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Today in NBA History – Aug 30

1953 – Robert Parish is born in Louisiana.  Parish is a Hall of Famer who played 1,611 games in the NBA over 21 seasons.  Parish has played in more games than any other player in the NBA and ABA combined, with the 2nd ranked player being Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on 1,560 games.  Parish is a 4x NBA Champion (1981, 1984, 1986, 1997), a 9x NBA All-Star and was also inducted into the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

1997 – The first WNBA Finals are held in Houston in a single game series – the following season the WNBA changed to a best of 3 series.  The Houston Comets defeated the New York Liberty 65-51 on their way to becoming the first WNBA Champions.  Cynthia Cooper, who was the regular season MVP, won the Finals MVP after scoring 25 points.

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Today in NBA History – Aug 8

1930 – Jerry Tarkanian is born in Ohio.  Tark the Shark was known for his coaching career at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) but retired with a career record of 990 wins – 228 losses (81.3%).

1979 – Rashard Lewis is born in Louisiana.  So far, Lewis has averaged 16.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists per game over 14 seasons in the NBA.  He has played for the Seattle Super Sonics, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards and made 2 All-Star appearances.

1992 – The United States “Dream Team” won the Gold Medal in the Olympics in Barcelona.  The team won by an average of 43.8 points and is still considered the greatest team assembled in any sport of all time.  The roster included:

  • Charles Barkley
  • Larry Bird
  • Clyde Drexler
  • Patrick Ewing
  • Magic Johnson
  • Michael Jordan
  • Christian Laettner
  • Karl Malone
  • Chris Mullin
  • Scottie Pippen
  • David Robinson
  • John Stockton
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