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Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors and the Longest Time Between Western Conference Finals Appearances

TEAM SPAN (SEASONS IN BETWEEN) PREVIOUS CONF. FINALS APP. (OR FIRST SEASON*) LAST CONF. FINALS APP. NOTES
1. Los Angeles Clippers 45 1970-71* Active Includes Buffalo Braves (1970-71 thru 1977-78) and San Diego Clippers (1978-79 thru 1983-84)
2. Golden State Warriors 38 1975-76 2014-15
3. Denver Nuggets 23 1984-85 2008-09
4. Sacramento Kings 20 1980-81 2001-02 Includes Kansas City Kings (1980-81 thru 1984-85)
4. Toronto Raptors 20 1995-96* Active
6. Houston Rockets 18 1996-97 Active
7. Memphis Grizzlies 17 1995-96* 2012-13 Includes Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96 thru 2000-01)
7. Utah Jazz 17 1974-75* 1991-92
7. Utah Jazz 17 1997-98 Active
10. Sacramento Kings 16 1963-64 1980-81 as Cincinnati Royals (1963-64 thru 1971-72), Kansas City-Omaha Kings (1972-73 thru 1974-75) and Kansas City Kings (1975-76 thru 1980-81)
11. Portland Trail Blazers 15 1999-00 Active
12. Dallas Mavericks 14 1987-88 2002-03
12. Minnesota Timberwolves 14 1989-90* 2003-04
12. Oklahoma City Thunder 14 1995-96 2010-11 Includes Seattle SuperSonics (1995-96 thru 2007-08)
15. New Orleans Pelicans 13 2002-03 Active Includes New Orleans Hornets (2002-03 thru 2004-05, 2007-08 thru 2012-13) and New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (2005-06 thru 2006-07)
15. Sacramento Kings 13 2001-02 Active
17. Portland Trail Blazers 12 1976-77 1989-90
18. Minnesota Timberwolves 11 2003-04 Active
18. Phoenix Suns 11 1992-93 2004-05
18. San Antonio Spurs 11 1982-83 1994-95
21. Oklahoma City Thunder 10 1967-68* 1977-78 as Seattle SuperSonics

Atlanta Hawks and the Longest Time Between Eastern Conference Finals Appearances

TEAM SPAN (SEASONS IN BETWEEN) PREVIOUS CONF. FINALS APP. (OR FIRST SEASON*) LAST CONF. FINALS APP. NOTES
1. Atlanta Hawks 44 1969-70 2014-15 1969-70 Hawks were in Western Div. Finals
2. Washington Wizards 36 1978-79 Active Includes Washington Bullets (1978-79 thru 1996-97)
3. Brooklyn Nets 25 1976-77* 2001-02 as New Jersey Nets
3. Charlotte Hornets 25 1988-89* Active Includes Charlotte Bobcats (2004-05 thru 2013-14)
5. Detroit Pistons 24 1961-62 1986-87 1961-62 Pistons were in Western Div. Finals
6. Toronto Raptors 20 1995-96* Active
7. New York Knicks 18 1973-74 1992-93
8. Indiana Pacers 17 1976-77* 1993-94
9. Cleveland Cavaliers 15 1975-76 1991-92
9. New York Knicks 15 1952-53 1968-69
9. New York Knicks 15 1999-00 Active
9. Philadelphia 76ers 15 1984-85 2000-01
13. Cleveland Cavaliers 14 1991-92 2006-07
13. Milwaukee Bucks 14 1985-86 2000-01
13. Milwaukee Bucks 14 2000-01 Active
13. Philadelphia 76ers 14 2000-01 Active
17. Boston Celtics 13 1987-88 2001-02
17. Chicago Bulls 13 1974-75 1988-89
19. Brooklyn Nets 12 2002-03 Active Includes New Jersey Nets (2002-03 thru 2011-12)
19. Chicago Bulls 12 1997-98 2010-11
19. Orlando Magic 12 1995-96 2008-09
22. Detroit Pistons 11 1990-91 2002-03

Summer Olympics Tennis: Roger Federer, Serena Williams and All-Time Singles Gold Medal Winners

Serena Williams Won Her First Singles Gold. Will Roger Federer?

Serena Williams Won Her First Singles Gold. Will Roger Federer?

Roger Federer may have 17 tennis majors in his pocket to Rafael Nadal‘s 11, but Nadal has one thing Federer does not, and that’s a singles Olympic gold medal – well, not yet at least.

Federer will be facing off against hometown hero Andy Murray on Sunday at Wimbledon’s Centre Court at 9AM EST in the gold medal match. Later in the day (11 AM EST) Murray will be going for another gold, with partner Laura Robson in the mixed doubles finals. That’s a tough schedule. Makes you hope he wins at least one gold.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams won her first singles gold today, destroying Russia’s Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1. She joins sister Venus as a fellow singles gold medal winner. Tomorrow, the Williams sisters will be going for more gold in the women’s doubles gold medal match at 7AM EST.

Both Federer and Serena (and Venus) Williams have won gold in men’s and women’s doubles, respectively, before.

Tennis has not always been an Olympic sport. In fact, it was only recently reinstated in 1988 after a 64-year self-imposed exile. Tennis was there in the first Olympic Games in 1896 and through 1924, but because the International Olympic Committee had such a strict definition of what an “amateur” was, the International Tennis Federation, a partner in the event, refused to allow the game to be official. Sadly, that meant so many greats – from Jimmy Connors to John McEnroe and Chris Evert to Martina Navratilova – never had the opportunity to vie for a gold medal like the players of today.

Take a look at all the tennis singles gold medal winners below. Note that in 1908 and 1912, there were two separate events, indoor and outdoor tennis, hence the two gold medals.

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MEN

2012 TBD: August 5th Roger Federer (Switzerland)  vs. Andy Murray (Great Britain)
2008 Rafael Nadal Spain
2004 Nicolás Massú Chile
2000 Yevgeny Kafelnikov Russia
1996 Andre Agassi USA
1992 Marc Rosset Switzerland
1988 Miloslav Mecír Czechoslovakia
1924 Vinnie Richards USA
1920 Louis Raymond South Africa
1912 André Gobert (Indoor)
France
  Charles Winslow (Outdoor)
South Africa
1908 Arthur Wentworth Gore (Indoor)
Great Britain
  Josiah Ritchie (Outdoor)
Great Britain
1906 Max Décugis France
1904 Beals Wright USA
1900 Laurie Doherty Great Britain
1896 John Pius Boland Great Britain

WOMEN

2012 Serena Williams USA
2008  Yelena Dementyeva  Russia
2004  Justine Henin-Hardenne  Belarus
2000  Venus Williams  USA
1996  Lindsay Davenport  USA
1992  Jennifer Capriati  USA
1988  Steffi Graf  West Germany
1924  Helen Wills  USA
1920  Suzanne Lenglen  France
1912  Edith Hannam (Indoor)
Great Britain
  Marguerite Broquedis-Billout (Outdoor) France
1908  Gladys Eastlake-Smith (Indoor)
Great Britain
  Dorothy Lambert Chambers (Outdoor) Great Britain
1906  Esme Simiriotis  Greece
1900  Charlotte Cooper  Great Britain

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