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  1. Yearbook, Aug. 3: The NBA is born

    Patrick Dorsey

    Aug. 3, 1949: Grab a piece of cake and get ready to sing. On this day 63 years ago, the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged, forming the National Basketball Association. That move included the Boston Celtic...

    Blog | August 03, 2012
  2. Stadium 50 salutes bygone sports venues

    Patrick Dorsey

    Some have hosted special speeches. Others? Major milestones. All of them: great games. And they're no longer with us. So, as we celebrate the biggest noncompetition moments in North American stadium history with the Playbook Stadium 50, and as ...

    Blog | March 01, 2013
  3. Flashback: When 'old' Lakers were young

    Patrick Dorsey

    After the Los Angeles Lakers' home loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night, Kobe Bryant -- he of 34 years on this planet -- called the Lakers "an old damn team." And although some will say you're only as old as you feel, in real-age numbers i...

    Blog | January 02, 2013
  4. Yearbook, Dec. 21: Basketball begins

    Patrick Dorsey

    Dec. 21, 1891: If the world ends today, it will occur on a date that another world -- a sports world, anyway -- began. Yes, on this date 121 years ago, Dr. James Naismith penned the rules of the game, showed them to his Springfield, Mass., YMCA gy...

    Blog | December 21, 2012
  5. Yearbook, Dec. 7: Three special birthdays

    Patrick Dorsey

    Dec. 7, 1947/1956/1973: Three sports, three Hall of Famers (probably), one birthday -- this day, which 65, 56 and 39 years ago brough Johnny Bench, Larry Bird and Terrell Owens into the world. Their credentials, in case you need to review: Be...

    Blog | December 07, 2012
  6. Flashback: The first New Orleans Pelicans

    Patrick Dorsey

    If the reports are true, the NBA's New Orleans Hornets soon will be the New Orleans Pelicans, fulfilling new owner Tom Benson's wish of giving the team a name more connected to the city. How connected is it? Other than the fact the animal is Louis...

    Blog | December 05, 2012
  7. Yearbook, Dec. 5: Karl Malone passes Wilt

    Patrick Dorsey

    Dec. 5, 2000: He never quite tracked down the man at the top, but on this day 12 years ago Karl Malone vaulted past an almost equally tall and equally talented scorer for second place on the NBA's all-time points list. Yes, in a Utah Jazz home gam...

    Blog | December 05, 2012
  8. Playbook's Daily Gallery: Huddle up

    Patrick Dorsey

    Come gather 'round, people -- it's time for Playbook's Daily Gallery, which brings you some special photos from the world of college hoops (ACC/Big Ten Challenge!), the NBA and much more. Check it out: Playbook's Daily Gallery: Wednesday, Nov. ...

    Blog | November 28, 2012
  9. Yearbook, Nov. 21: Bill Fitch loses 1,000th

    Patrick Dorsey

    Nov. 21, 1996: On this day 16 years ago, Bill Fitch gained a dubious distinction -- when the Los Angeles Clippers lost 105-94 to the Dallas Mavericks, he became the first coach in NBA history to lose 1,000 games. That's not to mock Mr. Fitch -- it...

    Blog | November 21, 2012
  10. Yearbook, Nov. 20: AC Green's record streak

    Patrick Dorsey

    Nov. 20, 1997: On this day 15 years ago, in a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks, the ball was jumped and caught by Dallas guard Michael Finley, who immediately called a timeout. The reason: Starting forward A.C. Green...

    Blog | November 20, 2012
  11. Yearbook, Nov. 15: Elgin sets scoring mark

    Patrick Dorsey

    Nov. 15, 1960: Before there was Wilt Chamberlain's 100, there was Elgin Baylor's 71. That's what took place on this day 52 years ago, when the third-year Los Angeles Lakers forward torched the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden, making 28 f...

    Blog | November 15, 2012
  12. Yearbook, Nov. 13: Dawkins shatters glass

    Patrick Dorsey

    Nov. 13, 1979: We defer to Tom Friend's "Outside the Lines" piece to recap the event of this day 33 years ago -- when Darryl "Chocolate Thunder" Dawkins broke his first backboard: The closest witness, Bill Robinzine (God rest his soul), had to hav...

    Blog | November 13, 2012
  13. Yearbook, Nov. 11: Knicks debut at MSG

    Patrick Dorsey

    Nov. 11, 1946: Madison Square Garden? It -- "it" being the third version of MSG -- debuted as a building decades earlier. But the New York Knicks? They didn't play their first game in Manhattan until this day 66 years ago, when the new franchise ...

    Blog | November 11, 2012
  14. Yearbook, Nov. 9: Stern named commish

    Patrick Dorsey

    Nov. 9, 1983: He's on his way out, set to retire on Feb. 1, 2014, exactly 30 years after he took over as NBA commissioner. But today we look back to a time when he was just about to be on his way in -- this day 29 years ago, when David Stern was ...

    Blog | November 09, 2012
  15. Yearbook, Nov. 7: Magic's announcement

    Patrick Dorsey

    Nov. 7, 1991: On this day 21 years ago, the American sporting world effectively stopped. One of its most beloved figures, Magic Johnson, held a news conference to announce he was HIV-positive and immediately retiring from basketball. One year ago,...

    Blog | November 07, 2012
  16. Yearbook, Nov. 5: Miami Heat make debut

    Patrick Dorsey

    Nov. 5, 1988: On this day 24 years ago, LeBron James was a 3-year-old kid in northern Ohio, and the Miami Heat was a just-born franchise a few miles west of South Beach, Fla. Yes, today is the anniversary of Miami's first game. But it didn't go li...

    Blog | November 05, 2012