Marble Mountain Sharks
The Marble Mountain Sharks (commonly known as the Sharks) are an American professional basketball team located in Montana City, Marble Mountain. The Sharks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the leagues Western Conference Pacific Division. Founded In 1988 as part of the Modern Expansion, the team is owned by Paul Nola who played in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers.
1989-1994: Early days
The Sharks Led by Bailey Cox Debuted on November 4th 1989, losing to the San Antonio Spurs 100-87, away. Three days later the Sharks played their first home game against the Charlotte Hornets and won their first game 98-97 in an overtime thriller. The Winning streak continued for two more games but ended in a 104-95 loss to the eventual champions the Detroit Pistons. The season ended with a 96-90 home game win, against the Los Angeles Clippers. Unexpectedly, for an expansion team, the Sharks finished on a high note with a 37-45 W/L record in 10th place in the Western Conference with the Sharks eventual star/franchise player Bailey Cox Averaging 21.3ppg. The future looked good.
The 1990-1991 season was a success. The Sharks managed to win the season-ending game against the Sacramento Kings giving them a 41-41 W/L record. This win gave them the 8th spot in the Western Conference sending them to the playoffs, this win was helped by Bailey Cox's triple-double 25-10-10 and Manute Bol's Double-Double 15-10. Despite making it to the final 16 the Marble Mountain Sharks had a swift exit in the first round of the playoffs losing 4-0 to the 1 seed the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite losing it was still a very successful season for the sharks, to add to the success Baily Cox was selected for the Third All NBA Team and Manute Bol was selected for the NBA All-Defensive First Team.
The Sharks saw continued success in the 1991-1992 season. The team was able to pick up rookie Olly Turnball who would win Rookie of the year and be selected to the All NBA Rookie Team. Amazingly the Sharks were able to acquire Grant Nola in free agency from the Los Angeles Lakers, for a young team like the sharks this was an unbeatable addition
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