The super basketball league has been around for over 70 years and has seen a lot of unusual things happen throughout that time. While most NBA fans remember only the league’s finest players and teams breaking records, there have been some notable performances and occurrences that many fans are unaware of.
We’ll talk about some strange records and anecdotes from the Super Basketball League history in this piece.
Elgin Baylor’s finals record in the NBA
Baylor was a part of the NBA’s early years, having joined the league in 1958, just 12 years after it was created. Despite being barely 6-foot-5, he played his whole career with the Lakers and was one of the best rebounders in league history.
Elgin Baylor had his greatest season, averaging 38.3 points and 18.5 rebounds per game.
Baylor’s career is notable for the fact that despite reaching the NBA finals eight times, he never received a championship ring. His 0-8 finals record is the worst in league history among all players.
It’s worth noting that Baylor did exceptionally well in the finals, setting the record for most points scored in a finals game with 61. His squad, on the other hand, was up against the tenacious Boston Celtics, who had won eight titles in a row.
Miami and Atlanta played two games in one night
The Miami Heat were scheduled to play the Atlanta Hawks on March 8, 2008, and the NBA opted to repeat the prior game between these two teams on the same night.
The wrong call on Shaquille O’Neal in their last game was the basis for the replay. The big man was fouled out as a result of this call, and the Hawks were able to finish off the Heat, winning the game 117 to 111.
The Hawks and Heat will replay the final 52 seconds of their previous game before starting the regular game, according to the league.
Miami had a possession with a three-point deficit, but they were unable to make a shot. Atlanta also missed their shots, but they were able to win the game because neither side was able to convert a field goal. Between these two games versus the Hawks, the Heat were without O’Neal, who was traded to the Phoenix Suns.
In NBA history, Kobe Bryant has the most missed shots
Despite being one of the best players in NBA history, Kobe Bryant has the most missed shots of any player in league history. During his illustrious NBA career, Bryant was a prolific shooter, which is why he is at the top of the all-time misses list.
Throughout the regular season, Black Mamba missed 14481 shots in his 20-year career. To put things in perspective, John Havlicek is rated second on this list, with a career total of 13417 missed shots.
With 11912 misses, Dirk Nowitzki is the active player with the most misses, ranking eighth on the list. Bryant has 2485 career playoff misses, which makes him the all-time leader. Michael Jordan is in second place with 2309 missed field goals, while LeBron James is third with 2221.
Insane height difference: Bol & Bogues
Muggsy Bogues was the shortest player in NBA history, standing at barely 5-foot-3. Manute Bol, the league’s tallest player at 7-foot-7, was Bogues’ teammate during the 1987/88 season. This pair has the greatest height disparity in NBA history, with a difference of 28 inches!
It claims that the former NBA centre killed a lion as a child. Another intriguing fact is that when Bol wished to marry, his father offered 35 cows to the father of the girl he liked, as cows were considered wealth symbols and it was customary to exchange cows during marriage proposals. However, 35 cows were insufficient, and the girl married a man who offered her 50 cows.
During his 14-year NBA career, his teammate Muggsy Bogues blocked 39 shots. Despite being the league’s shortest player, Bogues was able to block several much taller players, notably Patrick Ewing, who stands at 7 feet.
Pete Maravich predicted his future…and his death
Pete Maravich was one of the best ball-handlers of all time and one of the most beloved NBA players.
Pistol Pete is one of the newest members of the Basketball Hall of Fame, and he was dubbed “possibly the greatest innovative offensive talent in history” by the organisation.
“I don’t want to play 10 years in the NBA and die of a heart attack at age 40,” Maravich remarked in a 1974 interview with the Beaver County Times. The guard was in his fourth season in the NBA at the time, averaging a career-high 27.7 points per game. Maravich ended up playing in the league for ten years and died of heart disease at the age of 40.
The game was created by a gym teacher
James Naismith, a Canadian physical education teacher, is credited with inventing basketball in the 1890s. He simply wanted to discover a way to keep his gym students entertained on rainy days when they couldn’t exercise outside.
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