Russell Westbrook during the 2016-17 season (Getty Images)
After eight seasons playing alongside NBA All-Star Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook had the Oklahoma City Thunder all to his own in the 2016-17 NBA Season. Everyone knew how incredibly athletic and skilled Westbrook was but I don’t know if any body would predict this season he would achieve all he did this season.
The most important stat for Russell Westbrook during the 2016-17 NBA Season are his 42 triple-doubles. Yeah that’s right, he had a triple-double in more than half of his teams regular season games. During the course of the season there was much doubt as to whether he could break the record of 41 triple doubles.
As a fan it seemed as almost every night he was ending a game with a triple-double. This was one of the best regular season performances by any player in NBA history.
Russell Westbrook’s historic achievement was made on April 9, 2017 in Denver Colorado against the Nuggets. In this game where he had his 42 triple-double of the season he did it in style by scoring 50 points. He moved ahead of NBA Legend Oscar Robertson that night who held the previous record of 41 triple-doubles in a single season.
He finished the season with an average of 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists. It’s insane to thing about the fact he averaged a triple-double per game. At 28 years old he still has many more great years ahead of him and who know how many other records he will break before his career is over.
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On Sunday April 10, 2016 the Golden State Warriors added to an already amazing story by matching the single season wins record. The Warriors are now tied withe the legendary Chicago Bulls team from the 1995-96 season with 72 regular season wins.
The Warriors did so with an impressive victory over a San Antonio Spurs team that until now was undefeated at home this season, which was 39 straight home wins. The Spurs also had their 48 home game winning streak snapped that dated back to the 2014-15 season. Stephen Curry lead the Warriors to victory with 37 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. The final total of the game was 92-86.
The Warriors have one shot at surpassing the Bulls record with only one game remaining on their schedule. That game will take place on Wednesday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland,CA against the Memphis Grizzlies. We will keep you updated on the results of this game.
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With the 1st overall pick in the 1960 the NBA’s Cincinnati Royals selected Guard Oscar Robertson. Robertson stared in college at the University Of Cincinnati. During his college days Roberston became a 3-time scoring leader and a 3-time first team All-American. When the 1960 season began he was kicking off what would become a Hall Of Fame career.
NBA Hall Of Famer Oscar Robertson. (Getty Images
On October 19, 1960 Oscar Robertson made his NBA debut in Cincinnati against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers squad who also had a rookie who would go on to be considered one of the greats, Jerry West. Robertson’s team was victorious at home on opening night and defeated the Lakers by a score of 140-123. Robertson scored 21 points, 10 assists and had 12 rebounds in his debut as a professional.
When his rookie season was finished in March of 1961 Oscar Robertson had led his team to a fourth place finish in the NBA’s Western Division. Robertson was the leading scorer for the Royals with 2,165 points. He finished with a scoring average of 30.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 9.7 assists. Robertson also made his first All-Star appearance in 1961 where he was named the All-Star MVP. On top of all of his accomplishments during the 1960-61 seasons was being named the Rookie Of The Year.
Eleven season after his debut Oscar Robertson would win his first and only NBA Championship with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1970-71season. Robertson played with the Royals from 1960-1970 and finished his career with the Bucks from 1970-1974. He was elected into the Hall Of Fame in 1980.
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During the 1984 NBA Draft a player would be selected by a team that needed a super star to lead them into the future. The NBA was also about to gain a future legend that is still talked three decades later. This player was none other than the University of North Carolina guard Michael Jordan. Jordan was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 3rd overall pick that year. His rookie season was a peak into what the future of basketball and American sports was about to become.
Michael Jordan during his rookie season. (Getty Images)
Michael Jordan made his NBA debut on October 26, 1984. His Chicago Bulls were hosting the Washington Bullets. Much was expected from this rookie from North Carolina. Jordan had a solid game putting up 16 points, 7 assists, and went 6 for 7 at the free throw line. The Bulls beat the Bullets by a score of 109-93. As the season went on Jordan popularity would rise just like he would glide to the basket for one of his highlight reel dunks.
The Sports Illustrated cover that would add to Michael Jordan’s superstar status. (Sports Illustrated)
Before the end of 1984 Michael Jordan graced the cover of the iconic Sports Illustrated Magazine with the quote “A Star Is Born”. In early 1985 before the NBA All-Star Game the fans voted Jordan into the mid season classic featuring the leagues best players. Jordan faced some jealousy from his fellow players for the success he had achieved just a few months into his career. The most notable was Detroit Pistons star Isiah Thomas who has been the previous years All Star Game MVP. It has been said over the years that Thomas was trying to get the players on the Eastern Division Team to keep the ball out of Jordan’s hands and make him look like less of a star in the game. Jordan was was able to contribute in the game but hardly was the star of the game. Jordan scored only 7 points in his All Star debut.
The Chicago Bulls ended the regular season with a record of 38-44 and received a playoff birth. The Bulls lost their first round playoff series to the Milwaukee Bucks 3-1.
Michael Jordan played all 82 games for the Bulls in his debut season and put up outstanding numbers for a rookie. Jordan scored 2,313 points, 481 assists and had a free throw percentage of .845. He was also named the NBA Rookie of the year. Jordan would not win his first NBA Title until the 1990-91 season. He retired from the game for the third and final time following the 2002-2003 NBA Season. Jordan scored 32,292 points, won 6 NBA Titles and 6 NBA Finals MVP Awards during his career among many of his other accomplishments. He is considered by many to be the most popular American athelete since Babe Ruth and the greatest basketball player ever.
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In July of 2010 Lebron James was live on ESPN and sports fans all over the world were watching to see where he would go as a free agent. Many consider that moment one of James’ worst since bursting onto the national sports scene in 2002 while he was still in High School. With the words “I have decided to take my talents to South Beach” James ripped the hearts out of the already heart broken Cleveland sports fans bodies. The fans of Cleveland loudly voiced their disapproval and ran to the streets to burn James jerseys and shout their hate for their once beloved star.
Lebron James wearing the jersey we will see him in again when the 2014-15 NBA season begins. (Getty Images)
Fast forward four years to today and a lot has changed for Lebron James. James never won an NBA Title in Cleveland during the seven seasons he played there. However James was in the NBA Finals over the past four seasons and won two titles with the Miami Heat. James had accomplished his dream of winning an NBA Championship and seems to rest easier with his accomplishment than he did as a player still seeking a title four years ago.
There was much speculation as to where Lebron James would go after he declined the final two years of his Miami Heat contract to pursue free agency. He spent the last ten days of his free agency period to make everyone wait and see where he would end up. On July 11th, 2014 around 1pm EST its was announced through a press release from James that he would be returning to back home to Cleveland. The fans of Cleveland have largely forgiven James for what happened that summer in 2010 and just wanted him back. Cleveland got their wish and their Ohio son back today.
While the city of Miami was reaping the benefits of having Lebron James for the past four seasons the Cleveland Cavilers have struggled to say the least. With multiple number one picks in the NBA Draft the team never recovered after James departed but do have the pieces in place for James to excel with. Much talk will swirl over the next four months before the season begins about whether James made the right choice but one thine is certain, Lebron James makes the Cavs an instant contender.
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On April 29, 2014 the long time owner of the NBA’s L.A. Clippers franchise, Donald Sterling was banned for life from the game of Basketball. Sterling had purchased the team in 1979 and there had been controversy surrounding him over the last three decades. Much has been covered over the last week since the audio was released of Sterling making racial remarks. In the recording Sterling was speaking with his mistress about not having “black people” associated with he Instagram account. He also made reference to her bringing them to the games as well.
Former L.A. Clippers Owner Donald Serling. (Getty Images)
His own team had reacted very harshly to the comments, which they should have. Their first game since the comments were released the team turned their warm up gear inside out and wore black arm bands during the game. The Clippers lost that game and are needing the relief that this announcement would create.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. (Getty Images)
Much talk had swirled the sports world over what the new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver would do in response to these comments. Today Silver made it clear that these kinds of comments will not be tolerated in the NBA. Silver held a press conference at 2pm ET to made the announcement on how this situation would be dealt with. Along with the life time ban from Basketball he will be forced to sell the team and will be fined $2.5 million. Silver made a bold statement and one that will go down in NBA History as one of the biggest statements ever made by the League’s Commissioner.
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The NBA had long been the leader in American basketball. However they were slow to introduce a popular part of the game already being used in other professional leagues. The three-point line was first dreamed about in the 1930’s. By the end of the 1960’s the three-point line was being used in the American Basketball League, The Eastern Professional Basketball League and the American Basketball Association. It was not until the late 1970’s that the NBA gave in and decided to use this new rule that they had previously viewed as gimmicky.
On October 12, 1979 history was made when the Washington Bullets Kevin Grevey made the first three-pointer in an official NBA game. Grevey would retire after the 1984-85 season with 145 career three-point shots made. From this point on the game would never be the same. This addition to the game added a new level of excitement and suspense. Many NBA games over the last three decades have been ultimately decided by this dreaded shot.
From the 1979-80 season to the 1993-94 season the three point line was 23 feet 9 inches from the front of the basket and 22 feet at the corners. The NBA would try to address lower scoring games by bringing the line closer to the basket from the 1994-95 season through the 1996-97 season. At that time three-point line was 22 feet around the entire basket. The league brought back the three-point line back to its original dimensions in the 1997-98 season and it has remained there since.
Ray Allen shooting a crucial three-pointer in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. (Getty Images)
Ray Allen is a player that has had a Hall Of Fame career mostly based on the fact he has been an excellent three-point shooter. His most recent heroics came from his favorite position on the court when he made a game tying 3-pointer in Game 6 of the NBA finals. His team the Miami heat won that game and later won Game 7 of the Finals to be three time NBA Champions. Allen is the all time leader in three-pointers with 2,963 at the time of this article. Ray Allen was also at one point in time the single season leader in this statistical category when he broke Dennis Scott’s record in the 2005-06 season with 269 three-pointers that year.
Stephen Curry is now the current single season record holder. He broke Allen’s record at the end of the 2012-13 season when he made his final three-point in the last game of the season, putting the new record at 272 three-pointers. Curry would break his own record two seasons later during the 2014-15 canpaign with 286 three-pointers. The story of Curry’s dominance does not end there. As of February 27, 2016 Curry has made 288 shots from the behind the arch setting a new record and with about two months remaining in the season that mark will continue to rise.
The three-point shot has been such a special part of the game since its creation. It is hard to even imagine the sport without it. It will forever be one of the most revolutionary parts of the game of Basketball.
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On December 13, 1983 an NBA game took place in Denver, Colorado at the McNichols Arena in front of a crowd of less than 10,000. The game pitted the visiting Detroit Pistons against the Denver Nuggets. It did not appear that it would be unlike most NBA games during the 82 game regular season, most of which are played and then forgotten. Something spectacular was about to happen that night.
When the game started both teams were furiously running up and down the court scoring on just about every possession. Defense was taking a back seat to the explosive offense of both squads. The 1st quarter ended with the Pistons leading by a score of 38-34. The score going into halftime was all tied up at 74-74. The Nuggets would take the lead in the 3rd quarter by a score of 113-108. At this point in the game with only one quarter remaining in regulation both teams had scores resembling a complete game. This game was however far from finished.
The Pistons played hard and stayed in the game throughout the final quarter of regulation time. The Nuggets had a 145-142 lead with just seconds remaining in the game when the Pistons received an opportunity they would take advantage of. The Pistons Bill Laimbeer was fouled and was at the free throw line. Laimbeer made his first free throw and intentionally missed his second shot, when he did Isaiah Thomas tipped the ball in before the clock ran out and the game was tied at the end of regulation. The game was now going into overtime.
The first overtime came and went and everything was still tied but the score was now 159-159. At this point it seemed very possible that this game could end up being the highest scoring game ever. The combined score was 318, the record holder at the time was 337 from a game played just a season before on March 6th, 1982, between the San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks.
The record was broken in the 2nd overtime when each team scored 12 points apiece. The combined score was now 342 with each team having scored 171 points each. In the 3rd overtime the game was decided when the Pistons scored 15 points to the Nuggets 13 points. The final score was 186-184 with the Pistons being the winner in this historic game.
The box score of the highest scoring NBA game ever.
This is a record that has stood for over three decades and it does not appear it will be broken any time soon. The most recent high scoring game that came close was in November of 1990. Ironically that game was played between the Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets, at the exact same Arena as the record holding game. The Nuggets lost that game 162-158 with the combined score of 320 points. We have never seen a game that close to the record since and we may never will.
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On Saturday night March 30, 2013 Kobe Bryant moved up on the all time scoring list. Kobe Bryant surpassed NBA Hall Of Famer Wilt Chamberlain to become 4th on the list of the basketball greatest scorers. Bryant scored 19 points in the Lakers victory over the Kings in Sacramento, CA. Bryant now stands at 31,434 points for his career.
He now is behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan. Jordan is holding the 3rd spot on the list with 32,292. There are only 858 points separating Jordan and Kobe now. Bryant has already scored 1931 points this season. He has scored 2,000 points per season through his career. It is highly likely he will pass Jordan next season and take the 3rd position on the all time scoring list. When he passes Jordan he will elevate his legacy to the highest degree. Jordan is the Babe Ruth of basketball and this feat will cause many to rethink who was greater.
Kobe Bryant (Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant has been a very talented, entertaining and accomplished player during his career. He has had some off court issues and even some locker room drama. However when his career is over, his off court issues will pail in comparison to what he accomplished in the game. Kobe Bryant is a legendary player and we are lucky to be able to see the greatness he produces every night. This will be an exciting year coming up.
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In November of 1993 just shortly after the murder of his father, Michael Jordan retired from basketball. Jordan had revolutionized basketball with his high skill set and magnetic charisma. He had already cemented his position in the Hall Of Fame and was arguably the most popular athlete in the history of America. After nine seasons in the NBA and three straight NBA titles it was all over.
As 1994 began Michael Jordan soon announced that he would try his hand at professional baseball. Mostly because it was the one sport his father wanted to see him succeed at when he was growing up. It would be a tribute to his father he said. The owner of the Chicago Bulls was Jerry Reinsdorf and he also happened to own the Chicago White Sox. Reinsdorf being the smart and adventurous business man he was knew that Michael Jordan would be a huge money draw in baseball. He agreed to sign Jordan to a minor league contract and pay him the same amount that he was contracted to receive with his Bulls contract. It was a done deal and the media and fans clamored to see Jordan make his debut in baseball.
Michael Jordan the “baseball player” (Getty Images)
As spring training began for the White Sox in Sarasota, Florida the Michael Jordan circus began. The media was always around and were focused solely on Jordan. They followed his batting practices, fielding practices and watched his every move. The fans also swarmed him every chance they could get, hoping they could snag an autograph of one of the greatest basketball players ever. The attendance for White Sox games that spring shot through the roof and many fans were unable to even get a ticket to the spring games. Michael Jordan played his first official spring training game on March 3, 1994 as an outfielder. He would play 17 games that spring and on March 31, 1994 was optioned to the White Sox minor league affiliate the Birmingham Barons.
The city of Birmingham was set on fire by the Michael Jordan experience. They sold out more games than they had ever before and had major media at almost every game. It was a treat for the fans of the Barons to get to see such a great athlete trying to make it in a sport he had not played since high school. Jordan had an average season with many ups and downs. He batted .202, hit 3 home runs and batted in 51 runs. Jordan played 127 games in that season and struck out 114 times. He definitely had a rough time but did make improvements by the end of the season.
Jordan being Jordan wanted to work more on his baseball skills and decided to play in the Arizona Fall League following his first minor league season. In that short season for the Scottsdale Scorpions Jordan batted a .252. While not great by professional baseball standards he did improve even more in the fall league and was poised to continue his development in 1995.
Unfortunately Major League Baseball was still dealing with the 1994 players strike when the 1995 Spring Training season was to begin. As the battle between the owners and the players union intensified the lines were being drawn. The players were deciding whether to sit out until a deal could be arranged or to play anyways. Jordan reported to camp in Florida initially in February of 1995. He would end up deciding in March not to be involved in the drama and chose to sit out while the strike continued.
It was during this time in mid march of 1995 Jordan attended a Chicago Bulls game. just two weeks later he was on the court playing basketball again. Many fans where excited to have his talents back in basketball and did not care that he quite his baseball career. Jordan would go onto win three more NBA Titles and retired from basketball for good after the 2002-03 season.
Because his basketball career picked up right where it left off in 1993 not many questioned the decision. It makes one wonder almost two decade’s later what would have been if not for the baseball players strike of 1994. Would Michael Jordan continued until he was either cut or made it to the Major Leagues? That is hard to say but it was clear he was on the right track to eventually play at the Major League level. He was only 32 when he went back to basketball and had time to develop into an even better baseball player.
We will never know where baseball could have taken Michael Jordan. We wont ever know where Jordan could have taken baseball had he stayed. The popularity of baseball would have likely increased after the horrible strike and maybe Jordan could have been the face of baseball. All we can do now is imagine what could have been but it is clear to see that the baseball strike deterred Jordan from continuing his baseball dream.
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