Today in NBA History – Aug 18
1890 – Maurice Podoloff is born in the Russian Empire, now called Ukraine. Podoloff was the first president of the NBA in 1946 and stepped down from the position in 1963. The NBA regular season MVP is named in his honour.
1992 – Larry Bird announced his retirement after 13 seasons in the NBA – all playing for the Boston Celtics. Larry is still one of the most known basketball players in the history of the NBA, mostly for his famous on-court rivalry with Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Bird was a 3x NBA champion (winning the Finals MVP in 1984 and 1986), a 3x NBA MVP and a 12 time NBA All-Star. Larry Legend was a member of the 1992 Dream Team in the Barcelona Olympics as well as a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and eventually having his number 33 retired by the Boston Celtics. When Bird retired, his career numbers stand around with the legends of the game. His free throw percentage of 88.6% is still ranks 10th in NBA history and his 21,791 points have him as the 29th all time leading scorer – 24.3 points per game (16th in NBA history).
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