March 1, 1996: Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens became the first coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 wins after his team's 74-68 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Wilkens is one of the all-time greats in the history of basketball. He has been inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, first in 1989 as a player, as a coach in 1998, and as part of the 1992 United States Olympic "Dream Team" for which he was an assistant coach.
For his career, Wilkens finished 1,332-1,155 won-loss record. His record is only surpassed by Don Nelson in 2009-10. Nelson finsiehd with 3 more career wins than Wilkens. Wilkens won one NBA title with the Seattle Sonics in 1979.
Here's to you Lenny Wilkens, and the day you got your 1,000th NBA win.
March 1, 1972: Wilt Chamberlain became the first player in NBA history to score 30,000 points.
Chamberlain was the most dominant scorer the game has ever seen. During the 1961-62 season with the Philadelphia Warriors, Chamberlain averaged an NBA record 50.4 points per game. That's a record that likely will not be broken ever again. Oh, and in one game that season against the New York Knicks he scored the NBA's only 100 point game:
Wilt's scoring record would stand for 18 years until Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke it. Wilt's 31,419 career points are still good enough for fifth all time behind Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.
Here's to you Wilt Chamberlain and the day you scored you 30,000th point.