Daniel Ray Ainge is an American basketball executive and former professional basketball and baseball player. Ainge is the general manager and President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Ainge was an outstanding high school athlete. At Brigham Young University, he was named national basketball college player of the year and won the John R. Wooden Award for the most outstanding male college basketball player. While in college, Ainge played parts of three seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball as a second baseman, he was drafted into the NBA by the Celtics. Ainge completed 14 seasons, playing for the Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns as a shooting guard, he went on to coach the Suns for three seasons before joining management of the Celtics, with whom Ainge has three NBA Championships to his credit. He is the only person to be named a high school first team All-American in American football and baseball.
Born in Eugene, Ainge starred in high school on his football team and led North Eugene High School to back-to-back state basketball championships in 1976 and 1977, earning all-state honors both years. As a junior, he was named to the 1977 Parade magazine High School All-America team. Ainge is the only person to be a high school first team All-American in football and baseball. Ainge played basketball at Brigham Young University, he hit one of the best-known shots in the 1981 NCAA March Madness tournament against Notre Dame when his coast-to-coast drive with seven seconds remaining gave the Cougars a one-point win. Ainge concluded his senior year by winning the Eastman Award, as well as the John R. Wooden Award—given to the best collegiate player in the nation. During his four-year career at BYU, Ainge was an All-American, a two-time First Team Academic All-American, the WAC Player of the Year and a four-time All-WAC selection, he concluded his college career having scored in double figures in 112 consecutive games, an NCAA record at that time.
Ainge was selected in baseball's 1977 amateur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He made it to the major leagues with the Blue Jays in 1979 in college. A second baseman, he played third base and outfield positions as well, hitting.220 in his baseball career with 2 home runs and 146 hits in 211 games. He is the youngest player in Blue Jays history to hit a home run, at 77 days. After three years with the Blue Jays, Ainge decided to pursue a career in basketball and was chosen in the 1981 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, who had to buy out Ainge's contract from the Blue Jays after a legal battle. Ainge is one of 13 athletes that played in both the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball; the 13 are: Ainge, Frank Baumholtz, Gene Conley, Chuck Connors, Dave DeBusschere, Johnny Gee, Dick Groat, Steve Hamilton, Mark Hendrickson, Cotton Nash, Ron Reed, Dick Ricketts and Howie Schultz. Not everything went well for Ainge in NBA basketball at first, he had a terrible first day of practice, "shooting 0–2547", Larry Bird wrote in his autobiography Drive: The Story of My Life.
Celtics head coach Bill Fitch gave Ainge a rough time, saying his batting average was better than his shooting percentage on the basketball court. But Ainge became an important piece of the Celtics teams that won the NBA title in 1984 and 1986. Ainge was known as a brash, hard-nosed player who infuriated opponents. In a 1983 playoff game against Atlanta, he called 7-foot, 1-inch Tree Rollins a sissy, whereupon Rollins elbowed Ainge in the face. Ainge tackled the two began wrestling. Tree bit Ainge's middle finger so hard. Ainge was ejected from the contest for starting the fight; the incident prompted the headline "Tree Bites Man" on the Boston Herald. While playing for the Phoenix Suns, Ainge got into a tussle with Michael Jordan at midcourt. In a 1994 postseason game, Ainge rifled an inbounding pass at the head of Houston Rockets guard Mario Elie, striking him in the face, snapping his neck back. In 1989, Ainge was traded to the Sacramento Kings for young center Joe Kleine, whom the Celtics saw as a possible successor to the aging Robert Parish, Ed Pinckney.
In 1990, Ainge was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for draft picks. Being a native of Oregon, he was considered a hometown favorite by Blazers fans, he helped. On June 5, he scored nine points in the extra period to tie an all-time NBA record for most points in an overtime during a finals game. After the 1991–92 season, Ainge became a free agent, he had stated in media interviews that he ideally wanted to stay in Portland and would contact Blazers management before entertaining offers from other teams. On July 1, 1992, Ainge signed a contract with the Phoenix Suns on his first day of free agency; the Phoenix Suns were a team looking for a new identity. They inaugurated a new home, hired a new head coach, acquired a new superstar; the team redesigned their logo and uniform when they signed free agent Ainge prior to the 1992–93 season, figuring that his experience would help the team during the playoffs. Ainge responded by scoring 11.8 points per game as the Suns went 62–20 that year and reached the NBA finals, where they lost to Michael Jordan's Bulls in six games.
On January 18, 1994, he became the second man to hit 900 three-poin
Women's National Basketball Association
The Women's National Basketball Association is a professional basketball league in the United States. It is composed of twelve teams; the league was founded on April 24, 1996, as the women's counterpart to the National Basketball Association, league play started in 1997. The regular season is played from May to September with the All Star game being played midway through the season in July and the WNBA Finals at the end of September until the beginning of October. Five WNBA teams have direct NBA counterparts and play in the same arena: the Indiana Fever, Los Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, Phoenix Mercury, Washington Mystics; the Atlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun, Dallas Wings, Las Vegas Aces, New York Liberty, Seattle Storm do not share an arena with a direct NBA counterpart, although four of the seven share a market with an NBA counterpart, the Storm shared an arena and market with an NBA team at the time of its founding. The Dream, the Sky, the Sun, the Wings, the Aces, the Sparks, the Storm are all independently owned.
The creation of the WNBA was approved by the NBA Board of Governors on April 24, 1996, announced at a press conference with Rebecca Lobo, Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes in attendance. The new WNBA had to compete with the formed American Basketball League, another professional women's basketball league that began play in 1996; the WNBA began with eight teams: the Charlotte Sting, Cleveland Rockers, Houston Comets and New York Liberty in the Eastern Conference. While not the first major women's professional basketball league in the United States, the WNBA is the only league to receive full backing of the NBA; the WNBA logo, "Logo Woman", was selected out of 50 different designs. On the heels of a much-publicized gold medal run by the 1996 USA Basketball Women's National Team at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the WNBA began its first season on June 21, 1997 to little fanfare; the first WNBA game featured the New York Liberty facing the Los Angeles Sparks in Los Angeles. The game was televised nationally in the United States on the NBC television network.
At the start of the 1997 season, the WNBA had television deals in place with NBC, the Walt Disney Company and Hearst Corporation joint venture channels, ESPN and Lifetime Television Network, respectively. Penny Toler scored the league's first point; the WNBA centered its marketing campaign, dubbed "We Got Next", around stars Rebecca Lobo, Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes. In the league's first season, Leslie's Los Angeles Sparks underperformed and Swoopes sat out much of the season due to her pregnancy; the WNBA's true star in 1997 was Swoopes' teammate on the Houston Comets. The Comets defeated Lobo's New York Liberty in the first WNBA Championship game; the initial "We Got Next" advertisement ran before each WNBA season until it was replaced with the "We Got Game" campaign. Two teams were added in 1998 and two more in 1999, bringing the number of teams in the league up to twelve; the 1999 season began with a collective bargaining agreement between players and the league, marking the first collective bargaining agreement to be signed in the history of women's professional sports.
The WNBA announced in 1999 that it would add four more team for the 2000 season, bringing the league up to 16 teams, with WNBA President Val Ackerman discussing expansion: "This won't be the end of it. We expect to keep growing the league."In 1999, the league's chief competition, the American Basketball League, folded. Many of the ABL's star players, including several Olympic gold medalists and a number of standout college performers joined the rosters of WNBA teams and, in so doing, enhanced the overall quality of play in the league; when a lockout resulted in an abbreviated NBA season, the WNBA saw faltering TV viewership. On May 23, 2000, the Houston Comets became the first WNBA team to be invited to the White House Rose Garden. Before this invitation, only men's sports teams had traveled to the White House. At the end of the 2000 season, the Houston Comets won their fourth championship, capturing every title since the league's inception. Led by the "Big Three" of Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson, four-time Finals MVP Cynthia Cooper, the Comets dominated every team in the league.
Under head coach Van Chancellor, the team posted a 98–24 record through their first four seasons. After 2000, Cooper retired from the league and the Comets dynasty came to an end; the top contender in the 2001 season was the Los Angeles Sparks. Led by Lisa Leslie, the Sparks posted a regular-season record of 28–4, they advanced to their first WNBA Finals and swept the Charlotte Sting. Looking to repeat in 2002, the Sparks again made a strong run toward the postseason, going 25–7 in the regular season under head coach Michael Cooper of the Los Angeles Lakers. Again, Leslie dominated opponents throughout the Playoffs, leading the Sparks to a perfect 6–0 record through all three rounds, beating the New York Liberty in the 2002 Finals. Teams and the league were collectively owned by the NBA until the end of 2002, when the NBA sold WNBA teams either to their NBA counterparts in the same city or to a third party, as a result of the dot-com bubble; this led to two teams moving: Utah moved to San Antonio, Orlando moved to Connecticut and became the first WNBA team to be
Randall Laureat Cross is a football analyst and former NFL right guard and center. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in July 2011. Cross, born in Brooklyn, New York, attended Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California, he was renowned as a high school shot put champion in the Southern California CIF from 1970–72, when he was named CIF California State Meet champion in the event, defeating future world record holder Terry Albritton and future WWF wrestling star Jim Neidhart both from Newport Harbor High School in the process. He heaved the 12 pound high school shot 67' 6.5" which remains the Crespi stadium record. At UCLA, Cross was an All-America selection; as a senior, he helped lead his team to the 1976 Rose Bowl championship over top-ranked Ohio State. Cross began his career as a Center, but was moved to Right Guard for his junior year before playing both Guard and Center as senior on a rare rotating nine man offensive line. On this rotating line Cross started at RG on the 1st unit and moved to Center when the next group hit the field.
He was named First-team All-America in 1975. He was a First-team All-Conference selection in 1975 In his career, he was a starter in 28 of 34 career games including his final 23. Randy Cross played collegiate rugby for the school. Randy was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010. In 1976, Cross was selected in the second-round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Cross' last game as a player was Super Bowl XXIII in 1989, he played center from 1976–78 guard from 1979–87 before finishing his career in San Francisco at center in 1988. Upon his retirement after Super Bowl XXIII, Randy joined the Miller Lite All Star's cast making a series of popular commercials for the brewing giant. From 1989-1993, Cross was a member of the CBS Sports team that covered the NFC playoffs and Super Bowl XXVI. In addition, he served as an analyst for CBS Radio Sports' coverage of Super Bowl XXIV, filling in for Hank Stram when the latter was stricken with laryngitis and had to leave the broadcast in the third quarter of the game.
Cross left CBS to join NBC Sports as a football analyst for NFL telecasts and a part-time analyst for Notre Dame football games. In 1998, he returned to CBS Sports as a game analyst before serving as a studio analyst on The NFL Today from 1999-2001, he returned to his game analyst duties in 2002. He co-hosts shows on the Sirius NFL Radio. In 2009, he became the color analyst for US Naval Academy home games on CBS College Sports TV, he is the former lead color commentator for New England Patriots pre-season games, from 1995-2012, alongside Don Criqui. Randy was a co-host of the midday show "Rick and Randy" with Rick Kamla on WZGC 92-9 The Game a CBS radio station in Atlanta, Georgia before being released from the station. Cross lives in Alpharetta, with his wife, Patrice Cross, their three children. Elder daughter Kelly graduated from University of Georgia and works for Levick Strategic Communications in Washington, D. C, she has two daughters. Younger daughter Crystal graduated from Auburn University with a degree in BioMedical Science.
His son, Brendan Cross, a graduate of Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, played football for UCLA after transferring from Wake Forest University. Randy Cross's father, Dennis Cross, was an American actor, who had the lead role in the syndicated adventure series The Blue Angels. List of NFL on NBC commentator pairings NFL on CBS commentator pairings Randy's Blog on LockerBlogger
Inside the NBA
Inside the NBA is the postgame show for NBA on TNT broadcasts. The program features host Ernie Johnson with analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal, with supporting or fill-in analysts including Chris Webber and Grant Hill; the show has won nine Emmy Awards, while Johnson has won three as a studio host and Barkley has won three as a studio analyst. Since Barkley joined the show in 2001, Inside the NBA gained popularity for the chemistry and banter of the hosts. Barkley has been known for his controversial comments and outrageous bets. In late 2002, Barkley told Kenny Smith that he would "kiss ass" if Houston Rockets then-rookie Yao Ming scored nineteen points in a game, followed by Yao doing that that week; as a result, on Listen Up! With Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson that Thursday, Barkley kissed the rear end of a donkey that Smith brought into the studio. In 2002, a controversial Sports Illustrated cover, in which Barkley was portrayed in chains, led to a sometimes heated debate on the TNT studio show.
During the 2006 NBA Playoffs, in response to performer David Blaine's attempt to stay under water for nine minutes, Barkley duplicated the stunt with a small tub of water but only managed to stay under water for 24 seconds. Barkley has been weighed on air several times, once said "bullshit" live on air. Following the release of Django Unchained, Barkley will joke he isn't going to "take it any more master," referring to Ernie Johnson. Johnson has a whip sound effect he uses when Barkley or O'Neal's conversations go far off topic, for a segment called "The Whip" that provoked jokes from the other hosts - for example, Smith saying, "Revolt, revolt!" Smith has been the brunt of jokes before, an example being the "retirement" of his jersey on air. In reality, it was a Tracy McGrady jersey with Smith's name put on a clothesline and "raised" to the TNT studio roof on a clothesline with various undergarments. Most of the jokes were featured as Ernie Johnson's E. J.'s Neat-O Stat of the Night, the show's closing segment.
The popularity of the program has led the NBA to air reruns of the show on the TNT Overtime on NBA.com. Analysts from the show have been featured in the popular NBA 2K video game series beginning with NBA 2K15. In addition to winning nine Emmy Awards, it was announced live on the May 11th, 2016 edition that Inside was to be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in October 2016, becoming just the twelfth program to receive the honor and the third sports show to do so after SportsCenter and Monday Night Football. "Win or go home" – The main tagline TNT uses for its playoff coverage. With rounds in the NBA Playoffs conducted in a best-of-seven format, the statement carries more weight in meaning as a series extends to its finale. For all of TNT's Game 7s — Dallas-Sacramento in 2003. A. Lakers-Phoenix Suns, San Antonio-Dallas and L. A. Clippers-Phoenix in 2006. A. Clippers in 2014. A. Clippers in 2015. "Gone fishin'" – The most notable of TNT's catchphrases. It is used whenever a team is knocked out of the playoffs, is accompanied by doctored photos of players on the team on fishing boats with analyst Kenny Smith.
It has its roots in the 90s - when the Suns had a chance to eliminate a team, their gorilla mascot would have a fishing pole on hand to indicate the opponents would be "gone fishin'". Barkley, Smith and O'Neal will wear fishing hats when they anticipate a team's elimination from the playoffs. In addition to players, notable figures from the city of the eliminated team show up; the catchphrase has gotten popular enough to warrant its own page on NBA.com and has become a metaphor for being eliminated from the playoffs. TBS uses similar phrase for when a team gets knocked out of the MLB playoffs, called "Gone huntin'", as most North American hunting seasons occur in mid-to-late fall. "My big fat obnoxious boss" – Barkley's nickname for Inside the NBA producer Tim Kiely. "BIRDMAN BIRDMAN" - O'Neal's call for NBA center Chris Andersen. "Ginobili!" - Barkley's call for San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginóbili. "Underdog, put that on a T-Shirt!" O'Neal's common catchphrase towards Senior Researcher/Producer Joe "Underdog" Underhill.
Whenever a snide or humorous remark is made by the crew or if a humorous image is shown, this quote is used by O'Neal or stated in a different way at times to fit the context. It has been made as an actual T-shirt. "JAVALE MCGEE!" - O'Neal's call for Los Angeles Lakers center and frequent Shaqtin' a Fool nominee JaVale McGee. "Tragic Bronson!" - O'Neal's call for an outrageous ball-handing or passing mistake on Shaqtin' a Fool an oblique reference to Kevin McHale's'Tragic Johnson' name for Magic Johnson's end-of-game mistake in Game 2 of the 1984 NBA Finals. Shaqtin' a Fool – A blooper segment started by O'Neal when he joined the show in 2012 that has become popular since. Frequent nominees include JaVale McGee, Kendrick Perkins, Nick Young, Otto
Merton Laverne "Verne" Lundquist Jr. is an American sportscaster. Lundquist was born in Minnesota, he graduated from Austin High School in Austin, before attending Texas Lutheran University, where he was one of the founders of the Omega Tau Fraternity in 1958 before graduating in 1962. He is now a member of the Board of Regents for his alma mater. Lundquist attended Augustana Seminary in Rock Island, Illinois in 1962, his father was a Lutheran pastor and President of the Nebraska Synod of the Augustana Lutheran Church. Lundquist played basketball and baseball and was a disc jockey at WOC, Iowa. His'Golden Voice' was the highlight of the seminary class on preaching, he began his broadcasting career as sports anchor for WFAA in Dallas and in Austin for KTBC, as well as being the radio voice of the Dallas Cowboys. Lundquist remained with the team until the 1984 season, he was paired with future play-by-play man Brad Sham starting with the 1977 season, the year the Cowboys went 12–2 and captured their second NFL title in Super Bowl XII.
He was sportscaster at WFAA during their 6pm news, while his eventual successor Dale Hansen did the 10pm news. Before becoming a nationwide sports commentator, from 1970 to 1974, Lundquist was commentator for the sports show, Bowling for Dollars, in Dallas, Texas, it aired weekday evenings on the ABC station, WFAA-TV, in north central Texas. During these four seasons, Lundquist started interviewing Cowboys players and their first head coach, Tom Landry, at their sidelines, during halftimes, pre-season and pre-game warm-ups, in Dallas. Nationally, Lundquist worked for ABC Sports from 1974 to 1981, CBS from 1982 to 1995, TNT cable from 1995 to 1997 before returning to CBS in 1998. Lundquist's patented belly laugh and his contagious enthusiasm for the events he covers have made him one of the more prominent and recognizable on-air talents in network TV, he is among the key voices of NFL Films, in past years had called regional NFL games for CBS, NBA games for CBS and TNT, TNT's Sunday Night Football telecasts.
He called television play-by-play on Seattle Seahawks preseason games from 2006 to 2008. During the 1992, 1994, 1998 Winter Olympics, whose rights were held by CBS and TNT, Lundquist and Scott Hamilton served as the announcers for figure skating events, their performances were parodied by Saturday Night Live cast members Phil Hartman and Darrell Hammond with Dana Carvey, David Spade, Will Ferrell: in 1992 with Jason Priestley and 1994 with Nancy Kerrigan and Chris Farley. They did a spoof of the Olympics figure skating events, as both Hartman and Myers went "Oh!" when Priestly or Farley did an on-ice pratfall. Lundquist, after seeing the original footage in 1992, commented that Hartman "nailed it dead on."After his return to CBS, Lundquist served as the long-time lead play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports' coverage of college football on the SEC on CBS from 2000–2016. Lundquist retired from broadcasting college football games after calling the Army–Navy Game on December 10, 2016, he planned to contribute to other CBS Sports programs, including its college basketball and golf coverage, for the foreseeable future.
In March 2018, Lundquist announced he would not work the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, as he was still recovering from back surgery he had in November 2017, would retire from calling college basketball. Despite his retirement from calling college football and basketball, Lundquist remains active as an announcer, calling The Masters and the PGA Championship for CBS Sports in 2018. Lundquist resides in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Lundquist played himself commentating on golf tournaments in the 1996 motion picture Happy Gilmore. Lundquist was a play-by-play announcer in the NBA Live 98 video game and was the play-by-play announcer in the College Hoops 2K8 video game. A famous pet phrase Lundquist uses on occasion is "How do you DO!". Lundquist often exclaims "Oh My Gosh!" or "Oh My Goodness!" Lundquist filled in for Ernie Johnson Jr. as host of TNT's coverage of the PGA Championship twice, in 2006 as Johnson was battling cancer, in 2011 when Johnson left after the second round following the death of his father on that Friday night.
January 21, 1979: While calling the Dallas Cowboys' radio broadcast of Super Bowl XIII against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Lundquist famously described Cowboys tight end Jackie Smith dropping a third quarter touchdown pass, which would have put the Cowboys an extra point away from tying the game:April 13, 1986: While calling the final round of the 50th Masters Tournament in 1986, Jack Nicklaus hit a birdie putt on the 17th hole for the outright lead:March 28, 1992: While calling play-by-play for the 1992 NCAA Men's Basketball East Region Finals between Kentucky and Duke, Christian Laettner hit a 17-foot turnaround jumper at the buzzer to win the game by a score of 104–103 in overtime. Lundquist called the moment, shown on YouTube:February 25, 1994: While calling figure skating at the Winter Olympics, Lundquist called one of the most watched sports events in history; the ladies free skate portion of the 1994 Olympics drew Super Bowl type television ratings because of the hyped Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan debacle.
The drama unfolded that evening as Tonya Harding begin her free skate quit 45 seconds into her program, went crying to the judges table of a broken skate lace. She was granted permission to fix her skate and start her free skate in the evenin
NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game is an annual exhibition basketball game held by the National Basketball Association that takes place during the NBA All-Star Weekend and features retired NBA players, WNBA players, actors and athletes from sports other than basketball. The game was first held during the 2002–03 season as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend in Atlanta, Georgia; the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game is played on Friday in the same host city as the NBA All-Star Game. However, the game is not held in the same arena as all the other All-Star Saturday events. Instead, it is held on the NBA Jam Session's practice court; the game is played with the standard NBA rules. Games were played in four quarters of 8 minutes from 2003 to 2011; each team is allowed one timeout per half. From 2003 to 2012, the game clock does not stop while the play is not active except for timeouts, the final two minutes of the halves & overtime, or at the official's discretion. Since 2013, the clock stops during the final two minutes of every quarter except for timeouts, overtime and at the official's discretion.
Overtime periods are two minutes in length with a running clock, each team is allowed one timeout during the overtime period. There are no foul-outs in the game. There was no Most Valuable Player until 2005. From 2005 to 2010, the media members in attendance voted for the MVP. Since 2011, the fans in attendance and TV viewers now vote for the MVP through text messaging and social media; the game did not use the shot clock rule put into place during the 2011-12 season in which the last five seconds of the shot clock were modified to include tenths of a second from 2012 to 2014. In 2018, there is a 4-point decal located 2 feet from the top of the 3-point line which will would active during the second half of the game. To score four points, a player's foot must be touching any part of a decal. Since 2019, the 4-point decal became a 4-point line set a yard behind the 3-point line and the line is in use for the entire game. A player's foot must be behind the 4-point line to score four points; the inaugural NBA All-Star Celebrity Game was played on Friday, February 7, 2003 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Jamie Foxx highlighted this NBA All-Star Celebrity game playing alongside WNBA players, NBA legends, other celebrities. Former NBA players and current Inside the NBA analysts Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley were the opposing coaches. Kenny Smith and the Jets wound up winning in a tight-knit game 46-43; the 2004 McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game was played on Friday, February 13, 2004 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game featured celebrities from Paris Hilton to Bill Walton. Although Richard Jefferson of the Lakers led all scorers with 16 points, the Lakers would lose to the Braves 60-52; the 2005 McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game sponsored by Sprite was played on Friday, February 18, 2005 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. Rapper Nelly, pop rock singer Ryan Cabrera, rapper/actor Ice Cube, actor Danny Masterson were among some of the celebrities who participated. After playing the first half with the Nuggets, Entertainment Tonight correspondent Kevin Frazier played the second half with Team Denver.
R&B Singer Brian McKnight scored the game winning basket as he threw in an off-balance shot that sailed in while getting the foul call with 9.9 seconds in the fourth quarter, he was named the first MVP of the NBA All-Star Celebrity game. The 2006 McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game was played on Friday, February 17, 2006 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Nelly was named MVP with a game-high 14 points and 12 rebounds and hit H-Town's only two three-pointers in a losing effort as the Clutch City Team beat the H-Town Team 37-33; the 2007 McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Presented by 2K Sports was played on Friday, February 16, 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Winchester, Nevada. Jamie Foxx was scheduled to play but did not play to perform at a concert that night. Donald Faison started for the East but was traded to the West team in exchange for no one during the second quarter. During the third quarter New Orleans Saints running back and West player Reggie Bush sprained his right ankle and did not play the rest of the game.
However, Access Hollywood correspondent and fellow West teammate Tony Potts scored 14 points and eight rebounds for the West team as he helped the West beat the East 40-21 and was named the game's MVP. During the game, Jazz Bear, the mascot of the Utah Jazz, ESPN reporter Jim Gray, former NBA player Jerome Williams played a few minutes in the game; the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game was played on Friday, February 15, 2008 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. A total of 17 celebrities took part in the game; the game was marked by a surprise appearance by Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens in the middle of the second quarter, where he joined and played with the New Orleans team. Owens scored 18 points including a dunk, he was named MVP of the game after helping his team win 51-50. ESPN analyst Ric Bucher was the commissioner for the game; the 2009 McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game was played on Friday, February 13, 2009 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
A total of 17 celebrities took part in the game. Basketball Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Julius Erving, who combined for 23 NBA All-Star appearances, served as coaches for the celebr
Grant Henry Hill is an American former basketball player and current Hudl videographer for Orlando City SC. He is a host of NBA TV's NBA Inside Stuff. Hill played for four teams in his professional career in the National Basketball Association. Hill's parents are retired NFL Pro Bowl running back Janet Hill, he and his father were Rookies of the Year in their respective sports. While playing college basketball at Duke, he was the 1994 ACC Player of the Year, a two-time NCAA All-American, a two-time NCAA champion; as a professional he was the 1995 NBA co-Rookie of the Year, was a seven-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA selection, three-time winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award. He is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Throughout his college career and early in his years with the Detroit Pistons, Hill was considered to be one of the best all-around players in the game leading his team in points and assists. Touted as one of the best players in Duke history, many went as far as to say that he was one of the greatest collegiate basketball players in his era.
After his first six seasons with the Pistons, in which he averaged 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists, his next twelve seasons were injury plagued, as he averaged just 13.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists per game. On June 1, 2013, after 19 years in the league, Hill announced his retirement from the NBA. Hill and Tony Ressler purchased the Atlanta Hawks on June 24, 2015 for an estimated $730 million – $850 million; when the time came to choose a college, Hill's mother told the Fox Sports documentary Beyond the Glory, that she wanted him to attend Georgetown, while his father preferred the University of North Carolina. Hill decided to attend Duke University, playing four years with the Blue Devils, winning national titles in 1991 and 1992. Duke became the first Division I program to win consecutive titles since UCLA in 1973. Despite losing two of the biggest contributors on the Blue Devils, Christian Laettner and Bobby Hurley, Hill led Duke to the championship game once again in 1994, but lost to Arkansas Razorbacks.
Hill won the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation's top defensive player in 1993, in 1994 he was the ACC Player of the Year. During his collegiate career, Hill became the first player in ACC history to collect more than 1,900 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals and 100 blocked shots; as a result of his successful college career, he became the eighth player in Duke history to have his jersey number retired. After his freshman season at Duke, Hill played on the bronze medal-winning U. S. team at the 1991 Pan American Games, held in Cuba. Hill is known for his role in a desperation play in an NCAA tournament regional final against Kentucky in 1992, considered by many to be one of the greatest college basketball games of all time. With Duke down 103–102 in overtime and 2.1 seconds remaining after Kentucky's Sean Woods hit a floater, an unguarded Hill heaved the in-bounds pass 75 feet across the court into the hands of Laettner, who dribbled once and spun before pulling up to make the game-winning jumper from just outside the free-throw line as time expired.
Grant Hill was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the third pick in the NBA draft after graduating from Duke in 1994. In his first season, he averaged 19.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.77 steals per game, became the first Pistons rookie since Isiah Thomas in 1981–82 to score 1000 points. Hill ended up sharing NBA Rookie of the Year Award honors with Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks, becoming the first Piston since Dave Bing in 1966–67 to win the award. Hill won the Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award, he was named to the all-NBA First Team in 1997, all-NBA Second Teams in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. Hill regularly played in the NBA All-Star Game, where he made history by being the first rookie to lead an NBA All-Star fan balloting in with 1,289,585 votes, narrowly defeating Shaquille O'Neal. In addition, he became the first rookie in any of the four major professional sports leagues to lead all-star fan voting. In his second season, he once again led this time edging Michael Jordan.
During the 1995–96 season, Hill showcased his all-round abilities by leading the NBA in triple-doubles. He won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta as a member of the U. S. men's basketball team, where he had the team's fifth highest scoring average and led the team in steals. In 1996 -- 97 season, Hill averaged 9.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He became the first player since Larry Bird in 1989–90 to average 20 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in a season, an accomplishment that had not been duplicated until Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double in the 2016-17 NBA season. Once again, Hill led the league in triple-doubles, where his 13 triple-doubles represented 35 percent of the league's triple-double total that season, he was the league's Player of the Month for January and was awarded NBA's IBM Award, given to the player with the biggest statistical contributions to his team. He finished third behind Karl Malone and Michael Jordan. Much like Scottie Pippen with the Bulls, Hill assumed the role of a "point forward" in Detroit, running the Pistons' offense.
As a result