The Atlanta Hawks are a professional basketball team based in Atlanta. The Hawks compete in the National Basketball Association as a team of the leagues Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The team plays its games at Philips Arena. The teams origins can be traced to the establishment of the Buffalo Bisons in 1946 in Buffalo, New York, after 38 days in Buffalo, the team moved to Moline, where they were renamed the Tri-Cities Blackhawks. In 1949, they joined the NBA as part of the merger between the NBL and the Basketball Association of America, and had Red Auerbach as coach briefly, in 1951, Kerner moved the team to Milwaukee, where they changed their name to the Hawks. Kerner and the team moved again in 1955 to St. Louis, the Hawks played the Boston Celtics in all four of their trips to the NBA Finals. The St. Louis Hawks moved to Atlanta in 1968, when Kerner sold the franchise to Thomas Cousins, the Hawks currently own the second-longest drought of not winning an NBA championship at 57 seasons.
The franchises lone NBA championship, as well as all four NBA Finals appearances, they went 48 years without advancing past the second round of the playoffs in any format, until finally breaking through in 2015. Much of the failure theyve experienced in the postseason can be traced back to their history in the NBA draft. Since 1980, the Hawks have drafted four players who have been chosen to play in an NBA All-Star Game. Dominique Wilkins was actually selected by the Utah Jazz and traded to the Hawks a few months after the draft, the origins of the Atlanta Hawks can be traced to the Buffalo Bisons franchise, which was founded in 1946. The Bisons were a member of the National Basketball League, the club was organized by the Erie County American Legion and was coached by Nat Hickey. Their first game – a 50–39 victory over the Syracuse Nationals – was played on November 8,1946, on the team was William Pop Gates, along with William Dolly King, was one of the first two African-American players in the NBL.
The team, which needed to draw 3,600 fans per game to break even struggled to draw 1,000 fans per game to the Auditorium. Upon relocation to Moline, the team was renamed the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, and played their games at Wharton Field House. The team featured guard/forward and coach Deanglo King, and was owned by Leo Ferris, Pop Gates remained on the Blackhawks roster, and finished second on the team in scoring behind future 1948 NBL MVP Don Otten. A Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member, Gates helped to integrate the league and become the first African-American coach in a sports league. In 1949 the Blackhawks became one of the National Basketball Associations 17 original teams after a merger of the 12-year-old NBL and they reached the playoffs in the NBAs inaugural year under the leadership of coach Red Auerbach
Outside basketball, he has become known for his humanitarian work. On January 10,2007, he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the second most prolific shot blocker in NBA history, behind only Hakeem Olajuwon. He averaged a double-double for most of his career, and is 12th all-time in career double-doubles, at the conclusion of the 2009 NBA playoffs, Mutombo announced his retirement. On September 11,2015, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Dikembe Mutombo was born on June 25,1966 in Leopoldville, Democratic Republic of the Congo as one of twelve children to Samuel and Biamba Marie Mutombo. He speaks English, Spanish and five Central African varieties including Lingala and he is a member of the Luba ethnic group. He moved to the United States in 1987 at the age of 21 to enroll in college and he spoke almost no English when he arrived at Georgetown and studied in the ESL program. During his first year of basketball as a sophomore, Mutombo once blocked twelve shots in a game.
While at Georgetown, Mutombos international background and interests stood out, like many other Washington-area college students, he served as a summer intern, once for the Congress of the United States and once for the World Bank. In 1991 he graduated with degrees in linguistics and diplomacy. In the 1991 NBA draft, the Denver Nuggets drafted Mutombo with the fourth overall pick, coming to a team ranked last in the NBA in opponent points-per-game and Defensive Rating, his shot blocking ability made an immediate impression across the league. Mutombo developed his signature move in 1992 as a way to more marketable. After blocking a shot, he would point his right index finger at that player. That year, Mutombo starred in a Adidas advertisement which used the catchprase Man does not fly … in the house of Mutombo, a reference to his prolific shot-blocking. As a rookie, Mutombo was selected for the All-Star team and averaged 16.6 points,12.3 rebounds, Mutombo began establishing himself as one of the leagues best defensive players, regularly putting up big rebound and block numbers.
The 1993–94 season saw Denver continue the improvement with Mutombo as the franchise cornerstone, finishing with a 42-40 record. They were matched up with the top-seeded 63–19 Seattle SuperSonics in the first round, at the end of Game 5, Mutombo memorably grabbed the game-winning rebound and fell to the ground, holding the ball over his head in a moment of joy. Mutombos defensive presence was the key to the victory, his total of 31 blocks remains a record for a five-game series. In the second round of the playoffs, the Nuggets fell to the Utah Jazz 4-3, the following season, he was selected to his second All-Star game and received the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award
The Philadelphia 76ers are an American professional basketball team based in Philadelphia metropolitan area. The 76ers compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Founded in 1946 and originally known as the Syracuse Nationals, they are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA and they have won three NBA championships, with their first coming as the Syracuse Nationals in 1955. The second title came in the 1966–67 season, a team which was led by Chamberlain, the third title came in the 1982–83 season, won by a team led by Erving and Malone. The 76ers have only been back to the NBA Finals once since then, in 2001, while in the NBL with teams largely consisting of small Midwestern towns, the Nationals put together a 21–23 record, finishing in 4th place. In the playoffs, the Nats would be beaten by the fellow upstate neighbor Rochester Royals in 4 games, in their second season, 1947–48, the Nationals would struggle, finishing in 5th place with a 24–36 record.
Despite their struggles, the Nats would make the playoffs, getting swept by the Anderson Duffey Packers in 3 straight games, several teams began to leave the NBL for the BAA as the foundation for an absorption was laid. The Nationals recipe for success began by recruiting Leo Ferris, in the playoffs the Nationals would make quick work of the Hammond Calumet Buccaneers, winning the series in 2 straight games. However, in the semifinals the Nats would fall to the Anderson Duffey Packers for the second season in 4 games. In 1949, the Nationals were one of seven NBL teams that were absorbed by the Basketball Association of America to form the NBA, the Nationals were an instant success in the NBA, winning the Eastern Division in the 1949–1950 season, with a league best record of 51–13. In the playoffs the Nationals continued to play basketball, beating the Philadelphia Warriors in 2 straight. Moving on to the Eastern Finals, the Nationals battled the New York Knickerbockers, in the NBA Finals, the Nationals faced fellow NBL alums the Minneapolis Lakers.
In Game 1 of the Finals the Nats lost just their home game of the season 68–66. The Nats did not recover, as they fell behind 3 games to 1 before falling in 6 games, despite several teams leaving the NBA for the National Professional Basketball League before the 1950–1951 season, the Nationals decided to stay put. In their second NBA season the Nationals played mediocre basketball all season, however, in the playoffs the Nats played their best basketball of the season as they stunned the 1st place Philadelphia Warriors in 2 straight, taking Game 1 on the road in overtime 91–89. In the Eastern Finals the Nationals were beaten by the New York Knickerbockers in a hard-fought 5-game series, in the playoffs the Nats knocked off the Philadelphia Warriors again in a 3-game series. However, in the Eastern Finals the Nats fell to the New York Knickerbockers again, the Nationals would finish in 2nd place in a hard fought 3-way battle for first place in the Eastern Division for the 1952–1953 season, with a record of 47–24.
In the playoffs the Nationals would face the Boston Celtics dropping Game 1 at home 87–81, the Nationals acquired Alex Groza, and Ralph Beard as the Indianapolis Olympians folded leaving the NBA with just 9 teams for the 1953–1954 season
Wyoming Cowboys basketball
The University of Wyoming mens basketball program, which competes in the Mountain West Conference, has a lengthy tradition dating back to 1905. Wyoming won the 1943 NCAA championship under Hall of Fame coach Everett Shelton and behind star guard Ken Sailors, Wyoming has made a total of 15 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Since the Mountain West was formed in 1999, Wyoming has won two titles, including an outright championship in 2002. Prior to that, Wyoming won five championships in the Western Athletic Conference, eight championships in the Skyline Conference, and one championship in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Wyoming basketball program began in 1904 when a known as the Laramie Town Team challenged a team from the university to a basketball game. The team became a powerhouse in the 1930s under coach Willard Dutch Witte, Wyoming was retroactively named the 1934 national champion by the Helms Foundation. Witte coached a total of nine seasons in Laramie and compiled a 134–51 record, after Witte stepped down in 1939, Everett Shelton took over the team and went on to become the winningest coach in Wyoming history in his 19 years in Laramie.
Although Shelton went just 6–10 in his first season, his teams would win 20 or more seven times during his career. In 1943, the Cowboys went 31–2 and won the NCAA Tournament and that team was led by Ken Sailors, who scored 16 points in the championship game victory over Georgetown on his way to being named the tournaments Most Outstanding Player. In addition, Sailors was named college basketballs Player of the Year in 1943, in all, the Cowboys made eight NCAA tournament appearances under Shelton, though they only won one game aside from the three-game run in 1943. After Shelton retired in 1959, Wyoming basketball lay dormant for some time, including Sheltons last four campaigns as head coach, the Cowboys endured nine consecutive losing seasons from 1956 to 1964. Again from 1971 through 1978, the Cowboys had one winning season, in 1978, Jim Brandenburg became the Cowboys head coach and the program experienced a resurgence. In his nine seasons, Wyoming did not have a losing season. In 1981, the Cowboys were 24–6 and reached the round of the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to being the Cowboys first tournament appearance since 1967, it was their first 20-win season since 1952–53, after guiding the Cowboys to the Sweet 16 in 1987, Brandenburg left the Cowboys to become the coach at conference rival San Diego State. He was replaced by Benny Dees, who went 26–6 in his first year with the Cowboys, larry Shyatt went 19–9 in 1997–98, his only season in Laramie before becoming the head coach at Clemson University. On March 22,2007, Wyoming hired former Portland State head coach Heath Schroyer to become its head coach. Shyatt was hired yet again as Wyomings head coach after the 2010–11 season ended due to the firing of Heath Schroyer, the 2010–11 teams top two scorers left the program afterwards, with Desmar Jackson and Amath MBaye transferring to Southern Illinois University and the University of Oklahoma, respectively
Joel Przybilla is an American retired professional basketball player who played the center position for 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association. Przybilla was born in Monticello and attended Monticello High School and he was named 1998 Minnesota Mr. Basketball, along with Darius Lane. He was named to USA TODAYs All-USA second team and earned Parade All-American honors, Przybilla spent two years at the University of Minnesota and left as second on the Golden Gophers all-time single-season list with 84 blocks. He finished his sophomore season first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, second in blocks, after playing for the Bucks for over three seasons, on February 15,2004, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team trade. On August 25,2004, Przybilla signed a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. He made an impact averaging 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in the 2004–05 NBA season. On July 17,2006, he re-signed with the Trail Blazers to a reported five-year, $32 million contract.
Bill Duffy, Przybillas agent, explained his reasons for re-signing with the Blazers this way, Hes extremely loyal, and they gave him an opportunity two years ago when no one else did. On March 22,2008, Przybilla recorded a career-high 25 rebounds, on January 2,2009, he was fined $7,500 and assessed a flagrant foul for striking Tyson Chandler. In a game against the Dallas Mavericks on December 22,2009, two days later, he had surgery to repair the tear in the tendon and missed the rest of the 2009–10 season. On February 24,2011, Przybilla was traded, along with Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks, on February 27,2012, Przybilla re-signed with the Portland Trail Blazers. On August 9,2012, Przybilla signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, on August 24,2014, Przybilla officially retired from the NBA after sitting out the entire 2013–14 season. Przybilla was born the third of four children of Doug, an American Express employee, and Linda Przybilla and he is of German and Polish descent. He and his wife, have two sons and Jayden, NBA.
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2001 NBA All-Star Game
The 2001 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game which was played on February 11,2001 at the MCI Center in Washington, D. C. home of the Washington Wizards. This game was the 50th edition of the North American National Basketball Association All-Star Game and was played during the 2000–01 NBA season, Allen Iverson was named the games Most Valuable Player after he rallied the East to garner an improbable 111–110 comeback victory over the West. The East trailed 95–74 with nine minutes left after the West dominated the first 39 minutes behind its superior size, Iverson sparked the comeback scoring 15 of his 25 points in the final nine minutes of the game. Stephon Marbury helped the East by hitting two three-pointers in the final 53 seconds, including one with 28 seconds left, which proved to be the game-winner. Kobe Bryant scored the most points for the West squad, which led by as much as twenty-one points before the team squandered the lead. Bryant, the NBAs leading scorer at the time, could have taken the last shot, the coach for the Western Conference team was Sacramento Kings head coach Rick Adelman.
The Kings had a 31-15 record on February 11, the coach for the Eastern Conference team was Philadelphia 76ers head coach Larry Brown. The 76ers had a 36-14 record on February 11, the rosters for the All-Star Game were chosen in two ways. The starters were chosen via a fan ballot, two guards, two forwards and one center who received the highest vote were named the All-Star starters. The reserves were chosen by votes among the NBA head coaches in their respective conferences, the coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. The reserves consist of two guards, two forwards, one center and two players regardless of position, if a player is unable to participate due to injury, the commissioner will select a replacement. For the second year, Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors was the lead vote-getter with 1,717,687. He was closely followed by Allen Iverson, who earned his second consecutive All-Star appearances, tracy McGrady, Grant Hill, and Alonzo Mourning completed the Eastern Conference starting position.
This was the first All-Star appearance by McGrady, Iverson and Mourning were all starters the previous year. The Eastern Conference reserves included two first-time selections, Theo Ratliff and Stephon Marbury, the other reserves were Dikembe Mutombo, Ray Allen, Allan Houston, Glenn Robinson, Latrell Sprewell, and Jerry Stackhouse. Because of injuries to Mourning and Hill, Antonio Davis and Anthony Mason were selected as replacements, the Western Conferences leading vote-getter was Shaquille ONeal, who earned his eight consecutive All-Star Game selection with 1,541,298 votes. Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, Chris Webber, and Tim Duncan completed the Western Conference starting positions, Bryant, and ONeal were starters for the previous years Western Conference team, while Webber was a reserve. The Western Conference reserves include two first-time selections, Vlade Divac and Antonio McDyess, the team was rounded out by Gary Payton, Michael Finley, Rasheed Wallace, Karl Malone, and David Robinson
Rasheed Abdul Sheed Wallace is an American retired professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association. A native of Philadelphia, Wallace played college basketball at the University of North Carolina before moving on to the NBA in 1995. Originally selected by the Washington Bullets as the pick in the 1995 NBA draft. He was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers after the season, with Portland he was a key member of the Trail Blazers team that made it to the Western Conference Finals in 1999 and 2000, and was an NBA All-Star in 2000 and 2001. Wallace averaged a career best 19.4 points per game in 2002 for the Trail Blazers, during the 2003–04 season Portland traded him to the Atlanta Hawks where he played one game before he was traded to the Detroit Pistons. With the Pistons, Wallace won the NBA championship in 2004, Wallace was an NBA All-Star in 2006 and 2008. After the 2008–09 season, Wallace left the Pistons as an agent and signed with the Boston Celtics.
He returned to sign a deal to play for the New York Knicks in 2012. Wallace is currently the NBAs all-time leader in technical fouls. Wallace holds the record for technical fouls. In the 2000–01 season, Wallace received 41 technical fouls over a span of 80 games, on April 17,2013, Wallace announced his second retirement. Wallace was born and raised in the city neighborhoods of Philadelphia. He was named USA Today High School Player of the Year after his season and was selected first team All America by Basketball Times. Wallace was a two-time Parade All-American first teamer, despite playing time of just 19 minutes per game, Wallace averaged 16 points,15 rebounds and seven blocks his senior year. In addition to basketball, Wallace ran track and high jumped as a teenager, along with Randy Livingston and Jerry Stackhouse, were considered the top three players in the 1993 class. University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith recruited Wallace to Chapel Hill, Smith was a revered mentor both to Wallace and Wallaces eventual Detroit coach Larry Brown.
Wallace has indicated that this North Carolina bond with Brown helped him adjust quickly to the Pistons system, during his brief time at North Carolina, Wallace had success in the national spotlight. He was named a second-team All-American by the AP his second year at UNC, Wallace and fellow future NBA player Jerry Stackhouse helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA Final Four in 1995
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers, commonly known as the Blazers, are an American professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. The Trail Blazers compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Western Conference Northwest Division. The team played its games in the Memorial Coliseum before moving to Moda Center in 1995. The team has advanced to the NBA Finals three times, winning the NBA championship once in 1977 and their other NBA Finals appearances were in 1990 and 1992. The team has qualified for the playoffs in 31 seasons of their 45-season existence, including a streak of 21 straight appearances from 1983 through 2003, the second longest streak in NBA history. The Trail Blazers 31 playoff appearances rank third in the NBA only behind the Los Angeles Lakers, six Hall of Fame players have played for the Trail Blazers. Bill Walton is the franchises most decorated player, he was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 1977, four Blazer rookies have won the NBA Rookie of the Year award.
Sports promoter Harry Glickman sought a National Basketball Association franchise for Portland as far back as 1955 when he proposed two new teams, the other to be located in Los Angeles. To raise the money for the $3.7 million admission tax, Glickman associated himself to real estate magnates Robert Schmertz of New Jersey, Larry Weinberg of Los Angeles and Herman Sarkowsky of Seattle. Two weeks later, on February 24, team management held a contest to select the teams name, the most popular choice was Pioneers, but that name was excluded from consideration as it was already used by sports teams at Portlands Lewis & Clark College. The name Trail Blazers received 172 entries, and was selected by the judging panel. Despite initial mixed response, the Trail Blazers name, often shortened to just Blazers, along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Buffalo Braves, the Trail Blazers entered the NBA in 1970 as an expansion team, under coach Rolland Todd. Geoff Petrie and Sidney Wicks led the team in its years.
During that span, the team had three coaches, team executive Stu Inman served as coach. The team won the first pick in the NBA draft twice during that span, in 1972, the team drafted LaRue Martin with the number one pick, and in 1974 the team selected Bill Walton from UCLA. In 1976, the ABA–NBA merger saw those two rival leagues join forces, four ABA teams joined the NBA, the remaining teams were dissolved and their players distributed among the remaining NBA squads in a dispersal draft. The Trail Blazers selected Maurice Lucas in the dispersal draft and that summer, they hired Jack Ramsay as head coach. The two moves, coupled with the stellar play, led Portland to several firsts, winning record, playoff appearance
In basketball, a block or blocked shot occurs when a defensive player legally deflects a field goal attempt from an offensive player. The defender is not allowed to contact with the offensive players hand or a foul is called. In order to be legal, the block must occur while the shot is traveling upward or at its apex. A deflected field goal that is made does not count as a blocked shot, every successful blocked shot is counted as a missed field goal attempt for the shooter. Also, on a foul, a blocked shot cannot be awarded or counted. If the ball is heading downward when the defender hits it, it is ruled as goaltending, goaltending is called if the block is made after the ball bounces on the backboard. Nicknames for blocked shots include rejections, bushed, fudged, or notably double-fudged, swats, blocked shots were first officially recorded in the NBA during the 1973–74 season. To be a good shot-blocker, a player needs great court sense and timing, 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, the block involves hitting the ball into the backboard as the opponent tries to complete a lay-up.
Pistons announcer Fred McLeod, who first witnessed this style of blocks from Prince, 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. Career block leaders on Basketball-Reference. com Bill Russell Block Art on YouTube
1995 NBA draft
The 1995 NBA draft took place on June 28,1995, at SkyDome in Toronto, Canada. It marked the first NBA draft to be held outside the United States and was the first draft for the two Canadian expansion teams, Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies. Kevin Garnett, who was fifth in this draft, is notable for being the first player in two decades to be selected straight out of high school. Garnett would go on to gather fifteen All Star selections, eight All-NBA selections, one NBA MVP award, rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse had successful careers, being four-time and two-time All-Stars respectively. Wallace won an NBA championship in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons, while Stackhouse scored the most total points in the league in 2000, the other remaining top selections had relatively productive careers, but were considered to have never reached their full potential. Joe Smith put up solid, but unspectacular numbers throughout his career and is considered a disappointment for a first overall selection.
He was involved in a salary cap scandal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Antonio McDyess was a one-time All-Star, but serious and continuing knee injuries decreased much of his effectiveness in the prime of his career. Damon Stoudamire was the 1995–96 NBA Rookie of the Year and had a solid career although he was arrested and fined several times for marijuana possession and this draft was notable for two of the biggest busts in NBA history, Ed OBannon and Shawn Respert. OBannon had received accolades for leading the UCLA Bruins to the NCAA Championship. Respert played only four seasons in the NBA, while secretly hiding that he was suffering from stomach cancer, the following players went undrafted in the 1995 NBA Draft but played in the NBA. The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft, a The Los Angeles Clippers traded Randy Woods and the draft rights of Antonio McDyess to the Denver Nuggets for Rodney Rogers and the draft rights to Brent Barry