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2004–05 NBA Season
The 2004–05 NBA SEASON was the 59th season of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). It began on November 2, 2004 and ended June 23, 2005. The season ended with the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
defeating the defending-champion Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
, 4–3, in the NBA Finals. CONTENTS* 1 Notable occurrences * 1.1 Coaching changes * 2 Final standings * 2.1 By division * 2.2 By conference * 3 Playoffs * 4 Statistics leaders * 5 Awards * 5.1 Yearly awards * 5.2 Players of the month * 5.3 Rookies of the month * 5.4 Coaches of the month * 6 References NOTABLE OCCURRENCES * The NBA made its return to Charlotte as the Charlotte Bobcats became the league's 30th franchise at the time
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Colorado
COLORADO (/ˌkɒləˈrædoʊ, -ˈrɑːdoʊ/ ( listen ) ) is a state of the United States
United States
encompassing most of the southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau
Colorado Plateau
and the western edge of the Great Plains . It is the 8th largest geographically and 21st most populous U.S. state. The estimated population of Colorado
Colorado
was 5,540,545 on July 1, 2016, an increase of 10.17% since the 2010 United States
United States
Census . The state was named for the Colorado River
Colorado River
, which Spanish travelers named the Río Colorado
Colorado
for the ruddy silt the river carried from the mountains. The Territory of Colorado was organized on February 28, 1861, and on August 1, 1876, U.S. President Ulysses S
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Philadelphia 76ers
The PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (also commonly known as the SIXERS) are an American professional basketball team based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area . The 76ers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division and play at Wells Fargo Center . Founded in 1946 and originally known as the SYRACUSE NATIONALS, they are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA, and one of only eight (out of 23) to survive the league's first decade. The 76ers have had a rich history, with many of the greatest players in NBA history having played for the organization, including Wilt Chamberlain , Hal Greer , Billy Cunningham , Julius Erving
Julius Erving
, Moses Malone , Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley
, and Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson
. They have won three NBA championships, with their first coming as the Syracuse Nationals in 1955
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NBA All-Star Weekend
The NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION ALL-STAR WEEKEND is a weekend festival held every February during the middle of the NBA regular season that consists of a variety of basketball events, exhibitions, and performances culminating in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night. No regular season games are held during this period, which is also known as the ALL-STAR BREAK. CONTENTS * 1 The All-Star Game * 2 Events of All-Star Weekend * 2.1 Friday * 2.2 Saturday * 2.3 Sunday * 2.4 Former events * 3 References * 4 External links THE ALL-STAR GAME Main article: NBA All-Star Game The All-Star Game, held on Sunday, is the main event of the weekend. The 2017 game was held at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, home of the New Orleans Pelicans . The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be scheduled to be held in Los Angeles, California. EVENTS OF ALL-STAR WEEKEND Carmelo Anthony receiving an alley-oop during the 2004 Rookie Challenge game
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Denver
DENVER (/ˈdɛnvər/ ), officially the CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER, is the capital and most populous municipality of the U.S. state
U.S. state
of Colorado
Colorado
. Denver
Denver
is in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains . The Denver
Denver
downtown district is immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River , approximately 12 mi (19 km) east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver
Denver
is nicknamed the Mile-High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile ( 5280 feet or 1609.3 meters) above sea level, making it the highest major city in the United States
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Pepsi Center
PEPSI CENTER is an American multi-purpose arena located in Denver
Denver
, Colorado
Colorado
. The arena is home to the Denver
Denver
Nuggets of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA), the Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
of the National Hockey League (NHL), and the Colorado Mammoth
Colorado Mammoth
of the National Lacrosse League (NLL). When not in use by one of Denver's sports teams, the building frequently serves as a concert venue. The arena is named for its chief corporate sponsor , PepsiCo
PepsiCo

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Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
The BILL RUSSELL NBA FINALS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD (formerly known as the NBA FINALS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD) is an annual National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA) award given since the 1969 NBA Finals . The award is decided by a panel of eleven media members, who cast votes after the conclusion of the Finals . The person with the highest number of votes wins the award. The award was originally a black trophy with a gold basketball-shaped sphere at the top, similar to the Larry O\'Brien Trophy , until a new trophy was introduced in 2005 to commemorate Bill Russell
Bill Russell
. Since its inception, the award has been given to 30 different players. Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
is a record six-time award winner
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Michael Bradley (basketball)
BRADLEY is an English surname derived from a place name meaning "broad wood" or "broad meadow" in Old English. Like many English surnames Bradley can also be used as a given name and as such has become popular. It is also an Anglicisation of the Irish Gaelic name O’Brolachán (also O’Brallaghan) from County Tyrone in Ireland. The family moved and spread to counties Londonderry , Donegal and Cork , and England. CONTENTS * 1 Surname * 2 First name * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links SURNAMEBRADLEY is the surname of the following notable people: * A. C. Bradley (Andrew Cecil Bradley, 1851–1935), English Shakespearean scholar * Abraham Bradley, Jr. (1767–1838), first Assistant Postmaster-General of the U.S. * Allen Bradley (born c
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Shooting Stars Competition
The DEGREE SHOOTING STARS competition was a National Basketball Association All-Star Weekend contest held on the Saturday before the All-Star Game . It involved a current NBA player, a WNBA player, and a retired NBA player competing together in a shooting competition. From 2004 to 2012, players represented their teams' cities. Starting in 2013, the NBA player chose both a WNBA player and the retired player to compete on his team. The competition itself was time based, involving shooting from four locations of increasing difficulty and making all four shots in sequential order. The first shot was a 10-ft bank shot from the right angle, the second was straight-on jump shot from the top of the key, the third was an NBA three-point shot from the left angle and the fourth is a half-court shot. There was a two-minute time limit for each attempt and the top two times advanced to a head-to-head final round. The event was held each All-Star Weekend from 2003–04
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Diana Taurasi
DIANA LORENA TAURASI (born June 11, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women\'s National Basketball
Basketball
Association (WNBA) and UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. Taurasi has won three WNBA championships (2007 , 2009 , 2014 ), WNBA Most Valuable Player Award (2009 ), two WNBA Finals MVP Awards (2009 , 2014 ), four Olympic gold medals , (2004 , 2008 , 2012 , 2016 ), five scoring titles (2006 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 ), and the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004 ). She has also been selected to seven WNBA All-Star teams and nine All- WNBA teams. She is one of 9 women to win an Olympic Gold Medal, an NCAA Championship, and a WNBA Championship. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the WNBA\'s Top 15 Players of All Time . On June 18, 2017, Taurasi became the WNBA all-time leading scorer with 7,494 points
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NBA On ESPN
The NBA ON ESPN
ESPN
refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN
ESPN
family of networks. The ESPN
ESPN
cable network first televised NBA games from 1983 to 1984 , and has been airing games currently since the 2002–03 NBA season . ESPN2
ESPN2
began airing a limited schedule of NBA games in 2002. ESPN
ESPN
on ABC began televising NBA games in 2006 (ABC Sports aired NBA games under the title of the NBA on ABC
NBA on ABC
from 2002 to 2006). On October 6, 2014, ESPN and the NBA renewed their agreement through 2025
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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 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)
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Charlotte, North Carolina
CHARLOTTE /ˈʃɑːrlət/ is the largest city in the state of North Carolina . It is the county seat of Mecklenburg County and the second-largest city in the southeastern United States , just behind Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
. Charlotte is the third-fastest growing major city in the United States. In 2016 the estimated population of Charlotte according to the U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Census Bureau
was 842,051, making it the 17th-largest city in the United States based on population. The Charlotte metropolitan area ranks 22nd-largest in the U.S., and had a 2016 population of 2,474,314. The Charlotte metropolitan area is part of a sixteen-county market region or combined statistical area with a 2016 U.S. Census population estimate of 2,632,249. Residents of Charlotte are referred to as "Charlotteans "
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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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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
National Basketball Association
(NBA) draft . The first pick is awarded to the team that wins the NBA draft
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
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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
National Basketball Association
(NBA) and operated by the Turner Broadcasting System
Turner Broadcasting System
subsidiary of Time Warner
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
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