City of Orlando Proclaims June as NBHHCM 2K11 to Honor NBA at 65
The City of Orlando, Florida home to Mickey Mouse and the Orlando Magic will proclaim this coming June as NBHHCM (National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month) 2K11 to honor the NBA at 65, and the NBA/ABA merger at 35.
The 100-years of combined anniversaries make 2011 a very historical year for basketball.
The NBA was founded on June 6, 1946 and this coming June 6, 2011 will mark the 65th Anniversary date the league was formed.
The NBA and ABA announced on June 17, 1976 that the two leagues would merge. June 17, 2011 will mark the 35th Anniversary of the merger being announced.
The two historic moments in basketball history occurred 30-years and 11-days a part during the month of June.
The Magic became the 27th NBA franchise in 1989 when the league expanded from 26 to 28 teams. The Minnesota Timberwolves were the 28th NBA franchise.
When Shaquille O'Neal made his big splash into the NBA with the Orlando Magic as the number 1 over-all pick in 1992 as a 300 pound, rapping, break-dancing, dunkadelic man-child he was the first player to truly bring the hip-hop culture into the NBA.
Back in March O'Neal in an exclusive interview with ESPN told the nation that he and the late hip-hop icon Notorious B.I.G. were good friends, and that Biggie recorded a song with him on his last album in 1997 titled "You Can't Stop The Reign."
The Orlando Magic has another dunkadelic rim-rocking machine in Dwight Howard who is also the 3-time defending Defensive Player of the Year. Howard like O'Neal was the number 1 over-all pick of the 2004 NBA Draft.
The NBHHCM Foundation will dedicate the NBHHCM 2K11 Proclamation to Shaquille O'Neal for his 20-years of contribution to the hoops and hip-hop culture fusion time-period born in 1984 that is known today as The "Dunkadelic-Era" In America.
Since 2009 June has been proclaimed as NBHHCM.