History UsefulNotes / NationalBasketballAssociation

21st May '18 10:04:16 PM spiritsunami
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* '''Dennis Rodman''' was a small forward famous for his [[DyeHard daily]] [[MulticoloredHair hair color changes]], non-conformist persona and controversial off-the-court antics. Despite his antics, [[BunnyEarsLawyer he is among the greatest defensive players in league history]] and constantly led the league in rebounding. He's most famous for helping to win three championships with the Bulls, although he started off as a member of the "Bad Boy" Pistons. Won two rings with Detroit before bouncing around the league and ultimately joining Chicago.

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* '''Dennis Rodman''' was a small forward famous for his [[DyeHard daily]] [[MulticoloredHair hair color changes]], non-conformist persona and controversial off-the-court antics. His nickname was "The Worm". Despite his antics, [[BunnyEarsLawyer he is among the greatest defensive players in league history]] and constantly led the league in rebounding. He's most famous for helping to win three championships with the Bulls, although he started off as a member of the "Bad Boy" Pistons. Won two rings with Detroit before bouncing around the league and ultimately joining Chicago. Later became an ambassador to North Korea, largely because Kim Jong Un is a fan of his. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Seriously.]]
21st May '18 6:59:08 AM spiritsunami
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* The '''San Antonio Spurs''' are arguably the most consistently dominant team in NBA history. In the almost 40 years since entering the NBA from the ABA in 1976, they have won a total of 18 division titles and only missed the playoffs ''four times''!!! While the Spurs saw moderate successes with George Gervin in the 80s and David Robinson in the 90s, it was the arrival of Tim Duncan in 1997, alongside the arrivals of Tony Parker in 2001 and Manu Ginóbili in 2002 and the coaching brilliance of Gregg Popovich, that propelled the Spurs into one of the most premier franchises in sports. The Spurs have won five championships, and have consistently won 50 games or more year in and year out. The Spurs have seen soaring victories [[note]] Sean Elliott's Memorial Day Miracle in 1999, and Robert Horry's 2005 Finals Game 5 takeover [[/note]], and heart-wrenching losses [[note]] Derek Fisher's 0.4 second shot in 2004 and Ray Allen's dagger three-pointer 2013 [[/note]]. Interestingly, they are NOT among the NBA's most popular teams, with their play frequently described as "{{boring|ButPractical}}", and in recent years the team labeled as "old" as well. No matter what, the Spurs just keep on winning. And with the acquisitions of Kawhi Leonard and [=LaMarcus=] Aldridge, the Spurs are getting younger as well.

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* The '''San Antonio Spurs''' are arguably the most consistently dominant team in NBA history. In the almost 40 years since entering the NBA from the ABA in 1976, they have won a total of 18 division titles and only missed the playoffs ''four times''!!! While the Spurs saw moderate successes with George Gervin in the 80s and David Robinson in the 90s, it was the arrival of Tim Duncan in 1997, alongside the arrivals of Tony Parker in 2001 and Manu Ginóbili in 2002 and the coaching brilliance of Gregg Popovich, that propelled the Spurs into one of the most premier franchises in sports. The Spurs have won five championships, and have consistently won 50 games or more year in and year out. The Spurs have seen soaring victories [[note]] Sean Elliott's Memorial Day Miracle in 1999, and Robert Horry's 2005 Finals Game 5 takeover [[/note]], and heart-wrenching losses [[note]] Derek Fisher's 0.4 second shot in 2004 and Ray Allen's dagger three-pointer 2013 [[/note]]. Interestingly, they are NOT among the NBA's most popular teams, with their play frequently described as "{{boring|ButPractical}}", and in recent years the team labeled as "old" as well. No matter what, the Spurs just keep on winning. And with the acquisitions of Kawhi Leonard and [=LaMarcus=] Aldridge, the Spurs are getting younger as well. As of 2018, their streak of consecutive postseason appearances stands at 21, just one off the NBA record, making them the only team in the four major American sports leagues to have never missed the playoffs in the 21st century.[[note]]Or at least, the only one founded in the 20th century; the [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL's]] Vegas Golden Knights made the Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural season of 2017-18[[/note]]
21st May '18 6:41:21 AM spiritsunami
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* The '''Boston Celtics''' are one of the oldest and most storied teams in the history of the league. Founded in 1946, the Celtics have won 17 championships [[note]] Including an unprecedented''eight'' straight between 1959 and 1966 [[/note]] behind legends such as Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, John Havilcek, Kevin [=McHale=], and Larry Bird. They're easily the go-to ArchEnemy for the Lakers, due to classic matchups in the '60s and '80s, as well as the rivalry between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Success eluded the Celtics for many years after Bird retired, but behind a revived "Big Three" of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen, the Celtics won their 17th championship in 2008. More recently, the Celtics have turned over their roster to a younger set of players, led by young college coaching superstar Brad Stevens as head coach.

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* The '''Boston Celtics''' are one of the oldest and most storied teams in the history of the league. Founded in 1946, the Celtics have won 17 championships [[note]] Including an unprecedented''eight'' unprecedented ''eight'' straight between 1959 and 1966 [[/note]] behind legends such as Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, John Havilcek, Kevin [=McHale=], and Larry Bird. They're easily the go-to ArchEnemy for the Lakers, due to classic matchups in the '60s and '80s, as well as the rivalry between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Success eluded the Celtics for many years after Bird retired, but behind a revived "Big Three" of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen, the Celtics won their 17th championship in 2008. More recently, the Celtics have turned over their roster to a younger set of players, led by young college coaching superstar Brad Stevens as head coach.
21st May '18 6:31:13 AM spiritsunami
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The '''National Basketball Association''' is the highest professional league of UsefulNotes/{{basketball}} in the United States and Canada. They've been around in some fashion since 1946. Seasons are usually 82 games in length, with some rare exceptions [[note]]Besides the lock-out seasons in (1998-)99 and 2011-12. The NBA didn't really have a consistent amount of games played until the 1967-68 season, where they permanently made the NBA have 82 games per season. Also, while most teams played a regular 82 game schedule in 2012-13, the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics missed a game due to a cancellation in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing (the game was the last of the regular season, and it wouldn't have affected either team's playoff seeding).[[/note]].

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The '''National Basketball Association''' is the highest professional league of UsefulNotes/{{basketball}} in the United States and Canada. They've been around in some fashion since 1946. Seasons are usually 82 games in length, with some rare exceptions [[note]]Besides the lock-out seasons in (1998-)99 and 2011-12. The NBA didn't really have a consistent amount of games played until the 1967-68 season, where they permanently made the NBA have 82 games per season. Also, while most teams played a regular 82 game schedule in 2012-13, the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics missed a game due to a cancellation in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing (the game was the last of the regular season, and it wouldn't have affected either team's playoff seeding).[[/note]].seeding)[[/note]].
18th May '18 7:15:57 PM costanton11
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* The '''Oklahoma City Thunder''' were formerly known as the Seattle [=SuperSonics=]. Founded in 1967, the Sonics had a history of moderate successes in the Northwest, winning the NBA title in 1979 and reaching the Finals on two other occasions. Unfortunately, the lack of a new arena deal in Seattle, coupled with the owners' ties to Oklahoma and the feverish support OKC gave the Hornets in their part-time home, prompted the move of the Sonics to Oklahoma City to become the Thunder in 2008 (this is still a [[FandomBerserkButton sore point]] in Seattle, particularly as the league is still unclear regarding giving the city another franchise whether by relocation or expansion). In Oklahoma City, the franchise grew into one of the league's top franchises, led by superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The young core of talent led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012. The Thunder were still one of the elite teams in the NBA, and a perennial championship contender (yet also a perennial [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut playoff choker]]) when Durant and Westbrook were healthy... until Durant left for [[TheJuggernaut the Warriors]] as a free agent after the 2015–16 season, leaving the Thunder with a very uncertain future as a contender. During the 16–17 season, Westbrook carried the team to a sixth-seed playoff appearance and an MVP title with an all-time record 42 triple-doubles in a single season, and then during the offseason the Thunder picked up Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks and Paul George of the Pacers, creating a new Big 3. While the start was shaky, the trio have started to pick up steam and time will tell if it can make them contenders again. Also of note with the Thunder are their loyal and passionate fans, who give the Thunder one of the toughest home court advantages for visiting teams.

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* The '''Oklahoma City Thunder''' were formerly known as the Seattle [=SuperSonics=]. Founded in 1967, the Sonics had a history of moderate successes in the Northwest, winning the NBA title in 1979 and reaching the Finals on two other occasions. Unfortunately, the lack of a new arena deal in Seattle, coupled with the owners' ties to Oklahoma and the feverish support OKC gave the Hornets in their part-time home, prompted the move of the Sonics to Oklahoma City to become the Thunder in 2008 (this is still a [[FandomBerserkButton sore point]] point in Seattle, particularly as the league is still unclear regarding giving the city another franchise whether by relocation or expansion). In Oklahoma City, the franchise grew into one of the league's top franchises, led by superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The young core of talent led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012. The Thunder were still one of the elite teams in the NBA, and a perennial championship contender (yet also a perennial [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut playoff choker]]) when Durant and Westbrook were healthy... until Durant left for [[TheJuggernaut the Warriors]] as a free agent after the 2015–16 season, leaving the Thunder with a very uncertain future as a contender. During the 16–17 season, Westbrook carried the team to a sixth-seed playoff appearance and an MVP title with an all-time record 42 triple-doubles in a single season, and then during the offseason the Thunder picked up Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks and Paul George of the Pacers, creating a new Big 3. While the start was shaky, the trio have started to pick up steam and time will tell if it can make them contenders again. Also of note with the Thunder are their loyal and passionate fans, who give the Thunder one of the toughest home court advantages for visiting teams.
2nd May '18 8:50:58 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Joel Embiid''' was the Sixers doing again what happened with Noel: a player who did great in college but would sit out from his supposed debut year due to surgery (foot surgery in his case). The Cameroonian wound up missing a ''second'' year due to another surgery on the same foot, and didn't make his debut until the 2016–17 season. He made an immediate impact, and looked to have Rookie of the Year honors locked up... until [[GlassCannon getting hurt again]] (this time a torn meniscus) in January 2017; the Sixers shut him down for the rest of the season after 31 games. (He ultimately lost out on Rookie of the Year honors to the Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon.) Also known for his larger-than-life social media presence (including hitting on Music/{{Rihanna}} and Creator/KimKardashian on Website/{{Twitter}}) and generally being a huge goofball while's he not on the court.

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* '''Joel Embiid''' was the Sixers doing again what happened with Noel: a player who did great in college (Kansas) but would sit out from his supposed debut year due to surgery (foot surgery in his case). The 7'0" Cameroonian wound up missing a ''second'' year due to another surgery on the same foot, and didn't make his debut until the 2016–17 season. He made an immediate impact, and looked to have Rookie of the Year honors locked up... until [[GlassCannon getting hurt again]] (this time a torn meniscus) in January 2017; the Sixers shut him down for the rest of the season after 31 games. (He ultimately lost out on Rookie of the Year honors to the Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon.) Also known for his larger-than-life social media presence (including hitting on Music/{{Rihanna}} and Creator/KimKardashian on Website/{{Twitter}}) and generally being a huge goofball while's he not on the court.court.
* '''Ben Simmons''' is a slightly smaller version of Embiid in that he also did great in college, though in his case it was wasted on a mediocre LSU team, and also sat out his intended rookie year of 2016–17 due to a foot injury. The similarities, however, end there. The Australian, the son of an African American player who settled in the country, is a point guard in a stretch four's body (6'10"), and was the top overall pick in his year to Embiid's #3. When Simmons finally got to play in 2017–18, he had by some advanced statistical measures the best rookie season by any player in the '10s. Yet another reason why the Sixers are showing hope of becoming a future power.
26th Apr '18 1:55:28 AM KYCubbie
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* The '''Brooklyn Nets''' were formerly known as the New Jersey Nets [[note]]And before that the New York Nets, and before ''that'' the New Jersey Americans[[/note]]. They were one of four teams to merge into the NBA in the 70s from the merger with the rival ABA. In the Nets' ABA days, they were led by Dr J. himself, Julius Erving, and won two ABA Titles. Their years in the NBA, however, have not been as fruitful as the Nets have been mired in mediocrity throughout much of their history, with the only notable exception coming in the form of back to back trips to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 [[note]] The Nets lost both times, to the Lakers in 2002, and to the Spurs in 2003[[/note]]. In 2012, the Nets moved to Brooklyn to give the borough its first team since the Dodgers left for California in the 50s.[[note]]The NHL's New York Islanders would move into the same building a few years later.[[/note]] After three good seasons in Brooklyn, the aging\expensive roster combined with a lack of draft picks saw them bottom out in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
* The '''New York Knicks''' are one of the NBA's most valuable franchise in terms of net worth[[note]]Both the Knicks and the Lakers are worth over $2.5 billion[[/note]]. A charter member of the NBA [[note]] The Knicks beat the Toronto Huskies 68-66 on 11/1/1946 in what is now considered the first NBA game ever [[/note]]. The Knicks won two titles in 1970 and 1973 led by Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, and Willis Reed. In the 90s, the Knicks were led by Patrick Ewing and went to two Finals in 1994 and 1999. More recently, the Knicks have been the victim of several seasons of mismanagement and horrible front office moves which rendered the Knicks into ButtMonkey status. They have tried to shed this image in more recent seasons with Carmelo Anthony and Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis on the court, and Phil Jackson in the front office... but Jackson turned into a front-office disaster, and he and the Knicks parted ways after the 2016–17 season. Currently play in what in building terms is the oldest arena in the league (Madison Square Garden opened in 1967), but with a comprehensive early 2010s renovation, is a relatively new facility.

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* The '''Brooklyn Nets''' were formerly known as the New Jersey Nets [[note]]And before that the New York Nets, and before ''that'' the New Jersey Americans[[/note]]. They were one of four teams to merge into the NBA in the 70s from the merger with the rival ABA. In the Nets' ABA days, they were led by Dr J. Dr. J himself, Julius Erving, and won two ABA Titles.titles. Their years in the NBA, however, have not been as fruitful as the Nets have been mired in mediocrity throughout much of their history, with the only notable exception coming in the form of back to back trips to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 [[note]] The Nets lost both times, to the Lakers in 2002, and to the Spurs in 2003[[/note]]. In 2012, the Nets moved to Brooklyn to give the borough its first team since the Dodgers left for California in the 50s.[[note]]The NHL's New York Islanders would move into the same building a few years later.[[/note]] After three good seasons in Brooklyn, the aging\expensive roster combined with a lack of draft picks saw them bottom out in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
* The '''New York Knicks''' are one of the NBA's most valuable franchise franchises in terms of net worth[[note]]Both the Knicks and the Lakers are worth over $2.5 billion[[/note]]. A charter member of the NBA [[note]] The Knicks beat the Toronto Huskies 68-66 on 11/1/1946 in what is now considered the first NBA game ever [[/note]]. The Knicks won two titles in 1970 and 1973 led by Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, and Willis Reed. In the 90s, the Knicks were led by Patrick Ewing and went to two Finals in 1994 and 1999. More recently, the Knicks have been the victim of several seasons of mismanagement and horrible front office moves which rendered the Knicks into ButtMonkey status. They have tried to shed this image in more recent seasons with Carmelo Anthony and Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis on the court, and Phil Jackson in the front office... but Jackson turned into a front-office disaster, and he and the Knicks parted ways after the 2016–17 season. Currently play in what in building terms is the oldest arena in the league (Madison Square Garden opened in 1967), but with a comprehensive early 2010s renovation, is a relatively new facility.



* '''Draymond Green''' is the Warriors' power forward. A Saginaw native and four-year college player at Michigan State University, Green was considered a classic "tweener," not quick or athletic enough to be a guard, not big or strong enough to be a forward. In the 2012 draft, the Warriors took a flier on him in the second round, where a useful bench player is generally considered a good draft result. Green's competitiveness and defensive smarts made him that useful bench player for Golden State, but when injury opened up the starting power forward position in the 2014-15 season, Green seized it with both hands and never looked back. He's since become arguably one of the league's best frontcourt players - a uniquely versatile defender who's been known to cover point guards and centers on the same play, and an unexpected offensive weapon for the Warriors, with a respectable jump shot and the ball-handling skills to serve as a release valve for Stephen Curry. But perhaps more than anything else, he's known as the Warriors' "heartbeat" - the team's vocal leader, competitive engine, and most brash, profane, and ''constant'' trash-talker.

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* '''Draymond Green''' is the Warriors' power forward. A Saginaw native and four-year college player at Michigan State University, Green was considered a classic "tweener," "tweener", not quick or athletic enough to be a guard, not big or strong enough to be a forward. In the 2012 draft, the Warriors took a flier on him in the second round, where a useful bench player is generally considered a good draft result. Green's competitiveness and defensive smarts made him that useful bench player for Golden State, but when injury opened up the starting power forward position in the 2014-15 season, Green seized it with both hands and never looked back. He's since become arguably one of the league's best frontcourt players - a uniquely versatile defender who's been known to cover point guards and centers on the same play, and an unexpected offensive weapon for the Warriors, with a respectable jump shot and the ball-handling skills to serve as a release valve for Stephen Curry. But perhaps more than anything else, he's known as the Warriors' "heartbeat" - the team's vocal leader, competitive engine, and most brash, profane, and ''constant'' trash-talker.



* '''Austin Rivers''' is a point guard, son of former NBA player and current Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, drafted 10th by the then-Pelicans out of Duke in 2012. Mostly a bench player so far, but made a small piece of NBA history in the middle of the 2014–15 season, when he joined the Clips after a series of two trades within three days—making him the first player in league history to play for his father.

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* '''Austin Rivers''' is a point guard, son of former NBA player and current Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, drafted 10th by the then-Pelicans out of Duke in 2012. Mostly Started out as a bench player, eventually becoming a starter, but is perhaps best known for being the first player so far, but made a small piece of NBA in league history in the middle of to play for his father, which came about during the 2014–15 season, season when he joined the Clips after a series of two trades within three days—making him the first player in league history to play for his father.days.



* '''Russell Westbrook''' was TheLancer to Kevin Durant and the second wheel of the Thunder's former Big 3 (Durant, Westbrook, and Harden), playing at point guard, and is now the undisputed team leader after Durant left for Golden State (though in 2017–18, he's having to share at least some of the spotlight with Carmelo Anthony and Paul George). Since 2011, he's often been the beacon of criticism due to his unconventional playing as a point guard. Namely, he focuses on a lot of jump shots and he tends to dribble the ball to run down the clock, which often backfires if his shot misses. While Durant and Westbrook are very close friends, Westbrook was not happy considering himself as the second best in the Thunder, leading to Westbrook garnering the image of a ball-hog during the 2011 season. Surprisingly, Durant ''let'' him try to lead the scoring, but when it became clear that Westbrook's streaky jump shots weren't gonna cut it, they eventually got into a power struggle, and ended up losing to the Mavericks in the 2011 Western Conference Finals. However, he started [[CharacterDevelopment growing out of both traits by the time of the 2012 playoffs]], dishing out a few more assists and driving the paint much more often. Although renowned for being exceptionally durable (he had not missed a game since high school), a freak injury in the playoffs against the Rockets left Westbrook sidelined with a torn meniscus, after which the Thunder sputtered their way to an early playoff exit. In 2016–17, he became a triple-double machine, becoming the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double for a season, and also passing The Big O for triple-doubles in a single season on his way to league MVP honors.

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* '''Russell Westbrook''' was TheLancer to Kevin Durant and the second wheel of the Thunder's former Big 3 (Durant, Westbrook, and Harden), playing at point guard, and is now the undisputed team leader after Durant left for Golden State (though in 2017–18, he's having to share at least some of the spotlight with Carmelo Anthony and Paul George). Since 2011, he's often been the beacon of criticism due to his unconventional playing as a point guard. Namely, he focuses on a lot of jump shots and he tends to dribble the ball to run down the clock, which often backfires if his shot misses. While Durant and Westbrook are very close friends, Westbrook was not happy considering himself as the second best in the Thunder, leading to Westbrook garnering the image of a ball-hog during the 2011 season. Surprisingly, Durant ''let'' him try to lead the scoring, but when it became clear that Westbrook's streaky jump shots weren't gonna cut it, they eventually got into a power struggle, and ended up losing to the Mavericks in the 2011 Western Conference Finals. However, he started [[CharacterDevelopment growing out of both traits by the time of the 2012 playoffs]], dishing out a few more assists and driving the paint much more often. Although renowned for being exceptionally durable (he had not missed a game since high school), a freak injury in the playoffs against the Rockets left Westbrook sidelined with a torn meniscus, after which the Thunder sputtered their way to an early playoff exit. In 2016–17, he became a triple-double machine, becoming the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double for a season, and also passing The Big O for triple-doubles in a single season on his way to league MVP honors. And then he averaged a triple-double ''again'' in 2017–18.
23rd Apr '18 5:24:26 AM Nitramy
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* '''God Shammgod''' was a second-round selection for the Wizards and only played one season for them before going overseas for his basketball career. Despite this, he has become a street ball and college ball legend in his own right, due to his eponymous crossover dribble. Current point guards in the NBA and international basketball have since adopted his moves to the pro game with much success.

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* '''God Shammgod''' was a second-round selection for the Wizards and only played one season for them before going overseas for his basketball career.career, and is currently an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks. Despite this, he has become a street ball and college ball legend in his own right, due to his eponymous crossover dribble. Current point guards in the NBA and international basketball have since adopted his moves to the pro game with much success.
23rd Apr '18 5:20:00 AM Nitramy
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* '''God Shammgod''' was a second-round selection for the Wizards and only played one season for them before going overseas for his basketball career. Despite this, he has become a street ball and college ball legend in his own right, due to his eponymous crossover dribble. Current point guards in the NBA and international basketball have since adopted his moves to the pro game with much success.
21st Apr '18 12:55:11 PM KYCubbie
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* Stockton Kings (Kings): Founded as the Reno Bighorns in 2008, and affiliated with the Kings since their inception, though also holding affiliations with six other teams before becoming the Kings' sole affiliate in 2013. The Kings purchased the Bighorns outright, and announced that they would move the Bighorns to Stockton, California, roughly an hour south of Sacramento, rebranding the G League team as the Kings in the process.

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* Stockton Kings (Kings): Founded as the Reno Bighorns in 2008, and affiliated with the Kings since their inception, though also holding affiliations with six other teams before becoming the Kings' sole affiliate in 2013. The Kings purchased the Bighorns outright, outright during the 2016–17 season, and at the end of the 2017–18 season announced that they would move the Bighorns to Stockton, California, roughly an hour south of Sacramento, rebranding the G League team as the Kings in the process.
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