James Naismith is the Famous inventor of the game of Basketball. He was Born November 6, 1861 in Almont Canada. Naismith was an American Sports coach and Innovator. He invented this Outstanding game of basketball in the year of 1891. This great game that so many people love and enjoy watching today started out simply with a soccer ball and a fruit basket!
The Boston Celtics is one of the oldest teams in the NBA. The Celtics hold more NBA titles than any other franchise in this league. On the day of June 6, 1946 is the day that the Boston Celtics came to be. When this formation came together it was then discuss that it would be apart of the BAA (Basketball Association of America) which stated a 60 games schedule and the teams that are successful would even play in a round of playoffs. With so many Rules coming into being after the formation of this Team, The Celtics owner Walter Brown was a major piece for the BAA.
Hall of Fame basketball forward Julius Erving, or "Dr. J," was an acrobatic player in the NBA and ABA. His dunks and graceful play helped change the game. He was Born in Hempstead New York in 1950. He helped to lead the New York Knicks (A Franchise of the ABA) to a ABA championship in 1974 and 1976. Later, the great legend Julius Erving moved to the NBA joining the Philadelphia 76ers. Doing his usual, her helped lead the 76ers to the world championship in 1983. Erving retired in 1987 and within his career he played in more than 800 games scoring 22 pts. per game
The ABA (American Basketball Association) was established in 1967. Within the first season of the ABA it included a total of 11 teams: Pittsburg Piper, Minnesota Muskies, Indiana Pacers, Kentucky Colonels, and the New Jersey Americans played in the eastern division. The New orleans Buccaneers, Dallas Chaparrals, Denver Rockets, Houston Mavericks, Anaheim Amigos, and the Oakland oaks played Western division. The ABA was a more flashier league. The players used a red, white and blue basketball on the court instead of the orange traditional ball. Having words back and forth on the court were normal along with fights. As to the NBA doing all these things would leave you with a huge fine. Ironically, the NBA was well established and the ABA emerged with the NBA naming the entire basketball league National Basketball Association.
Bill Russell is Hailed as the greatest winner in sports. Russell was born in Monroe Louisiana, in 1934. Before his pro career, he lead the University of San Francisco to Consecutive NCAA titles. Later he started his pro career with the Boston Celtics in 1956. Russell Lead his teammates to 11 championships just within 13 seasons of his career. Russell later retired in 1969 and was placed in Naismith memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Magic Johnson better known a "Magic Johnson" was born on August 14, 1959. Johnson Dominated the court as one of America's best basketball players for 12 years. After stating the had had been diagnosed with AIDS he retired from the Los Angeles Lakers in 1991. He now lives on to his business empire owning stocks, real estates, several Starbucks franchises
Michael Jordan is a former American basketball player. He's titled as one of the greats that has ever played the game basketball. He was born February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn New York. Jordan left his Junior of high school to join the NBA. He was later drafted by the Bulls. He led the Chicago Bulls to six national championships within his career. Jordan also received the "Rookie Award" his rookie year. In 1985 he gain his Bachelor's degree in geography and continued to play pro basketball. Jordan earn "most valuable player" award four times 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998. Michael lost his father during an apparent robbery in the year of 1993 and retire in the year 2003. Jordan now owns the Charlotte Bobcats a franchise in the NBA.
The 1992-93 season was the Pacers 17th season in the NBA and 26th season as a franchise of the NBA. The Pacers finish 5th in the Central Division with a record of (41-41). In the first round of their playoffs, they lost four games to their rival the New York Knicks.
The Los Angeles Lakers were founded 1947. The Lakers are one of he most famous franchises in the NBA. As of the summer of 2012 the Los Angeles Lakers hold the seat for the wins with a total of (3,125). With star leading players such as Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal the Lakers have a total of 16 NBA Championships. The Lakers are the second most valuable franchise within the NBA having an estimated value of $1million.
Shaquille O'Neal was born March 6, 1972 in Newark New Jersey. He was and actor and musician. O'Neal was also a professional Basketball player. He played for several teams within his career: Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and Cleveland Cavaliers. He became one of the most dominant players of the NBA on the court. He led his teams on to winning Championships and Olympic gold medals. In 2011 O'Neal announced his retirement and is now a on screen Sports analyst for NBA On ESPN.