1995 NBA All-Star Game

The 1995 NBA All-Star Game was the 45th edition of the All-Star Game. The Western Conference won 139-112. The city of Phoenix hosted the event. Mitch Richmond of the Sacramento Kings was voted MVP of the game.

The 1995 NBA All-Star Game was broadcast by NBC the fifth consecutive year.

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East 28282531 112
West 31413235 139
DateFebruary 12, 1995
ArenaAmerica West Arena
CityPhoenix, Arizona
MVPMitch Richmond
National anthemBoys Choir of Harlem
Attendance18,755
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Background information

Charles Barkley was the main host of the event. During a break in the game near the fourth quarter he even wanted to shoot himself out of a catapult, but his coach made sure he didn't do it because he did not want his star player to get injured.[1]

Grant Hill of the Detroit Pistons was the first rookie in NBA history to lead the league in votes for this year's All-Star game.[2] Hakeem Olajuwon led the Western Conference voting.[2] Karl Malone and David Robinson were both questionable for the game due to injuries but they ended up playing limited minutes.[2] Dominique Wilkins and Clyde Drexler were not selected.[2]

Larry Johnson came back to the all-star lineup after missing last years game due to a serious back injury. It meant a lot for him to come back from the injury and make the all-star game the next season. He came back as a reserve this year.[2] Penny Hardaway played his first game as a starter for the Eastern conference team this year.[3] Cedric Ceballos was selected as a reserve, but did not play due to being injured beforehand by Dikembe Mutombo in a regular season game. Mutombo replaced Ceballos.[2]

Michael Jordan missed the game as he was still in the midst of his first retirement from basketball.[4]

Roster

Eastern Conference All-Stars
Pos Player Team No. of selections Votes
Starters
G Anfernee Hardaway Orlando Magic 1st 999,327
G Reggie Miller Indiana Pacers 2nd 908,493
F Scottie Pippen Chicago Bulls 5th 1,134,525
F Grant Hill Detroit Pistons 1st 1,289,585
C Shaquille O'Neal Orlando Magic 3rd 1,263,451
Reserves
F/C Vin Baker Milwaukee Bucks 1st
G Dana Barros Philadelphia 76ers 1st
G Joe Dumars Detroit Pistons 5th 826,935
C Patrick Ewing New York Knicks 9th 728,331
F/C Tyrone Hill Cleveland Cavaliers 1st
F Larry Johnson Charlotte Hornets 2nd 698,931
C Alonzo Mourning Charlotte Hornets 2nd 664,927
Head coach: Brian Hill (Orlando Magic)
Western Conference All-Stars
Pos Player Team No. of selections Votes
Starters
G Latrell Sprewell Golden State Warriors 2nd 861,223
G Dan Majerle Phoenix Suns 3rd 868,115
F Charles Barkley Phoenix Suns 9th 1,046,105
F Shawn Kemp Seattle SuperSonics 3rd 1,027,451
C Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets 10th 1,125,032
Reserves
F Cedric Ceballos

INJ

Los Angeles Lakers 1st 259,464
F Karl Malone Utah Jazz 8th 526,741
C Dikembe Mutombo

REP

Denver Nuggets 2nd 594,789
G Gary Payton Seattle SuperSonics 2nd 567,324
G Mitch Richmond Sacramento Kings 3rd
C David Robinson San Antonio Spurs 6th 1,046,364
F Detlef Schrempf Seattle SuperSonics 2nd 391,451
G John Stockton Utah Jazz 7th 798,219
Head coach: Paul Westphal (Phoenix Suns)

^INJ Cedric Ceballos did not participate due to injury.
^REP Dikembe Mutombo replaced Cedric Ceballos.

Box score

Eastern Conference

Player Min Fg 3pt Ft Reb Ast Pts
Grant Hill, DET 20 5-8 0-0 0-0 0 3 10
Scottie Pippen, CHI 30 5-15 2-6 0-0 7 3 12
Shaquille O'Neal, ORL 26 9-16 0-1 4-7 7 1 22
Anfernee Hardaway, ORL 31 4-9 0-2 4-6 5 11 12
Reggie Miller, IND 23 3-9 3-6 0-0 0 2 9
Joe Dumars, DET 21 5-8 1-2 0-0 0 6 11
Patrick Ewing, NYK 22 4-7 0-0 2-2 3 1 10
Dana Barros, PHI 11 2-5 1-3 0-0 1 3 5
Larry Johnson, CHA 20 2-3 1-1 2-2 4 2 7
Alonzo Mourning, CHA 19 4-9 0-1 2-3 8 1 10
Vin Baker, MIL 11 0-2 0-0 2-4 2 0 2
Tyrone Hill, CLE 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 4 0 2
Total 240 44-92 8-22 16-24 41 33 112

Western Conference

Player Min Fg 3pt Ft Reb Ast Pts
Charles Barkley, PHO 23 7-12 1-4 0-0 9 2 15
Shawn Kemp, SEA 23 4-6 0-0 5-6 2 2 13
Hakeem Olajuwon, HOU 25 6-13 1-1 0-2 11 1 13
Dan Majerle, PHO 20 4-12 2-7 0-0 5 3 10
Latrell Sprewell, GSW 22 4-9 0-2 1-1 4 4 9
Gary Payton, SEA 23 3-10 0-3 0-0 5 15 6
Mitch Richmond, SAC 22 10-13 3-3 0-0 4 2 23
David Robinson, SAS 14 3-5 0-0 4-6 3 2 10
Detlef Schrempf, SEA 18 4-11 1-4 0-0 4 5 9
Dikembe Mutombo, DEN 20 6-8 0-0 0-0 8 1 12
Karl Malone, UTA 16 6-6 0-0 3-4 3 1 15
John Stockton, UTA 14 2-6 0-3 0-0 1 6 4
Total 240 59-111 8-27 13-19 59 44 139

Match data

Score by period 1 2 3 4 Total
East 28 28 25 31 112
West 31 41 32 35 139

References

  1. ^ Nadkarni, Rohan. "NBA All-Star 1995: A celebrity dunk contest, Charles Barkley roast and more". SI.com. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Hill & Co. give big show new cast 1995 NBA ALL-STAR GAME". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  3. ^ "Penny Hardaway Player Profile, Miami Heat, News, Rumors, NBA Stats, NCAA Stats, Events Stats, Game Logs, Bests, Awards - RealGM". basketball.realgm.com. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  4. ^ "Mitch Richmond is the 1995 NBA All-Star Game MVP". Sneaker History. 2015-02-12. Retrieved 2017-05-05.

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1994–95 Charlotte Hornets season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the 7th season for the Charlotte Hornets in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Hornets signed unrestricted free agent Robert Parish, who won championships with the Boston Celtics in the 1980s. After falling one game short of the playoffs the previous season, the Hornets enjoyed their first 50-win season as they finished second in the Central Division with a solid 50–32 record, and qualified for their second playoff appearance. Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson were both selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game. In the first round of the playoffs, they faced the 5th-seeded Chicago Bulls, but were eliminated three games to one in the best-of-five series, losing by just one point in an 85–84 loss in Game 4. The Hornets led the NBA in attendance for the sixth time in seven seasons.

Despite the stellar season, Johnson and Mourning had trouble getting along as teammates. Following the season, Mourning was traded to the Miami Heat after three seasons with the franchise, Hersey Hawkins was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics, and Kenny Gattison left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft.

For the season, the Hornets added navy/purple alternate road uniforms which lasted until 1997.

1994–95 Chicago Bulls season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the Bulls' 29th season in the National Basketball Association. This was also the team's first season playing at the United Center. During the off-season, the Bulls signed free agents Ron Harper and Jud Buechler. However, Harper's stats would drop down dramatically only playing a limited number of minutes. The Bulls struggled in the first half of the season with a 23–25 record at the All-Star break. However, they received a major boost upon the return of Michael Jordan, who came out of retirement to rejoin the team, faxing a memo that simply said "I'm back." The Bulls won 24 of their final 34 games, and finished the season with a 47–35 record, going 13–4 with Jordan back in the lineup. The Bulls finished third in the Central Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. Jordan wore #45 on his jersey, but later on changed it back to #23 during the playoffs. Scottie Pippen was selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game.

The Bulls defeated the 4th-seeded Charlotte Hornets three games to one in the first round of the 1995 NBA Playoffs, but would eventually lose in the second round to the Conference champion Orlando Magic in six games. The Magic eventually went to the NBA Finals, but were unable to stop the 6th-seeded and eventual two-time NBA Champion Houston Rockets, as they were swept in four straight hard-fought games. Following the season, B.J. Armstrong left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft, and Will Perdue was traded to the San Antonio Spurs.

1994–95 Denver Nuggets season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the Nuggets' 19th season in the National Basketball Association, and 28th season as a franchise. During the offseason, the Nuggets signed free agent Dale Ellis. Coming off their improbable playoff run, the Nuggets were bitten by the injury bug, losing LaPhonso Ellis for all but six games due to a preseason knee injury. Despite winning five of their first six games, head coach Dan Issel resigned with the team holding an 18–16 record. Under his assistant Gene Littles, the team struggled losing 10 of 13 games as Littles was replaced with General Manager Bernie Bickerstaff.

Under Bickerstaff, the Nuggets would recover making a late push winning 20 of their final 32 games, sneaking into the playoffs by defeating the Sacramento Kings for the #8 seed in the Western Conference in the final game of the season, 102–89 at McNichols Sports Arena. The Nuggets finished fourth in the Midwest Division with a 41–41 record. Dikembe Mutombo captured his first Defensive Player of The Year award, and was selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game.

However, in the first round of the playoffs, the Nuggets were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in three straight games. This would be their final playoff appearance until 2004. Following the season, second-year forward Rodney Rogers and Brian Williams were both traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, and Robert Pack was dealt to the Washington Bullets.

1994–95 Detroit Pistons season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the Pistons' 47th season in the National Basketball Association, and 38th season in the city of Detroit. After losing 60 plus games and the retirements of Bill Laimbeer and Isiah Thomas, the Pistons started a new era by drafting Grant Hill out of Duke University with the third pick in the 1994 NBA draft. The team also signed free agents Oliver Miller and Johnny Dawkins during the offseason. Hill became an immediate fan favorite leading the team with 19.9 points per game, as he was selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game along with Joe Dumars. However, after an 8–7 start to the season, the Pistons lost 13 of their next 14 games. They continued to struggle losing eight of their final nine games, finishing last place in the Central Division with a 28–54 record. Hill went on to share the Rookie of The Year honors with Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks. Following the season, Miller left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft, Dawkins retired and head coach Don Chaney was fired.

For the season, the Pistons added red alternate road uniforms which lasted until the franchise's 1996 rebrand.

1994–95 Golden State Warriors season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the Warriors’ 49th season in the National Basketball Association, and 33rd in the San Francisco Bay Area. During the offseason, the Warriors acquired Ricky Pierce from the Seattle SuperSonics. Tim Hardaway returned after missing all of last season with a knee injury. After having finished 50–32 the previous season, the Warriors made a number of deals to toughen the team in the middle by trading Billy Owens to the Miami Heat for Rony Seikaly. Before the season even started, second-year star Chris Webber began the season by exercising his option to become a restricted free agent, claiming irreconcilable differences with head coach Don Nelson. He asked to be traded, and the Warriors obliged, sending him to the Washington Bullets for Tom Gugliotta, who would later on be traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for rookie Donyell Marshall midway through the season.The Warriors won their first five games of the season, winning 8 of their 13 games in November. However, they struggled losing ten straight games afterwards as Pierce, Seikaly and Chris Mullin all missed large parts of the season due to injuries. All of this led to the resignation of Nelson after a 14–31 start. Under replacement Bob Lanier, the team finished sixth in the Pacific Division with a 26–56 record. Latrell Sprewell was selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game. Following the season, Pierce signed as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers, and Lanier was fired as coach.

1994–95 Houston Rockets season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the Rockets' 28th season in the National Basketball Association, and 24th season in Houston. After winning their first championship, the Rockets went on to win their first nine games of the season. However, with increased competition in the West, management felt a change was needed to win another title. On February 14, the Rockets traded Otis Thorpe to the Portland Trail Blazers for All-Star guard Clyde Drexler, a former teammate of Hakeem Olajuwon at the University of Houston. However, after the trade, the Rockets struggled in the second half of the season posting a record of 17–18 on their way to finishing third in the Midwest Division with a 47–35 record. Olajuwon was selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game.

In the playoffs, the Rockets faced the 3rd-seeded Utah Jazz in the first round. The Jazz would take a 2–1 series lead, but the Rockets went on to win the series in five games. In the semifinals, they faced the Phoenix Suns for the second consecutive year. The Rockets managed to defeat the 2nd-seeded Suns in seven games to advance to the Western Conference Finals. In the all Texas Western Conference, they faced the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. Both teams lacked home court advantage in the series, only winning on the road until the Rockets won Game 6 at The Summit and advanced to the NBA Finals. In the Finals, they swept the Orlando Magic in four straight games, and won their second consecutive championship. Following the season, Vernon Maxwell signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers, and Tracy Murray left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft.

1994–95 Indiana Pacers season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the Pacers' 19th season in the National Basketball Association, and 28th season as a franchise. After appearing in their first Conference Finals, the Pacers improved their fortunes by adding Mark Jackson, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers. The move would pay off as the Pacers won their first Division title since joining the NBA. The Pacers finished the season with a 52–30 record, as Rik Smits had a career year as he averaged 17.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Reggie Miller was selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game, which was his first All-Star appearance since 1990.

In the playoffs, the Pacers faced off against the Atlanta Hawks for the second consecutive season. The Pacers swept the Hawks in three straight games. As they advanced to the second round of the playoffs, the Pacers found themselves in a rematch with New York Knicks. As the Knicks had a better regular season record, the series started in New York. In Game 1, the Pacers were down 6 points with 16.4 seconds left. Miller would single-handedly stun the Knicks by nailing a 3-pointer and then stealing the inbounds pass and tying the game with another 3-pointer. Knicks fan Spike Lee was just a few feet away. Miller would add 2 free throws and give the Pacers a legendary comeback win. The Pacers lost Game 2 and the series returned to Indiana. After four games, the Pacers took a 3–1 series lead. The Knicks would bounce back and force a 7th game at Madison Square Garden. The Pacers would emerge victorious as Patrick Ewing's last-second shot did not go in the basket.

With a 2-point win, the Pacers qualified for the Eastern Conference Finals for the second consecutive season. The Pacers were very familiar with their opponents. Like their first and second round opponents, the Pacers played the Orlando Magic the previous postseason. The Pacers pushed a strong Orlando team to a 7th game before losing the series. The home team would win every game in the series.

Following the season, Byron Scott left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft, Vern Fleming signed as an unrestricted free agent with the New Jersey Nets, and Sam Mitchell re-signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

1994–95 Los Angeles Lakers season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the Lakers' 47th season in the National Basketball Association, and 35th in the city of Los Angeles. This was the first season since 1981–82 that James Worthy was not on the team, as he announced his retirement in November. With new head coach Del Harris along with the offseason acquisition of Cedric Ceballos from the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers were one of the most improved teams in the NBA, as second-year star Nick Van Exel emerged as one of the best point guards in the league. The Lakers finished third in the Pacific Division with a 48–34 record, and returned to the playoffs after a one-year absence. Harris was named Coach of The Year, top draft pick Eddie Jones made the All-Rookie First Team, and Ceballos was selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game, but did not play due to injury. In the first round of the playoffs, the Lakers defeated the 4th-seeded Seattle SuperSonics in four games. However, they would lose in the semifinals to the San Antonio Spurs in six games. Following the season, Sam Bowie and Kurt Rambis both retired.

1994–95 Milwaukee Bucks season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the Bucks' 27th season in the National Basketball Association. The Bucks held the right to select first overall in the 1994 NBA draft—the third time in franchise history, after 1969 and 1977–, which they used to select Glenn Robinson out of Purdue University. During the offseason, they signed free agents Marty Conlon, Johnny Newman and Alton Lister. Robinson had a stellar rookie season as he led the Bucks with 21.9 points per game, and made the All-Rookie First Team. Second-year star Vin Baker continued to improve averaging 17.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, while being selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game. However, after a 5–3 start to the season, the Bucks went on a nine-game losing streak, and played below .500 for the remainder of the season. They finished sixth in the Central Division with a 34–48 record, missing the playoffs finishing just one game behind the 8th-seeded Boston Celtics.

1994–95 New York Knicks season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the 49th season for the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association. The Knicks entered the seasons as runner-ups of the 1994 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Houston Rockets in seven games. During the offseason, the Knicks acquired Doug Christie from the Los Angeles Lakers. However, Christie would play only twelve games because of an ankle injury. Early into the season, the team released Doc Rivers, who later signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs. The Knicks posted a 55–27 record in the Atlantic Division, and finished in second place, two games behind the Orlando Magic. By earning the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks qualified for the NBA Playoffs for the eighth consecutive season. Patrick Ewing was selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game. John Starks led the league with 217 three-point field goals, and became the first player ever to reach up to 200 three-pointers in a single season. Power forward Anthony Mason was named Sixth Man of the Year.In the first round of the 1995 NBA Playoffs, the Knicks defeated the 6th-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers three games to one, advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Knicks lost Game 1 of their series to the Indiana Pacers, as Reggie Miller scored eight points in the final 18.7 seconds to bring the Pacers back from a six-point deficit. The Pacers gained a 3–1 series edge, before the Knicks won two straight games to force a seventh game at Madison Square Garden. With the Knicks down by two points in the final seconds, Ewing had a chance to send the game to overtime, but missed his driving layup attempt as the Pacers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. Following the season, Pat Riley quit as head coach to take over the coaching job with the Miami Heat, Greg Anthony left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft, and Anthony Bonner was released.

1994–95 Orlando Magic season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the Magic's 6th season in the National Basketball Association. After building through the draft in previous years, the Magic made themselves even stronger by signing free agents Horace Grant and Brian Shaw. Grant gave the Magic one of the most dominant starting lineups in the NBA. Shaquille O'Neal continued to dominate the NBA with 29.3 points per game. The Magic easily won the Atlantic Division with a 57–25 record. They also finished with a 39–2 home record, tied for second best in NBA history. Second-year star Anfernee Hardaway was selected to play in the 1995 NBA All-Star Game along with O'Neal.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Magic overwhelmed the Boston Celtics with a 124–77 victory in Game 1. The Magic would eliminate the Celtics at the Boston Garden to win the series 3–1. These matches would be the final 2 basketball games ever played at the Garden.In the second round, the Magic were matched up against the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls were on an emotional high as Michael Jordan had just returned from his baseball career to play basketball. Jordan was now wearing the number 45 for the Bulls. The Magic won the first game 94–91. Tensions rose when Nick Anderson indicated that Jordan was no longer the same player when Anderson was quoted by the media saying, "Number 23, he could just blow right by you! Number 45, he revs up, but doesn't really take off." The comment motivated Jordan to return to number 23 and the Bulls evened the series. In Game 5, the Magic won the game 103–95. The Magic would eliminate the Bulls in Game 6 as the Magic won 108–102 to advance to the Conference Finals.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Magic would beat the Indiana Pacers in a tough 7-game series that saw the home team win every game.The Magic were off to their first ever NBA Finals. The Magic faced off against the 6th-seeded and defending NBA Champion Houston Rockets. Shaq would be up against Hakeem Olajuwon in a battle of All-Star Centers. Game 1 was played in Orlando and the game was lost at the free throw line. Anderson missed four consecutive free throws with the Magic up by three at waning seconds of the game and the Rockets tied the game at the buzzer. The Rockets would then win Game 1 in overtime. The Magic would not recover from their Game 1 loss as the Rockets swept the series in 4 straight.For the season, the Magic had new blue pinstripe road uniforms, while the black pinstripe jerseys became their alternate. Both uniforms lasted until 1998.

Orlando did not make another appearance in the NBA Finals until 2009.

1994–95 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the 76ers 46th season in the National Basketball Association, and 32nd season in Philadelphia. During the offseason, the Sixers signed unrestricted free agent Scott Williams, then signed free agent Willie Burton early into the season. Under new head coach John Lucas, and despite second-year star Shawn Bradley playing a full season, the Sixers struggled after a 10–16 start losing nine consecutive games, as Jeff Malone played just 19 games due to a foot injury. The Sixers finished sixth in the Atlantic Division with a 24–58 record. Top draft pick Sharone Wright out of Clemson was selected to the All-Rookie Second Team. Guard Dana Barros was named Most Improved Player of The Year, averaging 20.6 points per game while shooting .464 from three-point range, and .899 from the free throw line. He was also selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game. Following the season, Barros departed and signed as a free agent with the Boston Celtics.

1994–95 Sacramento Kings season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the Kings' 46th season in the National Basketball Association, and tenth season in Sacramento. With the arrivals of rookies Brian Grant and Michael Smith from the 1994 NBA draft, the Kings had an improved defense which held opponents at 99.2 points per game (8th best in the NBA). On the offensive side, the Kings were led by Mitch Richmond, who averaged 22.8 points per game while winning the All-Star MVP award in the 1995 NBA All-Star Game. The Kings played above .500 for the first half of the season with a 28–20 record in mid February. However, they struggled with a 7-game losing streak afterwards as they began to slip under .500.

On the final day of the regular season, the Kings faced the Denver Nuggets at McNichols Sports Arena for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Nuggets would win 102–89 as the Kings went home with a 39–43 record, missing the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season. Grant was selected to the All-Rookie First Team. Following the season, Spud Webb was traded back to the Atlanta Hawks.

For the season, the Kings changed their logo and added purple to their uniforms. The jerseys lasted until 2002, while the logo lasted until 2016.

1994–95 San Antonio Spurs season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the Spurs' 19th season in the National Basketball Association, and 28th season as a franchise. During the offseason, the Spurs hired Bob Hill as head coach, re-acquired Sean Elliott after playing one year with the Detroit Pistons, re-signed Avery Johnson after one season with the Golden State Warriors, and signed free agents Chuck Person and former All-Star Moses Malone. Early into the season, they signed free agent Doc Rivers, who was released by the New York Knicks.

With Dennis Rodman serving a suspension at the start of the season, the Spurs struggled early in the season with a 7–9 start. However, they would soon go on a 15-game winning streak and win 21 of their final 23 games, finishing with the league's best record of 62–20. It was also their best regular season record in franchise history, surpassing the 56-win 1989–90 season, which would surpassed 12 seasons later by the 2005-06 squad (63-19), then 11 seasons later by the 2015-16 team (67-15). David Robinson was named Most Valuable Player of the Year. He was also selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game. In the first round of the playoffs, the Spurs swept the Denver Nuggets in three straight games. In the semifinals, they defeated the 5th-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in six games. However, in the Western Conference Finals, they would lose to the 6th-seeded Houston Rockets in six games.Following the season, the Spurs traded Rodman to the Chicago Bulls, no longer being able to handle the distractions that came along with the NBA's top rebounder. Also following the season, Terry Cummings re-signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, Willie Anderson left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft, and Malone retired after playing 19 years in the NBA.

1994–95 Seattle SuperSonics season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the 27th season for the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Sonics acquired Šarūnas Marčiulionis from the Golden State Warriors. For the duration of the season, the Sonics switched venues and played their home games at the Tacoma Dome while their original stadium, the Seattle Center Coliseum, was being rebuilt to keep pace with NBA standards. The Sonics posted a 10-game winning streak in January, which led them to a successful 33–12 start before the All-Star break. The team finished second in the Pacific Division with a 57–25 record. Three members of the team, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and Detlef Schrempf were all selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game.

However, after a shocking first round exit in the 1994 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets, the Seattle franchise would once again exit early in the 1995 Playoffs, losing in four games to the 5th-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round after winning Game 1. Following the season, Kendall Gill was traded back to the Charlotte Hornets, and Marčiulionis was dealt to the Sacramento Kings.

1994–95 Utah Jazz season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the Jazz's 21st season in the National Basketball Association, and 16th season in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the offseason, the Jazz signed free agent Antoine Carr and acquired Adam Keefe from the Atlanta Hawks. In a year of milestones, John Stockton became the NBA's all-time assist leader passing Magic Johnson with 9,921 on his way to a record tying eighth straight assist title. Meanwhile, Karl Malone and Tom Chambers each passed the 20,000 point mark in their careers, as the Jazz posted a 14–1 record in January including a 14-game winning streak. At midseason, the team re-acquired former Jazz guard Blue Edwards from the Boston Celtics. The Jazz won their final seven games finishing second in the Midwest Division with a 60–22 record. Malone and Stockton were both selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Jazz took a 2–1 series lead over the 6th-seeded Houston Rockets, but went on to lose the series in five games. Following the season, Chambers left to play in Israel, and Edwards left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft.

Jeff Munn

Jeff Munn is an American public address announcer for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball and the former public address announcer for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association.

Munn began his broadcasting career as a senior at Phoenix Carl Hayden High School, then later announced games at Phoenix College in the late 1970s. After this he served as the stadium voice of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl for 13 years. Munn has announced at several major events. He served as an announcer for the 1993 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the 1995 NBA All-Star Game, the 2000 WNBA All-Star Game, and the 2001 World Series. In 1996, he was selected as one of four announcers for the basketball competition at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta and handled the announcing duties for the Men's Gold Medal Game. [1]. In 2004, Munn was hired as the play-by-play voice for the Arizona State University women's basketball team. [2]

Munn, who served as the arena voice for the Suns for 12 seasons, is also the fill-in radio play-by-play voice of the Diamondbacks.

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