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September 1, 1963
Walter Kennedy began his tenure as the commissioner of the NBA, succeeding Maurice Podoloff.
September 2, 1948
Nate “Tiny” Archibald was born in New York City.
September 5, 1979
Ann Meyers of UCLA signed a contract with the Indiana Pacers. Although Meyers did not make the team, she became the first woman given a tryout by an NBA team, and she worked with the team through training camp.
September 10, 1948
Bob Lanier was born in Buffalo, New York.
September 12, 1984
The Chicago Bulls signed their No. 1 draft pick, Michael Jordan.
September 16, 1934
Elgin Baylor was born in Washington, D.C.
September 17, 1999
The NBA Board of Governors approved several playing rules modifications for the 1999-2000 season. The modifications had been recommended by a special committee of current and former players, general managers, coaches and other basketball experts last June and were tested in several NBA summer leagues. They are: A defender may not make contact with his hands and/or forearms on an offensive player except below the free throw line extended; A five-second rule that mandates that a player must either shoot, pass or pick up his dribble within five seconds if he begins dribbling the ball with his back toward the basket below the free throw line extended; The 24-second shot clock will be re-set to 14 seconds if the violations listed below occur with less than 14 seconds remaining on the 24-second clock, and will remain unchanged if the violation occurs with 14 or more seconds remaining on the 24-second clock: 1. A personal foul that does not result in free throw attempts. 2. Kicking the ball or blocking the ball with any part of the leg. 3. Punching the ball with a fist. 4. An illegal defense violation that does not result in free throw attempts; No illegal defense guidelines will apply to a player who is defending an offensive player who is positioned on the strong side of the court.
September 17, 2002
Longtime New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing retired after 17 seasons in the NBA. Ewing spent 15 seasons as a Knick before finishing his career with stints in Seattle and Orlando.
September 20, 1917
Arnold "Red" Auerbach was born in Brooklyn, New York.
September 21, 1991
USA Basketball announced the "Dream Team" for the 1992 Olympics. Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, and John Stockton were named. Christian Laettner and Clyde Drexler were named to the team on May 12, 1992.
September 24, 1985
The Chinese national basketball team arrived in New York to begin a month of training and practice with NBA personnel, as part of the cultural and educational agreements between China and the United States.
September 24, 1998
The NBA announced that the opening of training camps for the 1998-99 season have been postponed indefinitely because of the stalled collective bargaining negotiations with the National Basketball Players Association. Training camps were scheduled to open on October 5.
September 25, 2002
Michael Jordan announced that he was returning to the NBA with the Washington Wizards.
September 28, 1983
The NBA and the Players’ Association established a landmark program in sports to battle drug abuse, providing treatment and rehabilitation that also mandated expulsion of repeat offenders and players convicted of using or selling drugs.
September 30, 2000
The USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Team captured its 12th gold medal in 14 Olympic basketball competitions with an 85-75 victory over France in the gold medal game in Sydney, Australia. The U.S. team, comprised of NBA players, had a close call in the semifinals, defeating Lithuania 85-83 in the semifinals when a three-point attempt by Sarunas Jasikevicius of Lithuania missed at the buzzer.
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