Today in Sports History: August 3

By Jonah Sharf On August 3, 1949, the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and the National Basketball League (NBL) merged to form the National Basketball Association (NBA). The BAA formed in 1946, nine years after the NBL, to challenge the monopoly that the NBL had created in professional basketball. After three years, the leagues decided…

Today in Sports History: July 31

By Jonah Sharf On July 31, 2007, the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, and two first-round draft picks. The deal was the largest NBA trade ever for one player, yet was still considered a win for Boston, giving…

Today in Sports History: July 17

By Jonah Sharf On July 17, 1990, two-sport legends Bo Jackson’s Kansas City Royals and Deion Sanders’ New York Yankees faced off in what would become known as “The Bo and Prime Time Show.” The game ended with Jackson’s squad winning 10-7, thanks to three home runs and seven RBI from Bo. Not to be…

Today in Sports History: July 16

By Jonah Sharf On July 16, 2008, Brandon Jennings signed a contract with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian Serie A, becoming the first player to play for a European team rather than play for a college basketball team since the NBA’s age restriction rule was put in place. Rather than play in college for a…

Today in Sports History: July 15

By Jonah Sharf On July 15, 2018, Manny Pacquiao stopped WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in the 7th round for his first knockout in 9 years and 60th career victory. Despite being 40 years of age, Pacquiao is still active as a boxer, and serves as a senator in his home country of the Philippines. …

Today in Sports History: July 14

By Jonah Sharf On July 14, 2004, Shaquille O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat for Caron Butler, Brian Grant, Lamar Odom, and a first round pick (which would turn into Jordan Farmar). The trade officially ended the successful but tumultuous Kobe-Shaq era in Los Angeles, which brought the Lakers three championships. The Miami Heat…

Today in Sports History: July 9

By Jonah Sharf On July 9, 1968, Wilt Chamberlain was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Los Angeles Lakers for Darrell Imhoff, Archie Clark, Jerry Chambers, and cash. This was the first time a reigning NBA Most Valuable Player was traded the next season, and Chamberlain was given an unprecedented at the time $250,000…

Today in Sports History: July 8

By Jonah Sharf On July 8, 2011, Yao Ming announced his retirement from basketball after nine seasons in the NBA, citing foot injuries that limited him to just five games the prior season. Yao is considered one of the biggest factors in the huge popularity of basketball and the NBA in China. When he was…

Today in Sports History: June 21

By Jonah Sharf On June 21, 1988, James Worthy led the Los Angeles Lakers to an NBA Finals victory in Game 7 over the Detroit Pistons with 36 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. This would be Worthy’s first career triple double, and contribute to his moniker of “Big Game James.” Worthy was named Finals…

Today in Sports History: June 20

By Jonah Sharf On June 20, 2013, the Miami Heat, led by LeBron James, defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals 95-88. It was the Heat’s second championship in a row, as well as James’ second Finals MVP in a row. James averaged 25.3 points per game, 10.9 rebounds per…