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 BUCKS: Bucks History
Nelson juggled his team through another run of injuries in 1982-83 and was rewarded with another Central Division title and his first NBA Coach of the Year Award.
The Bucks had won four straight Central Division titles in a declining fashion, with their win total slipping from 60 in 1980-81 to 50 in 1983-84.
The expansion Phoenix Suns, last in the Western Division with a 16-66 record, were matched with Milwaukee in a telephone-conference coin toss conducted by then NBA Commissioner J.
www.nba.com /bucks/history/00400459.html

 The CIAA Online - Official web site of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Former North Carolina Central University men's basketball standout David Young is playing with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks in the Minnesota Summer League.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association cordially invites the media to its annual Football Press Conference and Luncheon to be held on July 21, 2005, at 11:30pm in Jones Dining Hall, Virginia State University.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association presented Shaw University with the Loretta Taylor Women’s All-Sports Trophy and Saint Augustine’s College with the C.H. Williams Men’s All-Sports Trophy at the Annual Award’s Luncheon.

 ABC News: Pistons Clinch Central Division Title
Apr 12, 2005 — The Detroit Pistons wrapped up the Central Division the same way they won the NBA Finals with stifling defense and big shots by Chauncey Billups.
The Pistons won 85-84 in overtime to clinch the Central Division title.
With the division clinched and Miami already assured of the East's top seed, Detroit has five games to fine tune for the playoffs.
abcnews.go.com /Sports/wireStory?id=662157

 Eastern Conference (NBA) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This necessitated the move of the New Orleans Hornets from the Eastern Conference's Central Division to the newly-created Southwest Division of the Western Conference.
The Eastern Conference playoffs is divided into three rounds, with the winner facing the Western Conference champion in the NBA Finals to determine the champion.
The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Eastern_Conference_(NBA)

Now, with the latest release of New York Knicks: The Complete History by NBA Entertainment and Warner Home Video, Knicks fans can relive the two championships, seven conference titles, eight division titles and countless memories that the back pages of New York’s newspapers have so proudly highlighted and celebrated.
New Jersey native and two-time NBA all-star Kelly Tripucka has been added to the Knicks scouting staff.
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www.nba.com /knicks   (602 words)

 USATODAY.com - Pistons pocket first division crown since Bad Boys
Stackhouse had 18 points and 12 assists, one short of a career high, as the Pistons clinched their first Central Division title since the 1989-90 NBA championship team by beating the Atlanta Hawks 105-99 Monday night.
The previous three Detroit division champs (1988-1990) all went to the NBA finals.
The Pistons trailed by as many as nine points in the first quarter, but came back to take a 54-50 lead at intermission.
www.usatoday.com /sports/nba/games/2002-04-08-hawks-pistons.htm   (602 words)

 Southland Conference Extends Membership Invitation to the University of Central Arkansas :: UCA athletics beginning transition to NCAA Division I; Joining Southland in 2006-07.
During the 2007-08 academic year, it is expected that Central Arkansas will be able to qualify as a Division I opponent for scheduling purposes and, with a waiver approval, be counted in the NCAA Division I Ratings Percentage Index for various sports.
Central Arkansas president Lu Hardin accepted the invitation on behalf of the university.
UCA enjoys a proud tradition of athletic success, and has produced prominent professional sports stars like Scottie Pippen, a six-time NBA world champion with the Chicago Bulls and named as one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players of All-Time.
southland.collegesports.com /genrel/091505aaa.html   (1734 words)

 Detroit Pistons - NBA Wire
With all of the offseason roster changes, the upcoming 2005-06 NBA season promises to be an exciting, franchise-altering year for the ages - and in the eastern conference's central division, it is clearly apparent that at least two teams in the division could go all the way.
After back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals under Larry Brown, the Detroit Pistons will have a new coach next season.
Pistons president Joe Dumars told ESPN that the team and Brown are in ongoing talks for a buyout of Brown's contract, which has three years left at an estimated $18 million.
www.nbawire.com /detroit_pistons.html   (525 words)

 LAKERS: Los Angeles Lakers History
Rochester took the Western Division crown by a game, but the Lakers ousted the Royals in four games in the division finals to set up an NBA Finals matchup between the Lakers and the New York Knickerbockers.
Minneapolis was assigned to the Central Division (the new circuit's strongest division), where the team once again went head-to-head with Rochester.
The 1952-53 Lakers outmuscled the Royals during the regular season to finish atop the Western Division by a four-game margin.
www.nba.com /lakers/history/lakers_history_new.html   (16161 words)

 Sports Network
In 2003-04, the Hawks finished a dismal 28-54, which put them in seventh place in the Central Division and out of the postseason.
Terry, who was selected out of Arizona by the Hawks in the first round (10th overall) of the 1999 NBA Draft, has had a productive career.
The 26-year-old Terry averaged 16.8 points and 5.4 assists in his fifth year in the NBA.
www.sportsnetwork.com /default.asp?c=philly&page=nba/draft/2004/hawkspreview.htm   (16161 words)

 National Basketball Association - CBS SportsLine.com
The Detroit Pistons wrapped up the Central Division the same way they won the NBA Finals - with stifling defense and big shots by Chauncey Billups.
Billups certainly proved that last season on the biggest of stages when he took home the NBA Finals MVP award.
Billups scored 28 points, including the game-winning basket with 8.2 seconds left, to help Detroit clinch the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with an 85-84 overtime victory over Chicago on Monday night.
www.sportsline.com /nba/story/8378252   (16161 words)

 SI.com - Pro Basketball - Pistons' Wallace named NBA's top defender - Wednesday April 23, 2003 07:24 PM
The seven-year NBA veteran, who went undrafted out of Virginia Union in 1996, averaged 6.9 points to help the Pistons win their second straight Central Division title and earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a record of 50-32.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season Wednesday.
Before getting injured, Wallace was on pace to become the first player in NBA history to lead the league in rebounds and blocks twice.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /basketball/news/2003/04/23/wallace_defense_ap   (527 words)

 Northwest Florida Daily News
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Rick Carlisle won the NBA Coach of the Year award on Tuesday after leading the Detroit Pistons to the Central Division title in his first year with the team.
He played in the league for five seasons and was an assistant coach for 11 before getting his first head coaching job this season.
GAINESVILLE - Sports agent William "Tank" Black was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for swindling millions of dollars from NFL players he represented.
www.nwfdailynews.com /archive/sports/020508sp_6.html   (420 words)

 Spurs tickets : San Antonio Spurs tickets from TicketsSport.com
The San Antonio Spurs made to the playoffs in their first season in the NBA and won the Central Division title in their second and third years.
His impact was immediate: The San Antonio Spurs, who had finished last in the Midwest Division in 1988-89, won the division in 1989-90 and Robinson won the NBA's rookie of the year award.
The San Antonio Spurs lost only two games in four postseason series and defeated the New York Knicks in the NBA Finals to claim the franchise's first league title.
www.ticketssport.com /nba/spurs.php   (873 words)

 compton centennial profile
The other two Compton schools have slightly larger enrollments, compete in CIF Division II, and are classically known as dominant basketball powers, producing many Division I stars, and even a few big-time NBA players like Cedric Ceballos (who attended Dominguez).
In contrast, Compton Centennial competes in the CIF Southern Section at Division III-A, which is still pretty competitive, but you'd have to think back quite a way to recall the last NBA or Division I player to come out of Centennial.
Compton High and Compton Dominguez seem to get all of the ink and publicity, but there's a third school which is just getting itself back on the map in high school basketball, Compton Centennial High, located at Central and El Segundo, just a few miles down the road from Verbum Dei.
www.socalhoops.tierranet.com /archive/prepnotes/1098/cent1013.htm   (1124 words)

 Boston Celtics (1946-Present)
With the addition of Center Dave Cowens who claims the Rookie of the Year award the Celtics return to contention missing the playoffs with a 3rd place 44-38 record in the Atlantic Division, that was better the either of the playoff teams from the Central Division.
With Dave Cowens winning the NBA MVP with 23.8 ppg the Celtics set a new franchise record for wins on the way to a league best 68-14 record.
Despite losing Center Dave Cowens for 2 months with a broken foot, the Celtics easily win the Atlantic Division with a 60-22 record.
www.sportsecyclopedia.com /nba/boston/celtics.html   (7349 words)

 NBA.com UK: The Euros: Part 3
Ilgauskas, a major contributor – alongside second-year star LeBron James – to the Cavaliers’ success and second-best record in the Central Division, is averaging a career-high 17.5 points this season.
Two-time NBA All-Star Zydrunas Ilgauskas was taken by Cleveland with the 20 th overall pick in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft.
Kings forward Darius Songaila, currently in his second NBA season with the Sacramento Kings after being selected by the Boston Celtics with the 50 th overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft, is averaging 7.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in the 2004-05 campaign.
www.sasilverstars.org /uk/TheEurosPart3.html   (934 words)

 NBA.com: Award Nominations 2002: IBM Coach of the Year
In his first season as an NBA head coach, Carlisle took over a Detroit team that was largely intact from its 10th-place finish a year ago and led the surprising Pistons to the top of the Central Division.
Pop and the Spurs boasted the NBA's best record a year ago -- granted, tough to improve upon -- but with a rookie point guard and several new role players, they're back in contention, and could still catch Dallas for the division title.
Coaching a team that's been on the rise for several years, Adelman took the talented Kings to the NBA's best record, setting the pace for even the defending champion Lakers in the tough Western Conference.
www.nba.com /analysis/nominees2002_coach.html   (934 words)

 Crystal ball
• The New Orleans Hornets will figure out by Game 30 that they've been moved from the Central Division and the Eastern Conference to the brutal Southwest Division of the Western Conference.
• In a surprise move, the realigned NBA will decide to change the names of its conferences to the Clarence Campbell Conference and Conn Smythe Conference.
• The NBA will announce that the next Eastern Conference coach to keep his job for three full years will receive a $1 million bonus.
www.indystar.com /articles/4/190327-5074-036.html   (934 words)

 SUNS: One-on-One with Jerome Beasley
North Dakota’s Jerome Beasley, last season’s Division II Player of the Year and a two-time North Central Conference MVP, participated in a pre-draft workout for the Suns Tuesday morning at America West Arena.
Beasley raised eyebrows and his stock in the June 26 draft by being named MVP of the 2003 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, an annual showcase of talent for many of the country's top seniors to NBA scouts and general managers.
Jerome Beasley was named Division II Player of the Year last season while playing for North Dakota.
www.nba.com /suns/news/draft03_qa_beasley.html   (1030 words)

 Hoop Mountain Central Basketball - Camps at Hoop Mountain Central
Our coaching staff is supported by Division I College Players and each camper will be able to interact with the players on the court and will also receive autographs at the camp.
Meet NBA player, Lee Nailon, New Orleans Hornets
Featuring NBA Player, Lee Nailon, of the New Orleans Hornets!
www.hoopmountaincentral.com /camps_boys_dev_jam.php   (1030 words)

 HoopsVibe - Ben Wallace
Wallace, who finished runner-up to O’Neal in the voting for the 2002 NBA Most Improved Player award, helped the Pistons in 2001-02 to their first Central Division title since 1989-90 as Detroit improved from a 32-win season in 2000-01 to a 50-win season, the first 50-plus-win season for Detroit since 1996-97.
ben i like the way u play hope u get another game to the nba finals everyone should far the fro good job on those blocked shots don’t let shaq do anything to u just dominant the paint and don’t let anyone go in to ur house peac good luck.
Ranking first in the NBA in steals per turnover (2.0), he was 23rd in the league for double-doubles tallying 25 and was one of 16 players to post a triple-double.
www.hoopsvibe.com /nba/nba_players/ben_wallace-ar21233.html   (1128 words)

 NCCU Men's Basketball Home Page
North Carolina Central University senior Jonathan Moore has been announced as a member of the 2004-05 NABC Division II All-District Team, as selected by member coaches of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Former North Carolina Central University men's basketball standout Jonathan Moore has earned a spot on the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers summer league roster.
NCCU senior guard David Young has been selected to the 2004 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association All-Conference Basketball Team.
www.nccu.edu /campus/athletics/mbbhome.html   (1224 words)

 LAKERS: Los Angeles Lakers History
The powerful Lakers felled the Chicago Stags in the Central Division Semifinals, swept the Fort Wayne Pistons in two games in the division finals, and then dusted the Anderson Duffey Packers in two games in the NBA Semifinals.
Minneapolis swept the Chicago Stags in the first round of the 1949 playoffs before attention shifted to a division finals matchup that pitted the Lakers against the Royals.
Los Angeles squeaked by the Chicago Bulls in a tough conference semifinal series, then fell to Lew Alcindor (soon to be known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and the Milwaukee Bucks in the Western Conference Finals.
www.nba.com /lakers/history/lakers_history_new.html   (16161 words)

 Zeke11 Editorial #2
The Pistons opened the 1981-82 season against the Milwaukee Bucks on October 30th, 1981.&; The Bucks won the Central Division the season prior going 60-22.  The Pistons were just the opposite coming in dead last in their division with a 21-61 record.
Isiah finished the game with 31 points and 11 assists in his 41 minutes of play, which drew praise all around for the guard that some said was too small to impact an NBA game. 
Isiah’s 27 points through the first three quarters kept the game close.  In the fourth quarter Isiah provided some foreshadowing for the kind of clutch performances that Piston fans would be treated to for the next 13 seasons.  Isiah began to assert himself as the Piston& floor general.
www.zeke11.com /editorial_2.html   (530 words)

 University at Buffalo - Men's Basketball Press Release - Go Bulls!
BUFFALO, NY ­ Former University at Buffalo basketball standout Mark Bortz (Commerce Park, MI/Walled Lake Central) made modern Division I history by being signed by the Los Angeles Clippers to their summer league team.
The only UB player ever drafted by an NBA team was Bob Vartanian, who was selected by the Buffalo Braves in the 13th round (184th overall) of the 1973 draft.
A 6-10, 255 pound forward/center, Bortz was honored as the Mid-American Conference's Sixth Man of the Year in 2004-05 and helped the Bulls set several team milestones, including most wins in a season (23) and first-ever appearance in a Division I post-season tournament (the National Invitation Tournament).
www.ubathletics.buffalo.edu /mensbasketball/news/mbb07-04-2005-bortzclippers.shtml   (437 words)

 Basketball Digest: Reddy to take over: after a slow start to his career, Michael Redd has become the poster boy for the Milwaukee Bucks' resurgence
As a rookie, Redd spent 52 games in street clothes while logging a total of just 35 minutes in six games for the star-studded Bucks (who won 52 games, the Central Division title, and came within one game of playing in the NBA Finals).
Truth is, Redd was showing signs of evolving into one of the best players in the NBA.
Redd was so superb in the preseason that he couldn't be kept on the pine.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0FCJ/is_3_31/ai_112128656   (1480 words)

 Chicago Bulls Tickets : Bulls Basketball Ticket @ BuySellTix
The Chicago Bulls may have been trailing their Central Division, but their playoff seed levels the field and provides a new beginning.
Chicago Bulls fans still remember the thrill of an NBA championship and the NBA playoffs are like waving a red flag in front of the Chicago Bulls.
Only Chicago Bulls playoff tickets can put you close to the action as this team of talented unknowns wins games despite a lack of superstars.
www.buyselltix.com /nba/bulls.php   (316 words)

 WIZARDS: When Washington Went to the Opera
Washington played 21 games to capture the trophy sweeping the Atlanta Hawks in the first round (2-0), taking out Central Division leaders San Antonio in the Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-2), defeating the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals (4-2) and conquering the Seattle Supersonics in seven games (4-3) for the NBA crown.
The Bullets run in the 1978 NBA Playoffs was likened to the opera by a sports reporter at the time; "It won't be over until the fat lady sang," he prophesized.
For it was in that year that the Bullets and their fans became the unlikely stars of such an elite affair.
www.nba.com /wizards/news/When_Washington_Went_to_the_Opera.html   (316 words)

 compton centennial profile
The other two Compton schools have slightly larger enrollments, compete in CIF Division II, and are classically known as dominant basketball powers, producing many Division I stars, and even a few big-time NBA players like Cedric Ceballos (who attended Dominguez).
Compton High and Compton Dominguez seem to get all of the ink and publicity, but there's a third school which is just getting itself back on the map in high school basketball, Compton Centennial High, located at Central and El Segundo, just a few miles down the road from Verbum Dei.
He was an assistant at Compton High for the last 5 years, and this summer came to Centennial.
www.socalhoops.tierranet.com /archive/prepnotes/1098/cent1013.htm   (316 words)

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