Jason Frederick Kidd is an American basketball coach and former player. He is currently the coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. Previously a point guard in the NBA, he was a ten-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member, and a nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. He won an NBA Championship in 2011 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, raised in Alameda, Kidd played college basketball for the California Golden Bears and was drafted second overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1994 NBA draft. He was named co-NBA Rookie of the Year in his first season with the Mavericks, from 1996 to 2001, Kidd played for the Phoenix Suns and for the New Jersey Nets from 2001 to 2008. He led the Nets to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003, in the middle of the 2007–08 season, Kidd was traded back to Dallas, where he won his only NBA championship in 2011. After finishing his career with the New York Knicks in 2012–13. He finished his career ranked second on the NBA all-time lists in career assists and steals.
Kidd was born in San Francisco, and raised in a middle class section of Oakland. His father, was African-American, and his mother, as a youth, Kidd was highly scouted for AAU teams and tourneys, garnering various all-star and MVP awards. He attended the East Oakland Youth Development Center and frequented the city courts of Oakland, where he often found himself pitted against future NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton. During that year, he received a host of individual honors, including the Naismith Award as the nations top high school player. The all-time prep leader in assists and the states seventh-highest career scorer, Kidd was voted California Player of the Year for the second time, on January 31,2012, Kidd was honored as one of the 35 Greatest McDonalds All Americans. His 110 steals set an NCAA record for most steals by a freshman and set record for most steals in a season. He was selected a First Team All-American, the first Cal player to be so named since 1968, as well as Pac-10 Player of the Year, becoming the first sophomore to receive that honor.
The Golden Bears made the NCAA Tournament again as a fifth seed, Kidd was named a finalist for both the Naismith and Wooden Awards as college basketballs top player and subsequently opted to enter the NBA draft in 1994. In 2004, Cal retired Kidds number 5 jersey, Kidd was selected as the second pick overall by the Dallas Mavericks, behind Glenn Robinson of Purdue, and just ahead of Dukes Grant Hill. In his first year, he averaged 11.7 points,5.4 rebounds and 7.7 assists, the year before the Mavericks drafted Kidd, they finished the season with the worst record in the NBA at 13–69
Joseph Bohomiel Lapchick was a professional basketball player, mostly known for playing with the Original Celtics in the 1920s and 1930s. He is commonly regarded as the best center of his era, after ending his playing career in 1937, Lapchick became head coach at St. Johns University, a position he held until 1947, when he took over the New York Knicks in the NBA. Lapchick coached the Knicks until 1957, leading them to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances and he returned to St. Johns, coaching them until 1965. From star player to coach to popular author to respected dignitary. He was an influential figure who helped nurture the sport from its crude beginnings into its modern form. Born in Yonkers, New York to Czech immigrants, Lapchick as a boy helped his family make ends meet by scrounging for coal near railroad tracks. At age 12 the youngster started playing basketball around his neighborhood, like many youngsters of the era, he stopped going to school after the eighth grade. While working as a caddy and in a factory, the 15-year-old found he could make $5 to $10 per night playing for local basketball teams, at age 19 he was suiting up for four different touring teams and pocketing up to $100 per game.
Lapchick was rangy at 6-foot-5, making him a valuable commodity at a time when a ball was held after every basket. “I played one manager against the other, ” he said years later, “I bargained with the managers for every game. When there was a clash of dates, I took the best offer. ”In 1923 he joined the fabled Original Celtics, at first the team eschewed league play, choosing instead to barnstorm throughout the Northeast and wow crowds with its razzle-dazzle style of play. When a large cut on Lapchick’s wrist became infected with uniform dye, luckily for Lapchick, the treatment worked. The Celtics joined the American Basketball League in 1926 and won two straight titles, so dominant were Lapchick, Nat Holman, and the rest of the Celtics that the league insisted the team disband. Lapchick and two other former Celtics joined the Cleveland Rosenblums, a team owned by a department store magnate who had named the team after himself, with Lapchick starring at the pivot, the Rosenblum Celtics won two straight ABL titles.
The Great Depression forced an end to the ABL in 1931, still a young man, Lapchick re-formed the Celtics with Dutch Dehnert, Davey Banks, Nat Hickey, Johnny Beckman, Carl Husta and him. They hit the road for five years, with Lapchick handling driving duties, in 1936 Lapchick landed the coaching job at St. John’s University, New York City. In 11 seasons he steered the Redmen to a 180-55 record, overwhelmed by stress, Lapchick fainted during the second half of the 1944 final game. Landing Lapchick was a big boost to the league, which was in only its second year of operation, though a slick player and an admired coach, Lapchick was perhaps best known for his obsessive worrying and anxiety during games
Elgin Gay Baylor is an American retired basketball player and executive. He played 13 seasons as a forward in the National Basketball Association for the Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers. Baylor was a shooter, strong rebounder, and an accomplished passer. Renowned for his acrobatic maneuvers on the court, Baylor regularly dazzled Lakers fans with his trademark hanging jump shots. The No.1 draft pick in 1958, NBA Rookie of the Year in 1959, in 1977, Baylor was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Baylor spent 22 years as manager of the Los Angeles Clippers. He won the NBA Executive of the Year Award in 2006 and he had a special appearance in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode Olympiad, as one of the athletes. Elgin Rabbit Baylor had two basketball-playing brothers and Kermit, after stints at Southwest Boys Club and Brown Jr. High, Baylor was a 3 time All City player in High School. Elgin played his first 2 years at Phelps Vocational High School in the 1951 and 1952 basketball seasons where he set his first area scoring record of 44 points vs Cardozo.
During his 2 All City years at Phelps he averaged 18.5 and 27.6 points per season and he did not perform well academically and dropped out of school to work in a furniture store and to play basketball in the local recreational leagues. He finished with a 36.1 average for his 8 Interhigh Division II league games, on February 3,1954 in a game against his old Phelps team, he scored 31 in the first half. Playing with 4 fouls the second half, Baylor scored 32 more points to establish a new DC area record with 63 points. This broke the point record of 52 that Westerns Jim Wexler had set the year before when he broke Rabbits record of 44. An inadequate scholastic record kept him out of college until a friend arranged a scholarship at the College of Idaho, after one season, the school dismissed the head basketball coach and restricted the scholarships. A Seattle car dealer interested Baylor in Seattle University, and Baylor sat out a year to play for Westside Ford, Baylor led the Seattle University Chieftains to the NCAA championship game in 1958, falling to the Kentucky Wildcats, Seattles last trip to the Final Four.
Following his junior season, Baylor joined the Minneapolis Lakers in 1958, in his three collegiate seasons, one at Idaho and two at Seattle, Baylor averaged 31.3 points per game. He led the NCAA in rebounds during the 1956–57 season, fifty-one years after Baylor left Seattle University, Seattle U named its basketball court in honor of him on November 19,2009. The Redhawks now play on the Elgin Baylor Court in Seattles KeyArena, the Minneapolis Lakers used the No.1 overall pick in the 1958 NBA draft to select Baylor, convinced him to skip his senior year at SU and instead join the pro ranks
Maurice Edward Mo Cheeks is an American retired professional basketball player and currently an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. He has served as coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers. Cheeks was born in Chicago, and attended DuSable High School and he attended West Texas State University from 1974 to 1978. Cheeks was an all-Missouri Valley Conference player for three seasons, as he averaged 16.8 points per game and shot nearly 57% for his collegiate career. He is currently the leading scorer in WTSU/WTAM history. After college, Cheeks was selected as the 36th pick in the round of the 1978 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. As a result, he was named to four straight NBA All-Defensive squads from 1983 to 1986, in NBA history, Cheeks ranks fifth all-time in steals and eleventh all-time in assists. At the time of his retirement from the NBA in 1993, Cheeks was the NBA all-time leader in steals and he averaged 11.7 points per game for his career and notched over 2 steals per contest.
After retirement, Cheeks spent one year coaching in the Continental Basketball Association and he coached under head coaches John Lucas, Johnny Davis, and Larry Brown, and he was an instrumental part of the Philadelphia team that reached the 2001 NBA Finals. In 2001, he was hired as Portland Trail Blazers head coach and he led the team to two playoff berths in four years as coach, but could not get past the first round. He was fired after a start to the 2004–05 campaign. On April 25,2003, during a game between the Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks, Cheeks aided 13-year-old Natalie Gilbert in singing the American national anthem. After Gilbert forgot the words at At the twilights last gleaming, Cheeks rushed over to help her and they finished it together and Gilbert received a standing ovation after the song was over. In 2005, Cheeks was named as coach of the 76ers. Cheeks was popular among Sixers fans because of his tenure with the Sixers. The move was praised by Sixers star Allen Iverson, who worked with Cheeks during his run as Sixers Assistant Head Coach.
However, he missed the playoffs in each of his first two seasons, frustrations began to grow with Sixers veterans Allen Iverson and Chris Webber, who were not happy with the teams direction. During the 2006–07 season, Iverson would be traded to the Nuggets and Webber would be released, on February 20,2007, the 76ers extended Cheeks contract one year despite his losing record as coach
Delaware is a state located in the Mid-Atlantic and/or Northeastern regions of the United States. It is bordered to the south and west by Maryland, to the northeast by New Jersey, the state takes its name from Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, an English nobleman and Virginias first colonial governor. Delaware occupies the portion of the Delmarva Peninsula and is the second smallest, the sixth least populous. Delaware is divided into three counties, the lowest number of counties of any state, from north to south, the three counties are New Castle and Sussex. While the southern two counties have historically been agricultural, New Castle County has been more industrialized. Before its coastline was explored by Europeans in the 16th century, Delaware was inhabited by groups of Native Americans, including the Lenape in the north. It was initially colonized by Dutch traders at Zwaanendael, near the present town of Lewes, Delaware was one of the 13 colonies participating in the American Revolution.
On December 7,1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, the Delaware Indians, a name used by Europeans for Lenape people indigenous to the Delaware Valley, derive their name from the same source. The surname de La Warr comes from Sussex and is of Anglo-Norman origin and it came probably from a Norman lieu-dit La Guerre. This toponymic could derive from the Latin word ager, from the Breton gwern or from the Late Latin varectum, the toponyms Gara, Gaire appear in old texts cited by Lucien Musset, where the word gara means gore. It could be linked with a patronymic from the Old Norse verr, Delaware is 96 miles long and ranges from 9 miles to 35 miles across, totaling 1,954 square miles, making it the second-smallest state in the United States after Rhode Island. Delaware is bounded to the north by Pennsylvania, to the east by the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, New Jersey and the Atlantic Ocean, small portions of Delaware are situated on the eastern side of the Delaware River sharing land boundaries with New Jersey.
The state of Delaware, together with the Eastern Shore counties of Maryland, the definition of the northern boundary of the state is unusual. Most of the boundary between Delaware and Pennsylvania was originally defined by an arc extending 12 miles from the cupola of the courthouse in the city of New Castle and this boundary is often referred to as the Twelve-Mile Circle. This is the only nominally circular state boundary in the United States, to the west, a portion of the arc extends past the easternmost edge of Maryland. The remaining western border runs slightly east of due south from its intersection with the arc, the Wedge of land between the northwest part of the arc and the Maryland border was claimed by both Delaware and Pennsylvania until 1921, when Delawares claim was confirmed. Delaware is on a plain, with the lowest mean elevation of any state in the nation. Its highest elevation, located at Ebright Azimuth, near Concord High School, the northernmost part of the state is part of the Piedmont Plateau with hills and rolling surfaces
In 1682, William Penn, an English Quaker, founded the city to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. Philadelphia was one of the capitals in the Revolutionary War. In the 19th century, Philadelphia became an industrial center. It became a destination for African-Americans in the Great Migration. The areas many universities and colleges make Philadelphia a top international study destination, as the city has evolved into an educational, with a gross domestic product of $388 billion, Philadelphia ranks ninth among world cities and fourth in the nation. Philadelphia is the center of activity in Pennsylvania and is home to seven Fortune 1000 companies. The Philadelphia skyline is growing, with a market of almost 81,900 commercial properties in 2016 including several prominent skyscrapers. The city is known for its arts and rich history, Philadelphia has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city. Fairmount Park, when combined with the adjacent Wissahickon Valley Park in the watershed, is one of the largest contiguous urban park areas in the United States.
The 67 National Historic Landmarks in the city helped account for the $10 billion generated by tourism, Philadelphia is the only World Heritage City in the United States. 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 and their territory was along the Delaware River watershed, western Long Island. Most Lenape were pushed out of their Delaware homeland during the 18th century by expanding European colonies, Lenape communities were weakened by newly introduced diseases, mainly smallpox, and violent conflict with Europeans. Iroquois people occasionally 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 now reside in the US state of Oklahoma, with communities living in Wisconsin, Ontario. 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 quickly spread out in the valley. In 1644, New Sweden supported the Susquehannocks in their defeat of the English colony of Maryland
Clyde Austin The Glide Drexler is an American retired professional basketball swingman. During his career, he was a ten-time All-Star, and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Drexler won an Olympic gold medal in 1992 as part of the 1992 United States mens Olympic basketball team and an NBA Championship in 1995 with the Houston Rockets. He is a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee He currently serves as a commentator for Houston Rockets home games. Born in New Orleans, Drexler lived in the South Park area in Houston and attended Ross Sterling High School in Houston, where he was a classmate of tennis player Zina Garrison. As a sophomore, he made the varsity team, and tried out for the basketball team. Drexler played as a 6 ft 6 in center as a senior and he began receiving attention from college coaches following a 34-point, 27-rebound performance against Sharpstown High School during a 1979 Christmas tournament. Lewis that Drexler was the best player he had faced in high school, Drexler majored in finance and worked at a bank during the summer.
Lewis recalled in 2003 that he received hate mail from Houston supporters and alumni for recruiting Drexler. Drexler and Young, along with Larry Micheaux and new recruit Hakeem Olajuwon, comprised the Phi Slama Jama basketball fraternity that gained attention for its acrobatic. New players were initiated into the fraternity by having to stand underneath the basket as Drexler drove in from halfcourt, Houston made the first of Drexlers two straight Final Four appearances in 1982, where they lost to eventual champions North Carolina. He averaged 15.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a forward as Houston finished 25–8. The 1982–83 campaign saw Houston return to the Final Four ranked No.1 and they were matched up against No. Drexler declared for the NBA draft as a junior, leaving Houston with career averages of 14.4 points,3.3 assists and 9.9 rebounds in three seasons. In the 1983 NBA draft Drexler was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 14th overall pick and he averaged 7.7 points in 17.2 minutes per game in his rookie season.
His second season was his breakout season, in which he averaged 17.2 points,6 rebounds,5.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game. In his third season, Drexler made his first All-Star team while averaging 18.5 points,5.6 rebounds,8 assists and 2.6 steals. In the 1989–1990 season, Drexler led the Portland Trail Blazers to the NBA Finals, averaging 26.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, in the 1990–1991 season Drexler led Portland to a franchise best 63–19 record. Heavily favored to win the West, the Los Angeles Lakers upset the Trail Blazers by winning the Western Conference Finals, in the 1991–92 season he made the All-NBA First Team and finished second to Michael Jordan in MVP voting
Newark is a city in New Castle County, Delaware,12 miles west-southwest of Wilmington. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 31,454, Newark is the home of the University of Delaware. Newark was founded by Scots-Irish and Welsh settlers in 1694, the town was officially established when it received a charter from George II of Great Britain in 1758. Schools have played a significant role in the history of Newark, a grammar school, founded by Francis Alison in 1743, moved from New London, Pennsylvania to Newark in 1765, becoming the Newark Academy. Among the first graduates of the school were three signers of the Declaration of Independence, George Read, Thomas McKean, and James Smith. Two of which, Read and McKean, went on to have named after them in the state of Delaware, George Read Middle School. During the American Revolutionary War and American forces clashed outside Newark at the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge, tradition holds that the Battle of Coochs Bridge was the first instance of the Stars and Stripes being flown in battle.
The state granted a charter to a new school in 1833, Newark Academy and Newark College joined together in the following year, becoming Delaware College. The school was forced to close in 1859, but was resuscitated eleven years under the Morrill Act when it became a joint venture between the State of Delaware and the schools Board of Trustees. In 1913, pursuant to legislative Act, Delaware College came into ownership of the State of Delaware. The school would be renamed the University of Delaware in 1921, Newark received a license from King George II to hold semi-annual fairs and weekly markets for agricultural exchange in 1758. A paper mill, the first sizable industrial venture in Newark, was created around 1798 and this mill, eventually known as the Curtis Paper Mill, was the oldest paper mill in the United States until its closing in 1997. Methodists built the first church in 1812 and the railroad arrived in 1837, one of Newarks major sources of employment and revenue was the Chrysler Newark Assembly plant which was built in 1951.
Jamaican reggae star, Bob Marley worked as a worker at the plant during his short stint in Delaware in the 1960s. Originally constructed to build tanks for the US Army, the plant was 3.4 million square feet in size and it employed 1,100 employees in 2008 which was down from 2,115 in 2005. This turn was due largely to the decline of sales of the Durango, the plant stood for more than 50 years, providing jobs and revenue to the state of Delaware. The factory produced a variety of automobile models during its run. The plant was closed in late 2008 due to the recession, Newark is located at 39°41′01″N 75°44′59″W
Gervin averaged at least 14 points per game in all 14 of his ABA and NBA seasons, and finished with an NBA career average of 26.2 points per game. Gervin is widely regarded to be one of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history, Gervin was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Martin Luther King High School in Detroit and he was a Detroit Free Press All-State selection in 1970. He transferred to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and averaged 29.5 points as a forward in 1971–72. While competing in an NCAA College Division national semifinal game in Evansville, Gervin was suspended for the following season and eventually was removed from the team. Invitations to try out for the Olympic and Pan-American teams were withdrawn, Gervin initially played for the Pontiac Chaparrals of the Eastern Basketball Association, where he was spotted by Johnny Kerr, a scout for the Virginia Squires of the ABA. Kerr signed Gervin to the Squires for a $40,000 a year contract, Gervins time in Virginia would be short-lived, however.
The Squires finances had never been stable, and they had forced to start trading their best players to get enough money to stay alive. In the space of four months, they traded Julius Erving. During the 1974 ABA All-Star Weekend, rumors abounded that the Squires were in talks about dealing Gervin for cash, the rumors turned out to be true, on January 30, Gervin was sold to the Spurs for $228,000. The ABA tried to block the trade, claiming that by trading their last legitimate star, however, a court sided with the Spurs. Within two years, the Squires were no more, after two seasons in the ABA, Gervin became NBA eligible in time for the 1974 NBA draft. The Phoenix Suns selected Gervin in the round with the 40th pick, however Gervin elected to stay in the ABA. With Gervin as the centerpiece, the Spurs transformed from a primarily defense-oriented team into an exciting fast-breaking team that played what coach Bob Bass called schoolyard basketball. Gervins first NBA scoring crown came in the 1977–78 season, when he narrowly edged David Thompson for the title by seven hundredths of a point.
With the scoring crown in hand, he sat out some of the third, larry Kenon would become a free agent and sign with the Bulls after the following season. Prior to Michael Jordan, Gervin had the most scoring titles of any guard in league history, in 1981, while sitting out three games due to injury, Gervins replacement, Ron Brewer, averaged over 30 ppg. When Gervin returned, he scored 40+ points, when asked if he was sending a message, Gervin said, Just the way the Lord planned it and added, Ice be cool
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Chicago Bulls and his biography on the NBA website states, By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s, Jordan played three seasons for coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina. As a freshman, he was a member of the Tar Heels national championship team in 1982, Jordan joined the Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick. He quickly emerged as a star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, demonstrated by performing slam dunks from the throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames Air Jordan. He gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball, in 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a three-peat.
Jordan retired for a time in January 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Wizards. Among his numerous accomplishments, Jordan holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average and highest career playoff scoring average. In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN and he became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015. Jordan is known for his product endorsements and he fueled the success of Nikes Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today. Jordan starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself, in 2006, he became part-owner and head of basketball operations for the then-Charlotte Bobcats, buying a controlling interest in 2010. In 2015, Jordan became the first billionaire NBA player in history as a result of the increase in value of NBA franchises and he is the third richest African American, behind Oprah Winfrey and Robert F. Smith. Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Deloris, who worked in banking and his family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when he was a toddler.
Jordan is the fourth of five children and he has two older brothers, Larry Jordan and James R. Jordan, Jr. one older sister, and a younger sister, Roslyn. Jordans brother James retired in 2006 as the Command Sergeant Major of the 35th Signal Brigade of the XVIII Airborne Corps in the U. S. Army. Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, where he highlighted his athletic career by playing basketball, baseball and he tried out for the varsity basketball team during his sophomore year, but at 511, he was deemed too short to play at that level. His taller friend, Harvest Leroy Smith, was the only sophomore to make the team, motivated to prove his worth, Jordan became the star of Laneys junior varsity squad, and tallied several 40-point games
Earvin Magic Johnson Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player and current president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons, after winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers. He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the All-Star MVP Award. After protests from his players, he retired again for four years. Johnsons career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and he led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBAs all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2. Johnson was a member of the 1992 United States mens Olympic basketball team, after leaving the NBA in 1992, Johnson formed the Magic Johnson All-Stars, a barnstorming team that travelled around the world playing exhibition games.
Johnson was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996, Johnson became a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame—being enshrined in 2002 for his individual career, and again in 2010 as a member of the Dream Team. He was rated the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN in 2007 and his friendship and rivalry with Boston Celtics star Larry Bird, whom he faced in the 1979 NCAA finals and three NBA championship series, are well documented. Since his retirement, Johnson has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex, as well as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker. Named by Ebony magazine as one of Americas most influential businessmen in 2009, Johnson has numerous business interests. Johnson is part of a group of investors purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. Earvin Johnson Jr. was born in Lansing, Michigan to Earvin Sr. a General Motors assembly worker, and Christine, who had six siblings, was influenced by his parents strong work ethic.
Earvin Jr. would often help his father on the garbage route, Johnson grew up in Lansing, and came to love basketball as a youngster. His favorite basketball player was Bill Russell, whom he admired more for his many championships than his athletic ability and he idolized players such as Earl Monroe and Marques Haynes, and practiced all day. Magic Johnson came from an athletic family and his father played high school basketball in his home state of Mississippi, and Johnson learned the finer points about the game from him. Johnsons mother, originally from North Carolina, had played basketball as a child. By the time he had reached the grade, Johnson had begun to think about a future in basketball. He had become a dominant junior player, once scoring 48 points in a game
Slater Nelson Dugie Martin Jr. was an American professional basketball player and coach who was a playmaking guard for 11 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He was born in Elmina, Walker County and played in seven NBA All-Star Games, Martin was one of the NBAs best defensive players in the 1950s, playing for the George Mikan-led Minneapolis Lakers that won four NBA championships between 1950 and 1954. In 1956, he joined Bob Pettits St. Louis Hawks, Martin was an alumnus of Jefferson Davis High School in Houston, where he led his school to two state basketball championships in 1942 and 1943. He is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin, throughout his career with the Longhorns, he averaged 12.7 points per game. He was head coach of the Houston Mavericks of the American Basketball Association in the 1967–68 season and part of 1968–69, Martin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 3,1982 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is so far the only Longhorn to be so honored and his jersey number 15 was retired by the University of Texas on January 31,2009, making him only the second Longhorn basketball player to have his number retired.
He died of an undisclosed illness on October 18,2012, in Houston, aged 86