In the 1984 Olympics Jordan won the gold medal. He won rookie of the year and averaged 28.2 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game and 5.9 assists per game, which is really good for a rookie player. In his second year in the NBA the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan versed the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Playoffs. Where Jordan scored 63 points against the Boston Celtics. Which is a remarkable achievement for any player in the NBA.
The NBA was formed in 1949 -50 and The Lakers won the very first NBA Champs versus the Syracuse Nationals” (History of The Lakers, 2012). 1951-53 The Lakers won their first back to back championship, making them the first dynasty and the beginning of a legendary NBA franchise. ”In 1960-61 after 13 years in the Land of 10,000 lakes, the Lakers moved to Los Angeles, becoming the first NBA team on the West Coast. Despite no lakes anywhere in site the team decides to retain their old nickname” (Fleming, 2012). Fast forward to present day and 16 NBA championships later, The Los Angeles Lakers are the NBA’s most valuable franchise, beating out the New York Knicks (Badenhausen, 2012).
In 1898, the first professional basketball league, the National Basketball League, was formed in Treton, New Jersey (www.basketball.net). The National Basketball League was founded by a group of New Jersey newspaper sports editors after a dispute between members of the YMCA teams and the YMCA officials. The players decided to form a professional basketball team and to play for money. There were six teams located in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The National Basketball League had players becoming superstars such as Ed Wachter, who played 1,800 professional basketball games and Barney Sedran, who played on 10 championship teams in 15 years (Sachere 21).
The Miami Heat became a team in the National Basketball Association in the 1988-1989 season. In the years 1991 to 1995, were called the Loughery Years. In the years 1995 to 2001, they got Alonzo Mourning and Pat Riley ERA. In the years 2003 to 2004, they got NBA Superstar Dwayne Wade and Coach Stan Van Gundy. Stan Van Gundy is currently the Head Coach of the Orlando Magic.
Not surprisingly, Bryant was offered scholarships to almost every major college and university in the country. Not only was he a brilliant basketball player, he was also a good student, scoring an above-average 1,100 on his Scholastic Aptitude Test. Bryant and his parents remained coy about his future, however. They realized that they faced a momentous decision: whether to bypass college completely and go straight into the NBA draft. Vanessa met Kobe Bryant in November 1999.
Jordan has had a long relationship with Gatorade, appearing in over 20 commercials for the company since 1991 (Wikipedia 1, 10). In addition, he was instrumental in popularizing the NBA or the National Basketball Association around the world in the 1980’s and 1990’s (Jordan 1). Michael Jordan was the most clutch player in the history of the NBA. Michael Jordan was born to James R. Jordan, Sr. and Deloris Jordan in Brooklyn, New York on February 17, 1963. His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when he was only seven years old.
Howard almost was the highest paid basketball player during the 1996 and 1997 season, but his contract was voided by the NBA. Howard returned to the folds of the Bullets in August 1996 after signing a seven-year contract worth over $100 million. The Heat went to court to challenge the NBA's ruling. In this scholarly paper, Learning Team C will briefly summarize the case study analysis of “Power Play for Howard”. Additionally, the team will evaluate the benefits, costs, and risks associated with the negotiation from the perspective of all parties involved.
In 2002 Sega implemented the American television network, ESPN's brand with their Sega Sports video games. The ESPN brand was used for 3 games, with the second game even being renamed ESPN NBA Basketball, until ESPN signed a 15-year deal with EA Sports. It is an NBA 2K tradition to award the MVP winner from the previous year with the cover shot for the next game. This was an exception when in the first year of historic teams Michael Jordan donned the cover. In "NBA 2K15" Kevin Durant, the MVP for the 2013-14 NBA season, is pictured on the cover which 2K announced on May 6, from the 2K headquarters in Novato, California.
Sherman Alexie has brought himself into his writing by including some of his personal experience in this young adult novel. In the novel, a underlining plot in the story is Junior’s run through his freshman basketball season on the Varsity team at Reardan High School. He makes varsity after an intense battle with the teams best player, Roger. Even though he is the best shooter on the team, Junior felt he wouldn’t get a lot of playing time, which at first he doesn’t, but then he becomes the teams spark plug, their 6th man, averaging 12 points off the bench. When came time to play his former school, Wellpinit, he started his first game.
Where as the 2012 team, won four MVP awards, seven NBA titles and were included in 43 All Star games. The Dream Team was much more experienced then, than the 2012 team is today. However, Duhaime, in my opinion, contradicts himself in his article too. “I agree that today’s NBA player tends to be physically stronger, quicker, and more explosive” (Duhaime 3). “The 2012 team possesses great young talent and will likely rout their competition in London” (Duhaime 3).