Although the Baylor never won a championship, his teams were still extremely successful, winning the second most games during the span of his career. At the time of his retirement, he held the Lakers single game record for points scored, scoring 71 on November 15, 1960 against the New York Knicks. F- James Worthy: 1982-1994 Worthy was never the Lakers’ best player, but he was still among the most impactful players in franchise history. He was the perfect compliment to play alongside Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Clark Kellogg was drafted by the Pacers in the 1982 and finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting, but the Pacers finished the 1982–83 season with their all-time worst record of 20–62, and won only 26 games the following season. After winning 22 games in 1984–85 and 26 games in 1985–86, Jack Ramsay replaced George Irvine as coach and led the Pacers to a 41–41 record in 1986–87 and their second playoff appearance as an NBA team. Chuck Person, nicknamed "The Rifleman" for his renowned long-range shooting, led the team in scoring as a rookie and won NBA Rookie of the Year honors. Their first playoff win in NBA franchise history was earned in Game 3 of their first-round, best-of-five series against the Atlanta Hawks, but it was their only victory in that series, as the Hawks defeated them in four
Kobe’s hard work earned him a starting role for all four years. His senior year Kobe was nominated for Nation High School Player of the Year. He averaged thirty points, twelve rebounds, six assists, four steals, and three blocked shots. He also led the school to their first championship in fifty-three years.
He and the 76ers finished with the best record in league history and won a championship against his former team, as well. He later traded to the Lakers the next season but he and the Lakers didn’t win any championships. However, in 1972, the Lakers finally seemed poised to win a championship, they did, but it wasn’t easy. Wilt’s incredible scoring ability was a valuable asset to the teams he won championships with, but he played with other scorers so he also focused on defensive skills, like shot blocking, and he worked on
These reasons listed all show how Michael Jordan is the best player of all time and Lebron is not. There are many reasons why Lebron can not be the better than Michael Jordan was. One of the reasons why Lebron can not be said to be better than Jordan is because of how many championships Michael has won compared to Lebron. Michael Jordan played in the NBA for fifteen years, made it to the finals six out of those fifteen years and won every time. While Lebron is in his thirteenth year in the NBA, made it to the finals seven times, and won three out of those seven times.
The Celtics boasted a long championship drought from 1986-2008, leaving fans in Boston disgruntled and antsy. That drought ended when Celtics GM Danny Ainge made pivotal moves to construct a team that would ultimately bring number 17 to Boston. Let's look at a quick recap of those moves: Traded Jeff Green, Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak to Seattle for Ray Allen and a 2nd round pick
Within a single hour he set new world records in the 220-yard sprint, the 220-yard hurdles, and the long jump, and tied the world record in the 100-yard dash. (“Jesse Owens”). Towards the end of and after college Jesse was ready to try for the Olympics. In 1932, he failed to win a place on the United States Olympic squad, but by the time he had finished high school, in 1933, he had won much acclaim as a track athlete of extraordinary promise. (Borden).
Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court | Conversation Starters When NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar first visited UCLA to meet the man who would be the greatest coach in American history, Coach John Wooden, he was taken aback by the man’s attention to his grades rather than to his high school basketball record. Having the best record for a prospective college player, Abdul-Jabbar was confident the Coach would be impressed. But the 18 year old cocky kid from New York got his first lesson from the Coach who would be his mentor and friend for the rest of his life: “basketball is temporary, but knowledge is forever. ” That was the beginning of a coach-player mentorship that blossomed into a 50-year
However he came closest to winning a ring in the 2001 season when he took the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. However, Iverson and his team fell 4-1 to Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O 'Neal. Although Iverson never got his ring he was still named the NBA’s most valuable player, at 6 feet 165 pounds he became the shortest and lightest play to ever win
Lance Armstrong is known to many as two things; the world’s best cycler and the world’s most famous cheater. But he didn’t always have these titles, Lance Armstrong was originally born in small town north of Plano, Texas. He began his sports career as a swimmer at the young age of 12, which eventually led him to his love for triathlons. By the age of 19, Lance was beginning to make a name for himself by becoming the nation’s leading triathlete and winning championships. In his senior year of high school, Lance began training with the United States Olympic Team, which propelled him to become United States National Amateur champion.
The streak is one that goes all the way back to 2010, the year when James left his home-state Cleveland to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami Heat. The bulk of this streak was on James, who won all seven home games against the Cleveland Cavaliers during his four-year stay with the Miami Heat. In his four-year stint in Miami , the Miami has not lost a game to Cleveland, and this streak still continues since James announced his return to Cleveland. Both teams are positioned on the same side of the Eastern playoff bracket, and are primed for a potential second-round matchup.
By the time he was in 8th grade, he had grown a foot taller and could already dunk a basketball (A&E Television). Alcindor was an all-star before the NBA. When Alcindor went to Power Memorial High, he earned the nickname, “The tower from Power” after a record 71 game winning streak. That season’s overall record was 79-2.
Somehow the Nets, Pacers, Spurs, and Nuggets squeaked past going bankrupt because of their success in the league, but for the other ABA it was a very rocky road. Bankruptcy got the best of the ABA itself too, by their last season they couldn’t pay for anything like renovations or even upgrades for anything whatsoever! When the NBA knew that they were running low on money, they wanted to merge right then and there. But the NBA encountered a problem, they couldn’t merge until the 1976 season was up.
He started all ten playoff games and averaged 28.5 points per game despite being hampered by a number of nagging injuries. Iverson led the Sixers to an upset over the number three seeded Orlando Magic in four games, before losing to the Indiana Pacers in the second round in six games. Prior to the next season, Iverson signed a six-year, $70 million contract extension. That year, the Sixers would continue to improve under Iverson 's leadership, as they finished 49-33, once again qualifying for the playoffs (this time earning the fifth seed, one spot higher than the previous year 's sixth seed).In the playoffs, Iverson averaged 26.2 points, 4.8 assists, 4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Philadelphia would advance past the Charlotte Hornets in the opening round, but was eliminated by Indiana in the second round in six games for the second
Kevin Durant is one of the best basketball players in the world. He is self made man that works and thrives hard for what he does. By working hard look where he now. Coming to the draft everyone wanted to have him he was that good. Kevin Durant’s early life was rough but it made his career and life stronger mentally and stronger.