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Team USA would live and die in the 2012 Olympics by forcing turnovers and taking three-pointers. We knew that when this team was being molded in training camp, it was more evident through five undefeated
April 20, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Oscar Robertson stands on the court during an award ceremony in the second quarter between the Sacramento Kings and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
As NBA fans I’m sure you’re always thirsty for extra knowledge about your favorite subject. Something tells me if we were taught about the history of basketball in history class, we would have all aced it.
No matter it’s all in the past. Some of you might know who every champion has been since the beginning, but for those who have paid less attention, too distracted by OnlinePoker.com and your personal lives, here’s a little fact sheet. After all, there’s always something we didn’t know before.
- Let’s start at the beginning. The NBA first became the Basketball Association of America back in 1946.
- The smallest player to ever play in the NBA was Muggsy Bogues. He was 5’3″. Drafted in 1987, he went on to have a 14 year career, and while he wasn’t the best of the best, he’s still a legend for that height.
- Did you know that the three-point shot wasn’t always in the NBA? It actually started in the ABA. It wasn’t adopted into the NBA until the 1979-1980 season, and has been a fixture ever since.
- Only one man has ever averaged a triple-double for one season. His name is Oscar Robertson, and he did so as a second-year player for the Cincinnati Royals back in 1962. He averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists that year.
- Contrary to popular belief, John Stockton doesn’t hold the record for the most assists in a game. The honor actually belongs to Scott Skiles, formerly of Orlando Magic and the current Milwaukee Bucks head coach.
[caption id="attachment_3416" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="Mar 27, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday (11) is defended by Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving
[caption id="attachment_3414" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="May 13, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies fans during the second half of game seven in the Western Conference quarterfinals
[caption id="attachment_3408" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="July 24, 2012; Barcelona, SPAIN; USA guard Kevin Durant (left) drives against Spain forward Rudy Fernandez (5) during the first
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[caption id="attachment_3399" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="July 16, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; United States guard Russell Westbrook (7) dribbles the ball as Brazil guard Marcelinho Huertas
[caption id="attachment_3396" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="July 14, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; United States guard LeBron James (6) and United States forward Kobe Bryant (10) smile on the sidelines
[caption id="attachment_3380" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="Jan. 16, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) and power forward Ryan Anderson (33) talk during the second