Oct. 18, 1974 - Nate Thurmond records first quadruple-double in NBA history

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Nate Thurmond of the Chicago Bulls completed the first quadruple-double in NBA history: 22 points, 14rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocked shots. Since the NBA started recording blocks and steals in 1973, there have only been four officially recorded quadruple-doubles. Alvin Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon, and David Robinson are the other three players to record one. There have been very few performances in which a player has come close to getting a quadruple-double. Clyde Drexler was close in 1996, when he recorded 25 points, 10 rebounds, 10 steals and 9 assists in a game.

NBA at 50: Nate Thurmond video (biography)

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"But at the end of the day, every star, every person that been iconic, has gone through a time in their lives where it was just bad. Everybody. It just made them better." - Dwight Howard

Let your tough times fuel your successes.

"To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate." - Michael Jordan

Get to the top and help others get there too.

Oct. 6, 1993 - Michael Jordan, at the age of 30, announced his retirement

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Michael Jordan had won three straight NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls, three straight NBA Finals MVP awards and seven straight NBA scoring titles. It is not the first such retirement: Rocky Marciano retired at the age of 32 as undefeated heavyweight boxing champ with a 49-0 record. Sandy Koufax retired at 30 after compiling a 27-6 season in 1966 with the Dodgers. Björn Borg quit at 25 with 11 major titles. Jim Brown's retirement, considering he had just led the NFL in rushing and TDs at the age of 29, surprised the football world.

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"I really don’t like talking about money. All I can say is that the Good Lord must have wanted me to have it." - Larry Bird

The bank is open.

Sept. 27, 1983 - Larry Bird signed a 7-year, $15 million contract with the Celtics

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Larry Bird became the highest paid Celtic at the time.

In 1983-84 the Celtics would go 62-20 and finally get back to the NBA Finals after a three year hiatus. In the final, the Celtics came back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, winning their 15th championship. Bird renewed his college rivalry with Lakers star Magic Johnson during this series.

"My first dunk was actually in sixth grade." - Vince Carter

BTW.

Sept. 25, 2000 - Vince Carter jumped over 7-foot-2 center with “the Dunk of Death”

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Vince Carter jumped over 7-foot-2 French center Frédéric Weis at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Teammate Jason Kidd said it was “One of the best plays I’ve ever seen.” The French media later dubbed it “le dunk de la mort” (“the Dunk of Death”).

"the Dunk of Death" video:

"Assists is what Earvin is all about. That’s what my whole life has been, assisting others." - Magic Johnson

The point man.

"My father made me who I am. He gave me a basketball and told me to play with the ball, sleep with the ball, dream with the ball. Just don’t take it to school. I used it as a pillow, and it never gave me a stiff neck." - Shaquille O’Neal

Hoop dreams.

Aug. 29, 1974 - Moses Malone is the first ball player drafted from high school

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Moses Malone was immediately signed by the Utah Stars. He became an instant success, averaging 18 points and 14 rebounds per game in his rookie season. He played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) until the ABA–NBA merger in 1976. He then played 19 successful seasons with 7 NBA teams. He won the NBA championship, along with the Finals Most Valuable Player Award, with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983. His other achievements include 3 Most Valuable Player Awards, 12 consecutive All-Star Game selections, 8 All-NBA Team selections and 6 rebounding titles. He has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and was also named in the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list announced at the league’s 50th anniversary in 1996.

"The first thing I would do every morning was look at the box scores to see what Magic did. I didn’t care about anything else." - Larry Bird

Obsessed with being the best.

Aug. 18, 1992 - Larry Bird, 35, announced his retirement from basketball

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Larry Bird had been bothered by back problems for years, and his back became progressively worse. After leading the Boston Celtics to a 29–5 start to the 1990–91 season, he missed 22 games due to a compressed nerve root in his back, a condition that would eventually lead to his retirement. He had off-season surgery to remove a disc from his back, but his back problems continued and he missed 37 games during the 1991–92 season. His past glory would be briefly rekindled, however, in a game that season in which he scored 49 points in a double-overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. During the 1992 Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bird missed four of the seven games in the series due to those recurring back problems.

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"If somebody says no to you, or if you get cut, Michael Jordan was cut his first year, but he came back and he was the best ever. That is what you have to have. The attitude that I’m going to show everybody, I’m going to work hard to get better and better." - Magic Johnson

Happy 55th, Magic.

Hard Work. Dedication.

"Everybody in the world has an ego. The only difference between us is we have a reason to have an ego." - Charles Barkley, on the ‘Dream Team’

#KillYourEgo.

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