National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is a men's professional basketball league in North America. It is considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world; the NBA is an active member of USA Basketball, recognized by FIBA as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player; the league was founded in New York City on June 1946, as the Basketball Association of America. The league adopted the name National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949, after merging with the competing National Basketball League; the league's several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are directed out of offices located in New Jersey; the Basketball Association of America was founded in 1946 by owners of the major ice hockey arenas in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Canada.
On November 1, 1946, in Toronto, Canada, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens, in a game the NBA now refers to as the first game played in NBA history. The first basket was made by Ossie Schectman of the Knickerbockers. Although there had been earlier attempts at professional basketball leagues, including the American Basketball League and the NBL, the BAA was the first league to attempt to play in large arenas in major cities. During its early years, the quality of play in the BAA was not better than in competing leagues or among leading independent clubs such as the Harlem Globetrotters. For instance, the 1948 ABL finalist Baltimore Bullets moved to the BAA and won that league's 1948 title, the 1948 NBL champion Minneapolis Lakers won the 1949 BAA title. Prior to the 1948–49 season, however, NBL teams from Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Rochester jumped to the BAA, which established the BAA as the league of choice for collegians looking to turn professional.
On August 3, 1949, the remaining NBL teams–Syracuse, Tri-Cities, Sheboygan and Waterloo–merged into the BAA. In deference to the merger and to avoid possible legal complications, the league name was changed to the present National Basketball Association though the merged league retained the BAA's governing body, including Podoloff. To this day, the NBA claims the BAA's history as its own, it now reckons the arrival of the NBL teams as an expansion, not a merger, does not recognize NBL records and statistics. The new league had seventeen franchises located in a mix of large and small cities, as well as large arenas and smaller gymnasiums and armories. In 1950, the NBA consolidated to eleven franchises, a process that continued until 1953–54, when the league reached its smallest size of eight franchises: the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Warriors, Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals, Fort Wayne Pistons, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, Syracuse Nationals, all of which remain in the league today.
The process of contraction saw. The Hawks shifted from the Tri-Cities to Milwaukee in 1951, to St. Louis in 1955; the Rochester Royals moved from Rochester, New York, to Cincinnati in 1957 and the Pistons relocated from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Detroit in 1957. Japanese-American Wataru Misaka broke the NBA color barrier in the 1947–48 season when he played for the New York Knicks, he remained the only non-white player in league history prior to the first African-American, Harold Hunter, signing with the Washington Capitols in 1950. Hunter was cut from the team during training camp, but several African-American players did play in the league that year, including Chuck Cooper with the Celtics, Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton with the Knicks, Earl Lloyd with the Washington Capitols. During this period, the Minneapolis Lakers, led by center George Mikan, won five NBA Championships and established themselves as the league's first dynasty. To encourage shooting and discourage stalling, the league introduced the 24-second shot clock in 1954.
If a team does not attempt to score a field goal within 24 seconds of obtaining the ball, play is stopped and the ball given to its opponent. In 1957, rookie center Bill Russell joined the Boston Celtics, which featured guard Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, went on to lead the club to eleven NBA titles in thirteen seasons. Center Wilt Chamberlain entered the league with the Warriors in 1959 and became a dominant individual star of the 1960s, setting new single game records in scoring and rebounding. Russell's rivalry with Chamberlain became one of the greatest rivalries in the history of American team sports; the 1960s were dominated by the Celtics. Led by Russell, Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, Boston won eight straight championships in the NBA from 1959 to 1966; this championship streak is the longest in NBA history. They did not win the title in 1966–67, but regained it in the 1967–68 season and repeated in 1969; the domination totaled nine of the ten championship banners of the 1960s.
Through this period, the NBA continued to evolve with the shift of the Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Warriors to San Francisco, the Syracuse Nationals to Philadelphia to become the Philadelphia 76ers, the St. Louis Hawks moving to Atlanta, as well as the addition of its first expansion franchises; the Chicago Packers (now Wa
Philadelphia Big 5
The Big 5 is an informal association of college athletic programs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is not a conference, but rather a group of NCAA Division I basketball schools who compete for the Philadelphia city championship; the Big 5 consists of the University of Pennsylvania, La Salle University, Saint Joseph's University, Temple University, Villanova University. Penn, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s, Temple are located in Philadelphia proper and Villanova is in a nearby Main Line campus. Big 5 schools represent some of the oldest and most successful men's basketball programs in the nation. Four of the five teams—Temple, Penn and Saint Joseph's —are in the top 50 for all-time Division I basketball victories; the Big 5 creed reads: "They say. They must not be from Philadelphia." The Big 5 was formed in 1955 a year after La Salle won the 1954 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The group showcased Philadelphia's basketball talent and helped pay for the upkeep on the Palestra, on the University of Pennsylvania's campus where the games took place.
Games were scheduled as triple-headers. All schools agreed to split ticket and concessions revenues once Penn was paid for upkeep costs on the Palestra; the arrangement promoted intense intra-city collegiate basketball rivalries dating back three decades or more. During the heyday of the Big 5, many major college programs in the northeastern United States, were independents; as the Big East and Atlantic 10 conferences expanded to cover most of the Northeast, as college basketball became driven by television and its need to appeal to a broad national audience, the local character of the Big 5 was a liability. The round-robin series ended in 1991. However, in 1999, the Big 5 round-robin series has continued to this day; some things have changed from the series' heyday: the schools no longer evenly split the proceeds from the games, La Salle, Temple, St. Joe's, Villanova do not always use the Palestra for their home games in the series. There are intense rivalries inside the Big 5, most notably the rivalry between Villanova and Saint Joseph's known as the Holy War.
The St. Joe's–Temple rivalry has increased in intensity in recent years because of the "Goon Gate" incident in 2005 involving former Temple coach John Chaney where he sent in a player to intentionally foul John Bryant. Bryant's arm was fractured. La Salle considers Saint Joseph's to be its biggest rival; as of 2018, at least one team from the Big 5 had made it into the NCAA Tournament for 41 straight years. La Salle and Villanova are the only Big 5 teams; each year the Herb Good Basketball Club selects All-Big 5 teams, as well as a coach of the year, the most outstanding player in Big 5 competition receives the Robert V. Geasey Trophy; some have suggested adding Drexel to the Big 5. These talks amplified during the 2006–07 season, as Drexel beat three of the four Big 5 teams it played, but no changes have been made. Drexel is a member of the City 6, an intra-city intramural competition among the six schools. All Big 5 men's basketball teams play each other once per season for a total of four games per team.
La Salle and St. Joe's meet twice per season since they both share a conference. If two or more Big 5 teams do share a conference, the second matchup between the schools is counted toward the Big 5 standings while the first matchup is not. There is no season-ending Big 5 Tournament, so a "champion" of the unofficial athletics group is determined by a round-robin tournament. Since 1956 there have been three instances of a five-way tie among all member schools, which occurred in 1980–81, 1991–92, 1997–98, though the latter two cases were during the period when there was no round-robin format, so not every team played all four other teams. * – Denotes shared championshipBold indicates all five schools tied Although known of an association of Philadelphia sports teams, students from the Big 5 coordinate frequent student government meetings. The governments consist of La Salle, the University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph's, Drexel University instead of Villanova. Drexel has representation instead of Villanova since meetings revolve around Philadelphia issues.
Villanova is the only Big 5 college not located in the city. Official website
Ashley Howard (basketball)
Ashley Howard is an American college basketball coach. He is the head men's basketball coach at La Salle University, a position he has held since 2018, he was an assistant coach at Villanova University. Howard's parents were Maurice Howard and Diane Coleman, the former of who played college basketball at the University of Maryland, was a second round draft choice of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers in 1976, he played for the New Orleans Jazz. According to Chris Mack, Xavier head coach, Howard has "been around the game his entire life, he will bring energy every single day to the practice floor. He's worked with countless pros before he hit the college floor in a coaching capacity, it was evident in talking to some of his former players that Ashley impacts the players he coaches." Howard graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School. He graduated Drexel University with a degree in communications in 2004. Howard averaged a team-high 4.9 assists per game with the Drexel Dragons. Howard was a guard for the team between 2002, only stopping due to an injury.
At that point he became a student assistant coach at Drexel University until 2003. He was co-director of the Eastern Invitational Basketball Camp. In 2004 he became head coach John Giannini's assistant at La Salle University. In 2006 he was an assistant coach of the Jamaican National team, accompanying the squad on its Olympic qualifying bid in Kingston. In 2008 he went back to Drexel as assistant coach to James "Bruiser" Flint. Howard joined the Villanova Basketball staff in June 2013 and has played a key role as the program has posted more than 140 victories, four Big East regular season titles and two NCAA national championships in that stretch. Villanova head coach Jay Wright said: "We're proud to have Ashley join our Villanova Basketball family. I have known Ashley, he has deep roots in Philadelphia's basketball tradition and gained an appreciation for the Augustinian values during his days as a student at Monsignor Bonner High School. He will take great pride in representing Villanova."Howard earned two NCAA Division 1 men's basketball tournament titles with Villanova in 2016 and again in 2018.
Howard was considered a top candidate for La Salle University's head coaching job. On April 8, 2018, La Salle announced him as the next head coach of the Explorers, succeeding his former boss John Giannini. Darrun Hilliard, drafted in 2015 at #38 overall, played in NBA 2015–current Daniel Ochefu, undrafted free agent signed in 2016, played in NBA 2016–current Ryan Arcidiacono, undrafted free agent signed in 2016, played in NBA 2016–current Josh Hart, drafted in 2017 at #30 overall, played in NBA 2017–current Howard married Ariana Casanovas in August 2017. Howard's daughter, was born in 2014. La Salle profile Villanova profile
2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was a single-elimination tournament that involved 68 teams playing to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 19, 2013, concluded with the championship game on April 8, 2013, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta; this was the 75th edition of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, dating to 1939. The Final Four consisted of Louisville, Wichita State and Michigan, returning for the first time since the Fab Five's second appearance in 1993. By winning the West Region, Wichita State became the first #9 seed and first Missouri Valley Conference team to reach the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985; the last #9 seed to reach the Final Four was Penn, the last MVC team to do so was Indiana State, both in 1979. Louisville defeated Michigan in the championship game by a final score of 82-76, winning their first national title since 1986, they are the last team from the original Big East Conference to win a national championship.
On February 20, 2018, the NCAA vacated Louisville's entire tournament run, including its national title, due to multiple recruiting violations. The tournament featured several notable upsets: at least one team seeded #9 through #15 won at least once in the tournament, The most notable was Florida Gulf Coast University, who made their tournament debut in only their second year of Division I eligibility, they upset Georgetown and San Diego State in their first two games, becoming the first #15 seed to advance to the regional semifinals. For the first time since 2010, a # 14 seed won; the same region saw #13 La Salle, who won in the opening round, defeat #4 Kansas State and #12 Mississippi defeat #5 Wisconsin. In addition to that, the region's top seed, was defeated in the round of 32 by eventual region winner Wichita State, who defeated La Salle in the Sweet Sixteen. Two other teams earned their first NCAA Tournament victory: Ivy League champion Harvard and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion North Carolina A&T.
Liberty became the first 20-loss team in five years to earn an NCAA bid, having finished its season with five consecutive wins to secure the Big South championship and its automatic qualification. The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 2013 tournament: First Four University of Dayton Arena, OhioSecond and third roundsMarch 21 and 23 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Rupp Arena, Kentucky EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah HP Pavilion, San Jose, California March 22 and 24 University of Dayton Arena, Ohio Frank Erwin Center, Texas Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri Wells Fargo Center, Pennsylvania Regional sitesMarch 28 and 30 East Regional, Verizon Center, Washington, D. C. West Regional, Staples Center, Los Angeles, California March 29 and 31 Midwest Regional, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana South Regional, Cowboys Stadium, Texas Final Four – Atlanta Georgia Dome, Georgia For the third and final time, the Georgia Dome hosted the Final Four; the building was demolished in 2017 and replaced with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which will host the 2020 Final Four.
The tournament saw two new venues being used for the first time. The City of Arlington, halfway between former host cities Dallas and Fort Worth, hosted for the first time at what is now known as AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. After a 19-year hiatus, the tournament returned to the city of Los Angeles, this time being played at the Staples Center, the city's major indoor sports venue, which replaced both the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and the Forum in Inglewood; as of 2018, this is the last tournament to feature the Frank Erwin Center, The Palace of Auburn Hills, Rupp Arena or what is now the Capital One Arena in Washington. Capital One Arena is scheduled to host in 2019, Rupp in 2021. There is no future date set for the Frank Erwin Center to host, the Palace closed in 2017, replaced with Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit, which will host early round games in 2018 and 2021; as of 2018, this is the most recent year that UD Arena has hosted games after the First Four games.
The following teams were automatic qualifiers for the 2013 NCAA field by virtue of winning their conference's tournament. *See First Four. * – Denotes overtime period Unless otherwise noted, all times listed are Eastern Daylight Time Regional all-tournament team: Seth Curry, Duke.
Rasual Butler was an American professional basketball player. In his 14-year National Basketball Association career, he played for the Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs, he was born in Philadelphia, raised in the Point Breeze area of South Philadelphia. After playing college basketball at La Salle, he was drafted in second round of the 2002 NBA draft by the Heat. Rasual Butler played his college career with the La Salle Explorers, he became the sixth Explorer to score over 2,000 points, at the time of his induction into the La Salle University Hall of Athletes, he ranked fourth among the Explorer's all-time scorers. He was named to First Team All-Atlantic 10 and was selected to the Verizon Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship All-Tournament team in 2002, he was inducted into the La Salle Hall of Athletes in 2008. Butler was selected with the 53rd pick of the 2002 NBA draft. After three seasons, he was traded to the New Orleans Hornets as part of the largest trade in NBA history.
The four-team trade involved the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz, featured 13 players, most notably Eddie Jones, Antoine Walker, Jason Williams and James Posey. His outside shooting was considered to be his greatest strength, shooting 36 percent over the course of his career and 46 percent during the 2003–04 season from behind the three-point line, his career-high total were 134 made three-point shots during the 2006–07 NBA season. During the 2007–08 regular season, he averaged 17 minutes of action, 4.9 points and 2 rebounds per game while coming from the bench. On August 12, 2009, the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Butler by trading a conditional 2016 second round draft pick, he was waived by the Clippers on February 28, 2011, signed with the Chicago Bulls on March 3, 2011. In August 2011 he signed a one-year contract with CB Gran Canaria. However, he never made an appearance for them on the court. On December 10, 2011 Butler signed a new contract with the Toronto Raptors.
He was waived by the Raptors on March 23, 2012. He averaged 1.9 rebounds and 13 minutes of action in 34 games. On January 18, 2013, Butler joined the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, he was subsequently named the 2013 Impact player of the Year, awarded to a player who joined an NBA D-League team midway through the season and made the greatest contribution following his in-season acquisition. On September 27, 2013, he signed with the Indiana Pacers, he averaged 0.8 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 50 games. On September 29, 2014, he signed with the Washington Wizards. After an impressive preseason and a fractured wrist suffered by Bradley Beal, Butler made the final team prior to the start of the 2014–15 season. Within six regular season games, he was a force off the bench as he cemented a role under coach Randy Wittman. On September 28, 2015, Butler signed with the San Antonio Spurs. On March 9, 2016, he was waived by the Spurs, he averaged 1.2 rebounds and 9.4 minutes in 46 games. On September 26, 2016, Butler signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but was waived on October 22 after appearing in five preseason games.
In 2017, Butler was signed by the Ball Hogs to play in the BIG3. During the season, he was traded to Power. Butler starred in Trina's music video "Here We Go". Butler was close friends with fellow NBA player Lamar Odom and was seen in episodes of his television show Khloé & Lamar. On January 31, 2018, Butler and his girlfriend, singer Leah LaBelle, were killed in a car accident in Studio City, after he lost control of his Range Rover while traveling at over 60mph on Ventura Boulevard and crashed violently into a strip mall parking lot, their bodies were cremated and Rasual's ashes were given to his adult daughter Raven. Autopsy reports showed traces of methamphetamine and marijuana in Butler's body, a blood alcohol content of 0.118. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
2012 National Invitation Tournament
The 2012 National Invitation Tournament was a single-elimination tournament of 32 NCAA Division I teams that were not selected to participate in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The annual tournament began on March 13 on campus sites and ended on March 29 at Madison Square Garden. Stanford defeated Minnesota in the final game, by a score of 75–51 to become NIT champions for second time; the following teams were automatic qualifiers for the 2012 NIT field by virtue of winning their conferences' regular season championship but failing to win their conference tournament. These teams did not receive an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. Played on the home court of the higher-seeded team except #7 seed Iowa hosts #2 seed Dayton since Dayton is the host of the NCAA First Four and cannot host a first-round NIT game. Played at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 27 and March 29 2012 Women's National Invitation Tournament 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament 2012 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament 2012 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Tournament 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament 2012 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament 2012 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament 2012 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament 2012 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Tournament 2012 College Basketball Invitational 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
Tom Gola Arena
Tom Gola Arena, The Tom, The Gola, is a 3,400-seat multi-purpose arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania situated inside the Trumark Financial Center. It is home to the La Salle University Explorers volleyball teams, it is named after Tom Gola, a Philadelphia basketball player and coach, in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The building was opened in February 1998. La Salle's Explorers had not played basketball on campus since leaving Wister Hall in 1955, the season after the 1954 NCAA Championship; the Explorers played at the Palestra from 1955 to 1989, the Philadelphia Civic Center from 1989 to 1996, the First Union Spectrum from 1996 until the arena opened in 1998. In Philadelphia's 2016 Summer Olympics bid, the arena was planned to host fencing. List of NCAA Division I basketball arenas La Salle University Athletics - Tom Gola Arena