Today in Sports History: February 1

By Veronica An In 1984, Bernard King became the second player in NBA history to score 50 points in two consecutive games. King accomplished the same scoring feat that Wilt Chamberlain achieved 20 years earlier. King was selected 7th overall in the 1977 NBA draft and began his career with the New York Nets, which…

Today in Sports History: January 31

By Veronica An In 2001, George Karl notched his 600th victory as head coach when the Milwaukee Bucks defeat the Denver Nuggets 116-111. Karl was the 17th NBA coach to reach 600 victories and achieved the milestone the 6th fastest. He later became one of only nine NBA coaches to reach the 1,000 victory mark….

Rest In Peace Kobe Bryant

By Veronica An We say goodbye to a legend, Kobe Bryant.  Bryant is considered one of the greatest players in NBA history and one of the NBA’s most recognizable figures. He declared for the 1996 draft after he finished high school and earned recognition by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Competition. Bryant was the highest…

Today in Sports History: January 23

By Veronica An Swedish tennis start Bjorn Borg shocked fans when he announced that he would not compete in the 1983 Grand Slam. Twenty-six-year-old Borg said he was not motivated to regain his no. 1 ranking. This move marked the end of his career. Borg was considered the No. 1 player in the world for…

Today in Sports History: January 21

By Veronica An In 2010, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers became the youngest NBA player to reach 25,000 points at 31 years and 151 days. Bryant beat Wilt Chamberlain’s previous record by 35 days. He was also the youngest player in league history (at age 34) to reach 30,000 career points. Bryant is…

Today in Sports History: January 14

By Veronica An The Portland Trail Blazers retired the symbolic #77 jersey in honor of Coach Jack Ramsay in 1993. Ramsay received the symbolic no. 77 jersey in honor to commemorate the Blazers 1977 championship. Ramsay started as general manager for the Philadelphia 76ers and was later promoted to head coach. During his four seasons…

Today in Sports History: January 10

By Veronica An In 2008, Dikembe Mutombo surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in total number of shots blocked; ranking him second in the NBA. Mutombo ended his NBA career with 3,289 blocks (2.8 block per game) which places him behind Hakeem Olajuwon for all-time most blocked shots. Mutombo was selected fourth by the Denver Nuggets in the…

Today in Sports History: January 9

By Veronica An In 1993, the Detroit Pistons retired bob Lanier’s jersey during a Pistons versus Golden State Warriors game. Lanier wore the No. 16 jersey for nine and a half seasons. He was the first overall pick in the 1970 NBA draft and was named to the 1971 NBA All-Rookie Team. He played under…

Today in Sports History: December 31

By Veronica An Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores five goals, five different ways in a 1988 game against the New Jersey Devils. He scored on strength, on the power play, shorthanded, on a penalty shot and into an empty net. The five goals carried the Pittsburgh Penguins to an 8-6 victory against the…

Today in Sports History: December 30

By Veronica An Scott Skiles set a record of 30 assists in a single game during an Orlando Magic versus Denver Pistons game in 1990. He broke the previous 29 assist record by Kevin Porter which was set in 1978. Skiles joined the Milwaukee Bucks as part of the 1986 draft and averaged averaging 3.8…