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When Bill Russell became the NBA's first black superstar in the 1950's & 60'S his reward and appreciation from his Boston Celtic fans was to defecate in his bed after he helped lead the team to several NBA titles - (Library of Congress - New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper - photo)

 

The Clippers Kawhi Leonard turned down an offer to play with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers they will clash on the 1st restart day of the 2019-20 Season - (NBA photo)

 

 

LeBron James says regarding playing games without fans, " I' AIN'T PLAYING" - (NBA photo)

 

Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain exemplified how to play the game without Showtime hot-dogging. The two battled for over a decade during the 60's. Since that time no NBA center could compare to their brute talent - (Library of Congress photo)

 

When Hanna Storm questioned Lakers boss Jeanie Buss regarding Carmelo Anthony and other NBA stars declining to sign with the Lakers the incredulous Buss replied, "What has that to do with Kobe?" - (ESPN screen shot photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sports Notes - ALL TIME NBA 1st TEAM - BREAKING IT DOWN - June, 2020
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL... A SHIT HOLE COUNTRY - Our all time NBA 1st team involves the player that rocked the league, Bill Russell who Red Auerbach coached with the Boston Celtics. Russell was acquired in a trade with the then St Louis Hawks (now Atlanta). The Celtics gave up two highly productive white players, Cliff Hagen and Ed MacCauley in the 1956 NBA draft. One has to take into consideration how racist the United States at the time and remains so BUT... Auerbach took a bold chance with the Russell acquisition. Boston fans showed their appreciation by breaking into Russell's home and defecating in his bed.... - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA TV Schedules for ‘Seeding Games’ to Restart Season - June, 2020
On Thursday, July 30, the season will resume with a TNT doubleheader as the Utah Jazz faces the New Orleans Pelicans (6:30 p.m. ET) and the LA Clippers meet the Los Angeles Lakers (9 p.m. ET) - The first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs will begin on Aug. 17 - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA and NBPA advance talks on social justice efforts - June, 2020
The NBA and NBPA are both committed to fostering an environment that encourages candid conversations between players and league and team leadership and finding tangible and sustainable ways to address racial inequality across the country. The group that met yesterday agreed in principle that the goal of the season restart in Orlando will be to take collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice - THIS DAY IN THE NBA - NBA's Greatest All-time TEAM

NBA NEWS - NBA to restart 2019-20 season with 22 teams returning to play - June, 2020
Each returning team would play eight seeding games, as selected from its remaining regular-season matchups. At the conclusion of the seeding games, the seven teams in each conference with the best combined records across regular-season games and seeding games would qualify for the playoffs - The 22 returning teams would be the 16 teams (eight per conference) in current playoff positions and the six teams that are currently six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - NBA COACH JERRY SLOAN REMEMBERED - May, 2020
HE PLAYED & COACHED INTENSELY - Sloan finished his coaching career with 1,221 regular-season victories - Sloan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009 after a 26-year head-coaching career including 23 with the Jazz and 3 with the Bulls - As a sports and entertainment journalist you meet all kinds of people and personalities. For some reason I always remembered Sloan as being one of the most courteous and respectful people I’ve ever met - He and KC Jones were thought to be, by many, as being tWO of the most LOVED & RESPECTED NBA COACHES - NBA's Greatest All-time TEAM

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 21 - March, 2020
Stephen Curry, Warriors: Needs to make five threes to become the third player with 2,500, joining Ray Allen and Reggie Miller - TRIVIA QUESTION: Who was the first player to shoot at least 50% from the field, 40% from three-point range and 90% from the free throw line in a season? - Miami's Duncan Robinson was completing his freshman season at Division III Williams College in Massachusetts. Last week, he became the Heat’s all-time single-season leader in three-pointers made - March 12, 1985: Larry Bird set a Boston franchise record by scoring 60 points in a 126-115 victory over Atlanta - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - LAKERS STAR LeBRON JAMES & CHINA'S ZHANG WEILI ROCK HEADLINES - March, 2020
Apparently the Lakers star LeBron James' fame has gone to his head. It appears as if he's often been referred to as King James has infected his brain. It's as if he believes that he is BIGGER THAN THE NBA LEAGUE and HE'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN PUBLIC SAFETY - - The Zhang Weili (China), Joanna Jedrzejczyk (Poland) UFC fight is being viewed as being the greatest women's fight of all time but it had it's racist backstory - NBA's Greatest All-time TEAM

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 20 - March, 2020
Marquee Matchup: Conference leaders clash Friday when the Bucks visit the Lakers on ESPN - Seth Curry, Mavericks: Curry is averaging 19.0 points on 56.5% shooting from the field in his last 12 games. - TRIVIA QUESTION; New York’s Mitchell Robinson is shooting 73.2% from the field, which would be an NBA single-season record. Who holds the record? - Denver's Nikola Jokic posted his 40th career triple-double on March 1, which is already the 10th-highest total in NBA history - Washington’s Bradley Beal has scored at least 25 points in a team-record 18 consecutive games, averaging 36.4 points in that stretch - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 19 - February, 2020
New Orleans’ Zion Williamson is averaging 22.8 points in his first 12 NBA games, including a current streak of eight straight 20-point games. - TRIVIA QUESTION: Milwaukee’s point differential of plus-12.4 would be an NBA record for a full season. Who holds the current record? - SAVE THE DATE - March 1: Playoff Eligibility Waiver Deadline – the final day that a player on an NBA roster can be waived and still be eligible to play in the playoffs - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - The Basketball Africa League's (BAL) 12 Club Teams From 12 African Countries - February, 2020
Champions from national leagues in six countries – Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia – were guaranteed representation in the inaugural BAL season. The remaining six teams, which come from Algeria, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique and Rwanda, secured their participation through BAL qualifying tournaments conducted by FIBA Africa across the continent in late 2019 - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Defending champion Jayson Tatum Returns to NBA ALL-STAR Skills Challenge - February, 2020
Defending champion Tatum is one of five 2020 NBA All-Star selections in the eight-player field, joined by the Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton, the Indiana Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis and the Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Defending champion Joe Harris and NBA All-Stars Damian Lillard and Trae Young headline 3-Point Contest - February, 2020
The 3-Point Contest features a new look with the addition of two shots in the “ Zone” – two locations positioned equidistant between the traditional racks at the top of the 3-point arc and the adjacent “wing” rack. Each of the two ball pedestals in the Zone is located 6 feet behind the 3-point line and holds one special green ball, the “3-Ball.” Shots made with the green ball are worth three points - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Former champion Dwight Howard leads field in All-Star Slam Dunk Contest - February, 2020
Howard, the 2008 Slam Dunk champion, will compete in the event for the first time since 2009, when he made the last of three consecutive appearances. Gordon’s dazzling runner-up performance in 2016 included three consecutive perfect scores of 50. Jones Jr., who turns 23 on the same day as AT&T Slam Dunk, finished second in 2017. Connaughton is seeking to become the first Milwaukee player to win Slam Dunk) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA All-Stars Luka Doncic and Trae Young headline U.S. vs. World showdown in NBA Rising Stars - February, 2020
Doncic and Young return to NBA Rising Stars after playing in last year’s game as rookies. They have also been voted to start the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, marking the first time that multiple second-year NBA players will start an All-Star Game since 1996 (Grant Hill and Jason Kidd) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Thunder’s Chris Paul and Rockets’ Russell Westbrook headline reserves for All-Star Game - January, 2020
Paul has earned his 10th NBA All-Star selection and Westbrook has been named an All-Star for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons. Joining Paul and Westbrook as reserves from the Western Conference are Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and guard Donovan Mitchell, New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA All-Star Game Final Voting Results - January, 2020
Lakers’ James, Bucks’ Antetokounmpo named starters and captains for NBA All-Star Game - James and Antetokounmpo will serve as team captains and draft the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference. The team rosters for the 69th NBA All-Star Game will be revealed on TNT in a special 2020 NBA All-Star Draft presented by Jordan Brand show on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. ET - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 13 - January, 2020
TRIVIA QUESTION: Milwaukee's George Hill is shooting 51.3% from three-point range. Who is the last qualifying player to shoot 50+% on threes for a season? - Kelly Oubre Jr., Suns: Oubre is averaging 23.1 points (on 54.0% shooting from the field), 8.9 rebounds and 1.88 steals in his last eight games - Sekou Doumbouya, Pistons: The NBA’s youngest player (he turned 19 on Dec. 23) - The fifth season of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC tips off Saturday with the first meeting of the season between the Rockets and the West-leading Lakers - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Lakers’ James leads in second fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting - January, 2020
The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James has surpassed the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo to lead the NBA in the second fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 12 - January, 2020
Dallas' Luka Doncic has an NBA-leading 10 triple-doubles in 2019-20, which is already a single-season Mavericks record - Devin Booker, Suns: Booker has scored at least 30 points in six consecutive games - Milwaukee is 32-5. Before the Bucks, who were the two most recent teams to start a season 32-5 or better through 37 games? - The Thunder was 6-11 on Thanksgiving. Since then, however, OKC has gone 14-4, the NBA’s second-best record in that span - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Doncic, Antetokounmpo Lead First Fan Returns of NBA All-Star Voting - January, 2020
Doncic, the 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year, leads all NBA players with 1,073,957 fan votes - Antetokounmpo, an NBA All-Star starter in each of the previous three seasons, is the top vote-getter among all Eastern Conference players - LeBron James, a 15-time NBA All-Star, has 1,020,851 votes to earn the top spot in the Western Conference frontcourt
- THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 11 - December, 2019
LeBron James, Lakers: Needs to make 47 field goals to pass Michael Jordan for fourth place in NBA history. ... Needs 53 assists to pass Isiah Thomas for eighth place - New Orleans will take a season-high four-game winning streak into Friday’s visit to the Los Angeles Lakers on ESPN. Friday marks the first time that the Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart will face their former team at Staples Center - Milwaukee’s George Hill is shooting an NBA-best 53.0% (53-100) from three-point range, up from 31.4% (48-153) last season. 53.0 - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Suns’ Devin Booker receives November NBA Cares Community Assist Award - December, 2019
Booker created the Devin Booker Starting Five to further his commitment to the Phoenix community, pledging $500,000 annually to five different youth-serving nonprofits in Arizona, and a total of $2.5 million over the course of five years. In November, he announced Special Olympics Arizona, Ability 360, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, UMOM New Day Centers and Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center as members of the Starting Five. Booker invited the organizations to Talking Stick Resort Arena to surprise each of them with an initial $100,000 donation - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - LA CLIPPERS CONTINUE TO WIN the WAR in LOS ANGELES - December, 2019
The Los Angeles Clippers continue to dominate their highly regarded cross town rival Lakers. In their second meeting the Clippers handed the Lakers their 4th straight loss - Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown refused to accept $400,000 awarded him for the police using excessive force against him - DID YOU KNOW?… Back n the day the NFL had a segregation policy for players rooming accommodations - NBA's Greatest All-time TEAM

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for CHRISTMAS WEEK 10 - December, 2019
The Clippers are 24-5 against the Lakers in the last 29 meetings, including an open-ing-night victory this season without Paul George. The Lakers are the NBA’s winningest team on Christmas with 23 victories - JJ Redick, Pelicans: Set to play in his 10th Christmas game (as is Westbrook). The only active players with 10 or more appearances are LeBron James (13) and Miami’s Udonis Haslem (10) - DID YOU KNOW? •The NBA began playing games on Christmas in 1947 during its second season - NBA teams have conducted 140 NBA Cares Season of Giving events this holiday season, serving more than 130,000 meals and distribut-ing more than 6,000 gifts - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 9 - December, 2019
Thursday’s matchup between the Lakers and Bucks on TNT will be the first game in NBA history in which both teams have fewer than five losses at this point in their season or later - Philadelphia 76ers: The Sixers are the NBA’s last unbeaten team at home (14-0). They host Miami on Wednesday and Dallas on Friday, both on ESPN - James Harden starts the week with 88 career games of 40 or more points, tied with Elgin Baylor for fourth place in NBA history - Dec. 22, 1956: In his NBA debut, Boston’s Bill Russell finished with six points and 16 rebounds against the St. Louis Hawks - Jaren Jackson Jr., Grizzlies: The 20-year-old forward scored 43 points vs. Milwaukee on Dec. 13, tying the third-highest point total in Grizzlies history and becoming the youngest player in NBA history to make nine three-pointers in a game - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Houston Rockets Protest Denied - December, 2019
In the protest, the Rockets argued that the officials misapplied the playing rules by failing to grant a Coach’s Challenge in connection with James Harden’s fourth quarter dunk, and that this error had a clear impact on the outcome of the game - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 8 - December, 2019
Luka Doncic, Mavericks: Has joined Oscar Robertson as the only players with 19 straight 20-point, five-rebound, five-assist games - Atlanta guard-forward Vince Carter will be the fifth player to appear in 1,500 games, joining Robert Parish (1,611), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,560), Dirk Nowitzki (1,522) and John Stockton (1,504) - LeBron James, who turns 35 on Dec. 30, leads the NBA in assists per game. Who is the oldest player to win an assists title? - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 7 - December, 2019
James Harden Rockets: Needs to make 25 three-pointers to pass Paul Pierce for eighth place in NBA history - Toronto has won 33 straight home games vs. Atlantic teams, the longest streak in NBA history for a team at home vs. divisional foes - Denver Nuggets went 10-2 in November and was the only team with a defensive rating under 100 (99.7). The Nuggets face the Celtics in Boston on Friday on ESPN - LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony meet Friday as the Lakers visit Portland on ESPN - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 6 - November, 2019
Luka Doncic is averaging 30.6 points. Who was the last player to average at least 30 points over the entirety of his second NBA season? - Nov. 26, 2000: John Stockton played his 1271st game with Utah, passing Boston’s John Havlicek for the most with one team - Clint Capela, Rockets: The Swiss center has joined Dennis Rodman as the only players since 1976 to grab at least 19 rebounds in seven consecutive games - Shawn Kemp: The six-time All-Star celebrates his 50th birthday on Tuesday - Bam Adebayo, Heat: In his first season as a full-time starter, the 22-year-old center is averaging 13.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.73 steals and 1.27 blocks - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 5 - November, 2019
Carmelo Anthony is poised to become the third player selected in the 2003 NBA Draft to be active this season. Who are the other two? - Nov. 24, 1960: Fifty-nine years ago this week, the Philadelphia Warriors’ Wilt Chamberlain grabbed an NBA-record 55 rebounds against Boston - The Raptors’ Pascal Siakam has increased his scoring average by 18.9 points from 2017-18 (7.3) to this season (26.2) - Heat: Miami (9-3) has matched the best 12-game start in franchise history - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love receives October NBA Cares Community Assist Award - November, 2019
In honor of World Mental Health Awareness Day on Oct. 10, Love hosted a discussion and Q&A session focused on mental wellness and reducing the stigma around depression and anxiety for more than 500 Cavs and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse employees. During the conversation, Love shared his own challenges with mental health and donated Headspace mindfulness app subscriptions to employees. He also contributed $200,000 to the Kevin Love Fund for grants to the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation and Bring Change to Mind, - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEEK 4 - November, 2019
LeBron James, Lakers: Needs 10 steals to pass Derek Harper for 14th place in NBA history. Also needs 45 rebounds to reach 9,000 for his career - Rookie Eric Paschall, Warriors: The 41st pick in the 2019 NBA Draft is averaging 22 ppg on 52.1% shooting - Houston’s James Harden has 81 career games with 40 or more points.Who are the only four players with more such games? - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA's TV Free-to-air South Africa Broadcast Partnership - November, 2019
The partnership will tip off live on e.tv this Saturday night, Nov. 9, with the five-time NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs hosting the 17-time NBA Champions Boston Celtics at midnight CAT, with a rebroadcast on Sunday 5:00pm on Openview’s e.tv News & Sport channel 120. Throughout the season, fans will be able to watch two games per week, including one live game as part of the league’s ‘NBA Saturdays’ initiative and one delayed game per week

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEEK 3 - November, 2019
Reigning regular-season MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is the first player in history to tally at least 150 points, 80 rebounds and 40 assists through his first six games of a season - The Average NBA player is 6-6.54, 219.33 pounds, 26.18 years old, 4.59 NBA seasons - The Miami Heat's 5-1 start has been impressive on many levels. Two wins came without Jimmy Butler. Undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn (19.5 ppg) leads the team in scoring - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEEK 2 - October, 2019
Stephen Curry, Warriors: Needs 13 three-pointers made to reach 2,500 for his career - Kendrick Nunn, Heat: After spending last season with the NBA G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors, Nunn has scored the most points through three career NBA games (67) for an undrafted player since the two-round draft began in 1989 - Phoenix Suns: The Suns had the NBA’s third-most-efficient offense in Week 1, when they defeated Sacramento and the LA Clippers and lost in overtime at Denver - Opening-night rosters had 108 international players from 38 countries and territories - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - KWAI LEONARD BLASTS OFF AGAINST LeBRON JAMES & ANTHONY DAVIS LED LAKERS - October, 2019
THE BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES - Housekeeping was in order prompting the exodus of roughly half of the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers squads. Now there are four super stars in town battling to win the war of Los Angels and strive to win the NBA title. When fans digest the new faces of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Anthony Davis to compliment LeBron James, they have a lot of talent on their plates to choose from. With their presence the questions are who can achieve becoming the top team in LA and can one win the NBA title?

 

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