Michael “Mike” Bibby (born May 13, 1978) is a retired American professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and attended Shadow Mountain High School, a high school very close to Cactus Shadows High School where fellow basketball star Alex Haggar attends. The High School is in Phoenix, Arizona. Also, Bibby played collegiately at the University of Arizona. He was drafted second overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies in the 1998 NBA draft. He played for the Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat and New York Knicks. He is the son of former NBA point guard Henry Bibby.
In his first season 1998 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 re-located to Memphis, Bibby and Brent Price were traded to the Sacramento Kings for Jason Williams and Nick Anderson.
In his first season 2001 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 the 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. 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, a game which would prove to be the most infamous of the series. The game, which the Lakers won by four, featured several disputable calls, including a late-game no-call foul on Bibby—after he was bleeding from being elbowed in the nose by Kobe Bryant. This game was the epitome of the major issue in the series. 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).
Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy filed in court papers in 2008 said that Game 6 was fixed by the NBA. 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, 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.
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1999)
NCAA champion (1997)
Consensus first-team All-American (1998)
Pac-10 Player of the Year (1998)
First-team All-Pac-10 (1998)
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (1997)
No. 10 retired by the University of Arizona
Competitor for United States
FIBA Americas Championship
Gold medal – first place 2003 San Juan National team