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|Subject: NBA(basketball) Sun Aug 23, 2009 3:04 pm|| |
THE BIRTH OF THE
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (NBA) 1946-1950
It was the end of World War II.
Business was booming in North America - particularly the indoor sports business. Sports business owners from the northeast had gathered in Toronto on
June 6, 1946, to discuss the opening of a new basketball league to cater to the
public demand of more new sporting attractions. At this time, the only national
basketball league existing was the National Basketball League (NBL), which
operated in the Midwest.
The congregation of sports
business owners decided to start the Basketball Association of America (BAA) to
compete with the NBL. Initially 13 cities were given franchises, but two of
them, Buffalo and Indianapolis, had dropped out leaving a total of 11 teams.
The names of the teams were the Boston Celtics, New York Knickenbockers,
Philadelphia Warriors, Providence Steamrollers, Toronto Huskies, Washington
Gardens, Chicago Stags, Cleveland Rebels, Detroit Falcons, Pittsburgh Ironmen,
and St Louis Bombers.
The first season of the BBA
in 1946-1947 adopted a 60-game schedule. During the regular season, the
Washington Capitols, coached by Red Auerbach, had the best record with a 49-11
record, including a 29-1 mark at home. However, in the Playoffs, Chicago
shocked the Capitols behind the play of Max Zaslofsky and center Chuck Halbert
to advance to the Finals. Philadelphia, coached by Eddie Gottlieb, who had the
most extensive pro background of anyone in the BAA, defeated St. Louis and New
York to advance to the Finals. Joe Fulks, Howie Dallmar and Angelo Musi led
Philadelphia past Chicago as the Warriors won the first league title 4-1.
Joe Fulks was the first star
of this brand new league. Hailing from the University of Kentucky, Fulks was a
prolific scorer with a scoring average of 23.2 ppg, which is astonishing in an
era of low scoring, no 3-point line, and no shot clock.
The debut season of the BBA
was considered mediocre. The new league was acknowledged, with small items on
the local teams appearing in newspapers. Television was still in the future,
and radio broadcasts were hardly universal. However, with the advent of
national basketball in such large cities, the NBL was handed a big blow to its
Several major changes were
made in the BBA for the start of the second season (1947-1948) of the BBA. The
league schedule was reduced from 60 to 48 games in an attempt to cut travel
expenses. Four teams from the original eleven teams (Detroit, Cleveland,
Toronto and Pittsburgh) had folded, leaving the remaining seven with an
unbalanced schedule. This caused the league to bring in the Baltimore Bullets
from the regional basketball circuit, American Basketball League, to bring
balance to the league: 2 divisions with 4 teams per division.
During the regular season,
the Philadelphia Warriors won the Eastern Division with a 27-21 record, and the
St Louis Bombers won the Western Division with a 29-19 record. However, in the
playoffs, the Baltimore Bullets made the most noise, elevating their play from
their 28-20 regular season record. Baltimore had advanced to the Finals with
wins over Chicago and New York, causing a showdown with defending champions,
Philadelphia, in the finals. Baltimore more than proved it belonged by winning
the title in six games over Philadelphia. Baltimore featured 5-11 player-coach
Buddy Jeannette, 6-8 center Clarence "Kleggie" Hermsen, guard Chick
Reiser, and forwards Paul Hoffman and Connie Simmons. Chicago’s Max Zaslofsky
was the only player who broke the 1,000-point barrier, and won the scoring
title over Joe Fulks when the Philadelphia star missed five games.
More significant changes
were made before the start of the 3rd BAA season (1948-1949). The BAA was
successful in acquiring four of the best teams from the NBL, much to their
downfall. The joining teams were Fort Wayne, Rochester, Indianapolis and
Minneapolis. The revitalized 12-team league resumed a 60-game schedule, with
Washington finishing first (38-22) in the Eastern Division and Rochester
(45-15) besting Minneapolis by one game in the West. The Minneapolis team
starred 6-10 center, George Mikan, who would become the sport’s star attraction
and the first in a long line of great big men. Mikan revolutionized the game
with his inside scoring, effortlessly throwing in hook shots with either hand
on his way to a 28.3 ppg average, earning him the first of three league scoring
titles. Minneapolis met Washington in the Finals and won in 6 games. A
highlight was the 42-point performance by Mikan in Game 1.
The NBL, which was
recognized as having far superior basketball talent than the BAA, suffered from
not getting the spotlight from not playing in large cities. The loss of 4 high
caliber teams, and the attracting force of George Mikan, proved to be
devastating for the survival of the league. At the end of the 1948-1949 season,
the NBL had packed up and dissolved.
The advent of the National
Basketball Association (NBA) occurred in 1949. The NBL had dissolved and its
six remaining franchises-Anderson (IN) Packers, Denver Nuggets, Indianapolis
Olympians, Sheboygan (WI) Redskins, Syracuse Nationals, Tri-Cities Blackhawks and
Waterloo (IA) Hawks joined the BAA. A new team, Indianapolis Olympians was also
included, and Providence Steamrollers and Indianapolis Jets dropped out the
BAA. The whole league was renamed to the National Basketball Association (NBA),
as it now featured seventeen teams playing in three divisions (Central added to
the East and West divisions).
Syracuse (51-13), the only
NBL team in the East, won that division behind the play of 6-8 Dolph Schayes,
who averaged 16.8 ppg. Alex Groza averaged 23.4 for a new Indianapolis team
(39-25) that won the West, while George Mikan led the league again with 27.4
ppg and helped the Lakers (51-17) win the Central Division. In the playoffs,
Mikan’s Minneapolis defeated Chicago, Fort Wayne, and Anderson to reach to the
finals to meet with Schayes’ Syracuse, who had defeated Boston and New York
along the way. Mikan proved too dominating against the Nats as the Lakers
secured another title in six games.
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|Subject: Re: NBA(basketball) Sun Aug 23, 2009 3:05 pm|| |
From its inception as a
league in 1949, the National Basketball Association (NBA) had grown from a
small league garnering little interests from the American public to a global
juggernaut responsible for making basketball into the fastest growing sport in
the world! The history of the NBA is
filled with remarkable stories and captivating characters. Starting as a league featuring 8 teams to
its current 30 teams. From the first
superstar, center George Mikan of the Minneapolis Lakers, to its current star,
Chinese center Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets.
Here at RingSurf NBA, we
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Mikan, Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Magic
Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and Shaquille O’Neal.
To fully appreciate the NBA
as it is now, it is important to recognize the history that has allowed it to achieve
the status it maintains today. You will
see that the NBA was as exciting back then as it is now!
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