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).
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.
A four-team deal involving the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers has been completed.
- Denver Nuggets receive G/F Andre Iguodala (from Philadelphia)
- Los Angeles Lakers receive C Dwight Howard (from Orlando), G Chris Duhon (from Orlando) and F Earl Clark (from Orlando)
- Orlando Magic receive G Arron Afflalo (from Denver), F Al Harrington (from Denver), C/F Nikola Vucevic (from Philadelphia), F Josh McRoberts (from Los Angeles), G Christian Eyenga (from Los Angeles) and five draft pick over 5 years.
- Philadelphia 76ers receive C Andrew Bynum (from Los Angeles), G/F Jason Richardson (from Orlando)
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.
1928 – Bob Cousy was born in New York City, New York. Known as the “Houdini of the Hardwood” and “Mr. Basketball”, Cousy was considered ahead of his time when he played for the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and 60s.
Cousy was a 6x NBA Champion, a 13 time NBA All-Star (winning the All-Star MVP award in 1954 and 1957). Cousy was also a member of the All-NBA First Team (1952-1961) and All-NBA Second Team (1962 and 1963).
Mr. Basketball was named to the NBA 25th and 35th Anniversary Team as well as the 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
So, we are down to the elimination bracket games. The match ups have been announced and it looks like every game will be very interesting. Below are the match ups and my predictions.
Brazil (4-1) vs Argentina (3-2) – Prediction: Brazil by 5
United States (5-0) vs Australia (3-2) – Prediction: USA by 25
France (4-1) vs Spain (3-2) – Prediction: France by 10
Russia (4-1) vs Lithuania (2-3) – Prediction: Russia by 10
The winner of Brazil/Argentina will play against the winner of USA/Australia in the following round, as will France/Spain play Russia/Lithuania.
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
So here were my predictions and the actual result for August 6 / Olympics Day 9:
- France vs Nigeria – France by 15-20 points – ACTUAL RESULT – France by 6
- Argentina vs USA – USA by 20-30 points – ACTUAL RESULT – USA by 29
- Great Britain vs China – Britain by 10 points – ACTUAL RESULT – Great Britain by 32
- Spain vs Brazil – Spain by 5-10 points – ACTUAL RESULT – Brazil by 6
August 2 / Day 5 of the 2012 London Olympics.
The obvious storyline from this game was Carmelo Anthony shooting 10 of 12 three pointers in FOURTEEN minutes of court time. Not to mention the list of Olympic Records and US Olympic Records that were shattered in this game. Here is a list of those records:
- OLYMPIC RECORDS BROKEN:
- Points scored in one game – 156 (previously 138 by Brazil in 1988 against Egypt)
- Points scored in the first half – 78 points
- Margin of Victory – 83 (previously 79 by USA in 1992 against Cuba)
- US Olympic Records Broken:
- Points scored by one player – 37 by Carmelo Anthony (previously Stephon Marbury with 31 against Spain in 2004)
- 3 Pointers made – 26
- Field Goals made – 59
- Field Goal percentage – 71%
Again, the Americans had a high volume of made shots coming off an assist – 59 baskets on 41 assists for a 69% assist to field goal ratio. There’s not much more to say after a game like this, but here is what Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski:
Carmelo – “It’s a great accomplishment to get that record. We did it in a very highly classy way. We went out there and we played basketball. We made shots. We make shots like that and play the way we played tonight, that record could have came on any team.” “It was just one of them nights where as a unit we had it going. It could have been anybody out on the court playing against us.”
Kobe – “When we get hot, it’s a big problem. So you have all these guys on one team and then all get hot on the same night, it’s tough.”
Coach K – “Well, obviously, we just shot better than any team in a game that I have ever coached. Our guys just couldn’t miss tonight, and they shared the ball. We had 41 assists. When you hit 29 threes, it’s very difficult to lose in a game like that.”