Today in Sports History: October 15

By Veronica An In 1966, Bill Russell became the first black head coach when the Boston Celtics made him player-coach. Previous to his appointment as head coach, Russell played for the Celtics and was known for his skill as a defensive player and was also a member of the 1956 U.S. Olympic basketball team, which…

Today in Sports History: October 13

By Veronica An The NBA announced the that the first two weeks of games would be cancelled through November 16 due to ongoing collective bargaining with the National Basketball Players Association. Prior to 1998, the NBA was the only major sports league in the United States that had never lost a game because of a…

Today in Sports History: October 12

By Veronica An In 1999, Wilt Chamberlain passed away at the age of 63 in his home in Bel-Air, Calif. Chamberlain first joined the NBA in 1959 when he debuted with the Harlem Globetrotters. During his rookie season, he averaged 37.6 points and 27.0 rebounds; winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He was…

Today in Sports History: October 8

By Veronica An Just three years after the Wang Zhizhi became the first Chinese player to be drafted by the National Basketball Association (NBA), the the NBA opened its first official office in Beijing, China. NBA games have been broadcast live in China since 1994 and, according to the league, more than 300 million people…

Today in Sports History: October 6

By Veronica An Michael Jordan, of the Chicago Bulls, announces his first retirement in 1993. Jordan led the Bulls to six championships in the ’90s in two different sets of threepeats and became known as a legendary dominant offensive player. After a win with the 1992 Olympics “Dream Team” in 1992, where he scored 14.9…

Today in Sports History: October 5

By Veronica An When the Chicago Stags team folded in 1950, the names of three star players, including Bob Cousy, were put into a hat and owners of the Boston Celtics, the New York Knicks, and the Philadelphia Warriors each pulled out a name. Cousy went to the Boston Celtics for just $9,000 to the…

Today in Sports History: October 3

By Veronica An Wang Zhizhi became the first player from the People’s Republic of China to be signed by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2002. Zhizhi had been playing professional basketball with the Bayi Rockets of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) since he was 17 and won six consecutive CBA championships with the Rockets. Although…

Today in Sports History: September 30

By Veronica An USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Team captured its 12th gold medal in Sydney, Australia. In their gold medal game, the team defeated France 85-75 after a close call with Lithuania in the semifinals (85-83). After this victory, the U.S. team held a 109-2 Olympic game record including, a 25 consecutive victory win streak….

Today in Sports History: September 28

By Veronica An The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opened its new 80,000 square-foot, $103 million building in 2002. This historic landmark in Springfield, Massachusetts. The building commemorates the physical education instructor, James Naismith, who introduced the game of basketball to a class of 18 young men in December 21, 1891 at the YMCA…

Today in Sports History: September 25

By Veronica An Michael Jordan, perhaps the greatest NBA player of all time, came out of retirement for the second time in 2001 to play for the Washington Wizards. Jordan had an enormous influence on basketball culture as well as a long list of historic achievements on the court. Among his accomplishments are Rookie of…