Timothy Theodore Duncan is an American former professional basketball player. He spent his entire 19-year career with the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. Duncan started out as a swimmer, did not begin playing basketball until ninth grade, he played basketball for St. Dunstan's Episcopal High School. In college, Duncan played for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, winning the Naismith College Player of the Year, USBWA College Player of the Year, John Wooden awards in his senior year. After graduating from college, Duncan earned NBA Rookie of the Year honors after being selected by San Antonio with the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft. Regarded as the greatest power forward of all time as well as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he is a five-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA MVP, a three-time NBA Finals MVP, a 15-time NBA All-Star, the only player to be selected to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams for 13 consecutive seasons. Off the court, Duncan is known for his active philanthropy.
He holds a degree in psychology and created the Tim Duncan Foundation to raise general health awareness and fund education and youth sports in various parts of the United States. Tim Duncan is the son of Ione, a midwife, William Duncan, a mason, he has two older sisters and Tricia, one older brother, Scott, a film director and cinematographer. He was born and raised on Saint Croix, one of the main islands composing the U. S. Virgin Islands. In school, Duncan was a bright pupil and dreamt of becoming an Olympic-level swimmer like his sister Tricia, his parents were supportive and Duncan excelled at swimming, becoming a teenage standout in the 50, 100 and 400 meters freestyle and aiming to make the 1992 Olympic Games as a member of the United States Team. When Hurricane Hugo destroyed the island's only Olympic-sized swimming pool in 1989, Duncan was forced to swim in the ocean and he lost his enthusiasm for swimming because of his fear of sharks. Duncan was dealt another emotional blow when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and died one day before his 14th birthday.
In her last days, she made Duncan and his sisters promise to finish college with a degree, which would explain Duncan's refusal to leave college early. Duncan was inspired by his brother-in-law to turn to basketball. Duncan had difficulties adapting to the game he thought would help relieve his pain and frustration. Nancy Pomroy, the athletic director of the St. Croix Country Day School was quoted: " was so huge. So big and tall, but he was awfully awkward at the time." He overcame this to become a standout for the St. Dunstan's Episcopal High School, averaging 25 points per game as a senior, his play attracted the attention of several universities, despite having only picked up the game in ninth grade. Wake Forest University basketball coach Dave Odom in particular grew interested in Duncan after the 16-year-old played NBA star Alonzo Mourning to a draw in a 5-on-5 pick-up game. Odom was searching for a physical player to play near the basket. Given the weak level of basketball in the Virgin Islands, Odom was wary about Duncan at first after first meeting him and thinking him to be inattentive.
However, after the first talk, Odom understood that this was just Duncan's way of paying attention, discovered that he was not only athletically talented, but a quick learner. Despite scholarship offers by the University of Hartford, the University of Delaware and Providence College, Duncan joined Odom's Wake Forest Demon Deacons. In the year before Duncan's arrival at Wake Forest University, the Demon Deacons reached the Sweet 16, but lost main scorer Rodney Rogers, who entered the 1993 NBA draft. In the 1993–94 NCAA season, Coach Dave Odom was considering redshirting Duncan, but was forced to play him after fellow freshman big man Makhtar N'Diaye was ruled out due to NCAA rules violations and transferred to Michigan. Duncan struggled with early transition problems and was held scoreless in his first college game, but as the year progressed, he and teammate Randolph Childress led the Deacons to a 20–11 win-loss record. Duncan's style of play was simple but effective, combining an array of low-post moves, mid-range bank shots and tough defense.
He was chosen to represent the U. S. in the 1994 Goodwill Games. Meanwhile, Duncan worked towards a degree in psychology and took classes in anthropology and Chinese literature. Despite focusing on basketball, Wake Forest psychology department chairperson Deborah Best was quoted: "Tim was one of my more intellectual students. Other than his height, I couldn't tell him from any other student at Wake Forest." Duncan established his reputation as a stoic player, to the extent that opposing fans taunted him as "Mr. Spock", the prototypical logical, detached character from Star Trek. In the 1994–95 NCAA season, the sophomore was soon called one of the best eligible NBA prospects, along with his peers Joe Smith, Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse. Los Angeles Lakers general manager Jerry West suggested that Duncan might become the top pick in the 1995 NBA draft if he went early, but Duncan assured everyone he had no intention of going pro until he graduated though the NBA was planning to add a rookie salary cap in 1996.
He was determined to stay in school. In that season, he led the Demon Deacons into the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game against a Rasheed Wall
Aron John Baynes is a New Zealand-born Australian professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Washington State University before starting his professional career in Europe. In 2013, he joined the San Antonio Spurs, a year won an NBA championship with the Spurs. In 2015, he joined the Detroit Pistons. After two seasons with the Pistons, he joined the Celtics. Baynes plays for the Australian national team. Born in Gisborne, New Zealand, Baynes moved with his family to the small Australian town of Mareeba, Queensland at three years of age, he grew up playing rugby league in Far North Queensland while attending Mareeba State High School until the age of 15 when his older brother, introduced him to basketball. As a result, Baynes subsequently quit rugby. Shortly after high school graduation, he joined the Australian Institute of Sport in 2004–05 and accepted a college scholarship to play for Washington State University in 2006.
On 29 May 2009, Baynes signed a two-year deal with Lietuvos Rytas of the Lithuanian Basketball League. In July 2009, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers' Summer League team. Following the 2009–10 season, he parted ways with Lietuvos Rytas. On 15 July 2010, Baynes signed a two-year deal with EWE Baskets Oldenburg of the German Basketball Bundesliga. In 40 games for Oldenburg in 2010 -- 11, he averaged 3.7 rebounds per game. On 29 June 2011, he parted ways with Oldenburg. On 24 August 2011, Baynes signed a one-year deal with Ikaros Kallitheas of the Greek Basket League. On 1 August 2012, Baynes signed a one-year deal with Union Olimpija of the Slovenian Basketball League. On 5 January 2013, he played his final game for Olimpija, as he left the team in pursuit of an NBA contract. On 23 January 2013, Baynes signed with the San Antonio Spurs. In his second NBA game, Baynes recorded seven points, nine rebounds and one block in a 102–78 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. During the 2012–13 season, he was assigned multiple times to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
He made his first NBA start in Game 4 of the Spurs' first-round playoff match-up against the Los Angeles Lakers, was tasked with defending Dwight Howard. The Spurs lost the series in seven games to the Miami Heat. On 1 December 2013, Baynes was reassigned to the Austin Toros, he was recalled on 2 December, reassigned on 8 December, recalled again on 9 December. On 6 May 2014, he recorded playoff career-high numbers of 10 points and seven rebounds in a 116–92 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals. Baynes went on to help the Spurs defeat the Miami Heat 4–1 in the 2014 NBA Finals to claim his first NBA championship. On 26 September 2014, Baynes re-signed with the Spurs. On 20 December 2014, he scored a career-high 16 points while starting in place of Tim Duncan in a 99–93 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. On 1 April 2015 and 3 April 2015, Baynes had back-to-back 18-point games. On 12 July 2015, Baynes signed with the Detroit Pistons. On 19 March 2016, he scored a career-high 21 points in a 115–103 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
On 14 November 2016, Baynes scored 20 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder while starting in place of Andre Drummond. On 19 July 2017, Baynes signed with the Boston Celtics. On 8 November 2017, he matched his career high with 21 points in a 107–96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. In the Celtics' regular season finale on 11 April 2018, Baynes led a short-handed Boston lineup with a career-best 26 points and 14 rebounds in a 110–97 win over the Brooklyn Nets. On 7 July 2018, Baynes re-signed with the Celtics. On 19 December 2018, in a 111–103 loss to the Phoenix Suns, Baynes broke a bone in his left hand, he was subsequently ruled out for four to six weeks. He returned to action on 16 January 2019 against the Toronto Raptors. On 3 February, he was sidelined with a left foot contusion. Baynes has played for the Australian national team, the Boomers, at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The Boomers' Rio campaign saw. Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he played in domestic competition, regional competition if applicable. National Basketball Association portal Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com Aron Baynes at euroleague.net Aron Baynes at olympics.com.au
Jeffrey Curtis Ayres known as Jeff Pendergraph, is an American professional basketball player for Ryukyu Golden Kings of the B. League, he attended Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga and played college basketball for Arizona State University. Ayres attended Arizona State for four seasons, finishing with career averages of 12.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.04 blocked shots and a 58.0 percent shooting accuracy. In his sophomore season, he grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds in a 52–36 victory over Colgate on December 19, 2006; as a senior, Ayres was named to the Pac-10's First Team. His 66.0 percent field goal mark led the nation. On January 4, 2009, he scored a career-high 31 points, along with a game-high 11 rebounds, in a 90–60 win over Stanford with twenty-one of those points being tallied in the first half. On June 25, 2009, Ayres was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 31st overall pick of the 2009 NBA draft, only to be traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Sergio Rodríguez, the draft rights to Jon Brockman and cash considerations.
On September 8, he signed a contract with the Trail Blazers and joined them for the 2009 Summer League, starting all five games and averaging 10.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 1.2 blocked shots. On December 22, he made his NBA debut in an 85–81 win against the Dallas Mavericks, in which he scored 2 points in 4 minutes of playing time. Ayres scored a career-high 23 points on the last regular season game of the 2009–10 NBA season on April 14, 2010, against the Golden State Warriors, he was waived by the Trail Blazers prior to the start of the 2011 season after suffering a season-ending knee injury during a pre-season game against the Utah Jazz. Ayres was signed by the Indiana Pacers for the 2011–12 season. Before the start of the season he was sidelined with a mild sprain in his knee, suffered when he injured it during a December 10, 2011 practice. On April 23, 2012, Ayres got his first start for the Pacers in a 103–97 win against the Detroit Pistons. In 18 minutes of play he scored 10 points with 1 assist and 2 blocks.
On June 4, 2013, Ayres was ejected from Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals by referee Ken Mauer after a shoving match with Miami Heat guard Norris Cole, ejected in the fourth quarter. Entertainer Flo Rida's manager was ejected after an ongoing verbal spat with Ayres. On July 11, 2013, Ayres signed with the San Antonio Spurs and made his debut on October 30 in a 101–94 win against the Memphis Grizzlies, recording two points, two rebounds, two assists and one block in 11 minutes of playing time. On June 15, 2014, Ayres won his first NBA championship after the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 4 games to 1 in the 2014 NBA Finals. On October 31, 2015, Ayres was selected by the Idaho Stampede with the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA Development League Draft. On November 13, he made his debut with Idaho in a 110–106 loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, recording 18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block and one steal in 39 minutes of action. On January 29, 2016, he was named in the West All-Star team for the 2016 NBA D-League All-Star Game.
On January 23, 2016, Ayres signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. The next day, he made his debut in a 112–94 loss to the Toronto Raptors, recording two points, one rebound and one assist in five minutes. On February 2, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Clippers. On February 12, the Clippers did not renew his contract. On February 20, Ayres returned to Idaho. On March 4, 2016, Idaho traded Ayres to the Los Angeles D-Fenders in exchange for a 2016 first-round draft pick; the next day, he made his debut for the D-Fenders in a 127–117 win over the Texas Legends, recording 16 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench. At the season's end, he was named to the All-NBA D-League First Team. On March 16, 2016, Ayres returned to the Clippers. On September 22, 2016, Ayres signed a two-month contract with Russian club CSKA Moscow. Following the expiration of his contract, he parted ways with CSKA on November 23, 2016. In seven games he averaged 3.6 rebounds per game. On December 1, 2016, Ayres was reacquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
On February 16, 2017, Ayres signed with Alvark Tokyo of the Japanese B. League. On August 12, 2017, Ayres signed with Eskişehir Basket of the Turkish Basketball Super League. On September 4, 2018, Ayres signed with Ryukyu Golden Kings of the B. League. Jeff Ayres played for Team Challenge ALS in the 2018 edition of The Basketball Tournament. In two games with Eberlein Drive, he averaged 6.5 points per game and 2.5 rebounds per game on 100 percent shooting. Team Challenge ALS made it to the West Regional Championship Game before falling to eventual tournament runner-up Eberlein Drive. In August 2013, he made an Arizona court filing to change his surname from Pendergraph to Ayres, replacing the surname of his stepfather with that of his biological father; the change was formally announced in September 2013. National Basketball Association portal Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com Jeff Ayres at thesundevils.com
The AT&T Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena on the east side of San Antonio, United States. It is the home of two professional sports teams: the San Antonio Spurs, the San Antonio Rampage; the arena seats 18,418 for basketball, 16,151 for ice hockey, 19,000 for concerts or gatherings, contains 2,018 club seats, 50 luxury suites and 32 bathrooms. It was opened in 2002 as the SBC Center, at a cost of US$175 million, financed by county-issued bonds, which were supported by a hotel-occupancy and car-rental tax increase and an additional contribution of $28.5 million from the Spurs. SBC Communications, Inc. purchased the naming rights to the facility under a 20-year, $41 million naming rights agreement with Bexar County, the San Antonio Spurs, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in July 2000. SBC Communications changed its name to AT&T Inc. in November 2005. The arena changed its name to AT&T Center in January 2006. From 2003 to 2017 the arena was home to the San Antonio Stars of the Women's National Basketball Association.
The Spurs played at the Alamodome, a multi-purpose facility with a configuration that allowed half the floor space to be used for basketball. Although the Alamodome was still new, it had become clear over the years that the Spurs were using it for most of the year, making it difficult to schedule contiguous dates for conventions or a regular-season football schedule; the Alamodome's seating capacity could be expanded to 35,000 for popular regular-season opponents, attracted nearly 40,000 for a 1999 NBA Finals game. Although it had been designed with the Spurs in mind, the Spurs and their fans grew dissatisfied with the facility because of its poor sight lines and cavernous feel; the Alamodome's basketball configuration had the basketball court at one end of where the football field would have been, leaving half of the stadium curtained off. Being a football stadium differentiated the Alamodome from most other NBA facilities, including the Spurs' previous home, HemisFair Arena. Additionally, since the Alamodome opened, there had been a plethora of new arena construction including facilities such as Conseco Fieldhouse, which, in addition to offering an intimate atmosphere, offered teams several new revenue generating opportunities, including suites located on the lower levels and large club level seating areas.
The Spurs campaigned for several years for a new facility. The Spurs and the city had come to an agreement to build a new facility adjacent to the Alamodome, but in a last-minute reversal, the team partnered with Bexar County to construct a new arena adjacent to the Freeman Coliseum; as a part of the agreement, the facility would be home to the Spurs, a new ice hockey team, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo event. The facility would be funded through an increase of hotel and car rental taxes, Bexar County voters approved the plan in November 1999. Coincidentally, the election was held on the same day the Spurs received their NBA Championship rings for their first NBA championship. Rick Pych is the Chief Development Officer of the AT&T Center and led the Spurs franchise through its development and opening in 2002. Unlike most arenas that can accommodate basketball and ice hockey, AT&T Center was designed for basketball, it can accommodate an NHL-sized ice hockey rink, but it can only accommodate a maximum of 16,151 people for ice hockey since the seating arrangement for ice hockey is asymmetrical.
There are only a few permanent rows of seating on the lower level of the west end, all of the upper-level sets on the west end of the arena have obstructed views. This would result in poor sightlines. However, the seating capacity for Rampage games is under 7,000 people, making the upper level not necessary for those events. In 2012, the Rampage renamed the press box to the "Jessica Redfield Press Box" after Jessica Redfield, an aspiring news broadcaster and a former team intern, killed in the Aurora theater shooting. After the arena referendum passed, planning began for construction on the new facility. Naming rights were obtained in July 2000 when an agreement was reached with San Antonio-based SBC Communications to name the new arena the SBC Center; the agreement was reported to be for a total of $41 million over 20 years. Ground was broken on the facility in August 2000; the arena's basic design was similar to many of the other newer arenas in the NBA, thanks to the choice of Minneapolis-based Ellerbe Becket as the primary architects.
A nationally recognized, local architecture firm, Lake/Flato, was teamed with Ellerbe Becket to work on the design of the structure. Lake/Flato is responsible for introducing a South Texas vernacular to the overall look of the arena. Ellerbe Becket was responsible for Bankers Life Fieldhouse design as well as Capital One Arena. On December 9, 2014 the Bexar County Commissioners Court gave Spurs Sports and Entertainment permission to begin up to $101.5 million in renovations to the AT&T Center. The renovations started in the summer of 2015, they are planned to include a new scoreboard, updated televisions inside and outside of the arena, a new state of the art sound system, improved wifi that will cover about 90% of the venue. Expansions to the fan shop and other major parts of the AT&T Center are in the plans; the renovations were funded by a 2008 tax increase for improvements to the Tobin Center, parts of the Mission Reach expansion, the rodeo grounds located next to the AT&T Center. In addition to many local community and sporting events
The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division; the team plays its home games at State Farm Arena. The team's origins can be traced to the establishment of the Buffalo Bisons in 1946 in Buffalo, New York, a member of the National Basketball League owned by Ben Kerner and Leo Ferris. After 38 days in Buffalo, the team moved to Moline, where they were renamed the Tri-Cities Blackhawks. In 1949, they joined the NBA as part of the merger between the NBL and the Basketball Association of America, had Red Auerbach as coach. In 1951, Kerner moved the team to Milwaukee. Kerner and the team moved again in 1955 to St. Louis, where they won their only NBA Championship in 1958 and qualified to play in the NBA Finals in 1957, 1960 and 1961; the Hawks played the Boston Celtics in all four of their trips to the NBA Finals. The St. Louis Hawks moved to Atlanta in 1968, when Kerner sold the franchise to Thomas Cousins and former Georgia Governor Carl Sanders.
The Hawks own the second-longest drought of not winning an NBA championship at 60 seasons. The franchise's lone NBA championship, as well as all four NBA Finals appearances, occurred when the team was based in St. Louis. Meanwhile, they went 48 years without advancing past the second round of the playoffs in any format, until breaking through in 2015. However, the Hawks are one of only four NBA teams that have qualified to play in the NBA playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons in the 21st century, they achieved this feat between 2008 and 2017. The other teams that have made it to at least 10 consecutive playoff appearances in the 21st century are the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks; the origins of the Atlanta Hawks can be traced to the Buffalo Bisons franchise, founded in 1946. The Bisons were a member of the National Basketball League, played their games at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium; the club was coached by Nat Hickey. Their first game – a 50–39 victory over the Syracuse Nationals – was played on November 8, 1946.
On the team was William "Pop" Gates, along with William "Dolly" King, was one of the first two African-American players in the NBL. The team, which needed to draw 3,600 fans per game to break struggled to draw 1,000 fans per game to the Auditorium; the franchise lasted only 38 days in Buffalo when, on December 25, 1946, Leo Ferris, the team's general manager, announced that the team would be moving to Moline, which at that time was part of an area known as the "Tri-Cities": Moline, Rock Island and Davenport, Iowa. Upon relocation to Moline, the team was renamed the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, played their home games at Wharton Field House, a 6,000-seat arena in Moline; the team featured guard/forward and coach Deanglo King, was owned by Leo Ferris and Ben Kerner. Pop Gates remained on the Blackhawks roster, finished second on the team in scoring behind future 1948 NBL MVP Don Otten. A Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member, Gates helped to integrate the league and become the first African-American coach in a major sports league, coaching Dayton in 1948.
In 1949 the Blackhawks became one of the National Basketball Association's 17 original teams after a merger of the 12-year-old NBL and the three-year-old Basketball Association of America. They reached the playoffs in the NBA's inaugural year under the leadership of coach Red Auerbach; the following season, they drafted three-time All-American Bob Cousy, but they were unable to reach a deal and traded him to the Chicago Stags. The Blackhawks missed the playoffs. By it was obvious that the Tri-Cities area was too small to support an NBA team. After the season, the franchise relocated to Milwaukee and became the Milwaukee Hawks. In 1954, the Hawks drafted Bob Pettit, a future NBA MVP. Despite this, the Hawks were one of the league's worst teams, in 1955 the Hawks moved, this time to St. Louis, Milwaukee's rival in the beer industry, became the St. Louis Hawks. In 1956, the St. Louis Hawks drafted legendary Bill Russell in the first round, they traded Russell to the Boston Celtics for Cliff Hagan and Ed Macauley, both Hall of Fame members.
In 1957, the Hawks finished four games under.500. However, the Western Division was weak that year, they won the division title and a bye to the division finals after defeating the Minneapolis Lakers and Fort Wayne Pistons in one-game tiebreakers. They defeated the Lakers in the division finals to advance to the Finals, losing to the Boston Celtics in a double-overtime thriller in game seven. In 1958, after tallying their first winning record, they again advanced to the Finals, where they avenged their defeat against the Celtics from the previous year, winning the series 4–2 and giving the Hawks their first and only NBA Championship. Bob Pettit scored 50 points in the final game of the series; the Hawks remained one of the NBA's premier teams for the next decade. In 1960, under coach Ed Macauley, the team advanced to the Finals, but lost to the Celtics in another game seven thriller; the following year, with the acquisition of rookie Lenny Wilkens, the Hawks repeated their success, but met the Celtics in the Finals again and lost in five games.
They would remain contenders for most of the 1960s, advancing deep into the playoffs a
PBC CSKA Moscow
PBC CSKA Moscow is a Russian professional basketball team based in Moscow, Russia. The club is a member of the EuroLeague. CSKA won two titles between 2006 and 2008, in Europe's principal club competition, the EuroLeague, making the final in all four seasons, has advanced to the EuroLeague Final Four 16 times in the 21st century. CSKA is dominating in winning all but one titles up-to-date. With 7 EuroLeague championships, one NEBL championship, 49 home league championships, 7 home cups and 9 VTB United League titles in total, CSKA is the most successful basketball team in Russia, is one of the most successful basketball teams in Europe. In Euroleague in 2006 CSKA won its first title in a long time, defeating Maccabi 73-69 in the final in Prague. Next year the team lost in the 2007 final 93–91 to Panathinaikos on the Greens' home floor, the Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall in Athens. In 2008, they won a rematch of the 2006 final against Maccabi 91–77 in Madrid. In 2009, they lost a rematch of the 2007 final against Panathinaikos 73–71 in Berlin.
The club competed in 8 consecutive EuroLeague Final Fours from 2003 to 2010, an all-time record. CSKA won its last up-to-date title in 2016, after beating Fenerbahçe in the final, by a score of 101–96, in overtime. Well-known players that have played for the club over the years include: Sergei Belov, Gennadi Volnov, Viktor Zubkov, Yuri Korneev, Vladimir Andreev, Anatoly Myshkin, Stanislav Yeryomin, Ivan Edeshko, Alzhan Zharmukhamedov, Sergei Tarakanov, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Vladimir Tkachenko, Sergei Bazarevich, Sasha Volkov, Andrei Kirilenko, Trajan Langdon, Darius Songaila, Gordan Giriček, Dragan Tarlać, Marcus Brown, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Theo Papaloukas, Nenad Krstić, Miloš Teodosić, J R Holden and Nando de Colo. Alexander Gomelsky, the legendary basketball coach, worked in CSKA for nearly 20 years, turning it into a powerhouse. Nowadays, CSKA has the reputation for being one of the richest sports clubs in Europe, having been owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, being owned by Norilsk Nickel.
CSKA was founded on 29 April 1923 known as OPPV, when on that day soldiers and sportsmen fought in football against each other for the first place of Moscow. "OPPV", which means Опытно-показательная военно-спортивная площадка всевобуча, a department in the General military education service, was the first central sports department of the Red Army. It was based on the pre-revolutionary "Community of Amateur Skiers"; the first success of the basketball department came at the 1924 Soviet League championship, played between cities, not clubs. Two more titles followed in 1928 and 1935. In 1938, the Soviet League championship was played between clubs, CSKA under the name CDKA debuted there. Stalin's son, Vasily founded the club VVS MVO, with CDKA merging with it. By the end of the Great Patriotic War, CSKA established itself as one of the most respected Soviet basketball teams. In 1953 and 1954, the club was renamed CDSA, between 1955–60, it was known as CSK MO, in 1960, it received its current name CSKA.
CSKA won the FIBA European Champions Cup title, in 1961, 1963, 1969, 1971. They won the Soviet League championship 24 times. CSKA won the Russian League title, every year from 1992, through 2000, every year from 2003 to 2008. CSKA made the 1996 EuroLeague Final Four, they made the 2001 SuproLeague Final Four, the 2003 EuroLeague Final Four, the 2004 EuroLeague Final Four, the 2005 EuroLeague Final Four, before winning the EuroLeague championship at the 2006 EuroLeague Final Four. In the 2004–05 season, the team became the first in the history of the EuroLeague to go through the regular-season phase undefeated, during the 2004–05 EuroLeague season, before the 2005 EuroLeague Final Four, it had only lost to one team: FC Barcelona. Though CSKA lost in the semifinals on their home court to Spanish League club TAU Cerámica, to Panathinaikos, of the Greek League, in the third-place game; that sent them to the 2nd grade teams in the EuroLeague draw, although they finished the league with the best record.
That same year they lost a game in the finals series of the Russian League, but they got the Russian League crown. In 2006, CSKA qualified by finishing third in their group, they finished at the top of their Top 16 group, being denied a perfect record at Tau, in their final game. CSKA entered the 2006 EuroLeague Final Four on a roll, as the only club to sweep their best-of-three quarterfinal series, by defeating Turkish Super League power Efes Pilsen, they defeated Barça in the EuroLeague semis, before defeating the high-powered offense of Maccabi Tel Aviv, of the Israeli Super League, in the final, on April 30 though the overall record of Maccabi's games with CSKA Moscow favored the Israeli club. The following year, they nearly repeated as EuroLeague champions, but wound up facing Panathinaikos in the final, on the Greek team's home floor, OAKA Indoor Hall, designated more than a year earlier as the site for that year's Final Four. Panathinaikos won a fought battle. In 2008, their EuroLeague championship win at the 2008 EuroLeague Final Four, put them in sole possession of second place for overall top-tier level European-wide titles.
Only Real Madrid, with eight titles, had won more than CSKA's six titles
Danny Green (basketball)
Daniel Richard Green Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the University of North Carolina, where he played in more games and had more wins than any Tar Heel before him. Green is the only player in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference with at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 150 three-pointers, 150 blocks and 150 steals, he won an NCAA championship his senior year and was subsequently drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 46th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. During the 2013 NBA Finals, Green set an NBA record for most three-point field goals made in a Finals series, he won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs the following season, became just the third player from UNC to win an NCAA championship and an NBA championship, the two others being James Worthy and Michael Jordan. Known for his perimeter defense and three-point shooting, Green has been a key contributor on both ends on the floor throughout his NBA career, having been selected to his first NBA All-Defensive Second Team in the 2016–17 season.
As a high school freshman, Green attended North Babylon High School in North Babylon, New York on Long Island and in addition to basketball, he played quarterback on the football team. From his sophomore onwards, Green attended St. Mary's High School, a private school, in Manhasset, New York, he averaged 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks as a senior. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Green was listed as the No. 8 shooting guard and the No. 31 player in the nation in 2005. Green came off the bench as the sixth man during his freshman year at UNC, he averaged 2.8 rebounds in his sophomore season. After his second year at North Carolina Green considered transferring, but would finish his college career there. Green improved his scoring average in each of the next two seasons. Green's junior year, he averaged 11.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.9 turnovers, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks in 22.3 minutes per game. He improved his true shooting percentage increasing his field goal percentage to 46.9% and his free throw percentage to 87.3%.
He shot 37.3% from the three-point line. Approaching his senior season, he declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft, but did not sign with an agent so that he had the option to return to school, which he decided to do on June 16, he went on to average 13.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.7 turnovers, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks in 27.4 minutes per game. He again improved his shooting percentages, averaging 47.1% and 41.8% from the field and three-point line respectively. In his senior year, Green was selected to be a member of the ACC's All-Defensive Team, he was named as a team captain along with Bobby Frasor and Tyler Hansbrough. Part of the 2009 national championship team's starting five. Green logged a solid overall Final Four performance with 18 total points including six made three-pointers, six rebounds, five assists, three blocks, one steal. Green is the only Tar Heel to have 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, 100 blocks and 100 steals One of four players in ACC history with 100 blocked shots and 100 three-point field goals Played in 145 games and been a part of 123 wins setting a new UNC record Scored 1,368 career points Passed Vince Carter in scoring at Virginia Tech on March 4, 2009 Blocked a career-high 7 shots in the win at Duke on March 8, 2008 Only Tar Heel to block 100 or more shots and make 50 or more three-pointers Scored in double figures 63 times Scored 20 or more points seven times in his career, including five times in 2009 Led Carolina in blocked shots as a freshman with 32 and was second the next three seasons UNC's defensive player of the game 15 times Played in four wins at Duke, joining Tyler Hansbrough and Wake Forest's Tim Duncan and Rusty LaRue as the only players to do that against Mike Krzyzewski-coached teams.
Points: 26 at Chaminade Field Goals: 11 at Chaminade Three-Pointers: 6 vs. UNC Asheville Free Throws: 7 at Wake Forest Offensive Rebounds: 6 vs. NC State Rebounds: 14 vs. NC State Assists: 7 vs. Dayton, UNC Asheville, Gonzaga Turnovers: 6 at Florida State Blocks: 7 at Duke Steals: 6 at Florida State The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Green as the 46th overall pick of the 2009 NBA draft. After he played in 20 games in his rookie year with the Cavaliers, the team waived Green at the beginning of the next season. Green was subsequently picked up by the San Antonio Spurs on November 17, 2010; the Spurs waived him six days after he appeared in two games. In January 2011, Green was acquired by the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League, he averaged 20 points, a team high, 7.5 rebounds in 16 games with the Bighorns. The Spurs signed Green again in March 2011, assigned him to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League on April 2, recalled him on April 3. In August 2011, Green signed a one-year contract with KK Union Olimpija, which included an NBA-out clause option when the 2011 NBA lockout ended.
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