This Week in NBA History: August 27 – September 2

Steve Francis


On August 27, 1999,

NBA history witnessed a groundbreaking trade involving 11 players. The Vancouver Grizzlies sent the rights to G Steve Francis and F Tony Massenburg to the Houston Rockets in exchange for G Michael Dickerson, F-C Othella Harrington, F Antoine Carr, G Brent Price, Houston’s first-round draft pick in either 2000, 2001, or 2002, and the Orlando Magic’s 2000 second-round draft pick. Additionally, Orlando traded F Don MacLean to Houston and acquired G Lee Mayberry, F Makhtar Ndiaye, G Rodrick Rhodes, and F Michael Smith from Vancouver.

In another notable event on Aug. 27, 2004,

The USA basketball team suffered an 89-81 loss to Argentina, eliminating them from gold medal contention for the first time since NBA players became eligible to compete in the Summer Olympic games.

Tragedy struck on Aug. 27, 2013,

as the basketball community mourned the passing of two-time All-Star and Hall-of-Famer Zelmo Beaty, who passed away at the age of 71.

Aug. 28

Turning to Aug. 28, 2004,

The USA basketball team rebounded by defeating Lithuania 104-96, securing the bronze medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Aug. 30

Moving on to Aug. 30, 1997,

The Houston Comets clinched a historic victory by defeating the New York Liberty 65-51, becoming the first WNBA Champions. Cynthia Cooper, the regular-season MVP and leading scorer with 25 points was named the Championship MVP.

On Aug. 30, 2017,

A major trade reshaped the NBA landscape as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and two future draft picks.

Sept. 1

September 1, 1963,

marked the beginning of Walter Kennedy’s tenure as the commissioner of the NBA, succeeding Maurice Podoloff.

On Sept. 1, 2020,

The Denver Nuggets emerged triumphant in a thrilling Game 7, defeating the Utah Jazz 80-78 in a closely contested first-round series. The series had been marked by a scoring duel between Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Denver’s Jamal Murray, but it was the defense that proved decisive in Game 7, with neither team shooting better than 38%.

Sept. 2

Concluding the week, on Sept. 2, 1948,

Nate “Tiny” Archibald, a basketball legend, was born in New York City.


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