Back in Time: February 23
During a game against Purdue, Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair to protest a referee's call. Knight was suspended for one game and received two years' probation from the Big Ten Conference.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar passes Elvin Hayes as the NBA's all-time leader in games played (1340) in a 117-111 overtime win at Philadelphia. Abdul-Jabbar went on to play in 1,560 games and is now second all-time to Robert Parish, who played in 1,611 games.
Although he loses his arbitration case, Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs receives the largest amount ($1.35 million) ever awarded by this process.
Seattle's Nate McMillan ties an NBA rookie record when he records 25 assists in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. McMillan matched Ernie DiGregorio, who tallied 25 assists on January 1, 1974 against Portland.
Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon rejects seven shots in the Rockets' 90-83 win over San Antonio, becoming the sixth player in NBA history to register 2,000 career blocks.
Utah's John Stockton picks up seven assists in a 105-78 loss to Houston, becoming only the fourth guard (along with Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas) in NBA history to reach the 8,000 career assist plateau.
Born on this Day
Elston Howard (1929) <br>Tom Osborne (1937) <br>Fred Biletnikoff (1943) <br>Ed "Too Tall" Jones (1951)<br>Bobby Bonilla (1963) <br>Helena Sukova; (1965) <br>Rondell White (1972) <br> Jerod Mayo (1986)