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: July 1

By Jonah Sharf On July 1, 2018, LeBron James announced through his management company, Klutch Sports, that he would join the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite averaging 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 8.3 assists per game, the Lakers missed the playoffs, making it the first time LeBron missed the playoffs since the 2004-05 season.

Today in Sports History: June 28

By Jonah Sharf On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear during the third round of their rematch. The penalty resulted in his immediate disqualification, and he was not able to return to boxing until January of 1999. The bite was purportedly a retaliation to Holyfield’s headbutts during the first fight, which Tyson…

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…

Today in Sports History: June 19

By Jonah Sharf On June 19, 2016, LeBron James and the Cavaliers won Game 7 of the NBA Finals over the Golden State Warriors, bringing Cleveland their first professional sports championship in 52 years. Cleveland became the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3–1 series deficit in the Finals, and James…

Today in Sports History: June 18

By Jonah Sharf On June 18, 2014, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 15 Colorado Rockies in a no-hitter. It remains the only no-hitter of the generational talent’s career. The 15 strikeouts are a Dodgers record for most in a no-hitter. The no-hitter was saved in the 7th inning by an incredible…

Today in Sports History: May 27

By Jonah Sharf On May 27, 1981, Julius “Dr. J” Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers won the NBA MVP award after averaging 24.6 points, 8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. This type of season was typical for Dr. J, showing the all-around player he was, capable of putting up stats…

Today in Sports History: May 26

By Jonah Sharf On May 26, 1999, high-flying Toronto Raptor Vince Carter was named Rookie of the Year, averaging 18.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Carter was known for his high-flying style of play, winning the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest in one of the most entertaining Dunk Contests of all time. Carter is…