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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- 61% of the regular 82 games- 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 winning the franchise's first NBA championship, beating the New York Knicks 4 games to 1 in the 1999 NBA Finals . CONTENTS * 1 Lockout * 2 Notable occurrences * 3 Final standings * 3.1 By division * 3.2 By conference * 4 Playoffs * 5 Statistics leaders * 6 NBA awards * 6.1 Players of the month * 6.2 Rookies of the month * 6.3 Coaches of the month * 7 References LOCKOUT Main article: 1998–99 NBA lockout The second lockout in the history of the NBA lasted from July 1, 1998, to January 20, 1999. NBA owners were seeking changes to the league\'s salary cap system and a ceiling on individual player salaries. The National Basketball
Basketball
Players Association opposed the owners' plans and wanted raises for players who earned the league's minimum salary
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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. The league was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946, as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The league adopted the name National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949, after merging with its rival National Basketball League (NBL). The league's several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in New York City
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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. A team can also score via free throws , which are worth one point, after the other team is assessed with certain fouls. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time (overtime) is mandated when the score is tied at the end of regulation. The ball can be advanced on the court by passing it to a teammate, or by bouncing it while walking or running (dribbling). It is a violation to lift, or drag, one\'s pivot foot without dribbling the ball , to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands then resume dribbling
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NBA On NBC
The _NBA ON NBC_ is the branding formerly used for presentations of National Basketball Association (NBA) games produced by the NBC television network in the United States. 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 and Larry Bird in the mid-1980s. CONTENTS* 1 Overview * 1.1 Background * 1.2 Coverage * 1.2.1 Music * 1.2.2 Segments * 1.2.3 Ratings * 1.2.4 The end of _The NBA on NBC_ * 2 Announcers * 2.1 1954–1962 * 2.2 1990–1997 * 2.3 1998–2000 * 2.4 2000–2001 * 2.5 2001–2002 * 2.6 List of broadcasters * 2.7 Voice-over artists * 3 Criticisms * 4 Statistics * 5 References * 6 External links OVERVIEWBACKGROUNDNBC's first tenure with the National Basketball Association began on October 30, 1954 and lasted until April 7, 1962. On November 9, 1989, the NBA reached an agreement with the network worth US$600 million contract to broadcast the league's games for four years, beginning with the 1990–91 season . On April 28, 1993, NBC extended its exclusive broadcast rights to the NBA with a four-year, $750 million contract
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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 , 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 (NBA), produced by Turner Sports since 1989 . TNT's NBA coverage includes the _ 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. CONTENTS* 1 Coverage * 1.1 Overview * 1.2 Studio team * 1.3 Playoff coverage * 1.3.1 2000–2002 * 1.3.2 Since 2003 * 1.4 Canadian coverage * 2 Game commentary * 3 Music * 4 Contract history * 5 In media * 6 References * 7 External links COVERAGEOVERVIEWTNT airs many of the NBA's marquee games (the NBA All-Star Game , a full Conference Final , Opening Night games, and the vast majority of playoff games). In recent years, fans have reckoned it as what NBC was during that network's coverage of the league. TNT would seem to be the NBA's preferred carrier as well; from 2003 to 2005, TNT aired the Conference Final with the most interest from the national media (Spurs -Mavericks in 2003 , Lakers -Wolves in 2004 and Pistons -Heat in 2005 ). TNT also airs most of the big games during the regular season (TNT aired a Lakers-Heat game for the third straight year in 2007 ), and TNT studio content is streamed to NBA.com via the _TNT Overtime_ section
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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
. With Nash and Nowitzki, the Mavericks quickly went from a lottery team in the late 1990s to a perennial playoff contender throughout the 2000s. Nowitzki went on to win the 2011 NBA Finals
2011 NBA Finals
with Dallas without Nash, but with Kidd. Meanwhile, the Raptors were a recent expansion team that had failed to win more than 30 games in its first three seasons. With the fourth pick they selected Antawn Jamison , whom they quickly dealt to the Golden State Warriors for Vince Carter
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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). Since the advent of the draft lottery in 1985, only seven number one overall picks have won an NBA title. They are David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, Glenn Robinson , Tim Duncan, LeBron James , Andrew Bogut , and Kyrie Irving . China's Yao Ming (2002) and Italy's Andrea Bargnani (2006) are the only two players without competitive experience in the United States to be drafted first overall. Nine other international players with U.S
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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 , 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
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. COLLEGE CAREERIn 1995, he enrolled at University of the Pacific after opening to the school's page in Peterson's Guide to American Colleges and Universities. At a 7-foot height, Michael Olowokandi
Michael Olowokandi
called the basketball office at Pacific in the hopes that he would be accepted. During his junior year, Olowokandi led his team to the 1997 NCAA Tournament and as a senior he led the Tigers to the 1998 National Invitation Tournament
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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. The Braves moved from Buffalo, New York to San Diego, California
California
in 1978 and became known as the SAN DIEGO CLIPPERS. In 1984, the Clippers moved to Los Angeles. Through much of its history, the franchise failed to see significant regular season or playoff success. The Clippers were frequently seen as an example of a perennial loser in American professional sports, drawing unfavorable comparisons to the historically successful Lakers, with whom they have shared a market since 1984 and an arena since 1999
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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). Thus, since the 1997–98 season, the Spurs have had 20 consecutive seasons with a winning percentage of .610 or greater during the regular season which is also an NBA record. Only the team's current head coach, Gregg Popovich , who had been the team's general manager before replacing Bob Hill in 1996, has had a longer tenure with the Spurs
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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. As of June 2017 , the current holder of the award is Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder . Every player who has won this award and has been eligible for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
has been inducted. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award a record six times
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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 and formed a formidable duo with his teammate John Stockton . Malone also played one season for the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
. Malone was a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player , a 14-time NBA All-Star , and an 11-time member of the All-NBA
All-NBA
first team. He scored the second most career points in NBA history (36,928) (second 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
All-NBA
elections in history (tied with Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
and LeBron James ). He is considered one of the best power forwards in NBA history. Malone played college basketball at Louisiana Tech University . In his three seasons with Louisiana Tech, he helped the Bulldogs basketball team to its first-ever NCAA tournament in 1984 and to first place in the Southland Conference
Southland Conference
in 1985. The Utah Jazz drafted Malone in 1985 with the 13th overall pick in the first round
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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. Led by coach Jerry Sloan , who took over for Frank Layden in 1988, they became one of the powerhouse teams of the 1990s, culminating in two NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998 , where they lost both times to the Chicago Bulls , led by Michael Jordan . Both Stockton and Malone moved on in 2003. After missing the playoffs for three consecutive seasons the Jazz returned to prominence under the on-court leadership of point guard Deron Williams
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List Of National Basketball Association Annual Scoring Leaders
In basketball , points are the sum of the score accumulated through free throws or field goals . The National Basketball
Basketball
Association 's (NBA) scoring title is awarded to the player with the highest points per game average in a given season. The scoring title was originally determined by total points scored through the 1968–69 season , after which points per game was used to determine the leader instead. Players who earned scoring titles before the 1979–80 season did not record any three-point field goals because the three-point line was first implemented in the NBA during that season. To qualify for the scoring title, the player must appear in at least 70 games (out of 82) or have at least 1,400 points. These have been the entry criteria since the 1974–75 season . Wilt Chamberlain holds the all-time records for total points scored (4,029) and points per game (50.4) in a season; both records were achieved in the 1961–62 season . He also holds the rookie records for points per game when he averaged 37.6 points in the 1959–60 season . Among active players, Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant
has the highest point total (2,593) and the highest scoring average (32.0) in a season; both were achieved in the 2013–14 season . Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
has won the most scoring titles, with ten
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Allen Iverson
ALLEN EZAIL IVERSON (born June 7, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player who played for 14 seasons in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). He played both the shooting guard and point guard positions. Iverson was an eleven-time NBA All-Star , won the All-Star game MVP award in 2001 and 2005 , and was the NBA\'s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2001. Iverson is now the captain/coach of 3's Company in the BIG3 . Iverson attended Bethel High School in Hampton, Virginia , and was a dual-sport athlete. He earned the Associated Press
Associated Press
High School Player of the Year award in both football and basketball, and won the Division AAA Virginia state championship in both sports. After high school, Iverson attended Georgetown University for two years, where he set the school record for career scoring average (22.9 points per game ) and won Big East Defensive Player of the Year awards both years. Following two successful years at Georgetown, Iverson declared eligibility for the 1996 NBA draft
NBA draft
, and was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
with the first overall pick . He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in the 1996–97 season
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