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Trivia Question

PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:31 pm
by MCT
When was the last point in time in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's career when he wasn't the oldest player on his team?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:39 pm
by rlee
78-79: Lou Hudson?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:13 pm
by MCT
Close - there was another player on the 1978-79 Lakers who was younger than Hudson but older than Abdul-Jabbar, who remained with the Lakers into the following season.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:30 pm
by rlee
Ron Boone - 8 days older than me!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:06 am
by MCT
Boone is correct. Boone started the 1979-80 season with the Lakers, but was traded to the Jazz six games into the season. Hudson was born in 1944, Boone in 1946, Abdul-Jabbar in 1947.

After that, Kareem was the oldest player on the Lakers for almost ten full seasons. The closest anyone came was Steve Mix, who was with the Lakers briefly at the end of the 1982-83 season. Mix is about eight months younger than Kareem (Kareem was born in April 1947, Mix in December 1947).

During Kareem's last few seasons in the NBA, his oldest teammate was more than seven years younger than he was (Mychal Thompson, who was born in January 1955).

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:02 pm
by Mike Goodman
If Kareem had come back for one more NBA season -- or even a half a season, just into 1990 -- he'd have played in 4 decades.

Another trivia item -- Kareem had more than half of his career playoff minutes after the age (33) that LeBron is now.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:02 pm
by rlee
The 4 decades might be the ultimate in triviality. Love the implication that somehow it is more notable to play from say 1969-1991 than 1970-1993 (These are hypotheticals, not reflecting actual players' careers).

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:32 pm
by Mike Goodman
My first kid was born late in 1979. Shortly after her 30th birthday, I noted that she was in her 5th decade. That was not much appreciated either.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:16 pm
by MCT
To Ray's point, Robert Parish and Kevin Willis both played long enough that their NBA careers could have spanned four calendar decades had they begun in a season near the end of a decade, rather than in the middle. This is true of Moses Malone as well, if you count the ABA, and give credit for time spent on the injured list (Malone was on an NBA roster for the entire 1994-95 season, but his last appearance in a game was on 12/27/1994).

Over time, there has been a tendency for NBA careers to grow longer, for various reasons, and I once thought there was a good chance a player who began in the 1980s would last into the 2010s. I don't think anyone came especially close, though.

I believe the only players currently active who started in the 1990s are Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, and Jason Terry. (At this point in the 2000s, I don't think there were any players left from the 1980s.) Manu Ginobili was drafted in 1999, and is older than both Nowitzki and Terry, but did not come to play in the NBA until 2002.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:53 pm
by rlee
The 89-90 Pistons & the 09-10 Lakers are the only teams since the 59-60 Celtics to win consecutive titles in two different decades!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:22 pm
by Mike Goodman
rlee wrote:The 89-90 Pistons & the 09-10 Lakers are the only teams since the 59-60 Celtics to win consecutive titles in two different decades!!!

And some will argue that 1990 is part of the '80s, but I don't know why.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:55 pm
by MCT
MCT wrote:Robert Parish and Kevin Willis both played long enough that their NBA careers could have spanned four calendar decades had they begun in a season near the end of a decade, rather than in the middle.

This is also true of Kevin Garnett.

MCT wrote:Moses Malone as well, if you count the ABA, and give credit for time spent on the injured list (Malone was on an NBA roster for the entire 1994-95 season, but his last appearance in a game was on 12/27/1994).

Similar to Moses, Garnett missed the later part of his final season in the NBA due to injury. Unlike Moses, Garnett's final appearance came after the calendar had turned over to the new year. Garnett's last ten NBA games were in 2016, the final one on 1/23/2016.