"Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability." - John Wooden

Wisdom from the Wizard of Westwood.

Apr. 20, 1986 - Air Jordan sets an NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game

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"I think," Larry Bird said after the game, “it’s just God disguised as Michael Jordan.”

Jordan was able to play in only 18 regular-season games in his second year in the NBA, after breaking a small bone in his foot in Chicago Bulls third game of the year. Although he was encouraged to sit out the end of the season in order to make sure he was fully healed for the next, he insisted on coming back late in the season and led the Bulls to the 1986 NBA Playoffs.

It was in Game 2 of Chicago’s first round matchup against the eventual NBA champion Boston Celtics that Jordan showed just how thoroughly he had recovered. In the hallowed halls of the Boston Garden, he set a playoff record by scoring an amazing 63 points against what many considered to be one of the greatest NBA teams ever. The Celtics won the game, 135-131 in double-overtime, and went on to sweep the Bulls, but Jordan’s playoff record still stands.

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"Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed." - LeBron James

If at first you don’t succeed…

The 2013-14 NBA playoffs begin today! 
Eight first-round series set to tip off. What are your first round predictions? Who you got?
Eastern Conference 1. Indiana Pacers vs. 8. Atlanta Hawks 2. Miami Heat vs. 7. Charlotte Bobcats  3. Toronto Raptors vs. 6. Brooklyn Nets  4. Chicago Bulls vs. 5. Washington Wizards Western Conference 1. San Antonio Spurs vs. 8. Dallas Mavericks 2. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. 7. Memphis Grizzlies  3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. Golden State Warriors 4. Houston Rockets vs. 5. Portland Trail Blazers

The 2013-14 NBA playoffs begin today!

Eight first-round series set to tip off. What are your first round predictions? Who you got?

Eastern Conference
1. Indiana Pacers vs. 8. Atlanta Hawks
2. Miami Heat vs. 7. Charlotte Bobcats
3. Toronto Raptors vs. 6. Brooklyn Nets
4. Chicago Bulls vs. 5. Washington Wizards

Western Conference
1. San Antonio Spurs vs. 8. Dallas Mavericks
2. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. 7. Memphis Grizzlies
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. Golden State Warriors
4. Houston Rockets vs. 5. Portland Trail Blazers

"Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication." - Mike Krzyzewski

Stay in the loop.

Apr. 15, 1991 - Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assists with 9,898

Fellow Lakers guard Michael Cooper said, “There have been times when [Johnson] has thrown passes and I wasn’t sure where he was going. Then one of our guys catches the ball and scores, and I run back up the floor convinced that he must’ve thrown it through somebody.”

In 905 NBA games, Lakers' Magic Johnson tallied 17,707 points, 6,559 rebounds, and 10,141 assists, translating to career averages of 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 11.2 assists per game, the highest assists per game average in NBA history (second highest is John Stockton with a career average of 10.5 assists per game). Johnson shares the single-game playoff record for assists (24), holds the Finals record for assists in a game (21), and has the most playoff assists (2,346). He holds the All-Star Game single-game record for assists (22), and the All-Star Game record for career assists (127). Johnson introduced a fast-paced style of basketball called “Showtime”, described as a mix of “no-look passes off the fastbreak, pin-point alley-oops from halfcourt, spinning feeds and overhand bullets under the basket through triple teams.”

"You have to go through good times and bad times to get where you’re trying to go." - Allen Iverson

It’s all part of the journey.

Apr. 14, 1997 - Allen Iverson set an NBA rookie record by scoring 40 or more points in his fifth consecutive game

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Billed as “The Answer,” Allen Iverson arrived on the NBA scene and immediately became one of the league’s most exciting players. With unmatched quickness, Iverson wowed crowds at the new CoreStates Center with a spectacular crossover dribble and a seeming ability to score at-will. While he couldn’t save the Philadelphia 76ers from a disappointing 22-60 season, his play gave every indication that he is indeed the Answer to many of the Sixers’ struggles.

Iverson proved his worth under the national spotlight on All-Star Saturday, winning Most Valuable Player honors at the Schick Rookie Game. But the telltale sign of his explosiveness came in April, when he set an NBA rookie record by scoring 40 or more points in five consecutive games (breaking Wilt Chamberlain's record, set in the 1959-60 season with the Philadelphia Warriors), highlighted by a 50-point outburst against the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 12. He was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year.

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"Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way you’re going to get respect from the players." - Larry Bird

Larry Legend on leadership.

Apr. 13, 1986 - Boston Celtics end the NBA season with a 40-1 home record

In 1985–86 the Boston Celtics fielded one of the best teams in NBA history. Under head coach K.C. Jones , the Celtics finished the regular season with a record of 67–15, going 40–1 at home (37–1 at the Boston Garden, 3–0 at the Hartford Civic Center). This team is generally considered to be the best of Larry Bird's career as he won his third consecutive MVP award after having arguably his finest season.

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"Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength." - Phil Jackson

Zen master.

"Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships." - Rasheed Wallace

De-fense.

"What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player." - John Wooden
Wisdom from the Wizard of Westwood.

"What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player." - John Wooden

Wisdom from the Wizard of Westwood.

Apr. 5, 1993 - Chris Webber calls timeout when Michigan has no timeouts left

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This was Michigan's second consecutive NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game, Chris Webber called a time-out with 11 seconds left in the game when his team, down 73–71, did not have any remaining. This resulted in a technical foul that effectively clinched the game for North Carolina. The game marked the end of Webber’s acclaimed two-year collegiate basketball career.

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