Go figure: Stat titles rarely lead to NBA titles (The Associated Press)
17 Apr 2015 at 11:26pm
It's already known that Oklahoma City won't win the NBA title, since the Thunder didn't make the playoffs. Odd as it seems, excelling in the regular season doesn't guarantee anything in the postseason - a weird fact as the NBA gets set to open its playoffs on Saturday. The last player to win an NBA championship in the same season that he took home one of the league's top stat crowns - points, rebounds, assists, steals or blocks per game - was Shaquille O'Neal, when he won the scoring race in 2000 and the Lakers won that season's Finals. No rebounding champion has been on the title team since Dennis Rodman in 1998, no assist king since Magic Johnson in 1987, no steals leader since Michael Jordan in 1993 and no top blocker since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1980.
NBA-National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)
17 Apr 2015 at 4:50pm
Legendary NBA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing quadruple coronary bypass surgery. UCLA Health issued a statement Friday at the request of Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Abdul-Jabbar, who turned 68 on Thursday, was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center this week with cardiovascular disease.
All-time scoring leader Abdul-Jabbar has heart surgery (Reuters)
17 Apr 2015 at 4:23pm
(Reuters) - NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league's all-time leading scorer, is recovering from quadruple coronary bypass surgery, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said on Friday. Dr. Richard Shemin, who performed the operation on Thursday, said Abdul-Jabbar was expected to make a full recovery. Abdul-Jabbar, who marked his 68th birthday on Thursday, was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease earlier in the week. The 7-foot-2 New York native was one of the most potent offensive players in the game. ...
NBA-All-time scoring leader Abdul-Jabbar has heart surgery (Reuters)
17 Apr 2015 at 4:17pm
April 17 (Reuters) - NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league's all-time leading scorer, is recovering from quadruple coronary bypass surgery, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said on Friday. Dr. Richard Shemin, who performed the operation on Thursday, said Abdul-Jabbar was expected to make a full recovery. Abdul-Jabbar, who marked his 68th birthday on Thursday, was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease earlier in the week. The 7-foot-2 New York native was one of the most potent offensive players in the game. ...
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar undergoes quadruple coronary bypass surgery, is expected ...
17 Apr 2015 at 2:42pm
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery on Thursday. The longtime Laker and all-time NBA leading scorer is expected to fully recover from the operation. Abdul-Jabbar underwent the surgery after being admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center earlier in the week. From a UCLA spokesman : Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center this week with cardiovascular disease, and he underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery on April 16. The operation was performed by Dr. Richard Shemin, UCLA?s chief of cardiac surgery. Shemin said the surgery was successful and he expects Abdul-Jabbar to make a full recovery. At this time, Abdul-Jabbar would like to thank his surgical team and the medical staff at UCLA, his alma mater, for the excellent care he has received. He is looking forward to getting back to his normal activities soon. He asks that you keep him in your thoughts and, most importantly, cherish and live each day to its fullest. For those wanting to send well wishes, he thanks you in advance and asks that you support those in your own community who may be suffering from various health issues. Abdul-Jabbar led the UCLA Bruins to three NCAA titles. After moving on to the NBA, Abdul-Jabbar was the focal point of the Milwaukee Bucks? 1971 NBA championship team. Following a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975, Kareem eventually teamed with Magic Johnson to win five more titles. Playing until the age of 42, Abdul-Jabbar finished his storied career with 38,387 points, an NBA record that only Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (32,482 and counting) and Michael Jordan (32, 292) have come close to challenging. Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA MVPs, the all-time record as well, and he made the All-Star team in all but one (after missing an early chunk of the 1977-78 season after a fight with Milwaukee?s Kent Benson ) of his 20 NBA seasons. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] Kareem has followed literary, acting and coaching pursuits in the years since retiring from the NBA in 1989. Frustrated at a lack of NBA head coaching job offers, the former Clippers and Lakers assistant coach gave up on his post-playing dream of getting to lead an NBA team several years ago . He successfully battled leukemia in 2009 . The surgery took place on Kareem?s 68th birthday. As he recovers, UCLA announced that Abdul-Jabbar will not giving public updates to the press while on the mend. All of us at Ball Don?t Lie and Yahoo Sports send our best wishes to The Captain. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has bypass surgery (The Associated Press)
17 Apr 2015 at 1:18pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is recovering after undergoing quadruple coronary bypass surgery.
Let the championship chase begin: it's NBA playoff time (The Associated Press...
15 Apr 2015 at 11:49pm
New Orleans and Brooklyn are in. ''It's like a new beginning,'' Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Stephen Curry and the top-seeded Warriors will face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in a best-of-seven series starting Saturday after New Orleans snapped San Antonio's 11-game winning streak Wednesday night.
Steve Nash: Injuries allowed him to prepare for retirement (The Associated Pr...
15 Apr 2015 at 11:18pm
Suffering through three injury-plagued seasons in Los Angeles is not exactly how Steve Nash wanted to end his professional basketball career. Nash left the league as the leading career free-throw shooter and is third in assists. An assortment of injuries limited Nash to just 65 games over his final three NBA seasons with the Lakers.
Kings beat Lakers 122-99, sending LA to worst season ever (The Associated Press)
15 Apr 2015 at 11:07pm
The Los Angeles Lakers wrapped up the worst season in franchise history with an eight-man roster of castoffs and journeymen trudging to their eighth loss in nine games, never threatening to contend under all those gold championship banners hanging high above the Staples Center court. Ben McLemore scored 24 points, Derrick Williams added 22 and the Kings sent the Lakers to their nadir with a 122-99 victory Wednesday night in both clubs' season finale. Jabari Brown scored 32 points for the Lakers, whose 21-61 final record is the 16-time NBA champion franchise's worst by both losses and winning percentage. ''It obviously doesn't sit well with me,'' said Scott, the three-time NBA champion Lakers guard.
NBA results (Reuters)
15 Apr 2015 at 10:48pm
April 16 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the NBA games on Wednesday (home team in CAPS) TORONTO 92 Charlotte 87 CHICAGO 91 Atlanta 85 DALLAS 114 Portland 98 HOUSTON 117 Utah 91 Boston 105 MILWAUKEE 100 Oklahoma City 138 MINNESOTA 113 NEW ORLEANS 108 San Antonio 103 BROOKLYN 101 Orlando 88 CLEVELAND 113 Washington 108 (OT) Detroit 112 NY KNICKS 90 Miami 105 PHILADELPHIA 101 MEMPHIS 95 Indiana 83 GOLDEN STATE 133 Denver 126 Sacramento 122 LA LAKERS 99
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