Benjamin Ashenafi Gordon is a former British-American professional basketball player. Gordon played college basketball for the University of Connecticut and won a national championship with them in 2004, he is the only player to have won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award as a rookie. Gordon is second in career three-point field goals behind Kirk Hinrich. Gordon was born in England to Jamaican parents, he moved to the United States as an infant, grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. Gordon played high school basketball for the Mount Vernon Knights, helped lead the team to the 2000 New York State Public and Federation Championships. Gordon was an All-State player at a top 40 national recruit, he was recruited by Seton Hall, but decided to attend UConn. As a freshman at Connecticut, Gordon ranked second on the team in scoring, despite coming off the bench for most of the season, he hit the game winning 3-point shot against Villanova in the Big East Tournament. As a sophomore Gordon averaged a team-leading 19.5 points and led the Huskies with 156 total assists, which earned Gordon Second Team All-Big East honors.
In Gordon's junior and final year at Connecticut, he averaged a team-leading 20.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He connected on 104 three-pointers, the second-highest single season total in Connecticut's history. Gordon set a Big East Tournament record with 81 total points, earning the tournaments' Most Outstanding Performer honors. Gordon earned the Most Outstanding Player award of the Phoenix Regional honors in the NCAA Tournament, he led the tournament field with 127 total points, as he helped lead the Huskies to the NCAA Championship. Following his junior year, Gordon declared himself eligible for the 2004 NBA draft and was selected third overall by the Chicago Bulls, one pick after the Charlotte Bobcats drafted his teammate at Connecticut, Emeka Okafor. Before the 2004 NBA draft, Gordon thought that he would be drafted anywhere from 7th to 12th, but as the draft got closer he claimed to have an inkling that the Bulls might draft him third as they did with Michael Jordan 20 years earlier in the 1984 NBA draft.
"I'm a guy. Before the draft, I had no idea. I thought; as we started getting closer and I started to get an inkling that the Bulls could be a team that I could end up playing for, I started to look at the numbers. Michael Jordan was drafted by the Bulls and he was the third pick just like you." Gordon wore the number 4 on his jersey in high school and college, but had to wear the number 7 with the Bulls due to the number 4 being retired. Gordon said, "I wore No. 4 my whole career but, of course, Jerry Sloan had that number beforehand so there wasn't much I could do about it. So all I did was just being the third pick with my old No. 4. That's why I wear No. 7." The Bulls acquired Luol Deng in the same draft. Between Michael Jordan's departure in 1998 and Gordon's arrival in 2004, the Bulls did not win more than 30 games in a single season. In his rookie year, Gordon helped lead a turnaround from a 3–14 start to finish 47–35 and secure the fourth seed in the playoffs, he averaged 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while playing 24.2 minutes per game.
Gordon finished with 21 double-digit fourth quarter point performances, second to only LeBron James' 22 in the NBA. In their first playoff appearance in the post-Jordan era, the Bulls lost to the Washington Wizards in six games. After the season, Gordon became the first rookie in NBA history to be awarded the NBA Sixth Man Award. Gordon was the NBA's Eastern Conference Rookie of The Month 3 times, was voted onto the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Gordon had problems with turnovers however, an overall lack of stamina in his rookie season, he remarked, "More than anything, I just want to come back in better shape". "A lot of this game is about conditioning and how long you can give your best performance." Gordon revealed that he was in the process of designing an energy drink called BG7, an allusion to his initials and jersey number. Gordon unveiled the drink at One Sixty a restaurant co-owned by Michael Jordan; the drink was made with white tea, which has a high amount of antioxidants, the most polyphenols of any tea.
In his sophomore campaign, Gordon alternated between the starting lineup and bench for the Bulls, starting 47 games while coming off of the bench for 35. The minutes Gordon played per game rose, as assist averages. Gordon was selected to play for the Sophomores in the Rookie Challenge held during the NBA All-Star Weekend, in which he scored 17 points. On April 14, 2006, in a Bulls win over the Washington Wizards, Gordon tied the record for the most consecutive three-pointers made in a game with 9; the Bulls were again eliminated in the first round in six games. Gordon's third season marked a giant step forward for the Bulls, he adjusted to becoming the team's starting shooting guard, averaging 21.4 points on near 46% shooting in 33 minutes per game. Chicago rebounded from a 3-9 start to finish 49-33. On March 4, 2007, Gordon established a career high 48 points, leading a miraculous comeback effort to win 126–121 in overtime against the Milwaukee Bucks. In the first round of the playoffs the Bulls again faced the Heat, but th
Michael Jeffrey Jordan known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player, the principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. He played 15 seasons in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, his biography on the official NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." He was one of the most marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. Jordan played three seasons for coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina; as a freshman, he was a member of the Tar Heels' national championship team in 1982. Jordan joined the Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick, he emerged as a league star and entertained crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, demonstrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in Slam Dunk Contests, earned him the nicknames Air Jordan and His Airness.
He gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball. In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a "three-peat". Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball before the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season, started a new career in Minor League Baseball, he returned to the Bulls in March 1995 and led them to three additional championships in 1996, 1997, 1998, as well as a then-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season. Jordan retired for a second time in January 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Wizards. Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include six NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Awards, ten scoring titles, five MVP Awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game selections, three All-Star Game MVP Awards, three steals titles, the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average and highest career playoff scoring average. In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press' list of athletes of the century. Jordan is a two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, having been enshrined in 2009 for his individual career, again in 2010 as part of the group induction of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team, he became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015. Jordan is known for his product endorsements, he fueled the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1984 and remain popular today. Jordan starred as himself in the 1996 film Space Jam. In 2006, he became part-owner and head of basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats, bought a controlling interest in 2010. In 2014, Jordan became the first billionaire player in NBA history, he is the third-richest African-American, behind Robert F. Oprah Winfrey.
Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Deloris, who worked in banking, James R. Jordan Sr. an equipment supervisor. His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina. Jordan is the fourth of five children, he has two older brothers, Larry Jordan and James R. Jordan, Jr. one older sister and one younger sister, Roslyn. Jordan's brother James retired in 2006 as the Command Sergeant Major of the 35th Signal Brigade of the XVIII Airborne Corps in the U. S. Army. Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, where he highlighted his athletic career by playing basketball and football, he tried out for the varsity basketball team during his sophomore year, but at 5'11", he was deemed too short to play at that level. His taller friend, Harvest Leroy Smith, was the only sophomore to make the team. Motivated to prove his worth, Jordan became the star of Laney's junior varsity team, tallied several 40-point games; the following summer, he trained rigorously. Upon earning a spot on the varsity roster, Jordan averaged more than 25 points per game over his final two seasons of high school play.
As a senior, he was selected to play in the 1981 McDonald's All-American Game and scored 30 points, after averaging 27 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists per game for the season. Jordan was recruited by numerous college basketball programs, including Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. In 1981, Jordan accepted a basketball scholarship to North Carolina, where he majored in cultural geography; as a freshman in coach Dean Smith's team-oriented system, he was named ACC Freshman of the Year after he averaged 13.4 ppg on 53.4% shooting. He made the game-winning jump shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship game against Georgetown, led by future NBA rival Patrick Ewing. Jordan described this shot as the major turning point in his basketball career. During his three seasons at North Carolina, he averaged 17.7 ppg on 54.0% shooting, added 5.0 rpg. He was selected by consensus to the NCAA All-American First Team in both his sophomore and junior seasons. After winning the Naismith and the Wooden College Player of the Year awards in 1984, Jordan left North Carolina one year before his scheduled graduation to enter the 1984 NBA draft.
The Chicago Bulls selected Jordan after Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie. One of the primary reasons why Jordan was not drafted
WMVP is a commercial AM radio station in Chicago, United States. It is operated by ESPN Radio, its transmitter is located in Downers Grove. The station broadcasts a sports radio format. WMVP airs both local programs and nationally syndicated sports shows. Weekdays begin with Golic and Wingo, a national program from ESPN, while Waddle and Silvy and Jurko, Kap and Company are more focused on Chicago sports. WMVP is the flagship station of the Chicago Wolves, the AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues of the NHL; until 2016, it was the flagship station of the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. WMVP airs Northwestern Wildcats football and basketball games whenever flagship station WGN is unable to air the games due to other broadcast agreements. From 1926 to 1987, 1000 AM was the radio voice of the Chicago Federation of Labor. WMVP is a Class A radio station, broadcasting at 50,000 watts, the maximum power for commercial AM stations, it shares a clear channel frequency, with KOMO Seattle and XEOY Mexico City. WMVP uses a directional antenna to avoid interfering with those other stations.
WMVP's powerful nighttime signal allows it to be heard by listeners around the Midwestern United States and Central Canada. The station's former call sign was WCFL, for the Chicago Federation of Labor; the station billed itself as "The Voice of Labor" from its inception until its sale to the Mutual Broadcasting System in 1978. While it was a Top 40 station, WCFL featured a Sunday evening program of progressive rock music called "The Ron Britain Subterranean Circus." The word "subterranean" was in reference to WCFL featuring "underground music,", the term used to refer to then-emerging album oriented rock sound. This genre of music was exclusively carried by FM stations, making WCFL being among the few AM stations to carry album cuts as opposed to singles. On March 15, 1976, after two years of falling ratings, WCFL abruptly dropped its Top 40 format in favor of "The World's Most Beautiful Music," leaving rival WLS as Chicago's only AM Top 40 station. Station management released all disc jockeys.
The official explanation of the format change described it as "being more in keeping with the labor movement". Larry Lujack, still under contract with the station, stayed on at WCFL playing easy listening music until moving back to WLS in September 1976; the easy listening format was heard in stereo on FM beautiful music stations WLOO and WLAK. By 1978, the easy sounds were replaced by a gold-based adult contemporary format. WCFL and the Chicago Federation of Labor enjoyed the support of Mayor Richard J. Daley throughout his 1955-1976 administration, he proclaimed January 1966 "WCFL Day in Chicago" to mark the 40th anniversary of the station. In 1976, when it became evident it was time for the Federation to sell the radio station, Federation President William A. Lee turned to his long-time friend, Mayor Daley, for advice. After deciding its profit margin was too small for the Chicago Federation of Labor to maintain, WCFL was sold on April 3, 1978 to the Mutual Broadcasting System, at the time a subsidiary of the Amway Corporation.
The history of the first and longest-lived labor radio station was over. The station began to identify itself as "Mutual/CFL." A magazine-type news/talk format was adopted, with sports talk in the evening hours and the syndicated Larry King Show overnight, but ratings remained low. In 1982, WCFL flipped to a Middle of The Road format playing adult standards and pop hits of the 1950s and'60s mixed in with some softer oldies and AC cuts, a few currents. Ratings were still low, so WCFL evolved by the end of 1983 to an adult contemporary music format. In 1983, WCFL was sold by Mutual to Statewide Broadcasting. Statewide switched WCFL to adult contemporary Christian music about 10 hours a day and teaching programs the rest of the time. WCFL sold brokered programming in 30 minute blocks of time to Christian radio organizations and preachers; the format received low ratings. At that time, WCFL advertised its call letters as standing for "Winning Chicago For The Lord". In early 1985, the station moved from Marina City into a two-story brick building which had served as the original transmitter building on its Downers Grove transmitter site.
Statewide Broadcasting specialized in religious formats but merged with a secular company called Heftel Broadcasting. WCFL remained religious while its co-owned longtime rock station 97.9 FM WLUP maintained its AOR format. Heftel ended WCFL's religious format just after the stroke of midnight on April 29, 1987; the call letters of the station were changed to WLUP, its FM sister station became WLUP-FM. WLUP-FM remained an AOR station, while 1000 WLUP switched to a full service rock format focusing on personality and talk programs with a few rock cuts an hour. After 7 p.m. WLUP and WLUP-FM simulcast the AOR format till dawn. Heftel had bought a few Spanish-language stations in the late 1980s and bought a Spanish station in Chicago in 1992; as it concentrated on Spanish radio, Heftel sold its English-language stations, including WLUP-AM-FM. Evergreen Media bought WLUP-AM-FM in late 1992. From October 1992 until August 1993, WLUP was the first Chicago affiliate for The Howard Stern Show; the AM and FM stations remained the same under Evergreen.
But on September 27, 1993, WLUP-FM switched to a full-service talk/comedy format, while AM 1000 became all-sports. 97.9 became WLUP and AM 1000 changed its call sign to WMVP, for "Most Valuable Player," to reflect the station's all-sports programming. WMVP's schedule included some nationally syndicat
United Center is a multi-purpose arena located in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The United Center is home to both the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association and the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League; the arena is named after United Airlines. The plan to build the arena was created by Blackhawks owner Bill Wirtz and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf; the United Center's predecessor was the Chicago Stadium, the original "Madhouse on Madison", demolished after the new arena opened for business on August 18, 1994. The first event at the United Center was the WWF event SummerSlam. Due to the 1994–95 NHL lockout, the Blackhawks did not move in until January 1995; the east side of the arena features statues of Michael Jordan, Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, while a statue of various Blackhawks sits to the north on Madison Street, where the Chicago Stadium was located. United Center was home to the 1996 Democratic National Convention, at which a new style of four-screen speech prompting system for speakers was pioneered in the United States, consisting of two glass teleprompters, accompanied by an inset lectern monitor, a large under-camera confidence monitor.
The Bulls and Blackhawks operate the United Center through a 50/50 partnership, the United Center Joint Venture. It covers 960,000 square feet on west of the Chicago Loop; the arena is the largest in the United States in size in capacity. Its exterior bears a striking resemblance to that of Chicago Stadium, it seats 20,917 for basketball and up to 23,500 for concerts. The United Center hosts over 200 events per year and has drawn over 20 million visitors since its opening. Attendance exceeds seating capacity for Bulls and Blackhawks games. United Center's acoustics were designed to amplify noise to replicate "The Roar" – the din that made Chicago Stadium famous during hockey games. During hockey season, an Allen Organ is played, a replica of the old arena's famous Barton organ. Recreating the old organ's notes took two years; the building is 140 feet tall, cost $175 million to build, from concrete and 3,500 tons of steel. While the Blackhawks and Bulls had long planned another arena, an inflated real estate market and the early 1990s recession delayed the project until financing was secured from an international syndicate, with funding by banks from Japan and France.
Having 216 luxury skyboxes, as of the 2009–10 renovation the arena has 169 executive suites on three levels. Both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls play their home games at the arena with some of them on back to back nights; the hardwood floor for the Bulls games is laid over the ice. The flooring is taken apart when the Blackhawks have a game. In addition to 82 Bulls and Blackhawks games each year, the United Center has hosted other sporting events such as University of Illinois basketball, the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Roundball Classic, the Great Eight Classic; the arena was the Bulls' home during their second run of three consecutive championships, hosting the 1996, 1997, 1998 NBA Finals. The Bulls won the 1996 and 1997 series in the sixth game at home, but won the 1998 series at the Delta Center, now known as Vivint Smart Home Arena, in Salt Lake City, Utah; the United Center was the site of the World Wrestling Federation pay-per-view SummerSlam in 1994 – the first major event held inside the building, the only major event held in the building by WWE.
It hosted the last of World Championship Wrestling's annual Spring Stampede pay-per-view in 2000. On March 3, 2018, WWE returned to United Center for the first time in over 20 years with a Road To WrestleMania House show; the arena has hosted the Stanley Cup Finals three times: in 2010, 2013, 2015. The Blackhawks won the first two Stanley Cups on the ice of their opponent in the sixth game of the series. However, they won the 2015 series against the Tampa Bay Lightning at home in the sixth game, the first time since 1938 the Hawks clinched the Cup in Chicago. On the weekend of March 5–6, 2011, the Professional Bull Riders made their Built Ford Tough Series debut at the United Center, it was their third Chicago-area visit, having visited Rosemont's Allstate Arena in 2006 and 2008. The event at the United Center presented a unique scenario as instead of dirt, white crushed stone was used to cover the arena floor. Blackhawks legends Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita received bronze statues in their honor outside of the United Center during the 2011–12 NHL season.
The Illinois State High School Hockey Championships are hosted at the United Center yearly for the Blackhawk Cup. On January 28, 2012, the Ultimate Fighting Championship held its first nationally televised event at the arena: UFC on Fox. UFC on Fox 2 was the UFC's 2nd live prime-time event on Fox; the headlining fight was former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis, with Evans winning by unanimous decision; the UFC announced in mid-January 2015 that the United Center would be host of UFC on Fox 16. The United Center hosted UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson in 2013 and UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson in 2014. On October 13, 2016, the arena hosted the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions. On June 9, 2018, United Center hosted UFC 225, its first PPV event. In September 2018, the United Center hosted
Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo is a Congolese American retired professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association. Outside basketball, he has become well known for his humanitarian work; the 7 ft 2 in, 260-pound center, who began his career with the Georgetown Hoyas, is regarded as one of the greatest shot blockers and defensive players of all time, winning the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award four times. On January 10, 2007, he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the second most prolific shot blocker in NBA history, behind only Hakeem Olajuwon, he averaged a double-double for most of his career, is 12th all-time in career double-doubles, tied for second all-time in career triple doubles involving points and blocks. At the conclusion of the 2009 NBA playoffs, Mutombo announced his retirement. On September 11, 2015, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Mutombo was born on June 25, 1966, in Leopoldville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of 12 children of Samuel and Biamba Marie Mutombo.
He speaks English, Spanish and five Central African varieties, including Lingala and Tshiluba. He is a member of the Luba ethnic group, he moved to the United States in 1987 at the age of 21 to enroll in college. Mutombo attended Georgetown University on a USAID scholarship, he intended to become a doctor, but the Georgetown Hoyas basketball coach John Thompson recruited him to play basketball. He spoke no English when he arrived at Georgetown and studied in the ESL program. During his first year of college basketball as a sophomore, Mutombo once blocked 12 shots in a game. Building on the shot-blocking power of Mutombo and teammate Alonzo Mourning, Georgetown fans created a "Rejection Row" section under the basket, adding a big silhouette of an outstretched hand to a banner for each shot blocked during the game. At Georgetown, Mutombo's international background and interests stood out. Like many other Washington-area college students, he served as a summer intern, once for the Congress of the United States and once for the World Bank.
In 1991, he graduated with bachelor's degrees in linguistics and diplomacy. In the 1991 NBA draft, the Denver Nuggets drafted Mutombo with the fourth overall pick; the Nuggets ranked last in the NBA in opponent points-per-game and Defensive Rating, Mutombo's shot-blocking ability made an immediate impression across the league. He developed his signature move in 1992 as a way to become more marketable and gain product endorsement contracts. After blocking a player's shot, he would point his right index finger at that player and move it side to side; that year, Mutombo starred in an Adidas advertisement that used the catchphrase "Man does not fly … in the house of Mutombo", a reference to his prolific shot-blocking. As a rookie, Mutombo was selected for the All-Star team and averaged 16.6 points, 12.3 rebounds, nearly three blocks per game. Mutombo began establishing himself as one of the league's best defensive players putting up big rebound and block numbers; the 1993–94 season saw Denver continue to improve with Mutombo as the franchise cornerstone.
During that season, Mutombo averaged 12.0 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game, 4.1 blocks per game. With that, he helped the Nuggets finished with a 42-40 record and qualifying as the eighth seed in the playoffs, they were matched up with the top-seeded 63–19 Seattle SuperSonics in the first round. After falling to an 0-2 deficit in the five-game series, Denver won three straight games to pull off a major playoff upset, becoming the first eighth seed to defeat a number one seed in an NBA playoff series. At the end of Game 5, Mutombo memorably grabbed the game-winning rebound and fell to the ground, holding the ball over his head in a moment of joy. Mutombo's defensive presence was the key to the upset victory. In the second round of the playoffs, the Nuggets fell to the Utah Jazz, 4-3; the following season, he was selected for his second All-Star game and received the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. But Denver failed to build on its success from the previous playoffs, as Mutombo lacked a quality supporting cast around him.
During his last season with the Nuggets, Mutombo averaged 11.0 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game and a career-high 4.5 blocks per game. At the conclusion of the 1995–96 season, Mutombo became a free agent, sought a 10-year contract, something the Nuggets considered impossible to offer. Bernie Bickerstaff the Nuggets' general manager said not bringing back Mutombo was his biggest regret as GM. After the 1995–96 NBA season, Mutombo signed a 5-year, $55 million free agent contract with the Atlanta Hawks, he and Hawks All-Star Steve Smith led Atlanta to back-to-back 50+-win seasons in 1996–97 and 1997–98. The Hawks defeated the Detroit Pistons in five games in the first round of the 1997 NBA Playoffs, but lost in five games in the second round to the defending champion Chicago Bulls. Mutombo won Defensive Player of the Year both years, continuing to put up excellent defensive numbers with his new team. During the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season, he was the NBA's IBM Award winner, a player of the year award determined by a computerized formula.
That year, the NBA banned the Mutombo finger wag, after a period of protest, he complied with the new rule. In what would be his last full season with the Hawks during the 1999-00 season, Mutombo averaged 11.5 points per game, a career and league-high 14.1 rebounds per game, 3.3 blocks per game. On December 14, 1999, Mutombo scored 27 points, on 11-for-1
Kirk James Hinrich is an American former professional basketball player. He has been a member of the USA National Team. Growing up in Sioux City, Hinrich was exposed to basketball at an early age, his father, coached him from the third grade through high school. As a high school senior, Hinrich was named the 1999 Co-Iowa Mr. Basketball, along with future college teammate and roommate Nick Collison. Hinrich committed to play basketball at Iowa State but when the coach at the time, Tim Floyd, took the head coaching position for the NBA's Chicago Bulls, Hinrich changed his mind and decided to attend the University of Kansas. Hinrich helped Kansas to consecutive Final Fours in his junior and seniors seasons, he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the seventh pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, where he earned the nickname "Captain Kirk." Hinrich is the Bulls' all-time leader in three-point field goals. After seven seasons with the Bulls, he had short stints with the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks before returning to the Bulls in 2012.
In 2016, he was traded back to the Atlanta Hawks. Hinrich was born to Nancy Hinrich of Sioux City, Iowa, his father had played college basketball at Briar Cliff College and became a coach for Sioux City West High School. When Hinrich was about seven years old, Jim Hinrich visited Ray Nacke, his old college coach, asked if Kirk could enroll in Nacke's summer camp for fourth and sixth graders. Despite Nacke's hesitations, Hinrich was allowed to attend the camp, played well against the older children. After just two years, Hinrich advanced to Nacke's camp for young teenagers, excelled there, as well. Hinrich played football at the quarterback position, baseball as a pitcher. However, basketball was Hinrich's passion, his role model was a player known for his strong defense. With his father as coach, Hinrich's basketball team at Sioux City West High School achieved an 82–9 record over four years, won the Iowa state championship when Hinrich was a senior; when he graduated, Hinrich was West High's all-time leader in points and assists.
As a freshman with the University of Kansas Jayhawks, Hinrich tallied 123 assists and received the Clyde Lovellette Most Improved Player Award. The next year, he ranked eighth in the nation in assists per game, led his team in steals, set a Kansas Jayhawks record with a.505 three-point shooting mark. Hinrich was voted onto the Associated Press All-Big 12 Second Team and earned All Third Team status from the NCAA coaches. In his fourth and final season at Kansas, along with power forward Nick Collison, led the Jayhawks to the Final Four, was voted onto the All-Big 12 Second Team by coaches and the media, he led his team in free throw shooting and three-point shooting, contributed 5.0 assists per game and received Kansas' Ted Owens Defensive Player Award. Kansas lost to Syracuse in the championship Game but Hinrich was named the Midwest Region's Most Outstanding Player, he ranked second on his team in scoring and led it in three-pointers, while contributing 3.5 assists per game, 3.9 rebounds per game and 1.9 steals a game.
Following the season, he was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press. On March 1, 2009 Kansas retired Hinrich's number 10 jersey and raised it to the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse. Hinrich's was just the 25th jersey to be retired by Kansas and is an honor reserved for the highest caliber of player which includes names like Wilt Chamberlain and Paul Pierce. Hinrich was quoted as saying: Hinrich was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 2003 NBA draft with the seventh overall pick, resulting in mild surprise because he had been expected to be a mid to late first-round draft pick; some doubted that his college game would translate to the professional league, in part because he played shooting guard for his final two years in college and was considered too small to play that position professionally. Hinrich's high selection in the draft is credited to a good workout in front of NBA team scouts; the Bulls needed a point guard, as Jay Williams was injured in a motorcycle accident. After being picked by the Bulls, Hinrich said he knew they had a need at point guard: Hinrich suffered an acute viral infection shortly before the beginning of his first season, requiring months to recover.
However, he played well after his recovery, showing a continued good grasp of fundamental skills, solid playmaking, a surprising defensive intensity. He solidified his position as the Bulls' starting point guard and was named to the NBA's 2004 All-Rookie first team, he held the distinction for being the only rookie during that season to record a triple-double, with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists versus the Golden State Warriors on February 28, 2004. During this same season, Hinrich's shot accuracy inside the three-point line was poorer than from behind it. Hinrich was named to the NBA's "Got Milk? All-Rookie First Team" along with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, he was awarded the Bulls' Most Valuable Player Award or Player of the Year award for the 2003–04 season. In his second year, Hinrich's field goal percentage went up to a marginal improvement. Hinrich is known for his intense on-court demeanor. On a drive to the basket Wizards player Larry Hughes head butted Hinrich out of bounds, which prompted Bulls players Antonio Davis and Eddy Curry to get into a small fight with Wizards center Brendan Haywood
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti