Candace Nicole Parker is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association. She is the younger sister of former NBA player Anthony Parker and was the first overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft. In high school, Parker won the 2003 and 2004 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year awards, becoming just the second junior and the only woman to receive the award twice. A versatile player, Parker plays the forward position. In college she was listed on Tennessee's roster as a forward and guard. Parker was the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game and the first woman to dunk twice in a college game, she set both milestones as a redshirt freshman on March 19, 2006. Parker became the second player to dunk in a WNBA game on June 22, 2008. Prior to her first WNBA game, Parker had signed long-term endorsement deals with Adidas and Gatorade. In leading the Lady Vols to two consecutive national championships, Parker was named the Final Four's most outstanding player in both occasions, was a two-time consensus national player of the year.
Parker has won a WNBA championship, two WNBA Most Valuable Player Awards, WNBA Finals MVP Award, WNBA All-Star Game MVP, two Olympic gold medals, the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award. Parker has been selected to six all-WNBA teams and five all-star teams, was the first player to win the Rookie of the Year and the WNBA Most Valuable Player Award in the same season. Parker was born on April 1986 to Sara and Larry Parker in St. Louis, Missouri, she has two older brothers: former NBA basketball player Anthony Parker and Marcus Parker, a doctor. Parker and her family moved to Naperville, Illinois at the age of two, where she spent her childhood, her family loved basketball and she began playing at an early age. Her father played basketball at the University of Iowa in the 1970s; the Parker family were huge Chicago Bulls fans. Candace was worried about playing basketball, fearing she would not live up to the level of play her father and brother demonstrated, so she focused on playing soccer, it wasn't until the eighth grade.
Her father helped critique her. Parker said of the experience, "He did things to make me mad, to challenge me, because I was so much more athletic and had so much more knowledge of the game than everyone else that sometimes I just coasted. If me and my dad went to a park and he didn't think I was practicing hard enough, he'd just get in the car and leave, and I'd have to run home. I mean run home. Once I figured that out, I'd always try to go to close-by-parks." Like her older brother Anthony Parker, she attended Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois in 2004. While in high school, Parker led her basketball team to Class AA state titles in 2003 and 2004, compiled a school-record 2,768 points and 1,592 rebounds while starting 119 of the 121 games in which she played, she is the only two-time award winner of the USA Today High School Player of the Year, winning the award in 2003 and 2004. Parker won the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award and Gatorade Female Basketball Player of the Year Award in 2003 and 2004.
In 2004, she was named Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year, WBCA All-American and McDonald's All-American. She participated in the 2004 WCBA All-America Game, she was a consensus pick as player of the year in Illinois in 2002, 2003, 2004, was a four-year member of the All-State first team. On December 27, 2001, Parker dunked for the first time in competition as a 15-year-old sophomore at Naperville Central High School, this is believed to be the first slam dunk by a female athlete in Illinois. On July 11, 2003, Parker tore her ACL in her left knee in a summer league game. On November 11, Parker announced her commitment to Tennessee on ESPNEWS, becoming the first women's player to announce the oral commitment live on ESPNEWS. On December 29, Parker returned to action for Naperville Central and a few months led her team to its second consecutive state title. On March 29, 2004, Parker won the slam dunk contest at McDonald's All-American Game, becoming the first female to win the event and beating the likes of Josh Smith and J. R. Smith.
In August 2004, Parker led the undefeated USA Junior World Championship team to a gold medal with 16.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. While training, Parker had a relapse of knee pain and was required to undergo surgery both the lateral meniscus and the lateral articular cartilage in her left knee. Parker entered the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2004. On February 17, 2005, Tennessee announced Parker would redshirt her first season due to a knee injury. Parker started for the Tennessee Lady Vols during the 2005-06 season. On March 19, 2006, in an NCAA tournament first-round game against Army, she became the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game became the first woman to dunk twice in an NCAA tournament game, she was the SEC Rookie of the Year and helped the Lady Vols win the 2006 SEC tournament championship. With 17 seconds remaining in the SEC tournament championship game against LSU, Parker hit the game-winning shot, she was named tournament MVP and was named to the 2006 Kodak All-America team, making her one of the few to receive the award as a freshman.
However, in the NCAA tournament regional finals against North Carolina, Parker got in early foul trouble and was out of the game for much of the first half, Tennessee lost the game. Parker was the only college player named to the USA squad for the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women in Brazil; the USA squad
Taj McWilliams-Franklin is a former American professional women's basketball player, interim head coach of the WNBA's Dallas Wings. A two-time WNBA champion with the Detroit Shock and Minnesota Lynx and six-time all-star, McWilliams-Franklin's professional career has spanned three decades, began before the WNBA was founded, she retired from the WNBA after the 2012 season. After attending T. W. Josey High School in Augusta, Georgia, McWilliams-Franklin attended Georgia State University in 1989 and played on the school's basketball team for one season. However, she had become pregnant during her senior year in high school, after the coach who recruited her to Georgia State was let go, the incoming staff told her "school was no place for kids." McWilliams-Franklin moved to Austin, where a friend connected her with St. Edward's University coach Dave McKey, she enrolled at St. Edwards as a Rhetoric major. While at St. Edward's, she set school records and individual achievements, including: NAIA National Player of the Year in 1993 Selected to the 1993 Kodak NAIA All-American team Member of the 1992 NAIA All-America second team Set school records for career scoring, most points scored for a single season, highest scoring average and highest field goal percentage McWilliams-Franklin said that after her first year at St. Edward's, she had the potential opportunity to transfer to a Division I school, but declined to pursue it, because she "felt loyalty is rewarded with loyalty."
McWilliams-Franklin was named to the USA national team in 1998. The national team traveled to Berlin, Germany, in July and August 1998 for the FIBA World Championships; the USA team won a close opening game against Japan 95–89 won their next six games easily. In the semifinal game against Brazil, the American team was behind by as much as ten points in the first half, but went on to win 93–79; the gold medal game was a rematch against Russia. In the first game, the American team dominated from the beginning, but in the rematch, the team from Russia took the early lead and led much of the way. With under two minutes remaining, the USA was down by two points, but held on to win the gold medal, 71–65. McWilliams-Franklin was drafted in 1996 and played two seasons for the Philadelphia Rage of the American Basketball League, she led the league in blocks with 1.5 per game, ranked fifth in field goal percentage. She was a member of the 1997 All-ABL second team. McWilliams-Franklin has had a long and successful WNBA career, earning two titles and recognition as one of the all-time great post players in league history.
She ranks. McWilliams-Franklin was selected by the Orlando Miracle in the third round of the 1999 WNBA draft, she starred for the Miracle for four years and remained with the franchise when the it relocated to Uncasville and was renamed the Connecticut Sun prior to the 2003 season. From 1999 to 2008, McWilliams-Franklin played in six WNBA All-Star Games, she was a member of the starting team of the 2004 WNBA All-Star squad that played against a select group of players from the USA Basketball team. That game was held on August 2004 at the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City; the game was held in place of the regular WNBA All-Star Game and was a send-off for the USA Basketball squad prior to their participation at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. McWilliams-Franklin was the recipient of the 2005 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, she was awarded a Tiffany-designed trophy and $5,000. In addition, she designated an additional $5,000 to go to the Mary Elizabeth House in Richmond, Virginia.
She was 2nd team all WNBA in 2005. In February 2007, she was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for the draft rights of Érika de Souza and a future selection in the 2007 WNBA Draft. On April 22, 2008 the Los Angeles Sparks traded McWilliams-Franklin to the Washington Mystics for DeLisha Milton-Jones. On August 12, 2008 McWilliams-Franklin was traded to the Detroit Shock for Tasha Humphrey, Eshaya Murphy, a second round pick in the 2009 WNBA draft. Following the trade, McWilliams-Franklin won her first WNBA championship with the Shock as they defeated the San Antonio Silver Stars in a 3-game sweep. On April 22, 2010, McWilliams-Franklin signed a free agent deal with the New York Liberty, she was targeted as a key free agent acquisition by Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve prior to the 2011 season. McWilliams-Frankin played as the team's starting center throughout the season, averaging 7.0 rebounds per game and 11.6 points per game. Lynx Assistant Coach Jim Petersen credited McWilliams-Franklin with having an outsize impact on the team both on and off the court, saying, "You can talk all you want about the things she has done on the floor, but it is in the locker room, in the scouting reports, in the film sessions and just around the airport -- she's somebody to talk to, there and done that.
She has seen it all." Teammate Candice Wiggins agreed, noting that the team had nicknamed her "Mama Taj", that "she is like a coach, a big sister for us, off the court and on. She has taken us all in. We are like her little chickies and she is the mother hen."Despite her age, McWilliams-Franklin was a key contributor to the Lynx's 2011 WNBA championship. She started 33 of 34 games during the regular season, during the playoffs led her team in points once and assists three times, the last despite playing with a knee sprain; as of 2017, she remains the oldest player in league history to win a championship. McWilliams-Franklin came back for the 2012 season, her longevity and talent earned her the career rec
The city of Gainesville is the county seat of Hall County, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 33,804. By 2015 the population had risen to an estimated 38,712; because of its large number of poultry processing plants, it is called the "Poultry Capital of the World." Gainesville is the principal city of, is included in, the Gainesville, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area, included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, Georgia Combined Statistical Area. Gainesville was established as "Mule Camp Springs" by European-American settlers in the early 1800s. Less than three years after the organization of Hall County on December 15, 1818, Mule Camp Springs was renamed "Gainesville" on April 21, 1821, it was named in honor of General Edmund P. Gaines, a hero of the War of 1812 and a noted military surveyor and road-builder. Gainesville was selected to be the county seat and chartered by the Georgia General Assembly on November 30, 1821. A gold rush that began in nearby Lumpkin County in the 1830s resulted in an increase in the number of settlers and the beginning of a business community.
In the middle of the 19th century, Gainesville had two important events. In 1849, it became established with people attracted to the springs. In 1851, much of the small city was destroyed by fire. After the Civil War, Gainesville began to grow from 1870. In 1871 the Airline Railroad named the Georgia Southern Railroad, began to stop in Gainesville, increasing its ties to other markets and stimulating business and population, it grew from 1,000 in 1870, to over 5,000 by 1900. By 1898, textile mills had become the primary driver of the economy, with the railroad integral to delivering raw cotton and carrying away the mills' products. With the revenues generated by the mills, in 1902, Gainesville became the first city south of Baltimore to install street lamps. On March 1, 1905, free mail delivery began in Gainesville, on August 10, 1910, the Gainesville post office was opened. On December 22, 1915, the city's first high-rise, the Jackson Building, had its formal opening. In 1919 Southern Bell made improvements to the phone system.
City services began in Gainesville on February 22, 1873, with the election of a City Marshal, followed by solid waste collection in 1874. In 1890, a bond issue to fund the waterworks was passed, the original water distribution system was developed. In 1943, at the height of World War II, Gainesville contributed to the war effort by leasing the airport to the US government for $1.00. The military used it as a naval air station for training purposes. In 1947, the airport was returned to the city of Gainesville, improved by the addition of two 4,000-foot landing strips. After World War II, a businessman named. Chickens have since become the state's largest agricultural crop; this $1 billion a year industry has given Gainesville the title "Poultry Capital of the World". In 1956, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed Lake Sidney Lanier, by building Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River. During the 1996 Summer Olympics, Gainesville served as the venue for the rowing and kayaking medal competitions, which were staged on Lake Lanier.
Gainesville gained accreditation of its Parks and Recreation Department in 2001. This was the third department in the state to be accredited; the Lakeside water treatment plant opened in 2002. The city has sponsored new social activities, including the Spring Chicken Festival in 2003, the Art in the Square gathering in 2004, "Dredgefest" in 2008. 2008 saw the reopening of the Fair Street Neighborhood Center, the reopening of the Linwood Water Reclamation Facility Grand, the completion of the Longwood Park Fishing Pier. Gainesville is located in central Hall County at 34°18′16″N 83°50′2″W, it is bordered to the southwest by the city of Oakwood. Interstate 985/U. S. Route 23 passes through the southern part of the city, leading southwest 54 miles to Atlanta and northeast 23 miles to Baldwin and Cornelia. U. S. Route 129 runs through the east side of the city, leading north 24 miles to Cleveland and southeast 21 miles to Jefferson. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 33.9 square miles, of which 31.9 square miles are land and 1.9 square miles, or 5.75%, are water.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, parts of Gainesville lie along the shore of one of the nation's most popular inland water destinations, Lake Lanier. Named after Confederate veteran, Georgia author and musician Sidney Lanier, the lake was created in 1956 when the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Chattahoochee River near Buford and flooded the river's valley. Although created for hydroelectricity and flood control, it serves as a reservoir providing water to the city of Atlanta and is a popular recreational attraction for all of north Georgia. Much of Gainesville is wooded, with both deciduous and coniferous trees; the Gainesville Amtrak station is situated at 116 Industrial Boulevard. Amtrak's Crescent train connects Gainesville with the cities of New York, Baltimore, Greensboro, Atlanta and New Orleans. Gainesville has a bus transit system, the Gainesville Connection, with 130 stops along three routes through Gainesville; the Hall Area Transit Transportation System began operations in January 2001 with three buses and four mini-buses.
Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport, built in 1940, is a city-owned airport with two runways, supports air taxi operations, itinerant operations, local operations, military operations
Leilani Seamah Mitchell is an American-Australian professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association. She was drafted 25th overall by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2008 WNBA Draft, she played for multiple basketball teams outside of the United States. Mitchell, was born and grew up in the United States to an Australian mother and American father and has dual citizenship. In December 2013, Mitchell pledged her allegiances to, represents Australia internationally. Mitchell is the only daughter of Eleanor Majid, her father is American and her mother is Australian. She has five brothers: Tyler, Travis and Robbie. Mitchell has dual citizenship in the United States of Australia, her mother died from cancer in 2009. Mitchell attended Kennewick High School in Washington. Mitchell was a four-year starter at Kennewick High School. Mitchell was named first-team all-state and all-conference as a junior and senior at Kennewick High School and earned Big Nine Conference Player of the Year honors as a senior.
In four consecutive years, Mitchell led Kennewick High School to state championship games, including Kennewick's title-winning season of 2000. As a freshman, Mitchell assists, she ranked seventh in the Big West in field goal percentage and third in three-point shooting percentage. Mitchell is just one of two Big West players to record a double-double with points and assists this season. Against Portland State, she scored 11 points. Mitchell was named the 2004 Big West Freshman of the Year, earned a spot on the Big West First Team. Mitchell rose to national prominence in her sophomore year, was named honorable mention All-America by the Associated Press and the WBCA in 2005–06, she was named one of 11 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation's top point guard. Mitchell started all 30 games, averaging career-high 17.7 points, 5.9 assists and 3.9 steals per game. She set a school record with 118 steals, while her 178 assists were fourth-most on the Idaho single-season list, her 168 free throws made ranked third on the school's single-season chart.
She led the conference in both assists, steals, fourth in scoring. Mitchell continued her stellar play her junior year, she ranked second in the nation in steals in 2005 -- 06, averaging 4.0 per game. She ranked first in the WAC and 18th nationally in assists, averaging 5.6 per contest, scored 17.6 points per game. As a junior for Idaho, ranking 50th in the nation. Mitchell left Idaho with the school's career record for steals and 3-point field goals made in a single game. On the single-season leader boards she now ranks first in steals, second in 3-point field goals made in a season and steals. Career-wise she is second in assists. Mitchell transferred to the University of Utah, she sat out the 2006–07 season under NCAA rules, played the 2007–08 season for Utah. In her lone season at Utah Mitchell averaged 16.8 ppg, 7.5 apg and 4.1 rpg, with seven double-doubles. She won five Mountain West Conference Player of the Week awards, more than any other player in the MWC, she had eight 20-point games this year.
That count included two season-high-tying 26-point games. Mitchell was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, she finished her college career one of only six NCAA Division I players since 1999–2000 to compile 2,000 points/500 rebounds/500 assists/300 steals in her career others were Alana Beard, Shenise Johnson, Maya Moore, Courtney Vandersloot and Skylar Diggins. Source Mitchell was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury twenty-fifth overall in the second round of 2008 WNBA Draft. Mitchell was traded to the New York Liberty during the 2008 pre-season after the Liberty acquired Mitchell in a trade in exchange for a 2009 third round draft pick. A bench player, Mitchell made her first professional start on June 6, 2008, in place of the injured Loree Moore. In her first career start against the Houston Comets she had team-high 18 points going perfect 6–6 from the floor including 3–3 from three-point range. During the 2008 season she developed a strong fan following and a reputation for fearlessness in grabbing loose balls and driving to the basket.
Mitchell scored 14 points in the Liberty's narrow loss to the Detroit Shock in Game 3 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals. Mitchell had a breakout year in the 2010 WNBA season, she became the regular starting point guard in the 2010 season, after the Liberty released Moore in the offseason. Mitchell averaged 3.8 assists per game. She scored 10-plus points 14 times, lead the league in three-point field-goal percentage. Mitchell scored her first 20-point game against the Tulsa Shock, she won the 2010 WNBA Most Improved Player Award. On September 2, 2011, Mitchell scored a career-high 24 points in a win against the Minnesota Lynx. Mitchell voluntarily decided to skip the 2014 WNBA season to spend time with her family in Australia. On April 21, 2014, Mitchell announced that she was taking the 2014 WNBA season off to spend the summer in Australia; as a result, on August 7, 2014, the Liberty waived Mitchell. On February 4, 2015, Mitchell signed with the Phoenix Mercury. On June 12, 2015, vs Indiana Fever, Mitchell scor
2007 Pan American Games
The 2007 Pan American Games known as the XV Pan American Games, were a major continental multi-sport event that took place in Rio de Janeiro, from July 13 to July 29, 2007. A total of 5,633 athletes from 42 National Olympic Committees competed in 332 events in 34 sports and in 47 disciplines. During the Games, 95 new Pan American records were set. Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Games over San Antonio, United States, on August 24, 2002, having won an absolute majority of votes from the 51 members of the Pan American Sports Organization in the first round of voting during the XL PASO General Assembly held in Mexico City, Mexico; this was the first Games held in Brazil since the 1963 Pan American Games that took place in São Paulo. According to the Rio de Janeiro Organizing Committee, the Games called for the implementation of the country's largest organizational and logistic operation ever; the official bid was submitted in August 2001 during the XXXIX Pan American Sports Organization General Assembly held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
In April 2002, following delivery of Federal and City Government and BOC letters confirming country, state and Brazilian sport compliance with the applicable Games regulations, PASO announced the approval of Rio de Janeiro’s bid. The Bidding Committee submitted a detailed bid file for the Games; the document was prepared and developed with the assistance of Fundação Getúlio Vargas, commissioned by Rio de Janeiro's City Government. In the running to host the 2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro faced off with the city of San Antonio, United States. According to PASO statute and regulations, the host city was selected by direct voting during the XL PASO General Assembly held in Mexico City, Mexico, on August 24, 2002; the candidate city that received the simple majority of votes from representatives of the 42 member National Olympic Committees would be awarded the right to host the competition. The announcement was made by PASO President Mario Vázquez Raña. Rio de Janeiro received 30 votes against 21 from San Antonio.
Marked by a professional strategy that included the showing of city and project videos, Rio de Janeiro's campaign convinced the majority of voters, accounting for a total 51 votes. The 39-member Brazilian delegation erupted into boisterous celebration celebrating the country's highest achievement in terms of sporting event organization. * Host nation The organization of the Rio 2007 Games has chosen the figure of the Sun to represent the event. And, in a decision never taken before, it has defined it as the single mascot of the Pan American and Parapan American Games, such as the Brazilian expression, that the "Sol Brilha para Todos", reinforcing thus the principles against prejudice and that, like the sun, sport is for all; the character reflects the main characteristics of the host city and harmonizes with the graphic work developed for the logo and the visual identity of both Games. The name was chosen through popular voting by Internet, cellular phone messages and public ballot boxes placed around the main Brazilian cities, causing great commotion.
Over 1.2 million people participated in the election, the name Cauê received half of the votes. Traditionally used in large sport events, the mascot figure serves the purpose of cheering the event, enforcing the playful aspect of sports and captivating spectators and athletes; the mascot's main choice is to transmit messages of peace, respect to the environment and brotherhood, which are intrinsic values to the Olympic Movement. The 2007 Pan American Games torch relay was a 39-day torch run, from June 5 to July 13, 2007, held prior to the games. On June 4, the torch was lit at the torch lighting ceremony in Mexico; the flame was taken by a Brazilian Air Force craft to Santa Cruz Cabrália, Brazil, where the torch relay began. The Opening Ceremony of the XV Pan American Games took place on July 13, 2007. 90,000 people packed Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã Stadium for the occasion. The ceremony included a cast of 7,000 and a multimillion-dollar budget, being produced by Scott Givens. Over 800 people were part of the creative and production teams working on the Opening Ceremony, Team Welcome Ceremonies, Sports Production, the presentation of 2,252 medals, Sports Production, the Closing Ceremony and ParaPan ceremonies.
The show lasted for two and a half hours. The theme of the show was based on the theme of the Rio 2007 Games: Viva Essa Energia and the oath of the athletes was performed by Brazilian Taekwondo athlete Natália Falavigna. A abbreviated version of the Olympic Anthem was played. Contrary to plan, the games were not opened by Brazil's head of state, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, but by the head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, Carlos Nuzman. Prior to the official opening, Lula had been booed whenever the in-stadium camera showed his image or when his name was mentioned; the competitions were carried through in a ray of 25 km, spread for four polar regions in the city. Marapendi Club – Tennis City of Sports Complex – Basketball, Artistic Gymnastics, Synchronised swimming, Roller Skating. Outeiro Hill – Cycling. Riocentro Complex – Badminton, Fencing, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline, Judo
In basketball, a block or blocked shot occurs when a defensive player deflects a field goal attempt from an offensive player to prevent a score. The defender is not allowed to make contact with the offensive player's hand or a foul is called. In order to be legal, the block must occur. A deflected field goal, made does not count as a blocked shot and counts as a successful field goal attempt for shooter plus the points awarded to the shooting team. For the shooter, a blocked shot is counted as a missed field goal attempt. On a shooting foul, a blocked shot cannot be awarded or counted if the player who deflected the field goal attempt is different from the player who committed the foul. If the ball is heading downward when the defender hits it, it is ruled as goaltending and counts as a made basket. Goaltending is called if the block is made after the ball bounces on the backboard. Nicknames for blocked shots include "rejections," "stuffs," "bushed", "fudged", or notably "double-fudged", "facials," "swats," "denials," and "packs."
Blocked shots were first recorded in the NBA during the 1973–74 season. Due to their height and position near the basket and power forwards tend to record the most blocks, but shorter players with good jumping ability can be blockers, an example being Dwyane Wade, the shortest player, at 6'4", to record 100 blocked shots in a single season. A player with the ability to block shots can be a positive asset to a team's defense, as they can make it difficult for opposing players to shoot near the basket and by keeping the basketball in play, as opposed to swatting it out of bounds, a blocked shot can lead to a fast break, a skill Bill Russell was notable for. To be a good shot-blocker, a player needs great court sense and timing, good height or jumping ability. One tactic is that a shot-blocker can intimidate opponents to alter their shots, resulting in a miss. A chase-down block occurs when a player pursues an opposing player who had run ahead of the defense, blocks their shot attempt; the block involves hitting the ball into the backboard as the opponent tries to complete a lay-up.
One of the most recognized chase-down blocks was then-Detroit Pistons' Tayshaun Prince's game-saving block on Reggie Miller in Game 2 of the 2004 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers. Pistons announcer Fred McLeod, who first witnessed this style of blocks from Prince, created the chase-down term with the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the 2008–09 NBA season, the Cavaliers began tracking chase-down blocks, crediting LeBron James with 23 that season and 20 the following season. Another landmark chase-down block occurred in the 2016 NBA Finals when Lebron James, in the closing minutes of the 4th quarter delivered what became known as "The Block" on a lay-up attempt by Andre Iguodala with the score tied at 89 and 01:50 remaining in the game. Most blocks in a single game: Elmore Smith Most blocks in a single half: Elmore Smith, George T. Johnson, Manute Bol Most blocks per game in a season: Mark Eaton Most career blocks: Hakeem Olajuwon Most blocks per game in a career: Mark Eaton Most blocks in NBA Finals game: Dwight Howard Most blocks in a non-NBA Finals playoff game: Andrew Bynum, Hakeem Olajuwon, Mark Eaton Most career blocks: Jarvis Varnado – Mississippi State Most blocks single season, player: David Robinson – Navy Most blocks per game single season, player: Shawn James – Northeastern Most blocks single season, team: Kentucky Most career blocks: Brittney Griner – Baylor Most blocks single season, player: Brittney Griner – Baylor Most blocks per game single season, player: Brittney Griner – Baylor Most blocks single season, team: Baylor List of National Basketball Association career blocks leaders List of National Basketball Association season blocks leaders List of National Basketball Association players with most blocks in a game List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career blocks leaders List of NCAA Division I men's basketball season blocks leaders List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 13 or more blocks in a game ^a Brittney Griner's 736 career blocks is recognized as the all-time NCAA record, men's or women's.
Hall of Famer Anne Donovan, who played for Old Dominion from 1979 to 1983, recorded 801 blocks while playing in the AIAW, therefore her total is not recognized as an NCAA achievement. Career block leaders on Basketball-Reference.com Bill Russell Block Art on YouTube
Tamera Young is an American basketball player for the Las Vegas Aces of the Women's National Basketball Association. Born in Wilmington, North Carolina, Tamera Young is the daughter of the late Greg Young and Lynda Nichols-Brown and John Brown, she has an older brother, A. J. and two older sisters and Valerie. Her cousin, Willie Williams, was a cornerback for the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers and a 13-year NFL veteran. Tamera is the all-time leading scorer at Emsley A. Laney High School, the same high school that produced Michael Jordan, where her number 11 jersey is retired. During her senior year she led the "Buccaneers to the 2004 Conference Championship. During her off-seasons she spends her time with her girlfriend, Mimi Faust, in Atlanta raising awareness about pancreatic cancer to which she lost her father on April 6, 2015. Tamera played collegiately at James Madison University in the Colonial Athletic Association, she set numerous records while including the conference's all-time scoring record.
As a senior, she led JMU to the third round of the 2008 WNIT, before losing to the University of Kentucky. Source Young was drafted in the first round with the eighth overall pick in the 2008 WNBA draft by the expansion team Atlanta Dream. In her first season with the Dream Tamera became the first player from James Madison University to play in the WNBA and wore the number 23 on her jersey. In her second season she switched to the number 11. While playing for the Atlanta Dream, Young's per game averages included 8.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 27.4 minutes a game. On August 12, 2009, Young was traded to the Chicago Sky in exchange for Armintie Price; as a player, she averaged 40.5% in field goal accuracy, 27% in three-point accuracy, averaged 6.8 PPG. On February 1, 2018, Young signed a contract with the Las Vegas Aces. During the 2008–2009 off-season, following her rookie year in the WNBA, Young went to Latvia and played for Cesis. For the 2009 -- 2010 off-Season Young played for Pankup.
In 2010, she signed with Basket Landus in France for the 2010–2011 off-Season. Young signed to play for Istanbul University in Turkey for the 2011–2012 off-season. After the winter holidays she would sign with Maccabi Ashdod in Israel and go on to win the 2012 Israeli Cup and be named the MVP. In the 2014 off-season, Young joined the Brazilian championship, being teammate to various Atlanta Dream players in América de Recife