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    Throwback Thursday: On this day 34 years ago, Larry Bird beats rival Magic for NBA top rookie award

    May 29, 2014
    Larry Bird, Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations, visited Manila last year when the Pacers played the Houston Rockets in the Pasay City stop of the NBA Global Games preseason tour. Jerome Ascano 

    LOCAL boxing’s top officials got a fresh mandate and three outstanding assistants were hired as NBA head coaches, around this time just a year ago.

    And over three decades ago at this time, the basketball world celebrated the impressive first year of a future superstar.

    On May 29, 1980, the Boston Celtics' Larry Bird was awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year honor after beating his rival Magic Johnson by averaging 21.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.7 blocks per game.

    Exactly four years later, Carmelo Anthony was born in Brooklyn New York. He went on to win an NCAA championship with Syracuse and is now a six-time NBA All-Star.

    The Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines, formerly known as the Amateur Boxing of the Philippines, held its first general assembly and organizational elections at the Quezon City Sports Club, on May 29, 2013, and Ricky Vargas was days later re-elected president of the ABAP.

    Now he is entering the second of a fresh four-year mandate that will get his crew through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

    The Atlanta Hawks named Mike Budenholzer, a former San Antonio Spurs assistant, as the new head coach on May 29 (Manila time), former Lakers assistant Steve Clifford was introduced as the new head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, while Jeff Hornacek officially took over as Suns head coach after working as an assistant with the Utah Jazz. 

    It was also on this day last year when then 81-year old Nepalese Min Bahadur Sherchan abandoned his bid to regain the record for the oldest man to reach the top of Mt. Everest, just six days after 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura set the new mark.

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    Larry Bird, Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations, visited Manila last year when the Pacers played the Houston Rockets in the Pasay City stop of the NBA Global Games preseason tour. Jerome Ascano 
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