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2003–04 NBA Season
The 2003–04 NBA SEASON was the 58th season of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association . The season ended with the Detroit Pistons defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 in the 2004 NBA Finals . CONTENTS * 1 Events * 2 Coaching * 3 Standings * 3.1 By division * 3.2 By conference * 4 Playoffs * 5 Statistics leaders * 6 Awards * 6.1 Yearly awards * 6.2 Players of the month * 6.3 Rookies of the month * 6.4 Coaches of the month * 7 References EVENTSThis was the final season for the original two-division format in both the Eastern and Western Conferences, before each of the conferences added a third division the following season. As a result, this would also be the final season for the NBA Midwest Division , as the Minnesota Timberwolves were that division's last champion. The All-Star Game was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
. The West won 136-132; Lakers center Shaquille O\'Neal was named Most Valuable Player. For the first time in 21 years the Portland Trail Blazers did not make the playoffs, ending the second longest streak in NBA history. For the first time in 20 years the Utah Jazz did not make the playoffs, ending the third longest streak in NBA history
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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 ABC
The NBA ON ABC is a presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games produced by ESPN
ESPN
, and televised on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). ABC originally broadcast NBA games from 1965 to 1973 . In 2002, NBA games returned to the network as part of a contract signed with the league, along with ESPN. ABC televises games throughout the regular season, typically starting with a doubleheader on Christmas
Christmas
Day , followed by select games on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons as part of its _NBA Saturday Primetime _ and _ NBA Sunday Showcase _ series. ABC then airs up to nine games during the first five weeks of the NBA playoffs , and is the exclusive broadcaster of the NBA Finals
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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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NBA On ESPN
ESPN
ESPN
(originally an initialism for ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS PROGRAMMING NETWORKS) is a U.S.-based global cable and satellite sports television channel owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company
(which operates the network) and the Hearst Corporation (which owns a 20% minority share). ESPN
ESPN
broadcasts primarily from studio facilities located in Bristol, Connecticut . The network also operates offices in Miami
Miami
, New York City , Seattle
Seattle
, Charlotte , and Los Angeles
Los Angeles
. John Skippercurrently serves as president of ESPN, a position he has held since January 1, 2012. While ESPN
ESPN
is one of the most successful sports networks, there has been much criticism of ESPN
ESPN
, which includes accusations of biased coverage, conflict of interest , and controversies with individual broadcasters and analysts. ESPN
ESPN
headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut As of February 2015 , ESPN
ESPN
is available to approximately 94,396,000 paid television households (81.1% of households with at least one television set) in the United States. Nielsen has reported a much lower number in 2017, below 90,000,000 subscribers, losing more than 10,000 a day
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NBA TV
NBA TV
NBA TV
is an American sports-oriented cable and satellite television network that is owned by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and operated by the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary of Time Warner ; the NBA also uses the network as a way of advertising the league's out-of-market sports package NBA League Pass , and partner channel TNT . Dedicated to basketball , the network features exhibition, regular season and playoff game telecasts from the NBA and related professional basketball leagues, as well as NBA-related content including analysis programs, specials and documentaries . The network also serves as national broadcaster of the NBA D-League and WNBA games. NBA TV
NBA TV
is the oldest cable network in North America
North America
to be owned or controlled by a professional sports league, having launched on March 17, 1999. As of February 2015, NBA TV
NBA TV
is available to approximately 57,129,001 households that subscribe to cable, satellite or telco television service (totaling 49.1% of households with at least one television set) in the United States. The highest measured audience was a Golden State Warriors vs San Antonio Spurs regular season game on April 10, 2016 with an average 2.6 million viewers
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2003 NBA Draft
The 2003 NBA DRAFT was held on June 26, 2003, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
in New York City, New York. The NBA announced that 41 college and high school players and a record 31 international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the 2003 NBA draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers , who had a 22.50 percent probability of obtaining the first selection, won the NBA draft lottery on May 22, and Cleveland chairman Gordon Gund said afterward his team would select LeBron James
LeBron James
. The Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
and the Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
were second and third respectively. The 2003 draft is known for having one of the most talented draft pools in draft history. Four of the top five picks are NBA All-Stars and " Redeem Team " Olympic Gold Medalists: Carmelo Anthony , Chris Bosh , Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade
, and LeBron James
LeBron James

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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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LeBron James
LEBRON RAYMONE JAMES (/ləˈbrɒn/ ; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). James has won three NBA championships , four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards , three NBA Finals MVP Awards , two Olympic gold medals , an NBA scoring title , and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award . He has also been selected to 13 NBA All-Star teams, 13 All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams, is the Cavaliers\' all-time leading scorer , and is the NBA career playoff scoring leader . James played high school basketball at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio
Akron, Ohio
, where he was highly promoted in the national media as a future NBA superstar. After graduating, he was selected by his home team, the Cleveland Cavaliers , as the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft . James led Cleveland to the franchise's first Finals appearance in 2007 , ultimately losing to the San Antonio Spurs . In 2010, he left the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in a highly publicized ESPN
ESPN
special titled The Decision . James spent four seasons with the Heat, reaching the Finals all four years and winning back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013 . In 2013, he led Miami on a 27-game winning streak, the third longest in league history
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Cleveland Cavaliers
The CLEVELAND CAVALIERS, also known as the CAVS, are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio
Ohio
. The Cavs compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division . The team began play as an expansion team in 1970, along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Buffalo Braves . Home games were first held at Cleveland
Cleveland
Arena from 1970 to 1974, followed by the Richfield Coliseum
Richfield Coliseum
from 1974 to 1994. Since 1994, the Cavs have played home games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland
Cleveland
, which is shared with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Cleveland
Cleveland
Monsters of the American Hockey League
American Hockey League
. Dan Gilbert has owned the team since March 2005. The Cavaliers opened their inaugural season losing their first 15 games and struggled in their early years, placing no better than 6th in the Eastern Conference during their first five seasons. The team won their first Central Division title in 1976, which also marked the first winning season and playoff appearance in franchise history, where they advanced to the Eastern Conference finals. The franchise was purchased by Ted Stepien in 1980
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Indiana Pacers
The INDIANA PACERS are an American professional basketball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana . The Pacers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division . The Pacers were first established in 1967 as a member of the American Basketball Association (ABA) and became a member of the NBA in 1976 as a result of the ABA–NBA merger . They play their home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse . The team is named after Indiana 's history with the Indianapolis 500 's pace cars and with the harness racing industry. * Basketball portal The Pacers have won three championships, all in the ABA. The Pacers were Eastern Conference champions in 2000 . The team has won nine division titles. Five Hall of Fame players – Reggie Miller , Chris Mullin , Alex English , Mel Daniels , and Roger Brown – played with the Pacers for multiple 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. 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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Kevin Garnett
KEVIN MAURICE GARNETT (born May 19, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player who played for 21 seasons in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). He played the power forward and center positions. In high school, Garnett was a 1995 McDonald\'s All-American at Farragut Career Academy and won a national player of the year award. He entered the 1995 NBA draft , where he was selected with the fifth overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves and became the first NBA player drafted directly out of high school in 20 years . Garnett made an immediate impact with the Minnesota Timberwolves, leading them to eight consecutive playoff appearances. In 2004, he led the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals and won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award . Garnett has been named to 15 All-Star Games , winning the All-Star MVP award in 2003 , and is currently tied for third-most All-Star selections in NBA history. He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2007–08 , and has been selected nine times for All-NBA Teams and 12 times for All-Defensive Teams . Garnett also holds several Timberwolves franchise records. In 2007, after 12 seasons with the Timberwolves, Garnett joined the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
in a blockbuster trade
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Minnesota Timberwolves
The MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES are an American professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minnesota
. The Timberwolves compete in the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA), as a member club of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division . Founded in 1989, the team is owned by Glen Taylor . The Timberwolves play their home games at Target Center , their home since 1990. Like most expansion teams , the Timberwolves struggled in their early years, but after the acquisition of Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
in the 1995 NBA draft , the team qualified for the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons from 1997 to 2004 . Despite losing in the first round in their first seven attempts, the Timberwolves won their first division championship in 2004 and advanced to the Western Conference Finals that same season. Garnett was also named the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for that season. The team has been in rebuilding mode for the past decade since missing the playoffs in 2005, and trading Garnett to the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
in 2007. Garnett returned to the Timberwolves in a February 2015 trade and finished his career there, retiring in the 2016 offseason
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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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