Basketball is a non-contact team sport played on a rectangular court by two teams of five players each. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet high that is mounted to a backboard at each end of the court. The game was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, a team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket being defended by the opposition team during regular play. A field goal scores three points for the team if the player shoots from behind the three-point line. A team can score via free throws, which are worth one point, the team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time is mandated when the score is tied at the end of regulation. The ball can be advanced on the court by passing it to a teammate and it is a violation to lift, or drag, ones pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands resume dribbling. The game has many techniques for displaying skill—ball-handling, passing, dunking, shot-blocking.
The point guard directs the on court action of the team, implementing the coachs game plan, Basketball is one of the worlds most popular and widely viewed sports. Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the Euroleague, the FIBA Basketball World Cup attracts the top national teams from around the world. Each continent hosts regional competitions for teams, like EuroBasket. The FIBA Womens Basketball World Cup features the top womens basketball teams from continental championships. The main North American league is the WNBA, whereas the EuroLeague Women has been dominated by teams from the Russian Womens Basketball Premier League, in early December 1891, Canadian Dr. He sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied, after rejecting other ideas as either too rough or poorly suited to walled-in gymnasiums, he wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot elevated track. Basketball was originally played with a soccer ball and these laces could cause bounce passes and dribbling to be unpredictable.
Eventually a lace-free ball construction method was invented, and this change to the game was endorsed by Naismith, dribbling was not part of the original game except for the bounce pass to teammates. Passing the ball was the means of ball movement. Dribbling was eventually introduced but limited by the shape of early balls. Dribbling only became a part of the game around the 1950s
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Avtodor Saratov is a Russian professional basketball club based in Saratov. It plays in the VTB United League as of the 2015-16 season, founded in 1960 as Spartak Saratov, the club took off when former player Vladimir Rodionov became its head coach in the 1982. The club was by renamed new owner Rodionov into Avtodorozhnik - shortened to Avtodor in 1996 - in reference to a late benefactor and it would even win the regular season in both 1997 and 1998, but lost both finals series against CSKA 2-3, and 1-3 respectively. The Russian outfit regularly took part in European competitions during that period, reaching the semifinals of the 1998 second-tier EuroCup and playing in the 1999 top-tier Euroleague. Avtodor defeated CSKA in the 2001-02 playoff quarterfinals, the team to have prevented the Army men from reaching the top four in Russian basketball history to this day. He would form Dynamo Saint Petersburg, transferring some of Avtodors best players such as Vladimir Veremeenko, Avtodor would win the second division in 2009 but did not have the financial means to return to the Super League.
It did return to the Super League in 2012 but by time the league had become the domestic second division. The club was able to fund its participation thanks to increased support from the local administration, Avtodor formerly played in the Yunost arena, seating only a few hundred and unable to accommodate television broadcasts, which meant the side had to play its European games in Moscow. During the 1997-98 season, the club played its games in the Yunost arena before moving for its playoffs games to an indoor-football arena whilst a new arena was being refurbished. Calls for the club to move in the larger Kristall Arena, were finally heeded in 2014. Avtodor remodeled the arena for basketball play, which raised the capacity from 5,450 to 6,100 seats
Edward Charles OBannon, Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player, known as a power forward for the UCLA Bruins mens basketball team on their 1995 NCAA championship team. He was the pick in the 1995 National Basketball Association Draft. He spent only two seasons in the NBA, but continued his career for another eight years, mainly playing in Europe. OBannon is the plaintiff in OBannon v. NCAA, an antitrust class action lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. OBannon averaged 24.6 points,9.7 rebounds in his year at Artesia High School. He led Artesia to a 29–2 record that year, and they won the California Interscholastic Federation Division II state championship. He originally planned to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, when UNLVs mens basketball program was placed on probation due to recruiting improprieties, OBannon rescinded his commitment and instead attended UCLA. Six days before the start of practice at UCLA, OBannon tore his anterior cruciate ligament as he landed awkwardly on a dunk during a pickup game with other Bruins.
He was told he might not be able to walk properly again, in his first year, he came off the bench in 23 games and averaged fewer than four points while never starting. In his second season in 1993, OBannon was named to the first team All-Pacific-10 Conference team, in his junior year, he was named the teams MVP and was again first team All-Pac-10. In his senior year in 1994–95, OBannon was the key to UCLAs 1995 NCAA Basketball Championship, scoring 30 points and taking 17 rebounds and was named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player. For the season, he averaged 20.4 points and 8.3 rebounds, earning him the John R. Wooden Award, USBWA College Player of the Year, and the CBS/Chevrolet Player of the Year. He was a consensus first team All-American, Pac-10 co-Player of the Year along with Damon Stoudamire, first team All-Pac-10 for the third consecutive year and his number 31 was retired by UCLA in 1996. He was inducted into UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005, leading up to the 1995 NBA Draft, OBannon hoped to be drafted by a team on the west coast.
Selected ninth overall by the New Jersey Nets, he signed a three-year, in his two professional seasons, he was unable to find a place in the NBA, being too lean to play down low and not quick enough with his rebuilt knees to guard the perimeter. His knee started to break down and he averaged 6.2 and 4.2 points per game respectively with the Nets and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in his second and final NBA season, where he had even less of an impact. In September 1997 he was traded along with Derek Harper to the Orlando Magic and it wasnt injury, it was confidence, OBannon said about his NBA career. I missed shots, got pulled from games, it affected my defense, former Nets teammate Armon Gilliam said, Hes a guy who didnt find his niche in the NBA
Randolph Childress is an American former professional basketball player. He is currently an assistant coach for his alma mater, Wake Forest University, Childress played collegiately at Wake Forest University, where he averaged 18.4 points per game for his four-year career. His collegiate highlight came in 1995, when he delivered one of the most outstanding ACC Tournament performances of all time. Named tournament MVP, Childress along with sophomore Tim Duncan, carried the Demon Deacons to the title, in the finals, against a UNC team featuring Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace, Childress scored 37 with 7 assists and hit a game-winning jumper with 4 seconds left in overtime. He was honored as the ACC Male Athlete of the Year in 1995, in 2002, Childress was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary mens basketball team, honoring the fifty greatest players in ACC history. In the 1995 NBA Draft, Childress was selected in the 1st round by the Detroit Pistons, Childress played in two NBA seasons for the Pistons and Portland Trail Blazers, averaging 2.4 points per game.
His NBA career was cut short by a torn ACL and disagreements with Trail Blazers coach P. J. Carlesimo, after leaving the NBA, Childress played in 1997-1999 in the Turkish Basketball League for Tofaş SAS and Konya Kombassan. Childress went on to ten games for the Sydney Kings in the 2000-01 Australian National Basketball League season. Childress played for teams in the Italian leagues. In April 2012, Childress was hired as the Demon Deacons new director of player development, in April 2013, Childress was promoted to the position of assistant coach, moving into an on-court role for the team. Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference. com
He has worked as an NBA TV analyst. Stackhouse was a player from the time he was a sophomore in high school. He was the player of the year for North Carolina in 1991–1992. His senior year, he played for Oak Hill Academy with future college teammate Jeff McInnis and he was a two-time first team Parade All-America selection, and was the MVP of the McDonalds Game. At the 1992 Nike Camp, was considered along with Rasheed Wallace to be the top player at the camp, there were some who considered Stackhouse the top prep player to come out of North Carolina since Michael Jordan. Stackhouse attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where he was a teammate of future NBA players Rasheed Wallace, Jeff McInnis and Shammond Williams. In his sophomore season at UNC, Stackhouse led the team in scoring with 19.2 points per game and he led UNC to a Final Four appearance and was named as the National Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated and earned first-team All-America and All-ACC honors. While playing for Tar Heels, he was coached by Dean Smith, following the season, Stackhouse declared his eligibility for the 1995 NBA draft.
Even though he left UNC after two years, he continued working on his degree and received his bachelors degree in African American Studies in 1999, Stackhouse was selected in the first round of the 1995 NBA draft with the third pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. At one time he was hyped as the Next Jordan since both players played at North Carolina, went #3 in the draft, were listed at 66, looked similar physically, and had similarly acrobatic games. Coincidentally, both had a power forward from UNC drafted immediately after them in the #4 spot, Sam Perkins in 1984. In his first season with the 76ers, Stackhouse led his team with a 19.2 points per game average, in the 1996–97 season, the 76ers drafted Allen Iverson. Combined, the two posted 44.2 points per game for the Sixers, midway through the 1997–98 season, Stackhouse was dealt to the Detroit Pistons with Eric Montross for Theo Ratliff, Aaron McKie and future considerations. By the 1999–2000 season, his full season with the Pistons. A year later, he had an average of 29.8 points per game.
In a late season victory over the Chicago Bulls, he set the Pistons franchise record, Stackhouse saw his final action as a Piston with Detroits elimination in the second round of the 2001–02 NBA playoffs. During the 2002 offseason, Stackhouse was traded to the Washington Wizards in a six-player deal, in his first season with Washington, Stackhouse led the Wizards in points and assists per game with 21.5 and 4.5 respectively. He missed most of the 2003–04 season while recovering from surgery on his right knee
The Chicago Bulls are an American professional basketball team based in Chicago. The Bulls compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Eastern Conference Central Division. The team was founded on January 16,1966, the team plays its home games at the United Center, an arena shared with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. The Bulls saw their greatest success during the 1990s and they are known for having one of the NBAs greatest dynasties, winning six NBA championships between 1991 and 1998 with two three-peats. All six championship teams were led by Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, the Bulls are the only NBA franchise to win multiple championships and never lose an NBA Finals series in their history. The Bulls won 72 games during the 1995–96 NBA season, setting an NBA record that stood until the Golden State Warriors won 73 games during the 2015–16 NBA season. The Bulls were the first team in NBA history to win 70 games or more in a season.
Many experts and analysts consider the 1996 Bulls to be one of the greatest teams in NBA history, Michael Jordan and Derrick Rose have both won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award while playing for the Bulls, for a total of six MVP awards. The Bulls share rivalries with the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, the Bulls rivalry with the Pistons was highlighted heavily during the late 1980s and early 1990s. On January 16,1966 Chicago was granted an NBA franchise to be called the Bulls, the Chicago Bulls became the third NBA franchise in the city, after the Chicago Stags and the Chicago Packers/Zephyrs. The Bulls founder, Dick Klein, was the Bulls only owner to play professional basketball. He served as the Bulls president and general manager in their initial years, after the 1966 NBA Expansion Draft, the newly founded Chicago Bulls were allowed to acquire players from the previously established teams in the league for the upcoming 1966–67 season. The team started in the 1966–67 NBA season, and posted the best record by a team in NBA history.
In their first two seasons, the Bulls played most of their games at the International Amphitheatre, before moving to Chicago Stadium. Fan interest was diminishing after four seasons, with one game in the 1967–68 NBA season having an attendance of 891. The Bulls under Williams and head coach Dick Motta qualified for four straight playoffs and had attendances grow to over 10,000, in 1972, the Bulls set a franchise win-loss record at 57 wins and 25 losses. During the 1970s, the Bulls relied on Jerry Sloan, forwards Bob Love and Chet Walker, point guard Norm Van Lier, the team made the conference finals in 1975 but lost to the Golden State Warriors,4 games to 3. After four 50-win seasons, Williams returned to Philadelphia, and Motta decided to become GM as well, the Bulls ended up declining, winning only 24 games in the 1975–1976 season
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Kurt Vincent Thomas is an American retired professional basketball player. Thomas is a 69,230 lb. power forward-center known for his playing style. Drafted by the Miami Heat in 1995, Thomas played college basketball at Texas Christian University, Thomas began his NBA career with the Miami Heat from 1995 to 1997. In his rookie season, he started 42 of his 74 games played, the following season, he only played 18 games before suffering a stress fracture in his right ankle, which required surgery. He would miss the rest of the season, during his rehab, along with Sasha Danilović and Martin Müürsepp, were traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Jamal Mashburn. Thomass playing career with Dallas was short and he only played 5 games before suffering another stress fracture in the same ankle he had previously injured. This placed him on the injured list for the remainder of the season, then-coach and general manager Don Nelson went out of his way to hire Thomas as an assistant coach. In the offseason, Thomas decided to become a free agent, Thomas played two seasons with the Phoenix Suns from 2005 to 2007.
Thomas was traded by the Sonics to the San Antonio Spurs on February 20,2008, for Francisco Elson, Brent Barry, on June 23,2009, Thomas was traded along with Bruce Bowen and Fabricio Oberto to the Milwaukee Bucks for Richard Jefferson. On July 26,2010, the Chicago Bulls announced that they had signed Kurt Thomas, because of injuries to the Bulls starting center Joakim Noah and power forward Carlos Boozer, Kurt Thomas saw some significant playing time, including 37 starts. When Noah and Boozer came back, he experienced minimal playing time with Ömer Aşık playing in front of him on the bench, Thomas averaged more than 20 minutes per game during the 2010-11 season along with 4.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. On December 11,2011, the Portland Trail Blazers signed Thomas for the shortened 2011-2012 season, though terms for the deal were not disclosed officially, it was reported to be a two-year contract. On April 12,2013, the Knicks waived Thomas. com, or Basketball-Reference. com
Denton is a city in and the county seat of Denton County, Texas. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 113,383, making it the 27th most populous city in Texas, a Texas land grant led to the formation of Denton County in 1846, and the city was incorporated in 1866. Both were named after pioneer and Texas militia captain John B, the city experiences hot, humid summers and relatively few extreme weather events. Its diverse citizenry is represented by a city council, and numerous county. With over 45,000 students enrolled at the two located within its city limits, Denton is often characterized as a college town. As a result of the growth, educational services play a large role in the citys economy. Residents are served by the Denton County Transportation Authority, which provides commuter rail, the formation of Denton is closely tied with that of Denton County. White settlement of the began in the middle of the 1800s when William S. Peters of Kentucky obtained a land grant from the Texas Congress.
After initial settlement in the southeast part of the county in 1843, both the county and the town were named for John B. Denton, a preacher and lawyer who was killed in 1841 during a skirmish with Kichai people in what is now Tarrant County and Alton were selected as the county seat before Denton was named for that position in 1857. That year, a laid out the city and named the first streets. Denton incorporated in 1866, its first mayor was J. B. Sawyer, as the city expanded, it became an agricultural trade center for the mill and cottage industries. The arrival of the Texas and Pacific Railway in 1881 gave Denton its first rail connection, North Texas Normal College, now the University of North Texas, was established in 1890, and the Girls Industrial College, now Texas Womans University, was founded in 1903. As the universities increased in size, their impact on Dentons economy, Denton grew rapidly from a population of 26,844 in 1960 to 48,063 in 1980. In the 1980s, heavy manufacturing companies like Victor Equipment Company and Peterbilt joined older manufacturing firms such as Moore Business Forms, the population jumped from 66,270 in 1990 to 80,537 in 2000.
The proposal drew opposition from residents, who sought to preserve the area as a historic. The Denton City Council approved a new proposal for the area from Dinerstein Cos in 2010, Denton is located on the northern edge of the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area. These three cities form the known as the Golden Triangle of North Texas
Brent Robert Barry is an American retired professional basketball player. He is the son of former NBA player Rick Barry, the 6 ft 7 in,210 lb shooting guard played professionally in the National Basketball Association, winning two championships with the San Antonio Spurs. He won the 1996 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, Barry now works as a sports commentator for NBA on TNT and is a studio host for the NBA TV show NBA Gametime. Barry, born in Hempstead, New York, is the son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry, and was arguably the best player of the four basketball-playing Barry sons and his stepmother, Lynn Barry, was an accomplished basketball player in college. Brent, the second youngest, played his school basketball at athletic powerhouse De La Salle High School in Concord, California. Barry played four years on the Beavers basketball team of Oregon State University after redshirting his freshman season, Barry graduated from Oregon State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1995. Brent and Erin Barry were married in 1998, after being together from the time they were both in high school, in 2010 it was reported that Brent Barry had filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
In December 2010 Erin Barry issued a statement denying the reports about an extra-marital affair being the cause of their separation, the divorce became final on January 5,2011, in Texas, they have joint custody of the children. Barry was generally considered a good passer and had three seasons where he averaged more than 5 assists per game, Barry was a strong three-point shooter, he currently ranks 13th all-time in career three-point field goals made and shot 40% from behind the arc for his career. He was on the San Antonio Spurs championship teams in 2005 and 2007 and he won the Slam Dunk Contest in the NBA All-Star Weekend in 1996 with a Julius Erving-inspired slam dunk in which he took off from the free throw line to sail in and dunk one-handed. He was the first caucasian player to win the competition, 1995–1998 After being drafted by the Denver Nuggets, Barry was traded immediately to the Los Angeles Clippers. In his rookie season, Brent made 1233 pointers, which broke the current rookie record, there Brent would average 10.4 ppg and 38% 3pt Field goal in 179 games.
In his second season, he and the Clippers attempted a run where Brent would average 11.7 ppg. The Clippers only went 3 games in the postseason while Barry was there,1998 Barry was traded to the Miami Heat the day before the February 20th trade deadline from Los Angeles for Isaac Austin. In Miami, Barry would only play 17 games, not starting any of the games, getting only 4.1 ppg.1999 Barry signed with the Bulls on January 25,1999 and signed a 6-year $27 million contract. He played only 37 of the 50 games played that season, starting 30 of those games, failing to fill the void of a Jordan-less Bulls, the team traded Brent for Hersey Hawkins and James Cotton from Seattle on August 12,1999. 1999–2004 Brent spent 4 seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics, Brent would begin his Seattle career as a back-up for fellow Oregon State alumnus Gary Payton. He would eventually move to play the point position as a starter, there he would average 11.2 ppg, make 669 3-point-shots, and start the majority of his NBA Career, and total 4,107 points