Ahmad Naadir Nivins is an American professional basketball player who last played for Orléans Loiret Basket of the LNB Pro A. He played college basketball for Saint Joseph's. Nivins attended County Prep High School where he began as a baseball player before switching to basketball on his first year. In his Junior year he transferred to St. Anthony's High school; as a Senior, he averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks and He helped the team to a 30-0 record and the school's ninth Tournament of Champions title in 2003-04. Nivins attended Saint Joseph's University, he is the school's leader in career field goal percentage and one of 26 Hawks to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in his career. Nivins is fifth on SJU's all-time list with 110 blocks; as a senior, he averaged a double-double and nationally, he ranked fourth in rebounds per game behind John Bryant, Blake Griffin and Kenneth Faried. Nivins was 2009 Big 5 Player of the Year. In 2018, he was enshrined in the Saint Joseph's University Basketball Hall of Fame.
After being selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 56th overall pick of the 2009 NBA draft, on August 6, 2009, he signed for Bàsquet Manresa in the Spanish ACB. On January 4, 2011, he signed with Belgian team Dexia Mons-Hainaut. On December 10, his draft rights were traded to the New York Knicks, along with the draft rights to Giorgos Printezis and Tyson Chandler in a three-way trade; the Mavericks received Andy Rautins from the Knicks and a second round pick from the Washington Wizards. The Wizards received Ronny Turiaf from the Knicks in addition to a Dallas 2012 second round pick, 2013 Knicks second round pick, cash considerations. On August 20, 2012, Nivins moved to the French league, signing with Poitiers Basket 86 after averaging 10.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 2011-12 in Belgium. On June 21, 2013, Nivins signed with Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez after averaging 14.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game with Poitiers. On June 3, 2014, Nivins signed with ASVEL Basket after averaging 15.5 points and 6.3 rebounds with Pau-Orthez.
On June 14, 2016, Nivins signed with Orléans Loiret Basket. On March 20, 2017, he parted ways with Orléans. On November 11, 2017, Nivins signed with the Israeli team Hapoel Tel Aviv for the 2017–18 season. However, on November 17, 2017, Nivins was released by Hapoel before appearing in a game for them. Nivins' father, played basketball at Slippery Rock University. Nivins majored in Sociology. Saint Joseph's bio French League profile
Rodrigue "Roddy" Beaubois is a French professional basketball player for Anadolu Efes of the Basketbol Süper Ligi and the EuroLeague. Beaubois was discovered by NBA player Mickaël Piétrus at an open basketball camp in his native home island, located in the French West Indies, he made his professional debut in the 2006–07 season with Cholet Basket in the French Pro A League, where he was teammates with future Toronto Raptors guard Nando de Colo. In his first season with Cholet Basket, Beaubois played with the Cholet Espoirs, the junior team, where he averaged 10.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 18.1 minutes per game. Beaubois spent the majority of the 2006–07 season with the Espoirs, averaging 13.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He saw action in four French Pro A League games, he played 3 minutes in the 2007 Pro A playoffs, losing in the quarterfinals to Roanne. Beaubois missed the first few weeks of the 2007–08 season due to a fractured bone in his left hand, he would play in the French Pro A League the whole season, averaging 5.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists in 15.1 minutes per game.
He scored in double figures five times. Beaubois would lose in the quarterfinals again this time to Le Mans. Cholet Basket competed in the 2007–08 FIBA EuroChallenge; the EuroChallenge is the third tier in the European professional club basketball pyramid. Beaubois averaged 4.7 points and 1 rebound and assists in 18.7 minutes. Cholet lost in the group stage of the competition going 2-4. In his 29 games of the 2008–09 season, Beaubois averaged 10 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game in 22.3 minutes. He improved. Notably, he recorded a career high eight assists and five steals against Roanne. Cholet Basket did not qualify for the 2009 playoffs, but they participated in the second tier of the European professional club basketball pyramid. After losing to ASK Riga in the Eurocup preliminary rounds, Cholet competed again in the EuroChallenge. During the 2008–09 EuroChallenge, Beaubois nearly had a triple double, scoring 16 points, grabbing nine rebounds, assisting eight times against Fribourg Olympic.
Cholet would advance to the EuroChallenge Final Four, only to lose to Virtus Bologna. Beaubois was an early entry candidate for the 2007 and 2008 NBA draft before withdrawing his name from consideration. Prior to the NBA draft, Beaubois caught the attention of scouts at the NBA Draft Combine with his measurements, boasting a 6' 9.75" wingspan and 39" vertical leap. He was selected 25th overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder, who traded him, along with a future 2nd round draft pick, to the Dallas Mavericks for Byron Mullens, the 24th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. Playing only 3 minutes, Beaubois made his NBA debut against the Los Angeles Lakers. On March 5, 2010, Beaubois scored 22 points against the Sacramento Kings, becoming the first Maverick rookie to score 20 or more points since Maurice Ager in 2007. 22 days Beaubois scored a career-high 40 points and made a rookie record of 9 of 11 three-pointers against fellow rookie Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
Moreover, he became the first rookie in NBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from 3-point range, 80 percent from the free throw line. He became the third Maverick rookie with 40 or more points in a game; the Mavericks finished the season with a 55-27 record, clinching the second seed in the Western Conference. In the first round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs, Dallas faced their rival the San Antonio Spurs; the Mavericks were down by 22 points in the first half of Game 6. Needing a spark to the offense, coach Rick Carlisle subbed Beaubois in and he led them back into the game scoring 16 points, however the Mavericks lost the game and series. In early August 2010, Beaubois broke his foot while training with the French national basketball team. On November 30, 2010, Beaubois was assigned to the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League, but never played a single game with the team. In February 2011 he returned to practice with the Mavericks. After missing nearly 6 months due to a fractured foot, Beaubois made his season debut against the Sacramento Kings on February 16, 2011.
In 21 minutes, he logged 6 assists, 3 steals and 3 turnovers. The Mavericks went on to win the game 116-100; the following game against the Phoenix Suns Beaubois replaced DeShawn Stevenson in the starting lineup. Just before the start of the 2011 playoffs Beaubois sprained his left foot in a game against the Warriors, he was replaced in the starting line-up by Stevenson and did not return to action or see playing time during the two-month playoff run leading to the Mavericks' victories over the Blazers, Lakers and Heat en route to their first NBA Championship. In late June 2011, Beaubois had foot surgery on his left foot for the second time; the Mavericks announced on June 2011, that they exercised the contract option for Beaubois. In his first start of the 2011–12 season, Beaubois scored 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, adding career highs in assists with 7 and blocks with 4, in a win over the Utah Jazz. Dallas was swept in first round of the 2012 playoffs by Oklahoma City. Beaubois scored a team high of 19 points in 16 minutes against the Spurs on January 25, 2013.
He underwent surgery to repair a fractured second metacarpal in his left hand near the end of the 2012–13 season. “I feel bad for the kid,” Dirk Nowitzki said after Beaubois broke his hand against the Thunder on March 17. “It’s just sad. Just so many injuries. He’s been here for four years an
Byron James "B. J." Mullens is a British-American professional basketball player for Levanga Hokkaido of the B. League, he holds British nationality due to his English mother. He was drafted 24th overall by the Dallas Mavericks and traded to the Thunder in the 2009 NBA draft. Mullens played competitively at Canal Winchester High School and was ranked as one of the top college recruits in the nation from the class of 2008, he was ranked No. 1 in the nation by No. 3 by Scout.com. Mullens was offered and accepted a scholarship to Ohio State by the Buckeyes' head basketball coach, Thad Matta, in 2004, the summer between Mullens' 8th and 9th grade year. In his senior year of high school, he averaged 26 points and 15 rebounds, including 29 points and 18 rebounds in his final high school game, he was a member of the 2008 McDonald's All-American Team and he was a part of the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden, where he had 12 points. In November 2007, Mullens signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Ohio State University.
Mullens averaged 8.8 points a game at a 64.2 shooting percentage during his freshman year with Ohio State. Mullens was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and earned the Big Ten's Sixth Man of the Year award. Mullens only played one year for the Buckeyes before declaring eligibility for the NBA draft. Coming out of Ohio State, Yahoo! Sports' Rivals 150 projected Mullens to be a clear first pick in the draft, "Size and skill are the big three that separate Mullens from the rest of this class."Mullens was drafted 24th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2009 NBA draft. His draft rights were traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Rodrigue Beaubois, the 25th overall pick, a future 2nd-round draft pick. In mid-2009, Mullens requested that all media personnel refer to him as "Byron" rather than by his prior nickname "B. J."During the 2011 NBA lockout, Mullens signed with Panionios B. C. However, he left the team after a month in Greece, saying that he wanted to join his Oklahoma City teammates for their voluntary practice sessions.
On December 19, 2011, Mullens was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats for a 2013 second-round draft pick. In his first game as a Bobcat, Mullens set a new career high with 10 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on December 26, 2011. Mullens had what appeared to be a breakthrough game against the Atlanta Hawks on January 6, 2012, when he scored 17 points on 8–13 from the floor, collected five rebounds and had one blocked shot in 24 minutes off the bench, he made his first career start on January 2012 against the Atlanta Hawks. He played in a career-high 33 minutes, going 8–16 from the floor scoring 21 points and collecting 4 rebounds. On April 6, 2012, Mullens set new career highs by scoring 31 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in 43 minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks. Entering the 2012 -- 13 season, Mullens played; the acquisition of center Brendan Haywood was part of the decision to play Mullens at power forward instead of center. On July 22, 2013, Mullens signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. On February 20, 2014, Mullens was traded, along with a 2018 second-round draft pick, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a top-55-protected 2014 second-round draft pick.
In July 2014, Mullens joined the Shaanxi Wolves of the Chinese National Basketball League where he played four games for the club. On August 11, 2014, he signed with Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese Basketball Association but left the club before appearing in a game for them. On February 14, 2015, Mullens was acquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League, and reacquired as a returning player on November 2. On March 1, 2016, Mullens signed a deal with Turkish club Torku Konyaspor until the end of the 2016–17 season. At the end of the 2015–16 season he left Konyaspor. In October 2016, Mullens signed with Al Wasl Dubai of the UAE National Basketball League. In October 2017, Mullens signed with Sanat Naft Abadan of the Iranian Basketball Super League. On February 22, 2018, the Sioux Falls Skyforce acquired a 2018 second round draft pick from Lakeland Magic for Mullens and Sioux Falls' 2018 fourth round draft pick. On December 23. 2018, Levanga Hokkaido announced. Mullens was included in the preliminary Great Britain squad for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
However, he left the team in June 2012 because of a toe injury. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com FIBA.com profile
American Airlines Center
American Airlines Center is a multi-purpose arena, located in the Victory Park neighborhood in downtown Dallas, Texas. The arena serves as the home to the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association, the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League; 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 arena to replace the Reunion Arena. Dallas taxpayers approved a new hotel tax and rental car tax to pay for a new arena to cover a portion of the funding, with the two benefiting teams, the Mavericks and the Stars, picking up the remaining costs, including cost overruns; 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 arena hosted the last show of Michael Flatley's Feet of Flames tour; the first sporting event took place on August 19, 2001, with the Dallas Sidekicks of the World Indoor Soccer League taking on the San Diego Sockers. 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, commercial area designed to reinvigorate the city of Dallas called Victory Park; the facility itself features a conservative, traditional design with sweeping brick façades and smooth arches, has been graced with a number of awards. The interior includes 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 principal entrance into the facility, designed by artist Athena Tacha in 2000.
The plaza provides an open space with fountains flanked by retail and office buildings. With several high-definition video displays from Daktronics mounted on the side of the arena and office buildings, the plaza is used for outdoor events and movie showings. 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, in which the Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks in six games; because American Airlines held the rights to both venues in the NBA Finals, 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, a rematch of the 2006 championship series against the Miami Heat.
It was both teams' second appearance in the NBA Finals, this time the Mavericks won in 6 games. On Saturday June 18, 2011, it played host to Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum. UFC 103 was held at the Center on September 19, 2009. UFC 171 was hosted at the Center on March 15, 2014. UFC 185 was held at the Center on March 14, 2015. UFC 211 was held at the center on May 13, 2017. UFC 228 was held at the American Airlines Center on the 8th of september 2018. On September 24, 2016, the arena hosted the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions. American Airlines Center hosted the WWE pay-per-view Great Balls of Fire, which took place July 9, 2017. Is slated to host the opening round of round-robin matches in New Japan Pro Wrestling's G1 Climax series in July 2019; the arena hosted the Junior Gold Championships Opening Ceremony. The Junior Gold championships is an annual bowling tournament every July, for the best youth bowlers in the country and in the world; the AAC was pictured in The Simpsons episode "The Burns and the Bees" as "Dallas Arena".
On Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22, 2011, it played host to the Dallas audition stages in the first season of the Fox singer search programme The X Factor. On Monday, September 14, 2015, Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump held a campaign rally in the arena. Built on and in the shadows of the former Dallas neighborhood of Little Mexico, the beginnings of the Mexican American population in the Dallas area. A few weeks after the first event, it was found that the glass installed in the bathrooms was not the same as what was intended. Many who drove by the arena complained; the glass was changed to the correct type the next week. American Airlines Center Arena map and directions StadiumJourney Dallas Mavericks review StadiumJourney Dallas Stars review
Guadeloupe is an insular region of France located in the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. Administratively, it is an overseas region consisting of a single overseas department. With a land area of 1,628 square kilometres and an estimated population of 400,132 as of January 2015, it is the largest and most populous European Union territory in North America. Guadeloupe's main islands are Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, La Désirade, the Îles des Saintes. Guadeloupe, like the other overseas departments, is an integral part of France; as a constituent territory of the European Union and the Eurozone, the euro is its official currency and any European Union citizen is free to settle and work there indefinitely. As an overseas department, however, it is not part of the Schengen Area; the official language is French, but Antillean Creole is spoken by the entire population except recent arrivals from metropolitan France. The island is called "Gwadada" by the locals.
The island was called "Karukera" by the Arawak people, who settled on there in the year 300. Christopher Columbus named the island Santa María de Guadalupe in 1493 after the Virgin Mary, venerated in the Spanish town of Guadalupe. Upon becoming a French colony, the Spanish name was retained though altered to French orthography and phonology. Archaeological evidence indicates that between 800 and 1000 AD drought led to a period with no habitation. Gradual resettlement occurred after 1000 AD. Christopher Columbus landed on the island in 1493. During the 17th century, the Caribs repelled Spanish settlers; the French Compagnie des Îles de l'Amérique delegated Charles Liènard de l'Olive and Jean du Plessis d'Ossonville to colonize one or any of the region's islands, Martinique, or Dominica. They settled in Guadeloupe in 1635, took possession of the island, wiped out many of the natives crushing them in 1641. Tobacco cultivation in the early 1600s was sustained by European laborers. In 1654 80% of the population of Guadeloupe was of European origin.
In the 1600s African slaves were brought in, by 1671 13%. Of the population was of European origin. Guadeloupe produced more sugar than all the British islands combined, worth about £6 million a year; the British captured Guadeloupe in 1759. Britain had seized Canada in the war, debate took place in both Britain and France as to, more valuable, Canada or Guadeloupe. Britain decided Canada, although expensive to maintain, was of greater strategic value and returned Guadeloupe to France in the Treaty of Paris. In 1790, following the French Revolution, monarchists refused to obey the new laws of equal rights for the free people of color and declared independence in 1791. In 1793, a slave rebellion broke out, which made the upper classes turn to the British and ask them to occupy the island. Britain seized Guadeloupe in April 1794. In December 1794, republican governor Victor Hugues used military force, helped by the slave population, to force the British to surrender. Hugues ended slavery, but in 1802, Napoleon I of France restored it, sending a force to recapture the island.
In 1810 the British again seized the island. In the Treaty of Paris of 1814, Sweden ceded Guadeloupe to France, giving rise to the Guadeloupe Fund; the Treaty of Vienna definitively acknowledged French control of Guadeloupe. In 1848, slavery was abolished. Slaves were replaced by indentured servants imported from India to work in the sugar fields. An earthquake in 1843 caused the La Soufrière volcano to erupt. Guadeloupe lost 12,000 of its 150,000 residents in the cholera epidemic of 1865–66. In 1925, after the trial of Henry Sidambarom French nationality and the vote was granted to Indian citizens. In 1946, the colony of Guadeloupe became an overseas department of France. In 2007 the island communes of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy were detached from Guadeloupe and became two separate French overseas collectivities with their own local administration. In January 2009, labour unions and others known as the Liyannaj Kont Pwofitasyon went on strike for more pay; the strike lasted 44 days. Tourism suffered during this time and affected the 2010 tourist season as well.
The 2009 French Caribbean general strikes exposed deep ethnic and class tensions and disparities within Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe is an archipelago of more than 12 islands, as well as islets and rocks situated where the northeastern Caribbean Sea meets the western Atlantic Ocean, it is in the Leeward Islands, in the northern part of the Lesser Antilles, an island arc a volcanic arc. Most of the inhabitants live on a pair of islands, Basse-Terre Island and Grande-Terre, which form a butterfly shape, viewed from above, the two wings of which are separated by a narrow sea channel, the Salée River. More than half of Guadeloupe's land surface is on Basse-Terre. Western Basse-Terre has a rough volcanic relief while eastern Grande-Terre features rolling hills and flat plains. La Grande Soufrière is the highest mountain peak in the Lesser Antilles, with an elevation of 1,467 metres; the adjacent islands of La Désirade, Les Saintes, Marie-Galante are under jurisdiction of Guadeloupe. The Lesser Antilles are at the outer edge of the Caribbean Plate.
Many of the islands were formed as a result of the subduction of oceanic crust of the Atlantic Plate under the Caribbean Plate in the Lesser Antilles subduction zone. This process is responsible for volcanic and earthquake activity in the region. Guadeloupe was formed from multiple volcanoes. There is an act
National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is a men's professional basketball league in North America. It is considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world; the NBA is an active member of USA Basketball, recognized by FIBA as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player; the league was founded in New York City on June 1946, as the Basketball Association of America. The league adopted the name National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949, after merging with the competing National Basketball League; the league's several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are directed out of offices located in New Jersey; the Basketball Association of America was founded in 1946 by owners of the major ice hockey arenas in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Canada.
On November 1, 1946, in Toronto, Canada, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens, in a game the NBA now refers to as the first game played in NBA history. The first basket was made by Ossie Schectman of the Knickerbockers. Although there had been earlier attempts at professional basketball leagues, including the American Basketball League and the NBL, the BAA was the first league to attempt to play in large arenas in major cities. During its early years, the quality of play in the BAA was not better than in competing leagues or among leading independent clubs such as the Harlem Globetrotters. For instance, the 1948 ABL finalist Baltimore Bullets moved to the BAA and won that league's 1948 title, the 1948 NBL champion Minneapolis Lakers won the 1949 BAA title. Prior to the 1948–49 season, however, NBL teams from Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Rochester jumped to the BAA, which established the BAA as the league of choice for collegians looking to turn professional.
On August 3, 1949, the remaining NBL teams–Syracuse, Tri-Cities, Sheboygan and Waterloo–merged into the BAA. In deference to the merger and to avoid possible legal complications, the league name was changed to the present National Basketball Association though the merged league retained the BAA's governing body, including Podoloff. To this day, the NBA claims the BAA's history as its own, it now reckons the arrival of the NBL teams as an expansion, not a merger, does not recognize NBL records and statistics. The new league had seventeen franchises located in a mix of large and small cities, as well as large arenas and smaller gymnasiums and armories. In 1950, the NBA consolidated to eleven franchises, a process that continued until 1953–54, when the league reached its smallest size of eight franchises: the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Warriors, Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals, Fort Wayne Pistons, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, Syracuse Nationals, all of which remain in the league today.
The process of contraction saw. The Hawks shifted from the Tri-Cities to Milwaukee in 1951, to St. Louis in 1955; the Rochester Royals moved from Rochester, New York, to Cincinnati in 1957 and the Pistons relocated from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Detroit in 1957. Japanese-American Wataru Misaka broke the NBA color barrier in the 1947–48 season when he played for the New York Knicks, he remained the only non-white player in league history prior to the first African-American, Harold Hunter, signing with the Washington Capitols in 1950. Hunter was cut from the team during training camp, but several African-American players did play in the league that year, including Chuck Cooper with the Celtics, Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton with the Knicks, Earl Lloyd with the Washington Capitols. During this period, the Minneapolis Lakers, led by center George Mikan, won five NBA Championships and established themselves as the league's first dynasty. To encourage shooting and discourage stalling, the league introduced the 24-second shot clock in 1954.
If a team does not attempt to score a field goal within 24 seconds of obtaining the ball, play is stopped and the ball given to its opponent. In 1957, rookie center Bill Russell joined the Boston Celtics, which featured guard Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, went on to lead the club to eleven NBA titles in thirteen seasons. Center Wilt Chamberlain entered the league with the Warriors in 1959 and became a dominant individual star of the 1960s, setting new single game records in scoring and rebounding. Russell's rivalry with Chamberlain became one of the greatest rivalries in the history of American team sports; the 1960s were dominated by the Celtics. Led by Russell, Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, Boston won eight straight championships in the NBA from 1959 to 1966; this championship streak is the longest in NBA history. They did not win the title in 1966–67, but regained it in the 1967–68 season and repeated in 1969; the domination totaled nine of the ten championship banners of the 1960s.
Through this period, the NBA continued to evolve with the shift of the Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Warriors to San Francisco, the Syracuse Nationals to Philadelphia to become the Philadelphia 76ers, the St. Louis Hawks moving to Atlanta, as well as the addition of its first expansion franchises; the Chicago Packers (now Wa
Mark Cuban is an American businessman and investor. He is the owner of the National Basketball Association's Dallas Mavericks, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment and chairman of AXS TV, he is one of the main "shark" investors on the ABC reality television series, Shark Tank. In 2011, Cuban wrote an e-book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, in which he chronicles his experiences in business and sports. Cuban was born in Pennsylvania, his father, Norton Cuban, was an automobile upholsterer, while Cuban has described his mother, Shirley, as someone with "a different job or different career goal every other week." He grew up in a Jewish working-class family. His paternal grandfather changed the family name from "Chabenisky" to "Cuban" after his family emigrated from Russia through Ellis Island, his maternal grandparents, who were Jewish, came from Romania. Cuban's first step into the business world occurred at age 12, when he sold garbage bags to pay for a pair of expensive basketball shoes. At age 16, Cuban took advantage of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette strike by running newspapers from Cleveland to Pittsburgh.
Instead of attending high school for his senior year, he enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Pittsburgh, where he joined the Pi Lambda Phi International fraternity. While attending the University of Pittsburgh, he held a variety of jobs, including a bartender, disco dancing instructor, a party promoter, he is a "beloved" fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. After one year at the University of Pittsburgh, he transferred to Indiana University in Bloomington and graduated from the Kelley School of Business in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, he chose Indiana's Kelley School of Business without visiting the campus because "it had the least expensive tuition of all the business schools on the top 10 list". During college he had various business ventures, including a bar, disco lessons, a chain letter. In 1982, Cuban moved to Dallas, where he first found work as a bartender, as a salesperson for Your Business Software, one of the earliest PC software retailers in Dallas.
He was fired less than a year after meeting with a client to procure new business instead of opening the store. Cuban started his own company, MicroSolutions, with support from his previous customers from Your Business Software. MicroSolutions was a system integrator and software reseller; the company was an early proponent of technologies such as Carbon Copy, Lotus Notes, CompuServe. One of the company's largest clients was Perot Systems. In 1990, Cuban sold MicroSolutions to CompuServe—then a subsidiary of H&R Block—for $6 million, he made $2 million after taxes on the deal. Cuban hates meetings, he has said, "The only way you're going to get me for a meeting is if you're writing me a check." In 1995, Chris Jaeb and fellow Indiana University alumnus Todd Wagner started Audionet, combining their mutual interest in Indiana Hoosier college basketball and webcasting. With a single server and an ISDN line, Audionet became Broadcast.com in 1998. By 1999, Broadcast.com had grown to 330 employees and $13.5 million in revenue for the second quarter.
In 1999, Broadcast.com helped launch the first live-streamed Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. That year, during the dot com boom, Broadcast.com was acquired by Yahoo! for $5.7 billion in Yahoo! stock. After the sale of Broadcast.com, Cuban diversified his wealth to avoid exposure to a market crash. The Guinness Book of Records credits Cuban with the "largest single e-commerce transaction", after he paid $40 million for his Gulfstream V jet in October 1999. Cuban continues to work with Wagner in another venture, 2929 Entertainment, which provides vertically integrated production and distribution of films and video. On September 24, 2003, the firm purchased a chain of 58 arthouse movie theaters; the company is responsible for the updated version of the TV show Star Search, broadcast on CBS. 2929 Entertainment released Bubble, a movie directed by Steven Soderbergh, in 2006. Cuban was featured on the cover of the November 2003 premiere issue of Best magazine announcing the arrival of High Definition Television.
Cuban was co-founder of AXS TV, the first high-definition satellite television network. In February 2004, Cuban announced that he would be working with ABC television to produce a reality television series, The Benefactor; the premise of the six-episode series involved 16 contestants trying to win $1 million by participating in various contests, with their performances being judged by Cuban. It premiered on September 13, 2004, but due to poor ratings, the series was canceled before the full season aired. In 2018, Cuban was No.190 on Forbes' list of "World's Richest People", with a net worth of $3.9 billion. Cuban financially supported Grokster in the Supreme Court case Grokster, he is a partner in Synergy Sports Technology, a web based basketball scouting and video delivery tool, used by many NBA teams. Cuban has assisted ventures in the social software and distributed networking industries, he is an owner of a search engine that scours the blogosphere for content. Cuban was a partner in RedSwoosh—a company which uses peer-to-peer technology to deliver rich media, including video and software, to a user's PC—later acquired by Akamai.
He was an investor in Weblogs, Inc., acquired by AOL. In 2005, Cuban invested in Brondell Inc. a San Francisco startup making a high-tech toilet seat called a Swash that works like a bidet but mounts on a standard toilet. "People tend to approach technology the same way, whether it's in front of them, or