Bibby in 2015
|Born||May 13, 1978|
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Shadow Mountain (Phoenix, Arizona)|
|NBA draft||1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies|
|Number||10, 00, 0, 20|
|2011–2012||New York Knicks|
|2013–2014||Shadow Mountain HS (assistant)|
|2014–2019||Shadow Mountain HS|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Michael Bibby (born May 13, 1978) is an American basketball coach and former player. He played professionally for 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He last served as the head coach for Hillcrest Prep Academy in Phoenix, Arizona.
Bibby played college basketball for the Arizona Wildcats, with whom he won the 1997 NCAA Championship. He was drafted second overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies in the 1998 NBA draft. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in his first season with the Grizzlies. He also played for the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat and New York Knicks. He is the son of former NBA player Henry Bibby. He also has the distinction of being the last Vancouver Grizzlies player active in the NBA.
- 1 Early life
- 2 College career
- 3 NBA career
- 4 Coaching career
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Career statistics
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
- 10 External links
As a freshman at Arizona playing under coach Lute Olson, Bibby helped lead the Wildcats to the NCAA championship in 1997, scoring 19 points in the overtime, 84-79 NCAA Championship Game win versus the University of Kentucky and finished third in the voting for the 1998 Wooden Award. He was selected to the ’97 All-Final Four Team, after also being named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after posting averages of 13.5 ppg, 5.2 apg and 3.2 rpg. Bibby and his father are one of four father-son duos to each win an NCAA basketball championship.[a]
His sophomore year was just as impressive, as he was named Pac-10 Player of the Year (1997–98), after averaging 17.2 ppg, 5.7 apg and 3.0 rpg (.464 FG%, .387 3FG%, .755 FT%). He started all 69 games during his Wildcat career and earned First-Team All-America honors after his sophomore campaign.
Following his sophomore season, Bibby entered the 1998 NBA Draft and was selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies with the second overall pick.
Vancouver Grizzlies (1998–2001)
In his first season with the Grizzlies, Bibby averaged 13.2 points, 6.5 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game earning NBA All-Rookie honors during the season which was abbreviated by a labor dispute. He improved those numbers in his next two seasons with the team, averaging 14.5 and 15.9 points per game, but the Grizzlies continued to struggle. On June 27, 2001, just after the Grizzlies had relocated to Memphis, Bibby and Brent Price were traded to the Sacramento Kings for Jason Williams and Nick Anderson.
Sacramento Kings (2001–2008)
In his first season with Sacramento, Bibby formed one of the league's best duos alongside Chris Webber. The two of them guided the Kings to an NBA best-record at 61–21, and a Pacific division title over their archrivals the Los Angeles Lakers, who at the time were the two-time defending NBA Champions. In the first two rounds of the playoffs, they easily defeated the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks, setting up a Western Conference Finals match-up against the Lakers. The 2002 Western Conference Final between the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers was one of the most memorable in league history. Sacramento received questionable calls in game 5, one in which the Sacramento Kings center Vlade Divac had been questioned for his "flopping" guarding Shaquille O'Neal. The Lakers were furious over the one-sided refereeing throughout this game and many in the media questioned the competency of the officials afterwards. One such incident included an obvious tip out of bounds off Chris Webber that replays showed should have resulted in a turnover and a Lakers victory. Instead, the referees awarded Sacramento another possession. After a timeout, Sacramento inbounded the ball, Webber committed a questionable screen on Derek Fisher and Sacramento took the lead off a Bibby 20 foot jumpshot. Many pundits and ex-players from this game have gone on record to say that this was the worst refereed game in the series. The Lakers, instead of questioning the Game 5 officiating, moved their focus on defending their home court in Game 6. Behind the scenes the Lakers had contacted league offices regarding Vlade Divac's "flopping" throughout the series. The aftermath of this inquiry was evident in Game 6. The popular (though small-market) Kings led the two-time defending NBA champion Lakers three games to two heading into Game 6 at Staples Center. After the tip off whistle, it was evident that Vlade and the rest of the Sacramento Kings' centers were no longer receiving the same questionable calls in their favor from Game 5 while guarding Shaquille O'Neal. Scott Pollard received a foul to begin the 4th quarter for attempting to undercut Shaquille O'Neal's hook shot. He along with many of the Kings complained, but there was plenty of evidence he didn't give O'Neal space to land and committed a dangerous foul. Some pundits referred to Game 6 as "a game which would prove to be the most infamous of the series." but simply ignored the robbery the Kings received at the end of Game 5. The game, which the Lakers won by four, featured several phantom fouls, disputable calls (mostly against Kings, but also some in their favor, including a punch to Kobe Bryant's groin by Mike Bibby that resulted in a foul against Kobe) including a late-game no-call foul on Bibby, which replays showed had been holding Bryant by the waist and should have been an awarded a free throw in favor of the Lakers. Instead the referees let Bibby's hold against Bryant continue and Bryant then gave Bibby a forearm to the neck area as Bibby wasn't paying attention to the play. Bibby received a blow to the face despite fouling Bryant before the inbound pass. Bibby bled after he was elbowed in the nose by Kobe Bryant despite Bibby clearly holding Bryant's waist. This game, along with Game 5 and 2, was the epitome of the major issue in the series. Lakers shot 27 free throws in 4th quarter (with 8 of those free throws either being intentional fouls away from the ball or clear malicious attempts to block Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant at the rim). Both teams complained about the officiating at different points in the series (the Kings in Game 6 and the Lakers in Games 2 and 5). Despite these complaints against the officiating that the Lakers also held 2 days earlier, Sacramento had a Game 7 in their fort known as the Arco Arena. The Kings and Lakers held a close intense match and neither team was able to pull away. The Kings had a great chance to win the game in regulation, but all star forward Peja Stojakovic air balled a wide open 3 with 10 seconds remaining in regulation. It appeared nerves were what caused him to comically miss the wide open attempt. The pressure had gotten to the inexperienced Kings in the big moments once again, as it did throughout the series. With 8 seconds left, the Lakers attempted to inbound to Shaquille O'Neal as he attempted a signature hook shot over Chris Webber, but failed to score the game winning basket. The game went into overtime for only the 2nd time in Game 7 playoff history of a conference final. In the overtime period, the Lakers used their championship experience to easily dispatch the Sacramento Kings. At no point in the overtime did the Lakers lose control of the series and at the one minute mark were clearly on their way to their 3rd straight Western Conference Championship. (Its just sad how brainwashed someone has to be in order to write this ..) Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, a known pathological liar, filed in court papers in 2006 said that Game 6 was fixed by the NBA. Many saw his remarks as a desperate bid to receive a lighter sentence from the court for his game fixing felony, and NBA Commissioner David Stern denied Donaghy's allegations. Lawrence Pedowitz, who led a review of the league's officiating following the outbreak of the scandal, concluded that while Game 6 was poorly officiated, despite the fact that many questionable calls went in favor of Sacramento (including a punch to Kobe Bryant's groin by Mike Bibby that resulted in a foul against Bryant instead of an ejection to Bibby), no concrete evidence existed of it having been fixed. The Lakers won the series in game 7, and would go on to win their third NBA championship in a row after a valiant effort by their experienced team. Sacramento had questioned the officiating but many believed that Sacramento had simply blown the series in Games 4,6,7 due to their inability to put away the championship Lakers in crunch time. Sacramento's inexperience showed as they shot below 25% in the last two minutes of all 3 games. Instead of questioning their own failures in big moments, Sacramento blamed the referees. Sacramento had been given favorable calls in Games 2 and 5 according to the Lakers. Game 5 saw Shaquille O'Neal receive a single lone free throw attempt despite cuts to his arms. Vlade Divac had implemented a "flopping strategy" that deceived the referees and led to O'Neal's 4 offensive fouls. Divac's antics were questioned by many in the media and few felt that his defense was in good spirits. Divac's continual deceptive defense and many questionable calls against the Lakers had given the Lakers the impression that the Game 5 referees were one sided and "fixed". Phil Jackson attacked the referees after Game 5 in the media and many Lakers had taken a stance against the questionable decisions that went against them in Game 5. Many players in this series from the Lakers team scoff at the notion that the officating in Game 6 was "rigged" because 2 days earlier the Lakers had received more questionable calls against them, including a non-call against Chris Webber with 10 seconds left that was a clear moving screen committed against Derek Fisher. Mike Bibby was able to use the non-call to his advantage and hit the game winning shot from 18 feet. Years later, most of the Lakers players from that series concluded that the Sacramento Kings had simply folded under pressure and blamed the referees for their inability to eliminate the defending champions despite the officiating favoring Sacramento in two of their wins.
Bibby's performance during the series, perhaps most memorably his Game 5 game winner, earned him a reputation as a clutch performer, and as a reward, he was granted a 7-year, $80.5 million contract.
During the 2002–03 season, Bibby was hampered by injuries, playing in only 55 games, but still averaged a respectable 15.9 points per game with the Kings going 59–23 and securing second seed in the West, as well as a second-consecutive division title. They faced the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks in the first two rounds respectively for the second consecutive playoffs, but after defeating the Jazz, 4–1, lost to the Mavericks in seven games. The Kings had lost Chris Webber to season-ending injury in game 2 against Dallas, but still forced the series to seven games.
For the 2003–04 season, Bibby posted some of the best numbers of his career, scoring 1,506 points (18.4 per game) and helping the Kings reach the playoffs. Bibby helped to lift the Kings over the Dallas Mavericks in the first round, scoring a career playoff-best 36 points in the clinching Game 5. They would go on to lose in the second round for the second consecutive year, this time to the Minnesota Timberwolves 4–3.
The next two seasons would see Sacramento taking yet another step backwards, losing in the opening round of the playoffs in both years. During the 2005–06 season, Bibby started all 82 games, and averaged a career-high 21.1 points per game. They would lose in the first round of the playoffs to the defending-champion Spurs 4–2.
Bibby was made a guest of honor by the Sacramento Kings as he sat court side to watch the game against the Chicago Bulls on November 20, 2014. Along with former teammate Chris Webber, the pair were introduced to the crowd along with video clips as part of the team honoring its legends.
Atlanta Hawks (2008–2011)
On February 16, 2008 the Atlanta Hawks acquired Bibby in exchange for Shelden Williams, Anthony Johnson, Tyronn Lue, Lorenzen Wright and a 2008 second-round draft pick (which was used to select Sean Singletary.
Battling injuries and joining a Hawks team that was 22–28, Bibby put up 14.1 points and 6.6 assists per game while working in an unfamiliar offense to lead the Hawks to their first playoff berth in eight years. Despite being the eighth seed and expected to be swept out of the first round, Bibby helped the Hawks force an improbable seven-game series against the Boston Celtics, who went on to win the NBA Championship.
The next season, Bibby averaged 15 points, 5 assists and 1.2 steals per game to help the Hawks win their first playoff series since 1999, against the Miami Heat. The Hawks lost in the conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bibby was also selected as a participant for the Three Point Shooting Competition.
On July 7, 2009, Bibby and the Hawks agreed to a three-year deal worth about $18 million. In the same offseason, the Hawks traded for Jamal Crawford and drafted Jeff Teague. Though Bibby would remain the Hawks starting point guard, he was not relied on to be a top scorer as he had in years past. Bibby was credited for his leadership and unselfishness that helped Atlanta to consecutive playoff appearances.
Final years (2011–2012)
On February 23, 2011, Atlanta traded Bibby to the Washington Wizards, along with Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans and a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, in exchange for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong. On February 28, 2011, after playing two games for Washington, Bibby agreed to a contract buyout. He gave up his following year's entire $6.2 million salary in hopes of joining a contending team, such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs or Miami Heat, all of whom expressed interest in Bibby.
On March 2, 2011, the Miami Heat signed Bibby after he cleared waivers. He became the Heat's starting point guard and started all 20 playoff games he appeared in, en route to the first NBA Finals of his career. Playing against the Dallas Mavericks, the Heat were defeated 4 games to 2. Following the season, Miami elected to re-sign the younger Mario Chalmers and draft Norris Cole over re-signing Bibby.
After the NBA lockout, Bibby signed a one-year contract with the New York Knicks, bringing his career full circle to the team that drafted his father, Henry. Backing up Jeremy Lin during the "Linsanity" phenomenon, Bibby saw limited playing time prior to Lin's season-ending injury. He and Baron Davis split starting point guard duties through the rest of the season and in New York's first round playoff series against Miami.
Bibby coached his son Michael Jr. on the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) club Team Bibby. In 2013, he returned to his alma mater, Shadow Mountain High School, as an assistant basketball coach. He working alongside his former high school coach Jerry Connor, who had also returned that year. Michael Jr. was the starting point guard for the Matadors varsity team, which also included two other teammates from Bibby's AAU team. Conner held the head coach title, but Bibby was the de facto leader of the team. After Shadow Mountain won the state championship that year, Conner left to coach another school, leaving Bibby to run the team as an assistant coach. At the time, Bibby did not hold the certifications for the head coach title.
In February 2019, the Paradise Valley Unified School District confirmed that Bibby was under investigation by Phoenix police for allegedly sexually abusing a teacher at Shadow Mountain High, where Bibby had since become head coach. The teacher alleged that in February 2017 Bibby made sexually explicit statements to her, groped her, and rubbed his genitals against her. As a result of the allegations, he was removed as head coach of the Shadow Mountain High basketball team. In April, the police said that they did not find probable cause for filing charges against Bibby.
Bibby is the son of Henry Bibby, a former NBA and UCLA player and former USC basketball coach. Mike's mother, Virginia, is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. Mike Bibby is the nephew of former Major League Baseball player Jim Bibby, and the brother-in-law of former Miami Heat teammate Eddie House, who was also his Sacramento Kings teammate during the 2004–05 season. Mike also has two cousins who became professional athletes, US national team soccer player Robbie Findley and former NFL wide receiver Shaun McDonald. Bibby and his wife, Darcy, have four children. Son Michael Jr. played college ball for South Florida before transferring to Appalachian State in 2017.
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