Category Basketball

Bird’s 33 soars to new heights

Larry Bird’s number, 33, was retired by the Boston Celtics to honor his 13 seasons with the organization.

Irish fight and upset UCLA

The #2 Fighting Irish upset #1 UCLA 71-70 victory, putting an end to the Bruin’s 88-game win streak.

Wilt “The Stilt” NBA debut

On October 24, 1959, Wilt Chamberlian made his NBA debut with the Philadelphia Warriors and scored 43 points to help claim a 118-109 victory over the New York Knicks. Chamberlian stood at 6-foot-11 in high school, when a reporter originally called him “The Stilt” and the name stuck with him throughout his career. Hundreds of college […]

The Magic returns

On October 16, 1992, Magic Johnson returned to the NBA andthe Los Angeles Lakers in an attempted comeback after being diagnosed with HIV and being named MVP of the Dream Team. httpsv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEjNk6tdwC8 Johnson was the last on the Lakers to have his name announced before the game, but he received a roaring, standing ovation. He […]

The Big Ten was born

On February 8, 1896, a meeting was held at the Palmer House in Chicago between faculty members from seven Midwestern universities to form the Western Conference, now known as the Big Ten. The institutions represented at the meeting were University of  Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University, Purdue University, and […]

Red Kerr breaks record for consecutive game play

On December 28, 1963, Philadelphia 76er Johnny “Red” Kerr played his 707th straight game to take the record from Dolph Schayes as the team took a 114-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Philadelphia. Kerr only missed three games in his career. They were all during his second season. The University of Illinois graduate was […]

Phil Jackson

On December 23, 1997, the Chicago Bulls beat the Los Angeles Clippers 94-89 at the United Center in Chicago to give their coach Phil Jackson his 500th career victory. The win moved the Bulls to 17-9 for the season. They finished the season with 68 wins and 14 losses. Jackson went on to coach his […]