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July 3, 2001
The NBA Board of Governors approved the move of the Grizzlies franchise from Vancouver to Memphis beginning with the 2001-02 season. The Grizzliesí move was the first franchise relocation in the NBA since the Kings moved from Kansas City to Sacramento for the 1985-86 season.
July 5, 1992
The Dream Team won the final game of the Basketball Tournament of the Americas against Venezuela 127-80. The US team won all six games, by an average of 5l.5 points.
July 6, 2000
E. Stanley Kroenke, a national real estate developer, announced he had completed the acquisition of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and the Pepsi Center from Ascent Entertainment Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation. Kroenke made the announcement at a news conference at the Pepsi Center following recent approvals of the $450 million acquisition by the NBA, NHL and the City and County of Denver, as well as receipt of all required governmental approvals and all other customary conditions.
July 7, 1978
The NBA approved a franchise swap in which Buffalo Braves owner John Y. Brown and Harry Mangurian acquired the Celtics, while the Celtics owner Irv Levin got the Braves, who were later moved to San Diego to become the Clippers.
July 9, 1968
The Philadelphia 76ers traded Wilt Chamberlain to the Los Angeles Lakers for Darrell Imhoff, Archie Clark and Jerry Chambers plus an undisclosed amount of cash.
July 10, 1975
The Philadelphia 76ers signed forward George McGinnis after Commissioner Larry O'Brien revoked the contract McGinnis had signed with New York Knicks (May, 30, 1975).
July 11, 1996
The National Basketball Association announced that a new collective bargaining agreement extending through the 2000-2001 season was signed with the National Basketball Players Association.
July 13, 2000
Mike Jones scored 19 points, and Rasul Salahuddin and Wayman Strickland each added 16 to lead the NBA Ambassadors to a 103-68 victory over Chinaís CBA All-Stars in the decisive third game of the Asian Basketball Association League championship series. The NBA Ambassadors represented the NBA's new developmental league, the National Basketball Development League, which is scheduled to being play in North America in November 2001.
July 15, 1991
Sandhi Ortiz-Del Valle became the first woman to officiate a menís professional basketball game, working a United States Basketball League game between the New Haven Skyhawks and the Philadelphia Spirit.
July 17, 2000
Vancouver Grizzlies forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim is named to the 2000 USA Basketball Menís Senior National Team, which is scheduled to participate in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Abdur-Rahimís addition to the USA team came after previously named team member Grant Hill withdrew because of a broken ankle suffered during the NBA playoffs.
July 19, 1923
Alex Hannum is born in Los Angeles.
July 20, 2000
Isiah Thomas is named head coach of the Indiana Pacers, replacing Larry Bird, who stepped down following the 1999-2000 NBA season. Thomas, 39, was a 12-time All-Star and led the Pistons to two NBA championships and was the Finals MVP in 1990. He also led Indiana University to the NCAA championship in 1981. As with Bird, who was the 1997-98 NBA Coach of the Year, the Pacersí job is Thomasí first coaching experience.
July 24, 1963
Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone was born in Summerfield, Louisiana.
July 25, 1941
Nate Thurmond is born in Akron, Ohio.
July 25, 1988
The Atlanta Hawks became the first NBA team to play in the Soviet Union when they defeat the Soviet Georgia All-Stars 85-84 in an exhibition game.
July 30, 1993
Les Alexander purchased the Houston Rockets from Charlie Thomas.
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