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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Basketball Player

Wataru "Wat" Misaka  was a 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) point guard of Japanese descent. He played three games for the New York Knicks during the 1947–1948 season becoming the first non-white player and the first player of Asian descent to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It was the same year Jackie Robinson broke the racial barrier in baseball.

Wilt Chamberlain set the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association by scoring 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169–147 win over the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962.

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Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a game - a feat that he was very proud of.

Penny Ann Early became the first woman to play major professional basketball, when she came on during a time out for the Kentucky Colonels in an ABA game against the Los Angeles Stars on November 27, 1968.  (At just 5'3" and 112 pounds, she was also the smallest pro basketball player ever.) Early achieved another notable first that same year: she was the first female jockey

When Moses Malone was drafted by the ABA's Utah Stars in 1974, he the first basketball player to go directly from high school to a professional American team.

Chris Ford is credited with scoring the NBA's first three-point shot for the Boston Celtics on October 12, 1979 in a game against the Houston Rockets at Boston Garden.

Nancy Lieberman-Cline became the first woman to play in a men’s pro basketball league, when she signed in Massachusetts with the Springfield Fame of the USBL in 1979.

The term 24-7, referring to someone who is constantly on the job, was first used in 1983 by Sports Illustrated magazine. It referred to U.S. basketball player Jerry Reynolds, who was described as "good, 24 hours a day, seven days of the week."

In 1984 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the all-time NBA regular season scoring leader when he broke Wilt Chamberlain's record of 31,419 career points.

When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for $5 million in 1987, it made him the highest paid player in any sport.

Pearl Jam's first album, 10, was named in tribute of basketball player Mookie Blaylock whose number is 10. 

After beginning his 20th season with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015–16, Kobe Bryant set an NBA record for the most seasons with the same team, 

Keith Allison Flickr: Kobe Bryant

James Harden became the first NBA player to score more than 50 points while also having 15 rebounds and 15 assists on December 31, 2016. In total he achieved 53 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds in Houston Rockets' 129–122 win over the New York Knicks.

The average height of an NBA basketball player is 6 foot 7 inches. 

1 in 6 Americans over seven feet tall are professional basketball players.

LeBron James and Michael Jordan are the only basketball players to have won an Olympic Gold medal, regular season MVP, and NBA Finals MVP all in the same season.

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