1981–82 NBA season
The 1981–82 NBA season was the 36th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA Championship, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals; the regular-season ran. The 1982 NBA All-Star Game was played at the new Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, with the East defeating the West 120–118. Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics wins the game's MVP award; this season marked the New Jersey Nets first season in the new arena. On March 6, 1982, San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 in three overtime periods to set the record for most points by two teams in a game; the record was broken two seasons later. Magic Johnson secures his second NBA Finals MVP award several months before his 23rd birthday; the Los Angeles Lakers begin a string of nine consecutive seasons as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Denver Nuggets scored at least 100 points in every single game of the season, while allowing 100 points in every game.
It remains the only time. After a few years of success in NCAA basketball, the breakaway rim became standardized equipment in the NBA; this season marked Isiah Thomas' rookie season. The three-to-make-two free throw rule, along with the two-to-make one rule, were both eliminated; this season marked Bob Dandridge' final season. Notes z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs and first round bye c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs and first round bye y – Clinched division title and first round bye x – Clinched playoff spot Teams in bold advanced to the next round; the numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home court advantage does not belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record. Most Valuable Player: Moses Malone, Houston Rockets Rookie of the Year: Buck Williams, New Jersey Nets Coach of the Year: Gene Shue, Washington Bullets All-NBA First Team: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics George Gervin, San Antonio Spurs Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers Moses Malone, Houston Rockets Gus Williams, Seattle SuperSonics All-NBA Second Team: Alex English, Denver Nuggets Bernard King, Golden State Warriors Robert Parish, Boston Celtics Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers Sidney Moncrief, Milwaukee Bucks All-NBA Rookie Team: Buck Williams, New Jersey Nets Jay Vincent, Dallas Mavericks Kelly Tripucka, Detroit Pistons Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons Jeff Ruland, Washington BulletsNote: All information on this page were obtained on the History section on NBA.com
Isiah Lord Thomas III is an American former basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. A point guard, the 12-time NBA All-Star was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Thomas has been a professional and collegiate head coach, a basketball executive, a broadcaster. Thomas played collegiately for the Indiana Hoosiers, leading them to the 1981 NCAA championship as a sophomore and declaring for the NBA draft, he was taken as the second overall pick by the Pistons in the 1981 NBA draft, played for them his entire career, while leading the "Bad Boys" to the 1988–89 and 1989–90 NBA championships. After his playing career, he was an executive with the Toronto Raptors, a television commentator, an executive with the Continental Basketball Association, head coach of the Indiana Pacers, an executive and head coach for the New York Knicks, he was the men's basketball coach for the Florida International University Golden Panthers for three seasons from 2009 to 2012.
In early May 2015, amidst controversy, Thomas was named president and part owner of the Knicks' WNBA sister team, the New York Liberty, subsequent to the re-hiring of Thomas's former Pistons teammate, Bill Laimbeer, as the team's coach. The youngest of nine children, Thomas was born on April 30, 1961 in Chicago and grew up in the city's West Side, he attended the private St. Joseph High School in Westchester, a 90-minute commute from his home. Playing under coach Gene Pingatore, he led St. Joseph to the state finals in his junior year, was considered one of the top college prospects in the country. Thomas was recruited to play college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers. Although he received mail saying Knight tied up his players and beat them, he did not believe the rumors; when Knight visited the Thomas home, one of Isiah's brothers, who wanted him to attend DePaul, embarrassed him by insulting the Indiana coach and engaging him in a shouting match. Thomas chose Knight and Indiana because he felt that getting away to Bloomington would be good for him, as would Knight's discipline.
Thomas had to adjust to Knight's disciplinarian style. At the 1979 Pan American Games in Puerto Rico, Knight got so mad at Thomas he threatened to put him on a plane home. Knight recalled yelling at the freshman-to-be, "You ought to go to DePaul, because you sure as hell aren't going to be an Indiana player playing like that." Prior to the start of his freshman year, the 1979–80 season, Knight became so upset with Thomas that he kicked him out of a practice. According to Thomas, Knight was making a point that no player, no "matter how talented, is bigger than Knight's philosophy."Thomas proved his skills as a player and became a favorite with both Knight and Indiana fans. His superior abilities caused Knight to adjust his coaching style. Fans displayed bedsheets with quotations from the Book of Isaiah and nicknamed him "Mr. Wonderful." Because of Thomas's short stature at 6 ft 1 in, coach Knight would call him "Pee Wee". Thomas and Mike Woodson led the Hoosiers to the Big Ten championship and advanced to the 1980 Sweet Sixteen.
The next year, the 1980–81 season, Knight made Thomas captain and told him to run the show on the floor. Thomas responded so well that, as the season unfolded and Thomas grew as friends; when a Purdue player took a cheap shot at Thomas during a game at Bloomington, Knight called a press conference to defend his star. And 19 days when Thomas hit an Iowa player and was ejected from a game, Knight refused to criticize him; that year and the Hoosiers once again won a conference title and won the 1981 NCAA tournament, the school's fourth national title. The sophomore earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award, made himself eligible for the upcoming NBA draft. In the 1981 NBA draft, the Detroit Pistons chose Thomas with the No. 2 pick and signed him to a four-year $1.6 million contract. Thomas made the All-Rookie team and started for the Eastern Conference in the 1982 NBA All-Star Game. In the opening round of the 1984 NBA Playoffs and the Pistons faced off against Bernard King and the New York Knicks.
In the pivotal fifth game, Thomas was having a subpar performance, while King was having an excellent game. Thomas scored 16 points in the last 94 seconds to force the game into overtime, but fouled out, the Knicks held on to win. In the 1985 NBA Playoffs and his team went to the conference semifinals against the 15-time NBA champion Boston Celtics led by future basketball Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson. Detroit couldn't shake the Celtics in their six-game series losing. In the 1987 NBA Playoffs and the Pistons went to the Eastern Conference Finals and faced the Celtics again, it was the furthest. Detroit was able to tie the Celtics at two games apiece, but its hope of winning Game 5 at Boston Garden was dashed by Larry Bird with just seconds remaining: Thomas attempted to inbound the ball, Bird stole the pass and hit Dennis Johnson for the game-winning layup. In 1988, the Pistons' first trip to the Finals saw them face the Los Angeles Lakers, led by Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Before the series and Johnson exchanged a courtside kiss on the cheek prior to tip-off as a sign of their deep friendship. After taking a 3–2 series lead back to Los Angeles, Detroit appeared poised to win their first NBA title in Game 6. One of Thomas's most inspiring and self-defining moments came in Game 6. Alt
The small forward known as the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. Small forwards are shorter and leaner than power forwards and centers, but taller and larger than either of the guard positions; the small forward is considered to be the most versatile of the five main basketball positions. In the NBA, small forwards range from 6' 6" to 6' 10" while in the WNBA, small forwards are between 5' 11" to 6' 2". Small forwards are responsible for scoring points, defending and as secondary or tertiary rebounders behind the power forward and center, although a few have considerable passing responsibilities. Many small forwards in professional basketball are prolific scorers; the styles with which small forwards amass their points vary widely. Some players at the position are accurate shooters, others prefer to initiate physical contact with opposing players, still others are slashers who possess jump shots. In some cases, small forwards position as off-the-ball specialists.
Small forwards who are defensive specialists are versatile as they can guard multiple positions using their size and strength
Cassopolis is a village within in the U. S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Cass County. It is located in LaGrange Township with a small portion extending east into Penn Township; the village and county are named after statesman Lewis Cass, a New Hampshire native and a prominent U. S. senator from Michigan prior to the American Civil War. Diamond Lake, one of the 100 largest inland lakes in Michigan, is located in Cassopolis. Cassopolis is part of the South Bend -- IN-MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area; the population was 1,774 at the 2010 census. Cassopolis was platted by European Americans in 1831, it had been designated the county seat by that point. It was incorporated as a village in 1863; the county developed some industry. Cassopolis was a transit point on the Underground Railroad, by which sympathizers aided refugee slaves from the South to gain freedom in the North and in Canada; some refugees continued through Michigan to settle in Canada in order to avoid risk under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, which increased incentives for capture.
However the 1850s saw the settlement of many African-Americans and people of mixed African-American and Sapponi and Pumenkey ancestry in Cass County. In the 1960s, a group of African Americans connected to the Nation of Islam acquired some 1,000 acres of farmland in the area. Work on this acquisition was overseen by a man. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.25 square miles, of which 2.00 square miles is land and 0.25 square miles is water. Cassopolis is the town associated with the largest lake in southwestern Michigan. M-60 M-62 As of the census of 2010, there were 1,774 people, 709 households, 384 families residing in the village; the population density was 887.0 inhabitants per square mile. There were 833 housing units at an average density of 416.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 60.0% White, 29.3% African American, 1.1% Native American, 2.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.5% from other races, 5.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.5% of the population.
There were 709 households of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.5% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.9% had a male householder with no wife present, 45.8% were non-families. 40.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 3.15. The median age in the village was 35.4 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the village was 50.3% male and 49.7% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,740 people, 703 households, 437 families residing in the village; the population density was 994.1 per square mile. There were 780 housing units at an average density of 445.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 54.60% White, 32.59% African American, 0.57% Native American, 3.62% Asian, 0.80% from other races, 7.82% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.18% of the population. There were 703 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.7% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.13. In the village, the age distribution of the population shows 30.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males. The median income for a household in the village was $28,696, the median income for a family was $37,348. Males had a median income of $29,688 versus $21,036 for females; the per capita income for the village was $14,359.
About 9.4% of families and 13.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over. Cassopolis Public School District is the school system for the Village of Cassopolis and its surrounding areas; the district's schools are Sam Adams Elementary. The Cass District Library's Main Library is located in Cassopolis; the Local History Branch is located in Cassopolis. Other branches include the Howard Branch, Edwardsburg Branch, the Mason / Union Branch. Dennis Archer, 67th Mayor of Detroit. Cass County Government website Cassopolis Webcam — view from the Cassopolis courthouse Diamond Lake Diamond Lake Association
Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers, abbreviated by the team as the LA Clippers, are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Clippers compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of Pacific Division of the league's Western Conference; the Clippers play their home games at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, an arena shared with fellow NBA team the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association, the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The franchise was founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves, one of three expansion teams to join the NBA that year; the Braves moved from Buffalo, New York to San Diego, California in 1978 and became known as the San Diego Clippers. In 1984, The Clippers moved to Los Angeles. Through much of its history, the franchise failed to see significant regular season or playoff success; the Clippers were seen as an example of a perennial loser in American professional sports, drawing unfavorable comparisons to the successful Lakers, with whom they have shared a market since 1984 and an arena since 1999.
The Clippers' fortunes turned in the early 2010s with the acquisition of core players Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Chris Paul. In 2013, the franchise won its first division title, as the team made the playoffs for the ninth time in franchise history and the third time in the previous eight seasons, they added to their budding rivalry with the Lakers, as they finished with a better record than the Lakers for the fifth time and won the season series for the second time since moving to Los Angeles in 1984, this time in a sweep. They repeated as division champions in 2014; the franchise began in Western New York as the Buffalo Braves, one of three NBA expansion franchises that began play in the 1970–71 season, along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers. They played their home games at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, along with another Buffalo team that would begin play that year, the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres. After two bad seasons, the Braves' fortunes started to change under coach Jack Ramsay and star forward/center Bob McAdoo.
McAdoo led the NBA in scoring for three consecutive seasons and was named the league's MVP in the 1974–75 season. The Braves qualified for the playoffs three times in a row, losing twice to the eventual Eastern Conference champions. Despite the team's modest success in Buffalo, Braves owner Paul Snyder and the league found it impossible to schedule home games at the auditorium because of the Canisius Golden Griffins men's basketball team, which had a pre-existing lease on the arena and priority on game dates over the Braves; the Griffins saw the Braves as a threat to their own success, purposely scheduled all the best dates at the arena to prevent the Braves from succeeding. As a result, after a failed attempt to sell the team to an owner who intended to move it to South Florida, Snyder sold the team to Kentucky Colonels owner John Y. Brown, Jr. who decimated the team's roster, traded away all of its stars, drove attendance down to the point where they could break their own lease on the arena.
Brown met with Celtics owner Irv Levin in 1978 so they could trade franchise ownerships. Southern California resident Levin decided to move the Braves to San Diego, something the league would have never allowed him to do with the Celtics. In 1978, San Diego welcomed the relocation of the Buffalo Braves franchise because the city had lost their Rockets to Houston seven years earlier as well as their American Basketball Association franchise, the San Diego Sails after the 1974-1975 ABA season. San Diego team officials did not think Braves was a representative nickname for the club and a contest decided on "Clippers", because the city was known for the great sailing ships that passed through San Diego Bay; when the Clippers moved to Los Angeles in 1984, they kept their name. Playing at the San Diego Sports Arena, the Clippers posted a record of 43–39 in their first season in California under new head coach Gene Shue, leaving them two wins shy of the final playoff spot, it would be the Clippers' last winning season for 13 years.
It was in that first season in southern California that long-time announcer Ralph Lawler began his association with the franchise. The Clippers began pursuing star free agents, beginning with World B. Free, acquired in the offseason from the Philadelphia 76ers. Free finished second overall in NBA scoring average, with 28.9 per game, while George Gervin of the San Antonio Spurs had a 29.6 average. The 1979–80 season saw the Clippers begin to struggle, despite adding center Bill Walton, a San Diego native, two years removed from an NBA Championship with the Trail Blazers. Walton missed 68 games due to foot injuries. San Diego finished. Free again finishing second in league scoring, with 30.2 PPG. Paul Silas replaced Shue the following season, the Clippers finished 36–46, again missing the postseason. Walton missed the entire season again due to foot injuries, while Free was traded to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for guard Phil Smith; the 1981–82 season brought changes to the franchise as Levin sold the team to Los Angeles-area real estate developer and attorney Donald Sterling for $12.5 million.
The Clippers experienced poor play and franchise mismanagement in their final years in San Diego, much like in Buffalo, competition from other sports teams in town, namely the ascendant San Diego Chargers, sucked away attention from the Clippers. That season, the Clippers were drawing fewer fans than the Braves had
Herbert L. Williams is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association for eighteen seasons from 1981 to 1999. Williams served as the assistant coach of the NBA's New York Knicks, he is an assistant coach for the New York Liberty of the WNBA. Williams was a four-year starter for the Ohio State Buckeyes, scoring 2,011 points and pulling down 1,111 rebounds. Williams is the school leader in career field goals made, with 834 in 114 games, he is second all-time in career blocked shots with 328. Williams was named to the All-Big Ten team as a junior, when Ohio State finished the year with a 21-8 record and advanced to the NCAA regionals, he led the Buckeyes in scoring that year with an average of 17.6 points per game. Williams was a team co-captain in both his senior years. Williams was a first-round draft choice of the Indiana Pacers in 1981, where he played from 1982 to 1989 and had his most productive years, he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks midway through the 1988–1989 season on February 22 in exchange for forward Detlef Schrempf.
In 1992, he was signed by the New York Knicks, where he spent seven years backing up perennial All-Star Patrick Ewing. Williams played one game for the Toronto Raptors in 1996 before being waived and returned to the Knicks; the team made the 1999 NBA Finals, with Williams serving as a team leader. After the 1999 Finals, Williams retired at the age of forty-one after six regular season games and eight playoff games in 1999. Four years he returned to the Knicks as an assistant coach, he worked under head coaches Don Lenny Wilkens. When Wilkens resigned in 2005, Williams took over as head coach. On July 26, 2005, Larry Brown was hired as the head coach of the Knicks, thus ending Williams's head coaching tenure. Williams was the acting head coach of the Knicks for the final two games of the 2005–2006 season, when illness kept Larry Brown away from the bench for the final two games of his Knicks career. After that season, Brown was replaced as head coach by Isiah Thomas. Williams worked as an assistant coach under Thomas and Mike D'Antoni, continued to be in the coaching staff under Mike Woodson until Phil Jackson fired the entire staff in 2014.
He has coached for the Knicks' NBA Summer League team. On March 26, 2015, Williams was hired as the assistant coach of the WNBA's New York Liberty. List of National Basketball Association career blocks leaders List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds BasketballReference.com: Herb Williams BasketballReference.com: Herb Williams NBA.com coach file: Herb Williams NBA player biography of Herb Williams at the Wayback Machine
Eugene Lavon Banks is a retired American professional basketball player. He is one of a handful of players to make high school All-America three times, he was named to the McDonald's American team in 1977 and was the first McDonald's Classic MVP. He played in the prestigious Dapper Dan Scholastic High School All-American Basketball Classic in Pittsburgh and won MVP honors of that game, he scored a career high 53 points in his senior year at West Philadelphia high school and was voted the number one high school player of the year, along with Albert King. A 6'7" forward born in Philadelphia, Banks starred at Duke University, where he received the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year award in 1978; as a freshman starter at power forward, Banks played a strong role in Duke reaching the NCAA Finals, where they lost to Joe Hall's Kentucky Wildcats. Banks was the sixth African American player in Duke's history, he received team MVP honors three times. His Duke career is noteworthy in other regards as well.
In 1981, during Mike Krzyzewski's first year in the home game against the Blue Devils' heated rival, the North Carolina Tar Heels, he hit the game-tying shot as time expired, sending the crowd into a massive frenzy. Duke went on ushering in a new era in Blue Devils basketball. Banks won the ACC scoring title in 1981, over such ACC/NCAA All-Americans as James Worthy and Ralph Sampson, he was inducted into the prestigious Duke Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Duke Hall of Honors in 1996. He was an NCAA two-time All-American during his tenure at Duke and finished in the top ten of every statistical category of Duke basketball; as of the start of the 2016-17 season, Bank's 53.9% career field goal percentage ranks 28th all-time for NBA players, less than one-thousandth of a percentage point behind Wilt Chamberlain. Banks went on to play six seasons in the National Basketball Association with the San Antonio Spurs and the Chicago Bulls, he averaged 11.3 points per game spanning over 468 games in his professional NBA career.
His career high of 44 points was achieved against the Los Angeles Lakers in 1983. He recorded his first NBA triple-double with the Chicago Bulls. In the 1988–89 season he played in Italy for Arimo Bologna, he went from Italy to continue his career as a member of the Maccabi Rishon Lezion basketball club in Israel. In 1993, he continued his play in Israel as a member of Hapoel Herzliya and took them to the Israeli Cup Championship game. Between these stints, Banks played the 1989–90 season with the La Crosse Catbirds of the Continental Basketball Association, averaging 15.3 points in 40 games. The Catbirds would go on to win the CBA title that year. In 2009, Gene Banks became an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards. In 2012, Banks was reassigned from assistant coach with the Wizards to scout of the southern region of the eastern Atlantic Coast, he is credited with the development of such players as JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche and Kevin Seraphin. Banks was inducted into the Duke Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994.
In 2007, Banks returned to Israel and was announced and awarded by Maccabi Rishon LeZion to be the "best foreign player" to play with the club until 2007. Career statistics at Basketball-Reference Gene Banks 1988 Player Profile - Legabasket.it Gene Banks' bio on the Wizards site at nba.com