IN 2007 ON THIS DAY
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Kevin Garnett was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Boston Celtics.
#wolves#celtics#trade#garnett#7for1 Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, cash considerations, Boston's 2009 first-round draft pick (top 3 protected), and the 2009 first-round pick which Minnesota had traded to Boston in the Ricky Davis–Wally Szczerbiak trade of 2006.
IN 1968 ON THIS DAY
Tuesday, July 23, 1968
9-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton was born in Oakland, California.
The talented point guard, as he said in the Spears interview, refuses to have his threads hung up in the rafters for any team other than the Seattle SuperSonics. "There is nothing they can do. I'm sorry. It's nothing against Oklahoma City. I never played in Oklahoma City. I would never disrespect the Seattle fans like that.
I'm very confident [a team will return to Seattle]. It wouldn't be a thing not to retire my jersey. But I know that's where it should be. It will be there sooner or later. It could be years. If I'm 70 and they get a team, hey, so be it. It will be great just as long as it will go up in Seattle."
IN 1975 ON THIS DAY
Sunday, July 20, 1975
10-time NBA All-Star Ray Allen was born in Merced, California.
Allen is the NBA's all-time leader both in three-point field goals made and attempted in the regular season as well as the NBA's all-time leader in three-point field goals made in the postseason.
Allen says that he has a borderline case of obsessive–compulsive disorder, to which he attributes his consummate shooting style.
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Friday, July 17, 1942
4-time NBA All-Star Connie Hawkins was born in Brooklyn, New York. 'The Hawk’ revolutionized the game and remains to this day an icon of the sport and one of basketball’s great innovators. His unique combination of size, grace, and athleticism was well ahead of its time, and his signature style of play is now a hallmark of the modern game.
Hawkins was born in Brooklyn and became one of the city’s playground legends. He spent seven seasons in the NBA, averaging 16.5 points, eight rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.2 steals. He was a four-time NBA All-Star and made the All-NBA first team in 1969-70 — a season in which he averaged 21.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists for the Suns.
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Tuesday, July 9, 1968
Wilt Chamberlain was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Los Angeles Lakers.
By the end of the 1967-68 season, Wilt Chamberlain was coming off an MVP season and had just led the Philadelphia 76ers to a league-best 62 victories and the Eastern Conference finals (which Philly lost to the Boston Celtics in Game 7). That playoff loss marked the third time in the last four seasons the 76ers had been KO’d by the Celtics and Philadelphia’s management was ready for a change.
They sent Chamberlain across the country to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark and Darrall Imhoff on July 9, 1968, but Chamberlain still had plenty of good basketball left in his tank. He spent his final five campaigns in Los Angeles and helped the Lakers to the NBA Finals four times in those five seasons. The most notable season was 1971-72, in which he scored only 14.8 points per game. But his contributions came in other forms. At age 35, he managed to grab 19.2 rebounds per contest and was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. His 1971-72 Lakers won a then-record 69 games and Chamberlain was a force in The Finals against the New York Knicks, claiming Finals MVP honors.