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1998–99 NBA Season
The 1999 NBA SEASON was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Due to a lockout , the season did not start until February 5, 1999, after a new six-year Collective Bargaining Agreement was reached between the NBA and the National Basketball
Basketball
Players Association. All 29 teams played a shortened 50-game regular season schedule and the 16 teams who qualified for the playoffs played a full post-season schedule. That season's All-Star Game was also canceled. The season ended with the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
winning the franchise's first NBA championship, beating the New York Knicks 4 games to 1 in the 1999 NBA Finals
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National Basketball Association
UNITED STATES: * ABC / ESPN * NBA TV * TNT CANADA: * NBA TV Canada * TSN / TSN2 * Sportsnet / Sportsnet One OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.nba.comThe NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (NBA) is the major men's professional basketball league in North America , and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world. It has 30 teams (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada), and is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by FIBA (also known as the International Basketball Federation) as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada . NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player
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Basketball
BASKETBALL is a non-contact sport played on a rectangular court . While most often played as a team sport with five players on each side, three-on-three, two-on-two, and one-on-one competitions are also common. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter and 10 feet (3.048 m) high that is mounted to a backboard at each end of the court. The game was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith , who would be the first basketball coach of the Kansas Jayhawks , one of the most successful programs in the game's history. A team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket being defended by the opposition team during regular play. A field goal scores three points for the shooting team if the player shoots from behind the three-point line , and two points if shot from in front of the line
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NBA On NBC
The NBA ON NBC
NBC
is the branding formerly used for presentations of National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA) games produced by the NBC television network in the United States. NBC
NBC
held broadcast rights from 1955 to 1962 and again from 1990 (when it obtained the rights from CBS ) to 2002 . During NBC's partnership with the NBA in the 1990s, the league rose to unprecedented popularity, with ratings surpassing the days of Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
and Larry Bird
Larry Bird
in the mid-1980s
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NBA On TBS
The NBA ON TBS was a presentation of NBA regular season and playoff game telecasts that aired on the American cable and satellite network TBS . The games were produced by Turner Sports , the sports division of the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary of Time Warner
Time Warner
, TBS's corporate parent. The network obtained rights to air NBA games beginning with the 1984-1985 season (replacing the ESPN and USA Network as the National Basketball Association's national cable partners) under a four-year contract, in which TBS shared the NBA television package along with CBS
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NBA On TNT
The NBA ON TNT is Turner Network Television 's coverage of the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA), produced by Turner Sports
Turner Sports
since 1989 . TNT's NBA coverage includes the Inside the NBA
Inside the NBA
studio show, weekly doubleheaders throughout the regular season on Thursdays, as well as Mondays in the second half of the season, a majority of games during the first two rounds of the playoffs, and one conference finals series
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1998 NBA Draft
The 1998 NBA DRAFT took place on June 24, 1998, at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This draft helped turn around three struggling franchises: the Dallas Mavericks , the Sacramento Kings , and the Toronto Raptors . The Mavericks, despite having a talented nucleus of Jason Kidd , Jamal Mashburn
Jamal Mashburn
and Jimmy Jackson in the mid-1990s, had not had a winning season since 1989–1990. By the end of the 1997 season, all three players were traded and it was time to rebuild. With the sixth selection in 1998, they drafted Robert Traylor and quickly traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks for Dirk Nowitzki and Pat Garrity . They then traded Garrity in a package to the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
for Steve Nash
Steve Nash

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List Of First Overall NBA Draft Picks
The NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION\'S FIRST OVERALL PICK is the player who is selected first among all eligible draftees by a team during the annual National Basketball Association (NBA) draft . The first pick is awarded to the team that wins the NBA draft lottery ; in most cases, that team had a losing record in the previous season . The team with the first pick attracts significant media attention, as does the player who is selected with that pick. Eleven first picks have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award : Oscar Robertson , Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (record six-time winner), Bill Walton , Magic Johnson (three-time winner), Hakeem Olajuwon , David Robinson , Shaquille O\'Neal , Allen Iverson , Tim Duncan (two-time winner), LeBron James (four-time winner), and Derrick Rose (youngest winner)
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Michael Olowokandi
MICHAEL OLOWOKANDI (born 3 April 1975) is a retired professional basketball player. Born in Nigeria and raised in London he attended college on a basketball scholarship at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California
Stockton, California
, and was the number one pick in the 1998 NBA draft , where he was selected as a center by the Los Angeles Clippers . He played professionally until 2007. CONTENTS * 1 Early years * 2 College career * 3 Professional career * 4 References * 5 External links EARLY YEARSOlowokandi was born in Lagos , Nigeria; his father was a diplomat. His family moved to London, and Olowokandi attended the Newlands Manor School in Seaford, East Sussex
Seaford, East Sussex
and Brunel University . At Brunel, Olowokandi was an athlete in track and field, cricket , and rugby union , and began playing basketball when he was 18
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Los Angeles Clippers
The LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS, often abbreviated as the LA CLIPPERS, are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California
California
. The Clippers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division . The Clippers play their home games at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles
, an arena shared with the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Sparks of the Women\'s National Basketball
Basketball
Association (WNBA), and the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). The franchise was founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves , one of three expansion teams to join the NBA that year
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San Antonio Spurs
The SAN ANTONIO SPURS are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas . The Spurs compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division . The team plays its home games at the AT they have not missed the playoffs in the 19 seasons since Tim Duncan was drafted by the Spurs in 1997. With their 50th win in the 2016–17 season, the Spurs extended their record for most consecutive 50-win seasons to 18 (the 1998–99 season was shortened to 50 games because of a lockout and based on their win percentage of .740, would have easily surpassed 50 wins in an 82-game season, and thus extend the record by 2 more seasons)
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NBA Most Valuable Player Award
The NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (MVP) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1955–56 season to the best performing player of the regular season . The winner receives the Maurice Podoloff Trophy, which is named in honor of the first commissioner (then president) of the NBA, who served from 1946 until 1963. Until the 1979–80 season , the MVP was selected by a vote of NBA players. Since the 1980–81 season , the award is decided by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first to fifth place selections. Each first-place vote is worth 10 points; each second-place vote is worth seven; each third-place vote is worth five, fourth-place is worth three and fifth-place is worth one. Starting from 2010, one ballot was cast by fans through online voting. The player with the highest point total wins the award
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Karl Malone
KARL ANTHONY MALONE (born July 24, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "THE MAILMAN", Malone played the power forward position and spent his first 18 seasons (1985–2003) in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA) with the Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
and formed a formidable duo with his teammate John Stockton . Malone also played one season for the Los Angeles Lakers . Malone was a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player
NBA Most Valuable Player
, a 14-time NBA All-Star , and an 11-time member of the All-NBA
All-NBA
first team. His 36,928 career points scored rank second all-time in NBA history (behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ), and holds the records for most free throws attempted and made , in addition to co-holding the record for the most first team All-NBA elections in history (tied with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James )
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Utah Jazz
The UTAH JAZZ are an American professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah . The Jazz compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division . Since 1991, the team has played its home games at Vivint Smart Home Arena . The franchise began play in 1974 as the NEW ORLEANS JAZZ, an expansion team based in New Orleans ; the Jazz moved to Salt Lake City in 1979. The Jazz were one of the least successful teams in the league in their early years. Although 10 seasons elapsed before the Jazz qualified for their first playoff appearance in 1984 , they did not miss the playoffs again until 2004. During the late 1980s, John Stockton and Karl Malone arose as the franchise players for the team, and formed one of the most famed point guard –power forward duos in NBA history
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