You might not remember Walter Davis, but he was a stud player. He was a six time All-Star, 1978 Rookie of the Year, he averated 18.9 points per game over the course of his career, with a shooting percentage of 51.1. He to this day is the Suns all-time leading scorer.
And he won a gold medal in Montreal in 1976 as part of Team USA basketball, a team led by Phil Ford and Adrian Dantley.
And that medal is something you can buy at acution, something first reported at Eye on Basketball.
Each year around the Hall of Fame introductions (those are coming in a couple weeks) GreyFlannelAuctions.com hosts an auction of impressive NBA memorabilia. This year there are Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson game-worn jerseys among other items.
But Davis’ 1976 gold medal is the highlight. The current bid is $12,000, if you’ve got that laying around.
Davis battled some drug problems at a point in his 15-year career but the former North Carolina star was reportedly serving as a community ambassador for the Nuggets last year.
This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.
The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.
With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.
Emphasis on “almost.”
The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.
The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.
After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.
The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.
Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.
The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.