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Stephen Curry celebrates his 31st birthday on Thursday (March 14) - (Keith Allison photo)

 

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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)

 

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NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 22 - March, 2019
Golden State’s Stephen Curry celebrates his 31st birthday on Thursday (March 14) - Lou Williams, Clippers: The two-time NBA Sixth Man Award winner needs 28 points to pass Dell Curry for the most career points off the bench since starters were first tracked in box scores (1970-71) - Toronto’s Kyle Lowry has accounted for 12 of the 24 triple-doubles in Raptors history - Gordon Hayward, Celtics: Hayward is averaging 19.0 points on 70.6 percent shooting from the field during Boston’s three-game winning streak - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 21 - March, 2019
Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks: Needs 62 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place all time - Atlanta’s Trae Young is averaging 32.0 points and 9.5 assists in six games since the All-Star break - Nikola Jokic is the second player 7 feet or taller to have 20 games of at least 10 assists in a season - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 20 - February, 2019
ON THIS DAY... March 2, 1962: The Philadelphia Warriors’ Wilt Chamberlain scored an NBA-record 100 points in a 169-147 win over New York in Hershey, Pa - Lauri Markkanen, Bulls: Markkanen is averaging 26.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in his last eight games - Russell Westbrook, Thunder: He has scored at least 40 points in each of his last three games, the fourth such streak of his career - Jason Kidd, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and John Stockton join Chris Paul as the only players with at least 17,000 points, 9,000 assists and 4,000 rebounds - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA Plan to Launch Professional Basketball League in Africa - February, 2019
The BAL will be built on the foundation of current club competitions FIBA is organizing in Africa. Scheduled to begin play in January 2020, the BAL would mark the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside of North America - Basketball Africa League to mark NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside North America... - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes EXTRA EXTRA - THE LAKERS SHRINKING BALLS - February, 2019
LAKERS SHOULDA, WOULDA, COULDA DISEASE RETURNS - Throwing a group of very talented young players under the bus by offering them in a trade with the New Orleans Pelican for the services of forward/center Anthony Davis may result in being a cancer to team cohesion. With 25 games remaining in the regular season the question is can they make the playoffs OR will they be only the 2nd team in LeBron James' 15 year career NOT TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS? Is the James BLOOM OFF THE LAKERS ROSE?
- THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes EXTRA - NBA ALL-STAR GAME HITS - February, 2019
THE CURRY FAMILY STIR THINGS UP - The NBA All-star weekend largely featured the Curry family. A bet between the two Curry brothers Seth and Sep drew a lot of attention. The result was neither won the competition losing to underdog Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets. Sep defeated Seth who will feel the financial pain more since Sep makes $35 million a year more than Seth

TV - VIDEO BEAT - SONYA CURRY ROCKS NBA - FEEL GOOD TV - February, 2019
THE CURRY GANG KNOCK IT DOWN - Sep & Seth Curry's mom Sonya made an underhanded shot with one hand from HALF COURT to win a shooting contest against her sons and other NBA players - A suggestion to the NBA is this…. In trying to make the All-star game event better, why not have a challenge between parents of the players. This could set up a challenge between Tanya and LaVar Ball in a free throw and 3 point contest which would be a MUST SEE

NBA NEWS - NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest - February, 2019
Stephen Curry, Warriors (6th appearance) in the NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest. He will challenge his brother Seth of the Portland Trail Blazers. The younger Curry brother is shooting an NBA-high 48.5 percent from three-point range. - Defending champion Devin Booker, returns. Dirk Nowitzki makes his first 3-Point Contest appearance in 11 years - Expanding to 10 players this year, the 3-Point Contest field includes.... - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA All-Stars Skills Challenge - February, 2019
NBA All-Stars Nikola Jokic and Nikola Vucevic, Rookies of the Month Luka Doncic and Trae Young to compete in Skills Challeng - The eight-player field for the Skills Challenge also features Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies, De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings, Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers and Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo Draft Team Rosters for NBA All-Star Game - February, 2019
For the second year in a row, both NBA All-Star Game teams will play for community-based organizations, with donations directed toward outreach efforts that benefit the All-Star host city. The winning team’s charity will receive a $350,000 donation from the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), while the losing team’s organization will receive $150,000 - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 17 - February, 2019
Trade Deadline: The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. This is the second year since the Board of Governors approved moving the trade deadline from the Thursday after the All-Star Game to the Thursday 10 days before the All-Star Game - Russell Westbrook, Thunder: Westbrook has posted a triple-double in six straight games, one shy of his longest streak. Wilt Chamberlain holds the NBA record for consecutive triple-doubles with nine. - On Feb. 1, Charlotte’s Tony Parker became the fifth player in NBA history with at least 19,000 points and 7,000 assists. Who are the other four? - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell & Luka Doncic Headline Rising Stars - January, 2019
The 25th Rising Stars will pit 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world in the league’s annual showcase of premier young talent during NBA All-Star. Rising Stars will air live in the U.S. on TNT and ESPN Radio. Tickets are available at NBAEvents.com - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 16 - January, 2019
Luka Doncic, Mavericks: With 35 points, 12 boards and 10 assists vs. Toronto on Jan. 27, Doncic, 19, became the first player with multiple triple-doubles as a teenager - Houston’s James Harden recently became the fifth player in NBA history to score at least 60 points in multiple games. Who are the other four? - Jan. 30, 1996: Magic Johnson had 19 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in his first regular-season game since 1991. Feb. 1, 1995: John Stockton passed Magic to become the NBA’s career assists leader - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - LeBron James & Giannis Antetokounmpo Named Captains for All-Star Game - January, 2019
The captains will draft the eight remaining players from the starter pool in the First Round and then all 14 players from the reserve pool in the Second Round2019 NBA ALL-STAR GAME STARTER POOL - The 2019 NBA All-Star Game, featuring Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. TNT and ESPN Radio will air the game live in the United States. NBA All-Star 2019 will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA's Chinese New Year Celebration - January, 2019
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard and Klay Thompson headline NBA Chinese New Year celebration - During the NBA Chinese New Year Celebration 2019, fans in Greater China will be able to watch more than 65 live games on CCTV, Tencent, BesTV, Guangdong Radio and Television, GreatSports, Videoland, ELTA, Eleven Sports, Sports 2 World, Migu C and ViuTV - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 14 - January, 2019
Golden State’s Stephen Curry has hit at least 11 threes in a game seven times. All other players have done it a combined eight times.- TRIVIA QUESTION: San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge, 33, recently became the third player to record his first 50-point game at age 33 or older. Who are the other two? - Pau Gasol, Spurs: Needs 33 points to pass Bob Pettit (20,880) for 37th place all time - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Second Fan Returns of NBA All-Star Voting - January, 2019
Lakers’ James, Bucks’ Antetokounmpo expand conference leads in second fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting - Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Feb. 17 - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 13 - January, 2019
Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons has 18 tripledoubles through his first 120 games, more than any player except Oscar Robertson (56) - Vince Carter, Hawks: Needs 61 points to pass Jerry West for 21st place all time - Stephen Curry, Warriors: Needs six three-pointers to pass Jason Terry (2,282) for third place all time - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - LeBron James, Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Lead All-Star Voting - January, 2019
Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters for the 68th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. All current NBA players and a media panel each account for 25 percent of the vote, with every voter completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 12 - December, 2018
Raptors vs. Spurs: Thursday on TNT, Toronto and San Antonio meet for the first time since their July trade in which the Raptors acquired Kawhi Leonard - Indiana Pacers: The Pacers (24-12) have won four consecutive games and 11 of 13. They lead the NBA in defensive rating (102.0) - NBA teams can begin signing players to 10-day contracts on Saturday. - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA to play first-ever games in India - December, 2018
In addition to the games, the league and its partners will conduct interactive fan activities, Jr. NBA youth basketball programming and NBA Cares community outreach events that will bring the NBA experience to fans in Mumbai. The NBA India Games 2019 will be promoted by BookMyShow and AEG and supported by a roster of marketing and merchandising partners. The games will air live in India, and will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories on television, digital and social media - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA GAMES on Christmas Day - December, 2018
Five NBA MVPs, riveting rivalries and anticipated debuts highlight 71st edition of the NBA on Christmas Day - ESPN and ABC will combine to televise all five games in the United States. All ESPN and ABC programming is available to stream on the ESPN App - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PEVIEW for WEEK 10 - December, 2018
The NBA announced that NBA All-Star Voting 2019 will begin Dec. 25 and conclude Jan. 21 - On Dec. 15 in Charlotte, LeBron James and Lonzo Ball became the first Lakers teammates in 36 years to have triple- doubles in the same game - Paul George, Thunder: The five-time All-Star is averaging 29.1 points (on 51.9 percent shooting from the field), 8.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists in seven games in December - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PEVIEW for WEEK 9 - December, 2018
During their five-game winning streak, the Boston Celtics are averaging 126.2 points and outscoring opponents by 28.6 points per game - Detroit’s Blake Griffin is averaging 25.6 points, a career high in his ninth season -Doc Rivers, Clippers: Needs three victories to pass Jack Ramsay (864) for 13th place on the all-time coaching wins list. Rivers is second among active coaches behind Gregg Popovich. - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes EXTRA - REMEMBERING the NFL's ISIAH ROBERTSON - December, 2018
ONCE MIGHTY… NOW FALLEN - Former Los Angeles Ram and Buffalo Bills linebacker Isiah Robertson died this week in an automobile accident. We knew Robertson during his career with the Rams. We recall how we remembered him and how we feel he was unappreciated for his talents and was largely misunderstood - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - LAKERS NEW FACES are EMERGING & WINNING AGAIN! - December, 2018
LAKERS ON A ROLL - Naysayers have been demeaning the Los Angels Lakers chemistry this season. They expect more with the addition of superstar LeBron James. James expressed patience to the provbing media by pointing out that it takes time for players to come together as a team and get to know each. James is proving to be more than a leader given the team's recent winning performance supports his wisdom and being a prophet - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA PEVIEW for WEEK 8 - December, 2018
The 76ers have a 36-2 record in their last 38 regular-season games at Wells Fargo Center - The Warriors have become the second team in NBA history to have three players score at least 50 points in a game in the same season. Who is the other team? - The Clippers’ Lou Williams (17.7 ppg) and Montrezl Harrell (16.6 ppg) are averaging a combined 34.3 points as reserves, which is more than the entire benches of nine teams - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA Academy Africa opens new facility in Saly, Senegal - November, 2018
The second NBA Academy Africa Women’s camp, which brought together 24 female prospects ages 17 and under from nine African countries, was held at the new facility from Oct. 25-28. 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member Jennifer Azzi and former college coach Blair Hardiek – the global technical directors for women’s programming across the league’s seven academies – oversaw the camp

NBA NEWS - WEEK 7 - PREVIEW - November, 2018
The Bucks’ point differential is an NBA-high 11.8 per game. The last team to finish the regular season with a higher point differential was Chicago in 1995-96 (12.2) - Russell Westbrook, Thunder: Needs two triple-doubles to pass Jason Kidd for third place all time - Kevin Durant, Warriors: Needs 81 points to pass Hal Greer (21,586) for 34th place all time - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA G League Winter Showcase - November, 2018
The four-day, 27-game scouting event features the league’s 27 teams each playing two regular-season games in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams. For the first time, the event will be held in December, allowing NBA team personnel the opportunity to evaluate two-way and NBA G League talent in advance of the 10-day signing period and two-way guarantee deadline

NBA NEWS - WEEK 6 - PREVIEW - November, 2018
Philadelphia 76er Joel Embiid has recorded 10 games with 30 or more points this season. No other player has more than seven such games - LA Clippers: An active four-game winning streak has moved the Clippers to 10-5 - Kemba Walker, Hornets: On Nov. 17 against Philadelphia, Walker became the sixth active player to score at least 60 points in a game, joining Carmelo Anthony, Devin Booker, James Harden, LeBron James and Klay Thompson - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - WEEK 5 - PREVIEW - November, 2018
Golden State and Houston meet Thursday on TNT as the teams square off for the first time since Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals - Toronto has won six straight games to improve to an NBA-best 12-1. Nick Nurse is the first coach to win 12 of his first 13 games since Lawrence Frank started 13-0 with the Nets in 2004 - Montrezl Harrell, Clippers: He is averaging 19.3 points on 82.1 percent shooting (23-of-28) in his last three games, raising his field goal percentage for the season to 68.1 (third in the NBA) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - WEEK 4 - PREVIEW - November, 2018
Jerry Sloan became the first head coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games with one team - Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid is the fourth player to record seven games with at least 30 points and10 rebounds through his team’s first 10 games. Who are the other three? - Dwyane Wade, Heat: Needs three points to pass Clyde Drexler (22,195) for 30th place all time - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - WEEK 3 - PREVIEW - October, 2018
Golden State’s Stephen Curry is averaging an NBA-high 33.9 points per game. He has become the first player in NBA history to sink at least five three-pointers in each of seven straight games - LeBron James, Lakers: On the court, he passed Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki for sixth place on the NBA’s all-time points list and moved ahead of Shaquille O’Neal for sixth place in career field goals made - Jamal Crawford, Suns: Needs nine points to pass
Scottie Pippen (18,940) for 56th place all time. Charlotte’s Tony Parker (18,985) is a spot ahead of Pippen - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - WEEK 2 - PREVIEW - October, 2018
Rookie Showdown: ESPN’s doubleheader Wednesday starts with Dallas visiting Atlanta as rookies Luka Doncic of the Mavericks and Trae Young of the Hawks go head-to-head for the first time since being traded for each other - Nuggets: Denver is 3-0 for the first time sincethe 2009-10 season - LeBron James, Lakers: Needs 100 points to pass Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki for sixth place all time - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Lakers’ Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo suspended; Rockets’ Chris Paul Suspended - October, 2018
For their roles in an on-court altercation with 4:13 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 124-115 win over the Lakers on Oct. 20 at Staples Center. The suspensions were announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA Rosters Feature 108 International Players From 42 Countries and Territories - October, 2018
The Dallas Mavericks have an NBA-high seven international players. The Utah Jazz and LA Clippers each have six. The Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs field five each

NBA NEWS - NBA GM Survey Tabs LeBron James as Favorite to Win 2018-19 NBA MVP Award - October, 2018
NBA GM Survey Tabs LeBron James as Favorite to Win 2018-19 NBA MVP Award - Additionally, general managers forecast the Golden State Warriors (87%) to win their third consecutive NBA Championship, while the Boston Celtics (90%) and the Warriors (90%) are picked to meet in this year’s NBA Finals

NBA NEWS - NBA Africa Game - July, 2018
The NBA Africa Game 2018 will once again feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format. Team Africa will be composed of players born in Africa or with direct family ties to the continent, and Team World will be composed of players from the rest of the world - The NBA has held two sold-out Africa Games, in Johannesburg in 2015 and 2017, in support of charities including UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa (SOSCVSA) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

 

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