Moses Malone Rumors
Basketball-Reference: Damian Lillard had 40 points yesterday, his second time this season he scored 40+ in three straight games. Since 1980, the only other players with multiple streaks like that in a season are Moses Malone, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden
RAY: Your team had a run of great seasons but never won a championship. I think your last five seasons, the Bucks finished first in the conference. You had a great collection of players, including the ones who came in the trade for Kareem. Marques Johnson: Yeah, we had it going on. We started out green and kept growing. The only problem was that we either had to go through the Boston Celtics with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish (and later Dennis Johnson) and that crew, or the Philadelphia 76ers and Dr. J., Bobby Jones, Maurice Cheeks and Andrew Toney, aka. the Boston Strangler. The year that we were really primed to make a championship run, the Sixers had picked up Moses Malone in the offseason.
Arn Tellem: In high school, Kobe trained with the Philadelphia 76ers. By his senior campaign, the big question was, would Kobe attend a college like La Salle, where Joe was an assistant coach, or turn pro. During the previous three decades, only six U.S. players had joined the NBA without playing college ball, and all of them had been big men: Moses Malone, Darryl Dawkins, Bill Willoughby, Shawn Kemp, Thomas Hamilton and Kevin Garnett. Kobe was a 6-foot-6 guard. I asked Kobe what he wanted to do. He didn’t hesitate. “I’m going to the NBA,” he said. “I want to be the next Michael Jordan.”
Justin Kubatko: The @nuggets Nikola Jokic is just the third center in NBA history* to score at least 45 points in a game without committing a turnover. The others to do so are Moses Malone (Apr. 8, 1987) and Shaquille O’Neal (Nov. 9, 1994). * Individual turnovers were first recorded in 1977-78.