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Bob Cousy was a legend in his own time during the 50's and early 60's. He was selected to 13 All Star games and was the MVP twice in 1954 and 1957 - (Sport Magazine Archives photo)

 

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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

NBA NEWS - Winners from the NBA Awards - June, 2018
James Harden prevailed as the NBA's MVP. Arguably there were some questionable winners that are worthy but the question remains what is more valuable how much a players contributes to a team's success or the statistics. Two criteria are how far a team goes through the playoffs and how much NBA experience does a player have to achieve skills enough to qualify being an award candidate. - (nationalradioWORLD.com rationale) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NOTES - NBA AWARDS - RACISM is BUSTING LOOSE - June, 2018
Named among the NBA’s 50 greatest players of all time, Robertson’s other career-making individual accomplishments include the NBA Rookie of the Year (1961), NBA MVP (1964), three NBA All-Star Game MVPs and nine All-NBA First Team honors. He and the Milwaukee Bucks won their only NBA championship in 1971 amid 10 combined playoff appearances with the Cincinnati Royals and the Bucks - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - WORLD CUP IS A SMASH HIT - SPORTS STARS DUMP TRUMP - June, 2018
Sports brings people together as is the case in Russia where people from around the world are praising the country and its people for being s friendly - Meanwhile US ruler Donald trump continues to divide people and nations with his threats and actions resulting in NFL and NBA stars refuse to meet with him in protest of his RACIST ACTIONS AND REMARKS

NBA NEWS - Oscar Robertson to receive Lifetime Achievement Award - June, 2018
Named among the NBA’s 50 greatest players of all time, Robertson’s other career-making individual accomplishments include the NBA Rookie of the Year (1961), NBA MVP (1964), three NBA All-Star Game MVPs and nine All-NBA First Team honors. He and the Milwaukee Bucks won their only NBA championship in 1971 amid 10 combined playoff appearances with the Cincinnati Royals and the Bucks - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA All-Defensive First Team - June, 2018
Jazz’s Rudy Gobert and Pelicans’ Anthony Davis lead 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive First Team - Players were awarded two points for each NBA All-Defensive First Team vote and one point for each Second Team vote. Voters selected two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, choosing players at the position they play regularly - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - RONALDINHO TAKES ON TWO - May, 2018
HE WORKED HARD FOR HIS MONEY - Ronaldinho retires to take on TWO - Arsene Weneger's leaving Arsenal is tragic but his next venture will be interesting - This season the Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum matured to become THE MAN in a mans game and could be a future NBA Hall of Fame inductee - Frequent Drugs and alcohol violator repeatedly gets his third chance to return to the NFL while civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick seems to be blackballed by the largely Jew ownership of NFL team that support racist Israel

NBA NEWS - Cavaliers’ LeBron James selected to All-NBA First Team for record 12th time - May, 2018
Houston Rockets guard James Harden also received All-NBA First Team votes on all 100 ballots, joining James as a unanimous selection. Harden, who led the NBA in scoring average (30.4 ppg) and three-pointers made (265) for the league-best Rockets, was unanimously voted to the First Team for the second season in a row. The First Team also features New Orleans Pelicans center/forward Anthony Davis (96 First Team votes), Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (71) and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (63). Lillard earned his first selection to the All-NBA First Team.

NBA NEWS - Dikembe Mutombo to receive Sager Strong Award at 2018 NBA Awards - May, 2018
One of basketball’s most respected defensive players and rebounders, Mutombo is also well regarded beyond the game for his humanitarian work around the world. Two decades ago he created the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people of his native Democratic Republic of the Congo - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - NBA All-Rookie 1st & 2nd Teams - May, 2018
Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell and 76ers’ Ben Simmons unanimously selected - The voting panel selected five players for the First Team and five players for the Second Team at any position. Players received two points for a First Team vote and one point for a Second Team vote

NBA Business NEWS - NBA G League Announces Player Salaries for 2018-19 season - May, 2018
This season, about one quarter of players under NBA G League contracts also earned an average of $44,000 in NBA affiliate player bonuses – a total of more than $3 million on top of their NBA G League salaries. A record 50 NBA G League players earned a record 60 GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA this season, generating earnings of more than $11 million, or approxima. - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA Business NEWS & CHINA - NBA names Derek Chang CEO of NBA China - April, 2018
Chang was most recently the Head of International Lifestyle Channels at Scripps Networks Interactive, where he directed the international expansion of Scripps’ lifestyle brands. Prior to Scripps, Chang was Executive Vice President of Content Strategy and Development at DIRECTV, where he oversaw all content, including the management of DIRECTV’s sports business and its relationship with the NBA for NBA TV and NBA League Pass – the NBA’s out-of-market live game subscription package. - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Stephen Curry & Golden State Warriors Most Popular Jerseys - April, 2018
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors top the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) list of most popular jerseys and team merchandise, marking the third consecutive regular season Curry and the defending NBA Champions have earned top honors. Rankings are based on NBAStore.com sales since the beginning of the 2017-18 NBA season. - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Players of the Month - April, 2018
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in March and April - Davis won the NBA Western Conference Player of the Month award for the second straight month - James averaged an NBA-high 29.6 points to go with 9.5 assists (second in the East) and 9.4 rebounds (fifth in the East) in 22 games - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - COACHES & ROOKIES OF THE MONTH - April, 2018
The Philadelphia 76ers’ Brett Brown and the Utah Jazz’s Quin Snyder today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in March and April - The Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons and the Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in March and April - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 26 - April, 2018
DeAndre Jordan is seeking to become the first player in NBA history to lead the league in field goal percentage in each of six consecutive seasons - Pau Gasol, Spurs: Needs 23 points to pass David Robinson (20,790) for 38th place on the NBA’s all-time list - LeBron James, Cavaliers: With his next game of at least 30 points, he will tie Kobe Bryant (431) for the fourth-most such games in NBA history - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 25 - April, 2018
Hall of Fame forwards Elgin Baylor and Julius Erving will be honored by their former NBA teams this week - Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks: With two more regular-season wins, Nowitzki will become the sixth player in NBA history with 900 in a career - 76er rookie Ben Simmons is averaging a triple-double of 13.2 points, 11.8assists and 10.1 rebounds per game - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - NBA ALL STAR GAME FARCE? - March, 2018
NEW IS NOT SO GOOD - The NBA's trying to being so creative and entertaining with their adaptations to the All Star game has resulted in a nightmare. It's no longer a game but an exhibition of athleticism. There is NO INCENTIVE to compete it's simply and means for players to show off their SHOWTIME talents NOT PLAY A COMPETITIVE GAME. The exhibition is a mess BUT THERE IS A SOLUTION to bring back the competitiveness the game once had

NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 24 - March, 2018
LeBron James joins Karl Malone and Michael Jordan as the only players with at least 10 2,000-point seasons - San Antonio is looking to make the playoffs for the 21st consecutive season - Philadelphia rookie Ben Simmons has four triple-doubles in his last seven games to raise his season total to 10 - Dwight Howard, Hornets: Needs eight rebounds to reach 13,000 and 26 re-bounds to pass Buck Williams (13,017) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 22 - March, 2018
Houston’s James Harden is on the verge of joining the two former NBA MVPs. Harden has 48 career 40-point games, including an NBA-leading 10 this season - Golden State’s Kevin Durant last week recorded his 50th career game of at least 40 points, joining Cleveland’s LeBron James (58) as the only active players to accomplish the feat - Carmelo Anthony, Thunder: Needs 57 points to pass Reggie Miller (25,279) for 19th place on the NBA’s all-time list - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 21 - March, 2018
The Los Angeles Lakers are 17-7 since Jan. 7, tied for the NBA’s fourth-best record during that span - Minnesota’s Jamal Crawford, the only player drafted in 2000 who is on an NBA roster - Vince Carter, Kings: Needs 28 points to pass Patrick Ewing (24,815) for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - James & Davis named Players of the Month - March, 2018
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in February - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Coaches of the Month & Rookies of the Month - March, 2018
The Washington Wizards’ Scott Brooks and the Houston Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month - The Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons and the Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 20 - February, 2018
Russell Westbrook needs only three more TRIPLE-DOUBLES to become the fourth player with 100 in NBA history - Houston begins Week 20 with a 12-game winning streak and a half-game lead over Golden State for first place - Carmelo Anthony, Thunder: Needs 41 points to pass Jerry West (25,192) for 20th place on the NBA’s all-time points list - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 19 - February, 2018
New Orleans’ Anthony Davis entered the All-Star break as hot as any player in the league. He has scored at least 38 points in five of his last seven games - Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks: The NBA’s No. 6 scorer of all time needs 37 points to reach 31,000. - Smooth Jazz: Utah emerges from the All-Star break with an 11-gamewinning streak, four victories shy of the team record - Washington has won seven of its last nine gamesand sits 1½ games behind Cleveland for third place in the EasternConference - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 18 - February, 2018
Hornets Chairman and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan turns 55 on Saturday - The Cavaliers LeBron James is set to start his 14th consecutive NBA All-Star Game - This season could become the first in NBA history in which both conference leaders have leads of no more than one game at the All-Star break - Los Angeles will host NBA All-Star for a record sixth time. The 67th All-Star Game will reach fans in 215 countries and territories
- THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 17 - February, 2018
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. - Friday Blake Griffin and Detroit host the Clippers (7 p.m. ET) lessthan two weeks after the Pistons acquired him from the Clippers - James Harden, Rockets: Needs 11 points to reach 15,000 for his career - The Celtics will retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 jersey after their game against the Cavaliers on Sunday - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Players of the Month - February, 2018
The Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in January - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Rookies & Coaches of the Month - February, 2018
The Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons and the Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in January - The Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Terry Stotts today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in January - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 16 - January, 2018
NBA Chinese New Year Celebration tips off Friday and runs through March 3 - Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki begins the week needing to play 61 minutes to reach 50,000 for his career - TERRIFIC TRIO: Houston is 20-1 when Clint Capela, James Harden and Chris Paul play together and 15-12 when they don’t - Doc Rivers, Clippers coach: Needs four victories to pass Cotton Fitzsimmons (832) for 14th place on the NBA’s all-time coaching wins list - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Rosters 4 Rising Stars - January, 2018
For the fourth consecutive year, the league’s annual showcase of premier young talent during NBA All-Star will pit 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the U.S. against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world. The 24th Rising Stars showcasing up-and-coming NBA players. - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - James & Curry draft rosters for Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen @ All-Star Game - January, 2018
The All-Star Draft was conducted today via conference call. As the All-Star starter from each conference who received the most fan votes in his conference, James and Curry drafted the team rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference. The captains selected their 11 teammates regardless of conference affiliation, marking the NBA’s first All-Star Game without a matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - All-Star Game Reserves - January, 2018
Thunder’s Westbrook and four first-time All-Stars headline reserves for All-Star Game - The 67th NBA All-Star Game, featuring Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen, will air on TNT and ESPN Radio. The midseason classic will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 15 - January, 2018
POINT - All-Star Game Captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry will select the rosters from the pool of players voted as starters (by fans, NBA players and media) and reserves (by NBA head coaches) - MILESTONES TO WATCH - James needs seven points to become the seventh player in NBA history to reach 30,000 - Dwyane Wade needs 22 points to pass Larry Bird (21,791) for 32nd placeon the NBA’s all-time scoring list
- THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Kevin Hart, Pharrell Williams to headline All-Star Game Entertainment - January, 2018
Prior to the game, Hart and special guests will take the All-Star stage for an exciting opening and an entertaining introduction of the All-Star teams - Fergie will sing the U.S. national anthem prior to tip-off - Fergie will sing the U.S. national anthem prior to tip-off - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Cavaliers’ James, Warriors’ Curry named starters and captains for All-Star Game - January, 2018
Under the new All-Star Game format that replaces the traditional matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, James and Curry will choose the team rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves. The All-Star teams will still feature 12 players from each conference, but the captains will select the team rosters without regard for conference affiliation - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 14 - January, 2018
MILESTONE WATCH - Cleveland’s LeBron James begins the week needing 73 points to reach 30,000 - Dwyane Wade, Cavaliers: Needs 54 points to pass Larry Bird (21,791) for 32nd place on the NBA’s all-time list. Chris Paul, Rockets: Needs 53 assists to pass Andre Miller (8,524) for ninth place on the NBA’s career list. Carmelo Anthony, Thunder: Needs 116 points to reach 25,000 for his career- THIS DAY IN THE NBA

Sports Notes - LAKERS REACT 2 LaVar's BALLS ATTACK - January, 2018
LONZO'S FATHER ATTACKS LAKERS COACH LUKE WALTON - Ball's recent offensive comments that LA Lakers coach Luke Walton has lost the team's confidence and eluded that Walton should be fired following a nine-game losing streak has raised the ire of many NBA coaches and executives and has attracted huge media interest. This is the third time Ball has made such a disturbing comment

NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 13 - January, 2018
MILESTONE WATCH = Dwyane Wade, Cavaliers: 71 points to pass Larry Bird (21,791) for 32nd place on all-time scoring list - Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks: Eight made free throws to pass Jerry West (7,160) for sixth place all time - LeBron James, Cavaliers: 136 points to become the seventh player ever to score 30,000 points - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo leads in first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting - January, 2018
Joining Antetokounmpo and James, a 13-time All-Star, at the top of the Eastern Conference frontcourt are Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers (433,161) and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks (359,459). Four-time All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics leads among East guards with 802,834 votes - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - James & Westbrook named NBA Players of the Month - January, 2018
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in December - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Casey & Kerr named Coaches of the Month - January, 2018
Toronto Raptors’ Dwane Casey and Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr named NBA Coaches of the Month - Casey guided the Raptors to an Eastern Conference-best 11-3 record during December - Kerr led the Warriors to an NBA-best 13-2 record in December - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 12 - January, 2018
Carmelo Anthony, Thunder: Needs 30 points to pass Patrick Ewing (24,815) for 21st place on the NBA’s career scoring list. Jerry West ranks 20th with 25,192 points.- Dwight Howard, Hornets: Needs 15 rebounds to pass Charles Barkley (12,546) for 18th place on the NBA’s career list - Golden State’s Kevin Durant opens the week needing 50 points to reach 20,000 for his career - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

NBA NEWS - Ricky Rubio receives NBA Cares Community Assist Award - December, 2017
Utah Jazz’s Ricky Rubio receives November NBA Cares Community Assist Award - Rubio is an ambassador to 5 for the Fight Foundation, an organization that raises funds to accelerate cancer research. He represented the group during “Game Night with the Utah Jazz,” the team’s annual fundraiser, which generated $550,000 for charitable causes - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

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