Metta World Peace
Metta World Peace is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He is the player development coach for the South Bay Lakers of the NBA G League, he was known as Ron Artest before changing his name in September 2011. World Peace gained a reputation as one of the league's premier defenders as he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004, when he was named an NBA All-Star and earned All-NBA honors, he was a participant in several controversial on-court incidents, most notably the Malice at the Palace, is known for his sometimes eccentric and outspoken behavior. He won an NBA championship in 2010 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. Artest played high school basketball at La Salle Academy and college basketball at St. John's University, he has played for six teams in the NBA. Metta World Peace was born Ronald William Artest Jr. on November 13, 1979, raised in the Queensbridge projects in Long Island City, New York. He has two younger brothers and Daniel, he played high school basketball at La Salle Academy.
He teamed with future NBA players Elton Brand and Lamar Odom on the same Amateur Athletic Union team. Growing up, Artest witnessed the murder of a fellow player on a basketball court in Niagara Falls, New York. "It was so competitive, they broke a leg from a table and they threw it, it went right through his heart and he died right on the court. So I'm accustomed to playing basketball rough." The player to whom Artest was referring was 19-year-old Lloyd Newton, stabbed in the back with a broken-off table leg during an altercation at a 1991 YMCA-sanctioned basketball tournament. Artest played college basketball at St. John's University from 1997 to 1999. At St. John's, he majored in mathematics. In 1999, he led the Red Storm to a 14-4 record in the Big East Conference and 28-9 overall and the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division I Tournament, losing to Ohio State. Artest gained fame playing in some of New York City's high-profile summer basketball tournaments at Nike Pro City, Hoops in the Sun at Orchard Beach, New York and Dyckman Park at Washington Heights, earning himself nicknames such as Tru Warier and The New World Order, a name he received from Randy Cruz.
Artest was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 16th pick of the 1999 NBA draft. Artest played a total of 175 games for the Bulls over 2-1/2 years, the bulk as a starter, during which time he averaged about 12.5 points and just over 4 rebounds per game. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in the 1999–2000 season. Midway through the 2001–02 season, Artest was traded by Chicago to the Indiana Pacers along with Ron Mercer, Brad Miller, Kevin Ollie, in exchange for Jalen Rose, Travis Best, Norman Richardson, a 2nd round draft pick. During the 2003–04 season with the Pacers, he averaged 18.3 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, 3.7 assists per game. Artest was named the Defensive Player of the Year, he wore three jersey numbers for the Pacers: 15, 23, 91. On November 19, 2004, Artest was at the center of an altercation among players and fans during a game in Auburn Hills, between Artest's Pacers and the home team Detroit Pistons; the brawl involved Artest, Pistons center Ben Wallace, Artest's teammates Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson, several other players, spectators including Pistons fans John Green and A.
J. Shackleford; the fight resulted in the game being stopped with less than a minute remaining. O'Neal and Wallace were suspended indefinitely the day after the game. A day the NBA suspended Artest for the rest of the regular season, plus any playoff games. Artest missed the longest suspension for an on-court incident in NBA history. Early in the 2005–06 season, Artest requested a trade from the Indiana Pacers and was put on the team's inactive roster. Artest's call for a trade created a rift between his teammates. "We felt betrayed, a little disrespected", teammate Jermaine O'Neal said. As for their basketball relationship, O'Neal said: "The business relationship is over. That's fact." Pacers president Larry Bird said he felt "betrayed" and "disappointed". On January 24, 2006, reports from NBA sources confirmed that the Sacramento Kings had agreed to trade Peja Stojaković to the Pacers for Artest. However, before the trade could be completed, many press outlets reported that Artest had informed team management that he did not want to go to Sacramento.
According to Artest's agent, his original trade request was only made because he was upset when he heard rumors that the Pacers were going to trade him to Sacramento for Stojaković early in the season. While not denying his agent's story, Artest did deny that he had rejected the trade to Sacramento, saying that he would play anywhere. Given conflicting accounts, it is unclear why the trade was delayed, but it was completed on January 25 and Artest was sent to the Kings for Stojaković. Though traded midseason to the Kings franchise, Artest found his place on the team by providing some much needed defense. Though many feared his abrasive personality would be a problem, he worked well with his teammates and then-coach Rick Adelman. Artest wore #93 for his jersey number with the Kings. After acquiring Artest in late January 2006, the team went on a 14–5 run, the team's best run of the season; the Kings landed the eighth spot in the Western Conference. This prompted ESPN to declare that "Ron Artest has breathed new life in the Sacramento Kings and enhanced their chances of rea
Tyson Cleotis Chandler is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Chandler was the second overall pick of the 2001 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers was traded to the Chicago Bulls, he has played for the New Orleans Hornets, Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns. As starting center for Dallas, he played an integral role in the franchise's first NBA championship in 2011, he has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team three times. While with New York, Chandler was voted the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, when he was named to the All-NBA Third Team, he won gold medals with the US national team in the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Summer Olympics. Chandler was born to Frank Chandler and Vernie Threadgill, though he did not meet his father Frank until in his life, he grew up in a family farm in Hanford, just south of Fresno, California. Chandler began playing basketball at the age of three years on a basket Chandler's grandfather, fixed on a tree.
Chandler grew up doing farm work such as milking cows, slopping pigs, cultivating crops. At the age of nine years and his mother moved to San Bernardino, California; as a child, Chandler was teased because of his height. Chandler and his family moved to Compton, where he enrolled at Dominguez High School, a school known for its athletics, producing basketball players such as Dennis Johnson and Cedric Ceballos. In his freshman year, Chandler made the varsity team and played with future NBA player Tayshaun Prince, a senior. With the Dominguez Dons, Chandler became a teenage sensation. Point guard Brandon Jennings, a ball boy for Dominguez at the time, said, "You'd see the girls around Tyson, the Escalade he drove, you wanted to be like him". Chandler earned accolades from Parade Magazine and USA Today, was selected to the McDonald's High School All-America Team; as a freshman, he was profiled on current affairs TV program 60 Minutes. In his junior year, Chandler averaged 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks.
In his senior year, Chandler led Dominguez to a state championship and a 31–4 record, averaging 26 points, 15 rebounds, 8 blocks a game. Chandler was recruited by several universities and considered UCLA, Syracuse, Memphis and Michigan. Chandler declared for the 2001 NBA draft as a prep-to-pro. Chandler was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the second overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft, before being traded to the Chicago Bulls for former No. 1 overall pick Elton Brand. The Bulls placed their rebuilding efforts on the backs of two teenagers in Eddy Curry. Chandler's 2003–04 season saw him appear in a career-low 35 games, he missed two months early in the season with a bad back, before missing the final weeks of the season after landing hard on his back on March 27 against the Atlanta Hawks. In September 2005, Chandler signed a six-year deal with the Bulls. In July 2006, the Bulls looked to deal away Chandler, who had five years and $54 million left on his contract, in order to pursue Ben Wallace.
On July 14, 2006, Chandler was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for P. J. Brown and J. R. Smith. Chandler led the NBA in offensive rebounds in both 2006–07 and 2007–08, ranking second in the league in rebounds per game in 2006–07 and third in rebounds per game in 2007–08, he ranked second in the NBA in field goal percentage in 2007–08 and would have led the league at.624 in 2006–07 but fell four field goals short of the statistical minimum to qualify. On February 17, 2009, Chandler was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Chris Wilcox, Joe Smith and the draft rights to DeVon Hardin. After examining Chandler's left big toe however, the Thunder determined that the risk of re-injury was too great and did not give Chandler a clean bill of health; as a result, on February 18, the trade was rescinded and Chandler was sent back to the Hornets. Chandler appeared in just 45 games during the 2008–09 season, missing 29 of the team's final 44 games due to left ankle injuries.
Chandler finished the 2008–09 season as the franchise's all-time leader in field goal percentage and rebounds per game, while ranking fifth in total rebounds despite playing just 197 career games with the team. On July 28, 2009, Chandler was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Emeka Okafor. In his lone season with the Bobcats, Chandler played in 51 games and averaged 6.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks despite being hampered by a stress reaction in his left foot that caused him to miss 29 games. On July 13, 2010, Chandler was traded, along with Alexis Ajinça, to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Erick Dampier, Eduardo Nájera, Matt Carroll and cash considerations. Chandler was the perfect fit during his first season with the Mavericks, anchoring their defense on a team with Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry and Jason Kidd, he was credited with giving the Mavericks the'toughness' and defensive intensity that they sorely lacked, earning selection to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for his efforts.
He helped. In Game 4 against the Heat, with Nowitzki under the weather and ailing backup center Brendan Haywood unable to stay in the game, Chandler had 13 points and 16 rebounds in an 86–83 win that tied the series at 2–2, he grabbed nine offensive boards, w
Alonzo Harding Mourning Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player, who played most of his 15-year National Basketball Association career for the Miami Heat. Nicknamed "Zo", Mourning played at center. Following his college basketball career at Georgetown University, his tenacity on defense twice earned him NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and perennially placed him on the NBA All-Defensive Team. Mourning made a comeback after undergoing a kidney transplant and won the 2006 NBA Championship with the Heat. Mourning played for the Charlotte Hornets and New Jersey Nets. On March 30, 2009, Mourning became the first Miami Heat player to have his number retired. Since June 26, 2009, Mourning has served as Vice President of Player Programs and Development for the Heat. In 2010, Mourning was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. On August 8, 2014, Mourning was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. During his time at Indian River High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, he led the team to 51 straight victories and a state title his junior year.
As a senior, he averaged 15 rebounds and 12 blocked shots a game. He was named Player of the Year by USA Today, Parade and Naismith, he was the #1 recruit of the 1988 class, over Billy Owens, Kenny Williams, Shawn Kemp, Stanley Roberts, Christian Laettner, Malik Sealy, among others. Mourning played college basketball for the Georgetown University Hoyas, he was an All-American his last year there. Mourning was selected second overall in the 1992 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets, behind Shaquille O'Neal. Mourning was named to the league's all-rookie team in 1993 after averaging 21.0 pts, 10.3 rebounds, 3.47 blocks. He finished second to Shaquille O'Neal in rookie of the year voting, he posted the highest scoring average of any rookie in Hornets history. Mourning and O'Neal were the first NBA rookies since David Robinson in 1989–90 to average 20 or more points and 10-plus rebounds in their first seasons. Mourning shattered Charlotte's blocked-shots records, becoming the Hornets' all-time career leader in the 49th game of the season.
The greatest moment of Mourning's rookie season came on May 5, 1993 in Game 4 of a first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. His 20-footer with 4 tenths left gave the Hornets a 104–103 victory in the game and a three-games-to-one victory in the series; the Hornets lost in the second round to the New York Knicks in 5 games, with Mourning averaging 23.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in 9 playoff games. The following year, Mourning played in just 60 games, posting similar averages of 21.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game, but the Hornets missed the playoffs. In the 1994–95 season and teammate Larry Johnson led the Hornets to a 50-win season and reached the playoffs. Mourning ranked first on the team in scoring, blocked shots, field goal percentage, played in the 1995 NBA All-Star Game where he scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds; the Hornets lost in 4 games to the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs, despite Mourning posting 22 points, 13.3 rebounds, 3.3 blocks for the series.
On November 3, 1995, after Mourning rejected Charlotte’s contract extension offer worth an average of $11.2 million for seven years and knowing they would not be able to re-sign him, the Hornets traded him, along with reserves Pete Myers and LeRon Ellis in exchange for Glen Rice, Matt Geiger, Khalid Reeves and a first-round pick in the 1996 NBA draft. Mourning would serve as the centerpiece of the Pat Riley-coached Heat, in his first season in Miami he averaged 23.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks a game as Miami made the playoffs before being swept in the first round by the 72 win Chicago Bulls. Mourning played in the 1996 NBA All-Star Game and was joined by all-star point guard Tim Hardaway who arrived through a midseason trade. In the summer of 1996 Mourning would go on to sign a 7-year $105 million dollar contract with the Heat. In the 1996-97 season, the Heat would win a franchise record 61 games, second in the Eastern Conference to the defending champion Bulls, Mourning averaged 19.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks.
In the playoffs, Miami defeated the Orlando Magic in five games, advanced to the conference semifinals against the New York Knicks, where the rivalry between the Heat and the New York Knicks intensified. The Knicks took a 3–1 series lead, but following a brawl between Charlie Ward and P. J. Brown late in Game 5, multiple suspensions were handed down. Mourning scored 28 points in Game 6, followed by a 22-point, 12-rebound performance in Game 7 to help Miami advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, a franchise first, to face Chicago; the Bulls took a 3–0 series lead, Mourning guaranteed a victory in Game 4. The Heat won 87–80, but they lost Game 5 100–87; the next season, Mourning posted similar averages of 19.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks but only played in 58 games, Miami was eliminated in the first round by the Knicks, a series in which Mourning was suspended for the 5th and deciding game due to an on-court fight with ex-teammate Larry Johnson, with Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy hanging onto Mourning's leg in an attempt to break it up.
In the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season, Mourning averaged 20.1 points, a career high 11 rebounds and a career high 3.9 blocks per game as Miami won another Atlantic Division title and the top seed in the playoffs. Mourning won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, was named All-NBA First Team and finished second to Karl Malone in the NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting. Despite being the top seed, the Heat lost to the eight
NBA Rookie of the Year Award
The National Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association award given to the top rookie of the regular season. Initiated following the 1952–53 NBA season, it confers the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy, named after the former Philadelphia Warriors head coach; the winner is selected by a panel of United States and Canadian sportswriters and broadcasters, each casting first and third place votes. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award; the most recent Rookie of the Year winner is Ben Simmons. Twenty-one winners were drafted first overall. There has only been one winner taken in the second round of the draft, Malcolm Brogdon, taken 36th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2016 draft. Sixteen winners have won the NBA Most Valuable Player award in their careers. Nineteen of the forty two non-active winners have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Three seasons had joint winners—Dave Cowens and Geoff Petrie in the 1970–71 season, Grant Hill and Jason Kidd in the 1994–95 season, Elton Brand and Steve Francis in the 1999–2000 season.
Five players won the award unanimously – Ralph Sampson, David Robinson, Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, Karl-Anthony Towns. Patrick Ewing of Jamaica, Pau Gasol of Spain, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons of Australia and Andrew Wiggins of Canada are the only winners not born in the United States. Three of these individuals have dual nationality by birth—Wiggins and Simmons have American fathers, both of Irving's parents are Americans. Ewing immigrated to the Boston area at age 11, Irving moved to the United States at age 2, Wiggins and Simmons moved to the U. S. while in high school. Gasol is the only winner trained outside the U. S. Prior to the 1952–53 season, the Rookie of the Year was selected by newspaper writers; the league did publish the pre-1953 winners in their 1994–95 edition of the Official NBA Guide and the 1994 Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia, but those winners have not been listed in subsequent publications. National Basketball Association portal NBA Development League Rookie of the Year Award NBA Rookie of the Month Award General Specific
Marc Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted 48th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2007 NBA draft. After having his rights traded to the Grizzlies in 2008, he signed with the team and remained with the franchise until being traded to Toronto in 2019, he is a three-time NBA All-Star. In 2013, he was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Gasol has been a regular member of the Spanish national basketball team since 2006, he has won a FIBA Basketball World Cup title. In the EuroBasket, he was won two titles, a silver medal, two bronze medals; the 7'1" center is the younger brother of fellow NBA player Pau Gasol. Gasol was raised in Barcelona, Spain. In 2001, he moved as a teenager with his parents to the Memphis suburb of Germantown, after his older brother Pau joined the Memphis Grizzlies. Gasol played high school basketball at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis. Nicknamed "The Big Burrito," he was named Division 2's Mr. Basketball in 2003 following a senior season in which he averaged 26 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks per game.
In 2008, Lausanne retired Gasol's #33 jersey. After graduating from Lausanne, Gasol returned to his home country of Spain to play in the Liga ACB for FC Barcelona. After three seasons with Barcelona, Gasol signed with Girona in 2006. In 2008, he was named the ACB Most Valuable Player. Gasol was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 48th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. On 1 February 2008, his draft rights were traded by the Lakers to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a trade package that included his older brother, sent from the Grizzlies to the Lakers. On 9 July 2008, he signed with the Grizzlies, he set a franchise rookie record for field goal percentage in a season with 53 percent. The previous record was held by Pau with 51.8 percent in 2001–02. He subsequently earned. After averaging 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds as a rookie, he averaged 14.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in 2009–10 with a career-best.581 field goal percentage. The 2010–11 season saw Gasol average 11.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, a career-high 2.5 assists and 1.68 blocks in 81 games.
He posted 15.0 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.15 blocks in helping lead the Grizzlies through a 13-game run in the 2011 NBA Playoffs. Memphis, which had never won a playoff game before 2011, defeated the Western Conference's top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the opening round went to a deciding seventh game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Gasol led the Grizzlies in field goal accuracy and blocked shots in each of his first three NBA seasons. On 14 December 2011, Gasol re-signed with the Grizzlies to a four-year, $58 million contract. On 23 January 2012, he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, 16 January, through Sunday, 22 January. On 9 February 2012, he was named an NBA All-Star for the first time, earning a place on the Western Conference roster as a reserve for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. In 2012 -- 13, Gasol was one of only six players to average 1.0 steals. He led a Grizzlies defense, his +5.4 score differential ranked second among NBA centers.
In April 2013, he was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first player in Grizzlies history to earn the honor. ESPN lauded the Grizzlies' ability to force turnovers with Gasol on the court anchoring the defense, he was named to the All-NBA Second Team and NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Despite winning Defensive Player of the Year, due to a different voting system, Gasol was named to the All-Defensive second team. In 2013–14, Gasol played a career-low 59 games. A left MCL sprain suffered on 22 November against the San Antonio Spurs sidelined him for 23 games between 25 November and 12 January; the 2014–15 season saw Gasol earn his second NBA All-Star selection, earning his first All-Star start, was named to the All-NBA First Team for the first time. He averaged a career-best 17.4 points to go with 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the 55-win Grizzlies. He scored 30-plus points five times after doing so just once in his first six seasons, he set career highs in field goals attempted, as well as free throws made and attempted.
He was the only player in the league with 600 rebounds and 300 assists. On 13 July 2015, Gasol re-signed with the Grizzlies on a five-year maximum contract worth an estimated $110 million. On 20 November, he recorded his first career triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a 96–84 win over the Houston Rockets, marking the first triple-double for Memphis since 2007, when his brother Pau recorded 17 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Gasol set a new career low for games played with 52 after missing the second half of the season with a broken right foot. On 5 December 2016, Gasol recorded his second career triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a 110–108 double-overtime win over the New Orleans Pelicans. On 12 December, he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, 5 December through Sunday, 11 December, it marked his second career Player of the Week award and the ninth time a Grizzlies player has won the weekly accolade. On 25 January 2017, he scored a career-high 42 points in a 101–99 win over the Toronto Raptors.
A day he was named an NBA All-Star for the third time in his career. On 16 March
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
The J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award is an annual National Basketball Association award given since 1975 to a player, coach, or staff member who shows "outstanding service and dedication to the community." The award is named in honor of James Walter Kennedy, the second commissioner of the NBA. The winner is selected by the Pro Basketball Writers Association; the PBWA represents writers for newspapers and internet services who cover the NBA on a regular basis. Members of the PBWA nominate players for the award, a vote is taken by 150 PBWA members; the person with the highest point total wins the award. The award is given to a person who made a substantial charitable contribution. For instance, Kevin Garnett received the award in 2006 after donating $1.2 million toward the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Since its inception, the award has been given to 34 different people. Only one season had joint winners -- Michael Rory Sparrow in the 1985 -- 86 season. Vlade Divac of Yugoslavia, Dikembe Mutombo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pau Gasol of Spain, Canadians Steve Nash (born in South Africa.
Mutombo is the only player to win the award twice. Frank Layden and Joe O'Toole were the only non-players to win the award. Layden, the 1983–84 award recipient, was the head coach for the Utah Jazz, while O'Toole, the 1994–95 award recipient, was the athletic trainer for the Atlanta Hawks. In 2017-18 season the award was given to Puerto Rican Player JJ Barea of the Dallas Mavericks. National Basketball Association portal Allstate AFCA Good Works Team NBA Community Assist Award General Specific
NBA Most Improved Player Award
The NBA's Most Improved Player Award is an annual National Basketball Association award given to the player who has shown the most progress during the regular season. The winner is selected by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first and third place selections; each first-place vote is worth five points. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award. Since its inception, the award has been given to 31 different players. No player has won the award twice; the most recent recipient is Victor Oladipo. Boris Diaw and Kevin Love are the only award winners. Rony Seikaly, Gheorghe Mureșan, Boris Diaw, Hedo Türkoğlu, Goran Dragić, Giannis Antetokounmpo are the only award winners not born in the United States. S.. Only Alvin Robertson, Dana Barros, Tracy McGrady, Jermaine O'Neal, Danny Granger, Kevin Love, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Victor Oladipo have won the award and been selected as an NBA All-Star in the same season.
Only McGrady, O'Neal, Dragić, Antetokounmpo and Oladipo won the award and were named to the All-NBA Team in the same season. The Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic have both seen five players win the award, the most in the NBA. Tracy McGrady is the first recipient of the award to be named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. National Basketball Association portal NBA Development League Most Improved Player Award General Specific