1995: Houston Rockets UCLA
1996: Chicago Bulls Kentucky
1997: Chicago Bulls Arizona
1998: Chicago Bulls Kentucky
1999: San Antonio Spurs Connecticut
2000: Los Angeles Lakers Michigan State
2001: Los Angeles Lakers Duke
2002: Los Angeles Lakers Maryland
2003: San Antonio Spurs Syracuse
2004: Detroit Pistons Connecticut
2005: San Antonio Spurs North Carolina
2006: Miami Heat Florida
2007: San Antonio Spurs Florida
2008: Boston Celtics Kansas
2009: Los Angeles Lakers North Carolina
2010: Los Angeles Lakers Duke
2011: Dallas Mavericks Connecticut
2012: Miami Heat Kentucky
2013: Miami Heat Louisville
2014: San Antonio Spurs Connecticut
2015: Golden State Warriors Duke
2016: Cleveland Cavaliers Villanova
The Basketball Players Prayer
Oh Lord, please let me hit a shot
So well that even I,
When telling of it afterwards,
Will never need to lie.
Make my passes straight and true,
My lay-up swift and firm.
And help me with a rebound that
Makes the opposition squirm.
Protect me from the technical,
Assist me in the key,
Endow me with a blazing speed
For all the world to see.
Above all Lord, this pleasure is
A thing I'd like to share,
So when you grant my wish,
Be sure my friends are there.
(St. James School, Stratford, CT)
A Basketball Prayer
As we face our opponents tonight,
may we play our hearts out and give a
100% effort out there on the court.
May we also be good sportsmen to our opponents
before, during, and after the game.
we ask that you watch over us during the game.
Give us the stamina to endure the game,
and empower us mentally
to overcome every challenge we will face.
In Jesus' name.