From the perilous streets of Philadelphia to coaching her third NCAA Women's title winning team, Dawn Staley is living a dream - (Chris-Gillespie photo)


Walt Hazzard was a driving force in leading the UCLA Bruins to an NCAA title in 1964 and earned the MOP Award for the tournament


San Antonio Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyamai - (NBA Photo)


ON THIS DAY: April 12, 1958 Bob Pettit poured in 50 points as the St. Louis Hawks, who missed the championship by a whisker a year earlier, beat the Boston Celtics 110-109 in Game 6 of the 1958 NBA Finals to dethrone the Celtics as NBA champions - (The Sporting News Archives - photo)


Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson and Boston Celtics Larry Bird in Game two of the 1985 NBA Finals at Boston Garden Date 30 May 1985 - Steve Lipofsky


Bill Russell is seen here in the green uniform guarding Wilt Chamberlain. They had some of the NBA's most classic battles. Russell sadly passed away Sunday at the age of 88 - (US Library of Congress image)



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From the perilous streets of Philadelphia to coaching her third NCAA Women's title winning team, Dawn Staley is living a dream. For a lady that never thought about being a coach she has accomplished what many of her colleagues could only dream of. - THIS DAY IN THE NBA - NBA's ALL TIME BEST PLAYERS 1st and 2nd TEAMS


Tuesday April 9, 2024


Who-da thunk it? Not me or Philadelphia's own Dawn Staley. In the world of been there and done that Staley fits into our category of people we interviewed and produced radio features on when they were in college.

The first that fit this category was the now General Manager of the WNBA title wining Las Vegas Aces Natalie Williams. Now the University of South Carolina's women's basketball coach Dawn Staley has surfaced.

This week Staley cached her South Carolina team to an 87-75 win over Iowa and coaching her third NCAA title winning team that topped of a perfect 31-0 season.

As strange as it may seem she had a John Wooden vibe of not being confident that her team could accomplish what they did. She felt that they were too young as she referred to them as her "daycare" because of the youth on the squad.

The comparison to Wooden is he felt that following his initial title winning team in 1964 that the following year only two experienced players returned. They also surprised him as they won back to back title finishing off a 29-2 season.

But hey… this is about Staley.

Previously Staley coach the Gamecocks to be NCAA Division I Tournament champions in 2017 and 2022. She has coached superstars that are playing at the top level in the WNBA. Most notably is Aja Wilson of the champion Las Vegas Aces.

The thread that I have with Staley is the Philadelphia Connection.

Staley grew up in the Philadelphia projects. She had a strict mother that knew how to discipline her five children, three boys and two girls.

I interviewed Staley when she was playing for the University of Virginia where she played from 1988-1992. I don't recall if it was before or after the tragic death of her friend Hank Gathers who passed away in 1990.

We reflected on her relationship with him and Bo Kimble. Although she was three years younger than her fellow Dobbins High School graduates whom she played pickup games with.

Odd enough of the three the then younger Staley would go on to achieve major success at the professional level. Gathers suffered a heart attack on the court during a game and passed away on March 4, 1990 (aged 23).

At the time he was leading the NCAA in rebounding and was expected to be a first round NBA draft choice.

That's the stock that Staley came from. At the time of our interview it was apparent that she was a determined young lady focused on success.

Staley was named the national high school player of the year during her final season at Murrell Dobbins Vocational High School in Philadelphia.

The 5'6" point guard went on to play at the University of Virginia. She led her team to four NCAA tournaments, three Final Fours and one national championship game.

She was named the ACC female athlete of the year and the national player of the year in 1991 and 1992. Staley finished her college career with 2,135 points and held the NCAA record for career steals with 454 that has since been broken.




April 9, 1957 Bob Cousy of Boston dished off a then NBA Finals record 19 assists, in the Celtics’ 124-109 win over St. Louis in Game 5. Magic Johnson set the current NBA Finals record of 21 assists in Game 3 of the 1984 NBA Finals, during the Lakers’ 137-104 win over Boston.

April 9, 1958 Bob Pettit of the St. Louis Hawks made 19 free throws in his team’s 102-100 Game 5 victory over Boston. Pettit set an NBA Finals record for most free throws made in one game.

April 9, 1959 The Boston Celtics beat the Minneapolis Lakers 118-113 in Minneapolis in Game 4 of the 1959 NBA Finals to complete the first sweep in Finals history and capture their first of eight consecutive NBA Championships.

April 9, 1978 Denver’s David Thompson made 13 field goals in the first quarter of a 139-137 loss at Detroit to set an NBA record. Thompson finished the game with 73 points, the most points ever scored in an NBA game by a guard. But that night, George Gervin of the San Antonio Spurs scored 63 points and edged Thompson 27.22 ppg to 27.15 ppg to win the NBA scoring title in the closest scoring race ever.

April 9, 1978 John Havlicek played his final game at Boston Garden and was the leading scorer with 29 points as the Celtics defeated Buffalo, 131-114.

April 9, 1982 Boston retired Jo Jo White’s uniform #10 in Boston Garden. White played all but 120 games of his 837-game NBA career with the Celtics.

April 9, 1990 The Phoenix Suns sank an NBA record 61 free throws (out of 80 attempts) in beating the Utah Jazz 119-115 in overtime.

April 9, 1998 Seattle head coach George Karl recorded the 500th victory of his NBA coaching career.

April 9, 2002 In defeating the Washington Wizards 101-88, the New Jersey Nets won their first division title since joining the NBA in 1976 and set an NBA franchise mark with their 50th victory. The Nets won 58 games in 1974-75 as a member of the ABA.


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Elgin Baylor
Julius Erving
Bill Russell
Wilt Chamberlain
Michael Jordan
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On October 29, 1996 In conjunction with the NBA’s 50th anniversary celebration, the list of The 50 Greatest Players in NBA History was announced. It included: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Nate Archibald, Paul Arizin, Charles Barkley, Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, Billy Cunningham, Dave DeBusschere, Clyde Drexler, Julius Erving, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, George Gervin, Hal Greer, John Havlicek, Elvin Hayes, Earvin Johnson, Sam Jones, Michael Jordan, Jerry Lucas, Karl Malone, Moses Malone, Pete Maravich, Kevin McHale, George Mikan, Earl Monroe, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Robert Parish, Bob Pettit, Scottie Pippen, Willis Reed, Oscar Robertson, David Robinson, Bill Russell, Dolph Schayes, Bill Sharman, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Nate Thurmond, Wes Unseld, Bill Walton, Jerry West, Lenny Wilkens, and James Worthy




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