2022 March Madness complete schedule, dates, times and other interesting facts you need to know
Compared to the professional championship, college basketball has fewer playoff matches, a sharper fight, and the final tournament is much faster. Even if their favorite teams don't make it to the finals, Americans still watch every game. Why? It's simple: unlike professional athletes, students do not play for money, but defend the honor of their educational institutions and just love basketball.”
A perfect explanation of the reasons for the popularity of the tournament.
"Why? It's simple: unlike professional athletes, students do not play for money, but defend the honor of their educational institutions and just love basketball.” In addition, for many, this tournament is the only chance for talented guys from less prestigious teams or the conference to prove themselves in the run-up to the NBA draft. Therefore, "Madness", in function, in many respects reminds me of the Youth Ice Hockey World Championship (MChM). The best example of this phenomenon is Kenneth Farid of Morehead State who is speaking at the Ohio Valley Conference.
Also, the tournament is of great importance for those players for whom a career in big-time sports will not go beyond the student level. The vast majority of NCAA boys and girls don't go pro. For many athletes, this is the last chance to play the real game before they become accountants, analysts or insurers and continue to play sports in amateur leagues.
What is March Madness?
First time at the annual spring tournament? March Madness is the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship featuring teams from colleges and universities across the country. In total, 68 teams will take part in the national championship, which consists of seven rounds.
Teams are assigned a seed before the tournament and are then assigned to one of the four regions within Elite 8.
When does it start?
Over the weekend, qualifying Sunday opened the tournament, with the first round officially starting on Tuesday, March 19th. After the first four games, the first round and the second round will continue from March 21 to 24. The regional semi-finals and finals will take place from 28 March. up to 31. The last four teams will compete in the Final Four on April 6, and two days later there will be a game for the championship, which will take place on April 8.
Among the 68 teams released and seeded on Sunday are Duke University, the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina and Gonzaga University, all in first place.
According to Sports Illustrated, the winners of the 32nd Division I Conference Tournament Championship are automatically entered into the tournament. Automatic betting does not take into account regular season results, only tournament wins.
The remaining 36 teams are selected by the selection committee to receive additional entries.
How to fill in a bracket?
Want to have some fun from home? Filling in the "March Madness" bracket is easy. You can print the brace directly from the NCAA website or join one of the many grid competitions online on your own or with a group.
Capital One hosts the official NCAA game, but you can also play on CBS Sports. Many experts and websites also share their favorites for the tournament, helping you build the bracket with the highest chance of success.
How can I watch it?
Got a cable? It's easy to set up like this:
Pick Sunday: Airs March 17 on CBS.
First Four: Coming to air on TruTV March 19
Rounds 1 & 2: Airing on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV March 21-24.
Semifinals and Regional Finals: Airing on CBS and TBS from March 28 to 31.
Final Four: Airing April 6 on CBS.
Championship: Airs April 8 on CBS.
If you've canceled your cable subscription, fear not, there are plenty of ways to stream the tournament too, from Hulu to CBS All Access to SlingTV.
When is the championship?
The last two teams will meet next month in the national championship on 8 April.
Why does everyone love March Madness?
Equally important are the fans' regional preferences. In many parts of the US, there are no professional teams, and local residents become attached to local student teams. It is noteworthy that some of these fans do not even have higher education. For example, the Alabama and Auburn college football teams are hugely popular in a state where there are no professional teams, and American football is the most popular sport by a wide margin. The opposite is true of the limited interest in college sports in big cities like New York.
Many will be surprised to learn that Madness has not always been the premier college basketball tournament. In the middle of the last century, the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) was much more prestigious than the NCAA tournament. For those who are more or less familiar with college basketball, yes, this is the same NIT that now has a reputation as a repechage tournament. In the 1950s, the NCAA basketball tournament began to gain prestige after the NCAA began requiring conference champions to play in their own tournaments.
Many people think college basketball (in the US) is more popular than the NBA due to the reasons given earlier. This is confirmed by television ratings.
Defense has long been forgotten in the NBA. Although it is the fault of the players, if the wrong look at the opponent is already a foul. Team game? What can be a team game in the era of "ISO" (an attack when a player one-on-one tries to beat another player). And to whom did this basketball surrender strongly? LeBron decided that his future career in show business was more important, and for the younger generation, “likes” were more important than titles. Even the stars in college basketball have to work hard to collect likes to get into the NBA first.
In addition to the 32 teams that receive an automatic invitation, the electoral committee must identify 36 teams that are worthy of a general invitation. Then you need to seed each of the teams in one of 16 pots, where the first is the best, and the sixteenth is the worst. And in the end, all these teams must be distributed among the regions in such a way that each of the regional draws is competitive.
Perhaps the most interesting part of Madness is the upsets. The best example is last year's Virginia Cavaliers upset by the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. This was the first time in tournament history that a pot 16 team beat a pot 1 team in the first round. Every year a Cinderella appears, which not only kills the overwhelming majority of the fans' bracket, but also progresses quite far in the tournament. The most notable examples are the Butler Bulldogs and the Virginia Rams Commonwealth University.
Cinderella in 2022
The Colorado team went through the out-of-conference part of the season undefeated, confidently defeating Creighton and St. Mary's along the way. The Rams may be in the top 25 seed upfront right now, but they have every opportunity to go through the regular season undefeated as the team looks to outperform all of its Mountain west conference competitors. Thus, at the moment there are only three undefeated teams. The other two are Baylor and Southern California.
Open season 2022
This year we are witnessing an extremely interesting season. There are about 35 teams in the league that are fighting for getting into the top 25 seeds and are approximately comparable in terms of level. It's also worth noting that the gradual decline of the NCAA over the past few years has meant that there are no teams left in college basketball that stand apart from the rest. First Team of the Nation rotated four times in a row in weeks 4 to 6 - Gonzaga, Duke and Purdue successively resigned as top teams, and only after the most difficult part of the out-of-conference schedule Baylor managed to stay on the first line. There are no invincibles. So the Kansas were defeated by the Daytons, and the Peru lost to the Rugters. In the March madness, there will be even more confrontations between mid-majors and favorites, and, accordingly, there will be more upsets.
Basketball is an Olympic sport, a sports team game with a ball, the goal of which is to throw the ball into the opponent's basket more times than the opposing team does at the set time. Each team consists of 5 field players.
The history of the emergence and development of basketball
In 1891 in the United States of America, a young teacher, a native of Canada, Dr. James Naismith, trying to "revive" gymnastics lessons, attached two fruit baskets to the railing of the balcony and offered to throw soccer balls into it. The resulting game only remotely resembled modern basketball. There was no question of any management, the players threw the ball to each other and then tried to throw it into the basket. The team that scored the most goals won.
A year later, Naismith developed the first rules of basketball. The very first matches under these rules caused their first changes.
Gradually, basketball from the United States penetrated first to the East - Japan, China, the Philippines, and then to Europe and South America. After 10 years at the Olympic Games in St. Louis, the Americans organized a demonstration tour between the teams of several cities. The Basketball Association of America (BAA) was formed in 1946. The first match under her auspices took place on November 1 of the same year in Toronto between the Toronto Huskies and New York Knickerbockers. In 1949, the association merged with the US National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association (NBA).
In 1967, the American Basketball Association was created, which for a long time tried to compete with the NBA, but merged with it 9 years later. Today, the NBA is one of the most influential and well-known professional basketball leagues in the world. The International Amateur Basketball Federation was founded in 1932. The federation includes 8 countries: Argentina, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania. Sweden, Czechoslovakia. Based on the name, it was assumed that the organization would lead only amateur basketball, however, in 1989, professional basketball players received admission to international competitions, and the word "amateur" was removed from the name. The very first international match took place in 1904, and in 1936 basketball entered the program of the Summer Olympic Games.
Basketball rules (briefly)
The rules of the game of basketball changed several times until 2004, when the final version of the rules took shape, which is considered relevant to this day. Basketball is played by two teams. Usually a team consists of 12 people, 5 of which are field players, and the rest are considered substitutes. Basketball dribbling. Athletes in possession of the ball must move around the field, hitting the floor with it. Otherwise, "carrying the ball" will be counted, and this is a violation of the rules in basketball.
Accidentally touching the ball with a body part other than the hand is not considered a foul, unlike purposeful play with the foot or fist.
A basketball game consists of 4 periods or halves, but the timing of each half (play time) varies depending on the basketball association. So, for example, in NBA a match consists of 4 halves of 12 minutes each, and in FIBA each such half lasts 10 minutes.
Short breaks are provided between periods, and between the second and third periods, the break time is increased. The ball thrown into the basket can bring a different number of points to its team. If the ball is scored during the free throw, the team earns 1 point.
If the ball is thrown from an average or close distance (closer than the 3-point line), then the team is given 2 points.
A team earns three points if the ball is scored from behind the three-point line. If in regular time both teams scored the same number of points, then a 5-minute overtime is assigned, if it ended in a draw, then the next one is assigned and so on until the winner is determined.
The 3 second rule is a rule that prohibits any player on the attacking team from being in the free throw area for more than three seconds.
The two step rule in basketball. The player is only allowed to take two steps with the ball, after which he must either shoot or pass.
The playing field for basketball has a rectangular shape and a hard surface. The surface of the site must not have any bends, cracks or any other deformations. The size of the basketball court must be 28 meters long and 15 meters wide (standard). The height of the ceiling must be at least 7 meters, and on professional sites, ceilings are raised to a height of 12 meters and above. The lighting on the field must be designed so as not to interfere with the movement of the players and must evenly cover the entire court. Until the end of the 60s, tournaments could be organized outdoors. However, now basketball games are played only in closed areas.
Limit lines. Pass along the entire perimeter of the site (2 short front lines and 2 long side lines).
Central line. It is drawn from one side line to another and at the same time it is parallel to the front lines.
The central zone is a circle (radius 1.80 m) and is located exactly in the center of the basketball field. Three-point lines are semi-circles with a radius of 6.75 m, drawn to the intersection with parallel (front) lines.
Free throw lines. The free-throw line is drawn 3.60 m long parallel to each end line so that its far edge is located at a distance of 5.80 meters from the inside edge of the end line, and its middle is on an imaginary line connecting the midpoints of both end lines.
The basketball is spherical, painted an approved shade of orange, and has a pattern of eight inlays and black stitching.
Basketball hoop and backboard dimensions
The height of the basketball hoop from the floor level is 3.05 meters (standard). The diameter of the basketball hoop ranges from 45 cm to 45.7 cm. The ring itself must be painted bright orange. A special net with a length of 40-45 cm is attached to the ring. The basketball hoop is located at a distance of 15 cm from the backboard.
The shield to which the ring is attached also has a number of important parameters. Basketball backboard size: width - 1.8 m, height - 1.05 m. Modern basketball backboards are made of tempered glass.
Refereeing in basketball
At the basketball game there are: senior referee and referee; timekeeper; Secretary; assistant secretary; operator 30 seconds.
Other interesting facts
Judge uniform: gray shirt; long black trousers; black basketball shoes.
Popularity in Europe: Basketball is the national sport in Georgia and Lithuania. Basketball is the national summer sport in Latvia, as ice hockey is the national winter sport.
Basketball in the Olympic program: Basketball became part of the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. As of 2013, gold medals in basketball have been won by: the USA - 14 times, the USSR - twice, #Argentina and Yugoslavia - once each.
The author of the idea for the game: James Naismith is a #Canadian-American sports coach who, after landing a job at Springfield College, Massachusetts, was tasked with developing a set of winter exercises that would help athletes stay fit. In his creative thinking process, Naismith laid the foundation for the game that is known today as basketball.
The original rules of the game: Recent #historical finds indicate that in the first version of Naismith's game, before throwing the ball into the basket, it had to be rolled on the floor.
The new idea that changed everything: The idea to add to the game the ability to pass the ball by throwing it in the air belongs to Lambert Will, director of the YMCA in Herkimer County, New York.
Basketball basket: The original basketball baskets had a closed bottom, so after each pitched ball, the referee had to climb a ladder and retrieve it.
Naismith rules: The first official game of basketball under Naismith's rules took place in 1892. The court was half the size of a modern basketball court and only one ball was scored during the entire game.
Dribbling in basketball: Re-hitting the ball on the floor (dribbling) was prohibited by D. Naismith's original rules.
Injury of the game: Only in the US in 2011 in hospitals 249650 ambulances were provided to children aged 12-17 who were injured while playing basketball.
American football vs basketball: Statistical studies indicate that among all sports, American football alone has more injuries than basketball.
Basketball color: The color of the ball was not always orange: in the beginning, basketball was played with a brown ball, but later it was decided to change the color of the ball to a brighter one.
Creation of the NBA: The NBA (National Basketball Association) of America was founded in 1949 by the merger of the NBL (National Basketball League) and the BAA (Basketball Association of America).
Soccer ball: Until 1929, basketball was played with an ordinary soccer ball.
Michael Jordan: Michael Jordan is considered one of the best basketball players in the world. He went down in history with a career-high 5,987 career playoff points.
The appearance of the shield: The basketball backboard was added to the hoop for a very interesting reason: some match-goers from the balconies tried to catch or throw the ball during the teams game.
Forbidden slam dunks: In 1967, slam dunking was banned, but such a spectacular part of basketball was returned and legalized again only nine years later.
Women's basketball: In 1892, women also began to play basketball, but special changes in the rules were developed for them.
Boston Celtics dominance: The Boston Celtics have won the most championship titles in the NBA (17 in total) and 7 of those titles were won in a row (from 1960 to 1966).
Most Valuable Player: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played 20 seasons in the NBA, holds the all-time scoring record. During his career, he scored 38387 points.
100 points per game: On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game. This is the highest number of points a player has scored in a single game.
Who invented the three-point shot?: The NBA only started counting three-pointers in the 1979-80 season. This idea was borrowed from the ABA (Adriatic Basketball League).
Chicago Bulls game: The Chicago Bulls have won every NBA Finals they have competed in (6 in total).
The tallest and shortest player: Most #male basketball players are at least 1.90m tall and have an average weight of 100kg. The tallest player in history is Manute Bol of Sudan at 2.31m and the shortest is Mugsy Bogz at 1.60m.
It gained popularity due to the fact that it had one of the greatest dynasties in the history of the NBA. This dynasty was formed during the 1990s. Thanks to it, the team was able to win six championships in eight years. The Bulls also became famous for setting an NBA record of 72 games during the 1995-96 season. They are the only team in NBA history to win 70 games in the same season.
Throughout their stellar career, the team has been constantly involved in NBA propaganda and advertising around the world. It is also important to note the NBA Finals in 1998, when the Bulls won it, and it became the most popular and the most attended and watched championship in the history of NBA games. The names of the team's players are well known - Michael Jordan, Scotty Pippen and their coach Phil Jackson.
In Chicago history, the Chicago Bulls are the third team to enter the NBA. The first was the Peckers-Zefirs, who currently represent the Washington Wizards, and the second was the Stegs. Today, the Bulls sometimes wear red and blue Stegs jerseys to the game. Starting playing in 1966, the team managed to show character and became the best debut team in NBA history.
Before playing their home games at Chicago Stadium, the team initially played at the International Amphitheater for two seasons. Over the following years, the team of coaches managed to create a fairly strong team that did not want to give in to anyone on the playing field. It was a tough team whose main play patterns were built around forwards Chet Walker and Bob Love, and defenseman Jerry Sloan. But then the team did not acquire great achievements, they were able to win only one division title and never made it to the Final. Only over time the team has grown and become a worthy member of the NBA.
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The Bulls' 72 wins and 10 losses in a season is a record that seemed to last forever. Only 20 years later, last season, this achievement was surpassed by the Golden State Warriors. Having won 73 matches out of 82 in the regular season, the California club even received public congratulations from the President of the United States.
But Stephen Curry and his team forgot to do the main thing - to become champions after that. In the title battle with Cleveland and LeBron James, Golden State did what no one had done before - lost the final series, leading it 3-1.
The 1995/96 Chicago was the greatest team in NBA history. By the way, the Bulls starting five earned $14.7 million that season, less than Timofei Mozgov alone in the 2016-17 Lakers.
There is no need to explain who Michael Jordan is - anyone who has heard the word "basketball" at least once in their life knows this name. But he was not always the greatest player of all time, and the 1996 title was the turning point.
On June 23, 1993, three days after Chicago became the NBA champion for the third time in a row, Michael's father was killed. The killers were quickly found - they turned out to be two teenagers, but the true motives were never found out. Only many years later, an unofficial version surfaced: James Jordan gave his life for his son's gambling debts.
A couple of months after the tragedy, Jordan announced his retirement from the NBA - and suddenly left for baseball. But after two years of torment in the minor leagues, he nevertheless returned to what he knew how to do best in the world. Chicago won three more league titles (1996, 1997, 1998), and Michael finally became an icon. And the debate about whether it's time to give the title of the best player of all time to LeBron James remains a debate.
Only two players from the legendary Bulls lineup saw their name and number under the arches of the club's home arena. Jordan is by far the greatest, but he's been waiting seven years for his first championship with Chicago. The Bulls became a serious force only after Pippen played at their core. In any other team, he would have been the main superstar, but he accepted a supporting role and was always in the shadows - his greatness is also in this. Michael and Scotty have never been friends, but the two are the perfect ingredients for a championship cocktail.
After the end of his career, Scotty Pippen came to Russia several times and even managed to fall in love with the Russian bath.
Kukoc did not catch the first three Chicago championships, but in 1996 he became the first European star to win the NBA championship. It was he who paved the way for Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki and Timofey Mozgov.
In the 1994/95 season, the Croat was already an established player in the Bulls' starting five, but in the next championship he mostly left the bench. And that was the added strength of the NBA's greatest team: when the leaders usually went to rest, Chicago had Kukoch on the court. That year, he easily won the title of the NBA's best backup, and then helped the Bulls go all the way to the top.
You don't have to know basketball to remember Rodman from Men in Black. The hero of Will Smith learns that the center of the “Chicago” is an alien, and says the phrase: “And this one doesn’t even disguise himself!”
Rodman was part of the legendary Bad Boys, a gang that won two championships with Detroit in 1989 and 1990. Despite the appearance of a bully and a rebel, Dennis was also a talented basketball player. For seven years in a row, he became the best rebounder in the NBA - and this is with a height of 201 cm! As soon as he came to Chicago in 1995, the team immediately won three championships in a row. And Jordan isn't the only one to blame.
Of all the Bulls' legendary roster, Rodman stood out the most. Not only bright hairstyles and piercings, but also behavior. He owes his popularity to five championship rings, and an affair with Madonna, and an addiction to alcohol. The reputation remained with him after the end of his career. In recent years, Dennis has actively trolled the US authorities when he became friends with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
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The New York Knicks are one of the oldest teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Along with the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors (then the Philadelphia Warriors), it competed in the very first BAA championship in 1946/47. Let us remind you that in 1949, the BAA merged with the NBL to form the NBA, which is familiar to us to this day. The Knicks are not as titled as, for example, Boston, they have only 2 championship titles won in 1970 and 1973. Over the years, 516 basketball players have donned New York Knicks jerseys, nine of which have been retired by the club in recognition of their service to the team.
The New York Knickerbockers, better known as the New York Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City area of Manhattan. The Knicks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. The team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden, an arena they share with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). It is one of only two NBA teams based in New York; the other team is the Brooklyn Nets. Along with the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are one of two original NBA teams still in their original city.
Created by Ned Irish in 1946, the team was one of the founding members of the American Basketball Association (BAA), which became the NBA when it merged with the rival National Basketball League (NBL) in 1949. The Knicks enjoyed success in their early years and were consistent playoff contenders under the franchise's first head coach, Joe Lapczyk. Beginning in 1950, the Knicks have made three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, all of which have lost. Lapczyk retired in 1956 and the team subsequently began to falter.
It wasn't until the late 1960s, with Red Holtzman taking over as head coach, that the Knicks began to reclaim their former dominance. Holtzman successfully led the Knicks to two NBA championships: 1970 and 1973. The Knicks of the 80s had mixed success, including six playoff appearances; However, they were unable to take part in the NBA Finals.
The 90s Knicks were led by future Hall of Famer center Patrick Ewing at the playoff level; this era was marked by passionate rivalries with the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, and Miami Heat. During this time they were known for their tough defense under head coaches Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy, playing in the NBA Finals in 1994 and 1999. However, they failed to win an NBA championship at the time.
Since 2000, the Knicks have struggled to regain their former glory, but won their first division title in 19 years in the 2012–13 season, led by a core of forwards Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. They were eventually eliminated by the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semi-finals and have since failed to make the playoffs.
1. The Jamaican native made his New York debut in the 1985/86 season and played until the 1999/00 season. Ewing spent 2 more years at the end of his career in Seattle and Orlando. The stretch from 1985 to 2000 is called the Ewing era in New York.
2. During this time, he accounted for 1039 matches for the Knicks. The New York Knicks selected Ewing with the 1st overall pick in the 1985 draft and Patrick took his team to the NBA Finals twice but failed to win both times.
3. Walt Frazier, who played for the team for 10 years, from 1967/68 to 1976/77 seasons, became the second in the number of appearances.
4. It was under Frazier, in 1970, that the Knicks became champions for the first time, and the playing numbers of the entire starting five (Walt Frazier, Willis Reed (No. 8 on our list), Dave Debuchet (No. 23 in matches played), Bill Bradley (3rd) and Dick Barnett (10th)) were retired by the club.
5. In 1973, this team again became the champion. Ewing's partners Charles Oakley, John Starks and Allan Huston are also veterans of the club.
6. 10 seasons ran for the team and the future legendary coach Phil Jackson. He played just in the championship era, but came off the bench. He has 732 Knicks appearances and is #5 on our list.
7. On the 26th line with 412 matches is Carmelo Anthony. Now the Knicks have a new, rebuilding team, and its leaders Julius Randle and RJ Barrett are not even included in the top 100 list yet. Patrick Ewing on the offensive Who scored the most points in the history of the New York Knicks.
8. As you might guess, the highest scorer in the history of the New York Knicks is also Patrick Ewing. Over 1039 matches, he scored an average of 22.8 points per match, which gave a total of 23665 points. The second again was Walt Fraser. He played shooting guard and finished with the Knicks with 14,617 points. Willis Reed was third and Allan Houston was fourth.
9. In terms of average performance, Carmelo Anthony surpassed everyone, gaining an average of 24.7 points per match. After the end of the Ewing era, from the beginning of the 00s, leapfrog and the era of timelessness began in New York.
10. Players have come and gone. With the exception of Carmelo, over the years a number of good players have passed, such as Stephon Marbury, Jamal Crawford, David Lee, but none of them stayed in New York for a long time and did not advance to the leaders of the performance rating.
11. The current leader of the team, Julius Randle, is still in the 50th place. Given his current 22 points per game, he will be close to the top 30 by the end of the 2021/22 season.
12. Walt Frazier in the Aisle. Who scored the most rebounds in the history of the New York Knicks, Ewing also predictably became the best rebounder in history. During his career, he has amassed 10,759 rebounds, averaging 10.4 rebounds per game.
13. The second was the captain of the gold team of the 70s, Willis Reed, and the third was Ewing's partner in the team of the 90s, power forward Charles Oakley.
14. Reed and Walt Bellamy, who played for the Knicks for 4 seasons from 1965 to 1969, were the best in rebounding average. But where Ewing did not become a champion is in offensive rebounds.
15. If under his own ring all the rebounds a priori went to Patrick, then under someone else's ring the rebounds had to be snatched with resistance, and here Charles Oakley bypassed him.
16. He has 2,580 career offensive rebounds, while Ewing has 12 fewer rebounds at 2,568. Carmelo Anthony is modestly ranked 19th. Current roster players Julius Randle in 45th, Mitchell Robinson in 62nd Charles Oakley Who has made the most assists in New York Knicks history Patrick Ewing averaged 2 assists per game and finished a modest 12th in this category. The leader here was the already mentioned Walt Fraser.
17. He has 4,791 assists in 759 games played for New York. Averaged 6.3 per game. Mark Jackson, Michael Ray Richardson and Stephon Marbury are leading in assists per game. Frazier is only 6th here.
18. Let's move on from passes to interceptions. Here, too, Ewing is in the lead, and Oakley is in second place. The most effective interception was Michael Ray Richardson, nicknamed "Sugar", which means "sugar". Richardson played for the Knicks for 4 seasons from 1978/79 to 1981/82. He made 2.57 interceptions per game.
19. Richardson was a strong player and could have been much higher in the rankings in many categories, but after 4 seasons with the Knicks, he went first to the Golden State, then to New Jersey, and then was completely banned for life for using (sucking through the nose ) prohibited substances.
20. Let me remind you that the statistics of block shots appeared in the NBA only in 1973/74. Block shots are usually the lot of tall centers and tall power forwards, who operate mainly under their basket.
21. A good pace keeps the current team center Mitchell Robinson. In 168 games for New York, he already has 341 blocked shots, averaging just over 2 per game. Barring injuries or a sudden move to another team, Robinson will be in second place in a couple of years. Who made the most three-point shots in New York Knicks history?
22. A large number of three-point shots is a trend of recent years. Therefore, it is not surprising that records have been actively rewritten in this category in recent years. The New York Knicks record holder for the number of abandoned "three" is Ewing's teammate from the 90s.
23. The top performer among those who made at least 1000 attempts is Trent Tucker (40.9%). This guard played for the Knicks from 1982 to 1991. This player is also known for the fact that in 1990 in a match against Chicago, with 0.1 seconds left in the match, he received a pass and threw a 3-pointer, bringing the Knicks a 109-106 victory.
24. Chicago subsequently protested this throw, after which the league developed the so-called "Trent Tucker" rule that a player needs a minimum of 0.3 seconds to handle the ball and shoot, if there is less time left in the game / quarter / possession when the player receives the ball, then it is considered that the player did not have time to throw and the hit does not count. Later, operational video replays appeared and the need for such a rule disappeared.
25. Julius Randle is already in 20th place. Who has the best free throw percentage in New York Knicks history? And the last category is for real shooters. Allan Houston is leading here with a GM score of 87.2%.
26. New York is one of the most famous teams in the NBA, and therefore it is not mind-blowing that when selecting the substance for the provided article, an extremely large number of players surfaced, one or the other played prominent roles in the league at a close time and left a noticeable mark in its history. But the more famous and bigger ones were played in the 1970s, which is why I propose to recall a little about them.
27. The main defender in history Nyx, who deserved to be included in the list of the best. He was selected in the 2nd round of the 1954 draft at the eighth number, yet he made the team barely two years later due to a job in the Marine Corps (he ended up serving 9 years).
28. Guerin's main season did not come out clearly, but still was not bad (9.6 points on average). Who would have thought that for the next 6 seasons he would be one of the most coveted shooters in the league. And here send matches of stars, symbolic fives, etc.
29. An intriguing fact is that during his time with the Knicks, he only made the playoffs once. He is also, for example, the main player of the Knicks, one or another scored for the 2000 season and most points. So here it is. In the joint, its area among the best is beyond doubt.
30. Famed New York left-hander Barnett, along with then-rookie Willis Reed, skipped the foundation monolith of the big Knicks team of the dot-60s and early-70s. Then there were two championships and Dick had a hand in both. But playing perfectly different roles.
31. If in 1970 he was one of the team's favorites, spending an average of 33 minutes on the floor and gaining almost 15 points per match, then in 1973 he was that necessary veteran, so necessary for the championship team. Well, plus brought a rest to the general defenders of the team (look at them thicker). This contribution was also appreciated by the management of Nix, having strengthened the number 12 behind it.
32. By the way, what is interesting, Barnett possessed an extremely unusual throw, one or another, of course, is valiant of individual interest, and about one or another I would say this: “It is more excellent to look once, than to think, how to describe.” So I advise you to look.
33. Fraser possessed an unusual talent, one or another could simply be embodied in the second appearance of sports (he played football and baseball, and not without success), but he preferred basketball. Chosen by the Knickerbockers in 1967 as the top pick in the draft, he had 10 great seasons there, becoming a two-time favorite in one or the other and cementing his NBA star status for life.
34. Without looking at it, he constantly calculated the 2nd star of the team, then Willis Reed. But sometimes when Willis got injured or something else happened to him, Frazier built it so that no one would remember about it.
35. He was also extremely good in defense, which did not go unnoticed by the league, one or another preferred him 7 times in order to the main defensive five. Well, the pinnacle of recognition was found in 1987, sometimes Walt was included in the Hall of Fame, and in 1996 Mr. "Clyde" was included in the list of the 50 best NBA players. And, of course, a T-shirt with his number hangs in Madison Square Garden.
36. If you thought that the league's only "Magic" was Irving Johnson, then you are extremely mistaken. Earl's main "Magic" association, true "Black Magic", but not the essence of ``fundamentally. Still, if the most famous magician became so thanks to mystical passes, then this one scored some impossible shots, owned perfectly crazy dribbling.
37. He came to the Knicks in 1971 and, together with Frazier, began to compose one of the best (if not the top) pair of intercessors of that time.
38. Of the newest wave of players in New York, there are an extremely large number of those who had brevity as a sister, but it’s impossible to say at least about someone that he embodied his own talent to the fullest. Here, both injuries and temper, and fans, one or the other constantly called for victories from relatives, and, of course, an ideally mediocre selection. The most colorful of the unrealized was Allan Houston. Let's remember him.
39. That's who could, really, freeze as a super cool basketball player, so it's him. And he ended up being a pretty good player. Yes, there were a couple of matches of whole stars, the NBA finals, but, again, my opinion, it could easily freeze with the largest player. Again, by the way, hello to the management of New York. Well, okay, from my own feelings, let's move on to Allan himself.
40. 1999 and 2000 were the most successful years for Houston. Then he was easily unrealistically cool. Especially in 1999, sometimes in the absence of general players (Sprewell and Ewing just deserved it), he pulled the team into the playoffs and dragged him to the end of the NBA.
41. It is worth mentioning that he participated in a project called Barack Obama, as a result, one or another scold became what he is currently doing (he raised funds for the company). Allan is currently assistant general manager of the Knicks.
42. It so happened that if you scribble about the 1970s, then there is not a word of criticism addressed to the team, but as the 2000s came, it was immediately vulgar and kindred. Sad as it may seem, but at the moment the Knicks are the height of unprofessionalism, one or another ruins the players and their championship prospects. What will happen next? Yes, in my opinion, nothing good is expected. It remains only to assume that Melo and Amara are not affected by this, and they will continue to anneal.
43. In 2000 he became Sydney's Olympic favorite and on this his successes froze to fall, at a speed comparable to the speed of a plane in distress. Injuries, injuries and more injuries ... and New York. By signing the contract, as a result, one or another became the second richest man in the league, Houston and stopped playing. It's a pity…
44. The most excellent game of a career, specifically in this category for us, back in 1970, in the seventh game of the end of the NBA against the Lakers. 36 points, 19 assists - it's phenomenal!!!
45. Trent Tucker, who scored well from behind the three-point arc, was lost on the free throw line and made only 75% of free attempts. Excellent results and Jamal Crawford with Carmelo Anthony. Patrick Ewing shot 74.2% of his shots from the line. Walt Fraser 78.3%, Charles Oakley 78.2%.
46. John Starks. He scored 982 long shots in 602 Knicks games. Second was his teammate Allan Houston, who scored 61 three-pointers less in the same number of games. Curiously, Houston's sales percentage is much better.
47. Not surprisingly, Patrick Ewing leads this category as well. He has blocked an average of 2.65 shots per game and has amassed 2,758 blocks in his career with the Knicks. Also on the podium are Bill Cartwright and Marvin Webster.
48. The championship did not take long to wait, and in 1973 everything happened. In 1990, Monroe was included in the Hall of Fame, and in 1996 he was included in the list of the 50 greatest players. "Jesus" (another nickname), what else to add.
49. In the second ten of the ranking are such stars as Letrell Sprewell, Allan Huston, Carmelo Anthony and Stephon Marbury. Of the current Knicks, Mitchell Robinson is in the seventh ten, Randle and Barrett are even lower. Who made the most block shots in New York Knicks history?
50. Julius Randle is currently in 50th place with 686 assists and is averaging 4.7 assists per game. With this speed, in 3 years, if you avoid injuries, you can get into the top 20. Who made the most steals in New York Knicks history?
The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association. The club was founded in 1946 and has won the NBA title 17 times since its inception.
The Celtics first became champions in 1957. From 1959 to 1966, Boston won the championship eight times in a row, a record winning streak in North American professional sports. During this period, the club met the Los Angeles Lakers team 5 times in the finals, which influenced the birth of the most famous confrontation in the NBA.
Boston players won the title in 1974 and 1976, the team leaders at that time were: Dave Cowens, John Havlicek and Joe Joe White. Since the 1981-82 season, the Celtics have played: Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale - these basketball players are now known as the "Big Three". During its existence, from 1980 to 1992, Boston won the championship three times.
Below you can read some more interesting facts about the Boston Celtics.
1. In 1987-2007, the Celtics never went beyond the conference semifinals, often did not get into the playoffs at all (except for the 2001/2002 season, when the Celtics reached the conference finals, where they lost to the New Jersey Nets).
2. During this period, the team's current basketball player Reggie Lewis and a young player selected by the Celtics in the 1986 draft, Len Bias, tragically died. In the course of the 2006/07 season, the long-term coach and general manager of the team, Red Auerbach, passed away.
3. Before the start of the 2007/08 season, the team was replenished by multiple All-Star players: Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Together with Paul Pierce and under the guidance of coach Doc Rivers, these players became NBA champions in 2008.
4. Four Celtics basketball players have received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award: Bob Cosey, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens, and Larry Bird. John Havlicek is the team's most productive player in its history; in games for Boston, he scored 26,395 points .
5. One of the most successful franchises in sports history, the Celtics won 11 of the 13 National Basketball Association (NBA) championships from 1957 to 1969. Overall, they have won 17 NBA titles.
6. Founded in Boston in 1946 by Walter Brown, the Celtics were charter members of the Basketball Association of America, the predecessor of the NBA (founded in 1949).
7. At the time of the team's founding, Brown also ran the Boston Garden, on which the Celtics' distinctive green-and-whites played, and thrived until the franchise moved to a new arena, now known as TD Garden, in 1995–96.
8. The team posted a losing record in each of its first four seasons, prompting the hiring of head coach Red Auerbach in 1950.
9. The Celtics' athletic dynasty began in the mid-1950s under Auerbach, who later served as the team's general manager and president.
10. The team won its first title in the 1956–57 season after defeating the St. Louis Hawks in the final series, which included Game 7 in double overtime.
11. With a Hall of Fame roster including Frank Ramsey, Ed Macauley, Bill Sharman, ball master Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, dominating center Bill Russell (5-time MVP), and then Sam Jones, KC Jones and John Havlicek, the Celts won eight consecutive NBA titles between 1958–59 and 1965–66—a record for the four major North American team sports—and were victorious again in 1967–68 and 1968–69.
12. Boston's rise coincided with the post-war spread of television in the United States, helping the team and its players become iconic figures as the sport grew in national importance.
13. Highlights from the Celtics' unprecedented championship included Russell collecting two NBA Finals-record 40 rebounds per game (1960, 1962) and Havlicek's streak-grabbing streak in Game 7 of the 1965 Eastern Division Finals, which elicited the famous cry, "Havlicek stole the ball announcer Johnny Most.
14. Matches between Russell, who was the player-coach of the Celtics from 1966 to 1969, and Wilt Chamberlain, first for the Philadelphia 76s and then for the Los Angeles Lakers, were at the center of some of the most dramatic games in NBA playoff history.
15. Havlicek was still a key contributor, along with Dave Cowens, Paul Silas and Joe Jo White, on Heinson's coached title-winning teams in 1973–74 and 1975–76. The second of these championships included a dramatic treble over the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of the Finals.
16. In 1978, the Celtics were involved in an unusual deal after the NBA banned team owner Irv Levin from moving the franchise to his native California. Instead, Levine and John Y. Brown, owner of the Buffalo Braves, traded franchises.
17. That same year, Boston acquired one of the greatest players in league history - and arguably the most beloved Celtic of all time - when they selected hit forward Larry Bird in the NBA draft.
18. The NBA rose to a new level of popularity thanks to the hype generated by the battle for supremacy between the Lakers, led by Magic Johnson, and the Celtics, led by Byrd (who had a rivalry with Johnson back in his college days). Robert Parish, Kevin McHale and Dennis Johnson, who is five reached the NBA Finals once in the 1980s and won championships in 1980–81, 1983–84, and 1985–86.
19. In the mid-1990s, the Celtics experienced the first extended playoff drought in franchise history, six straight years since the 1995–96 season. When the Celtics returned to the postseason, they often lost in the early rounds.
20. That changed in the 2007–08 season, when the Celtics made the biggest single-season shift in NBA history, finishing with the league's best record and 42-win improvement after adding superstars in the offseason.
21. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to a team that already included perennial All-Star Paul Pierce. They advanced to the NBA Finals where they defeated the Lakers for the ninth time to win the 17th title in franchise history.
22. The two franchises again won their respective conference championships and met for the NBA title in the 2009–10 season, with the Lakers winning the championship in seven games.
23. As the Celtics' veteran roster grew older, the team's success on the court declined. Allen went into free agency in 2012 and the team switched Garnett and Pierce after the 2012–13 campaign to encourage a recovery process centered on younger players. These efforts paid off much faster than many observers expected as the Celtics returned to the playoffs in 2014–15. This season saw the addition of point guard Isaiah Thomas to the team, and he turned into an All-Star Game, leading the team to the best record in the Eastern Conference in 2016–17.
24. The team's season ended in the Conference Finals after the Celtics lost four games to one to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics traded Thomas and other assets for star guard Kyrie Irving during the off-season and also signed All-Star forward Gordon Hayward.
25. Both players were limited by major injuries during the regular season, but the Celtics' remaining young core outperformed expectations, leading Boston to a second-best record in the Eastern Conference and an unexpectedly long playoff streak that ended in a seven-game conference final loss. to cavaliers. Boston remained relatively healthy throughout the 2018–19 season, but the team was easily eliminated from the playoffs in the second round.
26. Robert Parish is the third longest-serving player with the Boston Celtics behind John Havlicek (16 seasons) and Paul Pierce (15). He went to Boston in a "fraudulent" trade, along with a first-round pick, which was subsequently chosen by Kevin McHale, in exchange for two other first-round picks (Ricky Brown and Joe Barry Carroll).
27. Parish spent the first 4 seasons of his career with the Golden State Warriors, and then spent 14 consecutive seasons in Boston green. In his first 8 years with the Celtics, he went to 8 All-Star Games and became a champion twice.
28. His average performance in this segment is 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds. In his first season with the Celtics, the team had 62 regular season wins and Larry Bird led the team to the title.
29. For the first four seasons, Parish was second in scoring on the team behind Bird, and then passed by McHale, but he was still the third head of the Bird-McHale-Parish three-headed monster throughout the 80s and into the early 90s. Parish played in Boston until the 1993-94 season, and then spent two more years in Charlotte and one in Chicago before retiring at the age of 43.
30. Kevin Garnett spent the first 12 years of his career in Minnesota, including seven years in a row when the team reached the first round of the playoffs and only once managed to go past the first round.
31. Big Ticket was a ten-time All-Star and was already 31 years old when he was traded to Boston to form a big trio there in 2007. All this paid dividends in the same season, Boston immediately transformed and became the champion in 2008.
32. Although all three members of the Big Three sacrificed personal statistics for the benefit of the team, Garnett was one of the players who really contributed to the success on both sides of the court.
33. At the age of 31, he won his first NBA Defensive Player of the Year title and was a key player in Boston's best defense that season. At the same time, he managed to work out in the attack.
34. Although his average dropped below 20 points for the first time since the 1997-98 season, he still averaged 9.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
35. Garnett had missed only 12 games in the previous 5 seasons in Minnesota (and if you exclude the rest-time non-meaningful matches in the endings of three more seasons before this, it turns out that due to injuries he missed only 12 games in 8 years).
36. This amount of playing time began to slowly affect Garnett's health. In the 2007-08 season, Kevin played only 71 games, and the following season only 57 due to problems with an injured knee. His injury rate was starting to become a problem and although his scoring average hadn't dropped as much and he had fantastic defensive play, KG's slump came perhaps a little faster than expected. Along with Paul Pierce, Garnett was traded to Brooklyn in the summer of 2013 before ending his career with Minnesota in the 2015-16 season.
37. Given his performance in Minnesota, Garnett will eventually become a Hall of Famer without question. His period in Boston was only 1-2 years of his prime.
38. Paul Pierce spent 15 seasons in the form of Boston, second only to John Havlicek in this indicator. In the first three years of his career, the team did not make the playoffs, but it was in the third year that he achieved an individual breakthrough in scoring, increasing his performance to 25.3 points per game and 38.3% of three-pointers made.
39. In the 2001-02 season, Pierce became a member of the All-Star game for the first time, and Boston returned to the playoffs after the break. From that moment began the countdown of seven seasons, during which Pierce was the best player in this strong team, averaging 24.8 points, including 5 seasons when he averaged over 25 points per game. Not too dissimilar to Garnett and Allen, Pierce only made it past the first round of the playoffs twice before the Big Three were assembled.
40. This brings us to the 2007-08 season and the acquisition of Garnett and Allen. Even with the arrival of the other two allstars and the distribution of offensive workloads, Pierce was still averaging 19.2 points per game for the next 6 years of his career in Boston until they were traded along with Garnett to Brooklyn. Pierce ended his career with one season with Washington and two with the Clippers under his old mentor Doc Rivers.
41. Like Garnett, his career began to decline after leaving Boston, and in the twilight of his career he played more of the role of a three-point shot specialist. 15 consecutive seasons with the Celtics, 10 All-Star appearances and 1 championship. Not a bad resume for a future Hall of Famer and certainly enough to be one of the Boston Celtics' top 8 players of all time.
42. Dave Cowens is the fifth 70s-era player on our list (note original top 30 list) with two league titles in those 10 years (hint: there's one more to come). As a short center (Cowens is 206 cm), Cowens was second in scoring on the team that won the championship in 1973-74.
43. The following year, he already became its top scorer, having reached the Eastern Conference Finals with the team and held this title the next season, when the Celtics won their next title.
44. Cowens began to prove himself the best player on the team when Havlicek was already closer to forty. Don Nelson and Jo Jo White were the team's other stars, but Cowens was a consistently effective big man and dominated the paint.
45. He struggled with injuries midway through his career, but he played to his full potential when he was on the court and was effective in every aspect of the game. In fact, Cowens led the Celtics in five statistical categories (points, tackles, assists, steals and blocks) during the 1977-78 season, which speaks to his versatility.
46.Kevin McHale spent his entire thirteen-year career in Boston. According to this indicator, he shares the fourth place in club history with four other Celtics legends.
47. McHale entered the league in 1980 at the age of 23 and immediately became a champion. Although he was not a regular player in his rookie season, he nevertheless scored 10 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
48. In his second season, McHale started 33 games already and his performance improved slightly. This trend continued and in 1985-86 McHale was already a solid starter. That season, Boston became the champion for the third time in his career.
49. McHale was a regular starter from that point on until his career began to decline in the early 90s. McHale has twice led the league in shot percentage. Both times with the same rate of 60.4% in 1986-87 and 1987-88. He was called up to 7 All-Star Games, including 3 times when he wasn't even a starter on his team. It is widely reported that McHale broke a bone in his foot at the end of the 1987 season - that year he averaged a whopping 26.1 points per game.
50. He played with the effects of injury and yet was still effective, averaging over 20 points in the next three seasons, but obviously couldn't keep up once he hit 30. McHale will be remembered for his 13 seasons in green, for his 7 all-star appearances and for his 3 league titles in the 80s. It's been a fantastic career and deserves to be in the top 6 of our list.
Los Angeles Lakers. Team based in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers were founded and have been playing in the NBA since 1947. The first name of the team was the Minneapolis Lakers, the current one has been since 1960. The team plays in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. Los Angeles has reached the NBA Finals thirty-one times and won sixteen league titles.
The Lakers are not just the most successful club in the history of basketball in America, not just the club that managed to shine in all eras, not just the most popular and most hated organization. The Lakers are the only superclub in the NBA because they have always had the unique opportunity to get the best players of the era.
The history of the Lakers is not the story of talented management or wealthy owners, not the ability to draft brilliantly or lay championship rings on the table, not the attractiveness of sunny weather or affordable women.
The history of the Lakers is precisely the history of their endless superstars and the unique paths that have always taken them to the same place.
Bemorepanda collected some more interesting facts.
1. In 1990, the Los Angeles Lakers played a bunch of Predators at the end of Predator 2.
2. LeBron rested in the summer for the first time in a long time and appeared fresh and updated before the 2019/2020 season. With a long-awaited star next to him. Miami (like the Lakers) were in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings. A big step forward for both organizations that have not competed in the finals for several years.
3. It's unbelievable, but 75-year-old Miami President Pat Riley has made it to the NBA Finals in each of the past six decades.
4. Old Pat won as a player, and as a coach, and as a club leader. Surprisingly, many of the brightest moments of the Lakers are associated with Riley. Not only did he have some great seasons as a player, but he was a successful manager for the Lakers for a long time. After his departure to Miami, the organization from the east coast rose to a qualitatively new level.
5. It was Riley who managed to create the “Big Trio” of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and play in the NBA Finals for four years in a row.
6. LeBron James reached the final for the ninth time in the last ten years. Space! This man just lives in the playoffs and blossoms for the most important matches. This will be his tenth career final. And in this he overtook 27 NBA clubs. LeBron is second only to the Lakers (32 finals), Boston (21 finals), and the Golden State Warriors (11 finals).
7. There is no clear leader in Miami. And this is their feature. The Heat became only the fifth team to reach the finals, replacing the best scorer in each of the series. If in the first round Goran Dragic was the best sniper, then in the games with Milwaukee Jimmy Butler led the team.
8. In the final series, Bam Adebayo became the leader in points scored. So now let the opponent think who to keep more carefully. By the way, four previous examples (twice the Lakers, Detroit and San Antonio) necessarily won the title.
9. Statistics in the NBA is built into a cult. And there is nowhere to hide from her. Especially if you're as big as Shaquille O'Neal. This giant changed so many teams, and his partners were so cool that for 37 years in a row one of his former teammates has been playing in the decisive series.
10. Lakers defenseman JR Smith predicted the finalists in the winter. It is clear that the chances of the Lakers were very high even then. But how did he know about Miami? It is curious that he answered in the stories of his Instagram account, but our American colleagues carefully save all the “moves” of such prominent people as Smith.
11. The Lakers were keen to sign free agent Andre Iguodala. The veteran, who could not be renewed by the Warriors, was badly needed by them in the playoffs. He won the 2015 Finals MVP award for his near-perfect defense against LeBron James. He understands the game, knows everything about it. But he was intercepted by Miami and the same cunning fox Pat Riley. He seemed to already know something.
12. It was Iguodala who became the X-factor of the sixth game in the series with the Celtics. The veteran came out and hit four times from behind the arc without making a single miss. His final "+20" in the usefulness column only says that he is ready for the final and LeBron should keep this in mind.
13. Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Dion Waiters became an NBA champion before the start of the series. Dion will receive the ring even if the team loses to the Heat in the final. Waiters started the season with Miami before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for Andre Iguodala.
14. Memphis expelled Waiters, who then signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. Dion appeared on the court in just three games with Miami, but this is enough to receive the title of NBA champion. It is reported by "The Rambler".
15. The franchise that would become the Lakers was founded in 1946 as the Detroit Gems and played in the National Basketball League (NBL). The team moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1947 and its name was changed to the Lakers to reflect the state of Minnesota's nickname of "The Land of 10,000 Lakes".
16. That same year, the Lakers acquired George Mikan, who became professional basketball's first dominant "big man" and first in the Lakers' series of great centers. The Lakers joined the BAA (the official predecessor of the NBA) in the 1948–49 season and won the BAA Final Championship. \
17. The NBA was formed in 1949, and Mikan and the Lakers—which also included future Hall of Famers Jim Pollard, Slater Martin, Vern Mikkelsen, and (since 1953) Clyde Lovellett—won four of the first five league titles, creating the first dynasty of professional basketball.
18. The Lakers' game attendance dropped after Mikan's retirement in 1956, and the team moved to Los Angeles before the 1960–61 season.
19. The Lakers made the NBA Finals six times in the 1960s but lost to the Celtics in every game, despite the presence of all-time greats Elgin Baylor and Jerry West (who would later assemble a number of Lakers championship teams as the team's general manager).
20. However, in the 1971–72 season, the Lakers—led by West, Gail Goodrich, and Wilt Chamberlain—set NBA records for longest winning streak (33 games) and best regular season record (69–13; broken in 1995–96).
21. The Chicago Bulls are on their way to an NBA championship, the team's first title since the move. to Los Angeles.
22. The Lakers made the Finals again in 1972–73 but lost to the New York Knicks. After that season, Chamberlain retired and the team's fortunes took a turn for the worse as the Lakers missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history in 1974–75 and 1975–76.
23. The Lakers entered the most dominant period in their franchise history when they selected Magic Johnson with the first overall pick in the 1979 NBA draft. Johnson teamed with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and (since 1982) James Worthy to lead the Lakers to eight NBA Finals appearances over the next decade, leading to five NBA championships (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1988).
24. This era became known as "Showtime" not only because of the flamboyant, often spectacular style of play hosted by Johnson and the impeccable head coach Pat Riley, but also because of the presence of Hollywood stars, most notably Jack Nicholson, at the courts. In addition, the renewed rivalry between the Lakers and the Celtics—two teams that fought for the NBA title in 1984, 1985, and 1987, and more specifically, Johnson's battle with Bostonian Larry Bird—lifted the NBA to new levels of popularity in the 1980s. .
25. After the retirements of Abdul-Jabbar in 1989 and Johnson in 1991, the Lakers' fortunes deteriorated rapidly.
26. The team still made regular playoff appearances—the Lakers only missed a postseason game five times in the team's first 60 seasons—but failed to reach the NBA Finals for the longest period in team history.
27. However, that all changed in the 1999–2000 season when newly hired head coach Phil Jackson led the Lakers, leading Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant to the first of three straight titles. O'Neal was traded in 2004, but a redesigned Lakers team with Bryant as coordinator made it to the 2008 NBA Finals, which they lost to Boston in six games.
28. The following season, the Lakers returned to the Finals, where they defeated the Orlando Magic in five games to clinch the 15th seed in the franchise championship. In the 2009–10 season, the Lakers made their third consecutive Finals appearance, where they defeated the Celtics in a dramatic seven-game streak.
29. The Lakers then entered a period of relative lack of success, which peaked in 2012–13. The team added perennial All-Stars Steve Nash and Dwight Howard in the preseason and were considered one of the favorites to win the championship, but in an inconsistent and injury-riddled campaign, the team was eliminated from the playoffs in the first round.
30. During the off-season, Howard went free-roaming, and Bryant and Nash missed most of the following season with injuries, which contributed greatly to the Lakers' loss in 2013–14. Bryant missed most of the following season with another injury, and the Lakers struggled to a 21–61 record. The team was even worse in the 2015–16 season, with a franchise-worst record of 17–65 in Bryant's final season before his retirement.
31. The team's record improved by nine wins in 2016–17, but the Lakers' record-breaking playoff drought extended to four seasons and led to a front office reshuffle, including Magic Johnson, who took over as team president of basketball.
32. Johnson helped lure free agent superstar LeBron James to the Lakers during the 2018 offseason, but the team failed to improve significantly and Johnson abruptly resigned at the end of the 2018–19 season. The next season was stormy.
33. In January 2020, Bryant was among those killed in a helicopter crash, and less than two months later, the NBA suspended play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In July, the season resumed but with a reduced schedule, with players largely isolated in a "bubble". Thanks to a stellar performance from James, who was named Finals MVP, the Lakers eventually defeated the Miami Heat to win the NBA championship.
34. The legendary NBA player got his name from the Japanese Kobe steak, which is made from premium quality beef, namely from bulls of the Japanese black breed of the Tajima variety. A kilogram of such meat can cost more than $500.
35. Kobe Bryant's father, Joe Bryant, is a professional basketball player who played in the NBA and in Europe. Joe spent seven years of his career in Italy, thanks to which Kobe knows Italian perfectly.
36. Kobe started playing basketball at the age of 3 and adored the game number #33, which was used by his father. Under the same number, Bryant performed at school.
37. The legendary NBA player got his name from the Japanese Kobe steak, which is made from premium quality beef, namely from bulls of the Japanese black breed of the Tajima variety. A kilogram of such meat can cost more than $500.
38. Kobe Bryant's father, Joe Bryant, is a professional basketball player who played in the NBA and in Europe. Joe spent seven years of his career in Italy, thanks to which Kobe knows Italian perfectly.
39. Kobe started playing basketball at the age of 3 and adored the game number #33, which was used by his father. Under the same number, Bryant performed at school.
40. Even as a child, Kobe Bryant made a serious bid to pass legendary: during his performances in high school, he scored 2883 points, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's Pennsylvania state record (2252 points).
41. Bryant didn't play at university. In 1996, he became the first defenseman in league history to enter the NBA from high school. According to Bryant, if he still had to go to university, he would have chosen Duke.
42. In 1996, Kobe spent pre-draft training with the Boston Celtics, the nemesis of the Los Angeles Lakers. But the team from Massachusetts, which had the 6th pick in the draft, did not dare to choose a 17-year-old basketball player.
43. The trade of Bryant for Vlad Divac from the Hornets to the Lakers on the day of the draft outraged Los Angeles fans. No one understood why the leadership of the Lakers gave up the starting center team for a schoolboy with dubious prospects. After 20 years, this exchange will be called one of the most successful in the history of the NBA.
44. In his rookie season, Kobe won the dunk contest. Among the defeated rivals were Ray Allen, Chris Carr, Michael Finley, Darwin Ham and Bob Sura.
45. Already at the age of 19, Bryant made his first All-Star Game. Despite the fact that he scored only 15 points per game and only 1 time in the season came out in the starting five of the Lakers.
46. Kobe's parents did not communicate with their son for two whole years, as they did not approve of his marriage to a 19-year-old dancer of Mexican origin. Because of this, Joe and Pam Bryant even missed the 2001 NBA Finals when their son won the championship.
47. Nickname Black Mamba Kobe Bryant came up with himself.
48. Bryant tried his hand at hip-hop and once even sang along with Tyra Banks on the same stage. The track was called "K.O.B.E".
49. From 1999 to 2009, Kobe owned a 50% stake in Milan basketball.
50. Years spent in Italy have taken their toll: Kobe Bryant is a big fan of Milan football as well, and his favorite player of all time is Marco van Basten.