1984 NBA draft
The 1984 NBA draft was the 37th annual draft of the National Basketball Association. It was held at the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, on June 19,1984, the draft was broadcast in the United States on the USA Network. In this draft,23 NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U. S. college basketball players and other eligible players, the remaining first-round picks and the subsequent rounds were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. The Cleveland Cavaliers were awarded an extra draft pick as compensation for the draft picks traded away by their previous owner. A player who had finished his college eligibility was automatically eligible for selection. Before the draft, five college underclassmen announced that they would leave college early, prior to the draft, the San Diego Clippers relocated to Los Angeles and became the Los Angeles Clippers. The draft consisted of 10 rounds comprising the selection of 228 players and this draft was the last to be held before the creation of the Draft Lottery in 1985.
It was the first NBA Draft to be overseen by David Stern, the draft is generally considered to be one of the greatest in NBA history, with four Hall of Famers being drafted in the first sixteen picks and five overall. The Houston Rockets used their first pick to draft Akeem Olajuwon, the Nigerian-born Olajuwon became the second foreign-born player to be drafted first overall, after Mychal Thompson from the Bahamas in 1978. The Portland Trail Blazers used the second pick to draft Sam Bowie from the University of Kentucky. The Chicago Bulls used the pick to draft Naismith and Wooden College Player of the Year Michael Jordan from the University of North Carolina. Jordan went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award and was selected to the All-NBA Second Team in his rookie season. Jordans teammate at North Carolina, Sam Perkins, was drafted fourth by the Dallas Mavericks, Charles Barkley, a junior forward from Auburn University, was drafted fifth by the Philadelphia 76ers. Olajuwon and Barkley, along with the 16th pick John Stockton and they were named in the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list announced at the leagues 50th anniversary in 1996.
Olajuwon retired as the league leader in total blocked shots with 3,830 blocks. The third pick, achieved greater success than Olajuwon. Barkley and Stockton never won an NBA championship, but both received numerous awards and honors. Barkley won the Most Valuable Player in 1993 and was selected to eleven All-NBA Teams, eleven All-Star Games, Jordan and Stockton would play as teammates for the 1992 Dream Team
Stephen Douglas Steve Kerr is an American former professional basketball player and the current head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Kerr is a six-time NBA champion, winning three with the Chicago Bulls and two with the San Antonio Spurs as a player, and one with the Warriors as a head coach. Kerr has the highest career three-point percentage for any player with at least 250 three pointers made in NBA history, on June 2,2007, the Phoenix Suns named Kerr the teams President of Basketball Operations and General Manager. Kerr helped Managing Partner Robert Sarver buy the Suns in 2004, Kerr announced his retirement from the Suns in June 2010. Afterwards, Kerr returned as a commentator for NBA on TNT until 2014. On May 14,2014, the Golden State Warriors named Kerr the teams head coach, on April 4,2015, with a win over the Dallas Mavericks, Kerr broke the NBA record for the most regular season wins for a rookie coach. The Warriors went on to win the 2015 NBA Finals, making Kerr the first rookie coach to win a championship since Pat Riley in the 1982 NBA Finals, on April 13,2016, the Warriors broke the record for the most wins in an NBA season.
Kerr was born in Beirut, Lebanon, a son of Malcolm H. Kerr, an American academic who specialized in the Middle East, and his wife Ann. His grandfather Stanley Kerr volunteered with the Near East Relief after the Armenian Genocide and rescued women and orphans in Aleppo, Kerr spent much of his childhood in Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries. He attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the American Community School in Beirut and his 52-year-old father Malcolm was murdered by the Islamic Jihad, on the morning of January 18,1984, while he was serving as president of the American University of Beirut in Beirut. His father was twice in the back of his head, by gunmen using silencer-equipped revolvers. Kerr was 18 years old at the time, and a college freshman, Steve Kerr said, Before my father was killed, my life was impenetrable. Bad things happened to other people, the Kerr family sued the Iranian government under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. While warming up for a game at Arizona State in 1988, Kerr had to deal with a number of fans in the crowd chanting PLO, though teary-eyed, Kerr scored 20 points in the first half, making all six of his 3-point attempts.
The athletic director of Arizona State, Charles Harris, sent a letter of apology to Kerr a few days later, Kerr graduated from the University of Arizona in 1988 with a Bachelor of General Studies, with emphasis on history and English. He married Margot Kerr, his sweetheart, in 1990. The couple have three children, Nick and Matthew, minimally recruited out of high school, Kerr played basketball for the University of Arizona from 1983 to 1988. In the summer of 1986, Kerr was named to the USA Basketball team that competed in the FIBA World Championship in Spain, the team was the last American Mens Senior Team composed strictly of amateur players to capture a gold medal
NBA Rookie of the Year Award
The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association award given to the top rookie of the regular season. Initiated following the 1952–53 NBA season, it confers the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy, the winner is selected by a panel of United States and Canadian sportswriters and broadcasters, each casting first and third place votes. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, the most recent Rookie of the Year winner is Karl-Anthony Towns. Twenty-one winners were drafted first overall, fourteen winners have won the NBA Most Valuable Player award in their careers, Wilt Chamberlain and Wes Unseld earning both honors the same season. Nineteen of the forty two non-active winners have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Three seasons had joint winners—Dave Cowens and Geoff Petrie in the 1970–71 season, Grant Hill and Jason Kidd in the 1994–95 season, five players won the award unanimously – Ralph Sampson, David Robinson, Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, and Karl-Anthony Towns.
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Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. He has established himself as one of the most well-known and popular players in the league, Wade had the top-selling jersey in the NBA for nearly two years, leading the league in jersey sales from the 2005 NBA Playoffs, until the midpoint of the 2006–07 season. After a successful career at Marquette, Wade was drafted fifth overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the Miami Heat. He was named to the All-Rookie team and the All-Star team the following twelve seasons, in his third season, Wade led the Heat to their first NBA championship in franchise history and was named the 2006 NBA Finals MVP. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Wade led the United States mens basketball team, commonly known as the Redeem Team, in scoring, in the 2008–09 season, Wade led the league in scoring and earned his first NBA scoring title. With LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Wade guided Miami to four consecutive NBA Finals from 2011 to 2014, in 2016, Wade departed the Heat in free agency to play for the Chicago Bulls.
Dwyane Wade was born on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, to JoLinda and Dwyane Wade Sr, in 1977, JoLinda, at the age of 18, already had two children. Wade has described his upbringing in Chicago as being very difficult, Wade stated that mom was on drugs and family was in the gang environment, so it was a rough childhood. At a very young age, Wade already witnessed police raids, when he was only 4 months old, his parents separated – and would divorce. Jolinda was given custody of the two children, and she moved to her mothers house with them, the family struggled financially, and it was around that time when Jolinda started dealing drugs. His mom was addicted to substances including cigarettes, heroin. JoLinda would get high with friends at her home, even in the presence of her children, in an interview with ESPN, Wade said Ive seen the needles laying around the house. Ive seen my mother shoot up before, Ive seen a lot of things my mother didnt even know Id seen as a kid. At the age of 6, he recalls police – with guns drawn – raiding his home as they searched for his mother, Wade would still occasionally visit his mom.
A year later, his father moved the family to Robbins, after moving to Robbins, Wade didnt see his mother for two years. During this time, JoLinda was able to access a supply of drugs by volunteering to be a tester – i. e. someone who tests street drugs for impurities before the dealers try to sell them. JoLinda was hospitalized and nearly died after she mistakenly injected herself with LSD, in 1994, JoLinda was arrested for possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell and locked up in Cook County Jail. Wade, at the age of 10, reunited with his mom by talking with her at Cook County Jail through a panel over a telephone
LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. James has won three NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, an NBA scoring title, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He has selected to 13 NBA All-Star teams,12 All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams. James played high school basketball at St. Vincent–St, mary High School in his hometown of Akron, where he was highly promoted in the national media as a future NBA superstar. After graduating, he was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft, James led Cleveland to the franchises first Finals appearance in 2007, losing to the San Antonio Spurs. In 2010, he left the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in a highly publicized ESPN special titled The Decision, James played four seasons with the Heat, reaching the Finals all four years and winning back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013.
In 2013, he led Miami on a 27-game winning streak, following his final season with the Heat, James opted out of his contract and returned to the Cavaliers. Off the court, James has accumulated wealth and fame from numerous endorsement contracts. His public life has been the subject of scrutiny, and he has been ranked as one of Americas most influential. He has been featured in books and television commercials and he hosted the ESPY Awards, Saturday Night Live, and appeared in the 2015 film Trainwreck. James was born on December 30,1984 in Akron, Ohio to a 16-year-old mother, Gloria Marie James, who raised James on her own. Growing up, life was often a struggle for the family, as a youth, James played Amateur Athletic Union basketball for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars. The team enjoyed success on a local and national level, led by James and his friends Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, the players were inseparable and dubbed themselves the Fab Four, promising each other that they would attend high school together.
In a move that stirred controversy, they chose to attend St. Vincent–St. Mary High School, a predominately white private Catholic school, as a freshman, James averaged 21 points and 6 rebounds per game for the St. Vincent-St. The Fighting Irish finished the year 27–0, winning the Division III state title, as a sophomore, he averaged 25.2 points and 7.2 rebounds with 5.8 assists and 3.8 steals per game. For some home games during the season, St. Vincent-St, mary played at the University of Akrons 5, 492-seat Rhodes Arena to satisfy ticket demand from alumni and college and NBA scouts who wanted to see James play. The Fighting Irish finished the season 26–1 and repeated as state champions, for his outstanding play, James was named Ohios Mr. Basketball and was selected to the USA Today All-USA First Team, becoming the first sophomore to do either
1988 NBA Playoffs
The 1988 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1987–88 season. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals, james Worthy was named NBA Finals MVP. The Lakers became the first team since the Boston Celtics in 1969 to repeat as champions, larry Bird scored 20 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to help Boston overcome the 47 points scored by Dominique Wilkins. The Dallas Mavericks made their first trip to the Western Conference Finals and they would not advance that far again until 2003, and would not face the Lakers again until 2011. The New York Knicks made the playoffs for the first time since 1984 and they remained regulars until 2001, which included NBA Finals appearances in 1994 and 1999. On the other hand, the Washington Bullets did not return until 1997, and would not win a playoff game again until 2005 as the Wizards.
In the first round against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Michael Jordan scored 50 or more points twice—50 points in Game 1, allen Iverson would equal that feat in the 2001 NBA Playoffs against the Toronto Raptors. This was the first time in NBA history that an other than a Finals game was played during the month of June. Game 4 of the Hawks-Bucks series was the last game played at the MECCA. The Bucks moved to the Bradley Center the next season, BMO Harris Bank purchased its rights in 2012. Game 5 of the NBA Finals was the last NBA game ever played at the Pontiac Silverdome, Los Angeles Lakers 1st Round Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets vs. Dallas Mavericks vs. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Conference Semifinals Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets vs, Conference Finals Los Angeles Lakers vs. Champion, Detroit Pistons 1st Round Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks vs, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Basketball-Reference. coms 1988 NBA Playoffs page
The Miami Heat are an American professional basketball team based in Miami. The Heat compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the leagues Eastern Conference Southeast Division and they play their home games at the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami. The team owner is Carnival Corporation owner Micky Arison, the president and general manager is Pat Riley. The mascot is Burnie, an anthropomorphic fireball, formed in 1988 as an expansion team, the Heat have won three league championships, five conference titles and eleven division titles. In 2013, the Heat won twenty-seven regular season games in a row, in 2016, Forbes valued the Heat at $1.3 billion as the tenth most valuable among NBA franchises. In 1987 the NBA granted one of its four new teams to Miami. The Miami Heat began their early years with much mediocrity, only making the two times in their first eight years and falling in the first round both times. Upon the purchasing of the franchise by Micky Arison in 1995, Pat Riley was brought in as the team president, Riley acquired center Alonzo Mourning and point guard Tim Hardaway to serve as the centerpieces for the team, transforming Miami into a championship contender throughout the late 1990s.
With them they brought in a new team trainer, Cody Posselt. The Heat underwent a dramatic turnaround in the 1996–97 season, improving to a 61–21 record – a franchise record at the time and that same year, Miami earned the moniker of Road Warriors for its remarkable 32–9 record on the road. Their biggest rivals of the time were the New York Knicks, Rileys former team, a period of mediocrity followed after, highlighted by missing the playoffs in 2002 and 2003. In the 2003 NBA draft, with the fifth overall pick, free-agent swing-man Lamar Odom was signed from the Los Angeles Clippers. Just prior to the start of the 03–04 season, Riley stepped down as coach to focus on rebuilding the Heat. In the offseason, Riley engineered a summer blockbuster trade for Shaquille ONeal from the Los Angeles Lakers, Alonzo Mourning returned to the Heat in the same season, serving as a backup to ONeal. Returning as championship contenders, Miami finished with a 59–23 record, sweeping through the first round and the semifinals, Miami went back to the Conference Finals for the first time in eight years, where it met the defending champion Detroit Pistons.
Despite taking a 3–2 lead, Miami lost Wade to injury for Game 6, the Heat would go on to lose Game 7 at home despite Wades return. In the summer of 2005, Riley brought in free agent Gary Payton from the Boston Celtics. After a disappointing 11–10 start to the 05–06 season, Riley relieved Van Gundy of his duties, the Heat made it to the Conference Finals in 2006 and in a re-match, defeated the Pistons, winning the series 4–2
North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
The North Carolina Tar Heels mens basketball program is the intercollegiate mens basketball team of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. North Carolinas six NCAA Tournament Championships are third-most all-time, behind UCLA, the program has produced many notable players who went on to play in the NBA, including three of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Billy Cunningham, Michael Jordan and James Worthy. Many Tar Heel assistant coaches have gone on to head coaches elsewhere. From the Tar Heels first season in 1910–11 through the 2016–17 season, the Tar Heels have the most consecutive 20-win seasons with 31 seasons from the 1970–71 season through the 2000–2001 season. On March 2,2010, North Carolina became the college basketball program to reach 2,000 wins in its history. The Tar Heels are currently ranked 3rd all time in wins trailing Kentucky by 33 games, the Tar Heels are one of only four Division I Mens Basketball programs to have ever achieved 2,000 victories. Kentucky and Duke are the other three, Carolina has played 160 games in the NCAA tournament.
The Tar Heels have appeared in the NCAA Tournament Championship Game 11 times, the Tar Heels have made it into the NCAA tournament 45 times, and have amassed 116 victories. North Carolina won the National Invitation Tournament in 1971, the team has been the number one seed in the NCAA Tournament 16 times, the latest being in 2017. North Carolina has ended the season ranked in the Top-25 of the AP Poll 43 times, the Tar Heels have finished the season ranked #1 in the AP Poll 5 times and ranked #1 in Coaches Poll 5 times. In 2008, the Tar Heels received the first unanimous preseason #1 ranking in the history of either the Coaches Poll or the AP Poll, in 2012, ESPN ranked North Carolina #1 on its list of the 50 most successful programs of the past 50 years. North Carolina played its first basketball game on January 27,1910, in 1921, the school joined the Southern Conference. The 1924 Tar Heels squad went 26–0, and was awarded the national championship by the Helms Athletic Foundation in 1943. Overall, the Tar Heels played 32 seasons in the Southern Conference from 1921 to 1953, during that period they won 304 games and lost 111 for a winning percentage of 73. 3%.
The Tar Heels won the Southern Conference regular season 9 times, in 1953, North Carolina split from the Southern Conference and became a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The title game was the triple overtime final game in championship history. In 1960, the Tar Heels were placed on NCAA probation for improper recruiting entertainment of basketball prospects, as a result, they were barred from the 1961 NCAA tournament and withdrew from the 1961 ACC Tournament. Following the season, Chancellor William Aycock forced McGuire to resign, as a replacement, Aycock selected one of McGuires assistants, Kansas alumnus Dean Smith
Christopher Wesson Bosh is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. A high school Mr. Basketball in Texas, Bosh left college at Georgia Tech after one season with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets mens basketball team to enter the 2003 NBA draft. He was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors in a class that included multiple future NBA superstars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade. In the 2006–07 season, Bosh led the Raptors to their first NBA Playoffs berth in five years and he left Toronto for the Heat in 2010 as its all-time leader in points, blocks, double doubles, free throws made and attempted and minutes played. Bosh won his first NBA title after Miami defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 4–1 in the 2012 NBA Finals and he won his second title in 2013 as the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals. Bosh was nicknamed CB4 by then-Toronto Raptors play-by-play commentator Chuck Swirsky, seeking to promote sports and education amongst youths in Dallas and Toronto, Bosh set up the Chris Bosh Foundation and regularly speaks to youths about the benefits of reading.
Born in Dallas, Texas, to Noel and Freida Bosh, Chris Bosh grew up in Hutchins, a family-oriented person, Bosh often played basketball in the house with his younger brother, Joel. By four years of age, he began learning how to dribble a basketball in the gym where his dad played pick-up games, apart from basketball, Bosh played baseball up until high school, preferring to play as a first baseman. Growing up, Bosh names his parents as the biggest influences on his personality and considered NBA superstar Kevin Garnett as his favorite athlete, modeling his play after him. The teenager went on to lead Lincoln High to win the Class 4A state title before 16,990 fans as he racked up 23 points,17 rebounds, Basketball in Texas by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. With his combination of grades and basketball skills, Bosh was on a number of college recruiting lists, the University of Florida and the University of Memphis made serious attempts, but it was Paul Hewitt, coach of Georgia Tech, who made the best impression.
Bosh felt Hewitt would look out for his best interests and respect his aspirations to play basketball, moreover. Bosh eventually chose to follow the footsteps of his cousin and aunt and attended Georgia Tech to study design and computer imaging. Bosh originally intended to complete his degree, but by the end of the 2002–03 season and he left Georgia Tech after his freshman season and entered the 2003 NBA draft. Bosh said in interviews that although he misses his college days. He said he intends to obtain a degree in the future. Prior to his signing, other NBA teams made offers for Bosh as they knew Toronto needed a veteran scorer, general Manager Glen Grunwald turned everyone down. In his rookie season Bosh was forced to out of position as the Raptors starting center after Antonio Davis was traded to the Chicago Bulls