Vaqueros de Bayamón
The Vaqueros de Bayamón are a Puerto Rican basketball team of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional based in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. The Vaqueros play their home games at Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum, a venue shared with the Liga de Voleibol Superior Femenino women's volleyball team Vaqueras de Bayamón; the Vaqueros are one of the most successful teams in the history of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional, having won 14 league championships, their last being in 2009. The franchise still stands as one of the league's original clubs. Led by Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón established a BSN record for most consecutive championships with 5, from 1971 to 1975. After losing in the 2001, 2002 and 2005 BSN Finals, the Vaqueros won their record fourteenth championship by defeating the Piratas de Quebradillas for the 2009 title, their first in 13 years. Among other records, the Vaqueros hold the record for most games won in a BSN season, 29 of them, set during the 1993 season. Rubén Rodríguez played for the Vaqueros for 23 seasons, always wearing number 15.
He scored 11,549 points and 6,178 rebounds in 631 games. He established various records in the league: Points in a career - 11,549. Points in a season - 810 Points in a game - 52 Rebounds in a career - 6,178He had the record of rebounds in a season from 1978-2008. Rodríguez spent his whole career with the team Vaqueros of Bayamón. With the Vaqueros, he won 9 national championships, 1967, 1969, five in a row from 1971 to 1975, one in 1981 and one in 1988, the year that the team inaugurated his actual venue, that carries his name, the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum, he garnered the MVP award in 1979, once the three-point shot was established for the first time in the Puerto Rican tournament during the 1980 season, he started making shots from behind the three-point line too. The Vaqueros de Bayamon team was founded in 1930 on what was known as the Baloncesto Nacional league, an amateur league; the team's original name was Bayamon. The Bayamon team won their first championships in the league in 1933 and 1935.
Becoming the second team to win two titles in the league, they were guided by the Professional Head Coach Onofre Carballeira. During the following decade the team was inactive due to WWII. By 1954 the team was competing in the BSN League again, but this time the team would be known as the Azules de Bayamón in Spanish. Under that name, Bayamon did not win a title; the following season the team was renamed to The Vaqueros de Bayamon. This new name was given by the team sponsor Espasas Dairy Company as a reference to their business, it wasn't until 1967 that the team reached the Finals against the Ponce team, against whom the Vaqueros won the series and their third championship. The team was starting to become known as a competitive one around the league. In less than two years, the team would repeat its success when they reached the finals and conquered another title in 1969; the success of the team was about to reach its climax in the 1970s. The Vaqueros won five consecutive championships during the decade, from 1971 to 1975.
They became the top team in the league. During their golden era the team was guided by coaches Roy Rubbins, Art Loche, Lou Rossini, Fufi Santori, Tom Nissalke and Del Harris. During the 1980s a new rivalry was taking place in the BSN; the Vaqueros de Bayamon won the final series against Guaynabo in 1981 giving them another championship. Another achievement for the team was their fanatics which were counted in many thousands by the 1980s and 1990s. In 1988 guided by Robert Corn the team reached the finals against the Canovanas team and once again won a championship. In the 90s the team had an average decade with two more championships in 1995 and 1996 Both against the Ponce Lions; these titles came with Flor Melendez, who had coached the team to their 1981 championship, as head coach. By the late 1990s the team was about to face one of its worst decades since the 50s. From 1999 to 2008, the team could hardly make it into the semifinals; however most of the fanbase remained throughout the years. In 2009 the franchise won their most recent championship, tying at fourteen with the San German Athletics for most overall titles in the league.
Nowadays the team still is considered among the best teams in the league. The Vaqueros have two different uniforms: blue road uniform; the design of the white and blue sets are nearly identical, with the team name featured on the front over the number, the player's last name over the number on the back and under the vaqueros' logo. The shorts have golden stripes on the sides of the shirts in both designs. Inaugurated in 1988, The Rubén Rodriguez Coliseum is the hosting arena for the team's local games, it was the named after the former team player. This coliseum is the third-largest indoor sports arena in Puerto Rico, it can accommodate up to 13,000 spectators, though it is known that this arena was able to fit nearly 16,000 on the team's finals. The seating of the coliseum divides in three sections: Box area Middle area General area Originally the home arena for the Cowboys was the Pepín Cestero Arena located in Bayamon; the Vaqueros have always kept a large fandom, however wit
Manhattan referred to locally as the City, is the most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York City and its economic and administrative center, cultural identifier, historical birthplace. The borough is coextensive with New York County, one of the original counties of the U. S. state of New York. The borough consists of Manhattan Island, bounded by the Hudson and Harlem rivers. S. mainland, physically connected to the Bronx and separated from the rest of Manhattan by the Harlem River. Manhattan Island is divided into three informally bounded components, each aligned with the borough's long axis: Lower and Upper Manhattan. Manhattan has been described as the cultural, financial and entertainment capital of the world, the borough hosts the United Nations Headquarters. Anchored by Wall Street in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York City has been called both the most economically powerful city and the leading financial center of the world, Manhattan is home to the world's two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization: the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.
Many multinational media conglomerates are based in Manhattan, the borough has been the setting for numerous books and television shows. Manhattan real estate has since become among the most expensive in the world, with the value of Manhattan Island, including real estate, estimated to exceed US$3 trillion in 2013. Manhattan traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan. Manhattan is documented to have been purchased by Dutch colonists from Native Americans in 1626 for 60 guilders, which equals $1038 in current terms; the territory and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York, based in present-day Manhattan, served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790; the Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the Americas by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is a world symbol of the United States and its ideals of liberty and peace.
Manhattan became a borough during the consolidation of New York City in 1898. New York County is the United States' second-smallest county by land area, is the most densely populated U. S. county. It is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with a census-estimated 2017 population of 1,664,727 living in a land area of 22.83 square miles, or 72,918 residents per square mile, higher than the density of any individual U. S. city. On business days, the influx of commuters increases this number to over 3.9 million, or more than 170,000 people per square mile. Manhattan has the third-largest population of New York City's five boroughs, after Brooklyn and Queens, is the smallest borough in terms of land area. Manhattan Island is informally divided into three areas, each aligned with its long axis: Lower and Upper Manhattan. Many districts and landmarks in Manhattan are well known, as New York City received a record 62.8 million tourists in 2017, Manhattan hosts three of the world's 10 most-visited tourist attractions in 2013: Times Square, Central Park, Grand Central Terminal.
The borough hosts many prominent bridges, such as the Brooklyn Bridge. Chinatown incorporates the highest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere, the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, part of the Stonewall National Monument, is considered the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement; the City of New York was founded at the southern tip of Manhattan, the borough houses New York City Hall, the seat of the city's government. Numerous colleges and universities are located in Manhattan, including Columbia University, New York University, Cornell Tech, Weill Cornell Medical College, Rockefeller University, which have been ranked among the top 40 in the world; the name Manhattan derives from the Munsee dialect of the Lenape language'manaháhtaan'. The Lenape word has been translated as "the place where we get bows" or "place for gathering the bows". According to a Munsee tradition recorded in the 19th century, the island was named so for a grove of hickory trees at the lower end, considered ideal for the making of bows.
It was first recorded in writing as Manna-hata, in the 1609 logbook of Robert Juet, an officer on Henry Hudson's yacht Halve Maen. A 1610 map depicts the name as Manna-hata, twice, on both the west and east sides of the Mauritius River. Alternative folk etymologies include "island of many hills", "the island where we all became intoxicated" and "island", as well as a phrase descriptive of the whirlpool at Hell Gate; the area, now Manhattan was long inhabited by the Lenape Native Americans. In 1524, Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano – sailing in service of King Francis I of France – became the first documented European to visit the area that would become New York City, he entered the tidal strait now known as The Narrows and named the land around Upper New York
Melbourne United is an Australian professional basketball team based in Melbourne, Victoria. United play their home game at Melbourne Arena; the team made their debut in the NBL in 1984 as the Melbourne Tigers, as an extension of the Melbourne Basketball Association. The franchise entered into private ownership in 2002, ending the team's relation with the MBA; the Tigers were led by coach Lindsay Gaze and his son Andrew from 1984 until 2005, with the pair guiding the Tigers to two championships in the 1990s. The pair were supported by fellow club legends such as Dave Simmons, Lanard Copeland and Mark Bradtke. Four consecutive NBL Grand Finals followed between 2006 and 2009, with championships coming in 2006 and 2008 behind the likes of Chris Anstey and Darryl McDonald. After 31 seasons of using the Melbourne Tigers name, the franchise was renamed Melbourne United in May 2014, a change, not well received by Tigers fans, former Tigers players, or the wider NBL community. Four years the franchise won their first NBL Championship since adopting the Melbourne United name.
Their five championships is second only to the Perth Wildcats for most titles in NBL history. Melbourne United's history stems back to 1931 with the beginning of basketball in Victoria; the Melbourne Tigers brand came into use in 1975, after the Tigers won the South Eastern Basketball League title in 1983, a new Melbourne Tigers entity was entered into the National Basketball League in 1984, as an extension of the Melbourne Basketball Association. The Tigers struggled given a lack of financial resources. During the early struggles of the 1980s, the Tigers were led by coach Lindsay Gaze and his son Andrew. Andrew Gaze was a prolific scorer, as he set a still-standing NBL record with 44.1 points per game for the 1987 season. During the year, he had a 60-point game against the Newcastle Falcons. Despite his dominance, the Tigers finished with a 3–23 record; the addition of imports David Colbert and Dave Simmons in 1989 saw the Tigers make their first-ever finals appearance. The addition of Lanard Copeland in 1992 led to the Tigers reaching their maiden NBL Grand Final series, where they were defeated 2–1 by the South East Melbourne Magic.
Gaze and Copeland formed arguably the best back-court partnership in NBL history, with Copeland playing second fiddle to Gaze and always stepping up as the "go to" man when Gaze was absent. Joining Gaze and Simmons in 1993 was Mark Bradtke, as the foursome led the Tigers back to the NBL Grand Final, where they faced the Perth Wildcats. Having split the first two games, Game 3 in Perth went down to the wire. A tense and tight affair led to a frantic final minute – with the Wildcats trailing by three and Andrew Vlahov holding possession, his three-point attempt from the top of the arc looked oh-so-good, before completing a near-full circle of the rim and hitting the backboard before rattling out, it was a fitting maiden championship win for Andrew and Lindsay Gaze, with the father-son duo embracing in a memorable teary breakdown following the game. The Tigers returned to the NBL Grand Final in 1996, where they were once again beaten 2–1 by the South East Melbourne Magic. Following the 1996 season, the Tigers parted ways with Dave Simmons.
The 1997 season began with import Jarvis Lang being replaced by Marcus Timmons. Behind Gaze, Copeland and Timmons, the Tigers reached their fourth NBL Grand Final series, as they finished the 1997 season on a 17–1 run that included a record 16-game winning streak, they once again faced the Magic, this time claiming a 2–1 victory to win their second NBL Championship. The Tigers were unable to recapture their championship form throughout the rest of the 1990s and the early 2000s. In 2002, the franchise entered into private ownership after the organisation had racked up a $2 million debt. Poor management has led losses to mount in the so-called professional phase of the Melbourne Basketball Association's ownership of the franchise. A new ownership consortium under Melbourne businessman Seamus McPeake and the Gazes saw financial stability restored to the organisation for the 2002–03 season; the Gaze era ended in 2005 with the retirement of coach Lindsay and the sport's greatest Australian player, Andrew.
In addition, the Tigers parted ways with both Mark Lanard Copeland. Darryl McDonald and imports Rashad Tucker and Dave Thomas were joined by Chris Anstey for the 2005–06 season. Fellow stalwarts in the team included Stephen Hoare and Tommy Greer. Behind coach Al Westover, the Tigers reached the 2006 NBL Grand Final series, where they swept the Sydney Kings 3–0; the 2006–07 season saw the Tigers return to the NBL Grand Final, where they were defeated 3–1 by the Brisbane Bullets. The 2007 off-season saw the Tigers acquire David Barlow and Nathan Crosswell, joining a core of Anstey, McDonald, Corletto and Greer. Import Sean Lampley joined the Tigers mid-season and helped them reach their third straight NBL Grand Final, where they once again faced the Sydney Kings; the series was tied at 2–2 heading into the deciding Game 5. Game 5 saw the Tigers complete the job they were so close to doing in Game 4 at home by winning 85–73 at the Kingdome to celebrate Darryl McDonald's last game in style. Both Anstey and Thomas finished with 12 rebounds.
In 2008, the Tigers acquired the services of Sam Mackinnon and Ebi Ere, while long-time swingman Dave Thomas departed for Cairns. However, following an injury to Mackinnon and the mid-season departure of Rod Grizzard and Luke Kendall were acquired in January 2009; the 2008–09 season saw the Tigers return to the NBL Grand Final for a fourth straight year, but they were defeated 3–2 by the South Dragons. In
National Junior College Athletic Association
The National Junior College Athletic Association, founded in 1938, is the governing association of community college, state college and junior college athletics throughout the United States. The NJCAA holds 24 separate regions across 24 states and is divided into 3 divisions; the idea for the NJCAA was conceived in 1937 at California. A handful of junior college representatives met to organize an association that would promote and supervise a national program of junior college sports and activities consistent with the educational objectives of junior colleges; the constitution presented at the charter meeting in Fresno on May 14, 1938, was accepted and the National Junior College Athletic Association became a functioning organization. In 1949, the NJCAA was reorganized by dividing the nation into sixteen regions; the officers of the association were the president, vice president, treasurer, public relations director, the sixteen regional vice presidents. Although the NJCAA was founded in California, it no longer operates there and has been supplanted instead by the unaffiliated California Community College Athletic Association with 100+ colleges participating.
The NJCAA allowed male competitors only until 1975. Based out of Hutchinson, KS since 1968, the national office relocated to Colorado Springs, CO in 1985. Following 23 years in the Rocky Mountain region, the NJCAA moved its headquarters to Charlotte, NC with a major announcement in February 2018. At this time, the association adopted a new governance structure- the 37-member NJCAA Board of Regents along with its inaugural Future Leaders Internship program; each institution belonging to the NJCAA chooses to compete on the Division I, II or III level in designated sports. Division I colleges may offer full athletic scholarships a maximum of tuition, fees and board, course related books, up to $250 in course required supplies, transportation costs one time per academic year to and from the college by direct route. Division II colleges are limited to awarding tuition, course related books, up to $250 in course required supplies. Division III institutions may provide no athletically related financial assistance.
However, NJCAA colleges that do not offer athletic aid may choose to participate at the Division I or II level if they so desire.http://www.njcaa.org/eligibility/faq Academic Student-Athlete Awards by sport NJCAA Academic Team of the Year by sport Betty Jo Graber Female Student-Athlete of the Year by sport David Rowlands Male Student-Athlete of the Year by sport Lea Plarski Award by sport NJCAA Sponsors by sport Service Awards by sport NJCAA Hall of Fame See footnoteNJCAA Hall of Fame See footnoteNJCAA Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame See footnotesNJCAA Basketball Hall of Fame See footnoteNJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame See footnoteNJCAA Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame See footnoteNJCAA Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame See footnote Region 1 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Region 2 Bi-State Conference Region 3 Mid-State Athletic Conference, Mountain Valley Athletic Conference, Western New York Athletic Conference Region 4 Illinois N4C Conference, Illinois Skyway Conference, Arrowhead Conference Region 5 Metro Athletic Conference, North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference, Western Junior College Athletic Conference Region 6 Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Region 7 Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association Region 8 Mid-Florida Conference, Panhandle Conference, Southern Conference, Suncoast Conference Region 9 Mon-Dak Conference Region 10 Carolinas Junior College Conference Region 11 Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Region 12 Michigan Community College Athletic Association, Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Region 13 Minnesota College Athletic Conference, Mon-Dak Conference Region 14 Southwest Junior College Conference Region 15 City University of New York Athletic Conference, Mid Hudson Conference Region 16 Midwest Community College Athletic Conference Region 17 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Region 18 Scenic West Athletic Conference Region 19 Garden State Athletic Conference Region 20 Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association, Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference Region 21 Massachusetts Community College Athletic Association Region 22 Alabama Community College Conference Region 23 MISS-LOU Junior College Conference, Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Region 24 Mid-West Athletic Conference, Great Rivers Athletic Conference.
JUCO World Series JUCO Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame NJCAA Division I NJCAA Division II NJCAA Division III NJCAA Women's Championship Due to the small number of schools fielding teams, some football-only conferences exist. They may be home to teams from multiple regions; the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference includes only schools in Kansas. All are members of the conference in other sports; the Midwest Football Conference which features schools from Iowa, once included programs in northern Illinois and North Dakota before several of its schools dropped football prior to the 2015 season. The three Iowa schools play each other and have a scheduling alliance with the KJCCC; the College of DuPage, the only Illinois school that still has football, plays as an independent. Harper and Grand Rapids all disbanded their football programs. North Dakota State School of Science joined the MCAC; the Minnesota College Athletic Conference, includes schools in North Dakota. All of the Minnesota schools participate in the conference in other spo
Yankee Stadium (1923)
The original Yankee Stadium was a stadium located in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. It was the home ballpark of the New York Yankees, one of the city's Major League Baseball franchises, from 1923 to 1973 and from 1976 to 2008; the stadium hosted 6,581 Yankees regular season home games during its 85-year history. It was the former home of the New York Giants football team from 1956 through the first part of the 1973–74 football season; the stadium's nickname, "The House That Ruth Built", is derived from Babe Ruth, the baseball superstar whose prime years coincided with the stadium's opening and the beginning of the Yankees' winning history. It has been known as "The Big Ballpark in The Bronx", "The Stadium", "The Cathedral of Baseball"; the stadium was built from 1922 to 1923 for $2.4 million. The stadium's construction was paid for by Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, eager to have his own stadium after sharing the Polo Grounds with the New York Giants baseball team the previous 10 years. Yankee Stadium opened for the 1923 MLB season and at the time, it was hailed as a one-of-a-kind facility in the country for its size.
Over the course of its history, it became one of the most famous venues in the United States, having hosted a variety of events and historic moments during its existence. While many of these moments were baseball-related—including World Series games, no-hitters, perfect games and historic home runs—the stadium hosted boxing matches, the 1958 NFL Championship Game, Jehovah's Witnesses conventions and three Papal Masses; the stadium went through many alterations and playing surface configurations over the years. The condition of the facility worsened in the 1960s and 1970s, prompting its closing for renovation from 1974 to 1975; the renovation altered the appearance of the venue and reduced the distance of the outfield fences. In 2006, the Yankees began building a new $2.3 billion stadium in public parkland adjacent to the stadium. The price included $1.2 billion in public subsidies. The design includes a replica of the frieze along the roof, in Yankee Stadium. Monument Park, a Hall of Fame for prominent former Yankees, was relocated to the new stadium.
Yankee Stadium closed following the 2008 baseball season and the new stadium opened in 2009, adopting the "Yankee Stadium" moniker. The original Yankee Stadium was demolished in 2010, two years after it closed, the 8-acre site was converted into a park called Heritage Field; the Yankees had played at the Polo Grounds in upper Manhattan since 1913, sharing the venue with the New York Giants. However, relations between the two teams were rocky, with the Giants harboring resentment towards the Yankees; the Yankees had been looking for a new and permanent venue since at least 1909. The local papers had periodic announcements about the Yankees acquiring and developing land in the Kingsbridge neighborhood for a new ballpark northeast of 225th and Broadway, wrote about the park as if its construction was in progress; the Kingsbridge pipe dream continued with new owners Ruppert and Huston. The Yankees would remain tenants at the Polo Grounds for ten years, the same length of time they had spent at Hilltop Park.
For the 1920 season, the Yankees acquired star slugger Babe Ruth and in his first year with his new team, the Yankees drew 1.3 million fans to the Polo Grounds, outdrawing the Giants. By the middle of 1920, the Giants had issued an eviction notice to the Yankees, soon rescinded. In 1921, the Yankees won their first American League pennant; this exacerbated Giants owner Charles Stoneham's and manager John McGraw's resentment of the Yankees and reinforced their insistence that the Yankees find another place to play their home games. McGraw, always ready with a pointed quote for the sportswriters, derisively suggested that the Yankees relocate "to Queens or some other out-of-the-way place". Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston and Jacob Ruppert, the Yankees' owners since January 1915 decided to put the club's dream into reality and build their own stadium; the owners did so at speculation. Baseball teams played in 30,000-seat facilities, but Huston and Ruppert invoked Ruth's name when asked how the Yankees could justify a ballpark with 60,000 seats.
The doubt over the Yankees' lasting power was amplified by baseball's sagging popularity after the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, in which eight Chicago White Sox players were expelled for conspiring with gamblers to fix that year's World Series. Many people felt three baseball teams could not prosper in New York City, but Huston and Ruppert were confident the Yankees could thrive amongst the more established New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers of the National League; the total bill for construction of the stadium was $2.5 million. Huston and Ruppert explored many areas for Yankee Stadium. Of the other sites being considered, the Hebrew Orphan Asylum, at Amsterdam Avenue between 136th and 138th streets in Manhattan, nearly became reality. Consideration was given to building atop railroad tracks on the West Side of Manhattan and to Long Island City, in Queens; the area Huston and Ruppert settled on was a 10 acres lumberyard in the Bronx within walking distance from and in sight of, Coogan's Bluff. The Polo Grounds was located on the Manhattan side of the Har
Buffalo Bulls men's basketball
The Buffalo Bulls men's basketball team represents the State University of New York at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, United States. The team competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I level as a member of the Mid-American Conference East Division. Buffalo began play in 1915 and joined the MAC in 1998, they won their first MAC East Division title in 2009, won a third MAC East Division title in 2015 along with their first outright MAC Regular-Season championship and first MAC Tournament title to earn the program's first bid to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. The Bulls have six appearances in the NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship between 1957 and 1965 and one appearance in the National Invitation Tournament, they were coached by Nate Oats, hired as head coach in April 2015. Home games are played at the 6,783-seat Alumni Arena, which opened in 1982. 1915–16 to 1942–43 – Independent 1943–44 to 1944–45 – 1945–46 to 1977–78 – Independent 1978–79 to 1987–88 – State University of New York Athletic Conference 1988–89 to 1990–91 – Mid American Conference 1991–92 to 1993–94 – East Coast Conference 1994–95 to 1997–98 – Mid-Continent Conference 1998–99 to present – Mid-American Conference The Bulls have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament four times.
Their combined record is 2–4. The Bulls have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament six times, their combined record is 5–8. The Bulls have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament one time, their record is 1–1. The Buffalo Bulls play their home games at Alumni Arena, located in New York; the arena seats 6,100 spectators and features a state of the art video-board and lighting systems. Notable alumni include: Turner Battle: MAC Player of the Year, former Bulls assistant coach Yassin Idbihi: basketball player for Bayern Munich Javon McCrea: basketball player for Medi Bayreuth of the Bundesliga Sam Pellom: Played for the Atlanta Hawks & Milwaukee Bucks Mitchell Watt, basketball player for Ironi Nes Ziona of the Israeli Basketball Super League The following Buffalo players were named NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans: Turner Battle – 2005 Mitchell Watt – 2012 Javon McCrea – 2014 Justin Moss – 2015 C. J. Massinburg – 2019 The following Buffalo players were named Academic All-Americans: Turner Battle – 2005 Turner Battle – 2005 Mitchell Watt – 2012 Javon McCrea – 2014 Justin Moss – 2015 C. J. Massinburg – 2019 Xavier Ford – 2015 Willie Conner – 2016 Wes Clark – 2018 Jeremy Harris – 2019 Reggie Witherspoon – 2004 Nate Oats – 2018 Nate Oats – 2019 Dontay Caruthers – 2017 Dontay Caruthers – 2019 Javon McCrea – 2011 Mark Bortz – 2005 Nick Perkins – 2017 Nick Perkins – 2018 Nick Perkins – 2019 Turner Battle – 2005 Rodney Pierce – 2009, 2010 Mitchell Watt – 2012 Javon McCrea – 2012, 2013, 2014 Justin Moss – 2015 C. J. Massinburg – 2018, 2019 Nick Perkins – 2018, 2019 Turner Battle – 2004 Calvin Cage – 2006 Byron Mulkey – 2011 Shannon Evans II – 2015 Blake Hamilton – 2017 Jeremy Harris – 2018, 2019 Lamonte Bearden – 2016 Blake Hamilton – 2016 Wes Clark – 2018 Willie Conner – 2016 Dontay Caruthers – 2017, 2019 Davonta Jordan – 2018, 2019 Official website
The Denver Nuggets are an American professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets compete in the National Basketball Association as a member club of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division; the team was founded as the Denver Larks in 1967 as a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association, but changed its name to Rockets before the first season. It changed its name again to the Nuggets in 1974. After the name change, the Nuggets played for the final ABA Championship title in 1976, losing to the New York Nets; the team has had some periods of success, qualifying for the ABA Playoffs for all seasons from 1967 to the 1976 ABA playoffs where it lost in the finals. The team joined the NBA in 1976 after the ABA–NBA merger and qualified for the NBA playoffs in nine consecutive seasons in the 1980s and ten consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2013. However, it has not made an appearance in a championship round since its last year in the ABA; the Nuggets play their home games at Pepsi Center, which they share with the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League and the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League.
The original Denver Nuggets was founded in the National Basketball League prior to the 1948–49 season. Following that season, the NBL was absorbed into the BAA, renamed to the NBA; the Denver Nuggets played the 1949–50 season as one of the charter NBA teams before folding. In 1967, one of the ABA's charter franchises was awarded to a group in Kansas City, headed by Southern Californian businessman James Trindle. However, Trindle was unable to find a suitable arena in the Kansas City area. League commissioner George Mikan suggested moving the team to Denver. After agreeing to name Denver resident and former NBA player Vince Boryla as general manager, Trindle moved his team to Denver as the Denver Larks, named after Colorado's state bird; the Trindle group was undercapitalized, leading Mikan to order the Larks to post a $100,000 performance bond or lose the franchise. Hours before the deadline, Trindle sold a ⅔ controlling interest to Denver trucking magnate Bill Ringsby for $350,000. Ringsby renamed the team the Rockets, after his company's long-haul trucks.
Playing at the Denver Auditorium Arena, the Rockets had early successes on the court, developing a solid fan base along the way. However, the team had a history of early playoff exits and failed to play in an ABA championship series. Early, they had a solid lineup led by Byron Beck and Larry Jones later by Beck and Ralph Simpson. Lonnie Wright of the American Football League's Denver Broncos signed with the Rockets during that first season and became the first player to play professional football and basketball in the same season. Wright played four seasons with Denver. Controversial rookie Spencer Haywood joined the team for the 1969–70 season. Haywood was one of the first players to turn pro before graduating from college, the NBA refused to let him play in the league. Haywood averaged nearly 30 points and 19.5 rebounds per game in his only ABA season, being named ABA MVP, ABA rookie of the year, as well as the All-Star Game MVP. The team finished 51–33, winning their division, before exiting the playoffs in the 2nd round.
Just before the start of the 1970–71 season, Haywood signed with the Seattle SuperSonics, jumping to the NBA. The team tumbled to a 30–54 record and attendance suffered. Ringsby sold the team to San Diego businessmen Frank Goldberg and Bud Fischer in 1972. In 1974, in anticipation of moving into the NBA, the new McNichols Arena, the franchise held a contest to choose a new team nickname, as "Rockets" was in use by the Houston Rockets; the winning choice was "Nuggets", in honor of the original Nuggets team in Denver from 1948–50, the last year as a charter member of the NBA. Their new logo was a miner "discovering" an ABA ball. Goldberg and Fischer in turn sold the team to a local investment group in 1976. With the drafting and signing of future hall of fame player David Thompson out of North Carolina State, Marvin Webster and the acquisitions of Dan Issel and Bobby Jones and with Larry Brown coaching, they had their best seasons in team history in their first two seasons as the Nuggets. Playing in the Denver Auditorium Arena for the last season the 1974–75 team went 65–16, including a 40–2 record at home.
However, a quick playoff exit followed. In 1975–76, playing at their new arena, the Nuggets edged the reigning champion Kentucky Colonels four games to three to make the 1976 ABA finals for the first time, they lost to the New York Nets and Julius Erving. They did not get a second chance to win an ABA league championship, as the ABA–NBA merger took place after the 1975–76 season; the Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs were merged into the NBA. The Spirits of St. Louis and Kentucky Colonels were disbanded; the Nuggets and Nets had applied to join the NBA in 1975, but were forced to stay in the ABA by a court order. The Nuggets continued their strong play early on in the NBA, as they won division titles in their first two seasons in the league, missed a third by a single game. However, neither of these teams were successful in the postseason. To the other new NBA teams, the Nuggets were given many financial issues including a $2 million entry fee. Red McCombs bought the team in 1978. In 1979, Brown left the team.
It ended in 1981. Moe brought with him a "motion offense" philosophy, a style of play focusing on attempting to move the ball until someone got open. Moe was known for not paying as much attention to defense as his colleagues; the offense helped the team become competitive. During the 1980s