The network is aimed primarily at Hispanic population in the United States. The channel broadcasts from facilities at ESPNs traditional bases of operations in Los Angeles, Coral Gables and Bristol, Connecticut. ESPN Deportes is available on most cable and satellite providers including Comcast, Altice USA, AT&T U-verse, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Dish Network and DirecTV. According to Nielsen, ESPN Deportes is available to at least 5.5 million Hispanic households in the United States through a package that includes the channel. By 2003, this simulcast was expanded to all Sunday Night Baseball and Sunday Night Football game broadcasts, ESPN Deportes became a separate 24-hour sports cable channel on January 7,2004. However as of 2016, the BottomLine ticker has since expanded to the 16,9 design used by the other ESPN networks, on December 7,2015, the network debuted its new four-studio production facility in Mexico City with the Spanish version of SportsCenter. On January 4,2016, the network moved all their shows produced in Mexico to the new facilities, including Fútbol Picante, Los Capitanes, the ESPN Deportes version focuses mostly on culturally relevant sports news and stories, and offers in-depth analysis and highlights aimed at Hispanic viewers.
Fútbol Picante – A roundtable discussion program featuring a panel of journalists discussing the football headlines and scores. The show airs simultaneously on ESPN Deportes television and ESPN Deportes radio weekday afternoons, the program is based on the format of Pardon the Interruption. Nación ESPN – Produced from ESPNs Los Angeles studio, Nación ESPN is the place for sports. Many episodes feature an interview with a high-profile Hispanic athlete or celebrity. The program is based on the format of SportsNation and is hosted by David Faitelson, Mauricio Pedroza, Fútbol Center – A short-form football-focused program, airing weekends and Thursdays before UEFA Europa League action. Unlike the majority of the shows produced in Mexico, Fútbol Center exclusively airs on ESPN Deportes and does not air in Mexico or Central America. Toque Inicial – The program presents the most relevant news in a way, with humor. The show has several segments, showing the humorous side of the news with a touch of sarcasm, the show is generally aimed towards the younger audience.
The show is hosted by Juan Pablo Fernández and Paulina García Robles, Golpe a Golpe – A boxing news and analysis program, hosted by boxer Juan Manuel Márquez and Jorge Eduardo Sánchez. A los Golpes – A weekly live boxing news and analysis program produced in ESPNs Los Angeles studios, hosted by former boxer Julio César Chávez, David Faitelson, fuera de Juego – ESPN Deportes international football program, which focuses primarily on European football and international football. Regular hosts include Fernando Palomo, Carolina Guillen, Andrés Agulla, Ricardo Ortiz, Richard Méndez, Manu Martín, Barak Fever and ex-footballers José Antonio Noriega and Mario Kempes
Fabricio Raúl Jesús Oberto is an Argentine-Italian former professional basketball player. At 6 ft 10 in and 256 pounds, he played as a center, with the LNB club Atenas, in his native Argentina, Oberto began playing professionally in 1993, and played overseas with teams in Spain and Greece. In 2005, Oberto signed with the San Antonio Spurs, a team of the American National Basketball Association and he is a former member of the Argentina national basketball team. After 2 seasons with TAU, he moved to Pamesa Valencia in 2002, in 2005, after voiding his contract with Pamesa, Oberto signed a 3-year, US$7.5 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, where he joined fellow Argentine Manu Ginóbili. He kept jersey #7, the number used with the Argentine national team. Oberto was the oldest rookie in Spurs history at the age of 31, during the first year of his NBA stint, Oberto was no longer the key player he had been in Europe, playing less than 9 minutes per game on average. He nonetheless was very satisfied with his role on the Spurs and he became a pivotal player for the Spurs during the 2006–2007 Western Conference Finals, averaging 31 minutes and 14 points in the first two games of the series.
On June 23,2009, Oberto was traded to the Detroit Pistons as a part of a three-team trade among Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks, he was immediately waived by the Pistons. On August 11,2009, he was signed by the Wizards. Since jersey number 7 was already taken by Andray Blatche, he chose to wear number 21 because of his date and in honor of one of his idols. Oberto once more was part of the Argentine National Team for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, after his solid play during the World Championship in Turkey, he received multiple offers from European teams, most notably Efes Pilsen and Real Madrid. Oberto, decided to continue to wait for an opportunity to sign with an NBA team and he eventually reached an agreement to join the Portland Trail Blazers for the 2010–11 season. However, on November 4,2010, after playing five games for Portland, he began experiencing palpitations related to a heart condition. On January 2013, Oberto signed a contract with his team, Atenas de Córdoba. Oberto was hired for the remainder of the season as a replacement for center Julián Aprea, Oberto started playing with Argentine national team shortly before his 20th birthday in 1995, and since has won a number of tournaments including the 2004 Olympic gold medal match.
In July 2011, Oberto announced that he was coming out of retirement to play in the FIBA Americas Championship and he said that doctors had cleared him to participate. However, he could not participate in the 2012 Summer Olympics because of personal problems and his wife, have a daughter, who was born in the summer of 2005. He enjoys playing the guitar and his bands include Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, U2
Doris Burke is a sideline reporter and color analyst for NBA on ESPN and NBA on ABC games. She is an analyst for WNBA games on MSG, and has worked on New York Knicks games, Burke was the first female analyst to call a New York Knicks game on radio and television. She played college basketball for the Providence Friars, finishing her career as the leader in assists. Born in West Islip, New York, and raised in Manasquan, New Jersey and she started playing basketball in the second grade. Her basketball idols growing up were Kyle Macy and Kelly Tripucka and she played as a point guard at Manasquan High School. She was recruited by several eastern colleges and she attended Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. Sable was a member of the Providence Friars womens basketball team, during her senior year, Sable led the Big East Conference in assists. She was a second-team All-Big East player once and twice made the team of the Big East Womens Basketball Tournament. As a senior in 1987 she was the colleges Co-Female Athlete of the Year and she left Providence as its all-time leader in assists and as of 2012 was still second in that career category.
She was inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame in 1999, at Providence, Sable earned a bachelors degree in health service administration/social work and a masters in Education. Sable married Gregg Burke in 1989, the couple had two children, born around 1993 and 1995. She and her husband subsequently divorced, Burke began her broadcasting career in 1990 as an analyst for womens games for her alma mater on radio. That same year, she began working in the role on Big East Womens games on television. She has been the lead analyst for ESPNs coverage of the WNBA, in 2003, Burke was named to ESPNs top mens basketball team working with Dick Vitale on the mens games and working the sidelines for ESPN and ABC for their coverage of the NBA. Since 2009, she has served as a reporter for the NBA Finals for ABC Sports. In 2010, she was featured as the new reporter for 2K Sportss NBA 2K11 video game. She has appeared in each edition since, including the latest in the series, in October 2013, Burke signed a multiyear contract extension to serve as an NBA commentator for ESPN.
On November 13, Burke debuted on ESPNs NBA pre-game show NBA Countdown, alongside analysts Jalen Rose and she commentated live NCAA football games on ESPN
Steve Javie is an American retired professional basketball referee who refereed in the National Basketball Association from the 1986–87 NBA season to the 2010–11 season. As of the beginning of the 2006–07 NBA season, Javie has officiated 1,264 regular season,190 playoff, according to Referee magazine, Javie was a highly regarded referee in the NBA, and he was respected within the officiating community for his game management skills. He was notable during his NBA officiating career for his quickness in assessing technical fouls, prior to his NBA career, he played and graduated from La Salle College High School. He played baseball for Temple University from 1974 to 1976, transitioning to basketball, he officiated in the Continental Basketball Association from 1981 to 1986. Steve Javie was born on January 17,1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Stan, following high school, he continued a baseball career at Temple University. He graduated from the university in 1976 with a degree in business administration.
As a prospect in baseball, Javie signed with the Baltimore Orioles minor league organization and he was released from the Orioles minor league system after one year due to an arm injury suffered as a pitcher. Steve Javies father, Stan Javie, was a sports official, Stan Javie worked in the National Football League from 1951 to 1980 as a field judge and back judge, and was assigned to officiate four Super Bowls. In an interview with Referee magazine, Steve Javie described his father as a guy youd go to war with and he was probably the official that everyone strives to be, but cant, because you have to be yourself. I cant be a Stan Javie and you cant be, but if you all the characteristics and makeup. His godfather, Johnny Stevens, was an American League umpire, Javie resides in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. He is married to Mary Ellen, whom he met in 1990 at the Philadelphia International Airport, the couple was married in August 1991. Along with his wife, Steve Javie started the Javie Foundation for Charity to raise money for the homeless and he hosts an annual fundraising golf tournament to support a variety of causes in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
The two-day event, which includes dinner, after his baseball playing career was over at age 22, Javie began working at Johnson & Johnson in their baby products line. Becoming uninterested in his job at Johnson & Johnson, he decided to pursue an occupation within sports, having no prior experience as an arbiter, Javie attended an umpire school operated by Major League Baseball umpire Bill Kinnamon. Upon completion of training, he was selected to work in the Florida State League, looking to be promoted to the Class-AA Eastern League, he was denied entrance into the league due to scheduling conflicts and a players strike. While serving as an umpire, Javie had officiated basketball games at the school level in Pennsylvania during the baseball off-season. In addition, he was invited to NBA camps for prospective officials, after officiating games in Philadelphias Baker League, he was hired by the CBA in the fall of 1981
Craig Graham Sager Sr. was an American sports reporter, covering an array of sports from 1981 until the year of his death for CNN and its sister stations, TBS and TNT. He was a 2016 inductee of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame and it was announced during the 2017 national Basketball Association All-Star game that Craig Sager was the 2017 recipient of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Curt Gowdy Media Award. Sager was born June 29,1951 in Batavia, Sager was a 1973 graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago, where he earned a bachelors degree in Speech. He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, Sager began his career as a reporter for WXLT in Sarasota, Florida. He worked as a news director in 1974, making $95 a week for his efforts. In the mid-1970s, Sager had a stint as a weatherman at WLCY-TV in St. Petersburg where he was mentored by Sports Director. He went to WINK-TV in Ft. Myers as a reporter where he covered the Kansas City Royals in spring training at Terry Park.
In 1978, Sager joined KMBC-Channel 9 in Kansas City, Sager would remain at the station until 1981. Sager handled the first live report by CNN from the 1980 baseball playoffs. While at CNN, Sager co-anchored the networks CNN Sports Tonight shows, Sager served as the anchor of College Football Scoreboard on CNNs sports-oriented sister network, TBS, from 1982 to 1985. Sager was posted wherever the network needed him, working before the cameras at Ted Turners Goodwill Games from 1986 through 2001 and he covered the Pan American Games, and the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Sager called Nordic skiing and curling for sister network TNTs coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics and he worked for telecasts of golf and was extensively employed covering the National Football League on TNTs telecasts from 1990 to 1997. Sagers best known televised role was that of a reporter for The NBA on TNT. A natural entertainer, Sager was famous for his choices in clothing—an immense array of sport coats and suits ranging from the garish to the ghastly.
Sager rarely wore the same spectacularly ugly outfit twice, Sager served as a sideline reporter for the NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship, both for Turner Sports and CBS with Marv Albert, Chris Webber, and Len Elmore. In 1999, he was loaned to NBC Sports where Sager served as a reporter for both NBCs coverage of the National League Championship Series and World Series. He was the mens and womens basketball reporter for NBCs Olympic coverage since the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Sager served as a reporter for NBC Sports coverage of basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. With his life nearing an end, in June 2016 Sager was loaned by Time Warners Turner Sports to rival Disneys ESPN to work in his first NBA Finals telecast, Sager partnered with ESPN regular Doris Burke to work the sidelines of Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals
The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association played between the Western and Eastern champions of the Conference Finals. The first team to win four games in the game series is declared the league champion and is awarded the Larry OBrien Championship Trophy. Winners from 1946 to 1983 received the Walter A. Brown Trophy redesigned in 1977 to the current form, the NBA Finals has been played at the end of every NBA and Basketball Association of America season in history, the first being held in 1947. Most NBA Finals series were played under the 2–2–1–1–1 format prior to 1985, the series was named the BAA Finals from 1947 to 1949 and changed to the NBA World Championship Series from 1950 to 1982. The following two years, the league used Showdown 83 and Showdown 84 and it returned to NBA World Championship Series in 1985, before settling on NBA Finals in 1986. During the first decade the Minneapolis Lakers had the first NBA dynasty, the team featured George Mikan, one of the greatest players in NBA history.
The Boston Celtics went 11–1 in the NBA Finals during 13 seasons and they won eight straight NBA championships from 1959 through 1966. With the establishment of the Celtics dynasty in 1957, Bill Russell became the star of the league, Game 7 of the NBA Finals was decided on a Celtics basket in the final seconds of the second overtime. For most of the late 1950s and 1960s, the Celtics always seemed to have the hand on Wilt Chamberlains teams. The following season, he joined the Philadelphia 76ers, the former Syracuse Nationals team that had moved to cover the vacancy created with the departure of the Warriors, a clash between the two stars in the playoffs was in 1966 and Boston won it 4–1. Chamberlains coach told him to play a game, not an individual game. His new-found team spirit brought them to a new record of 68 wins the season, and they defeated the Celtics and advanced to, and won. In 1968, Boston overcame a 3–1 deficit against Philadelphia to once again arrive in the Finals and they went on to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers for the sixth straight time,4 games to 2.
In 1969, the Celtics overcame even longer odds, Boston was an aging team and had injuries to a number of players. They barely qualified for the playoffs, finishing fourth in the East, the Lakers, who in the offseason added Chamberlain to join West and Elgin Baylor, won the West and were prohibitive favorites to finally win it all for the first time since relocating to L. A. They won the first two games at the Los Angeles Forum, when the series shifted to Boston Garden, the Celtics won Game 3 110–105. Game 4 was the point, as the Lakers led 87–86 and had the ball with 10 seconds to play. But after a turnover, Sam Jones put up a shot hit the front of the rim, the back heel, rolled around
Jeff Van Gundy
Jeffrey William Jeff Van Gundy is an American basketball coach and TV analyst. He is a commentator for ESPN. He has previously been the coach of the New York Knicks. Van Gundy was born in Hemet, California and he grew up in the town of Martinez, California. He is the son of a coach, Bill Van Gundy. Jeffs older brother, head coach of the NBAs Miami Heat and Orlando Magic and is currently the Head Coach. As a high-school point guard, he was a two-time All Greater Rochester selection in 1979 and 1980 and he continued his career at Nazareth College where he earned All American honors while leading the Golden Flyers to an NCAA Division III Tournament berth in 1984. He remains the Nazareth career leader in free throw percentage at 86. 8%, Van Gundy attended Yale University before transferring to Menlo College and ultimately graduated from New Yorks Nazareth College in 1985. Van Gundy began his coaching career during the 1985-86 season at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester. The following year he became an assistant under Rick Pitino at Providence College.
In his second season with the Friars he was promoted to assistant coach under Gordon Chiesa, the next season, Van Gundy became an assistant coach under Bob Wenzel at Rutgers. On July 28,1989, Van Gundy became assistant coach for the New York Knicks, the next six-and-a-half seasons were spent providing support to Knicks coaches Stu Jackson, John MacLeod, Pat Riley and Don Nelson. During his tenure as an assistant coach the Knicks won three Atlantic Division titles, never finished lower than third in the division, and qualified for the every year. The Knicks advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1993 and the NBA Finals versus the Houston Rockets in 1994, on March 8,1996, Van Gundy was named head coach of the New York Knicks, taking over the reigns from Don Nelson. In his second game as coach, he led the Knicks to a 32–point blowout win over the Michael Jordan–led Chicago Bulls. Van Gundy was unable to change that trend in the postseason, in his first full season as coach, the Knicks tied for the third-best record in franchise history at 57–25.
Van Gundy created a scene in the 1998 NBA Playoffs series between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat. Most memorably, the 5 ft 9 in,150 lb Van Gundy fell to the floor, suspensions from the brawl helped Miami overcome New Yorks 3–1 series lead to win, and started a rivalry between the teams
Ernesto Jerez is an Emmy-award winning Dominican sportscaster and commentator for ESPN Deportes. His parents are Angel Alejandro Jerez Matos, and Dulce María Bueno Núñez, son of the Jerez Bueno Family, which includes, Miguel Angel and Dulce. He has three children, Daniela and Virginia Maria He studied High School at Instituto Evangélico in his native Santiago and he became a Bachelor of Arts in business at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic, in 1991. He graduated in broadcast journalism at the Northeast Broadcast School in Boston in 1995 and he announced the programming schedule on commercials on the Discovery Channel Latin America, a sister channel of the Discovery Channel. He was hired by ESPN Latin America in 1995 for SportsCenter International, with Michele LaFountain, ¡Díganle que no a esa pelota. This phrase is played on highlight reels of the U. S. version of SportsCenter. He has narrated ESPN Latin Americas retransmissions of the NBA on NBC, NBA on TNT, NBA.
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Doug Collins (basketball)
Paul Douglas Doug Collins is an American retired basketball player and coach and current television analyst. He was the first overall pick of the 1973 NBA draft and he has been an NBA coach, coaching the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers. Currently, Collins serves as an analyst for the NBA on ESPN and he is a recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award. Collins was born in Christopher, Illinois and he grew up in Benton, where his next door neighbour was future film star John Malkovich. Collins was chosen to represent the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, the United States was undefeated in Olympic basketball competition history, and widely expected to remain undefeated after these Olympics. After Collins hit two free throws near the end of the game, the United States had a 50–49 lead. However, confusion over a call and subsequent issues with the game clock led the games officials to restart the games final three seconds two times. On their final attempt, the Soviets made a layup to take a lead and this gave the U. S.
its first ever Olympic loss by a 51–50 margin. Collins and his teammates refused to accept the medals after the game in protest of the officiating. After that controversial game, Collins went on to be drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers and he played eight seasons for Philadelphia, and was an all star three times. In 1976–77, he joined Julius Erving leading the Sixers to the NBA Finals, a rash of injuries to his feet and left knee beginning in 1979, would end Collins career in 1981. In all, he played 415 NBA games, scoring 7427 points, after his retirement, Collins turned to coaching. He joined Bob Weinhauers staff at the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant coach, in May 1986, Collins was named head coach of the Chicago Bulls, the team featured a young Michael Jordan who was entering his third season. Despite having Jordan, the Bulls were coming off a 30-52 season, Collins immediately helped the Bulls turn around their fortunes, showing an improvement of 10 games in each of his first two seasons, coaching Chicago to a 50-32 record in his second year.
Despite the Bulls success and his popularity in Chicago, Collins was fired in the summer of 1989, Collins was named the head coach of the Detroit Pistons in 1995. His arrival in Detroit was similar to his in Chicago, as the Pistons had a star who drew comparisons to Michael Jordan. A fast start in his second season pushed Hill to the top of MVP consideration, the highlight of the year for Collins came on April 13, when the Pistons defeated the defending champion Bulls to end Detroits 19-game losing streak against Chicago. The Pistons finished 54-28 and lost in the first round of playoffs to the Atlanta Hawks and he served as Pistons head coach until February 2,1998, when he was fired and replaced by Alvin Gentry
Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. He has established himself as one of the most well-known and popular players in the league, Wade had the top-selling jersey in the NBA for nearly two years, leading the league in jersey sales from the 2005 NBA Playoffs, until the midpoint of the 2006–07 season. After a successful career at Marquette, Wade was drafted fifth overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the Miami Heat. He was named to the All-Rookie team and the All-Star team the following twelve seasons, in his third season, Wade led the Heat to their first NBA championship in franchise history and was named the 2006 NBA Finals MVP. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Wade led the United States mens basketball team, commonly known as the Redeem Team, in scoring, in the 2008–09 season, Wade led the league in scoring and earned his first NBA scoring title. With LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Wade guided Miami to four consecutive NBA Finals from 2011 to 2014, in 2016, Wade departed the Heat in free agency to play for the Chicago Bulls.
Dwyane Wade was born on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, to JoLinda and Dwyane Wade Sr, in 1977, JoLinda, at the age of 18, already had two children. Wade has described his upbringing in Chicago as being very difficult, Wade stated that mom was on drugs and family was in the gang environment, so it was a rough childhood. At a very young age, Wade already witnessed police raids, when he was only 4 months old, his parents separated – and would divorce. Jolinda was given custody of the two children, and she moved to her mothers house with them, the family struggled financially, and it was around that time when Jolinda started dealing drugs. His mom was addicted to substances including cigarettes, heroin. JoLinda would get high with friends at her home, even in the presence of her children, in an interview with ESPN, Wade said Ive seen the needles laying around the house. Ive seen my mother shoot up before, Ive seen a lot of things my mother didnt even know Id seen as a kid. At the age of 6, he recalls police – with guns drawn – raiding his home as they searched for his mother, Wade would still occasionally visit his mom.
A year later, his father moved the family to Robbins, after moving to Robbins, Wade didnt see his mother for two years. During this time, JoLinda was able to access a supply of drugs by volunteering to be a tester – i. e. someone who tests street drugs for impurities before the dealers try to sell them. JoLinda was hospitalized and nearly died after she mistakenly injected herself with LSD, in 1994, JoLinda was arrested for possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell and locked up in Cook County Jail. Wade, at the age of 10, reunited with his mom by talking with her at Cook County Jail through a panel over a telephone
Paul Anthony Pierce is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. Pierce was a high school McDonalds All-American and earned All-America first team honors in his year at Kansas. Pierce spent the first fifteen years of his career with the Boston Celtics, in July 2013, Pierce was included in a deal that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets, along with teammates Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. During his time with the Celtics, Pierce had been a starter on the team for every season and he is a ten-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA team selection, and led Boston to the NBA Finals in 2008 and 2010, winning the 2008 NBA Finals. He was named the 2008 NBA Finals MVP in his first trip to the NBA Finals, Pierce is one of only three players, alongside Larry Bird and John Havlicek, who have scored over 20,000 points in their career with the Celtics alone. He has made the fourth most three-point field goals in NBA history, behind only Jason Terry, Reggie Miller and his nickname, The Truth, was given to him by Shaquille ONeal.
Pierce was born and raised in Oakland and his family moved to Inglewood, where he attended Inglewood High School. He grew up a Los Angeles Lakers fan and dreamed of playing with the Lakers, on January 31,2012, Pierce was honored as one of the 35 Greatest McDonalds All-Americans. Pierce averaged 16.4 points and 6, Pierce played for Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams at Kansas. One of his teammates was future Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn and he entered the NBA draft after his junior year and was selected with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 1998 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. After his NBA debut, Pierces ability to score and play defense, along with forward Antoine Walker, Pierce led the Celtics to the playoffs in 2002 for the first time in seven years and on to the Eastern Conference Finals. In the historic Game 3 of that series, he led the Celtics to one of the biggest fourth-quarter comebacks in NBA playoff history, Pierce scored 19 of his 28 points during the fourth quarter as the Celtics recovered from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the New Jersey Nets.
Trade rumors involving Pierce swirled when Danny Ainge returned as the Executive Director of Basketball Operations in May 2003, Ainge laid most of these rumors to rest in the 2006 off-season by signing Pierce to a three-year, $59 million contract extension. During the 2005–06 NBA season, Pierce had the highest points-per-shot average among the top 30 scorers in the league, on March 8,2006, Pierce extended his franchise-record streak of 30-point games to eight. He scored at least 30 points for the 13th time in 14 games and he followed up this stellar season with an injury-riddled 2006–07 campaign that saw him miss the first significant stretch of games in his career, due to a stress reaction in his foot. In spite of this injury, he managed to put up his usual numbers in the 47 games in which he saw action. But the Celtics, during season, went on an 18-game losing streak and had one of the worst seasons in franchise history. Prior to the 2007–08 season, he expressed excitement at the Celtics acquisitions of fellow All-Stars Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett