National Basketball Association History

Basketball Leagues: NCAA - WNBA

Related Topics: NBA All-Star Game - NBA Championship

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 245

  • 1949-08-04 NBL & NBAA merge into National Basketball Association
  • 1950-04-25 Chuck Cooper becomes 1st black to play in NBA
  • 1950-11-01 1st negro player in NBA, (Celtic's Charles Cooper) Ft Wayne Ind
  • 1950-11-22 7,021 see lowest NBA score, Ft Wayne Pistons 19, Minneapolis Lakers 18
  • 1951-01-06 Indianapolis beats Rochester 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes
  • 1951-01-09 Washington Capitals NBA club folds
  • 1953-01-02 NBA Baltimore Bullets begin a 32 game road losing streak
  • 1953-03-21 NBA record 106 fouls & 12 players foul out (Boston-Syracuse)
  • 1953-09-15 Boxing's NBA adopts 10-pt-must-scoring-system (10 pts to round winner)
  • 1954-03-14 NBA Baltimore Bullets end a 32 game road losing streak
  • 1954-04-22 NBA adopts 24-second shot clock & 6 team-foul rule
  • 1954-12-02 Frank Selvy of Milwaukee sets then NBA record of 24 of 26 free throws
  • 1956-03-19 Biggest NBA margin of victory - Minn Lakers-133, St Louis Hawks-75

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956-11-22 Bill Sharman (Boston) begins NBA free throw streak of 55 games

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1957-11-16 Celtic Bill Russell sets NBA record of 49 rebounds beat Philadelphia 111-89

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1958-01-12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • 1958-03-09 George Yardley (Pistons) is 1st NBAer to score 2,000 points in season

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1959-02-27 Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1960-03-14 Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia) sets NBA playoff record of 53 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960-11-15 Elgin Baylor of NBA LA Lakers scores 71 points vs NY Knicks

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1961-11-22 St Louis Hawk Bob Pettit sets NBA record, hitting 19 of 19 free throws

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966-01-12 Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of NBA Boston Celtics

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 1966-02-14 Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points
  • 1966-04-18 Bill Russell became 1st black coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)
  • 1966-11-29 1st NBA game at Oakland Coliseum Arena - Warriors beat Bulls 108-101
  • 1966-12-20 NBA awards Seattle Supersonics a franchise for 1967-68 season
  • 1967-02-28 Wilt Chamberlain sinks NBA record 35th consecutive field goal

  • 1967-04-05 '76er Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record of 41 rebounds
  • 1967-12-01 Wilt Chamberlain set NBA record of 22 free throws misses
  • 1967-12-16 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia 76ers scores 68 points vs Chicago
  • 1967-12-31 1st NBA game at Great Western Forum, LA Lakers beat Houston 147-118
  • 1968-01-22 NBA announces it will expand to Milwaukee & Phoenix
  • 1968-02-23 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points
  • 1968-04-14 1st NBA game at Madison Sq Garden, Knicks beat SD Clippers
  • 1968-11-23 Milwaukee Bucks make their 1st NBA trade, giving Bob Love & Bob Weiss to Chicago Bulls for Flynn Robinson
  • 1969-08-12 Boston Celtics sold for an NBA record $6 million
  • 1970-02-06 NBA expands to 18 teams with Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston & Portland
  • 1970-10-28 NBA Cleveland Cavaliers 1st home game, lose to San Diego 110-99
  • 1970-11-12 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA victory (11th game), beating Portland 105-103
  • 1970-12-06 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA home victory, beating Buffalo Braves 108-106
  • 1971-03-08 Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record)
  • 1972-01-07 LA Lakers win their 33rd straight game, setting a still standing NBA record for longest streak
  • 1972-03-01 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972-03-22 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named NBA MVP

  • 1972-03-26 LA Lakers broke NBA record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13)
  • 1973-02-11 Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973-03-29 Dave Cowens wins NBA MVP

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens

AgreementContract of Interest

1973-09-21 Nate Archibald signs 7 yr contract with NBA KC Kings for $450,000

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • 1973-10-28 Elmore Smith of Lakers blocks 17 shots in a game (NBA record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974-09-03 NBA guard Oscar Robertson retires

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1974-10-17 NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • 1974-10-18 1st NBA game at Market Square Arena - Pacers beat Spurs 129-121

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974-10-18 Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • 1974-10-26 Cleveland Coliseum opens for NBA's Cavaliers & MISL's Crunch
  • 1974-11-16 Milwaukee Bucks lose their 11th straight NBA game (team record)
  • 1975-02-07 NBA New Orleans Jazz end a 28 game road losing streak
  • 1975-10-28 Calvin Murphy (Houston) begins NBA free throw streak of 58 games
  • 1975-11-18 Calvin Murphy (Houston) ends NBA free throw streak of 58 games
  • 1976-01-28 NBA Atlanta Hawks begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • 1976-03-31 Cleveland Cavaliers clinch their 1st ever NBA playoff bearth
  • 1976-04-10 Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title
  • 1976-04-13 1st NBA playoff game for Cleve Cavliers, they lose 100-95 to Wash
  • 1976-06-17 ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets & Spurs) merges into NBA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976-10-22 Rick Barry (SF), begins then longest NBA free throw streak of 60

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1977-02-25 New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 1978-02-24 Kevin Porter, NJ, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978-04-09 In separate NBA games Denver's David Thompson scores 73 points & San Antonio's George Gervin scores 63 points (33 in 1 quarter)

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • 1979-09-12 Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers, 1st woman on an NBA club
  • 1980-01-12 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • 1980-02-09 Rick Barry, Houston, is 1st in NBA to score 8 3-pointers in a game
  • 1980-03-02 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980-05-29 Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1980-10-18 Detroit blocks 21 Atlanta shots setting NBA record (double OT)
  • 1980-12-27 Calvin Murphy (Rockets) begins longest NBA free throw streak of 78

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 623

  • 1883-08-09 George Hoyt, NBA hall of fame referee (elected 1961)
  • 1916-06-16 Hank Luisetti, NBA forward (1st to use a one-handed shot)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1917-09-20 [Arnold] Red Auerbach, NBA coach/GM (Boston Celtic), born in Brooklyn, New York

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 1919-08-11 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Arecibo (d. 2017)
  • 1920-08-10 William "Red" Holzman, NBA coach (NY Knickerbockers, 754 wins)
  • 1920-09-14 Bud Palmer, NBAer (NY Knicks)/sportscaster, born in Hollywood, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1924-06-18 George Mikan, American NBA center (6-time all-pro), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1926-10-03 Marques Haynes, NBA player and hall of famer (World's Greatest Dribbler, Harlem Globetrotters)
  • 1928-03-22 Ed Macauley, NBAer (Boston Celtics)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1928-04-03 Earl Lloyd, 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 2015)

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1928-08-09 Bob Cousy, NBA guard (Boston Celtics, 1957 MVP), born in Manhattan, NYC

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • 1930-11-10 Gene Conley, MLB player/NBA player
  • 1931-09-03 Dick Motta, NBA coach (856 wins, Its not over 'til the fat lady sings)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1932-12-12 robert pettit, American NBA star (St Louis Bombers/1959 MVP), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • 1933-01-13 Tom B Gola, NBA Hall-of-Famer, (d. 2014)
  • 1933-08-17 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Watsonville, California (d. 2017)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1934-02-12 Bill Russell, American basketball star (Boston Celtics, Olympic-gold 1956), born in West Monroe, Louisiana

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1934-09-16 Elgin Baylor, NBA star (1958-59 Rookie of Year-Lakers), born in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1936-08-21 Wilt Chamberlain, American NBA Legend (LA Lakers, 5 time MVP), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1937-08-26 Tom Heinsohn, NBA star/coach (Boston Celtic)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1937-10-28 Lenny Wilkens, NBA Point Guard and Head Coach (Seattle SuperSonics), born in Brooklyn, New York

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1938-05-28 Jerry West, NBA superstar (LA Lakers, Olympic Gold 1960), born in Chelyan, West Virginia

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1938-11-24 Oscar Robertson [The Big O], NBA guard (Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Olympic gold 1960), born in Charlotte, Tennessee

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1939-07-24 Walter Bellamy, New Bern NC, NBA center (Knicks/Olympic gold 1960), (d. 2013)
  • 1940-02-22 Chet Walker, NBA all-star forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1940-03-28 Kevin Loughery, NBA star/coach (Balt, Philadelphia)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1940-03-30 Jerry Lucas, NBA center (Oly-gold-60, NY Knicks), born in Middletown, Ohio

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • 1940-04-08 John Havlicek, Martin's Ferry Ohio, NBA hall-of-famer (Boston Celtics)
  • 1940-09-14 Larry Brown, NBA player/NBA coach (NY Knicks)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1940-10-16 Dave DeBusschere, NBA forward (NY Knick)/last ABA commissioner, born in Detroit, Michigan

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • 1941-05-05 Howie Komives, NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1941-07-25 Nate Thurmond, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Akron, Ohio (d.2016)

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • 1942-05-31 Happy Hairston, NBA star (Cin, Detroit, LA)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1942-06-25 Willis Reed, American NBA hall of fame MVP center/coach (NY Knicks), born in Hico, Louisiana

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed
  • 1942-07-17 Connie Hawkins, Harlem Globetrotter/NBA (Phoenix Suns, ABA MVP 1968)
  • 1942-07-21 Fred Hetzel, NBA star (SF, Cincinnati, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1942-09-22 David J Stern, NBA commissioner (1984- )
  • 1943-02-22 Dick Van Arsdale, NBA all-star (NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns)
  • 1943-02-22 Tom Van Arsdale, NBA all-star (Detroit, Cincinnati, KC-Omaha, Phil)
  • 1943-03-23 Gail Goodrich, NBA star (Lakers, Suns)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1943-06-03 Billy Cunningham, NBA/ABA (Philadelphia 76ers, Carolina Cougers), born in Brooklyn, New York

NBA Forward and Coach Billy Cunningham
NBA Forward and Coach
Billy Cunningham
  • 1943-07-12 Paul Silas, NBAer (Boston Celtic, Seattle SuperSonic)
  • 1944-03-14 Clyde Lee, American NBA player, born in Nashville, Tennessee

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1944-03-28 Rick Barry, Basketball forward (NY Nets, Golden State Warriors), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • 1944-11-21 Earl "the Pearl" Monroe, NBA Guard (NY Knicks, Balt Bullets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1945-03-20 Pat Riley, NBA coach (Lakers, Knicks, Heat), born in Schenectady, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1945-03-29 Walt "Clyde" Frazier, NBA guard (NY Knicks), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier
  • 1945-04-25 Walt Wesley, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1945-11-17 Elvin Hayes, American NBA star (San Diego, Houston, Baltimore), born in Rayville, Louisiana

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes
  • 1946-02-26 Bobby "Bingo" Smith, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1946-03-14 Wes Unseld, NBA all-star (Baltimore Bullets, MVP 1969)
  • 1946-03-22 Don Chaney, NBA player (Houston Rockets)/coach (Detroit Pistons)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1947-04-16 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, [Lew Alcindor], NBA center (Mil Bucks, LA Lakers), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1947-06-22 "Pistol" Pete Maravich, American NBA star (Atlanta Hawks), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 1947-09-16 Lucius Allen, NBA star (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1947-10-18 John Johnson, NBA (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • 1948-02-22 Dennis Awtrey, NBA center (Chicago Bulls, Suns)
  • 1948-03-10 Austin Carr, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1948-04-18 "Tiny" Nate Archibald, NBA guard (Cincinnati), born in NYC, New York

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • 1948-07-07 Fred Brown, NBAer (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • 1948-09-10 Bob Lanier, NBA center (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1948-10-25 Dan Issel, NBA coach/player (27,482 points, Denver Nuggets)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1948-10-25 Dave Cowens, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Newport, Kentucky

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • 1949-01-28 Gregg Popovich, NBA Basketball Coach
  • 1949-04-22 Spencer Haywood, Silver City Ms, NBAer (Oly-gold-1968, Knicks)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1950-02-22 Julius Erving, American basketball forward (Virg Squirers, NY Nets, Philadelphia 76ers), born in Nassau County, New York

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • 1950-10-30 Phil Chenier, NBA guard (Wash Bullets)
  • 1950-11-30 Paul Westphal, NBA guard (Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns)
  • 1951-03-24 Earl Williams, American-Israeli NBA player, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania
  • 1951-07-21 Slick Watts, NBA (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • 1951-09-25 Bob McAdoo, NBA forward/center (Buffalo Braves, LA Lakers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1952-11-05 Bill Walton, American NBA center (Portland Trailblazers, Boston Celtics), born in La Mesa, California

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton
  • 1953-05-02 "Keith" Jamaal Wilkes, NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Yr 1975)
  • 1953-08-30 Robert Parish, NBA center (Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1953-10-10 Gus Williams, NBA guard (Golden State, Seattle, Washington)
  • 1953-10-31 John Lucas, NBA guard (Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1953-12-09 World B Free, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors)
  • 1954-03-23 Moses Malone, NBA center (Atlanta Hawks, Milw Bucks, Philadelphia '76ers), born in Petersburg, Virginia, (d. 2015)
  • 1954-07-13 David Thompson, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1955-02-06 Eric Money, American NBA player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1955-02-28 Adrian Dantley, NBA forward (Olympic gold 1976, Utah Jazz), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1955-06-16 Tree Rollins, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • 1955-10-19 Lonnie Shelton, NBA forward (NY Knick, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1955-11-14 Jack Sikma, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Kankalee, Illinois
  • 1955-11-22 James Edwards, NBA center (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1955-12-11 Stu Jackson, NBA coach (NY Knicks (1989-90), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1956-04-15 Michael Cooper, NBA star (LA Lakers)
  • 1956-09-08 Maurice Cheeks, NBA guard (NY Knicks, Philadelphia '76ers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1956-12-07 Larry Bird, American NBA star (Boston Celtics, 12-time NBA All Star), born in West Baden, Indiana

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1957-04-03 Charles Jones, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
  • 1957-05-19 Bill Laimbeer, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons)
  • 1957-12-19 Kevin McHale, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1958-01-18 Larry Smith, NBA player
  • 1958-02-16 Herb Williams, NBA center (Toronto Raptors, NY Knicks)
  • 1958-02-25 Kurt Rambis, NBA forward (Lakers, Hornets)/Clark Kent look-a-like
  • 1958-09-21 Rick Mahorn, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1958-10-01 Alton Lister, NBA forward/center (Portland Trailblazers, Celtics)
  • 1959-02-16 Kelly Tripuka, Glenn Ridge NJ, NBA forward (Det Pistons, Utah Jazz)
  • 1959-03-17 Danny Ainge, NBA coach (Phoenix Suns)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1941-06-05 NBA coach Red Auerbach (23) weds Dorothy Lewis

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach

HeartWedding of Interest

1947-05-17 NBA center George Mikan (22) weds college sweetheart Patricia Lu Daveny

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan

HeartWedding of Interest

1950-12-08 NBA player Bob Cousy (22) weds his college sweetheart Missie Ritterbusch

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy

HeartWedding of Interest

1956-12-09 NBA player Bill Russell (22) weds college sweetheart Rose Swisher

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

HeartWedding of Interest

1958-06-22 NBA forward Elgin Baylor (23) weds Ruby Saunder at Mt Olive Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor

HeartWedding of Interest

1960-04-10 NBA guard Jerry West (21) weds his college sweetheart Martha Kane in Morgantown, West Virginia

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

HeartWedding of Interest

1960-06-25 NBA player Oscar Robertson (21) weds teacher Yvonne Crittenden in Cincinnati, Ohio

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson

HeartWedding of Interest

1960-09-18 NBA forward Jerry Lucas (20) weds sophomore Treva Geib

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas

HeartWedding of Interest

1962-07-28 NBA player Lenny Wilkens (24) weds Marilyn Reed

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens

HeartWedding of Interest

1965-06-19 NBA forward Bob Pettit (32) weds Carole Crowell in Alexandria, Louisiana

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit

HeartWedding of Interest

1967-03-26 NBA forward Elvin Hayes (21) weds college sweetheart Erna Livingston

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes

HeartWedding of Interest

1971-05-28 NBA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24) weds school teacher Janice Brown

HeartWedding of Interest

1974-02-10 NBA player Julius Erving (23) weds model Turquoise Brown at Waldorf

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving

HeartWedding of Interest

1975-11-08 NBA legend Larry Bird (18) weds highschool sweetheart Janet Condra

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

HeartWedding of Interest

1976-01-11 NBA player Pete Maravich (27) weds college sweetheart Jackie Elliser in Metairie, Louisiana

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich

HeartWedding of Interest

1976-07-07 NBA guard George Gervin (24) weds Joyce King

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin

HeartWedding of Interest

1979-02-24 NBA player Bill Walton (26) weds Susan Guth

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton

HeartWedding of Interest

1985-07-19 NBA player Isiah Thomas (24) weds Lynn Kendall in Chicago

NBA Point Guard and Head Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Head Coach
Isiah Thomas

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-02-09 NBA power forward Charles Barkley (26) weds legal aide Maureen Blumhardt in Elkton, Maryland

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-09-02 NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (26) weds Juanita Vanoy (30) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1989-09-30 NBA legend Larry Bird (32) weds long-time girlfriend Dinah Mattingly in Terre Haute, Indiana

HeartWedding of Interest

1990-07-27 NBA star Patrick Ewing (27) weds Rita Williams

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing

HeartWedding of Interest

1991-09-15 NBA star Magic Johnson marries Earletha "Cookie" Kelly

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson

HeartWedding of Interest

1991-12-16 NBA center David Robinson (26) weds Valerie Hoggatt at a Baptist church ceremony in San Antonio, Texas

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-08-08 NBA Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon (33) weds Dalia Asafi (18) in Houston, Texas

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon

HeartWedding of Interest

1998-11-14 Chicago Bulls NBA player Dennis Rodman (37) weds "Baywatch" actress Carmen Electra (26) at Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
Actress Carmen Electra
Actress
Carmen Electra

HeartWedding of Interest

1998-12-30 NBA player Clyde Drexler (36) weds attorney Gaynell Floyd

NBA Swingman Clyde Drexler
NBA Swingman
Clyde Drexler

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-04-18 NBA star player Kobe Bryant (22) weds Vanessa Laine at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 2003-05-13 NBA star Dennis Rodman (42) weds Michelle Moyer in a small civil ceremony in Newport Beach, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-06-11 NBA player Steve Nash (31) weds Alejandra Amarilla

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • 2006-09-12 NBA basketball star Tracy McGrady (27) weds CleRenda Harris at the sandy beach in Los Cabos, Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

2007-07-07 Actress and model Eva Longoria (37) weds NBA player Tony Parker (30) at The Church of Saint Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris, France

Actress Eva Longoria
Actress
Eva Longoria
  • 2007-08-06 NBA Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (27) weds Chinese women's national basketball team member Ye Li (26) at the Pudong Shangri-La hotel in Shanghai
  • 2009-02-14 Victoria's Secret Angel model Adriana Lima (31) weds NBA player Marko Jaric (33) in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • 2009-05-16 Actress Jennifer Freeman (23) weds NBA guard Earl Watson (29) in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-09-27 Businesswoman and TV personality Khloé Kardashian (28) weds NBA basketball forward Lamar Odom (32) in Beverly Hills, California

TV Personality Khloé Kardashian
TV Personality
Khloé Kardashian
  • 2010-07-10 NBA star Carmelo Anthony (25) weds actress Lala Vasquez (30) at Cipriani 42nd St. in New York City
  • 2011-05-22 R&B singer Keyshia Cole (28) weds NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson (25) in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2011-07-09 NBA Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas (24) weds long-term girlfriend Jaime Collins at Louisiana
  • 2012-07-26 NBA guard Rafer Alston (36) weds "Basketball Wives" star Ashley Walker at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida
  • 2013-04-27 NBA great Michael Jordan (50) weds 2nd wife model Yvette Prieto at Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida

HeartWedding of Interest

2013-09-14 NBA player LeBron James (28) weds longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson at the Capella Chapel in San Diego, California

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 2014-01-30 NBA player Baron Davis (34) weds CAA agent Isabella Brewster (31) in a secret ceremony
  • 2014-08-30 NBA basketball star Dwyane Wade (32) weds actress Gabrielle Union (41) at Miami's Chateau Artisan castle

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1976-10-31 NBA legend Larry Bird (19) divorces highschool sweetheart Janet Condra only 11 months after getting married

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1984-10-16 Joyce King divorces NBA guard George Gervin (32) after nearly 8 years of marriage

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006-12-29 NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (43) divorces Juanita Vanoy (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 17 years of marriage

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2011-01-28 "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria (37) divorces NBA player Tony Parker (30) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of a storybook wedding

Actress Eva Longoria
Actress
Eva Longoria

Deaths in Sport

  • 1988-01-05 "Pistol Pete" Mavarich, NBAer (Atlanta), dies of a heart attack at 40
  • 1992-05-25 Danny Biasone, persuaded NBA to use 24 second clock, dies at 83
  • 1992-11-10 Chuck Connors, US NBA/baseballer/actor (Boston Celtics), dies at 71
  • 1993-06-07 Drazen Petrovic, NBA player (NJ Nets), dies in auto-accident at 28
  • 1993-07-23 James Jordan, father of NBA star Michael Jordan, found dead near McColl, South Carolina
  • 1993-07-27 Reggie Lewis, NBA star (Boston Celtics), dies of heart failure at 27

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1999-10-12 Wilt Chamberlain, American NBA basketball player (5 time MVP), dies of congestive heart failure at 63

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 2013-03-26 Tom Boerwinkle, American NBA player, dies at 67

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2015-02-26 Earl Lloyd, 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, dies at 86

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • 2015-02-28 Anthony Mason, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack
  • 2015-09-13 Moses Malone, American NBA center "Chairman of the Boards"( Philadelphia 76ers), dies at 60
  • 2015-12-11 John "Hot Rod" Williams, American NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), dies of cancer at 53
  • 2016-07-16 Nate Thurmond, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers), dies of leukemia at 74
  • 2017-04-23 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), dies at 83
  • 2017-04-28 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97