National Basketball Association History (Part 2)

Basketball Leagues: NCAA - WNBA

Related Topics: NBA All-Star Game - NBA Championship

Events in Sport

Events 101 - 200 of 481

Sports History

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
  • 1974-10-18 1st NBA game at Market Square Arena - Pacers beat Spurs 129-121

Sports History

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

  • 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)
  • 1975-01-04 New Orleans Jazz set a then NBA record (with 24-second shot clock) by scoring only 20 points in the first half of a 111-89 loss in Seattle; unwanted record stands for nearly 25 years

NBA History

1975-02-08 Pete Maravich scores 47 points as the New Orleans Jazz end a 28 game NBA road losing streak with a 106-102 win over the Hawks in Atlanta

Sports History

1975-06-16 NBA Milwaukee Bucks trade Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Wesley to L.A. Lakers for 4 players

  • 1975-10-08 San Antonio Spurs, then members of the ABA, defeat the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, 109-107 in the first basketball game ever played in the Louisiana Superdome
  • 1975-10-28 Calvin Murphy (Houston) begins NBA free throw streak of 58 games
  • 1975-11-02 First sports event at The Summit arena in Houston - NBA's Houston Rockets beat Milwaukee Bucks, 104-89; future Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich top scores with 24 points
  • 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 beat Jazz, 110-101 in New Orleans to clinch club's first ever NBA playoff berth
  • 1976-04-10 Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title
  • 1976-04-13 1st NBA playoff game for Cleveland Cavliers, they lose 100-95 to Washington
  • 1976-06-17 ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets & Spurs) merges into NBA

Sports History

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

  • 1976-11-16 Rick Barry (San Francisco), ends then longest NBA free throw streak of 60
  • 1976-11-24 NBA Atlanta Hawks end a 28 game road losing streak
  • 1977-02-25 New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts
  • 1977-12-18 NBA Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thumond
  • 1978-02-24 Kevin Porter, NJ, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game

Sports History

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)

  • 1978-07-07 NBA approves franchise swap; Buffalo Braves owner John Y. Brown and Harry Mangurian acquire Boston Celtics, while the Celtics owner Irv Levin gets Braves, later moved to San Diego to become the Clippers
  • 1979-01-01 John Y. Brown attends his first game as owner of the Boston Celtics NBA franchise after trading the Buffalo Braves to previous Celtics owner, Irving H. Levin
  • 1979-09-12 Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers, 1st woman on an NBA club

NBA Record

1979-10-12 Boston Celtics guard Chris Ford scores first 3-point basket in NBA history in 1st quarter of 114-106 win v Houston at Boston Garden; game also marks debut of Boston rookie Larry Bird

  • 1980-01-12 Phoenix point guard Mike Bratz begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games during a 107-96 loss at the Golden State Warriors
  • 1980-01-28 New York coach Red Holzman wins his 600th NBA game, only the second (after Red Auerbach) coach at the time to reach the plateau, as the Knicks beat Golden State, 107-103
  • 1980-02-09 Rick Barry of the Houston Rockets is the 1st in NBA history to score eight 3-pointers in a game
  • 1980-03-02 Phoenix point guard Mike Bratz ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games with a miss in the Suns' 123-115 home win over the LA Lakers
  • 1980-05-29 Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year
  • 1980-10-11 Dallas Mavericks open debut NBA season with a 103-92 victory against interstate rival San Antonio Spurs at Reunion Arena
  • 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
  • 1981-01-03 NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 34, Austin Carr
  • 1981-02-28 Calvin Murphy (Hou), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws
  • 1981-03-01 Houston Rockets guard Calvin Murphy misses a free throw in a 102-86 loss in San Antonio, ending his NBA record consecutive free throw streak at 78
  • 1981-04-24 San Antonio blocks 20 Golden State shots to set NBA reg game record
  • 1981-10-20 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99
  • 1981-11-17 NBA NY Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws
  • 1981-12-01 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar passes Oscar Robertson (26,710) to become the NBA’s second all-time leading scorer behind Wilt Chamberlain; scores 14 points in 117-86 Lakers' win over Utah Jazz in Los Angeles
  • 1982-02-15 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), begins streak of 63 consecutive free throw
  • 1982-02-24 Boston Celtics begin an 18 NBA game winning streak
  • 1982-02-27 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw
  • 1982-03-06 NBA highest scoring game: San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 (3 OT)
  • 1982-03-11 Detroit Pistons play the Chicago Bulls, with final score of Detroit 152 to Chicago 144 and Detroit having 20 blocked shots
  • 1982-03-31 NBA and Players Association reach a 4-year agreement that includes a 53% revenue-sharing plan in return for minimum & maximum payrolls; first of its kind in team sports
  • 1982-04-09 LA Lakers block 21 Denver shots setting NBA regulation game record
  • 1982-11-03 San Diego guard Randy Smith plays his 845th consecutive game in Clippers' 130-111 loss in Philadelphia; passes Johnny “Red” Kerr's NBA record; goes on to play in 906 straight games
  • 1982-11-05 Cleveland Cavaliers lose 24th consecutive game (NBA record)
  • 1983-01-18 Dick Motta becomes the 5th NBA coach to record 600 wins as his Dallas Mavericks defeat the Golden State Warriors, 112-102 in Oakland, California
  • 1983-01-22 Houston is 1st NBA team to be held scoreless in an overtime Portland Trail Blazers out score them 17-0 & win 113-96
  • 1983-01-23 In NBA, Portland scores all 17 pts in overtime to beat Houston 113-96
  • 1983-02-18 Indiana Pacers lose, 121-94 in Milwaukee; begin a 28 NBA game losing streak on the road
  • 1983-02-21 NBA San Diego Clippers begin a 29 game road losing streak
  • 1983-03-16 Smallest crowd of 1,814 attend NBA Cavaliers vs. NY Nets game at Cleveland Coliseum
  • 1983-04-26 San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game
  • 1983-05-26 LA Lakers set NBA playoff game record of fewest free throws
  • 1983-12-13 9,655 see highest-scoring NBA game: Detroit 186, Denver 184 (3 OT)
  • 1983-12-18 NBA San Diego Clippers ends 29 game road losing streak
  • 1983-12-22 Indiana Pacers win, 133-132 in Denver to end a 28 NBA game losing streak on the road
  • 1984-01-04 Adrian Dantley ties Wilt Chamberlain's NBA record for most free throws made in a game by converting 28 of 29 free throws in Utah's 116-111 win over Houston at Las Vegas
  • 1984-01-11 Denver Nuggets 163, San Antonio Spurs 155-highest-scoring NBA game
  • 1984-02-01 American lawyer and businessman David Stern becomes NBA Commissioner, succeeding Larry O'Brien; stays in position until 2014
  • 1984-03-09 Philadelphia 76'ers block 20 Seattle shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • 1984-11-01 First NBA game at LA Memorial Sports Arena - LA Clippers beat NY Knicks, 107-105
  • 1984-11-16 Houston blocks 20 Denver shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • 1984-12-25 Knicks basketball forward Bernard King scores 60 points, but New York loses, 120-114 to the New Jersey Nets on Xmas Day at Madison Square Garden

Sports History

1985-01-10 Lenny Wilkens becomes first to coach in 1,000 NBA games when his Seattle SuperSonics defeat the Golden State Warriors, 89-86

  • 1985-01-28 Houston's Bill Fitch becomes the 6th coach in NBA history to post 600 wins as the Rockets beat the New Jersey Nets, 97-93
  • 1985-02-16 Largest NBA crowd to date, 43,816, sees Philadelphia at Detroit
  • 1985-02-21 Largest NBA crowd to date 44,970 (Atlanta at Detroit)
  • 1985-03-01 Milwaukee businessman Herb Kohl purchases NBA's Milwaukee Bucks for $18 million
  • 1985-03-10 Dallas Maverick coach Dick Motta is 4th NBA coach to win 700 games

Sports History

1985-05-16 Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year

  • 1986-01-10 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers scores his 34,000th career point during 124-102 win over Indiana Pacers; only NBA player to reach the milestone at that time; remains all-time leader (38,387)
  • 1986-02-08 5' 7" Spud Webb of Atlanta Hawks wins NBA Slam Dunk Competition
  • 1986-02-15 44,180 largest NBA crowd to date-Philadelphia at Detroit
  • 1986-02-18 San Antonio guard Alvin Robertson scores NBA's 2nd quadruple double-20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists & 10 steals in 120-114 win over Phoenix Suns
  • 1986-04-02 NCAA Basketball Rules Committee votes to adopt the 3-point shot beginning the 1986-87 season; sets college distance at 19 feet, 9 inches, compared to 21 feet in the NBA
  • 1986-04-20 Michael Jordan sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game
  • 1987-01-02 Indiana Pacers beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 116-106 to give coach Jack Ramsay his 800th NBA victory; at the time Ramsey is one of only 2 coaches (with Red Auerbach) to reach milestone
  • 1987-01-08 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • 1987-02-14 Detroit Pistons-Philadelphia 76ers game draws crowd of 53,745 at Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac; third largest crowd in NBA history; Pistons win, 125-107
  • 1987-02-24 LA Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point in a 97-93 win over the Suns in Phoenix
  • 1987-02-26 NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record
  • 1987-02-26 Wash blocks 20 Indiana shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • 1987-04-16 Michael Jordan becomes the second NBA player in history to score 3,000 points in a season

Sports History

1987-04-17 Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA (and ABA) player to score 30,000 points

  • 1987-04-28 NBA announces expansion to Charlotte NC & Miami Fla in 1988 & Minneapolis Minn & Orlando Fla in 1989
  • 1987-09-09 Larry Bird (Celtics), begins NBA free throw streak of 59
  • 1987-11-04 NBA announces 4 new franchises; Charlotte & Miami for 1988 & Minneapolis & Orlando for 1989
  • 1987-11-22 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) ends his NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • 1987-12-12 Mookie Blaylock sets NBA record of 13 steals in a game
  • 1988-01-08 9th largest NBA crowd 38,873-Chicago at Detroit
  • 1988-01-29 Detroit Pistons draw a then record NBA regular season crowd of 61,983 fans to the Pontiac Silverdome for a 125-108 win over the Boston Celtics
  • 1988-03-02 The flaming basketball is adopted as NBA franchise Miami Heat’s official logo from over 13,000 entries; Mark Henderson submits the winning entry

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 671

Rick BarryRick Barry (79 years old)

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

  • 1944-11-21 Earl "the Pearl" Monroe, American basketball HOF guard (4 x NBA All-Star; NBA C'ship 1973 NY Knicks; NBA Rookie of the Year 1968 Baltimore 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

Walt FrazierWalt Frazier (78 years old)

1945-03-29 College / Basketball HOF guard (Southern Illinois Uni; NBA C'ship 1970, 73 NY Knicks; 7×NBA All-Star; NBA All-Star Game MVP 1975; 4×All-NBA First Team), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Elvin HayesElvin Hayes (77 years old)

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

  • 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 NBA basketball forward, 1968-75, 3X All-Star (Buffalo Braves and 3 other teams), and coach, 1977-78 (Detroit Pistons), 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)

Kareem Abdul-JabbarKareem Abdul-Jabbar (76 years old)

1947-04-16 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

Pete MaravichPete Maravich (1947-1988)

1947-06-22 American Basketball HOF guard (5 × NBA All-Star; All-NBA First Team 1976, 77; NBA scoring champion 1977 NO/Utah Jazz; Atlanta Hawks), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

  • 1947-09-16 Lucius Allen, American NBA star (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1947-10-18 (John) "JJ" Johnson, American NBA basketball player, 1970-82 (Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle SuperSonics, and 2 other teams), born in Carthage, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1948-02-22 Dennis Awtrey, American NBA center (Chicago Bulls, Suns), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1948-03-10 Austin Carr, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1974; NBA All-Rookie First Team 1972; Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Washington D.C.

Nate ArchibaldNate Archibald (75 years old)

1948-04-18 NBA guard (Cincinnati), born in NYC, New York

  • 1948-07-07 Fred Brown, NBAer (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • 1948-10-25 Dan Issel, American NBA coach and player (27,482 points, Denver Nuggets), born in Batavia, Illinois

Dave CowensDave Cowens (74 years old)

1948-10-25 American NBA forward, 1970-80, 1982-83, Rookie of the Year, 8X All-Star (Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks), and coach, 1978-79, 1996-2001 (Boston, Charlotte Hornets), born in Newport, Kentucky

  • 1949-01-11 Chris Ford, American basketball guard (NBA C'ship 1971 Detroit Pistons; Boston Celtics) and coach (Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Clippers), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2023)
  • 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, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1968; NBA C'ship 1980 LA Lakers; NBA All-Star 1972–75; ABA All-Star Game MVP 1970), born in Silver City, Mississippi

Julius ErvingJulius Erving (73 years old)

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

  • 1950-04-17 Kevin Porter, American basketball point guard (NBA assists leader 1975, 78-79, 81), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950-10-30 Phil Chenier, American NBA guard (Wash Bullets), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1950-11-30 Paul Westphal, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard (NBA C'ship 1974; NBA All-Star 1977–81; Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns) and coach (Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, Sacramento Kings), born in Torrance, California (d. 2021)
  • 1951-03-24 Earl Williams, American-Israeli NBA player, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania
  • 1951-05-08 Mike D'Antoni, American basketball coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2005, 17; Houston Rockets; LA Lakers, NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns), born in Mullens, West Virginia
  • 1951-07-28 Doug Collins, American basketball shooting guard (NBA All-Star 1976–79; Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago, Detroit, Washington, Philadelphia) and broadcaster (CBS, NBC, TNT, TBS, ABC/ESPN), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • 1951-09-25 Robert "Bob" McAdoo, American former NBA player (Buffalo Braves) and assistant coach (Miami Heat), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1951-10-04 Truck Robinson, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1978, 81; New Orleans Jazz; NBA rebound leader 1978), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1952-03-01 Brian Winters, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1976, 78; Milwaukee Bucks) and coach (Vancouver Grizzlies; Golden State Warriors), born in Rockaway, New York

Bill WaltonBill Walton (70 years old)

1952-11-05 American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA C'ship 1977, 1986; NBA Finals MVP 1977; Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics), born in La Mesa, California

  • 1953-05-02 Jamaal Wilkes, American NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Yr 1975), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1953-05-26 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)

Robert ParishRobert Parish (69 years old)

1953-08-30 American College/Basketball HOF center (9 x NBA All-Star; NBA C'ship 1981, 84, 86 Boston Celtics; 97 Chicago Bulls), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

  • 1953-10-10 Gus Williams, American NBA guard (Golden State, Seattle, Washington), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • 1953-10-31 John Lucas, NBA guard (Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1953-12-09 World B. Free [Lloyd Bernard Free], American NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers; Cleveland Cavaliers; Golden State Warriors), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1954-07-13 David Thompson, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1954-09-30 John Drew, American basketball small forward (NBA All-Star 1976, 80; Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz), born in Vredenburgh, Alabama (d. 2022)
  • 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.

Moses MaloneMoses Malone (1955-2015)

1955-03-23 Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA MVP 1979, 82-83; NBA Finals MVP 1983; 12 x NBA All Star; Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers), born in Petersburg, Virginia,

  • 1955-06-16 Tree Rollins, American 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, American basketball center (NBA C'ship 1989, 90 Detroit Pistons, 1996 Chicago Bulls), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1955-12-11 Stu Jackson, American NBA coach (NY Knicks (1989-90), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1956-01-01 Mike Mitchell, American basketball small forward (NBA All Star 1981; Italian League top scorer 1998), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2011)
  • 1956-04-15 Michael Cooper, American NBA star (LA Lakers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956-09-08 Maurice Cheeks, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Philadelphia '76ers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956-10-16 Roger Phegley, American NBA basketball player, 1977-84 (Washington Bullets, San Antonio Spurs, and 3 other teams), born in East Peoria, Illinois
  • 1956-12-04 Bernard King, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward (NBA All-Star 1982, 84-85, 91; NY Knicks, Washington Bullets), born in Brooklyn, New York

Larry BirdLarry Bird (66 years old)

1956-12-07 American Basketball HOF forward, coach, executive (3 x NBA C'ship; NBA Finals MVP 1984, 86; 3 × NBA MVP; 12 x NBA All Star; Boston Celtics), born in West Baden, Indiana

  • 1957-01-24 Mark Eaton, American basketball center (NBA All-Star 1989; NBA Defensive Player of the Year 1985, 89; Utah Jazz), born in Westminster, California (d. 2021)
  • 1957-05-19 Bill Laimbeer, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons)
  • 1957-11-03 Steve Johnson, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1988; Portland Trail Blazers), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1957-12-19 Kevin McHale, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics), born in Hibbing, Minnesota
  • 1958-01-18 Larry Smith, American NBA player, born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi
  • 1958-02-16 Herb Williams, NBA center (Toronto Raptors, NY Knicks)
  • 1958-02-21 Alan Trammell, American Baseball HOF shortstop (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series MVP 1984; Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1958-02-25 Kurt Rambis, American basketball forward (NBA C'ship 1982, 85, 87, 88 LA Lakers), coach (Minnesota Timberwolves 2009-11) and executive (senior adviser LA Lakers), born in Terre Haute, Indiana
  • 1958-07-31 Mark Cuban, American businessman and basketball team owner (NBA's Dallas Mavericks), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1958-09-21 Rick Mahorn, American NBA forward, 1980-99 (Washington Bullets, Detroit Pistons, and 3 other teams), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1959-02-16 (Peter) Kelly Tripucka, American NBA forward, 1981-91, 2X All-Star (Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz, Cahrlotte Hornets), born in Glenn Ridge New Jersey
  • 1959-03-17 Danny Ainge, American NBA basketball player (Boston Celtics, 1981-69; 3 other teams 1989-95), coach (Phoenix Suns, 1996-99), and executive (Boston Celtics, 2000-present)and MLB baseball (Toronto Blue Jays, 1979-81) player, born in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1959-05-01 Eddie Johnson, American basketball guard/forward (NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1989; Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959-05-10 Dan Schayes, NBA center/forward (Miami Heat, Orlando Magic)
  • 1959-06-21 Tom Chambers, American NBA player (Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns), born in Ogden, Utah

Magic JohnsonMagic Johnson (63 years old)

1959-08-14 American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard, executive (5-time NBA champion, 3-time NBA Finals MVP, Olympic gold 1992), born in Lansing, Michigan

  • 1959-08-14 Frank Brickowski, American NBA player (Seattle Supersonics), born in Bayville, New York
  • 1959-08-19 Ricky Pierce, American NBA guard/forward (Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1959-10-27 Rick Carlisle, American basketball guard and head coach (Dallas Mavericks 2008-19; Indiana Pacers; NBA Coach of the Year 2002, Detroit Pistons), born in Ogdensburg, New York
  • 1959-12-10 Mark Aguirre, American NBA forward (Detroit Pistons), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960-01-12 Dominique Wilkins, American Basketball HOF forward (9 × NBA All Star 1986–94; NBA scoring champion 1986; NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion 1985, 90; Atlanta Hawks), born in Paris, France
  • 1960-03-06 [Eris] Sleepy Floyd, NBA guard
  • 1960-03-08 Buck Williams, NBA forward (Portland Trail Blazers, NY Knicks)
  • 1960-07-07 Ralph Sampson, American College/Basketball HOF center (NBA All-Star 1984–87; Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets), born in Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • 1960-08-06 Dale Ellis, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets)
  • 1960-08-14 Fred Roberts, American NBA forward (LA Lakers), born in Provo, Utah
  • 1960-09-29 John Paxson, American NBA Guard and basketball administrator(Chicago Bulls), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1960-11-05 Mark West, American NBA center (Detroit Pistons), born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky

James WorthyJames Worthy (62 years old)

1961-02-27 American NBA forward (LA Lakers, 1988 Playoff MVP), born in Gastonia, North Carolina

  • 1961-03-15 Terry Cummings, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1961-03-28 Byron Scott, American NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1961-04-01 Sergio Scariolo, Italian basketball coach (NBA: assistant Toronto Raptors; head coach Spain; World Cup gold 2019), born in Brescia, Italy

Isiah ThomasIsiah Thomas (62 years old)

1961-04-30 American NBA point guard (Detroit Pistons; 1990 NBA playoff MVP), born in Chicago, Illinois

Dennis RodmanDennis Rodman (62 years old)

1961-05-13 American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Trenton, New Jersey

  • 1961-06-14 Sam Perkins, American NBA forward and center (Seattle Supersonics), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1961-06-23 LaSalle Thompson, NBA forward/center (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1961-06-28 Jeff Malone, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1986, 87; Utah Jazz, Washington Bullets), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1961-08-11 Craig Ehlo, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1961-10-13 Derek Harper, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Orlando Magic), born in Elberton, Georgia
  • 1961-10-13 Doc Rivers, American NBA guard, 1983-96 (Atlanta Hawks and 3 other teams), and head coach, 1999-present (Orlando Magic (NBA Coach of the Year, 2000); Boston Celtics; LA Clippers; Philadelphia 76ers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962-01-04 Joe Kleine, American NBA center, 1985-2000 (Olympic gold, 1984; Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, and 4 other teams), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1962-01-28 Michael Cage, NBA forward/center (Cleveland Cavaliers, NJ Nets)
  • 1962-03-25 Fernando Martín, Spanish basketball center (first Spaniard in NBA 1986, Portland Trail Blazers; FIBA Club World Cup 1981, Real Madrid), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1989)

Weddings in Sport

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Deaths in Sport