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Today in NBA History – Aug 12

1969 – The Boston Celtics are sold for $6 million.  At the time, that was the most a professional basketball team had ever been sold for.

1976 – Antoine Walker is born in Chicago.  Walker played 12 seasons in the NBA – most notably with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat – as well as in 3 NBA All-Star games (1 start).  Walker averaged 17.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists for his career.

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Today in NBA History – Aug 10

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.

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