Basketball Players in History

Events in Sport

  • 1951-02-18 3 City College of NY basketball players admit to accepting bribes

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1972-03-01 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1977-12-13 14 University of Evansville basketball players die in plane crash

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1987-04-16 Michael Jordan becomes the second NBA player in history to score 3000 points in a season

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

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

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • 1989-02-05 Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points

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1996-03-07 Magic Johnson is 2nd NBA player to reach 10,000 career assists

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1996-12-05 Portland's Jermaine O'Neal at 18 becomes the youngest NBA player
  • 1999-01-13 Basketball player Michael Jordan announces his retirement only to return in 2001
  • 2015-10-13 Basketball player Lamar Odom is hospitalised after being found unconscious in a brothel in Nevada

Birthdays in Sport

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  • 1919-08-11 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Arecibo (d. 2017)
  • 1921-01-14 Ken Sailors, professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), born in Bushnell, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • 1921-06-04 Bobby Wanzer, professional basketball player and coach (Rochester Royals), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1923-03-31 Donald Argee Barksdale, Berkley Cal, basketballer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1924-05-21 Jack Twyman, basketball player (Rochester/Cincinnati Royals), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)

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1926-05-25 Bill Sharman, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics) born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2013)

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 1926-10-03 Marques Haynes, NBA player and hall of famer (World's Greatest Dribbler, Harlem Globetrotters)
  • 1927-09-25 Carl Braun, basketball player (NY Knicks)

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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
  • 1928-10-21 Vern Mikkelsen, Parlier, CA, basketball player (Lakers, HOF), (d. 2013)
  • 1930-11-10 Gene Conley, MLB player/NBA player
  • 1932-05-25 K C Jones, Taylor Tx, basketball player (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1932-09-04 Bevo Francis, American basketball player (college basketball record scorer), born in Hammondsville, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1933-08-17 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Watsonville, California (d. 2017)
  • 1934-01-12 Burdette Haldorson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • 1934-08-02 Carl Cecil Cain, Freeport Ill, basketball player (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1937-04-26 Robert Boozer, basketball player (Olympic gold 1960), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2012)
  • 1939-10-25 Zelmo Beaty, Hillister, TX, basketball player (St Louis Hawks, Utah Stars), (d. 2013)
  • 1939-11-29 Gennadiy Volnov, USSR, basketball player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1940-02-11 Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1940-09-14 Larry Brown, NBA player/NBA coach (NY Knicks)
  • 1940-10-30 Miguel Calderon-Gomez, basketball player (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1941-08-13 Jim Barnes, Tuckerton Ark, basketball player (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1941-10-31 Lucas Brown Jackson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in San Marcos, Texas
  • 1941-11-01 Joe Louis Caldwell, basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in Texas City, Texas
  • 1943-02-09 James King, basketball player (Olympic gold 1968), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

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1943-07-28 Bill Bradley, American basketball player (NY Knicks) and Democratic US Senator (1979-97), born in Crystal City, Missouri

Basketball Player/US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player/US Senator
Bill Bradley
  • 1944-01-23 Sergey Belov, USSR, basketball player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1944-03-14 Clyde Lee, American NBA player, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1944-07-20 Mel Daniels, professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)

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1945-09-17 Phil Jackson, American basketball player and coach (Knicks/Bulls/Lakers), born in Deer Lodge, Montana

  • 1946-03-22 Don Chaney, NBA player (Houston Rockets)/coach (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1947-04-01 Norm Van Lier, American basketball player
  • 1948-05-09 Calvin Murphy, American basketball player
  • 1948-07-29 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1948-09-10 Bob Lanier, American basketball player
  • 1948-11-26 Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player (d. 1995)
  • 1950-03-04 Rafael Canizares Poey, Alacs Mtnzs Cuba, basketballer (Oly-bronze-72)
  • 1951-03-24 Earl Williams, American-Israeli NBA player, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania
  • 1951-07-21 Doug Collins, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1951-12-03 James Turner Brewer, Maywood Ill, basketball player (Oly-silver-1972)
  • 1951-12-31 Michael Allen Bantom, basketball player (Olympic silver 1972), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1952-01-26 Thomas Edward Henderson, SC, basketballer (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1952-02-27 Dwight Elmo Jones, basketball player (Olymp-silver-1972), born in Houston, Texas

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1952-04-27 George Gervin, American basketball player, born in Detroit, Michigan

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • 1952-07-18 James Forbes, basketball player (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1953-08-08 "Sweet" Lou Dunbar, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)
  • 1954-08-20 William Quinn Buckner, Phoenix Ill, basketballer (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1954-09-09 Walter Paul Davis, Pineville NC, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1954-10-19 Joe Bryant, American basketball player
  • 1955-02-06 Eric Money, American NBA player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1955-02-10 Lusia Mae Harris, Minter City Miss, basketball player (Oly-silver-76)
  • 1955-08-15 Kenneth Carr, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1955-09-10 Charlotte Lewis, basketball player (Olympic silver 1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1955-11-21 Cedric Maxwell, American basketball player
  • 1956-02-09 Philip Jackson Ford Jr, NC, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1956-09-21 Jack Givens, American basketball player
  • 1956-12-04 Bernard King, basketball player (NY Knicks, NJ Nets)
  • 1957-01-11 Darryl Dawkins, American professional basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1957-07-30 Bill Cartwright, basketball player (NY Knicks, Chicago Bulls)
  • 1958-01-18 Larry Smith, NBA player
  • 1959-02-26 Rolando Blackman, American basketball player
  • 1959-08-22 Denise Curry, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in Fort Benton, Montana
  • 1960-03-02 Hector Calma, Filipino basketball player
  • 1961-11-01 Anne Donovan, basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1962-02-04 Vern Fleming, American NBA basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in New York City
  • 1962-07-31 Sandra "Sweetness" Hodge, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)
  • 1962-11-10 Cathy Boswell, basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1962-12-28 Keith Lee, basketball player (Memphis State)
  • 1964-01-03 Cheryl Miller, Riverside California, basketball player (Olympic gold 1984)
  • 1964-08-18 Kenny Walker, American basketball player
  • 1965-03-16 Cindy Brown, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1965-04-29 Reggie Miller, NBA player (Indiana Pacers)
  • 1965-05-13 Chris Washburn, American NBA player, born in Hickory, North Carolina
  • 1965-07-24 Andrew Gaze, Australian basketball player (Olympics-1984, 88, 92, 96)
  • 1968-04-22 Vernell Coles, basketball player (Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1968-08-22 Michael Curry, American basketball player and coach (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • 1969-02-07 Fiona Robinson-Hannan, Australian basketball player (Oly-bronze-96), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1971-01-01 Bridget Pettis, American Basketball player (WNBA guard for Phoenix Mercury), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • 1971-01-02 Lisa Harrison, American basketball player
  • 1971-02-18 Constantin Popa, Romanian-Israeli basketball player
  • 1971-04-13 Bo Outlaw, American basketball player
  • 1971-10-31 Alphonso Ford, American basketball player, born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • 1971-12-17 Antoine Rigaudeau, French basketball player
  • 1971-12-28 William Gates, American basketball player
  • 1972-07-12 Travis Best, American basketball player (1995-2002 Indiana Pacers), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1972-09-27 Sylvia Crawley, American basketball player
  • 1973-03-02 Dejan Bodiroga, Serbian basketball player
  • 1974-08-14 Chucky Atkins, American basketball player
  • 1974-09-18 Ticha Penicheiro, Portuguese basketball player
  • 1975-03-04 Patrick Femerling, German-born professional basketball player
  • 1975-07-15 Ben Pepper, Australian basketball player
  • 1975-09-01 Cuttino Mobley, American basketball player
  • 1975-10-31 Carla Boyd, Australian basketball player (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Wynyard, Tasmania
  • 1975-11-18 Jason Williams, American basketball player
  • 1976-01-11 Efthimios Rentzias, Greek basketball player
  • 1976-01-28 Mark Madsen, American basketball player
  • 1976-04-12 Brad Miller, American basketball player
  • 1976-04-21 Rommel Adducul, Filipino basketball player
  • 1976-05-31 Matt Harpring, American basketball player

Weddings in Sport


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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • 1999-09-26 Actress-singer and former beauty queen Vanessa L Williams (36) weds Los Angeles Lakers' basketball player Rick Fox (30) at Church of the Holy Trinity in New York

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash

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
  • 2009-02-14 Victoria's Secret Angel model Adriana Lima (31) weds NBA player Marko Jaric (33) in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

HeartWedding of Interest

2011-08-20 Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (30) weds basketball player Kris Humphries (26) at a private estate in Montecito, California

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian
  • 2012-12-12 Basketball player Amare Stoudemire (30) weds Alexis Welch in Manhattan

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
  • 2017-05-13 Former WNBA player Diana Taurasi (34) weds teammate Penny Taylor (36) in Pheonix, Arizona

Divorces in Sport


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

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2011-10-31 Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (31) divorces basketball player Kris Humphries (26) due to irreconcilable differences only 72 days after getting married

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian

Deaths in Sport

  • 1950-09-23 Sam Barry, American basketball player and coach (b. 1892)
  • 1967-01-18 Reese "Goose" Tatum, basketballer (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 45
  • 1970-04-06 Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)

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1988-01-05 Pete Maravich, American basketball player, dies of heart failure at 40

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 1990-03-04 Hank Gathers, American basketball player (b. 1967)
  • 1993-01-19 Chris Street, basketball player, dies at 20
  • 1993-06-07 Drazen Petrovic, NBA player (NJ Nets), dies in auto-accident at 28
  • 1995-05-25 Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player (b. 1948)
  • 1998-05-15 Earl Manigault, American basketball player (b. 1944)

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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
  • 2000-01-12 Bobby Phills, American basketball player (b. 1969)
  • 2000-05-20 Malik Sealy, American basketball player (b. 1970)
  • 2002-07-07 Bison Dele, American basketball player (b. 1969)

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2003-05-14 Dave DeBusschere, American basketball player, dies of a heart attack at 62

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • 2004-09-04 Alphonso Ford, American basketball player, dies at 32
  • 2005-04-03 Jef Eygel, Belgian basketball player (b. 1933)

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2005-06-01 George Mikan, American basketball player, dies at 80

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 2005-10-15 Jason Collier, American basketball player (b. 1977)
  • 2005-10-28 Tony Jackson, American basketball player (b. 1942)
  • 2006-09-22 Carla Benschop, Dutch basketball player (b. 1950)
  • 2006-11-06 Federico (Fico) López, Puerto Rican basketball player (b. 1962)
  • 2006-12-12 Paul Arizin, American basketball player (b. 1928)
  • 2007-02-22 Dennis Johnson, American basketball player (b. 1954)
  • 2007-08-17 Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)
  • 2007-11-29 Ralph Beard, American basketball player (b. 1927)
  • 2008-06-19 Bennie Swain, American basketball player (b. 1930)
  • 2008-08-25 Kevin Duckworth, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • 2009-02-26 Norm Van Lier, Basketball player and broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • 2009-02-26 Johnny Kerr, Basketball player and Chicago Bulls broadcaster (b. 1932)
  • 2009-05-15 Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • 2009-11-18 Red Robbins, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • 2010-05-25 Alexander Belostenny, Ukrainian basketball player (b. 1959)
  • 2010-06-04 John Wooden, American basketball player and coach (b. 1910)
  • 2010-06-19 Manute Bol, Sudanese basketball player (b. 1962)
  • 2010-07-19 Lorenzen Wright, American basketball player (b. 1975)
  • 2010-10-31 Maurice Lucas, American basketball player (b. 1952)
  • 2010-11-08 Quintin Dailey, American basketball player (b. 1961)
  • 2011-03-04 Ed Manning, American basketball player and coach (b. 1943)
  • 2011-05-27 Margo Dydek, Polish basketball player (b. 1974)
  • 2011-07-09 Don Ackerman, American basketball player (b. 1930)
  • 2012-05-19 Robert Boozer, American basketball player, dies at 75
  • 2012-05-30 Jack Twyman, American Hall of Fame basketball player, dies from complications from blood cancer at 78
  • 2013-03-26 Tom Boerwinkle, American NBA player, dies at 67
  • 2013-08-27 Zelmo Beaty, American basketball player, dies at 73

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2013-10-25 Bill Sharman, American basketball player, dies from complications from a stroke at 87

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 2013-11-02 Walt Bellamy, American HOF basketball player, dies at 74
  • 2013-11-21 Vern Mikkelsen, American HOF basketball player, dies at 85
  • 2014-01-26 Tom Gola, American basketball player, dies at 81

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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
  • 2015-06-03 Bevo Francis, American basketball player (college basketball record scorer), dies at 82
  • 2015-08-27 Darryl Dawkins, American professional basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets), dies at 58
  • 2015-10-04 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), dies at 67
  • 2015-10-30 Mel Daniels, American professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), dies at 71
  • 2016-01-23 Bobby Wanzer, American professional basketball player and coach (Rochester Royals), dies at 94
  • 2016-01-30 Ken Sailors, professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), dies at 95
  • 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