1965 – Reggie Miller is born in California. Reggie Miller was the long time leader for the most three pointers made in NBA history with 2,560 makes until Ray Allen passed him recently. Miller is known for his amazing offensive skill sets and his rivalry with Spike Lee, a New York Knicks super fan. Miller was a 5x NBA All-Star and played 18 seasons in the NBA – all with the Indiana Pacers – and retired averaging 18.2 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game.
1979 – Michael Redd is born in Ohio. Redd was a member of the 2008 United States Men’s basketball team that won a Gold Medal in Beijing. Redd played his first 11 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks and played last season with the Phoenix Suns. Currently he is an unrestricted free agent and has a career average of 19 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
2008 – The USA Men’s basketball team, A.K.A. The Redeem Team, beat Spain 118-107 in the Gold Medal Game at the Beijing Olympics.
1936 – The first basketball Gold Medal game is played in the Olympics at Berlin. USA defeat Canada 19-8 in front of 1,000 spectators – including Dr. James Naismith (the creator of basketball) – during a rainstorm on an outdoor court.
1959 – Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr. is born in Michigan. Magic was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996. Magic Johnson averaged 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists over 13 seasons, all with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have had Magic’s #32 jersey retired since 1992. Magic is a 3x NBA MVP (1987, 1989, 1990) as well as a 12x NBA All-Star, winning 2 NBA All-Star MVPs in 1990 and 1992. Magic won 5 NBA championships (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988) as well as being named the NBA Finals MVP in 1980, 1982 and 1987. Magic was drafted number 1 overall in the 1979 draft after 2 years at Michigan State University where he averaged 17.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.9 assists.
1994 – The “Dream Team II” demolishes Russia 137-91 to win the Gold Medal in the FIBA World Championship in Toronto.
1948 – Team USA win the Olympic Gold Medal in London. They defeated France 65-21.
2002 – Edna Campbell returns to play for the Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA) after overcoming breast cancer twice.
1902 – Red Holzman was born in Brooklyn, New York. Holzman is a Hall of Fame coach who lead the New York Knicks to the NBA Championship in 1970 and 1973. He coached 1,300 NBA games over 18 seasons, winning 53.5% of the games (696 wins – 604 losses) as well as coaching in 106 NBA Playoff games.
1984 – The USA Men’s basketball team defeated Spain 96-65 to win the Gold Medal in the Los Angeles Olympics.
2006 – Diana Taurasi (of the Phoenix Mercury) scores 47 points (WNBA record) in a triple-overtime win against the Houston Comets.