David Joel Stern is an American businessman and lawyer who served as the fourth commissioner of the National Basketball Association. He started with the Association in 1966 as an outside counsel, joined the NBA in 1978 as General Counsel, became the league's Executive Vice President in 1980, he became Commissioner in 1984. He is credited with increasing the popularity of the NBA in the 2000s. Stern has served on the Rutgers University Board of Overseers and is a Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. On October 25, 2012, Stern announced that he would step down as NBA commissioner on February 1, 2014, 30 years to the day after beginning his tenure as commissioner, his deputy, Adam Silver, was his successor. At the time of his departure, he was the NBA's longest-serving commissioner. Stern received the Olympic Order in 2012. On February 14, 2014, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that Stern would be a member of its 2014 induction class.
In 2016, he became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame. David Stern was born on September 1942 in New York City, he grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey in a Jewish family, is a graduate of Teaneck High School. Stern attended Rutgers University, where in 1960 he pledged to the Sigma Delta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, he graduated as a history student in 1963, graduated from Columbia Law School in 1966, was admitted to the bar in New York that year after passing the state's bar examination. Stern's first affiliation with the NBA came in 1966 when he was hired at Proskauer, Goetz & Mendelsohn, LLP, the law firm that represents the league, he was the lead attorney representing the firm in the case of Robertson vs National Basketball Association, the landmark lawsuit brought against the NBA by star player Oscar Robertson. Stern helped the league negotiate a settlement that allowed the NBA/ABA merger to proceed in return for the NBA abolishing the "option" clause in its uniform player contract and allowing players to become free agents for the first time.
In 1978, Stern left Proskauer Rose to become the NBA's General Counsel under Commissioner Larry O'Brien. By 1980, he was Executive Vice President of the NBA. During this time, two landmark decisions were reached with the NBA Players' Association: drug testing and team salary cap; the drug testing dealt with the perception that most basketball players used drugs, that the NBA admitted it had a problem, it was cleaning it up. The salary cap created a revenue-sharing system where owner and player were partners. Both of these agreements solidified Stern's standing inside NBA circles. On February 1, 1984, Stern became the Commissioner of the NBA, it was during that same year that four of the league's marquee players during the 1980s and 1990s—Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, John Stockton—entered the NBA. The arrival of Michael Jordan, in particular, ushered in a new era of commercial bounty for the NBA. With him came his flair and talent for the game, that brought in shoe contracts from Nike which helped to give the league more national attention.
Jordan and the two other premier basketball legends of the 1980s, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, took the game to new heights of popularity and profit. By 2004, Stern oversaw the NBA expand from 10 to 30 franchises, expand into Canada, televise games in countries around the world. Stern oversaw the creation of the WNBA, a professional women's basketball league. Stern has been credited for developing and broadening the NBA's audience, by setting up training camps, playing exhibition games around the world, recruiting more international players; the NBA now has 11 offices in cities outside the United States, is televised in 215 countries around the world in 43 languages, operates the Women's National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Development League under Stern's watch. Relocation of 6 NBA franchises 7 new NBA teams Ratification of the NBA Dress Code NBA Finals Trophy renamed to Larry O'Brien Trophy NBA Finals MVP Trophy renamed to the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award Four NBA lockouts Stern has been at the center of multiple controversies during his time as commissioner, with a noticeably more frequent trend in the years of his tenure.
During the 1985 NBA Draft Lottery, the NBA used a system where seven envelopes representing the seven teams with the worst records were mixed in a tumbler, drawn by Stern one at a time to determine which of these clubs would get the 1st pick onwards up to the 7th pick. When these envelopes were added to the tumbler, two envelopes were put in forcibly, banged against the edge, while all the rest were set in gently; when drawing the envelope for the 1st pick, Stern went for the one with a bent corner, which upon opening the envelope, it was revealed that the New York Knicks logo was inside. This fueled speculation of a draft fix, with the theory being that the NBA wanted to send the best player in the draft to New York to increase ratings in a large television market. In the 1997 NBA playoffs, the NBA suspended five players following a brawl between the New York Knicks and Miami Heat, which affected the outcome of that series; some of the suspensions were required by a league rule, implemented under Stern, that provides an automatic one-game suspension to any player who leaves his team's bench during a fight.
In the 2007 Playoffs from the Suns-Spurs Game, several players who left the bench and were not involved in the altercation were a
In basketball, an official enforces the rules and maintains order in the game. The title of official applies to the scorers and timekeepers, as well as other personnel that have an active task in maintaining the game. Basketball is regarded as among the most difficult sports to officiate due to the speed of play, complexity of rules, the case-specific interpretations of rules, the instantaneous decision required. There is one lead referee and one or two umpires, depending on whether there is a two- or three-person crew. In the NBA, the lead official is called the other two officials are referees. In FIBA-sanctioned play, two-man crews consist of a referee and an umpire, three-man crews contain a referee and two umpires. Regardless, both classes of officials have equal rights to control all aspects of the game. In most cases, the lead official performs the jump ball to begin the contest, though NFHS and NCAA have allowed the referee to designate which official shall perform the jump ball. In American high school and college basketball, officials wear black-and-white-striped shirts with black side panels, black pants, black shoes.
Some state high school association allow officials to wear grey shirts with black pin-stripes instead of black-and-white-striped shirts. NBA officials wear light grey shirts with black shoes; the NBA shirt is light grey with one black colored stripe on either shoulder, a black stripe on either side, the official's number in the center at the top on the back, the NBA logo above the breast. NBA officials sometimes wear alternate uniforms consisting of a white shirt with light gold shoulders and black stripes. NBA Summer League officials wear the same light grey shirt but with blue shoulders; the WNBA referee shirt is similar to the NBA referee shirt except that its shoulder and sleeve colors are orange, the WNBA logo takes the place of the NBA logo. FIBA officials wear a grey and black shirt, black trousers, black socks, black shoes. Officials in competitions organized by Euroleague Basketball – the Euroleague and Eurocup – wear an orange shirt. Officials in the Israel Basketball Association wear the Euroleague's orange shirt but sometimes wear royal blue shirts for contests between two Israeli teams.
NBL officials wear orange stripes on the sides. The NBL logo is atop the breast and a sponsor's name is on the back. Shirts are V-neck, without a collar, pants lack belts. All officials wear a whistle, used to stop play as a result of a foul or a violation on the court. Hand signals are used to administer the game. In higher levels of college and professional basketball, officials wear a timing device on the belt-line called PTS; the device is used by on court officials to start and stop the game clock in a timely manner, rather than waiting for the scoreboard operator to do so. The officials must ensure that the game runs smoothly, this encompasses a variety of different responsibilities, from calling the game to player and spectator management, they carry a duty of care to the players they officiate and to ensure that the court and all equipment used is in a safe and usable condition. Should there be an issue that inhibits the safe playing of the game it is the job of the officials to rectify the problem.
Quite the job of an official surpasses that of the game at hand, as they must overcome unforeseen situations that may or may not have an influence on the game. There are two standard methods for officiating a basketball game, either "two-person" or "three-person" mechanics depending on how many officials are available to work the game. In "two-person" mechanics, each official works either the trail position; the lead position is along the baseline of the court, with the trail position having its starting point at the free throw line extended on the left side of the court facing the basket. Officials change position during the game to cover the area in the best possible way; as the game transitions from one end of the court to the other, the lead becomes the trail and vice versa. Between the two positions, each is responsible for a specific part of the court as well as two each of the side, base or back court lines. Officials change position after certain calls; this allows officials to alternate between positions to increase the speed of play.
This prevents one official from always working one particular team's basket throughout the course of the game. In "three-person" mechanics, the court is further divided among three officials, with the lead official determining the position of the other two officials; the lead official will move to the side of the court in which the ball is located if there is a "post-up" player in that position. The official, on the same sideline as the lead official takes up a position level with the top of the three-point line and becomes the "trail" official, while the third official will stand across the court near the free throw line in what is called the center position; this creates a triangle coverage of the court. The lead will switch sides of the baseline during a play, requiring the trail to move down to be level with the free-throw line and become the new center, while the center will move up and become the trail; as the ball moves to the other end of the court in transition, the lead will become the trail, the trail will b
Port Angeles, Washington
Port Angeles is a city in and the county seat of Clallam County, United States. With a population of 19,038 as of the 2010 census, it is the largest city in the county; the population was estimated at 19,448 in 2015 by the Office of Financial Management. The City's harbor was dubbed Puerto de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles by Spanish explorer Francisco de Eliza in 1791. By the mid-19th century, after settlement by English speakers from the United States, the name was shortened and anglicized to its current form, Port Angeles Harbor. Port Angeles is home to Peninsula College, it is the birthplace of football hall of famer John Elway and residents include writers and artists. The city is served by William R. Fairchild International Airport. Ferry service is provided across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on the MV Coho; this area was long occupied by succeeding cultures of indigenous peoples. In 1791 the harbor was entered by Spanish explorer Francisco de Eliza, who named it Puerto de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, claiming it for Spain.
He was on an expedition from southern California. This name was shortened to the current one of Port Angeles; the first Europeans to the area tended to trade with the Native Americans. It was not until the 19th century. A small whaling and shipping village developed, which traded with Victoria, British Columbia. In 1856–1857, the first settlers arrived and they were followed by the Cherbourg Land Company in 1859. Soon afterwards the site caught the attention of Victor Smith. Smith, a protege of Salmon Chase, was Collector of Customs for the Puget Sound District, he gained approval to relocate the Port of Entry from Port Townsend to Port Angeles. With Chase's support, he succeeded in getting President Abraham Lincoln to designate 3,520 acres at Port Angeles as a federal reserve for lighthouse and naval purposes; the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers platted a federal town site on the reserve land, laying out the street plan which still exists today; the fact that Washington, D. C. was the only other city laid out by the federal government led the U.
S. Board of Trade in 1890 to dub Port Angeles the "Second National City." Settlers soon followed but Smith's death in the sinking of the Brother Jonathen led to the loss of interest in the area. The Port of Entry was returned to Port Townsend and the area sank into obscurity until the 1880s. In 1884, a hotel was built and the trading post was expanded into the areas first general store. A wharf was soon built upon that site. A village of 300 in 1886, Port Angeles' population grew to 3,000 by 1890. Hundreds of its new residents were part of the Puget Sound Cooperative Colony, established in 1887 and built several of the settlement's first permanent civic facilities, including a sawmill, office building, opera house; the town was incorporated on June 11, 1890, was named the county seat of Clallam County that year. A depression a few years was weathered and the town continued to grow into the new century. In 1914, large-scale logging began with construction of a large mill and a railway connecting the hinterlands to the mill.
Other mills were soon built and the lumber mills supported the economy of the area until well into the century. Tourism became important as the growing national affluence, the 1961 opening of the Hood Canal Bridge that cut driving time from the populated central Puget Sound region, brought more visitors drawn by the mountains and rainforest of Olympic National Park and by fishing and boating along the Strait of Juan de Fuca; the mills began to close in the 80s until only one mill remained in operation. In August 2003, a $275 million construction project, known as the Graving Dock Project, was started in Port Angeles near the water as part of the Hood Canal Bridge east-half replacement project, it was intended to construct an area for anchoring pontoons for the bridge. During construction, human remains and artifacts were discovered; this site was found to be the "largest prehistoric Indian village and burial ground found in the United States," according to a senior archaeologist for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle.
The archeology site included Native American burials of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Archeologists were called in to conduct a professional excavation, they found about 300 graves and 785 pieces of human bones, in addition to numerous ritual and ceremonial Indian artifacts of the former Tse-whit-zen village of the federally recognized Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. This site had been continuously occupied by indigenous cultures for thousands of years; because of the significance of the site for Native American history, in December 2004 the graving dock project was abandoned. Many of the graves uncovered appeared to hold entire families. Archeologists project that this was the result of pandemics of smallpox and other infectious illnesses brought by European immigrants to North America; these caused massive death tolls among Native American populations in 1780 and 1835, as they had no acquired immunity. Infectious diseases contracted from interactions with European fur traders are believed to have killed about 90 percent of the Indians living in the Northwest before European-American settlement of the area.
In 2016, Port Angeles installed street signs in English and Klallam to revitalize and preserve the area's Klallam culture. The coordinates of Port Angeles are 48°06′47″N 123°26′27″W. According to the Uni
Instant replay or action replay is a video reproduction of something that occurred, both shot and broadcast live. The video, having been shown live, is replayed in order for viewers to see again and analyze what had just taken place; some sports allow officiating calls to be overturned after the review of a play. Instant replay is most used in sports, but is used in other fields of live TV. While the first near-instant replay system was developed and used in Canada, the first instant replay was developed and deployed in the United States. During a 1955 Hockey Night in Canada broadcast on CBC Television, producer George Retzlaff used a "wet-film" replay, which aired several minutes later. Videotape was introduced in 1956 with the Ampex Quadruplex system. However, it was incapable of displaying slow motion, instant replay, or freeze-frames, it was difficult to rewind and set index points; the end of the March 24, 1962 boxing match between Benny Paret and Emile Griffith was reviewed a few minutes after the bout ended, in slow motion, by Griffith and commentator Don Dunphy.
In hindsight it has been cited as the first known use of slow motion replay in television history. CBS Sports Director Tony Verna utilized a system to enable a standard videotape machine to replay on December 7, 1963, for the network's coverage of the US military's Army–Navy Game; the instant replay machine weighed 1,300 pounds. After technical hitches, the only replay broadcast was Rollie Stichweh's touchdown, it was replayed at the original speed, with commentator Lindsey Nelson advising viewers "Ladies and gentlemen, Army did not score again!" The problem with older technology was the difficulty of finding the desired starting point. Replay from analog disk storage was tried out by CBS in 1965, commercialized in 1967 by the Ampex HS-100, which had a 30-second capacity and freeze frame capability. Instant replay has been credited as a primary factor in the rise of televised American football, although it was popular on television before then. While one camera was set up to show the overall "live" action, other cameras, which were linked to a separate videotape machine, framed close-ups of key players.
Within a few seconds of a crucial play, the videotape machine would replay the action from various, close-up angles, in slow motion. Prior to instant replay, it was impossible to portray the essence of an American football game on television. Viewers struggled to assimilate the action from a wide shot of the field, on a small black-and-white television screen. However, as Erik Barnouw says in his book, "Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of American Television", with replay technology, "brutal collisions became ballets, end runs and forward passes became miracles of human coordination". Thanks in large part to instant replay, televised football became evening entertainment, perfected by ABC-TV’s Monday Night Football, enjoyed by a wide audience. Marshall McLuhan, the noted communication theorist, famously said that any new medium contains all prior media within it. McLuhan gave Tony Verna's invention of instant replay as a good example. "Until the advent of the instant replay, televised football had served as a substitute for physically attending the game.
During the live television transmission of sports events, instant replay is used to show again a passage of play, important or remarkable, or, unclear at first viewing. Replays are shown during a break or lull in the action; the replay may be in slow feature shots from multiple camera angles. Video servers, with their advanced technology, have allowed for more complex replays, such as freeze frame, frame-by-frame review, replay at variable speeds, overlaying of virtual graphics, instant analysis tools such as ball speed or immediate distance calculation. Sports commentators analyze the replay footage when it is being played, rather than describing the concurrent live action. Instant replays are used today in broadcasting extreme sports, where the speed of the action is too high to be interpreted by the naked eye, using combinations of advanced technologies such as video servers and high-speed cameras recording at up to several thousand frames per second. EVS Broadcast Equipment is the industry leader in Replay Production Servers and is the preferred system of major broadcasters for large events such as the Olympics, Super Bowl, MLB Playoffs, NBA Playoffs.
Evertz Microsystem's DreamCatcher replay system is widely used for lower level productions by College and Pro Sports clubs including the NBA, MLB. Some sports organizations allow referees or other officials to consult replay footage before making or revising a decision about an unclear or dubious play; this is variously called video referee, video umpire, instant replay official, television match official, third umpire or challenge. Other organizations allow video evidence only after the end of the contest, for example to penalize a player for misconduct not noticed by the officials during play; the role of the video referee differs varies. When instant replay does not provide conclusive proof, rules may say whether the original call stands, or whether a specific call must be done. Leagues using instant replay in official decision making include the National Hockey League, National
The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association. The Eastern and Western conference champions play a best-of-seven game series to determine the league champion; the winners of the Finals are awarded the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy, which replaced the Walter A. Brown Trophy in 1983; the series was known as the BAA Finals prior to the 1949–50 season when the Basketball Association of America merged with the National Basketball League to form the NBA. The competition oversaw further name changes to NBA World Championship Series from 1950 to 1985, as well as a brief stint as the Showdown, before settling on NBA Finals in 1986; the NBA Finals was structured to harbor a 2-2-1-1-1 format. In 1985, it was changed to a 2–3–2 format to ease the amount of cross country travel until 2013, where the first two and last two games of the series were played at the arena of the team who earned home-court advantage by having the better record during the regular season. In 2014, the 2–2–1–1–1 format was restored.
The first two are played at home for the higher-seeded team, the following two at the home of the lower-seeded team. The following three are played at each team's home arena alternately. A total of 18 franchises have won the NBA Finals, with the Golden State Warriors the current champion; the Boston Celtics hold the record for the most victories, having won the competition 17 times, as well as winning the competition the most times in a row, winning it eight times from 1959 to 1966. The Los Angeles Lakers have contested the NBA Finals the most times, with 31 appearances; the Eastern Conference has provided the most champions, with 38 wins from ten franchises. The Boston Celtics went 11–1 in the NBA Finals during 13 seasons, they won eight straight NBA championships from 1959 through 1966. This period marks the largest stretch of seasons that a single team made up over 65% of Finals appearances, includes the only time the NBA Finals was decided in double overtime. With the establishment of the Celtics dynasty in 1957 spearheaded by center Bill Russell, the team saw great success, only encountering difficulty when up against teams led by Wilt Chamberlain.
However, for most of the late 1950s and 1960s, the Celtics and Russell managed to have an upper hand on Chamberlain's teams. In 1964, who had moved to the state of California alongside his team, led the San Francisco Warriors to a Western Conference championship, but again failed to conquer the Celtics; the following season, he returned to the Eastern Conference to join the Philadelphia 76ers, who were the former Syracuse Nationals that had relocated to the city to cover the vacancy created with the departure of the Warriors. The first clash between the two stars in the playoffs was in 1966, with Boston winning the series 4–1. In the following season, Philadelphia coach Alex Hannum instructed Chamberlain to provide an increased focus on playing a team game, to avoid drawing the double-teams that troubled Chamberlain during the Finals; this tactical change brought the team to a new record of 68 wins the following season, as well as defeating the Celtics before winning the Finals. In 1968, Boston overcame a 3–1 deficit against Philadelphia to once again arrive in the Finals.
They went on to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals to again become NBA Champions. In 1969, the Celtics faced great difficulty entering the postseason, as they had an aging team and multiple injuries to a number of players, they qualified for the playoffs as the fourth and final seed in the East, while the Lakers, who had added Chamberlain in the offseason to join stars Jerry West and Elgin Baylor. The Lakers won the West and were prohibitive favorites to become Champions for the first time since relocating to Los Angeles. Despite holding a 2-1 advantage going into Game 4, the Lakers led 87–86 and had the ball with 10 seconds to play, but after a turnover, Sam Jones scored tying the series. The series was tied 3-3 going into Game 7 in Los Angeles, with Lakers owner Jack Cooke hanging balloons in the arena in anticipation of a Lakers victory. West picked up injuries to his thigh and hamstring during the series, returned to play for the final game. Russell utilized this newly lacking mobility in West to organize fast breaks at every opportunity for the Celtics, which allowed them to gain an early lead.
They held off a furious Lakers comeback to win 108–106 and win the series, win their eleventh championship in 13 years. As many stars either declined or retired following this win, it is recognized as the last NBA Finals conducted by the Celtics dynasty; the 1970s saw. In 1970, a classic final featured the Knicks against the Lakers. In the waning moments of Game 3, with the series tied, Jerry West hit a basket from 60 feet to tie the game, a shot which became one of the most famous ever. However, the Knicks won in overtime and continued their momentum for a 4–3 win, becoming the first team after the Celtics dynasty to win an NBA championship; the Milwaukee Bucks won their first franchise title, defeating the Baltimore Bullets in 1971. Two seasons after losing in the Finals, the Lakers got a measure of revenge by winning 33 straight games, the longest such streak in NBA history. By season's end, they broke the record for most wins in a season with 69, one more than the 1966–67 Philadelphia 76ers, before taking home the championship for the first time since relocating to Los Angeles.
The Knicks returned to win the championship round again a season to record their second victorious season. Despite the rise of the Knicks, the
Baron Walter Louis Davis is an American former professional basketball player, a studio analyst for The NBA on TNT. He is a two-time NBA All-Star, he was drafted with the third overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets. He played in the NBA for the New Orleans Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks. Davis played college basketball for UCLA, where he was an All-American honoree before turning professional after his sophomore year, he was a star high school player while at Crossroads School. Davis grew up in the South Central area, his grandmother and guardian, Lela Nicholson, was instrumental in pushing him to play basketball. With her encouragement, he enrolled at Crossroads School, a prestigious private school in Santa Monica; as a senior at Crossroads, Davis led his team to the championship of The Beach Ball Classic tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina over perennial prep powerhouse Simon Gratz High School, while earning MVP honors and a spot on the All-Tournament team along with future St. John's standout Erick Barkley at that prestigious event.
That year, Davis was named Gatorade National Player of the Year and a Parade All-American. He was selected to play in the prestigious McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Game in Colorado Springs in 1997, playing with future NBA players Elton Brand, Shane Battier, Larry Hughes and Ron Artest, winning the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest despite being the smallest man in the competition at 6'2". After a contested recruiting battle that saw Kansas, Georgia Tech, UCLA in hot pursuit for his services, Davis selected UCLA as his school of choice, so that he could play in front of his family and friends. During this time, Davis was involved in a minor controversy pertaining to his driving a 1991 Chevy Blazer, a gift from his sister a UCLA employee; the car was sold to her by a member of Jim Harrick's family. At the time, Harrick was the UCLA men's basketball coach, presenting both a conflict of interest and a potential recruiting violation, since rumor had it that the car was purchased below market value.
The controversy subsided when it was discovered that Davis' sister had, in fact, bought the car at the listed blue-book price. Davis enrolled at UCLA in 1997 without problem. In 1998, Davis was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and made the Third Team All-America his sophomore year in 1999. In Davis' two years at UCLA, he averaged 5.1 assists for the Bruins. While coming down from a dunk during an NCAA Tournament game his freshman year, he injured his knee and tore his anterior cruciate ligament. Though, he made a full recovery the next season and seemed to have regained nearly all of the speed and explosiveness he had before the injury while doing enough on the basketball court to warrant his declaring for the 1999 NBA draft after his sophomore campaign. Davis was the third pick in the 1999 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets. In his NBA debut, a 100–86 win over the Orlando Magic, Davis scored nine points, added five rebounds, two assists and two steals. In Davis' first year, he backed up Eddie Jones and David Wesley, as the Hornets lost in the first round of the playoffs to the 76ers in four games.
Davis saw better success the following year, as his averages in points, assists and minutes per game all increased and he started all 82 games for the Hornets. Davis lead the Hornets back into the playoffs, swept the Miami Heat before being defeated by the Ray Allen-led Milwaukee Bucks in seven games in the second round. Davis is credited with making the longest shot in NBA history at the Bradley Center on February 17, 2001, when he buried an 89-foot shot with 0.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks. The next season, Davis again started all 82 games while averaging 18 points and 8.5 assists per game. He was selected as an injury replacement for Vince Carter in the 2002 NBA All-Star Game; the Hornets made the playoffs with Davis for the third time in as many years, but after defeating the Tracy McGrady-led Orlando Magic in the opening round, they were eliminated in the second round by the Jason Kidd-led New Jersey Nets. In the summer of 2002, the Hornets relocated from North Carolina, to New Orleans.
In the New Orleans Hornets' inaugural season, Davis suffered multiple injuries that limited him to just 50 games. He was still able to lead the Hornets back to the playoffs, but they would fall to the Allen Iverson-led Philadelphia 76ers in the first round. Iverson would describe Davis as the most difficult defensive assignment of his career; the following season saw a similar result, injuries limited Davis to 67 games and the Hornets were ousted in the first round of the playoffs by the Dwyane Wade-led Miami Heat. The Hornets made the playoffs in each of Davis' five years with the team, only advanced past the first round in the two years he started every game. After Davis was traded to Golden State, New Orleans failed to make the playoffs for three straight years, he played for the US national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship. On February 24, 2005, Davis was traded from the Hornets to the Golden State Warriors for guard Speedy Claxton and veteran forward Dale Davis after tension with the Hornets' coaching staff and several nagging injuries.
The move created one of the more potent backcourts in the NBA with Davis and star guard Jason Richardson. It saw Davis' return to California, where he had craved to return since his college days at UCLA. After two seasons in which the Warriors underachieved under coach Mike Montgomery, the Warriors hired former coach Don Nelson for the 2006–07 seaso
BYU Cougars men's basketball
The BYU Cougars men's basketball team represents Brigham Young University in NCAA Division I basketball play. Established in 1902, the team has won 27 conference championships, 3 conference tournament championships and 2 NIT Tournaments, competed in 29 NCAA Tournaments, it competes in the West Coast Conference. From 1999–2011, the team competed in the Mountain West Conference. BYU fielded its first basketball team in 1903. In 1906, the Cougars played their first game against Utah State University. In 1909, the team first played against the University of Utah; these two rivalries continue to this day. In its 108-year history, BYU's basketball program has won 1,786 games, ranking 12th among all Division I programs; the Cougars won the first of their 27 conference championships in 1922 as a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Cougars would make the first of their 29 NCAA Tournament appearances in 1950 under legendary head coach Stan Watts; that Cougars came within one point of reaching the national semifinals.
BYU's 1951 team was more successful, winning 28 games and once again qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. In addition, the 1951 team won the first of two NIT championships for the school; the Cougars defeated AP # 10 St. Louis and AP # 13 Dayton to win the title. Notable players on that team include: Mel Hutchins, taken #2 in the 1951 NBA draft, was named the 1951–52 NBA co-rookie of the year and became a 5-time NBA All-Star with the Pistons and the Knicks. Dunn, a future general authority in the LDS Church; the Cougars would go on to make five more appearances in the NCAA Tournament under Watts, win their second NIT championship in 1966, although by that time the overall prestige of the NIT had fallen considerably. BYU has the dubious distinction of having the most NCAA appearances of any men's team not to make the Final Four. Under Watts, BYU became the first U. S. college basketball program to include an international player on its roster, as Finland native Timo Lampen debuted in the 1958–59 season.
BYU's Krešimir Ćosić, born in Yugoslavia, became the first international player to be named an All-American. His jersey was retired in the Marriott Center in March 2006 in the last home game of the season against the New Mexico Lobos. Watts retired as the winningest coach in BYU history. After Watts' retirement following the 1972 season, the program experienced five consecutive losing seasons from 1974 through 1978 before returning to the NCAA Tournament in 1979 behind Danny Ainge and coach Frank Arnold; the Cougars reached the Elite Eight, one game short of the Final Four, in 1981, Ainge's senior season. That season, Ainge won the Wooden Award as the nation's most outstanding player. Arnold left following the 1983 season and was replaced by LaDell Andersen, who had several successful seasons in the 1980s, including the 1987–88 season when the Cougars rose as high as #2 in the national rankings on their way to a 26–6 season. Andersen resigned following a 14–15 season in 1989, he was replaced by Roger Reid, who guided the Cougars to 20-win seasons in each of his first six years and five NCAA Tournament appearances.
Reid was fired in the middle of the 1996–97 season after a 1–6 start. Part of his firing had to do with a private comment Reid made to Chris Burgess considered the top high school player in the nation and a Mormon whose father had attended BYU. Assistant coach Tony Ingle coached the team on an interim basis for the rest of the season and did not win a game. Following the season, Steve Cleveland was hired as the new head coach and returned the Cougars to prominence. In 2001, the Cougars won the MWC regular season and tournament championships, making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1995. After the 2004–05 season, Cleveland resigned to become the head coach at Fresno State. Dave Rose, co-captain of the University of Houston's 1983 "Phi Slama Jama" college basketball team, began the first of six straight 20-win seasons in 2005–06. Rose and assistant Dave Rice continued BYU's successful recruiting with the addition of All-American Jimmer Fredette in 2007 and DeMarcus Harrison in 2011.
In June 2009, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and returned to coaching that year. In 2010, Rose coached BYU to their first NCAA tournament victory in 17 years in a double-overtime win against the University of Florida; the following year, BYU made further inroads as a #3 seed when they advanced to the Sweet 16. On March 13, 2012, BYU set a record for the largest comeback in a NCAA tournament game, as they were down by 25 points at one point in their first match of the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and came back to beat the Iona Gaels 78–72. Following the Cougars appearance in 2012's NCAA tournament the Cougars look to improve upon that success with the return of Tyler Haws, from a 2-year LDS Mission, Brandon Davies in his senior year. Notable BYU basketball players after Tyler Haws include Kyle Collinsworth, a teammate of Brandon Davies at Provo High School, T. J. Haws, the younger brother of Tyler Haws. NIck Emery a more recent player, is the younger brother of Jackson Emery who played with Jimmer Fredette.
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