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Saturday
May122012

LeBron James Takes Home Third MVP Title

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- An emotional LeBron James stepped up to the podium to receive his third Most Valuable Player trophy on Saturday.

James has now won the last three out of four MVP crowns and stepped into elite company becoming just the eighth player in NBA history to win the MVP award three times.  He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone among the players who have as many MVP trophies.

"This is my ninth year in the NBA, less than ten years ago, I had dreams of being in the NBA, I had dreams of putting on an NBA uniform," said James.  "I never dreamed about being an NBA most valuable player."

James stressed the importance of his Heat team who joined him on stage during his speech.

"Even though my name is on this individual award, it's not just my award," said James.  "The reason I am up here today is because of those guys."

James received 85 of a possible 121 first-place votes.

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Friday
Mar022012

50th Anniversary Of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-Point Game Celebrated

MATT CAMPBELL/A​FP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fifty years ago today, Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain had what is considered to be one of the greatest single-game performances in sports history. Against the New York Knicks, Chamberlain scored 100 points, a feat which has yet to be broken.

Chamberlain lead the Warriors to a 169-147 win over the Knicks at the Hershey Sports Arena in Hershey, Pa. He shot 36-63 from the field and was also 28-for-32 from the free throw line that night. What is even more impressive about Chamberlains night from the free throw line was that he was a career 51.1 percent free throw shooter. Also, the three-point shot was not yet part of the NBA back in 1962. The closest anyone has got to matching Chamberlain's 100-point game was back in 2006 when Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors.

"It really is something when you think about it, author Gary Pomerantz said. "There's no television coverage of the game. There are only a few photos. Wilt had this sensational game that only a few people saw that night. When Kobe scored 81 points, there was television coverage of that game. You can get a DVD of his game."

Chamberlain's 100-point effort was the crowning achievement of his 1961-1962 season. That season, "The Big Dipper" averaged 50.4 points per game (an NBA record that still stands today), pulled down 25.7 rebounds per game, and averaged 48.5 minutes per game (played in every minute of every game including overtime).

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Friday
Feb102012

Lakers to Retire Shaquille O'Neal's Jersey

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The man with too many nicknames to count -- Shaq, Superman, The Big Shaqtus and The Big Daddy among others -- will have his No. 34 jersey retired and lifted into the rafters of the Staples Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Thursday that former center Shaquille O'Neal will have his number retired sometime next season, but a specific date will not be planned until the NBA releases the 2012-13 schedule this summer.

After a 19-year Hall of Fame-worthy NBA career, O’Neal will have to think of another nickname for his jersey's retirement.

During O’Neal’s eight seasons in Los Angeles (1996-2004), the Lakers made the Finals four times, winning three championships. He also led the league in scoring while being named regular season MVP in 1999-00.

He’ll be the eighth player in Lakers franchise history to have his jersey retired, joining Jerry West (No. 44), James Worthy (No. 42), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (No. 33), Magic Johnson (No. 32), Gail Goodrich (No. 25), Elgin Baylor (No. 22), and Wilt Chamberlain (No. 13).

It wasn’t always a perfect relationship for O’Neal with former teammate Kobe Bryant during his days in Los Angeles, but Bryant said after the Lakers Thursday night win in Boston that this was well deserved.

Only one question remains, what will the next nickname be for O’Neal? “The Big Rafter”?

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Friday
Jan132012

Howard Breaks Wilt's Record in Magic Win

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Dwight Howard is still the center for the Orlando Magic.  On Thursday, he made that more than clear.

'Superman' broke Wilt Chamberlain's nearly 50-year-old NBA record for most free throw attempts in a game Thursday night, making 21 of 39 from the line in the Orlando Magic's 117-109 victory over Golden State.  Chamberlain shot 34 free throw attempts for the Philadelphia Warriors against St. Louis on Feb. 22, 1962.

"I just tried to be aggressive and get to the line. I didn't care if I missed 30," Howard said. "I was still going to go up there and shoot the next one with confidence."

Howard finished the game with 45 points and 23 rebounds, the first 40-20 performance of his career.

The Magic have now won three straight.

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