A day-by-day look at landmark moments, games, performances and more from this week in NBA history.
Oct. 3, 1974
Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers, dubbed “Mr. Clutch” for his performances on the court, retired after playing 14 seasons in the NBA. West scored 25,192 points during his career, along with averaging 29.1 ppg in 153 playoff games.
Oct. 3, 2005
Following the fallout and a bevy of suspensions from the Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons altercation, Pacers forward Ron Artest is reinstated.
Oct. 5, 1950
Drawing lots out of a hat for three members of the defunct Chicago Stags franchise, Boston Celtics owner Walter Brown and Coach Red Auerbach ended up with what they thought was the booby prize, Bob Cousy. The $8,500 price tag for Cousy paid dividends of six NBA Championships for Boston.
Oct. 6, 1993
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls announced his retirement from the NBA at a news conference in Deerfield, IL. Jordan’s retirement after nine seasons came less than four months after he helped lead the Bulls to their third consecutive NBA Championship with a six-game victory over Phoenix in the 1993 NBA Finals. His nine-year totals included 21,541 career points, seven straight league scoring titles (1987-93), an NBA record-high career scoring average (32.3 ppg), and three regular season and three NBA Finals MVP awards. Jordan announced his return to the NBA on March 18, 1995 and 24 hours later played in a game against Indiana at Market Square Arena, scoring 19 points in the Bulls’ 103-96 overtime loss.
Oct. 6, 1998
The NBA announced that all 114 preseason games for this year have been canceled because of the stalled collective bargaining negotiations with the National Basketball Players Association.
Oct. 7, 2015
Harry “The Horse” Gallatin, a member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and a 7-time All-Star, dies at age 88.
Oct. 8, 1975
The San Antonio Spurs, then members of the ABA, defeated the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks 109-107 in the first basketball game ever played in the Louisiana Superdome.
Oct. 8, 1999
Los Angeles Lakers Co-Owner/Vice President Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the legendary point guard who directed the great Showtime Lakers of the 1980s, is the subject of ESPN’s SportsCentury series. Johnson was selected by a distinguished panel of 48 journalists, historians, observers and administrators as No. 17 on the list of the greatest North American athletes of the 20th Century.
Oct. 8, 2002
The NBA officially opens an office in Beijing, China.