NBA Mini-Doc

NBA Mini-Doc

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  • Intro
  • The NBA is a professional basketball league in which the best basketball players in the world compete on the hardwood. Since its conception in 1946, the NBA has delivered intense rivalries, and amazing players year in and year out. In this documentary, we will sort the NBA into 8 decades, from 1946 to present day.
  • 1940s & 50s
  • Cooper was the first to be drafted, Clifton the first to sign an NBA contract, and on October 31st, Lloyd the first to play an NBA game. The 50s were dominated by the Minneapolis Lakers, becoming NBA champions 4 times in the decade. The end of the decade marked the rise of the Celtics, more to come on them, as they managed to win 2 championships later in the decade.
  • The NBA was officially founded on June 6th of 1946, with the first game taking place on November 1st of the same year. The first NBA (called BAA at the time) game featured the New York Knickerbockers facing the Toronto Huskies in Toronto. The last game of the inaugural 1946-47 season feature the Philadelphia Warriors beating the Chicago Stags in the finals. In the year 1950, Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper, and Nat Clifton made history, becoming the first African-Americans to enter the NBA.
  • 1960s
  • Of the 10 finals had in the 60s, the Boston Celtics would take 9 as their own, in the 1967 season, the team would not even make the finals, as they were beaten by the Philadelphia 76ers in the eastern conference finals. This spectacular playoff run was lead by Bill Russell, he won the finals in his rookie year and his final year, 1969, winning a total of 11 rings and cementing himself as one of the greatest to ever play.
  • The first defining moment of the 1960s would happen on March 2nd, 1962, when Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain set the NBA single-game scoring record at 100 points, a record that still stands today. Wilt would have one of the most dominant seasons in NBA history this same year, but despite his dominance on the court, the 1960s were the Celtics time to shine.
  • 1970s
  • In the 1976 NBA Finals, one of the greatest basketball games ever took place, the Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics would go into triple overtime to decide the victor, the Celtics would win this game 128-126, and go on to win their 13th championship. In 1978, the two leading scorers were David Thompson and George Gervin, both with the potential to take the scoring title on the final day of the regular season, and in those games, David Thompson would score 73 points, but Gervin would edge out Thompson by a .07 PPG difference by scoring 63 in the final regular season game. This decade would not see a single team dominate the NBA like in the 60s, only 2 teams won the Finals more than once in this decade, the Celtics and Knicks.
  • The 70s first defining moment would take place in the Finals, Jerry West would live up to his nickname “Mr. Clutch” once again, as he took a game-tying, 60 foot shot to send the game 3 into overtime, but the Knicks would win the game and the series. Two years later, in 1972, the Lakers would set the all time consecutive wins at 33, and that year, Jerry West would win his only ring as a player.
  • 1980s
  • The 80s were highlighted by Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Both drafted in 1979, these two would have 6 combined championships in the 80s. The 80s would also see the start of Michael Jordan’s career, more to come on him later. But the 80s were Magic and Larry’s time. Magic would win his first championship in his rookie year, Bird would win the year after. Then Magic would win in the 1982 season. Julius Erving (Dr. J.) and the 76ers would spoil the exchange by winning the 83 championship. And now back to Magic and Larry, the next champions would go as follows: Celtics, Lakers, Celtics, Lakers, Lakers, and in the 1989 season, the Detroit Pistons would sweep the Lakers to win the Final championship of the decade.
  • 1990s
  • The Pistons would pick up where they left off in the 80s by winning the 1990 finals 4-1 against the Trailblazers. But the Pistons run would come to an end the next season, as one man was about to enter his basketball prime. Remember that guy I mentioned starting in the 80s? Well now was his time to shine as Michael Jordan would dominate the 90s. Of the 10 championships played in this era, 6 would go to him; however many argue that he could have had 8 if he didn’t leave for baseball and come back rusty the year after. This is the decade in which Jordan would earn his G.O.A.T moniker, that’s right, the Greatest Of All Time. Jordan has the highest Points Per Game Average for a career ever at 30.1 points. Along with having the highest career player efficiency rating ever. In these years, Jordan would show off his amazing scoring and clutch abilities. His final season in his prime with the Bulls would come in the 1997-98 season marking the end of his dominance.
  • 2000s & 2010s see script
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