History Usefulnotes / NationalBasketballAssociation

20th Feb '17 4:59:43 PM dknights411
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The '''Sacramento Kings''' are the journeyman franchise of the NBA. Dating back to Rochester in 1945, they became the Cincinnati Royals in 1957, the Kansas City(-Omaha) Kings in 1972, and finally the Sacramento Kings in 1985. Despite their history, the Kings only have one NBA title to its name, won in 1951. During the early 2000s, the team was a perennial contender thanks to a strong starting five of Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Doug Christie, Peja Stojaković, Mike Bibby, and the home-court advantage of its raucous crowd. Unfortunately, that core of players could never defeat the Shaq and Kobe Lakers and were never able to reach the NBA Finals. Since then, the team has fallen into the bottom tier of the league. After many relocation rumors [[note]] Including a close call in 2013 where the team almost moved to Seattle[[/note]], a local entrepreneur (and former minority owner of the Golden State Warriors) bought the Kings, and Sacramento was able to get a deal in place to build a new arena. The Kings are now trying to build a playoff-contending team around big men [=DeMarcus=] Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein, but a series of poor ownership decisions, a carousel of lame-duck coaches, and boneheaded draft picks (Thomas Robinson [[note]] Drafted over Damien Lillard and Draymond Green [[/note]] and Jimmer Fredette [[note]] Drafted over Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard [[/note]], anyone?) have prevented the Kings from having sustained success in the NBA.

to:

* The '''Sacramento Kings''' are the journeyman franchise of the NBA. Dating back to Rochester in 1945, they became the Cincinnati Royals in 1957, the Kansas City(-Omaha) Kings in 1972, and finally the Sacramento Kings in 1985. Despite their history, the Kings only have one NBA title to its name, won in 1951. During the early 2000s, the team was a perennial contender thanks to a strong starting five of Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Doug Christie, Peja Stojaković, Mike Bibby, and the home-court advantage of its raucous crowd. Unfortunately, that core of players could never defeat the Shaq and Kobe Lakers and were never able to reach the NBA Finals. Since then, the team has fallen into the bottom tier of the league. After many relocation rumors [[note]] Including a close call in 2013 where the team almost moved to Seattle[[/note]], a local entrepreneur (and former minority owner of the Golden State Warriors) bought the Kings, and Sacramento was able to get a deal in place to build a new arena. The Nowadays, the Kings are now trying to build a playoff-contending team around big men [=DeMarcus=] Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein, team, but a series of poor ownership decisions, a carousel of lame-duck coaches, and boneheaded draft picks (Thomas front office choices (drafting Thomas Robinson [[note]] Drafted over Over Damien Lillard and Draymond Green [[/note]] and Jimmer Fredette [[note]] Drafted over Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard [[/note]], anyone?) AND trading away Demarcus Cousins for virtually nothing) have prevented the Kings from having sustained success in the NBA.
18th Feb '17 3:29:50 PM KYCubbie
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The other major route for players to get to the NBA is through the league-run NBA Development League, known as the D-League for short. It had 19 teams in the 201516 season and will expand to 22 in 201617. Players are usually undrafted free agents or players previously cut from NBA teams. Such players are usually role players or backups. The D-League fills the same role that the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association filled, and the rules for signing players from the D-League to 10-day contracts (as fill ins; they can be renewed once, after which the NBA team must either sign the player for the rest of the season or release them) are near-identical. The big difference is the D-League is owned by the NBA, and teams can actually assign up players with less than three years experience to their affiliated D-League team outright.

to:

The other major route for players to get to the NBA is through the league-run NBA Development League, known as the D-League for short. It had 19 has 22 teams in the 201516 season and will expand to 22 in 201617.current 201617 season, with more on the way. Players are usually undrafted free agents or players previously cut from NBA teams. Such players are usually role players or backups. The D-League fills the same role that the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association filled, and the rules for signing players from the D-League to 10-day contracts (as fill ins; fill-ins; they can be renewed once, after which the NBA team must either sign the player for the rest of the season or release them) are near-identical. The big difference is the D-League is owned by the NBA, and teams can actually assign up players with less than three years experience to their affiliated D-League team outright. \n Starting in 201718, NBA teams will be allowed to sign two players to so-called "two-way contracts", allowing them to move the players freely between the NBA and D-League without risk of losing rights to them. (Under current rules, which will not change for the bulk of D-League players, any NBA team can call up any D-League player, regardless of affiliation.) Players under two-way contracts do not count against the NBA team's roster limit, and will also receive a higher salary while in the D-League than other players.
16th Feb '17 7:34:55 PM KYCubbie
Is there an issue? Send a Message


NBA Development League, or NBA D-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the D-League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning most of the minors and at times employing the same franchise name. Starting in 2016, only 8 NBA teams will not have their own D-League affiliate.

to:

The NBA Development League, or NBA D-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the D-League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning most of the minors and at times employing the same franchise name. Starting in 2016, only 8 NBA teams will not have their own D-League affiliate.
affiliate.

Beginning with the 201718 season, thanks to a [[ProductPlacement sponsorship deal]] with [=PepsiCo=] and its Gatorade sports drink brand, the league will rename itself the NBA Gatorade League (or G-League).



* The Hawks, Grizzlies, and Bucks will own new D-League franchises for the 2017-18 season. The Hawks will temporarily place their team in Erie to replace the Magic-owned [=BayHawks=] while a permanent arena is constructed in College Park, Georgia. The Grizzles purchased an expansion team and will place them in Southaven, Mississippi after the Timberwolves purchased the Iowa Energy. The Bucks will place their team in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

to:

* The Hawks, Grizzlies, and Bucks will own new D-League G-League franchises for the 2017-18 season. The Hawks will temporarily place their team in Erie to replace the Magic-owned [=BayHawks=] while a permanent arena is constructed in the Atlanta suburb of College Park, Georgia. The Grizzles purchased an expansion team and will place them in Southaven, Mississippi after the Timberwolves purchased the Iowa Energy. The Bucks will place their team in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
13th Feb '17 9:41:01 PM Gsueagle31049
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Iowa Energy (Grizzlies)

to:

* Iowa Energy (Grizzlies)(Grizzlies): Purchased by the Timberwolves in 2017.



The Hawks will add their own affiliate in the inner Atlanta suburb of College Park in 2019.

to:

* The Hawks, Grizzlies, and Bucks will own new D-League franchises for the 2017-18 season. The Hawks will add temporarily place their own affiliate team in Erie to replace the inner Atlanta suburb of Magic-owned [=BayHawks=] while a permanent arena is constructed in College Park Park, Georgia. The Grizzles purchased an expansion team and will place them in 2019.
Southaven, Mississippi after the Timberwolves purchased the Iowa Energy. The Bucks will place their team in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
11th Feb '17 11:06:21 PM thelivingtoad
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* '''Nerlens Noel''' was drafted in 2013, but only begun pay one year later due to a torn ACL. Soon he became a standout player in a Sixers team built to be as bad as possible and fasten the rebuild. Hopes are enhanced for when he has better teammates!

to:

* '''Nerlens Noel''' was drafted in 2013, but only begun pay one started playing the next year later due to as a result of a torn ACL. Soon he ACL in his rookie season. He became a standout player in a Sixers team built to be as bad as possible possible, and fasten the has helped aid in their rebuild. Hopes are enhanced for when he has better teammates!
11th Feb '17 10:57:40 PM thelivingtoad
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* '''Bill Walton''', a Hall of Fame center, arrived in Portland in 1974 as the top overall draft pick after a storied career at UCLA. His first two years were marked by injuries, but his third, in 197677, saw him lead the Blazers to their first (and so far only) NBA title, winning the Finals MVP award in the process. The following season, the Blazers were 5010 when he broke his foot; he tried to come back for the playoffs, but got hurt again. He was still named the league MVP that season. Disgruntled with his treatment by the Blazers' front office, he sat out the 197879 season and signed with the Clippers, where he missed far more games to injury than he played. After one last healthy season as sixth man for the champion Celtics of 1986 (and being named Sixth Man of the Year), he got hurt again the next year and finally retired. Although he only played four seasons in Portland, the Blazers still retired his number. Since 1990, he has been a color commentator for NBC and ESPN, and has gained the reputation of being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Outside of basketball, Walton is [[BigNameFan a devoted fan]] of Music/TheGratefulDead -- He accompanied the band to Egypt for their famous 1978 concert at the Pyramids, attended hundreds of other shows, and often peppers his interviews and game commentary with references to their songs.

to:

* '''Bill Walton''', a Hall of Fame center, arrived in Portland in 1974 as the top overall draft pick after a storied career at UCLA. His first two years were marked by injuries, but his third, in 197677, saw him lead the Blazers to their first (and so far only) NBA title, winning the Finals MVP award in the process. The following season, the Blazers were 5010 when he broke his foot; he tried to come back for the playoffs, but got hurt again. He was still named the league MVP that season. Disgruntled with his treatment by the Blazers' front office, he sat out the 197879 season and signed with the Clippers, where he missed far more games to injury than he played. After one last healthy season as sixth man for the champion Celtics of 1986 (and being named Sixth Man of the Year), he got hurt again the next year and finally retired. Although he only played four seasons in Portland, the Blazers still retired his number. Since 1990, he has been a color commentator for NBC and ESPN, and has gained the reputation of being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Outside of basketball, Walton is well known for being [[BigNameFan a devoted fan]] of Music/TheGratefulDead -- He accompanied the band to Egypt for their famous 1978 concert at the Pyramids, attended hundreds of other shows, and often peppers his interviews and game commentary with references to their songs.
11th Feb '17 10:51:07 PM thelivingtoad
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* '''Bill Walton''', a Hall of Fame center, arrived in Portland in 1974 as the top overall draft pick after a storied career at UCLA. His first two years were marked by injuries, but his third, in 197677, saw him lead the Blazers to their first (and so far only) NBA title, winning the Finals MVP award in the process. The following season, the Blazers were 5010 when he broke his foot; he tried to come back for the playoffs, but got hurt again. He was still named the league MVP that season. Disgruntled with his treatment by the Blazers' front office, he sat out the 197879 season and signed with the Clippers, where he missed far more games to injury than he played. After one last healthy season as sixth man for the champion Celtics of 1986 (and being named Sixth Man of the Year), he got hurt again the next year and finally retired. Although he only played four seasons in Portland, the Blazers still retired his number. Since 1990, he has been a color commentator for NBC and ESPN, and has gained the reputation of being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Outside of basketball, Walton is [[BigNameFan a devoted fan]] of Music/TheGratefulDead -- He accompanied the band to Egypt for their famous 1978 concert at the Pyramids, attended over 850 of their concerts and often peppers his interviews and game commentary with references to their songs.

to:

* '''Bill Walton''', a Hall of Fame center, arrived in Portland in 1974 as the top overall draft pick after a storied career at UCLA. His first two years were marked by injuries, but his third, in 197677, saw him lead the Blazers to their first (and so far only) NBA title, winning the Finals MVP award in the process. The following season, the Blazers were 5010 when he broke his foot; he tried to come back for the playoffs, but got hurt again. He was still named the league MVP that season. Disgruntled with his treatment by the Blazers' front office, he sat out the 197879 season and signed with the Clippers, where he missed far more games to injury than he played. After one last healthy season as sixth man for the champion Celtics of 1986 (and being named Sixth Man of the Year), he got hurt again the next year and finally retired. Although he only played four seasons in Portland, the Blazers still retired his number. Since 1990, he has been a color commentator for NBC and ESPN, and has gained the reputation of being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Outside of basketball, Walton is [[BigNameFan a devoted fan]] of Music/TheGratefulDead -- He accompanied the band to Egypt for their famous 1978 concert at the Pyramids, attended over 850 hundreds of their concerts other shows, and often peppers his interviews and game commentary with references to their songs.
11th Feb '17 10:50:19 PM thelivingtoad
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* '''Bill Walton''', a Hall of Fame center, arrived in Portland in 1974 as the top overall draft pick after a storied career at UCLA. His first two years were marked by injuries, but his third, in 197677, saw him lead the Blazers to their first (and so far only) NBA title, winning the Finals MVP award in the process. The following season, the Blazers were 5010 when he broke his foot; he tried to come back for the playoffs, but got hurt again. He was still named the league MVP that season. Disgruntled with his treatment by the Blazers' front office, he sat out the 197879 season and signed with the Clippers, where he missed far more games to injury than he played. After one last healthy season as sixth man for the champion Celtics of 1986 (and being named Sixth Man of the Year), he got hurt again the next year and finally retired. Although he only played four seasons in Portland, the Blazers still retired his number.

to:

* '''Bill Walton''', a Hall of Fame center, arrived in Portland in 1974 as the top overall draft pick after a storied career at UCLA. His first two years were marked by injuries, but his third, in 197677, saw him lead the Blazers to their first (and so far only) NBA title, winning the Finals MVP award in the process. The following season, the Blazers were 5010 when he broke his foot; he tried to come back for the playoffs, but got hurt again. He was still named the league MVP that season. Disgruntled with his treatment by the Blazers' front office, he sat out the 197879 season and signed with the Clippers, where he missed far more games to injury than he played. After one last healthy season as sixth man for the champion Celtics of 1986 (and being named Sixth Man of the Year), he got hurt again the next year and finally retired. Although he only played four seasons in Portland, the Blazers still retired his number. Since 1990, he has been a color commentator for NBC and ESPN, and has gained the reputation of being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Outside of basketball, Walton is [[BigNameFan a devoted fan]] of Music/TheGratefulDead -- He accompanied the band to Egypt for their famous 1978 concert at the Pyramids, attended over 850 of their concerts and often peppers his interviews and game commentary with references to their songs.
11th Feb '17 10:37:31 PM thelivingtoad
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* '''Reggie Lewis''' was drafted in 1988 to eventually become Larry Bird's successor at small forward. Lewis played sporadically in his first couple years, but eventually came into his own as a bench player. When Bird retired in 1992, Lewis was up to the challenge of replacing him, had a solid 1992-93 season and was selected for that year's All Star Game. Sadly, Lewis died suddenly in June 1993 during an off-season practice from an undiagnosed heart defect.

to:

* '''Reggie Lewis''' was drafted in 1988 to eventually become Larry Bird's successor at small forward. Lewis He played sporadically in his first couple years, but eventually came into his own as a bench player. When Bird retired in 1992, Lewis was up to the challenge of replacing him, had a solid 1992-93 season and was selected for that year's All Star Game. Sadly, Lewis he died suddenly in June 1993 during an off-season practice from an undiagnosed heart defect.
11th Feb '17 10:36:55 PM thelivingtoad
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Lewis was drafted by the Celtics to replace another tragic figure in their history intended as Bird's heir. '''Len Bias''' was considered to be one of the most dynamic and exciting college basketball players of the mid-1980s, and the Celtics selected him with the 2nd pick of the 1986 draft. Two days after the draft, Bias died from a cocaine overdose; It was the first time he had ever touched the drug. The Celtics were demoralized by Bias' death. In particular, Bird was excited to have him on board and once claimed [[http://grantland.com/features/larry-bird-would-have-retired-had-len-bias-lived/ he would have retired in 1988 if Bias had lived]]. Bias is widely considered to be one of the greatest college players to [[WhatCouldHaveBeen never played in the NBA]].

to:

** Lewis was drafted by the Celtics to replace another tragic figure in their history intended as Bird's heir. '''Len Bias''' was considered to be one of the most dynamic and exciting college basketball players of the mid-1980s, and the Celtics selected him with the 2nd pick of the 1986 draft. Two days after the draft, Bias died from a cocaine overdose; It was the first time he had ever touched the drug. The Celtics were demoralized by Bias' death. In particular, Bird was excited to have him on board and once claimed [[http://grantland.com/features/larry-bird-would-have-retired-had-len-bias-lived/ he would have retired in 1988 if Bias had lived]]. Bias is widely considered to be one of the greatest college players to [[WhatCouldHaveBeen have never played in the NBA]].
This list shows the last 10 events of 490. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Usefulnotes.NationalBasketballAssociation