PBC Lokomotiv Kuban
PBC Lokomotiv Kuban is a Russian professional basketball team, based in Krasnodar. The club participates in the VTB United League, EuroCup; the team is one of the top tier basketball teams in Russia. The team's honour list includes a EuroCup championship in the 2012–13 season, two Russian Cup victories in 1999-00 and 2017–18; the history of the Lokomotiv starts back in 1946 in Mineralnye Vody. There were few volunteers to play basketball during the first after-war years – not more than 150 people. Teenagers were trained by experienced and patient mentors – railways workers Grigory Abugov and Nikolai Kharchenko. Grigory Abugov became a famous coach, who raised a number of high-class professionals; some of them are still in basketball as coaches. Lokomotiv played in the first league championship for a number of years, until in 1994 it got into the elite of the national basketball. In 1999, Lokomotiv got the right to represent Russia in the European tournaments, such as the FIBA Korać Cup and won the Cup of the International Railways Sports Union.
Lokomotiv had success in the early 2000s, including winning 3rd place in the Russian League in 2001, playing in the Korać Cup finals in 2002. The season 2002–03 became the final for the team from Mineralnye Vody. Lokomotiv hardly reached the play-off, taking the 8th place out of 10, where it lost to the champion CSKA Moscow in all three matches, it became obvious to many. The decision was hence made to move the club to a more developed and economically growing area – Rostov region; the basketball club Lokomotiv Rostov was established in 2003 in Rostov-on-Don. The project was organised by Andrey Vedischev, the world-class master of sports, bronze medallist of the European Championship and the Russian National Championship. During the next six years, the club played in the city of Don. During these years the team was one of the strongest in Russia: entering the play-off's of the national championship and in the European cups; the best achievement of the Lokomotiv during these years was the 5th place in the Russian National Championship and the finals of the FIBA Europe Cup.
In the summer of 2009, the president of the Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, made the decision to move the club from Rostov-on-Don to Krasnodar. The main reason for, that the arenas in Rostov were not satisfying the requirements of the Russian National Championship and the club's European tournaments. After relocating to Krasnodar, Lokomotiv changed its name to Lokomotiv Kuban. Sašo Filipovski was named the head coach. Lokomotiv had a great start to the season, a winning streak which included an away win against CSKA and settled on the second place in standings for the first half of the season. However, the second half of the season was not that successful, as losses became far more and by the end of 2009, Lokomotiv plummeted in the standings. Lokomotiv Kuban played in the EuroChallenge, but lost all six games in the regular season, soon, Filipovski was replaced by the Lithuanian national basketball team head coach – Kęstutis Kemzūra. Under Kemzūra, the team started showing more stable play, thus the results started improving.
Gerald Green, who joined the team in December became the team leader, center Grigory Shukhovtsov got an invitation to the Russian national basketball team at the end of the season. In the Russian League, despite eliminiation in the quaterfinals at the hands of Dynamo Moscow, Lokomotiv Kuban finished in a respectable 5th place. Under the direction of coach Kęstutis Kemzūra, Lokomotiv had a great season - in the PBL League, Lokomotiv finished 4th, after a loss in the semifinals to champions CSKA Moscow and a loss in the bronze medal series to EuroCup champions UNICS Kazan. Lead by Jeremiah Massey, Mike Wilkinson and Lionel Chalmers, Lokomotiv had a great season in the FIBA EuroChallenge, going all the way to the finals - despite being favorites to win, Lokomotiv lost to KK Krka 77:83 in the finals; the success in the tournament lead to Lokomotiv, along with champion Krka, qualifying to the EuroCup, the second tier competition in Europe. In the 2011–12 season, Lokomotiv Kuban signed legendary coach Božidar Maljković - the team made their debut in the EuroCup tournament - lead by Massey and Ali Traore, Lokomotiv had big success in the regular season and the Top16, where they finished 1st in their group, reaching the quaterfinals, where they were eliminated by future champion Khimki.
Lokomotiv won the bronze medals in the Russian League over BC Triumph Lyubertsy. The club from Krasnodar made its debut in the VTB United League. Lokomotiv demonstrated top-level basketball in the regular season, dominated the playoffs - before a loss in the semifinals to UNICS Kazan 86:87 prevented the team from reaching the finals. In the 3rd place game, Lokomotiv lost to BC Lietuvos rytas 83:91. Evgeny Pashutin took the position of the Loko's head coach for season, after huge success with UNICS Kazan. Building an entirely new team, Lokomotiv signed players like Nick Calathes, Mantas Kalnietis, Aleks Marić, Derrick Brown, Alexey Savrasenko, Simas Jasaitis, Valery Likhodey. During the season, the team signed Richard Hendrix to strengthen the roster; the team had an aim to reach the top competition in the EuroLeague. In order to do so, Lokomotiv had to win the EuroCup. Lokomotiv struggled in the regular season, but wins over Galatasaray and BC Donetsk helped Lokomotiv finished in first place in their group.
Reaching the Top16, Lokomotiv dominated - the addition of Hendrix and amazing play by Brown lead to Lokomtiv finishing 1st in the group, getting home court advantage for the EuroCup playoffs. In the playoffs, Lokomotiv beat KK Budućnost in the quaterfinals
Philadelphia, sometimes known colloquially as Philly, is the largest city in the U. S. state and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the sixth-most populous U. S. city, with a 2017 census-estimated population of 1,580,863. Since 1854, the city has been coterminous with Philadelphia County, the most populous county in Pennsylvania and the urban core of the eighth-largest U. S. metropolitan statistical area, with over 6 million residents as of 2017. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the greater Delaware Valley, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, within the Northeast megalopolis; the Delaware Valley's population of 7.2 million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States. William Penn, an English Quaker, founded the city in 1682 to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 at the Second Continental Congress, the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787.
Several other key events occurred in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War including the First Continental Congress, the preservation of the Liberty Bell, the Battle of Germantown, the Siege of Fort Mifflin. Philadelphia was one of the nation's capitals during the revolution, served as temporary U. S. capital while Washington, D. C. was under construction. In the 19th century, Philadelphia became a railroad hub; the city grew from an influx of European immigrants, most of whom came from Ireland and Germany—the three largest reported ancestry groups in the city as of 2015. In the early 20th century, Philadelphia became a prime destination for African Americans during the Great Migration after the Civil War, as well as Puerto Ricans; the city's population doubled from one million to two million people between 1890 and 1950. The Philadelphia area's many universities and colleges make it a top study destination, as the city has evolved into an educational and economic hub. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Philadelphia area had a gross domestic product of US$445 billion in 2017, the eighth-largest metropolitan economy in the United States.
Philadelphia is the center of economic activity in Pennsylvania and is home to five Fortune 1000 companies. The Philadelphia skyline is expanding, with a market of 81,900 commercial properties in 2016, including several nationally prominent skyscrapers. Philadelphia has more outdoor murals than any other American city. Fairmount Park, when combined with the adjacent Wissahickon Valley Park in the same watershed, is one of the largest contiguous urban park areas in the United States; the city is known for its arts, culture and colonial history, attracting 42 million domestic tourists in 2016 who spent US$6.8 billion, generating an estimated $11 billion in total economic impact in the city and surrounding four counties of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia has emerged as a biotechnology hub. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States Marine Corps, is the home of many U. S. firsts, including the first library, medical school, national capital, stock exchange and business school. Philadelphia contains 67 National Historic Landmarks and the World Heritage Site of Independence Hall.
The city became a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in 2015, as the first World Heritage City in the United States. Although Philadelphia is undergoing gentrification, the city maintains mitigation strategies to minimize displacement of homeowners in gentrifying neighborhoods. Before Europeans arrived, the Philadelphia area was home to the Lenape Indians in the village of Shackamaxon; the Lenape are a Native American tribe and First Nations band government. They are called Delaware Indians, their historical territory was along the Delaware River watershed, western Long Island, the Lower Hudson Valley. Most Lenape were pushed out of their Delaware homeland during the 18th century by expanding European colonies, exacerbated by losses from intertribal conflicts. Lenape communities were weakened by newly introduced diseases smallpox, violent conflict with Europeans. Iroquois people fought the Lenape. Surviving Lenape moved west into the upper Ohio River basin; the American Revolutionary War and United States' independence pushed them further west.
In the 1860s, the United States government sent most Lenape remaining in the eastern United States to the Indian Territory under the Indian removal policy. In the 21st century, most Lenape reside in Oklahoma, with some communities living in Wisconsin, in their traditional homelands. Europeans came to the Delaware Valley in the early 17th century, with the first settlements founded by the Dutch, who in 1623 built Fort Nassau on the Delaware River opposite the Schuylkill River in what is now Brooklawn, New Jersey; the Dutch considered the entire Delaware River valley to be part of their New Netherland colony. In 1638, Swedish settlers led by renegade Dutch established the colony of New Sweden at Fort Christina and spread out in the valley. In 1644, New Sweden supported the Susquehannocks in their military defeat of the English colony of Maryland. In 1648, the Dutch built Fort Beversreede on the west bank of the Delaware, south of the Schuylkill near the present-day Eastwick neighborhood, to reassert their dominion over the area.
The Swedes responded by building Fort Nya Korsholm, or New Korsholm, named after a town in Finland with a Swedish majority. In 1655, a
The Turkish Airlines Euroleague 2013–14 was the 14th season of the modern era of Euroleague Basketball and the fourth under the title sponsorship of the Turkish Airlines. Including the competition's previous incarnation as the FIBA Europe Champions Cup, this was the 57th season of the premier competition for European men's clubs. Euroleague Basketball Company, in its annual meeting in Barcelona, determined the site of the season's Euroleague Final Four venue. London was supposed to host the Final Four, but it was decided that the 2014 Euroleague Final Four be held at the Mediolanum Forum, in Milan. In the championship final game, Maccabi Electra defeated the previous season's runners-up, Real Madrid, by a score of 98-86 after overtime, won its sixth Euroleague title in the club's history. There were three routes to participation in the Euroleague: The 14 teams with an A-Licence from the 2012–13 Euroleague, based on their Euroleague Club Ranking; the 2012–13 Eurocup winner was given a C-Licence.
14 places were allocated from a list of 30 teams given a B-Licence ranked according to their European national basketball league rankings over the last year. 14 teams were given both a B-Licence. When a country ranking spot had been assigned to an A-Licence team, the assignation jumped to the next country appearing in the ranking, their league was not granted an additional place in the competition; the first 8 of the remaining 16 teams were given places in the regular-season, the next 6 were given places in the qualifying competition. If the Eurocup champion was qualified by receiving a B license, or some team with it resigned from the competition, a wild card had to be given by the Euroleague; the Euroleague had the right to cancel an A license for one of the following reasons: The club had the lowest ranking of all clubs with an A Licence according to the Club Ranking. The club had ranked among the clubs placed in the bottom half of the national championship final standings; the club had financial problems.
In the ACB, when the champion and/or the runner-up of the league were teams without an A license. In that case, the A license club with the lowest position would play Eurocup in the next season. If that happened three times in five years, the A license of the club would be cancelled. Classification after the 2012–13 season, including the 2010–11 and the 2011–12 seasons. NotesEA7 Milano had a two-year A license, awarded in June 2012. Asseco Prokom lost its A license; the license was converted into a wildcard. B licenses could be given to every team without an A license. If in the allocation appeared a team with an A license, the next team in the criteria would receive the B license, which qualified directly to the Regular Season. NotesAdriatic: the places were awarded to the top teams in the Regular Season. If the third or fourth qualified won the Final Four, it would be granted with the first spot, moving the champion and the runner-up of the Regular Season to the second and third spots. In February 2012, Euroleague Basketball clarified the situation of the Adriatic League spots, saying the three first teams in the Adriatic League Final Four would qualify.
Due to the different interpretation of both associations and Liga ABA negotiated a solution to be applied only for the 2012–13 season. Both organizations agreed that if the team, in the first position after the Regular Season met all of the B-licence minimum requirements, it would qualify to Euroleague. In that case, Igokea did not meet the required criteria, so Euroleague Basketball applied the 2012–13 Euroleague Bylaws, by which the 2013 ABA Final Four champion and the runner-up, would take the first two Adriatic positions in that order, whilst the next highest regular season team would take the final Adriatic position. Russia: the places were awarded to the best teams, by a ranking determined by their positions in the VTB United League, Russian Professional Basketball League. VTB points prevail in case of tie. To the Regular SeasonVacant C license of Lokomotiv Kuban, qualified with a B license, Asseco Prokom's lost A license, the B license rejected by Acea Roma converted to a wild card: Strasbourg Budivelnyk Bayern MunichTo the Qualification Rounds Khimki Cimberio Varèse As new, for this Euroleague season, the eliminated teams in the Regular Season, were dropped to the Eurocup.
The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round: A: Qualified through an A–licence 1st, 2nd, etc.: League position after Playoffs QR: Qualifying rounds WC: Wild card EC: Champion of the 2012–13 Eurocup Basketball The eight teams participated in a single-venue tournament format, from October 1 until October 4, 2013. All games were played in the Siemens Arena in Lithuania; the draws for the 2013–14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague were held on Thursday, 4 July. Teams were seeded into six pots of four teams in accordance with the Club Ranking, based on their performance in European competitions during a three-year period. Two teams from the same country could not be drawn together in the same Regular Season group; the regular season was played between October 17 and December 20. If teams were level on record at the end of the Regular Season, tiebreakers were applied in the following order: Head-to-head record. Head-to-head point differential. Point differential during the Regular Season.
Points scored during the regular season. Sum of quotients of points points allowed in each Regular Season match; the Top 16 began on January 2 and ended on April 11, 2014. If teams were level on record at the end of the Top 16, tiebreakers were applied in the following order: Head-to-head recor
Rasheed Abdul Wallace is an American retired professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association. A native of Philadelphia, Wallace played college basketball at the University of North Carolina before moving on to the NBA in 1995. Selected by the Washington Bullets as the fourth pick in the 1995 NBA draft, Wallace was named to the All-Rookie second team following his first season, he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers after the season. With Portland he was a key member of the Trail Blazers team that made it to the Western Conference Finals in 1999 and 2000, was an NBA All-Star in 2000 and 2001. Wallace averaged a career best 19.4 points per game in 2002 for the Trail Blazers. During the 2003–04 season Portland traded him to the Atlanta Hawks where he played one game before he was traded to the Detroit Pistons. With the Pistons, Wallace won the NBA championship in 2004, but lost the NBA Finals in the following season. Individually, Wallace was an NBA All-Star in 2006 and 2008.
After the 2008–09 season, Wallace left the Pistons as a free agent and signed with the Boston Celtics, where he played until retiring in 2010. He returned to sign a one-year deal to play for the New York Knicks in 2012. On April 17, 2013, Wallace announced his second retirement. Wallace holds the single-season record for technical fouls. In the 2000–01 season, Wallace received 41 technical fouls over a span of 80 games, about one technical foul for every two games. Wallace was born and raised in the inner city neighborhoods of Philadelphia, where he began his basketball career and attended Simon Gratz High School, he was named USA Today High School Player of the Year after his senior season and was selected first team All America by Basketball Times. Wallace was a two-time Parade All-American first teamer. Despite playing time of just 19 minutes per game, Wallace averaged 16 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks his senior year. In addition to basketball, Wallace played baseball and ran track and high jumped as a teenager.
Wallace was outplayed by Darnell Robinson in the McDonald's Game, where his battle with Robinson caused him to get ejected from the game, but he rebounded in the Roundball Classic, getting 30 points in a losing effort. Wallace, along with Randy Livingston and Jerry Stackhouse, were considered the top three players in the 1993 class. University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith recruited Wallace to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for his college years. Smith was a revered mentor both to Wallace's eventual Detroit coach Larry Brown. Wallace has indicated that this North Carolina bond with Brown helped him adjust to the Pistons system. During his brief time at North Carolina, Wallace had success in the national spotlight, he was named a second-team All-American by the AP his second year at UNC. Wallace and fellow future NBA player Jerry Stackhouse helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA Final Four in 1995, he left North Carolina to enter the 1995 NBA draft after his sophomore season, being selected with the fourth pick overall by the Washington Bullets.
As a rookie with the Bullets, Wallace played in 65 games, of which he started 51 for the injured Chris Webber. Wallace was selected to the rookie team for the All-Star Weekend. Late that year, he fractured his left thumb during a game against Orlando and did not return until the following season. Wallace played 1,788 minutes during his rookie season in Washington. After the season, Wallace was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, along with Mitchell Butler in exchange for Rod Strickland and Harvey Grant; this move proved beneficial for both sides: Strickland averaged 17.2 ppg and 8.9 apg after the trade, helping the Bullets make the playoffs in 1997 for the first time in eight seasons, upped those stats to 17.8 ppg and a league-leading 10.5 apg the following year. Meanwhile, Wallace ranked third in the league in field goal percentage. However, just as his season was gaining momentum, Wallace again broke his left thumb and was forced to miss the next month of the season, but he returned in time for a strong performance in the first round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers, which the Trail Blazers lost.
Next season, he signed a long-term contract to stay with the Trail Blazers. He began extending himself into the community more than most notably with his Rasheed Wallace Foundation, but his career suffered from numerous missteps on and off the court, he set an NBA record with 38 technical fouls for the season. However, he would be fifth in the league in field goal percentage; the following year, he broke his own record with 40 technicals. Wallace was suspended by the NBA for seven games for threatening then-referee Tim Donaghy on an arena loading dock after a home game in 2003; that was the league's longest suspension for an offense that did not involve violence or substance abuse. Wallace was named an NBA All-Star in 2000 and 2001 and led the Trail Blazers to the Western Conference Finals in 1999 and 2000, losing to the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers, respectively. Both teams would go on to win the NBA Finals; the 2000 series against the Lakers was most noted for the underdog Blazers squandering a 15-point lead going into the fourth quarter of Game 7.
On February 9, 2004, Wallace was traded to the Atlanta Hawks along with Wesley Person for Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Theo Ratliff and Dan Dickau. Wallace played only one game scoring 20 points through three quarters, he had six rebounds, five blocks, two assists and a steal in a close loss on the road against the New Jersey Nets, though he did not score in the fourth quarter. Wallace was again traded, in a deal that saw him go from the Hawks along with guard Mike James from
The Milwaukee Bucks are an American professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bucks compete in the National Basketball Association as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division; the team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team, play at the Fiserv Forum. Former U. S. Senator Herb Kohl was the long-time owner of the team, but on April 16, 2014, a group led by billionaire hedge fund managers Wes Edens and Marc Lasry agreed to purchase a majority interest in the team from Kohl, a sale, approved by the owners of the NBA and its Board of Governors one month on May 16; the team is managed by Jon Horst, the team's former director of basketball operations, who took over for John Hammond in May 2017. The Bucks have won one league title, two conference titles, 14 division titles, they have featured such notable players as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sidney Moncrief, Oscar Robertson, Bob Dandridge, Bob Lanier, Glenn Robinson, Ray Allen, Sam Cassell, Junior Bridgeman, Michael Redd, Terry Cummings, Vin Baker, Jon McGlocklin, Marques Johnson, Brian Winters.
On January 22, 1968, the NBA awarded a franchise to Milwaukee Professional Sports and Services, Inc. a group headed by Wesley Pavalon and Marvin Fishman. A fan contest was held to name the new team, with over 40,000 fans participating. While the most-voted fan entry was the Robins, named for Wisconsin's state bird, the contest judges went with the second-most popular choice, the Bucks, a reference to Wisconsin's official wild animal, the white-tailed deer. One fan, R. D. Trebilcox, was awarded a new car for his part in reasoning why the Bucks was a good nickname, saying that bucks were "spirited, good jumpers and agile." The Bucks marked a return of the NBA to Milwaukee after 13 years. In October, the Bucks played their first NBA regular-season game against the Chicago Bulls before a Milwaukee Arena crowd of 8,467; as is typical with expansion teams, the Bucks' first season was a struggle. Their first victory came in their sixth game as the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 134–118; the Bucks' record that year earned them a coin flip against their expansion cousins, the Phoenix Suns, to see who would get the first pick in the upcoming draft.
It was considered a foregone conclusion that the first pick in the draft would be Lew Alcindor of UCLA. The Bucks won the coin flip, but had to win a bidding war with the upstart American Basketball Association to secure him. Despite the Bucks' stroke of fortune in landing Alcindor, no one expected what happened in 1969–70, they finished with a 56–26 record – a nearly exact reversal of the previous year and good enough for the second-best record in the league, behind the New York Knicks. The 29-game improvement was the best in league history – a record which would stand for 10 years until the Boston Celtics jumped from 29 wins in 1978–79 to 61 in 1979–80; the Bucks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in five games in the Eastern semifinals, only to be dispatched in five by the Knicks in the Eastern finals. Alcindor was a runaway selection for NBA Rookie of the Year; the following season, the Bucks got an unexpected gift when they acquired Oscar Robertson, known as the "Big O", in a trade with the Cincinnati Royals.
Subsequently, in only their third season, the Bucks finished 66–16 – the second-most wins in NBA history at the time, still the most in franchise history. During the regular season, the Bucks recorded, they steamrolled through the playoffs with a dominating 12–2 record, winning the NBA Championship on April 30, 1971, by sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in four games. By winning it all in only their third season, the Bucks became the fastest expansion team in the history of North American sports to win a championship; as of 2018, it remains the only title in team history. The Bucks remained a powerhouse for the first half of the 1970s. In 1972, they recorded their third consecutive 60-win season. During the year, Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Milwaukee beat the Warriors in the playoffs 4–1, but lost the conference finals to Los Angeles 4–2. Injuries resulted in an early 1973 playoff exit, but the Bucks were back in the 1974 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. In game six of the series, Abdul-Jabbar made his famous "sky hook" shot to end a classic double-overtime victory for the Bucks.
The Bucks lost the series to the Celtics. As the 1974–1975 season began, Abdul-Jabbar suffered a hand injury and the team got off to a 3–13 start. After his return, other injuries befell Milwaukee, sending them to the bottom of their division with 38 wins and 44 losses; when the season ended, Abdul-Jabbar made the stunning announcement that he no longer wished to play for the Bucks, stating that he needed the big city, requesting a trade to either Los Angeles or New York City. The front office was unable to convince him otherwise and on June 16, 1975, the Bucks pulled a mega-trade by sending Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers for Elmore Smith, Junior Bridgeman, Brian Winters and David Meyers; the trade triggered a series of events. The Bucks' largest stockholder, cable television executive Jim Fitzgerald, opposed the trade and wanted to sell his stock. Although Fitzgerald was the largest stockholder, he did not own enough stock to control the team. After the deal, the Bucks
Olympiacos B. C. known as Olympiacos or Olympiacos Piraeus, is a Greek professional basketball club, part of the major multi-sport club Olympiacos CFP, based in Piraeus. The basketball club, founded in 1931, is one of the most successful clubs in European basketball, having won three EuroLeague Championships, one Triple Crown, one Intercontinental Cup, twelve Greek Championships and nine Greek Cups, they play their home matches at the Friendship Stadium. Olympiacos is a traditional powerhouse of the EuroLeague and besides their three European Championship titles, they have been five times EuroLeague runners-up and have participated, altogether, in ten EuroLeague Final Fours. From 2006 to 2015, Olympiacos qualified 10 times in a row for at least the quarter-finals of the EuroLeague, an all-time record in European basketball history at the time, shared with FC Barcelona, who made a new record in 2016; the first major achievement of Olympiacos in European competitions was their presence in the European Champions Cup semifinal group stage in 1979, but it was in the 1990s that Olympiacos made their biggest mark.
They reached the EuroLeague Final in two consecutive seasons, 1994 and 1995, being the first Greek club that played in a EuroLeague Final, they won their first EuroLeague title in 1997 after a convincing 73–58 win against FC Barcelona in the final, thus achieving the first Triple Crown for a Greek team. As European champions, Olympiacos played in the 1997 McDonald's Championship and reached the final of the tournament, where they met Michael Jordan's NBA champions, the Chicago Bulls, they dominated Greek basketball during the decade of the 90s, when the Greek Basket League was considered Europe's best national basketball league. Based on all those achievements, FIBA declared Olympiacos as the Best European Team of the 1990s. Olympiacos returned to the top of European basketball in 2010, when they reached the final against Barcelona in Paris, but in 2012, when they won their second EuroLeague title in Istanbul, by rallying from 19 points down in the championship game, to beat CSKA Moscow 62–61, on the last shot of the game, achieving the greatest comeback in European basketball finals history, one of the greatest seen in European continental basketball.
In 2013, Olympiacos won their third EuroLeague title and became the first and only Greek club, only the third club in European basketball history, to become back-to-back European champions in the modern Final Four era of the EuroLeague, after beating Real Madrid 100–88 in the final of the 2013 Euroleague Final Four in London. After winning back-to-back EuroLeague championships, Olympiacos won the Intercontinental Cup and celebrated a third international title in less than 2 years; some of the greatest players in European basketball have played for Olympiacos over the years including: Charlie Yelverton, Carey Scurry, Žarko Paspalj, Giorgos Sigalas, Dragan Tarlać, Walter Berry, Panagiotis Fasoulas, Roy Tarpley, Eddie Johnson, Alexander Volkov, David Rivers, Chris Welp, Artūras Karnišovas, Arijan Komazec, Dino Rađja, Theo Papaloukas, Alphonso Ford, Tyus Edney, Arvydas Macijauskas, Ioannis Bourousis, Miloš Teodosić, Nikola Vujčić, Josh Childress, Linas Kleiza, Rašho Nesterović, Kostas Papanikolaou, Kostas Sloukas, Kyle Hines, Joey Dorsey, Stratos Perperoglou, Acie Law, Georgios Printezis and Vassilis Spanoulis.
Under the ownership of billionaire Greek brothers Panagiotis Angelopoulos and Giorgos Angelopoulos, Olympiacos made a record transfer in 2008, by signing NBA player Josh Childress, whose US$20 million net income contract for three years made him the highest-paid basketball player in the world outside the NBA. The club had its beginnings in the 1930s. Olympiacos was the first Greek team to familiarize itself with American style basketball, as Alekos Spanoudakis learned to imitate the American style jump shot, his brother, Ioannis Spanoudakis, met basketball legend Bob Cousy, practiced many of his secrets and techniques on the court; the Spanoudakis brothers led the club to its first Greek League championship in 1949. The second title didn't come until 11 years in 1960, allowed the Reds for the first time to qualify for the European Champions Cup, their first participation at the European-wide level, it wasn't until 1976 that coach Faidon Matthaiou managed to create a strong team based on the stars Steve Giatzoglou, Giorgos Kastrinakis, Giorgos Barlas and on strong team players like Paul Melini and Pavlos Diakoulas.
Olympiacos would win another Greek title and it did so in unprecedented fashion, running off 22 victories in 22 games. Reds completed the first double in their history, winning the Greek Cup, while they did well in the Cup Winner's Cup as well, reaching the last 8; the next year, Kostas Mourouzis was appointed as head coach and the team won the Greek cup, after eliminating Panathinaikos with a record-setting 110–68 away win. Melini led Olympiacos with 24 points, while Kastrinakis scored 22. In 1978 the team did their second double in 3 years, winning both the Greek championship and their third Greek cup in a row, beating AEK 103–88 in the final. In 1979 the club had their first significant success in Europe, reaching the final round of the European Championship; the final round of that year was one of the toughest in the competition. Olympiacos finished 6th, winning only one game, the 79–77 h
Iona College (New York)
Iona College is a private Catholic college in New Rochelle, New York. It occupies a campus of 45 acres. Iona College offers more than 60 undergraduate programs and 45 graduate programs in the School of Arts & Science and the LaPenta School of Business. An honors program, with special courses, mentoring and off-campus opportunities, is available to top students; the college offers graduate courses in Manhattan and has 14 study abroad programs. As of fall 2017, the institution enrolls 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds representing 35 states and 47 countries of origin. Founded in 1940 by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, Iona College is a private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of American Catholic higher education. In 1919, the administrators and board members of the Iona School – a grade school founded three years earlier by the Irish Christian Brothers – negotiated the purchase of an 18-acre parcel of land in New Rochelle's Beechmont neighborhood for $85,000 from the land owner, retired Presbyterian minister, Thomas Hall.
In 1940, the idea of the College's founding community of Brothers was to start a small, affordable college for the sons of New York's working class. At the time, the Christian Brothers taught in seven high schools in the Archdiocese of New York, including Iona Prep, All Hallows, Rice High School, Power Memorial, they recognized that many of their graduates could not afford the cost of local universities, so began to form Iona College. In June 1940, members of the Iona School community, along with members of the school's Mothers’ Club, gathered to dedicate a new science building on the school's campus – the building that the Mothers’ Club has raised $100,000 to build, it was there that they learned that just one day prior, not only had permission been granted to form Iona College on the same campus as the Iona School, but that the College would be commandeering the new science building for its own. The building would be named Cornelia Hall after the first president of the new Iona College. On September 19, 1940, Iona College opened its doors with nine Christian Brothers and six lay faculty greeting the first class.
The Christian Brothers named the College after Iona, the island monastery of St. Columba located off the west coast of Scotland. Columba founded the monastery in 563 AD; the Congregation of Christian Brothers was itself founded in 1802 by Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice in Waterford, Ireland. Previous to opening in New York, the brothers taught at Saint Mary's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, they had been brought in from Bonaventure College in Newfoundland. They operated the Halifax institution until 1940 when they were given a tearful sendoff after a run-in with the new archbishop, John T McNally. In fall 1941, Iona College began its academic year with 121 freshmen and sophomores, but America's entry into World War II caused Iona's small enrollment to decline by the year's end. Only three members of the entering class went on to receive BA degrees in August 1944. Despite this, the life of the College survived; when World War II concluded, returning veterans, helped by the GI Bill® and attracted by Iona's practical majors, soon stretched the College to capacity.
In 1948, 71 men graduated. In June 1966, Iona College issued diplomas to its first graduate students – which included two clergymen who earned their master's in pastoral counseling. By 1968, the College conferred its first MBA degrees. In 1969, Iona College, traditionally male, welcomed its first freshmen class that included women making the College co-educational. 200 women, one-quarter of the freshmen class, registered that semester. Prior to this point, female students had been part of campus in graduate programs, summer classes and cross-registration agreements with neighboring traditionally female institutions. In 1989, Elizabeth Seton College of Yonkers, New York, a two-year junior college, merged with Iona College, becoming the Elizabeth Seton School of associate degree Studies within the College; the program existed until 1995, when it was closed as Iona College reevaluated and reaffirmed its mission to be a four-year institution. In 2011, Iona College self-reported inaccuracies in student performance data, reported to external agencies from 2002–2011.
Upon learning of these inaccuracies, President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph. D. established an Integrity in Reporting Committee which developed institutional policies and guidelines on collection and use of data to ensure the accuracy and reliability of data reported by the College. The College established a formal Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning as well as an internal audit office to ensure data integrity moving forward. On September 19, 2015, the College celebrated its 75th anniversary. Starting in spring 2015, Iona College embarked on a year's worth of celebration in honor of the anniversary; the observance of this occasion extended into spring 2016, in commemoration of the College's first year, 1940-1941. Br. William B. Cornelia, CFC, PhD Br. Arthur A. Loftus, CFC, PhD Br. William H. Barnes, CFC, PhD Br. Richard B. Power, CFC, PhD Br. Joseph G. McKenna, CFC, PhD Br. John G. Driscoll, CFC, PhD Br. James A. Liguori, CFC, EdD Dr. Joseph E. Nyre, PhD The college is divided into two main academic units: a school of arts and science and a business school.
Through it 22 academic departments, the School of Arts & Science offers more than 40 BA, BS and BPS degrees and more than 25 master's degrees, as well as seve