1991 NBA Playoffs
The 1991 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1990–91 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls defeating the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals, michael Jordan was named NBA Finals MVP. After the Pistons had ended their season the last three years, the Bulls got revenge in the Eastern Conference Finals by sweeping the two-time defending NBA champions. It was the first time the Bulls won a series over the Pistons since 1974. Game 4 ended with some of the Pistons walking off the court before time expired, in the 1989 NBA Finals, the Pistons themselves had swept the two-time defending champion Lakers. Detroit did not reach the finals again until 2003. The seventh seeded Golden State Warriors stunned the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs and it would be Golden States last playoff series win until 2007. The 76ers and the Bucks met in the first round of the playoffs where the 76ers swept the series and it would be both teams last playoff appearance until 1999.
Game 4 of the Blazers–Jazz series was the last game played at the Salt Palace. This was the first year that NBC aired the NBA Playoffs, Los Angeles Lakers 1st Round Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns vs, Conference Semifinals Portland Trail Blazers vs. Conference Finals Portland Trail Blazers vs. Champion, Chicago Bulls 1st Round Chicago Bulls vs, detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Conference Finals Chicago Bulls vs. Chicago Bulls vs. Basketball-References 1991 NBA Playoffs page
The Sacramento Kings are an American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. The Kings compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Western Conference Pacific Division. The Kings are the team in the major professional North American sports leagues located in Sacramento. The team play its games at the Golden 1 Center. The Kings are the oldest franchise in the NBA, and one of the oldest continuously operating professional basketball franchises in the nation and they originated in Rochester, New York as the Rochester Seagrams in 1923 and joined the National Basketball League in 1945 as the Rochester Royals. They jumped to the Basketball Association of America, forerunner of the NBA, as the Royals, the team was often successful on the court, winning the NBA championship in 1951. However, they found it difficult to turn a profit in the comparatively small market of Rochester. In 1972, the relocated to Kansas City, Missouri. In 1975, the Kings ceased playing home games in Omaha, the team again failed to find success in that market, and moved to Sacramento in 1985.
The Royals defected to the NBLs rival, the Basketball Association of America, in 1948. In 1949, as a result of that absorption of the NBL by the BAA, the Royals became members of the newly formed NBA along with the Fort Wayne Pistons, Minneapolis Lakers. A year later, the BAA absorbed the remaining NBL teams to become the National Basketball Association, the move to the BAA took away Rochesters profitable exhibition schedule, and placed it in the same Western Division that Minneapolis was in. Of the two best teams in pro basketball, only one of them could play in the finals from 1949 to 1954. Minneapolis, with George Mikan, was almost always a little better at playoff time than the Royals, Harrison knew that the NBA was outgrowing Rochester, and spent most of the 1950s looking for a buyer for his team. The Royals won the NBA title in 1951 by defeating the New York Knicks 4 games to 3 and it is the only NBA championship in the franchises history. However, the title did not translate into profit for the Royals, the roster turned over in 1955, except for Bobby Wanzer, the team moved to the larger Rochester War Memorial.
Now a losing team filled with rookies, the Royals still did not turn a profit, the NBA was putting pressure on Harrison to sell or relocate his team to a larger city. With this in mind, the 1956–57 season was the Royals last in Rochester, in April 1957, the Harrison brothers moved the Royals to Cincinnati
Reunion Arena was an indoor arena located in the Reunion district of downtown Dallas, Texas. The arena served as the home of the National Basketball Associations Dallas Mavericks. Its capacity held accommodations for 18,187 basketball and 17,001 for ice hockey spectators, Reunion Arena was demolished in November 2009 and the site was cleared by the end of the year. Reunion Arena was completed in 1980 at a cost of US$27 million and it was named for the early mid-19th century commune, La Reunion. Reunion Arena was notable for two lasts, it was the last NBA or NHL arena to be built without luxury suites, the color matrix messageboards on that scoreboard were replaced in 1991 with Sony Jumbotron video screens. Reunion Arena hosted the WCT Tennis Tournament in the 1980s, due to scheduling conflicts in 1984, the WCT Tennis Tournament forced the Dallas Mavericks to play Game 5 of their first ever playoff series at Moody Coliseum, against the Seattle SuperSonics. Reunion Arena hosted the Southwest Conferences basketball tournament in the 1980s and 1990s, in 1994, U. S.
President Bill Clinton visited the arena to watch the University of Arkansas basketball team play in the NCAA Tournament. In late 2005, the arena and the Dallas Convention Center were used as the primary Dallas shelters for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. The arena featured 30,000 ft² of floor space and had great sightlines, making it ideal for a number of events and games, including many high school graduations. Though The Who was promoted as the first concert at Reunion on July 2,1980, p-Funk performed touring with SHOWCO sound and lights. Two other concerts played there in late June and Pat Travers on June 25,1980, and Ted Nugent, the rock band Journey played three consecutive shows at the arena in July 1983, and again in December 1986. Van Halen played three shows in June 1984, Judas Priest played June 27,1986 recording the show which parts can be found on the Priest. Live. A full concert DVD was released as well, pink Floyd played three consecutive shows at Reunion in November 1987, and Guns N Roses played a show in December 1987.
Pop songstress Whitney Houston played two concerts at Reunion in September 1987. The video for the Scorpions song Still Loving You was filmed there, country music superstar Garth Brooks filmed his first television special, This Is Garth Brooks, in the arena during two sold-out concerts in September 1991. The concert became noteworthy after Brooks and guitarist Ty England took two guitars together and smashed them on stage. Another country music star, Shania Twain, once performed her Come on Over Tour in the arena on September 12,1998 and was filmed in her first DVD released Shania Twain Live. Reunion was a venue that was used by World Class Championship Wrestling in the 1980s, in which the organization held many
Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
The Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is an annual National Basketball Association award given since the 1969 NBA Finals. The award is decided by a panel of nine media members, the person with the highest votes wins the award. In at least one NBA Finals, fans balloting on NBA. com accounted for the tenth vote, the award was originally a black trophy with a gold basketball-shaped sphere at the top, similar to the Larry OBrien Trophy, until a new trophy was introduced in 2005. Since its inception, the award has given to 30 different players. Michael Jordan is a record six-time award winner, magic Johnson, Shaquille ONeal, Tim Duncan and LeBron James won the award three times in their careers. Jordan and ONeal are the players to win the award in three consecutive seasons. Johnson is the only ever to win the award, as well as the youngest at 20 years old. Andre Iguodala is the winner to have not started every game in the series. Jerry West, the first ever awardee, is the person to win the award while being on the losing team in the NBA Finals.
Willis Reed, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Olajuwon and James have won the award in two consecutive seasons. Abdul-Jabbar and James are the players to win the award for two different teams. Olajuwon of Nigeria, who became a naturalized U. S. citizen in 1993, Tony Parker of France, cedric Maxwell is the only Finals MVP winner eligible for the Hall of Fame who has not been voted in. NBA Most Valuable Player Award NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award General Specific
1988 NBA Playoffs
The 1988 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1987–88 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals, james Worthy was named NBA Finals MVP. The Lakers became the first team since the Boston Celtics in 1969 to repeat as champions, larry Bird scored 20 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to help Boston overcome the 47 points scored by Dominique Wilkins. The Dallas Mavericks made their first trip to the Western Conference Finals and they would not advance that far again until 2003, and would not face the Lakers again until 2011. The New York Knicks made the playoffs for the first time since 1984 and they remained regulars until 2001, which included NBA Finals appearances in 1994 and 1999. On the other hand, the Washington Bullets did not return until 1997, and would not win a playoff game again until 2005 as the Wizards.
In the first round against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Michael Jordan scored 50 or more points twice—50 points in Game 1, allen Iverson would equal that feat in the 2001 NBA Playoffs against the Toronto Raptors. This was the first time in NBA history that an other than a Finals game was played during the month of June. Game 4 of the Hawks-Bucks series was the last game played at the MECCA. The Bucks moved to the Bradley Center the next season, BMO Harris Bank purchased its rights in 2012. Game 5 of the NBA Finals was the last NBA game ever played at the Pontiac Silverdome, Los Angeles Lakers 1st Round Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets vs. Dallas Mavericks vs. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Conference Semifinals Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets vs, Conference Finals Los Angeles Lakers vs. Champion, Detroit Pistons 1st Round Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks vs, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Basketball-Reference. coms 1988 NBA Playoffs page
Moses Eugene Malone was an American basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association from 1974 through 1995. The center was named the NBA Most Valuable Player three times and was a 12-time NBA All-Star and an eight-time All-NBA selection, Malone won his only NBA championship in 1983, when he was both the league and Finals MVP with the Philadelphia 76ers. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2001, Malone began his pro career out of high school after he was selected in the third round of the 1974 ABA Draft by the Utah Stars. He was named an ABA All-Star as a rookie and played two seasons in the league until it merged with the NBA in 1976 and he landed in the NBA with the Buffalo Braves, who traded him after two games to the Houston Rockets. Malone became a five-time All-Star in six seasons with the Rockets, after leading the NBA in rebounding in 1979, he was named league MVP for the first time.
He led the Rockets to the NBA Finals in 1981, Malone was traded to Philadelphia the following season, when he repeated as MVP and led the 76ers to a championship in his first year. In his first of two stints with Philadelphia, he was an All-Star in each of his four seasons, following another trade, Malone was an All-Star in his only two seasons with the Washington Bullets. He signed as an agent with the Atlanta Hawks, earning his 12th straight. In his years, he played with the Milwaukee Bucks before returning to the 76ers, Malone led the NBA in rebounding six times, including a then-record five straight seasons. He finished his career as the leader in offensive rebounds after leading both the ABA and NBA in the category a combined nine times. Malone was nicknamed Chairman of the Boards for his rebounding prowess, combining his ABA and NBA statistics, he ranks seventh all-time in career points and third in total rebounds. He was named to both the ABA All-Time Team and the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, Malone was born in Petersburg, Virginia.
He was a child, raised alone by his mother, Mary. When Malone was two old, Mary kicked her husband out due to his alcohol use. Malones father moved to Texas, Malone attended Petersburg High School, where he played basketball. Petersburg went undefeated in his two years, winning 50 games and the Virginia state championship in both years. Malone signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Terrapins at the University of Maryland. However, when the Utah Stars of the ABA selected him in the round of the 1974 ABA Draft
American Airlines Center
The American Airlines Center is a multi-purpose arena, located in the Victory Park neighborhood, near downtown Dallas, Texas. The venue serves as the home to the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association, the arena is used for concerts and other live entertainment. It opened in 2001 at a cost of $420 million, by 1998, the Dallas Mavericks, owned by H. Ross Perot, Jr. and the Dallas Stars were indicating their desire for a new facility to replace the dated Reunion Arena. The new arena was to be built just north of Woodall Rodgers Freeway near Interstate 35E on the site of an old power plant, on March 18,1999, American Airlines announced that it would be acquiring the naming rights for the arena for US$195 million. American Airlines is headquartered in Fort Worth and is based at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the first event occurred the next day with an Eagles concert. On the next night, the hosted the last show of Michael Flatleys Feet of Flames tour. The first sporting event took place on August 19,2001, principal design work was carried out by David M.
Schwarz Architectural Services of Washington D. C. American Airlines Center was designed to be the heart of a new urban, the facility itself features a conservative, traditional design with sweeping brick façades and smooth arches, and has been graced with a number of awards. The interior includes retractable seating, public art and a state-of-the-art technological arena, because of the Quonset hut-like appearance of its roof and the fact that American Airlines holds the naming rights some fans have come to refer to it as The Hangar. On the south side of the arena AT&T Plaza serves as the entrance into the facility. The plaza provides a space with fountains flanked by retail. With several high-definition video displays from Daktronics mounted on the side of the arena and office buildings, after the Dallas Desperados played their first season in the AAC, they moved to nearby Reunion Arena and played there for their second season. For their third season, they moved back to the AAC, the AAC hosted the Big 12 Basketball Tournament in 2003,2004 &2006.
The PBR hosted a Built Ford Tough Series bull riding event at the AAC, between 2005 &2009. American Airlines Center, as well as American Airlines Arena in Miami, hosted the 2006 NBA Finals and this was both teams first appearance in the Finals. Because American Airlines held the rights to both venues in the final, the series was nicknamed by some as the American Airlines series, hosted the 55th National Hockey League All-Star Game on January 24,2007. Co-hosted the 2011 NBA Finals with American Airlines Arena in Miami and it was both teams second appearance in the Finals, and this time the Mavericks won in 6 games. On Saturday June 18,2011, it played host to Strikeforce, UFC103 was held at the Center on September 19,2009
2002 NBA Playoffs
The 2002 NBA Playoffs were the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 2001–02 season. This was the postseason that held a best-of-5 first-round series. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Nets 4 games to 0, Shaquille ONeal was named NBA Finals MVP for the third straight year. Though they eventually lost to the Nets 4–2, they did create the biggest 4th quarter playoff comeback in Game 3, the Detroit Pistons won their first playoff series since 1991. They would lose in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the Celtics in five games, the playoffs marked the last appearance of the Charlotte Hornets in the playoffs until 2010. The Hornets moved the year to New Orleans, while an expansion team. The Hornets were renamed the Pelicans in 2013, after which the Bobcats reclaimed the Hornets name in 2014, the Hornets reclaimed the history and records of the 1988–2002 Charlotte teams. The Charlotte Coliseum played host to its playoff game on May 12.
The playoffs marked the last time NBC and TBS aired NBA games as regular TV partners of the league, the last TBS-aired game under its various contracts was Game 5 of the Lakers-Spurs series, while Game 4 of the NBA Finals marked the last telecast on NBC. TBS and NBC were replaced with ESPN and ABC the following season, TBS has aired some NBA basketball in the ensuing years due to conflicts on sister network TNT. Pat Riley missed the playoffs for the first time in his coaching career, the total number of playoff games was 70, including the NBA Finals. The Sacramento Kings clinched the best record in the NBA, and this was the second playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Spurs winning the first meeting. The Lakers sweep the Blazers thanks to a series-winning 3 by Robert Horry with 2.1 seconds left in Game 3 and this was the 11th playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning eight of the first ten meetings. Dirk Nowitzki was virtually unstoppable in this series, averaging 33 points and 16 rebounds per game and this was the first playoff meeting between the Mavericks and the Timberwolves.
This was the first playoff meeting between the Mavericks and the Kings, the Spurs led going into the fourth quarter of all five games, yet were able to win only one. It would be San Antonios final 2 home games in the Alamodome and this was the eighth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Lakers winning five of the first seven meetings. The 2002 Western Conference Finals is widely regarded as one of the best series in NBA playoff history, two games were decided on game winning shots and Game 7 was decided in overtime. However, the series was marred by controversy and allegations of corruption, on June 10,2008, convicted NBA referee Tim Donaghys attorney filed a court document alleging that Game 6 was fixed by two referees
The Philadelphia 76ers are an American professional basketball team based in Philadelphia metropolitan area. The 76ers compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Founded in 1946 and originally known as the Syracuse Nationals, they are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA and they have won three NBA championships, with their first coming as the Syracuse Nationals in 1955. The second title came in the 1966–67 season, a team which was led by Chamberlain, the third title came in the 1982–83 season, won by a team led by Erving and Malone. The 76ers have only been back to the NBA Finals once since then, in 2001, while in the NBL with teams largely consisting of small Midwestern towns, the Nationals put together a 21–23 record, finishing in 4th place. In the playoffs, the Nats would be beaten by the fellow upstate neighbor Rochester Royals in 4 games, in their second season, 1947–48, the Nationals would struggle, finishing in 5th place with a 24–36 record.
Despite their struggles, the Nats would make the playoffs, getting swept by the Anderson Duffey Packers in 3 straight games, several teams began to leave the NBL for the BAA as the foundation for an absorption was laid. The Nationals recipe for success began by recruiting Leo Ferris, in the playoffs the Nationals would make quick work of the Hammond Calumet Buccaneers, winning the series in 2 straight games. However, in the semifinals the Nats would fall to the Anderson Duffey Packers for the second season in 4 games. In 1949, the Nationals were one of seven NBL teams that were absorbed by the Basketball Association of America to form the NBA, the Nationals were an instant success in the NBA, winning the Eastern Division in the 1949–1950 season, with a league best record of 51–13. In the playoffs the Nationals continued to play basketball, beating the Philadelphia Warriors in 2 straight. Moving on to the Eastern Finals, the Nationals battled the New York Knickerbockers, in the NBA Finals, the Nationals faced fellow NBL alums the Minneapolis Lakers.
In Game 1 of the Finals the Nats lost just their home game of the season 68–66. The Nats did not recover, as they fell behind 3 games to 1 before falling in 6 games, despite several teams leaving the NBA for the National Professional Basketball League before the 1950–1951 season, the Nationals decided to stay put. In their second NBA season the Nationals played mediocre basketball all season, however, in the playoffs the Nats played their best basketball of the season as they stunned the 1st place Philadelphia Warriors in 2 straight, taking Game 1 on the road in overtime 91–89. In the Eastern Finals the Nationals were beaten by the New York Knickerbockers in a hard-fought 5-game series, in the playoffs the Nats knocked off the Philadelphia Warriors again in a 3-game series. However, in the Eastern Finals the Nats fell to the New York Knickerbockers again, the Nationals would finish in 2nd place in a hard fought 3-way battle for first place in the Eastern Division for the 1952–1953 season, with a record of 47–24.
In the playoffs the Nationals would face the Boston Celtics dropping Game 1 at home 87–81, the Nationals acquired Alex Groza, and Ralph Beard as the Indianapolis Olympians folded leaving the NBA with just 9 teams for the 1953–1954 season
New York Knicks
The New York Knickerbockers, commonly referred to as the Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in New York City. The Knicks compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its games at Madison Square Garden, located in the borough of Manhattan. They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City, the other is the Brooklyn Nets, along with the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are one of only two original NBA teams still located in its original city. The Knicks were successful during their years and were constant playoff contenders under the franchises first head coach Joe Lapchick. Beginning in 1950, the Knicks made three appearances in the NBA Finals, all of which were losing efforts. Lapchick resigned in 1956 and the team began to falter. It was not until the late 1960s when Red Holzman became head coach that the Knicks began to regain their former dominance, Holzman successfully guided the Knicks to two NBA championships, in 1970 and 1973.
The Knicks of the 1980s had mixed success that included six playoff appearances, the playoff-level Knicks of the 1990s were led by future Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing, this era was marked by passionate rivalries with the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, and Miami Heat. During this time, they were known for playing tough defense under head coaches Pat Riley, during this era, the Knicks made two appearances in the NBA Finals, in 1994 and 1999, though they were unable to win an NBA championship. Since 2000, the Knicks have struggled to regain their former glory, in 2012–13, the franchise won its first division title in 19 years, but was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Indiana Pacers. According to a 2016 Forbes report, the Knicks were the most-valuable NBA franchise, in 1946, particularly college basketball, was a growing and increasingly profitable sport in New York City. Hockey was another sport at the time and generated considerable profits, however. Max Kase, a New York sportswriter, became the editor at the Boston American in the 1930s.
Kase developed the idea of a professional league to showcase college players upon their graduation. Brown, intrigued by the opportunity to attain additional income when the teams were not playing or on the road. Ned Irish, a college basketball promoter, retired sportswriter and president of Madison Square Garden, was in attendance, Kase originally planned to own and operate the New York franchise himself and approached Irish with a proposal to lease the Garden. Irish explained that the rules of the Arena Managers Association of America stated that Madison Square Garden was required to own any professional teams played in the arena