On This Day

Basketball in History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

  • 1985-02-08 Bruce Morris, Marshall Univ, makes a 92' 5½" basketball shot
  • 1985-02-23 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game
  • 1985-04-02 The NCAA Rules Committee adopts a 45-second shot clock for men’s basketball to begin in the 1986 season in an effort to eliminate stalling
  • 1985-04-04 Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986-01-04 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • 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
  • 1987-03-12 David Robinson scores 50 points in a NCAA basketball game
  • 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
  • 1988-03-17 Then highest scoring NCAA basketball game to date; Loyola-Marymont 119, Wyoming 115
  • 1988-09-29 US retain women's basketball title at he Seoul Olympics with a 77-70 win over Yugoslavia; star guard Teresa Edwards top scores for the Americans with 18 points
  • 1988-09-30 Soviet Union beats Yugoslavia 76-63 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; US finishes 3rd; final time US field non-NBA team
  • 1989-05-15 US Basketball League cancels its summer schedule
  • 1990-01-11 Bobby Knight becomes basketball's Big 10 winningest coach (229)
  • 1991-01-09 Dean Smith of NC is 6th to win 700 career coaching basketball games
  • 1991-01-12 Largest crowd to watch Atlantic Coast Women's Basketball game (11,520)
  • 1991-02-23 NC is 1st NCAA basketball team to win 1,500 games
  • 1991-07-15 Sandhi Ortiz-DelValle is 1st woman to officiate a men's pro basketball (USBL) game, game between New Haven Skyhawks and Philadelphia Spirit
  • 1991-09-21 USA Basketball announces "Dream Team" for the 1992 Olympics
  • 1991-11-18 Auburn men's basketball team placed on 2 yr probation for recruiting violations and not eligible for post-season play 1991-92
  • 1991-12-28 8 are crushed to death at a RAP basketball game at City College, NYC
  • 1992-01-12 Highest scoring NCAA basketball game; Troy State Trojans defeat DeVry Hoyas 258-149 in Troy, Alabama
  • 1992-04-13 Lou Carnesecca retires as coach of St John's basketball team
  • 1992-06-28 US Dream Team beats Cuba in 1st exhibition basketball game, 133-57

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1992-08-08 The original US 'Dream Team' wins the basketball gold at the Barcelona Olympics 117-85 over Croatia; features superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scotty Pippen, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1993-05-10 Bill Walton is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton
  • 1994-04-03 13th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Louisiana Tech, 60-59; Tar Heels first NCAA title on 3-point shot by Charlotte Smith as time expires

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994-11-01 Chicago Bulls retire basketball superstar Michael Jordan's jersey #23 in a 2-hour ceremony at the United Center

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1995-05-05 Last basketball game at Boston Garden; Celtics eliminated from playoffs by Orlando Magic, 95-92
  • 1996-01-30 Future Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson comes out of a 5 year retirement; helps LA Lakers to 128-118 win over Golden State at the Great Western Forum with 19 points, 8 rebounds & 10 assists

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1996-08-02 The star-studded United States men's basketball team, Dream Team III, beat Yugoslavia 95-69 to win the gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon
  • 1996-11-01 Philadelphia 76ers inaugurate NBA season with opening of the CoreStates Center before 20,444; largest crowd to see a basketball game in state of Pennsylvania; lose to Milwaukee Bucks, 111-103
  • 1997-01-03 Texas-El Paso head basketball coach Don Haskins becomes 10th coach in NCAA Division I history to record 700 career wins when the Miners edge SMU, 66-64
  • 1997-06-21 Women's National Basketball Association begins as NY Liberty beats LA Sparks
  • 1997-10-09 North Carolina's record winning college basketball coach Dean Smith retires
  • 2000-10-01 NBA stars Ray Allen and Vince Carter each score 13 points as the US beats France 85-75 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Sydney Olympics
  • 2003-03-01 Legendary Mount St. Mary's basketball head coach Jim Phelan wins final game of 49 year career as Mountaineers win 60-56 over Central Connecticut State; Phelan: 830 wins in NCAA record 1,354 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003-07-04 LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant is arrested in Eagle, Colorado for sexual assault, charges eventually dismissed

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 2004-03-02 Saint Joseph's Hawks finish their college basketball season with an 82-50 win over St. Bonaventure; Hawks undefeated with a perfect 27-0 record in A-10 East Conference
  • 2004-08-27 In a huge upset in the men's basketball semi final at the Athens Olympics, Argentina beats a star-studded but unsettled US team 89-81; they go on to take gold and US bronze
  • 2004-08-28 Led by San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginóbili Argentina beats Italy 84-69 for the Olympic basketball gold medal in Athens; star-studded US team takes bronze
  • 2004-08-28 The US women's basketball team goes through the Athens Olympics undefeated to win its 5th Olympic gold medal, beating Australia 74-63 in the final
  • 2006-02-01 High school senior Epiphanny Prince scores US girls national prep basketball record 113 points in Murry Bergtraum HS's 137-32 win over Brandeis HS; surpasses Cheryl Miller's 105
  • 2006-09-01 The United States men's basketball team is upset at the World Basketball Championships in Saitama, Japan, as the hot-shooting Greece pulls off a 101-95 semi final victory

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007-12-01 T. C. Williams High School’s newly constructed basketball court is named after Earl Lloyd

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • 2008-08-23 The star-studded American women's basketball team led by the likes of Lisa Leslie, Sue Bird & Diana Taurasi win the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics with a convincing 92-65 win over Australia

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2008-08-24 The star-studded American men's basketball team led by the likes of LeBron James, Chris Paul & Kobe Bryant win the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics with a relatively narrow 118-107 win over Spain

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 2010-04-02 Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant signs a three-year contract extension with the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers worth $87 million

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012-07-11 Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Steve Nash is traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • 2016-08-21 Kevin Durant scores 30 as the US retains the Olympic men's basketball title with a comfortable 96-66 win over Serbia at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • 2018-07-17 Australian basketball center Liz Cambage scores 53 points as the Dallas Wings beat the NY Liberty 104-87 to set new WNBA single game scoring record
  • 2018-07-22 Seattle basketball guard Sue Bird plays record 500th WNBA game as Storm go down 87-74 to the Atlanta Dream; finishes career on 508 games for Seattle
  • 2018-12-13 German basketball forward Dirk Nowitzki takes the court for his record 21st NBA season with the Dallas Mavericks, surpassing Kobe Bryant's 20 seasons with the LA Lakers
  • 2019-04-07 Retiring NBA legends Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) and Dwyane Wade (Miami) play their final home games, both victories; Magic Johnson sensationally quits as LA Lakers president of basketball operations; Houston Rockets convert NBA record 27 three-point field goals in 149-113 win over Phoenix
  • 2021-07-25 USA's men's basketball team see their 25-game Olympic winning streak end; beaten 83-76 by France in first round match in Tokyo
  • 2021-08-07 Kevin Durant with 29 points leads USA to his third and the team's 4th consecutive Olympic men's basketball gold medal with an 87-82 win over France in Tokyo
  • 2021-08-08 USA women's basketball team wins it's record extending 7th consecutive Olympic gold medal with 90-75 win over Japan in Tokyo; guards Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi each win their 5th straight gold

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 362

  • 1935-09-25 Harv Schmidt, American college basketball coach (University of Illinois 1967-74), born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1935-09-27 Jerome Shipp, American basketball (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1936-03-08 Sonny Allen, American basketball coach (ODU, Southern Methodist University, University of Nevada, Reno; WNBA Sacramento Monarchs), born in Moundsville, West Virginia (d. 2020)
  • 1936-03-12 Eddie Sutton, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State; first coach to take 4 schools to NCAA tournament), born in Bucklin, Kansas (d. 2020)

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
  • 1936-12-14 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1937-03-02 Denny Crum, American College Basketball & Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Louisville 1971-2001; NCAA C'ship 1980, 86; 6 x Final Fours), born in San Fernando, California
  • 1937-03-26 Wayne Embry, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, executive (5-time NBA All Star), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1937-05-29 Harry Statham, American basketball coach (McKendree Uni; 1,122 wins in 52 seasons), born in Brookport, Illinois
  • 1937-07-13 Cal Ramsey, American basketball broadcaster, small forward (NY Knicks), born in Selma, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1937-09-15 Tony Yates, American college basketball point guard (National C'ship 1961, 62; Cincinnati Bearcats) and head coach (Cincinnati 1983-89), born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1937-10-26 Dave Gavitt, American basketball coach, formed Basketball's Big East Conference (1979), born in Westerly, Rhode Island (d. 2011)

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
  • 1938-08-06 Bernardino Lombao, Spanish handballer (Atlético de Madrid 1967-69), coach (Nat basketball teams) and TV presenter (De Olimpia a Los Ángeles, Objetivo 92), born in Ribas de Sil, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1938-12-27 Ron Greene, American college basketball coach (Uni of New Orleans, Mississippi State, Murray State, Indiana State), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • 1939-06-09 Dick Vitale, American basketball sportscaster (ESPN), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1939-06-23 Charlie Spoonhour, American basketball coach (Southwest Missouri State, Saint Louis, UNLV), born in Mulberry, Kansas (d. 2012)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1940-02-25 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • 1940-05-07 Jerry Harkness, American College Basketball HOF point guard (Loyola [Illinois]; New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers), born in Harlem, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1940-10-25 Bobby Knight, American college basketball coach (Indiana, Olympic gold 1984), born in Massillon, Ohio

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. (d. 2020)
  • 1941-10-31 Lucas Brown Jackson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in San Marcos, 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)
  • 1942-04-02 Terry Holland, American college basketball coach (Davidson, Virginia) and athletics administrator (Davidson, Virginia, East Carolina), born in Clinton, North Carolina
  • 1942-04-15 Walt Hazzard, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2011)
  • 1942-05-10 Jim Calhoun, American College Basketball & Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Men's NCAA National C'ship 1999, 2004, 11; UConn; University of Saint Joseph), born in Braintree, Massachusetts
  • 1942-05-19 Curly Neal, American basketball guard (Harlem Globetrotters 1963-85), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2020)
  • 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)

Person of interestBill Bradley

1943-07-28 Bill Bradley, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA C'ship 1970, 73; NBA All-Star 1973; NY Knicks), and politician (Democratic US Senator 1979-97), born in Crystal City, Missouri

Basketball Hall of Fame player and US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Hall of Fame player and US Senator
Bill Bradley
  • 1943-11-24 Dave Bing, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (7-time NBA All Star), born in Washington, D.C.

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
  • 1944-04-21 Adrian Hurley, Australian basketball coach
  • 1944-11-17 Jim Boeheim, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Syracuse; John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award 2006), born in Lyons, New York
  • 1945-02-26 Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach & politician, born in Thessaloniki, Greece

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
  • 1946-03-14 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)
  • 1946-07-13 Bob Kauffman, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1946-11-16 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1946-11-24 Jimmy Collins, American basketball shooting guard (Chicago Bulls) and coach (University of Illinois, Chicago 1996-2010), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1947-02-13 Mike Krzyzewski, US basketball coach, born in Chicago, Illinois

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

  • 1947-08-11 Sergey Kovalneko, USSR, basketball (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1948-02-17 Rick Majerus, American college basketball coach (5× WAC Coach of the Year; Uni of Utah), born in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin (d. 2012)
  • 1948-04-02 Jim McDaniels, American basketball forward (All American 1971; Western Kentucky Uni; No. 1 overall pick ABA Draft 1971; ABA All-Star 1972; Carolina Cougars), born in Scottsville, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • 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
  • 1949-05-30 P.J. Carlesimo, American basketball coach

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
  • 1950-03-04 Rafael Canizares Poey, Alacs Mtnzs Cuba, basketballer (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1950-04-17 Kevin Porter, American basketball point guard (NBA assists leader 1975, 78-79, 81), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950-11-03 Skip Prosser, American basketball coach (only coach to take 3 schools to NCAA Tournament in first year; Loyola [MD], Xavier, Wake Forest), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 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)
  • 1951-02-16 Larry Finch, American college basketball coach (University of Memphis 1986-97), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2011)
  • 1951-05-08 Mike D'Antoni, American-Italian basketball guard and head coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2005, 17; Houston Rockets 2016-19; LA Lakers, NY Knicks, Phoenix), born in Mullens, West Virginia
  • 1951-10-04 Truck Robinson, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1978, 81; New Orleans Jazz; NBA rebound leader 1978), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1951-12-29 Nancy Darsch, American women's basketball coach (Ohio State Uni; assistant coach US Olympic gold 1984, 96; NY Liberty, Washington Mystics), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts (d. 2020)
  • 1952-01-26 Thomas Edward Henderson, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972), born in Newberry, South Carolina,
  • 1952-02-24 Tom Burleson, USA, basketball (Olympic silver 1972) tallest Olympian-7'4"
  • 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
  • 1952-03-09 Uljana Semjonova, Soviet-Latvian basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Zarasai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1952-04-20 Božidar Maljković, Serbian basketball coach and president of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, born in Otočac, Croatia
  • 1952-06-14 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1952-09-18 Rick Pitino, American basketball coach, born in NYC, New York

Person of interestBill Walton

1952-11-05 Bill Walton, 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

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton
  • 1953-02-05 John Beilein, American basketball head coach (Cleveland Cavaliers 2019; University of Michigan 2007-19), born in Burt, New York
  • 1953-03-31 Rene Portland, American college basketball coach (Penn State 1980-2007), born in Broomall, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1953-05-26 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1953-08-30 Robert Parish, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (Boston Celtics; 9-time NBA All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1954-03-23 Geno Auriemma, Italian-born American basketball coach (Connecticut Huskies), born in Montella, Italy
  • 1954-08-20 Quinn Buckner, American College Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (Indiana Uni; Olympic gold 1976; Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers) and coach (Dallas Mavericks), born in Phoenix, Illinois
  • 1954-11-05 Alvin Gentry, American basketball head coach (New Orleans Pelicans 2015-19; Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1954-11-11 Gail Marquis, American basketball WBL forward (NY Stars, Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1955-03-23 Moses Malone, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA MVP 1979, 82-83), born in Petersburg, Virginia, (d. 2015)
  • 1955-11-22 James Edwards, American basketball center (NBA C'ship 1989, 90 Detroit Pistons, 1996 Chicago Bulls), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1956-01-01 Mike Mitchell, American basketball small forward (NBA All Star 1981; Italian League top scorer 1998), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2011)
  • 1956-08-11 June Daugherty, American women's college basketball coach (Boise State Uni, Uni of Washington, Washington State University), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 1956-10-19 Bruce Weber, American Basketball Coach, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Person of interestLarry Bird

1956-12-07 Larry Bird, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach, executive (Boston Celtics 3-time NBA champion, 12-time NBA All Star), born in West Baden, Indiana

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1956-12-13 Phil Hubbard, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1957-01-11 Darryl Dawkins, American basketball center (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets; NBA breaking a backboard rule), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1957-04-17 Dwane Casey, American basketball coach (Detroit Pistons 2018-19; Toronto, Minnesota; NBA All-Star Game 2018), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1957-05-28 Ben Howland, American college basketball coach, born in Lebanon, Oregon
  • 1957-09-01 Duško Ivanović, Montenegrin basketball coach (Barcelona, Panathinaikos), born in Bijelo Polje, Montenegro
  • 1957-09-20 Vladimir Tkachenko, Ukrainian-Russian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Sochi, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1957-11-03 Steve Johnson, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1988; Portland Trail Blazers), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1957-11-25 Terry Stotts, American basketball head coach (Portland Trail Blazers 2012-19; Atlanta Hawks 2002-04; Milwaukee Bucks 2005-07), born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • 1958-04-02 Larry Drew, American basketball point guard (Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, LA Clippers, LA Lakers) and coach (Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1958-07-31 Mark Cuban, American businessman and basketball team owner (NBA's Dallas Mavericks), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1959-01-01 Panagiotis Giannakis, Greek basketball guard and coach (EuroLeague champion 1996, Panathinaikos; FIBA European Selection 1980, 87, 90; Greek League Best Coach 2004, 06), born in Athens, Greece
  • 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

Person of interestMagic Johnson

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

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1959-09-30 Ettore Messina, Italian basketball coach
  • 1959-10-06 Robyn Maher, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 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

Weddings in Sport


Deaths in Sport

  • 2020-07-16 Vladimir Obukhov, Russian basketball coach (Soviet Union & Malta men's national teams; MBC Dynamo Moscow), dies at 84
  • 2020-07-25 Lou Henson, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (all-time leader in victories University of Illinois and New Mexico State), dies of lymphoma at 88
  • 2020-08-17 Boyd Grant, American college basketball coach (PCAA Coach of the Year 1978, 81, 82; Fresno State, Colorado State), dies from a stroke at 87
  • 2020-08-27 Lute Olson, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Uni of Iowa 1974-83; NCAA Division I Tournament 1997, Uni of Arizona 1983-2008), dies from stroke complications at 85
  • 2020-08-29 Clifford Robinson, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1994; 6th Man of Year Award 1993; Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers), dies from lymphoma at 53
  • 2020-08-31 John Thompson, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, coach and broadcaster (NBA C'ship 1965, 66, Boston Celtics; coach NCAA C'ship 1984, Georgetown), dies at 78
  • 2020-09-06 Tom Jernstedt, American Basketball Hall of Fame administrator (NCAA 1972-2010), dies at 75
  • 2020-09-11 Sonny Allen, American basketball coach (ODU, Southern Methodist University, University of Nevada, Reno; WNBA Sacramento Monarchs), dies of Parkinson's Disease at 84
  • 2020-09-20 Garland F. Pinholster, American college basketball coach (USA: gold Pan American Games 1963; Oglethorpe University 1956-66), dies at 92
  • 2020-11-01 Billy Tubbs, American college basketball coach (Southwestern Uni, Lamar Uni, Uni of Oklahoma, Texas Christian Uni), dies from leukemia at 85
  • 2020-11-02 Nancy Darsch, American women's basketball coach (Ohio State Uni; assistant coach US Olympic gold 1984, 96; NY Liberty, Washington Mystics), dies of Parkinson's disease at 68
  • 2020-11-17 Walt Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold high jump 1952) and basketball center (NBA C'ship 1956, 58; Philadelphia Warriors, St. Louis Hawks), dies at 89
  • 2020-12-13 Jimmy Collins, American basketball shooting guard (Chicago Bulls) and coach (University of Illinois, Chicago 1996-2010), dies from heart surgery complications at 74
  • 2020-12-25 K. C. Jones, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (Olympic gold 1956; NBA C'ship 1959–66, Boston Celtics) and coach (NBA C'ship 1984, 86; Boston Celtics), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • 2021-01-02 Paul Westphal, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard (NBA C'ship 1974; NBA All-Star 1977–81; Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns) and coach (NBA: Phoenix, Seattle, Sacramento), dies from glioblastoma at 70
  • 2021-01-10 Dee Rowe, American college basketball coach (UConn Huskies men's team 1969-76; 103–78 [.569]), dies at 91
  • 2021-01-29 John Chaney, American Basketball Hall of Fame college coach (Cheyney University, Temple University), dies at 89
  • 2021-03-01 Vladimír Heger, Czech basketball coach (Czechoslovakia 1965-69, 72-76; Netherlands 1983-85), dies at 89
  • 2021-03-22 Elgin Baylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward (11 x NBA All Star; NBA All-Star Game MVP 1959; Minneapolis/LA Lakers), dies at 86
  • 2021-03-23 Benny Dees, American college basketball coach (U of New Orleans; U of Wyoming; Western Carolina Uni), dies at 86
  • 2021-03-25 Stan Albeck, American basketball coach (Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls), dies from a stroke at 89
  • 2021-03-31 Ron Greene, American college basketball coach (Uni of New Orleans, Mississippi State, Murray State, Indiana State), dies at 82
  • 2021-04-13 Bobby Leonard, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (ABA C'ship 1970, 72, 73; Indiana Pacers) & point guard (Minneapolis/LA Lakers, Chicago Packers/Zephyrs), dies at 88
  • 2021-06-15 Jim Phelan, American college basketball coach (Mount Saint Mary's University 1954–2003), dies at 92
  • 2021-07-04 Eddie Payne, American college basketball coach (USC Upstate, Oregon State Uni, Greensboro College), dies from a stroke at 69
  • 2021-07-15 Dennis Murphy, American sports entrepreneur (co-founder American Basketball Ass'n, World Hockey Ass'n, original World Team Tennis, Roller Hockey International), dies at 94
  • 2021-08-02 June Daugherty, American women's college basketball coach (Boise State Uni, Uni of Washington, Washington State University), dies from heart issues at 64
  • 2021-08-24 Jerry Harkness, American College Basketball HOF point guard (Loyola [Illinois]; New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers), dies at 81