With five seniors graduating, many critics expected an immediate decline in Duke's basketball winnings, but Krzyzewski's 1987 Devils won 24 games and made it to the Sweet 16, losing to Indiana, who went on to win the national championship. From 1988 to 1992, he led his team to the Final Four, five consecutive seasons. UCLA's legendary John Wooden is the only other coach in the history of the tournament to accomplish such greatness. "Leadership is getting people to buy into something, making them feel vested in the whole decision-making process," said Grant Hill, an All-American who helped Duke to two national titles. "Coach K is remarkable at doing that."
Now we can add Michael Jordan name to the list of players I just named. Jordan is being inducted into the Hall of Fame today due to his great basketball skills on the court and all of the things he accomplished in fifteen seasons in the NBA. As a child Jordan basketball career had some ups and downs. According to ESPN, “during his sophomore year at Laney, a 5’9 Michael Jordan tried out for the basketball team. He was passed over for the final spot on the varsity team.” He took that as motivation and dominated on the junior varsity team.
Phil also played baseball for his highschool team. Phil Jackson is considerd one of the greatest coaches in NBA history. He led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles, and the L.A Lakers had five. Phil Jackson holds the record for most championships in NBA as a player and head coach. Phil won the 1996 NBA coach of the year award.
It’s a pretty high bar that has been set, and if you ask me, LeBron is nowhere near it. Towering at 6’8 just two inches taller than Kobe, he was eight time NBA All-Star and was the first Cavalier in franchise history to win the NBA’s most valuable player award. Do you think the Black Mamba is concerned? Nope. The Black Mamba 6’6, a shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers since 1996, a span in which the team has won five NBA Championships.
He was named ACC Freshman of the Year in 1981. His final year at North Carolina, Jordan received the Oscar Robertson trophy, Naismith College Player of the Year, John Wooden Award, and the Adolph Rupp Trophy. After his fantastic year, Jordan left North Carolina and entered into the 1984 NBA
The Heat were formed in 1988 as an expansion franchise along with the Charlotte Hornets. The Heat along with the Orlando Magic are the two NBA franchises that represent the state of Florida. Since entering the league, Miami has fielded squads that have made the playoffs 15 out of 23 seasons, capturing eight division titles, two Eastern Conference Championships in four appearances, and one NBA Championship, defeating the Dallas Mavericks 4–2 in the 2006 NBA Finals. According to Forbes Magazine, in 2010 the value of the franchise was $425 million.  vs. New York Knicks Main article: Knicks–Heat rivalry The rivalry between the New York Knicks and the expansion Miami Heat was a result
Early in the NBA’s existence, the NBA and the NBA Players Association (NBAPA) followed a rule that prevented an athlete from being drafted until four years after he had graduated from high school. It wasn’t until 1971 that the rule was challenged in federal court by a 19-year old named Spencer Haywood. Haywood was raised in extreme poverty roughly an hour outside of Jackson, Mississippi. A talented basketball player, as a teenager, he helped the 1968 United States Olympic basketball team win a gold medal. Then in 1970, just three years out of high school, Haywood signed a six-year contract with the Seattle Supersonics worth $15 million.
First of all, Kobe Bryant holds the record for most three- pointers made with twelve in one game, on January 7th, 2003 vs. the Seattle SuperSonics. Hitting 12 threes is scoring 36 points from beyond the arc. For a shooting guard who isn’t known as a pure three point shooter like Ray Allen, or Rashard Lewis-- holding the record is an amazing accomplishment especially since Mr. Bryant had been 24 years old at the time. This record can only add on to Kobe’s legacy of being an assassin on the court when it comes to basketball. Meanwhile, on January 22nd, 2006
There is no doubt this is one of Dwight Howard’s strong points. He led the NBA in blocks in the 2008 and 2009 seasons (Harasymiw 20). He also won the defensive player of the year award in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons (Latest Headlines-NBA news. This is something Shaquille O’Neal never accomplished (Latest Headlines-NBA news). Not to say Shaq wasn’t a good defensive player.
It was at this time Jordan decided to retire from basketball to pursue baseball. He played for a minor league team, the Birmingham Barons, as an outfielder for a year. During his baseball career Jordan is remembered most for scoring nineteen points in forty three minute in one game, thirty stolen bases, and fifty-one RBIs. In March 1995, Jordan returned to basketball rejoining the Chicago Bulls and helped Goodwin 5 his team win the championship against the Seattle Sonics that season. Also in the same year Jordan made a big splash in film as the star of “ Space Jam” which came out in 1996.