best in school history. After his playing career had ended, he began his coaching career as an assistant coach in 1959. Seven years Durham would be named head coach in 1966. One of the top players during this time was future NBA Hall-of-Famer Dave Cowens. Durham led the Seminoles from 1966 to 1978. In 1972, Durham led Florida State to a runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament. A hard-fought 81–76 loss to the top-ranked UCLA Bruins in the NCAA Championship game prevented Durham's Florida State team from winning the NCAA Tournament. Another key player for the Seminoles was Harry Davis.
Durham's overall record at Florida State was a 230–95 record with three NCAA tournament bids. He still owns the highest winning percentage of any Florida State coach at.708. Durham is the only coach in NCAA history to be the all-time winningest coach at three different Division I schools. After the departure of Hugh Durham, Joe Williams took over the Seminole basketball program. One of the standout players during this period was George McCloud. McCloud helped the Seminoles rebuild after the departure of Durham by becoming one of the most prolific scorers in FSU history. During his senior season, McCloud had the second-highest scoring average and the sixth-highest in Florida State history. Joe Williams would coach his final season in 1986; the 1992–1993 season would see the emergence of one of the Seminoles' best players in its history, Bob Sura. Not much was expected of the Seminoles in 1992 as they entered into their first season in the ACC, yet they finished second in the conference to national champion Duke.
The team repeated the second-place finish in 1993, establishing itself as a legitimate national power. In the 1993 NCAA Tournament they fell to Kentucky in the Elite Eight round. In Kennedy's final season he led the team to the NIT Final. Steve Robinson took over the program for the 1997–1998 season and led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament his first year. However, the team suffered losing records the next four seasons and Robinson left the program after the 2001–2002 campaign. Robinson is now an assistant coach with the North Carolina Tar Heels. Leonard Hamilton became Florida State’s seventh head basketball coach on March 19, 2002. In two years, Tim Pickett scored 1,039 points, earning him First-Team All-ACC and All-American Honorable Mention honors. Hamilton was named ACC Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2012. Hamilton is the first Seminole coach to win an ACC Championship, capturing the league tournament title in 2012, he has led the Seminoles to seven NCAA tournament appearances. During his tenure, Florida State has been the third-most successful team in the conference.
Hamilton is the winningest coach in the program's history and has sent twelve players to the NBA Draft. *^22 wins vacated from Leonard Hamilton's record from the 2006–2007 basketball season The Seminoles play all of their home games at the Donald L. Tucker Center, it is an 18,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility which has hosted over 25 years worth of Seminole games. Florida State has appeared in the NCAA Divi
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Men's Basketball team represents the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in NCAA Division I basketball. The team plays its home games in McCamish Pavilion on the school's Atlanta campus and is coached by Josh Pastner. Under the tenure of Bobby Cremins, Georgia Tech established itself as a national force in basketball. Cremins led his team to the first ACC tournament victory in school history in 1985 and in 1990 he took Georgia Tech to the school's first Final Four appearance ever. Cremins retired from Georgia Tech in 2000 with the school's best winning percentage as a head coach; the Yellow Jackets returned to the Final Four in 2004 under Paul Hewitt and lost in the national title game, losing to UConn. Overall, the team has won 1,352 games and lost 1,226 games, a.524 win percentage. Georgia Tech's first recorded official participation in basketball was in 1906, when a small club organized under Coach Chapman, they won two of the three games. The next time Tech had a basketball team, it was under the famous coach John Heisman Tech's baseball and football coach.
Heisman had a winning percentage of.142 that season and improved the team's percentage to.500 in 1912 and 1913. Since that time, Georgia Tech has forged a solid basketball program on the strength of coaches like John Hyder and Bobby Cremins, such players as Roger Kaiser, Rich Yunkus, Mark Price, Craig "Noodles" Neal, John Salley, Tom Hammonds, Matt Harpring. Georgia Tech became a charter member of the Southeastern Conference in 1932 and won the conference title in 1938. Coach Hyder, whose teams won 292 games in twenty-two seasons, put the program on the national map when his 1955 team defeated Adolph Rupp's Kentucky team, ending the Wildcats' 129-game winning streak at home; the Yellow Jackets played their first NCAA tournament game in 1960. Coached by Hyder and led by all-American Kaiser, the team defeated Ohio University before losing in the second round to the eventual champion, Ohio State. Hyder continued to have strong teams in the 1970s. In 1964, Georgia Tech's final season in the Southeastern Conference, the team went undefeated at home and was the conference runner-up.
In 1971 the Yellow Jackets, led by Yunkus, reached the finals of the National Invitation Tournament but lost to the University of North Carolina. Georgia Tech became a charter member of the Metro Conference in 1975, became the eighth member of the ACC in 1978; as of the 2007–08 season, the Yellow Jackets have won three ACC Tournament championships and been the ACC's top seed twice. Through 2017, Georgia Tech has received sixteen berths in the NCAA tournament, seven of its teams have made it to the Sweet Sixteen; the 1985 team, led by head coach Bobby Cremins and players Mark Price, Duane Ferrell, Yvon Joseph, Craig Neal, Bruce Dalrymple, John Salley, won the school's first ACC championship and advanced to the final eight in the NCAA tournament. In the 1990 tournament, the trio of Kenny Anderson, Dennis Scott, & Brian Oliver carried the Yellow Jackets all the way to the Final Four, where they lost to eventual champion UNLV in the national semi-finals. In 1992, Cremins led an inexperienced Tech team to the Sweet 16, thanks in no small part to James Forrest's buzzer-beating game-winning 3-pointer in the second round against USC.
The following year, the Yellow Jackets won the ACC Tournament. Georgia Tech's nine consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament from the mid-1980s and the early 1990s accounted for the nation's fourth-longest active streak before it ended in 1994. In 1996, the team finished first in the ACC's regular season and returned to the tournament behind future NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury. Cremins's nineteen-year tenure stands as the team's most successful era. Cremins is third among all ACC coaches. Upon his retirement after the 1999–2000 season, his teams had won 354 games and lost 237 for a.599 winning percentage. The floor at Alexander Memorial Coliseum is named "Cremins Court" in his honor. In 2000, head coach Paul Hewitt was hired away from Siena College and helped to revitalize the Yellow Jacket program. In his first season, Georgia Tech beat UCLA, Kentucky and five ACC rivals that were ranked en route to an NCAA tournament appearance. Georgia Tech experienced a Cinderella season in 2003–2004: winning the Preseason NIT, ending Duke's 41-game winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium, making it to the school's second Final Four and first national championship game, in which they lost by nine points to UConn.
Notable players sent to the NBA under Hewitt include Chris Bosh, Jarrett Jack, Mario West, Luke Schenscher, Thaddeus Young, Will Bynum and Anthony Morrow. In back-to-back years, Hewitt successfully recruited national top-10 high school prospects in Iman Shumpert and Derrick Favors. During the 2009–2010 season, the Yellow Jackets played for the ACC tournament championship game as well as earning Hewitt's fifth NCAA tournament appearance at Tech, they advanced to the round of 32. Georgia Tech finished the 2010–11 season 13–18. On March 12, 2011, Paul Hewitt was dismissed as the head coach of the Georgia Tech after eleven seasons. Brian Gregory was appointed as his successor, Georgia Tech's thirteenth men's basketball coach, on March 28, 2011. Brian Gregory, who led Dayton to 97 victories over his last four seasons there and worked under Tom Izzo at Michigan State when the Spartans won the 2000 NCAA Championship, was named Georgia Tech's head men's basketball coach on March 28, 2011. In their first sea
Omni Coliseum was an indoor arena in Atlanta, United States. Completed in 1972, the arena seated 16,378 for 15,278 for hockey, it was part of the Omni Complex, now known as the CNN Center. It was the home arena for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association from 1972 until the arena's closure in 1997 and the Atlanta Flames of the National Hockey League from their inception in 1972 until 1980, when the franchise was sold and relocated to Calgary, Alberta, it hosted the 1977 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, the 1988 Democratic National Convention, the 1996 Summer Olympics indoor volleyball. The Omni was closed and demolished in 1997, its successor, State Farm Arena, was constructed within the Omni's footprint and opened in 1999. The arena was considered an architectural marvel that combined innovative roof and structural designs; the logo is based on the unique seating arrangement. The exterior cladding was composed of Cor-Ten weathering steel, covered in rust; the Omni was noted for its distinctive space frame roof joked about as looking like an egg crate or a rusty waffle iron.
Designed by the firm of tvsdesign with structural engineering work by the firm of Prybylowski and Gravino, the roof was technically described as an ortho-quad truss system. The only remaining part of the Omni is the scoreboard that hangs in the pavilion of the State Farm Arena. American Sign and Indicator built the basketball-specific scoreboard in the early 1990s to replace the original hockey-specific scoreboard that Daktronics maintained during the 1980s; the arena had four message boards on each end zone, two of which were animation boards. The Omni was a hotbed for professional wrestling, it was considered the home base for the NWA's Georgia Championship Wrestling since its opening, Jim Crockett Promotions in the late 1980s, WCW. Many major and historic wrestling events took place at the Omni, including Starrcade 85, Starrcade 86, Starrcade 89, the first Wargames match during the Great American Bash in 1987, many other pay-per-view shows; the WWE held many shows at the Omni when they were known as the WWF.
The Omni was home to the NBA Atlanta Hawks from 1972 to 1997. The Omni was home of the NHL Atlanta Flames from 1972 to 1980, the IHL Atlanta Knights. In 1994, the Knights became the only pro team to win a championship in the building when they won the Turner Cup; the arena hosted the 1977 NCAA Final Four, won by Marquette University over North Carolina in what was Warriors' coach Al McGuire's last game, one SEC and three ACC men's basketball tournaments, the 1978 NBA All-Star Game, the 1993 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, the indoor volleyball matches for the 1996 Summer Olympics. The Omni was the indoor home of the Atlanta Chiefs of the North American Soccer League as well as the Atlanta Attack of the American Indoor Soccer Association; the Omni was Atlanta's primary concert venue from 1972-1997. Among the many acts that performed there were: Elvis Presley performed 12 times between 1973 and 1976. George Harrison performed two shows on 1974 as part of his Dark Horse Tour. Led Zeppelin performed at the Omni on April 23, 1977, on their critically and commercially successful final tour of the United States.
Deep Purple played twice at the Omni, on June 18, 1973 and on March 11, 1974. In 1987 concert was canceled due to Ritchie Blackmore's hand injury. T. Rex performed at the Omni on July 1973, supporting Three Dog Night. Gary Painter and the Northwest Jazz Band performed at a couple of Hawks games in the 1980s. Frank Sinatra performed at the Omni in 1974, 1988, 1994. Rolling Stones played to a sold out crowd at the Omni on July 30, 1975 as part of their Tour of the Americas'75 tour. Van Halen The band first performed at the Omni on November 13, 1978. Scalped tickets for the band's shows sold for up to 100 dollars; the Police performed two consecutive shows during their Synchronicity Tour on November 2–3, 1983, with The Fixx as their opening act. Excerpts from these shows appeared on the 1984 Synchronicity Concert VHS, the 2005 DVD release and on disc 2 of their live album, entitled Live!. Def Leppard performed four shows during their Hysteria World Tour on December 18, 1987, with Tesla as their opening act and October 7–9, 1988, with Queensrÿche as their opening act.
Their 1988 shows were filmed and recorded, with portions included on their live home video, entitled Live: In the Round, in Your Face. Journey performed as part of their Raised on Radio Tour on November 18–19, 1986, with Glass Tiger as their opening act, they filmed the live music video for their song "I'll Be Alright Without You" during these shows. Michael Jackson performed three consecutive sold–out shows during his Bad World Tour on April 13–15, 1988; the Grateful Dead performed three consecutive shows during their Built to Last Tour on April 1–3, 1990. The shows were recorded and three songs from their April Fool's Day show "China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider" and "Dear Mr. Fantasy" were included on their live album, entitled Without a Net. Nirvana performed one show during their In Utero Tour on November 29, 1993, with The Breeders as their opening act. R. E. M. concluded their Monster World Tour with three shows on November 18–19 and 21, 1995, with Luscious Jackson as their opening act.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team participates in the Atlantic Coast Conference and their homecourt is the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Wake Forest made the Final Four in 1962 and through the years, the program has produced many NBA players; the Demon Deacons have won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament four times, in 1961, 1962, 1995, 1996. Wake Forest's biggest rivalries are with the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Duke Blue Devils and the NC State Wolfpack; the most recent coach is Danny Manning, hired on April 4, 2014. Head Coach – Danny Manning Assoc. Head Coach- Randolph Childress Asst. Coach – Steve Woodberry Asst. Coach – Jamil Jones Jeff Bzdelik Dino Gaudio Skip Prosser Dave Odom Bob Staak Carl Tacy Jack McCloskey Jack Murdock Bones McKinney Murray Greason Fred Emmerson Pat Miller James A. Baldwin R. S. Hayes Hank Garrity Phil Utley James L. White, Jr. Bill Holding Irving Carlyle E. T. MacDonnell J. R. Crozier The Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a 14,407-seat multi-purpose arena in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
It was named after Lawrence Joel, an Army medic from Winston-Salem, awarded the Medal of Honor in 1967 for action in Vietnam on November 8, 1965. The memorial was designed by James Ford in New York, includes the poem "The Fallen" engraved on an interior wall, it is home to Wake Forest's men's and women's basketball teams, is adjacent to the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. The arena replaced the old Winston-Salem Memorial Coliseum, torn down for the LJVM Coliseum's construction. Banners hang in the rafters commemorating past players' retired numbers and the late Skip Prosser. There are banners recognizing the Demon Deacons' past NCAA and ACC successes; the arena is home to the Screamin' Demon student section. Wake Forest's black and gold tie-dyed apparel and "Zombie Nation" were both implemented upon Prosser's arrival at Wake Forest; the Miller Center is the basketball team's on-campus home. It houses the players' locker rooms, team meeting rooms, coaches' offices, the Dave Budd Practice Gym; the players utilize the Miller Center for practice, academic work, relaxing with their teammates.
The Dave Budd Practice Gym has a full-length court, six stand alone baskets, bleacher seating and banners honoring some of the best players to don the black and gold. The locker room includes a separate player lounge which features multiple large flat screen TVs, multiple entertainment systems plus the latest video software, as well as dedicated equipment and training rooms. On March 5, 2014, Wake Forest announced a $7.5 million donation from WFU alum Bob McCreary towards a 95,000 square foot sports performance center. The Sports Performance Center is designed to meet the training needs of more than 350 student-athletes who compete in 18 sports; the building will be located on Wake Forest's main campus near the Miller Center. The building will house the football program's headquarters and will provide invaluable resources to the basketball program as well; the sports performance center will feature a robust strength and conditioning facility that will provide all athletes ample room and equipment to maximize their training.
Additionally, the new building will house a state of the art athlete nutrition program, which will provide all Wake Forest student-athletes with convenient access to nutritional resources and grab-and-go food options. The Demon Deacons have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 23 times, their combined record is 28–23. The Demon Deacons have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament six times, their combined record is 10–5. They were NIT champions in 2000. #3 – Chris Paul #5 – Josh Howard #12 – Charlie Davis #14 – Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues #15 – Skip Brown #21 – Tim Duncan #22 – Randolph Childress #24 – Dickie Hemric #32 – Rod Griffin #50 – Len Chappell #54 – Rodney Rogers Skip Prosser National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame: Billy Packer – 2008 Tim Duncan – 2017John R. Wooden Award: Tim Duncan – 1997Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award: Muggsy BoguesMcDonald's All-Americans Chris Paul - 2003 Al-Farouq Aminu - 2010ACC Coach of the Year: Murray Greason – 1956 Bones McKinney – 1960, 1961 Dave Odom – 1991, 1994, 1995 Skip Prosser – 2003ACC Player of the Year: Dickie Hemric – 1954, 1955 Len Chappell – 1961, 1962 Charlie Davis – 1971 Rod Griffin – 1977 Rodney Rogers – 1993 Tim Duncan – 1996, 1997 Josh Howard – 2003ACC Rookie of the Year: Rodney Rogers – 1991 Robert O'Kelley – 1998 Chris Paul – 2004ACC Most Improved Player of the Year John Collins – 2017 The players are all first team All-ACC, unless otherwise noted Denotes 2nd Team All-ACC Denotes 3rd Team All-ACC 1990: Rodney Rogers - NC 2003: Chris Paul - NC 2008: Ty Walker - NC 2008: Al-Farouq Aminu - GA Tim Duncan - San Antonio Spurs Dickie Hemric - Boston Celtics Al-Farouq Aminu - Portland Trailblazers John Collins - Atlanta Hawks James Johnson - Miami Heat Chris Paul - Houston Rockets Ish Smith - Detroit Pistons Jeff Teague - Minnesota Timberwolves Doral Moore - Memphis Hustle Bryant Crawford - Hapoel Gilboa Galil Codi Miller-McIntyre - BC Zenit Saint Petersburg Dinos Mitoglou - Panathinaikos Official website
Shane Courtney Battier is an American retired professional basketball player who played for various teams of the National Basketball Association. He has been a member of the U. S. national basketball team. Battier was born and raised in Birmingham and attended Detroit Country Day School in nearby Beverly Hills, where he won many awards including the 1997 Mr. Basketball award, he went on to play four years of college basketball at Duke, where he captured the 2001 National Championship and swept the major National Player of the Year awards. Battier was selected with the sixth overall pick of the 2001 NBA draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies, he was traded five years to the Houston Rockets, was traded back to the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2010–2011 NBA season. He signed with the Miami Heat in 2011, his number has been retired by both Detroit Country Day Duke University. He has been recognized for his aggressive defense and has "routinely guarded the league's most dangerous offensive players", he is the only basketball player to have won both the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award and the Naismith College Player of the Year.
Battier won two NBA championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013. Battier was an outlier from his childhood, he was the only child in the school with a black father and a white mother. As Michael Lewis put it in a 2009 article, the young Battier "was shuttling between a black world that treated him as white and a white world that treated him as black." More in the context of basketball, Lewis noted that "the inner-city kids with whom he played on the Amateur Athletic Union circuit treated Battier like a suburban kid with a white game, the suburban kids he played with during the regular season treated him like a visitor from the planet where they kept the black people." Battier graduated from Detroit Country Day School with a 3.96 grade point average and was named the school's outstanding student in his senior year. He went on to attend Duke. While at Duke, Battier was the best defender on the court, he took charges which prompted the Cameron Crazies to chant, "Who's your daddy? Battier!" He led the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball to two Final Fours, in 1999 and 2001, though his team in 1998 squandered a late 17-point lead to eventual national champion Kentucky in the regional finals.
The Blue Devils lost to the Connecticut Huskies in the 1999 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, but came back to win the national championship by defeating the Arizona Wildcats two years later. In 2001, Battier swept the major National Player of the Year awards, subsequently had his jersey number 31 retired by the Blue Devils. Additionally, Battier was a three-time awardee of the NABC Defensive Player of the Year. Battier and Jason Williams on the 2001 national championship team were one of only two Duke duos to each score over 700 points in a season, the other duo being Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler in the 2009–10 season. Battier graduated from Duke with a major in religion. After the conclusion of his college career, Battier was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team. Battier was a two-time Academic All-American and Academic All-American of the year in 2001, he was second behind Jon Scheyer in the Duke record book for minutes played in a single season as of March 28, 2010, had 36 double-figure scoring games in a single season.
Battier held the unofficial record among NCAA Division I men's players for most games won in a career with 131, a record that would fall in 2017 to Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski. Battier was selected by the Grizzlies with the sixth pick of the first round of the 2001 NBA draft. At the time, the Grizzlies were in the process of moving from Vancouver to Memphis. Pau Gasol of Spain was selected in the same draft with the number three pick, by the Atlanta Hawks traded to the Grizzlies. Battier was a versatile player with the size to play the range to score from further out. However, he made his living as a hustle player on the defensive end, where he defended three positions with a high degree of skill, netted a good number of blocks and steals, dove for loose balls, drew offensive fouls from his opponent. On June 28, 2006, Battier was traded by the Grizzlies to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Stromile Swift and the Rockets' number 8 selection Rudy Gay in the 2006 NBA draft. Battier has been called "the ultimate glue guy" for playing sound, team-oriented basketball, making his teammates more effective without flash or padding his own stats, for making the most of his skills with discipline and hustle rather than raw athleticism.
He's known for his extensive preparation in studying the opposing team and the player he is assigned to guard: "I try to prepare for my opponent as as possible. I want to know every angle on the man. I read many, many pages and go over strengths and weaknesses many times before a game.'Proper preparation prevents poor performance.' That is a motto I like." The Rockets made him the team's only player with access to its sophisticated statistical data that they compiled on all opposing players. In a game between the Rockets and San A