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
Today marks the first day of a new segment – Today in NBA History. This segment is pretty self explanatory, but for those of you confused, it is information relating to the NBA that occurred on the day of the post in years prior. (Please note that I’ll be posting from Australia, so they day might be different in your time zone).
1962 – Patrick Ewing was born in Jamaica. Ewing, a member of the Hall of Fame, enjoyed 17 years in the NBA (15 seasons with the New York Knicks) and retired with career averages of 21 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks. He was also a member of the Dream Team in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, an 11 time NBA All-Star and a 7x All-NBA team (1 All-NBA First team, 6 All-NBA Second team).
1976 – Denver, Indiana, New York and San Antonio transfer from the ABA (American Basketball League) to the NBA.