...sitting courtside at the Cavaliers vs.Celtics NBA season opener. You two are living the life. Great Mitchell & Ness track jackets and great seats to a great game. We don't know you, but we kind of wish we did.
Did you know...
- Territorial draft picks were in effect from 1947 - 65. This meant that a team could forfeit it's first round pick and select a local player. It was done to help teams establish a strong fan base. The most successful example is Tom Heinsohn who was selected by the Boston Celtics in 1956.
- 1985 was the first year of the draft lottery. All teams that did not make the playoffs needed a lucky bounce of a ping pong ball for the rights to pick first. The honors went to the Knicks in 1985, who selected Patrick Ewing.
- Besides tonight, the Clippers have had the first pick twice in the last thirty years. In 1988 they selected Danny Manning and in 1998 they selected Michael Olowokandi.
- Notable undrafted players - Avery Johnson, John Starks, Darrell Armstrong, Bruce Bowen, Raja Bell
- The only player out of the state of New Hampshire to be drafted is Matt Bonner.
With the draft happening tonight, and the news of "The Big Cactus" heading east, check out this clip of Shaq on Draft Day 1992.
Any thoughts on what nickname he'll come up with now? The Big Cleve? The Big Guitar?
Pete Maravich was born on this date in 1947 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. The best way to learn about Pete is to watch his highlights. Check out the video below to see one of the game's greatest passers and shooters in action.
If you're interested, here's a little more.
Pete attended LSU to play college ball. While there he averaged an amazing 44.2 points per game. Does anyone think that record will ever be broken? We don't.
After college the Atlanta Hawks selected him with the third overall pick in the 1970 draft. He played with the Hawks for four years before being traded to the expansion New Orleans Jazz. Maravich stayed with the Jazz when they moved to Utah, but only spent half of the 79-80 season there before he was waived. He was picked up by the Celtics where he played with them for the rest of the year before retiring.
While Maravich was an amazing player, many felt that his focus was on personal accolades over team accomplishments. Whether or not this is correct we'll never know. Maravich died at the age of 40 after playing a pick up game.
We can't help but wonder how much Maravich would have flourished in today's more player focused NBA. Your thoughts?
- NBA All Rookie Team
- Five time NBA All Star
- Led the NBA in scoring in 1977 with 31.1 ppg
- Scored 68 points against the Knicks on 2/25/77.
- Scored a total of 15,948 points in only 658 games
Steve Nash on Maravich: "We're all doing things he did first."
We've been holding on to this gem, waiting for the right time to post it. Congratulations to the Lakers for winning their 15th NBA Champrionship.
Can the 2008 - 09 Lakers please do something as great as this?