September 25, 1965 - Scottie Pippen was born in Hamburg, Arkansas. Happy 52nd Birthday Scottie Pippen! Pippen claimed the starting small forward position with the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1999–2000 NBA season. Playing alongside new stars such as Rasheed Wallace and Steve Smith, Pippen continued to demonstrate his defensive capabilities, even past his prime. Under Head coachMike Dunleavy, the Trail Blazers posted a 59–23 record and clinched the second spot in the Pacific Division and the third spot in the Western Conference. Pippen played and started in all 82 games that season, averaging 12.5 points per game, 5 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game. In the first round of the 2000 NBA Playoffs, Portland defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 3 games to 1. Their opponents in the second round were the Utah Jazz. In Game 5, while leading the series 3–1, with 12.6 seconds remaining and Portland trailing by 2, Pippen inbounded the ball to Damon Stoudamire who returned it to Pippen, who hit a three pointer with 7.3 seconds remaining. The Jazz fouled Pippen on the next play, and he stepped to the line and made one of two free throws to give the Blazers a 81–79 lead. Bryon Russell of the Jazz attempted a game-winning three-pointer but threw the shot off balance, which resulted in an air ball. The Trail Blazers won the series 4–1 and advanced to the Western Conference Finals. There they faced the Los Angeles Lakers, coached under Phil Jackson, Pippen's former coach in Chicago. The series was stretched to a deciding Game 7, in which the Trail Blazers held a 15-point lead in the 4th quarter. However, led by the All-Star duo of Kobe Bryantand Shaquille O'Neal, the Lakers managed to erase Portland's lead and win the game 89–84 and with that also the series. The Lakers proceeded to the 2000 NBA Finals where they faced the Indiana Pacers and were eventually crowned the NBA Champions.
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On September 24th 2017, Antoinette Carole Grace Mbarga met Honorable John James Conyers Jr. (D).
44th Dean of the United States House of Representatives "He co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus in 1969 and established a reputation as one of the most liberal members of Congress. Conyers joined the liberal Congressional Progressive Caucusafter it was founded in 1991. Conyers supports the creation of a single-payer healthcare system and sponsored the United States National Health Care Act to achieve that goal. He also sponsored a bill to establish Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday."
Before the 1984 draft started, there were rumors about a trade between the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trailblazers. In the 1983-1984 season Ralph Sampson was a huge player in the NBA. The 7 foot 3 center was able to make moves like a power forward and had a decent mid range shot. Averaging 21 ppg, 11.1 rebounds, he was awarded the rookie of the year in 1984. The Trailblazers were highly interested in the rookie and offered a trade to the Rockets. The offer was for Clyde Drexler and a first round pick if the 1984 draft for Ralph Sampson. The Rockets, already having the 1st overall pick in the draft, if they were to accept the trade, they will have the first and second picks in the 1984 draft along with Clyde Drexler. In the draft the 1st overall pick was Hakeem Olajuwon, and including in the draft was Michael Jordan. If they were to select Jordan 2nd overall pick, they would have a dynasty of Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan. The Rockets ended up passing up on the trade. Selected Olajuwon 1st overall, and the Trailblazers selected Sam Bowie 2nd overall, passing up on Jordan since they believe that Bowie would be a better fit for their team since they already had Drexler at the 2 guard. And the Bulls selected Jordan at 3rd. If the Rockets did accept the trade, how many championships do you think the Rockets would have won? @nba @rockets @nbaevereything247 @nbahistory @trailblazers #nba#trade#draft#jordan#olajuwon#drexler#rockets#trailblazers#nbahistory#basketball#dynasty
“We are missing the greater lesson of life. It’s not about excuses and explanations, and stories about how hard you’ve had it. It’s about why we are here, what life is all about, and the way we learn. A story about purpose, how life makes room for us, or anything for that matter. I decided to share that story and to show that process though the 500 Miles Project - the story of the un-purposed horse, and the un-purposed human being.” - Micah Fink, 500 Miles #NOTAVACATION#WHATSYOUR500#WY500
Free to Be. That's the way this goes. Release Yourself from the bondage of "the box" the one others have put you in. And color outside the lines if you choose. Either way just be fierce in whatever it is you choose to do. #freetobe#beheard#beststrong#beloud#shakeitup#beyou