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 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…

Today in Sports History: December 20

By Veronica An Buck Williams, of the Portland Trailblazers, became the 20th player to grab 10,000 rebounds during a 1992 game against the Golden State Warriors. At the time of his retirement, Williams ranked 15th in all-time NBA career rebounds. Williams began his NBA career with the New Jersey Nets in 1981, he proved himself…

Today in Sports History: December 18

By Veronica An In 1984, Gene Shue reached 700 coaching victories when the Washington Bullets defeated the New Jersey Nets 104-95. Only Red Auerbach and Jack Ramsay reached the 700 victory mark. Shue was the third overall pick in the 1954 draft and spend 10 years as a guard in the NBA. After his playing…

Today in Sports History: December 16

By Veronica An In a 1993 New York Knicks versus Los Angeles Lakers game, Patrick Ewing reached 14, 618 career points. Ewing’s second-quarter jump shot helped him outpace Walt Frazier who previously held the Knick’s record for career points. Ewing was selected as the first round first pick of the 1985 NBA draft and played…

Today in Sports History: December 15

By Veronica An Three-point shots were becoming more popular than ever and increasingly, they were being shot at a closer distance. In response to this, the NBA changed its rules regarding the 3-point field goal percentage title in 1994. In order to qualify for the title, a player had to reach the statistical minimum of…

Today in Sports History: December 14

By Veronica An During a 1975 game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar grabbed a record-setting 29 defensive rebounds. Abdul-Jabbar helped lead the Lakers to a 110-100 victory over the Pistons. Abdul-Jabbar was a center for the Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1975) and Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989). He played for the Lakers during…

Today in Sports History: December 10

By Veronica An The Los Angeles Lakers retired James Worthy’s No. 42 jersey during a 1995 halftime game against the Detroit Pistons. Worthy was only the sixth player in team history to have his number retired. Worthy was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 1982 NCAA championship when he played small forward for the…