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Posts Tagged ‘Wilt Chamberlain.’

Orlando’s Howard breaks Chamberlain’s 50-year-old FT record

 

Dwight Howard (file photo)

Wilt Chamberlain is best known for his 100-point game against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962.

But he also had another record that was not as well known but was a 50-year-old regular-season record. The 7’1 giant set a record on February 22, 1962 with 34 free throw attempts as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors.

Last week, Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard shot 39 free throws in his team’s 117-109 win over the Golden State Warriors.

Prior to the game, Howard was the worst free-throw shooter in the NBA at 42.6%, so the Warriors thought they’d foul him in the post and make him score at the free-throw line.

The 26-year-old Howard took advantage of the situation, making 21 of 39 attempts and finished with 45 points and 23 rebounds.

It was the first time an NBA player scored at least 40 points and at least 23 rebounds since March 1, 2003 when the Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal put in 48 points and yanked down 20 boards.

 

Info compiled from NBA, Orlando Magic, Radio & TV news

ENTERTAINMENT FOR SATURDAY AUGUST 21, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Saturday, August 21, the 233rd day of 2010. There are 132 days left before 2011 rolls around.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

Honolulu Hawaii. 51 years ago today, Hawaii was made the 50th state in the union (file)

* On August 21, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order making Hawaii the 50th state.

* Galileo Galilei demonstrated his new telescope to officials in Venice, Italy.

* In 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat left Albany, New York, on its return trip to New York, arriving around 30 hours later.

* In 1831, Nat Turner led a slave rebellion in Virginia, resulting in the deaths of at least 55 people. He was later executed.

* In 1911, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting turned up two years later, in Italy.

* In 1940, exiled Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in a Mexican Hospital from wounds inflicted by an assassin.

* Five years ago, August 21, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI ended his four-day trip to his native Germany, celebrating Mass for a million people in Cologne.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Archie Griffin, number 45 turns 56 years old today (file)

Philip II, King of France in 1165.

Count Basie, Jazz Pianist in 1904.

Wilt Chamberlain, 7’1 basketball player born in 1936. University of Kansas All-American. Played in the NBA for the Philadelphia Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers. He pulled down 23,924 rebounds in his career. He is best remembered for scoring 100 points in a 1962 game against the New York Knicks.

Archie Griffin, two-time Heisman Trophy winning running back for Ohio State. Born on this date in 1954, making 56 today. A former Cincinnati Bengal. He played for two legendary coaches, Woody Hayes at Ohio State and Paul Brown with the Bengals.


King James is once again Most Valuable Player in the NBA

compiled from staff, wire and NBA reports

LeBron James 2nd MVP (nba)

LeBron James has just joined one of the NBA’S most exclusive clubs.

Cleveland’s superstar was voted the league’s MVP for the second straight year.

James, who averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists this season,  received his trophy at the University of Akron on Sunday. The presentation by commissioner David Stern made the presentation in front of Cleveland fans.

James is the 10th NBA player to be the MVP in consecutive seasons. The 25-year-old star joins Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan and Steve Nash.

Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Larry Bird won it three times in a row.

James’ win was expected after he had the finest season of his seven-year pro career. What remains to be seen is his margin of victory. Last year, James received 109 of 121 first-place votes, winning in a landslide in voting by a nationwide media panel of sports writers and broadcasters over Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, who won the award in 2008.

For the second straight year, James accepted the award in his hometown. A year ago, he went back to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, his alma mater, for a ceremony in the school’s gym that was attended by his family, friends, former teachers and the student body.

As a high school star, James played many of his games at Rhodes Arena on the University of Akron campus. James also holds summer basketball camps at the Akron and the Zips are coached by Keith Dambrot, who coached the All-Star for part of his high school career.

This season James led the Cavaliers to the top of the league despite many injuries to the team. He also became the first forward in league history to average more than eight assists a game.

Philadelphia 76ers coaching carousel continues; Jordan out after 1 season

compiled from staff and wire reports

The once-proud franchise of the Philadelphia 76ers that has Julius Erving, Maurice Cheeks, Billy Cunningham, Hal Greer, Allen Iverson, Charles Barkley, Wilt Chamberlain in its history, has now become the joke of the league because of its coaching carousel.

For example, current star player, Samuel Dalembert has seen it all in 10 years in Philly. His next coach will be his eighth.

Eddie Jordan (nba)

Eddie Jordan is the latest coach fired by an organization that can’t find the right mix of players and coaches to contend regularly for championships. Jordan who uses the much-maligned Princeton offense was given only one season to maike it work.

Since Larry Brown left in 2003, four other head coaches have failed to coach more than 82 games for the organization. Jordan’s dismissal means a second straight offseason of a coaching search.

With Jordan being ousted, all the heat and blame shifts to team president and general manager Ed Stefanski, who has yet to make a big move with a big payroll. The $80 million dollar contract he gave to free-agent Elton Brand in 2008 was a mistake and the $80 million to keep Andre Iguodala has not paid dividends in the standings. Jordan’s hire was disliked by fans and media from day one last May.

Jordan’s dismissal had been widely speculated for months as the players never warmed up to the Princeton offense.

Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young and Marreese Speights were among the promising core of young players who did not progress this season as the organization had expected. Brand hasn’t lived or played up to his contract, Dalembert was his usual erratic and inconsistent self and Iguodala continued to show he is not a franchise player.