National Basketball Association History

Basketball Leagues: NCAA - WNBA

Related Topics: NBA All-Star Game - NBA Championship

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 437

  • 1930-06-12 German boxer Max Schmeling beats Jack Sharkey by disqualification in 4 rounds in NYC for vacant NBA, NYSAC, The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles; first time title won on a foul
  • 1934-03-01 Italian boxer Primo Carnera beats American challenger Tommy Loughran by unanimous points decision at Madison Square Garden, NYC for the NYSAC and NBA heavyweight titles
  • 1947-01-09 Providence Steamrollers guard Dino Martin becomes the first NBA player to ever score 40 points in a game, in a 91-68 win over Cleveland Rebels at Rhode Island Auditorium
  • 1948-11-03 Kleggie Hermsen and Bones McKinney each score 17 points as Washington Capitols beat Philadelphia Warriors, 77-70 at Washington Coliseum to win first of 15 straight games to start season; best start in NBA history
  • 1949-04-13 Basketball Association of America Finals: Minneapolis Lakers beat Washington Capitols, 77-56 to take series, 4 games to 2; BAA and National Basketball League merge later that year to create the NBA
  • 1950-04-25 Chuck Cooper becomes the 1st African American to be drafted into the NBA (for Boston Celtics)

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1950-10-31 The Big Cat, Earl Lloyd becomes the first African-American to play a game in the NBA, scoring 6 points on debut for the Washington Capitols

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd

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1950-11-01 Celtics' forward Chuck Cooper becomes first African American to play in the NBA in Boston's 107-84 loss at Fort Wayne Pistons; future Hall of Famer Bob Cousy also debuts for Celtics

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • 1950-11-22 7,021 see lowest NBA score, Ft Wayne Pistons 19, Minneapolis Lakers 18
  • 1951-01-06 Indianapolis Olympians beat Rochester Royals, 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes; also the longest game in NBA history
  • 1951-01-09 Washington Capitals NBA club folds

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1952-01-20 The NBA's first superstar George Mikan scores a career high 61 points leading the Minneapolis Lakers to a 91-81 double-overtime victory over the Rochester Royals

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1953-01-02 NBA Baltimore Bullets begin a record 32 game road losing streak (12 games in 1952-53; 20 games in 1953-54) with a 73-66 defeat at the Indianapolis Olympians
  • 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 Milwaukee Hawks shooting guard Frank Selvey sets then NBA record of 24 of 26 free throws as he scores 42 points in 117-108 win over the Minneapolis Lakers at Milwaukee Arena

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1956-01-24 6th NBA All Star Game, Rochester War Memorial Coliseum, NY: West beats East, 108-94; MVP: Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks, C

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • 1956-03-19 Biggest NBA margin of victory - Minn Lakers-133, St Louis Hawks-75

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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
  • 1958-01-21 St Louis Hawks forward Bob Pettit becomes first member of the losing team to win the NBA All-Star MVP award; scores 28 points and grabs 26 rebounds, even though East beats West, 130-118
  • 1958-03-09 George Yardley (Pistons) is 1st NBAer to score 2,000 points in season

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1958-03-15 Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati Royals scores a NBA midwest region-record 56-point game

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson

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1960-01-25 Wilt Chamberlain scores 58 points, the most ever by an NBA rookie, as Philadelphia Warriors beat Detroit Pistons, 127-117 at Bethlehem, PA

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

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

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor

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1964-02-29 Cincinnati's Jerry Lucas and Oscar Robertson combine for a rare 40-40 performance as the Royals beat host Philadelphia 76ers, 117-114; NBA MVP Robertson has 43 points; Rookie of the Year Lucas, 40 rebounds

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1964-11-13 Bob Petit (St Louis Hawks) becomes 1st NBAer to score 20,000 points
  • 1965-01-15 One of the biggest trades in NBA history; San Francisco Warriors send Wilt Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers for Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer, Paul Neumann and cash

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1966-01-12 Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach records his 1,000th NBA career victory (regular season and playoffs), 114-102 over the Los Angeles Lakers in Boston

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 1966-01-16 Chicago is granted an NBA franchise to be called the Bulls; become the 3rd NBA franchise in the city, after the Chicago Stags (1946–50) and Chicago Packers/Zephyrs (now Washington Wizards)
  • 1966-02-14 Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points
  • 1966-04-18 Bill Russell becomes first African American 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
  • 1967-01-11 San Diego is granted an NBA franchise to be called the Rockets; franchise moves to Houston for the 1971-72 season
  • 1967-01-20 Philadelphia 76ers center Wilt Chamberlain makes all 15 of his field goal attempts in a 119-108 win over LA Lakers; NBA record for consecutive shots made; beats mark twice before 1966-67 season ends
  • 1967-02-28 Wilt Chamberlain sinks NBA record 35th consecutive field goal
  • 1967-04-05 '76er Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record of 41 rebounds
  • 1967-10-13 Seattle SuperSonics (now OKC Thunder) lose NBA debut game, 144-116 to the San Francisco Warriors at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
  • 1967-12-01 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 52 points in 76ers' 133-109 win over Seattle SuperSonics; sets NBA record for 22 free throw 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 expansion franchise licences awarded to Milwaukee (Bucks) and Phoenix (Suns)
  • 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
  • 1968-07-09 Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first reigning NBA MVP to be traded the next season when he moves from Philadelphia 76'ers to LA Lakers
  • 1968-11-23 Milwaukee Bucks make their 1st NBA trade, giving Bob Love & Bob Weiss to Chicago Bulls for Flynn Robinson

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1969-05-05 Milwaukee Bucks sign #1 NBA Draft pick, star UCLA center Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

  • 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 Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 134-90 for their 33rd straight win, the longest winning streak in major professional sports

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1972-01-18 22nd NBA All Star Game, The Forum, Inglewood, Ca: West beats East, 112-110: MVP: Jerry West, LA Lakers, G, hits a last-second, 20-foot game-winning jumper

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • 1972-02-16 Wilt Chamberlain of the Los Angeles Lakers becomes first player in NBA history to reach the career 30,000 point mark during a 110-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns
  • 1972-03-22 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named NBA MVP
  • 1972-03-26 LA Lakers break NBA wins record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13), record will stand for 24 years
  • 1973-02-11 Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row

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1973-03-29 Dave Cowens wins NBA MVP

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • 1973-04-01 Boston Celtics captain John Havlicek scores career high 54 points in 134-109 rout of Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of 1st round Eastern Conference playoffs; hits NBA playoff record 24-of-36 field-goal attempts

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)
  • 1973-12-02 Capital Centre (USAir Arena) opens in Landover Maryland; NBA's Washington Bullets beat Seattle SuperSonics, 98-96 in opening game; arena demolished 2002
  • 1974-01-01 Ernie DiGregorio of Buffalo hands out 25 assists in the Braves' 120-119 win over Portland, establishing an NBA single-game record for assists by a rookie
  • 1974-09-03 Future Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard Oscar Robertson retires; leaves NBA with 26,710 points, 9,887 assists & 7,804 rebounds in 1,040 games
  • 1974-10-03 Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Jerry West (“Mr. Clutch”) retires after 14 NBA seasons with the LA Lakers; West has 25,192 career points; averages 29.1 ppg in 153 playoff games
  • 1974-10-17 NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 661

  • 1883-08-09 George Hoyt, American NBA hall of fame referee (elected 1961), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • 1916-06-16 Hank Luisetti, NBA forward (1st to use a one-handed shot)
  • 1916-11-27 Chick Hearn, American NBA broadcaster (called 3,338 LA Lakers games), born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 2002)

Person of interestRed Auerbach

1917-09-20 Red Auerbach, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 1918-05-26 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (NBA light heavyweight title 1941), born in Mersin, Turkey (d. 1985)
  • 1919-08-11 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Arecibo (d. 2017)
  • 1920-08-10 William "Red" Holzman, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (New York Knicks 14 seasons), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1998)
  • 1920-09-14 Bud Palmer, American basketball player (NY Knicks) and sportscaster, born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)
  • 1922-03-01 Fred Scolari, American basketball point guard (NBA All-Star 1952, 53; Washington Capitols; Baltimore Bullets), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2002)
  • 1923-03-31 Don Barksdale, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1948, NBA All Star 1953), born in Oakland, CA (d. 1993)
  • 1923-05-01 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 52; Fort Wayne Pistons), born in Zachary, Louisiana (d. 2017)
  • 1924-05-13 Harry Glickman, American journalist, promoter and sports executive (co-founder NBA Portland Trail Blazers, President 1987-94), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2020)

Person of interestGeorge Mikan

1924-06-18 George Mikan, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1951-54; NBL MVP 1948; Minneapolis Lakers), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1924-10-09 Arnie Risen, Basketball Hall of Fame center (4-time NBA All Star), born in Williamstown, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1925-09-19 Jack McCloskey, American basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers 1972-74) and executive (GM Detroit Pistons NBA C'ship 1989, 90), born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1926-10-03 Marques Haynes, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Harlem Globetrotters), born in Sand Springs, Oklahoma (d. 2015)
  • 1926-11-02 Myer Skoog, American basketball guard (NBA C'ship 1952-4; Minneapolis Lakers), born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 2019)
  • 1927-03-22 Marty Blake, NBA executive (GM Atlanta Hawks, NBA Director of Scouting), born in Wyoming, PA (d. 2013)
  • 1927-12-02 Ralph Beard, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1948; NBA All Star 1951; life ban point shaving scandal 1951), born in Hardinsburg, Kentucky (d. 2007)
  • 1928-03-22 Ed Macauley, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (7-time NBA All Star), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2011)

Person of interestEarl Lloyd

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 interestBob Cousy

1928-08-09 Bob Cousy, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Boston Celtics, 6-time NBA champion), born in Manhattan, NYC

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • 1930-11-10 Gene Conley, American MLB player and NBA player, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • 1931-01-05 Walt Davis, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1952) and NBA player (Philadelphia Warriors), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1931-09-03 Dick Motta, American basketball coach (NBA Championship, Washington Bullets 1977-78), born in Midvale, Utah
  • 1931-10-07 Cotton Fitzsimmons, American basketball coach (NJCAA C'ship 1966, 67; Moberly Area CC; Kansas State; NBA: Phoenix Suns; Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs), born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 2004)
  • 1932-05-29 Richie Guerin, American basketball Hall of Fame guard (6-time NBA All Star), born in NYC, New York
  • 1932-07-17 Johnny Kerr, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1956, 59, 63; Syracuse Nats/Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns) and broadcaster (Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1932-10-29 Dick Garmaker, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1957-60; Minneapolis Lakers), born in Hibbing, Minnesota (d. 2020)

Person of interestBob Pettit

1932-12-12 Bob Pettit, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA MVP 1956, 59), 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)
  • 1933-09-25 Hubie Brown, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, broadcaster (2-time NBA Coach of the Year), born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania
  • 1933-12-04 Dick Ricketts Jr., American basketball center (# 1 overall pick 1955 NBA draft St. Louis Hawks) and baseball pitcher (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)

Person of interestBill Russell

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 interestElgin Baylor

1934-09-16 Elgin Baylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
  • 1934-10-07 Willie Naulls, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)

Person of interestWilt Chamberlain

1936-08-21 Wilt Chamberlain, American College & Basketball Hall of Fame center (13-time All Star), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1936-10-02 Dick Barnett, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1968; NBA C'ship 1970, 73 NY Knicks), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1936-11-07 Al Attles, American NBA point guard and coach (SF/GS Warriors), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1936-12-14 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1937-03-26 Wayne Embry, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, executive (5-time NBA All Star), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1937-08-26 Tom Heinsohn, NBA star/coach (Boston Celtics)
  • 1937-10-03 John MacLeod, American basketball coach (NBA Phoenix Suns 1973-87), born in New Albany, Indiana (d. 2019)

Person of interestLenny Wilkens

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 interestJerry West

1938-05-28 Jerry West, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard, executive (LA Lakers, 14-time NBA All Star), born in Chelyan, West Virginia

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

Person of interestOscar Robertson

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 Walt Bellamy, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All-Star 1962–65; NBA Rookie of Year 1962; Olympic gold 1960), born in New Bern, North Carolina (d. 2013)
  • 1939-11-02 Tom Thacker, American basketball forward (only player to play on NCAA, ABA and NBA C'ship teams), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • 1940-02-22 Chet Walker, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 1964, 66, 67, 70, 71, 73, 74; NBA C'ship 1967, Philadelphia 76ers; Chicago Bulls), born in Bethlehem, Mississippi
  • 1940-03-28 Kevin Loughery, American NBA star and coach (Balt, Philadelphia), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestJerry Lucas

1940-03-30 Jerry Lucas, NBA center (Olympic gold 1960, NY Knicks), born in Middletown, Ohio

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • 1940-04-08 John Havlicek, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (8-time NBA champion-Boston Celtics; 13-time NBA All Star), born in Martin's Ferry, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1940-09-14 Larry Brown, American NBA player and coach (NY Knicks), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestDave DeBusschere

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
  • 1941-01-31 Len Chappell, American NBA forward (All Star 1964), born in Portage, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1941-05-09 Howard Komives, American NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2009)

Person of interestNate Thurmond

1941-07-25 Nate Thurmond, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), born in Akron, Ohio (d.2016)

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • 1941-09-02 John Thompson, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, coach and broadcaster (NBA C'ship 1965, 66, Boston Celtics; coach NCAA C'ship 1984, Georgetown), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941-11-01 Joe Caldwell, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1964; NBA & ABA All Star; St. Louis Hawks, Carolina Cougars), born in Texas City, Texas
  • 1942-03-28 Jerry Sloan, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Utah Jazz 1988-2011) and shooting guard (NBA All-Star 1967, 69; Chicago Bulls), born in McLeansboro, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1942-05-31 Happy Hairston, NBA star (Cin, Detroit, LA)

Person of interestWillis Reed

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, American NBA star (SF, Cincinnati, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1942-08-16 Les Hunter, American basketball center (NCAA C'ship 1963, Loyola Ramblers; NBA: Baltimore Bullets; ABA All Star 1968, 69; Miami Floridians), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • 1942-09-22 David Stern, American basketball executive (NBA commissioner 1984-2014; longest-tenured commissioner in history of major North American sports leagues), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1942-11-02 Ron Reed, American NBA forward and MLB pitcher (Detroit Pistons; Philadelphia Phillies), born in LaPorte, Indiana
  • 1943-02-22 Dick Van Arsdale, American NBA all-star (NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1943-02-22 Tom Van Arsdale, American NBA all-star (Detroit, Cincinnati, KC-Omaha, Phil), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1943-03-23 Gail Goodrich, NBA star (Lakers, Suns)

Person of interestBilly Cunningham

1943-06-03 Billy Cunningham, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach (NBA champion player & coach Philadelphia 76ers), born in Brooklyn, New York

NBA Forward and Coach Billy Cunningham
NBA Forward and Coach
Billy Cunningham
  • 1943-07-12 Paul Silas, American basketball player and coach (Boston Celtic, Seattle SuperSonic), born in Prescott, Arkansas
  • 1943-11-24 Dave Bing, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (7-time NBA All Star), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1944-03-14 Clyde Lee, American NBA player, born in Nashville, Tennessee

Person of interestRick Barry

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
  • 1945-01-25 Walt Wesley, American NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers), born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • 1945-03-20 Pat Riley, American NBA coach (Lakers, Knicks, Heat), born in Schenectady, New York

Person of interestWalt Frazier

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

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier

Person of interestElvin Hayes

1945-11-17 Elvin Hayes, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA All-Star 1969–1980; NBA scoring champion 1969), born in Rayville, Louisiana

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes
  • 1946-02-26 Bobby "Bingo" Smith, American NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1946-03-14 Wes Unseld, American Basketball Hall of Fame center and coach (NBA C'ship, Finals MVP 1978; NBA MVP 1969; 5 x NBA All-Star; Washington Bullets), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2020)
  • 1946-03-22 Don Chaney, NBA player (Houston Rockets)/coach (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1946-07-13 Bob Kauffman, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1947-04-01 Norm Van Lier, American basketball point guard (NBA All Star 1974, 76, 77; Chicago Bulls) and broadcaster (Comcast SportsNet), born in East Liverpool, Ohio (d. 2009)

Person of interestKareem Abdul-Jabbar

1947-04-16 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Lew Alcindor], American Basketball Hall of Fame center (6 x NBA champion; NBA Finals MVP 1971, 85; 6 × NBA MVP; 19 × NBA All-Star), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPete Maravich

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, American NBA star (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1947-10-18 John Johnson, NBA (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • 1948-02-22 Dennis Awtrey, American NBA center (Chicago Bulls, Suns), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1948-03-10 Austin Carr, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Person of interestNate Archibald

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, American NBA coach and player (27,482 points, Denver Nuggets), born in Batavia, Illinois

Person of interestDave Cowens

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, American basketball coach and general manager (San Antonio Spurs; most wins in NBA history), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • 1949-04-22 Spencer Haywood, Silver City Ms, NBAer (Olympic gold 1968, Knicks)

Person of interestJulius Erving

1950-02-22 Julius Erving "Dr. J," American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in East Meadow, New York

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

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

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NBA Swingman Clyde Drexler
NBA Swingman
Clyde Drexler

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

2007-07-06 NBA Finals MVP Tony Parker (25) weds Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria (32) at a civil ceremony in Paris, France

Actress Eva Longoria
Actress
Eva Longoria
  • 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
  • 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

  • 1985-10-31 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (NBA light heavyweight title 1941), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1988-01-05 "Pistol Pete" Mavarich, NBAer (Atlanta), dies of a heart attack at 40
  • 1988-03-06 Dick Ricketts Jr., American basketball center (# 1 overall pick 1955 NBA draft St. Louis Hawks) and baseball pitcher (St. Louis Cardinals), dies from leukemia at 54
  • 1989-12-03 Fernando Martín, Spanish basketball center (first Spaniard in NBA 1986, Portland Trail Blazers; FIBA Club World Cup 1981, Real Madrid), dies in a car accident at 27
  • 1992-05-25 Danny Biasone, persuaded NBA to use 24 second clock, dies at 83
  • 1992-11-10 Chuck Connors, American author, actor (The Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), professional basketball and baseball player, dies at 71
  • 1993-03-08 Don Barksdale, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1948, NBA All Star 1953), dies of throat cancer at 69
  • 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

Person of interestWilt Chamberlain

1999-10-12 Wilt Chamberlain, American College & Basketball Hall of Fame center (13-time All Star), dies of congestive heart failure at 63

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 2002-01-18 Alex Hannum, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (1st ABA, NBA winning coach), dies at 78
  • 2002-08-05 Chick Hearn, American NBA broadcaster (called 3,338 LA Lakers games), dies at 85
  • 2002-10-17 Fred Scolari, American basketball point guard (NBA All-Star 1952, 53; Washington Capitols; Baltimore Bullets), dies at 80
  • 2004-01-09 Yinka Dare, Nigerian NBA center (NJ Nets), dies at 31
  • 2004-07-24 Cotton Fitzsimmons, American basketball coach (NJCAA C'ship 1966, 67; Moberly Area CC; Kansas State; NBA: Phoenix Suns; Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs), dies of lung cancer and stroke at 72

Person of interestGeorge Mikan

2005-06-01 George Mikan, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1951-54; NBL MVP 1948; Minneapolis Lakers), dies of diabetes complications at 80

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan

Person of interestRed Auerbach

2006-10-28 Red Auerbach, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), dies of a heart attack at 89

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 2007-11-29 Ralph Beard, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1948; NBA All Star 1951; life ban point shaving scandal 1951), dies at 79
  • 2008-08-25 Kevin Duckworth, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1989, 91; Portland Trail Blazers), dies of heart failure at 44
  • 2009-02-26 Norm Van Lier, American basketball point guard (NBA All Star 1974, 76, 77; Chicago Bulls) and broadcaster (Comcast SportsNet), dies at 61
  • 2009-02-26 Johnny Kerr, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1956, 59, 63; Syracuse Nats/Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns) and broadcaster (Chicago Bulls), dies of prostate cancer at 76
  • 2009-03-22 Howard Komives, American NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves), dies at 67
  • 2011-06-09 Mike Mitchell, American basketball small forward (NBA All Star 1981; Italian League top scorer 1998), dies from cancer at 55
  • 2011-11-08 Ed Macauley, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (7-time NBA All Star), dies of Alzheimer’s disease at 83
  • 2012-08-04 Arnie Risen, Basketball Hall of Fame center (4-time NBA All Star), dies at 87
  • 2012-08-06 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), dies of drowning at 59
  • 2013-03-26 Tom Boerwinkle, American NBA player, dies at 67
  • 2013-04-07 Marty Blake, NBA executive (GM Atlanta Hawks, NBA Director of Scouting), dies at 86
  • 2013-11-02 Walt Bellamy, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All-Star 1962–65; NBA Rookie of the Year 1962; Olympic gold 1960), dies at 74
  • 2015-02-18 Jerome Kersey, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 52

Person of interestEarl Lloyd

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, American NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack
  • 2015-05-22 Marques Haynes, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 88
  • 2015-07-25 Bob Kauffman, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), dies of heart failure at 69
  • 2015-08-27 Darryl Dawkins, American basketball center (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets; NBA breaking a backboard rule), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2015-09-13 Moses Malone, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA MVP 1979, 82-83), dies of heart disease at 60
  • 2015-12-11 John "Hot Rod" Williams, American NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), dies of cancer at 53

Person of interestNate Thurmond

2016-07-16 Nate Thurmond, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), dies of leukemia at 74

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • 2017-04-23 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), dies at 83
  • 2017-04-28 Luis Olmo, Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97
  • 2017-05-14 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 52; Fort Wayne Pistons), dies at 94
  • 2017-06-01 Jack McCloskey, American basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers 1972-74) and executive (GM Detroit Pistons NBA C'ship 1989, 90), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • 2017-07-04 Gene Conley, American MLB player and NBA player, dies at 86
  • 2018-07-12 Len Chappell, American NBA forward (All Star 1964), dies of stroke & pneumonia at 77
  • 2019-04-04 Myer Skoog, American basketball guard (NBA C'ship 1952-4; Minneapolis Lakers), dies at 92
  • 2019-04-14 John MacLeod, American basketball coach (NBA Phoenix Suns 1973-87), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • 2019-12-13 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), dies from complications of dementia at 82
  • 2020-01-01 David Stern, American basketball executive (NBA commissioner 1984-2014; longest-tenured commissioner in history of major North American sports leagues), dies from a brain haemorrhage at 77
  • 2020-03-27 Les Hunter, American basketball center (NCAA C'ship 1963, Loyola Ramblers; NBA: Baltimore Bullets; ABA All Star 1968, 69; Miami Floridians), dies from cancer at 77
  • 2020-05-22 Jerry Sloan, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Utah Jazz 1988-2011) and shooting guard (NBA All-Star 1967, 69; Chicago Bulls), dies from Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia at 78
  • 2020-06-02 Wes Unseld, American Basketball Hall of Fame center and coach (NBA C'ship, Finals MVP 1978; NBA MVP 1969; 5 x NBA All-Star; Washington Bullets), dies from pneumonia at 74
  • 2020-06-10 Harry Glickman, American journalist, promoter and sports executive (co-founder NBA Portland Trail Blazers, President 1987-94), dies at 96
  • 2020-06-13 Dick Garmaker, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1957-60; Minneapolis Lakers), dies at 87