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SPRING 2001 APBR NEWSLETTER
Vol. I, No. II

In This Issue:
Introduction - Robert Bradley
Career Index Numbers - Contributed by Greg Thomas
Biggest Playoff Upsets - Contributed by Al Hoffman
Letters from John Glasco, Ernie Nevers and Elmer Ripley - Contributed by John Hogrogian
Historical Timeline of the Minneapolis Lakers - Contributed by Robert Bradley

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the second edition of the Association for Professional Basketball Research Newsletter. If you'd like to send submissions for inclusion in our next newsletter or any suggestions, please send them to me at bradleyrd13@hotmail.com.

On to the latest APBR news:

The Remember the ABA website has added adiscussion list, much like our own.  I encourage anyone interested in ABA history to sign up.  Included this month is a submission by Greg Thomas, one of our newest members, and an example of Al Hoffman's contributions to our e-mail list.

There are also three more letters to John Hogrogian from basketball old-timers and a Minneapolis Lakers timeline I compiled a few years ago.

Robert Bradley
February, 2000


SIMILARITY SCORES FOR PRO BASKETBALL PLAYERS
Contributed by Greg Thomas

Here's my method.  Using the aadjusted stats that Al Hoffman provided for the web page, players are given three index scores comparing their play during their careers with players of their era on points, rebounds and assists per minute.  For example, Michael Jordan's Points Index Score was 194, meaning that he scored 94% more points per minute than an average player during his era.

Here are the Career Index Numbers for some of the all-time greats through the 1999-2000 season:

NAME                    PTS   REB   AST
Wilt Chamberlain        142   190   101
Shaquille O'Neal        191   187    76
Bill Russell             78   190   110
Nate Thurmond            88   174    75
Willis Reed             114   147    49
Walt Bellamy            117   146    69
Mel Daniels             117   195    58
Wes Unseld               66   190   104
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar     151   156    95
Bob Lanier              137   155    92
Dan Issel               149   136    69
Dave Cowens             104   178    96
Artis Gilmore           118   179    64
Bob McAdoo              154   148    68
Moses Malone            139   195    36
Swen Nater               98   210    57
Bill Walton             107   196   116
Hakeem Olajuwon         152   176    70
Patrick Ewing           154   162    54
David Robinson          164   176    79
Arvydas Sabonis         133   179    92
Jahidi White             94   199    13
Alonzo Mourning         155   163    43
Robert Parish           117   177    47
Bill Laimbeer            92   170    61
Dikembe Mutombo          90   192    42
Clyde Lovellette        149   132    64
Bob Petit               153   151    85
Maurice Stokes          107   174   165
Jerry Lucas              95   162    87
Elvin Hayes             123   163    48
Spencer Haywood         133   146    53
George McGinnis         139   169   108
Kevin McHale            132   131    53
Charles Barkley         144   181   107
Karl Malone             173   160    93
Dennis Rodman            54   235    55
Roy Tarpley             112   210    39
Shawn Kemp              143   176    64
Derrick Coleman         132   163    85
Jayson Williams          91   211    34
Tyrone Hill              91   175    33
Tom Gugliotta           118   140   102
Kevin Garnett           130   144   111
Antonio McDyess         142   145    49
Jamie Feick              57   190    37
Tim Duncan              154   175    79
Keith Van Horn          146   123    73
Danny Fortson           118   205    36
Elton Brand             144   153    56
Connie Hawkins          122   121   119
Maurice Taylor          137   102    48
Chris Webber            142   153   120
Elgin Baylor            147   122   115
John Havlicek           127    75   135
Rick Barry              146    82   131
Billy Cunningham        133   132   126
Julius Erving           150   119   113
Larry Kenon             119   140    66
Adrian Dantley          156    86    77
Alex English            152    94   106
Larry Bird              140   145   155
Kiki Vandeweghe         147    63    64
Mark Aguirre            150    92    99
Dominique Wilkins       159   104    67
Chris Mullin            129    72   107
Scottie Pippin          111   104   151
Cedric Ceballos         148   127    49
Grant Hill              148   116   174
Shareef Abdur-Rahim     152   121    84
Vince Carter            160    89   106
Paul Pierce             132    98    86
Antawn Jamison          120   148    49
Lamar Odom              119   121   125
Shawn Marion            108   149    58
John Drew               162   122    56
George Yardley          130    97    58
John Brisker            147    99    86
Bobby Dandridge         119    97    93
Travis Grant            146    94    48
Glen Rice               128    72    64
Sam Jones               136    61   100
Hal Greer               117    54   119
Earl Monroe             132    45   122
Donnie Freeman          131    50   126
Pete Maravich           151    55   144
Paul Westphal           139    38   165
George Gervin           169    82    76
David Thompson          158    65    97
Sidney Moncrief         118    85   112
Billy Ray Bates         147    52    98
Quinten Dailey          140    59    89
Clyde Drexler           137   100   160
Michael Jordan          194     92   138
Alvin Robertson         101    91   152
Jeff Hornacek           100    56   143
Reggie Miller           129    51    89
Steve Smith             119    64   142
Latrel Sprewell         122    63   115
Allan Houston           120    62    80
Isiah Rider             131    69    91
Eddie Jones             112    64   104
Michael Finley          122    76   117
Jerry Stackhouse        139    58   108
Alan Iverson            162    72   130
Tracy McGrady           119   128   109
Ron Mercer              124    59    75
Larry Hughes            135    95    94
Derek Anderson          119    64   137
Lou Hudson              134    60    83
Lavern Tart             127    65   116
Guy Rodgers              65    40   214
Oscar Robertson         132    69   236
Jerry West              149    57   175
Walt Frazier            113    74   164
Magic Johnson           121   109   288
Isiah Thomas            120    54   243
John Stockton            98    47   339
Kevin Johnson           129    55   259
Mark Jackson             78    72   274
Tim Hardaway            118    54   248
Gary Payton             118    66   208
Penny Hardaway          126    75   177
Sam Cassell             130    60   224
Jason Kidd               92    96   273
Stephen Marbury         132    45   251
Kobe Bryant             149    81   118
Ray Allen               127    71   109
Steve Francis           127    83   196
Lenny Wilkens           103    54   195
Dave Bing               125    47   166
Archie Clark            111    46   152
Larry Brown              81    39   279
Jo Jo White             108    56   135
Nate Archibald          123    34   202
Kevin Porter             91    32   269
Mark Price              112    48   223

A couple of notes. The top scoring index belonged to Michael Jordan (194) who is slightly ahead of Shaq (190). George Mikan might have been as high as Jordan, but I can't figure his Index because he did not play in an era in which "minutes played" was recorded. Dennis Rodman (235) has the top rebounding index, and John Stockton (339) laps the field in assists.

Despite all of his triple-doubles, Oscar Robertson (69) was not nearly the rebounder at point guard that Magic Johnson (109) was. Because of the fast pace and poor shooting percentages, there were tons of missed shots which allowed Robertson to obtain double figures in rebounds.

I used the Index Numbers to calculate the following Similarity Scores.  They indicate the similarity percentage in players' PAR Index profile per minute For example 950 means 95.0% similarity. Thus 950 is not just a nominal figure but has a logical mathematical definition.

Since I did them all using a hand calculator, rather than a programmed computer (I wish I had such knowledge), my data is limited and I only compared individuals which held my interest.  Maybe this will inspire someone else to do more complete work in this area. In any case, please enjoy.


990 - Isiah Thomas & Tim Hardaway
986 - Julius Erving & Elgin Baylor
985 - Mark Aguirre & Alex English
984 - Patrick Ewing & Alonzo Mourning
976 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Bob Pettit
976 - David Robinson & Tim Duncan
969 - Willis Reed & Walt Bellamy
968 - Reggie Miller & Allan Houston
968 - Kevin Johnson & Stephon Marbury
967 - Oscar Robertson & Sam Cassell
967 - Bill Russell & Wes Unseld
964 - Karl Malone & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
964 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Bob Lanier
963 - David Robinson & Hakeem Olajuwon
961 - Isiah Thomas & Kevin Johnson
959 - Jo Jo White & Hal Greer
958 - Jerry West & Pete Maravich
955 - Walt Frazier & Penny Hardaway
952 - Wilt Chamberlain & Arvydas Sabonis
951 - Dominique Wilkins & John Drew
949 - Vince Carter & Kobe Bryant
949 - Isiah Thomas & Stephon Marbury
943 - Larry Bird & Chris Webber
943 - Kobe Bryant & Alan Iverson
942 - Rick Barry & John Havlicek
938 - Karl Malone & David Robinson
938 - Bill Laimbeer & Dikembe Mutombo
935 - Jerry West & Paul Westphal
930 - Larry Bird & Billy Cunningham
929 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Charles Barkley
929 - Charles Barkley & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
927 - Walt Frazier & Gary Payton
927 - Karl Malone and Bob Petit
924 - Vince Carter & Alan Iverson
922 - Grant Hill & Elgin Baylor
919 - Bill Russell & Bill Walton
918 - Shaquille O'Neal & David Robinson
917 - Wilt Chamberlain & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
914 - George Gervin & David Thompson
903 - Wilt Chamberlain & David Robinson
902 - Larry Bird & Elgin Baylor
897 - Jason Kidd & Magic Johnson
888 - Shaquille O'Neal & Hakeem Olajuwon
887 - Michael Jordan & Alan Iverson
885 - Charles Barkley & Karl Malone
884 - Michael Jordan & Vince Carter
882 - John Stockton & Larry Brown
875 - Jerry West & Oscar Robertson
858 - Shaquille O'Neal & Wilt Chamberlain
852 - Oscar Robertson & Magic Johnson
848 - Michael Jordan & Kobe Bryant
830 - Michael Jordan & Julius Erving
263 - Shaquille O'Neal & John Stockton


By my thinking scores of over 900 indicate that two players are "Moderately Similar" while scores above 950 are indicate of "Extreme Similarity."

BIGGEST PLAYOFF UPSETS
Contributed by Al Hoffman

In chronological order

1) 1939 N.Y. Rens defeat Oshkosh 34-25 in final of the World Tournament... You know that had shock a lot of people with certain beliefs.

2) 1943 Sheboygan (12-11) defeats Ft. Wayne (17-6) with McDermott & Co 2 to 1 in the NBL Finals.

3) 1947 Chicago Stags (39-22) defeats Washington Caps (49-11) 3-2 in the BAA semifinals.

4) 1959 Minneapolis (33-39) defeats St. Louis (49-23) 4-2 in the Western Conference Finals.  Rookie Baylor leads Lakers over defending champs with a big series after St. Louis won Games 1 & 3 by 34 and 30 points respectively. The Lakers won game 5 by 1 point in OT and game 6 by 2 points.

5) 1961 Syracuse (38-41) defeats Philadelphia (46-33) 3-0 in Eastern Semis. Not necessarily just that Wilt & the Warriors lose but get SWEPT by the Nats.

6) 1968 Boston (54-28) defeats Philadelphia (62-20) 4-3 in Eastern Finals. An upset because of not only the 8 game gap but Philly looked like they had finally broken Boston's hex AND had a 3-1 lead in the series with 2 games left at the Spectrum but Boston won 'em all including 100-96 in Game 7.

7) 1969 Boston (48-34) defeats New York (54-28) 4-2 in Eastern Finals.  The records aren't that far apart but many were writing off Boston and NY had won 6 of 7 meetings and had the same team that would win it in 1970.

8) 1971 Baltimore (42-40) defeates New York (52-30) 4-3 in Eastern Finals. The home team won every game until Baltimore won Game 7 in the Garden 93-91 over the defending champs.

9) 1973 Golden State (47-35) defeats Milwaukee (60-22) 4-2 in Western Semis. The Warriors win 2 out 3 games in Milwaukee to prevent a Kareem/Wilt showdown.

10) 1973 New York (57-25) defeats Boston (68-14) 4-3 in the Eastern Finals. The team with the 3rd best record ever (to that point) doesn't even make the finals after losing by 16 at home in Game 7.

11) 1975 Golden State (48-34) defeats Washington (60-22) 4-0 in the Finals. A shocker because not only do Barry, Wilkes et al win but they get the broom out on the NBA's top team that year.

12) 1976 Phoenix (42-40) defeats Golden State (59-23) 4-3 in Western Finals as they win Game 4 in OT, Game 6 by 1 and the the NBA's defending champion & winning team that year goes up in smoke in the 2nd half of game 7.

13) 1978 Washingon (44-38) defeats Philadelphia (55-27) 4-2 in the Eastern Finals. Remember "We Owe You One?"  The 76'ers were supposed to be charged up to avenge 1977.  Well the Bullets stuck it to 'em on the way to winning their title prompting the trade of Free & McGinnis by Philly (probably a good thing in the long run).

14) 1981 Houston (40-42) defeats Los Angeles (54-28) 2-1 in the 1st round.  Magic was back from injury & LA was supposed to make short work of the Rockets. But LA & Magic never fared well against Houston in the post-season (see 1986 & 1996).  Houston wins decider 89-86 in Forum.

15) 1981 Kansas City (40-42) defeats Phoenix (57-25) 4-3 in Western Semis. The Kings won but nearly squandered a 3-1 lead. They lost game 5 & 6 to the Pacific Division champs before winning 95-88 at Veterans' Coliseum in game 7.

16) 1981 Houston (40-42) defeats San Antonio (52-30) 4-3 in Western Semis. Upset City continued in the West in 1981 as the favored teams went 0-5 overall in series that year.  Houston looked to be done after blowing game 6 at home but rallied to win game 7, 105-100 at HemisFair Arena.

17) 1984 New Jersey (45-37) defeats Philadelphia (52-30) 3-2 in 1st round. The Nets had some talent (Richardson, Birdsong, Dawkins, Williams etc...) but did anyone really think they'd knock off the defending champs especially after they had blown a 2-0 lead by losing games 3 & 4 at home? Instead, they sent Philly on summer break 101-98 in game 5.

18) 1986 Houston (51-31) defeats Los Angeles (62-20) 4-1 in Western Finals. LA was touted by some (can you say SI jinx?) as "the best ever" but lost 4 straight after winning game 1.  Who can't still picture Ralph hitting that twisting shot and Coop falling to the floor in shock?

19) 1987 Seattle (39-43) defeats Dallas (55-27) 3-1 in the 1st round. Dallas wins game 1 151-129 and then loses the next 3 games by a combined 38 points. Ouch!  We'd like some heart please.  Bye, Bye Mr. Motta...

20) 1989 Golden State (43-39) defeats Utah (51-31) 3-0 in the 1st round. The heavily-favored Jazz get swept in 3 games; losing by 4, 8 & 14 points.

21) 1994 Denver (42-40) defeats Seattle (63-19) 3-2 in the 1st round. Another lasting image: Mutombo laying on the floor clutching the ball after Denver had won Game 5 in OT to rally from a 2-0 deficit to win the series.

22) 1995 Houston (47-35) defeats Utah (60-22), Phoenix (59-23), San Antonio (62-20) & Orlando (57-25) to repeat as NBA champs.  Has any team even played so many great w/l records in the playoffs let alone beat them all without home court advantage?

ABA
23) 1970 L.A. Stars (43-41) defeat Denver Rockets (51-33) 4-1 in the Western Finals. MVP Haywood isn't enough to prevent the upset as Denver's only win comes in OT in Game 1.

24) 1971 Kentucky (44-40) defeats Virginia (55-29) 4-2 in the Eastern Finals.  The pre-Gilmore Colonels stun Charlie Scott, Willie Wise & Co to advance even though the Squires scored 142 & 150 points in their 2 wins.

25) 1972 NY Nets (44-40) defeats Kentucky (68-16) 4-2 in the Eastern Semis. The ABA's best record gets knocked out by a Nets team that was supposed to be cannon fodder as they had lost 8 of 11 to Ky. during the regular season.  Instead, they won all 3 road games in the series.

26) 1975 St. Louis (32-52) defeats NY Nets (58-26) 4-1 in the Eastern Semis. The talented but erratic & young Spirits knock off the defending champs & Dr. J by winning 4 straight after NY won game 1.  Three of the wins were by 18, 5 & 11 points before they won game 5 108-107 at Nassau Coliseum. Marvin Barnes was at his best during this series.

27) 1975 Indiana (45-39) defeats Denver (65-19) 4-3 in the Western Finals. The ABA's 2nd best w/l record goes down to the every savvy Pacers.  Denver won game 6 at Indiana (104-99) but then lost in game 7 (104-96).

LETTERS FROM GEORGE GLASCO, ERNIE NEVERS AND ELMER RIPLEY
Contributed by John Hogrogian

Dear Mr. Hogrogian,

In reply to your letter of the 13th regarding basketball in the 1920's, I will supply you with some information which may be helpful.

The game was different in some respects, particularly we had a center jump after each point was scored. There was always a play on from the center jump and it was always interesting to see if the play materialized and resulted in a score. It was like watching a quarterback call a play in football and waiting in suspense to see if it was successful. When they discarded the center jump, in my opinion they took away a very important facet of the game.

Also, the defense is much different resulting in the high scores. When a defensive player committed a foul in the 1920 era, the player received one shot. And the defensive player could commit as many fouls as necessary without being put out of the game. Also the offensive foul they call today was unheard of. Driving to the basket, a player naturally bumps into a defensive man. He can't jump over him. The modifying of defense results in the high scores of today. Also, I forgot to mention bonus shots the team gets after an opponent club makes 6 fouls in a quarter. Everything seems to encourage high scores. We used to have to work our butt off and pass the ball around like a hot potato to get a shot and we had no 24 second rule to have to shoot. The team work was beautiful, not the race horse style of today. Plenty rough with plenty of body contact.

Yes, the players had contracts in those days. I broke in pro ball in 1919-20 with Germantown in Eastern League. I didn't break in with Trenton, my hometown. They said I was too small. 5'10 ", 150 lbs. No college education. Out of rough & tumble City League. Eastern League played in the cage. We had 12" combinations from backboards. Very few sloppy shots.

On Germantown club was Ripley, Holman, Stretch Meehan, Frank Bruggy & myself. We won championship that year. There was also the Metropolitan League, N.Y. State League, and Penn State League. Most players played 2 games a week in 2 of these leagues. We played a per game basic average pay $40.00 per game. 40 min (2 20 min halves). I played with Yonkers, Union City, and Greenpoint in Metro League. Won championship with Union City.

In 1924, A.B.L. was formed with Chicago, Cleveland, Ft. Wayne, Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Brooklyn & Rochester. I played with Brooklyn & George Marshall owned both Brooklyn & Washington and after we won 1st half with Brooklyn, he took Saunders & myself to Washington and sent Cooney & Conaty to Brooklyn.

We all had contracts as of today and incidentally when the ABL was formed it broke the other leagues up because we played (like baseball) with one team exclusively. League games plus all exhibition games they might schedule. Salaries were very good averaging I would say about $800.00 per month. When the NY Celtics came in the league in 1927, I was with Philadelphia. Later with Ft. Wayne and then Cleveland with Celtics who then were Cleveland Rosenblums in 1929-30. We won World's Championship with Lapchick, Dehnert, Barry, Husta & myself.

After the ABL folded, we all came back east & played in the newly formed Eastern League.
   
As I said before, in the 20's all players played on a per game basis. You may play with a player tonight in Eastern League and against same player tomorrow in the Metro League. Most players in these four leagues were the same. Possibly only 100 or so pro players were qualified to play in those days. I moved to Ft. Wayne after Philadelphia folded up and was traded to Cleveland for Johnny Beckman. The big thing we lacked those days was T.V., which helps these clubs today financially. Other teams who were in the ABL over the years but didn't make it were Detroit & Buffalo & Paterson & Trenton.

Most of the playing arenas were pretty good with good capacity.

There were so many good players it would be difficult to select the outstanding.

Sure hope these few facts will help you in your quest of old time basketball information.

Sincerely,

George Glasco


Mr. John Hogrogian

Dear John:

I played most of my basketball at Superior High School in Superior, Wis. Actually, I nearly went to Wisconsin University on a basketball scholarship.

I played basketball for Stanford University. I left Stanford to play a game of pro football in Jacksonville, Florida against Grange. After that in Jan. 1926 I went back to Superior to visit friends and while there I was approached to play a few games of pro basketball in Chicago and Milwaukee and other towns in Northern Wisconsin. I think I played five or six games. I had to report to Florida for baseball in Feb. so I did not play any more basketball. It was a short sojourn for me in basketball and not very lucrative and not well organized. I did not play any more basketball except a few games on the Coast the next year. There was very little interest in pro basketball in the mid 20's and 30's. I hope this helps you a little bit.

Sincerely,

Ernie Nevers

P.S. I do not know who promoted the games in Chicago and Milwaukee.


Dear John:

I just returned from a couple of weeks at a coaching school down in Pennington, N.J. and found your letter waiting for me.

I'll try and answer your questions as best I can, at eighty five, I'm not as smart as I used to be. You asked me about my playing days with the Original Celtics, well, on and off I played quite a while. They needed me because Holman was coaching and several times, over the various weekends, he had to be with his CCNY team. As you probably know, the Celtics were a team of individuals. Beckman was a scorer, Dehnert was strictly a pivot man, Horse Haggerty the center got the tap, and then rebounded, Chris Leonard did some scoring but mostly rebounding, so the back court men had to move the ball and get back on defense. Holman and I played the same type of ball, therefore, with Holman gone, they needed me. On and off, I guess I was with them over five seasons. I used to leave so I could get more money. George Marshall owned both the Brooklyn and Washington clubs, and he paid good and regularly. No checks that bounced. They were never in a league when I played with them. Once I left them and went to Fort Wayne. We had a fine team there. No, they weren't in any leagues when I was with them.

As you know, Furey gave us many checks that bounced, eventually he landed in Sing Sing where he died. Haggerty used to scare hell out of him, he would get a bad check, then go looking for Jim, set him up in front of a plate glass window and make believe he was going to knock his head thru the window. Poor Jim was really scared and he finally got rid of Horse when we were on a trip in New England. The night they let him go, we were to play in Springfield, Mass, where Haggerty's father was head of the brick layers union. The people demanded their money back if George didn't play, so Johnny Whitty, Furey's brother-in-law, finally got George dressed, and even though George was pretty drunk, he started the game, that was when he got into a fight with Joe Brennan, and I caught the bottle thrown at Joe. Also, it was the first time Lapchick played, I can still remember Beckman's orders to Joe. He said to Joe, you're the dumbest Polack that ever played, get the tap, get the rebounds, and then, get the hell out of the way.

When I was with them, we played practically every night and twice on Sunday. The money wasn't bad, in the $150 dollar category, but I made a lot more playing for Marshall and the money was always waiting for you. Of course, Beckman and Holman were the highest paid as far as the Celts were concerned. We did all our traveling by train, and we did stay at good hotels and ate well. The trips lasted anyways from a week to a month, sometimes we played in the old Madison Square Garden. You asked about the caliber of teams we played, the best they could find, and at times, some pretty lousy ones. The best crowds were in Cleveland and Fort Wayne. They had the best arenas. I played on several teams which beat the Celtics. My job, when playing them, was to play Beckman, and I played him rough, tough, and nasty, not dirty. Because of my great condition, I never smoked or drank and to this day, I have never smoked or ever tasted beer. I often remember Becky saying to Dehnert and the other boys, we can go out tonight and have a good time, the two athletes, meaning Nat and me, will be in shape.

You mentioned that Furey paid the best salaries, I can't say he did. The men who paid the best were Rosenbloom and Marshall. You mentioned Furey and his contracts, I never signed one for him. As you mentioned, Holman and Beckman were the highest paid, how much, I couldn't say. My pay with him was anywhere from one hundred to one fifty a game. Furey paid by check, at times, bad ones. I doubt if Jim made much after paying expenses, the reason for his getting in trouble. He was a good fellow, very small, and cocky. I doubt if he made much money. He had a lot of hangers on around. While I was with the Celtics, Pete Barry played very little, he came along in his latter years. Johnny Whitty was a fine man and got along with everyone. He and Pete Barry were buddies from their younger days.

The team, the good one, broke up with the war sneaking up. A few of the players, Barry, Dehnert, Lapchick, and a few others, got together and kept the Celtic name and made a lot of games but not too much money. When the war ended, that was the Celtics' end. The Boston Celtics were given the name Celtics by Honey Russell, who was coaching them at that time. Later on, the Rosenblooms of Cleveland signed three of the Celtics. At that time, they were in the ABL. As you know, it was when Marshall, Rosenbloom, the owner of the Chicago team, George Halas, and the then commissioner of the pro football league got together, formed the American League, and put in college rules, that basketball started to get big, and college players were able to play. They couldn't play the two handed dribble of the old days.

You mentioned Tillie Voss, I haven't heard his name mentioned in many years. George Marshall first brought him to our Brooklyn club and later on to Washington. He was a professional footballer. You mentioned Nat Hickey, he never was with the Celtics when I was there. He joined the traveling club when the war started. I know Nat was in a terrible automobile accident. He was driving his team to a game when they had a terrible accident and several of his players were killed. Since Nat refuses to talk basketball, the mention of same drives him nuts.

I hope I have answered most of your questions and that they will help get things straightened out for you.

My best and good luck always.

Sincerely,

Elmer Ripley

Did you hear about the fellow who went away to college and came back with his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. His friend asked the meaning of all the letters. He replied, you know what B.S. is, M.S. is more, and Ph.D. is piled higher and deeper.
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HISTORICAL TIMELINE OF THE MINNEAPOLIS LAKERS
Contributed by Robert Bradley

1947-48 (43-17)
6Jul47 In a deal arranged by Minneapolis sportswriter Sid Hartman, the Detroit Gems franchise of the National Basketball League is purchased for $15,000 by Maurice Chalfen, who promoted entertainment in the Twin Cities and Benjamin J. Berger and are moved to Minneapolis and renamed the Minneapolis Lakers .... John Kundla is named coach of the Lakers .... Max Winter is hired as General Manager .... Sign Jim Pollard (who had been playing AAU basketball from 1945-47 with the Oakland Bittners and San Diego Dons) to a $12,000 a year contract with a $3,000 bonus .... The Lakers are awarded George Mikan when the Chicago American Gears and the Professional Basketball League of America fold .... Sign Mikan to a $15,000 contract .... Purchase Tony Jaros and Don "Swede" Carlson from the Chicago Stags of the BAA for $25,000 .... Play in the Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis Auditorium and St. Paul Auditorium .... Acquire Herm Schaefer from Indianapolis .... Mikan scores a the league record with 42 points in a game .... 9Feb48 BAA President Maurice Podoloff refutes a report that the BAA may disband and claims that Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Minneapolis of the NBL may join the league for the 1949-50 season .... 20Feb48 The Lakers lose to the Harlem Globetrotters 61-59 in the first exhibition matchup of the two teams .... Mikan is named NBL Most Valuable Player and All-NBL First Team with a league-leading 21.3 PPG .... Pollard is named All-NBL First Team .... Defeat Rochester Royals 3 games to 1 for the NBL title .... The Lakers win the 1948 World Tournament, defeating the Wilkes-Barre Barons 98-48, Anderson 59-56, and the New York Rens 75-71

1948-49 (44-16)
10May48 The Lakers, along with Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Rochester, jump to the BAA, paying a $25,000 entry fee .... 4Dec48 Mikan score a league-record 47 points against Chicago .... 26Feb49 Mikan scores 53 points against Baltimore .... 28Feb49 In a rematch of the two clubs the Lakers lose to the Harlem Globetrotters 49-45 in an exhibition game .... 14Mar49 The Lakers defeat the Harlem Globetrotters 66-53 in an exhibition game .... 16Mar49 Mikan scores 51 points against New York .... Mar49 Mikan sets league marks for points scored with 1,698 and scoring average with 28.3 PPG .... Mikan and Pollard are named All-BAA First Team .... The Lakers defeat Chicago 2 games to 0, Rochester 2 games to 0 and Washington 4 games to 2 .... 13Apr49 Minneapolis defeats Washington 77-56 in game six the series, despite a broken wrist suffered by Mikan

1949-50 (51-17)
21Mar49 Draft Slater Martin, Vern Mikkelsen and Bob Harrison .... Martin is signed to a $3,500 contract .... 14Jan50 Mikan scores 51 points against Rochester .... 31Jan50 Mikan is named Best Player of the first 50 Years by Associated Press .... 21Feb50 The Lakers defeat the Harlem Globetrotters 76-60 in an exhibition game .... Mikan, with a league-leading 27.4 PPG, and Pollard are named All-NBA First Team .... 20Mar50 The Lakers defeat the Harlem Globetrotters 69-54 in an exhibition game .... 21Mar50 The Lakers defeat Rochester 78-76 in the Central Division first Place Game .... The Lakers defeat Chicago 2 games to 0, Fort Wayne 2 games to 0, Anderson 2 games to 0 and Syracuse 4 games to 2 in the NBA Word Championship Series to win the league championship .... 23Apr50 George Mikan scores 40 points as Minneapolis defeats Syracuse 110-95 in game six of the NBA World Championship Series to win the NBA championship

1950-51 (44-14)
25Apr50 Draft Harry "Bud" Grant .... 22Nov50 Fort Wayne defeats Minneapolis 19-18 in a stall-marred game which sets a new record for fewest points in a game with 37 as Mikan leads all scorers with 15 points .... 9Jan51 The Washington franchise disbands during the season and its players placed in a dispersal draft with Minneapolis selecting Dick Schnittker .... 23Feb51 The Lakers defeat the Harlem Globetrotters 72-68 in an exhibition game .... 2Mar51 Mikan, Mikkelsen and Pollard play in the All-Star Game as Kundla coaches the West team .... Mikan is named All-NBA First Team, with a league-leading 28.4 PPG, Mikkelsen is named All-NBA Second Team .... The Lakers finish with the league's best record .... The Lakers defeat Indianapolis 2 games to 1 before losing to Rochester 3 games to 1 in the playoffs

1951-52 (40-26)
25Apr51 Draft Whitey Skoog .... The NBA institutes a new rule directed at Mikan widening the foul lane from six to twelve feet .... 2Jan52 The Lakers defeat the Harlem Globetrotters 84-60 in an exhibition game .... 20Jan52 Mikan scores 61 points against Rochester .... 11Feb52 Mikan, Mikkelsen and Pollard play in the All-Star Game with Kundla coaching the West team .... Purchase Frank "Pep" Saul from Baltimore for $5,000 .... Mikan is named All-NBA First Team, Mikkelsen is named All-NBA Second Team .... The Lakers defeat Indianapolis 2 games to 0, Rochester 3 games to 1 and New York 4 games to 3 in the NBA World Championship Series to win the championship .... 25Apr52 Minneapolis defeats New York 82-65 in game seven to win the NBA Championship

1952-53 (48-22)
26Apr52 Draft Clyde Lovellette .... 13Jan53 Kundla is named the All-Star coach with Martin, Mikan and Mikkelsen playing in the game, and Mikan winning the Most Valuable Player award .... Mikan is named All-NBA First Team, with a league-leading 1,007 rebounds, Mikkelsen is named All-NBA Second Team .... The Lakers finish with the league's best record .... The Lakers defeat Indianapolis 2 games to 0, Fort Wayne 3 games to 2 and New York 4 games to 1 in the NBA World Championship Series to win the championship .... 10Apr53 Minneapolis defeats New York 91-84 in game 5 of the NBA World Championship Series to win the NBA title

1953-54 (46-26)
Sign Schnittker .... Lovellette joins team after a season of AAU basketball with the Phillips 66ers .... Mikan signs a $35,000 contract .... 21Jan54 Martin, Mikan and Pollard play in the All-Star Game as Kundla coaches the West team .... 7Mar54 The Lakers defeat Milwaukee in a game in which the league experiments with twelve-foot baskets and the shooting of all free throws at the conclusion of each quarter .... Mikan is named All-NBA First Team, Pollard is named All-NBA Second Team .... The Lakers finish with league's best record .... The Lakers finish with 3 win and 0 losses in the Western Division Round Robin with Fort Wayne and Rochester .... The Lakers defeat Rochester 2 games to 1 and Syracuse 4 games to 3 in the NBA World Championship Series to win the title .... 31Mar54 Minneapolis defeats Syracuse 87-80 in games seven of the NBA World Championship Series to win the title

1954-55 (40-32)
Mikan retires .... 24Apr54 Draft Dick Garmaker (who remains in school) and Al Bianchi (who enters military service) .... Mikan buys out Winter's one-third share of the franchise .... 5Oct54 Mikan is appointed Vice President and General Manager .... 18Jan55 Martin and Pollard play in the All-Star-Game .... Mikkelsen and Martin are named All-NBA Second Team .... The Lakers defeat Rochester 2 games to 1 before losing to Fort Wayne 3 games to 1 in the playoffs

1955-56 (33-39)
Pollard retires .... 13Apr55 Draft Garmaker as a territorial choice and K.C. Jones (who remains in school) .... Mikan returns as player/General Manager .... 24Jan56 Lovellette, Martin and Mikkelsen play in the All-Star Game .... Lovellette and Martin named All-NBA Second Team .... 16Mar56 The Lakers defeat St. Louis in a Western Division second Place Game 103-97 .... The Lakers lose in the playoffs to St. Louis 2 games to 1

1956-57 (34-38)
30Apr56 Draft Sam Jones (who remains in school) .... Berger buys out Mikan's 33% of the franchise .... 26Oct56 After he hold out for $14,000, the Lakers trade Martin, along with Jerry Bird and a player to be named later to New York for Walter Dukes and rights to Burdette Haldorson .... 28Nov56 The Lakers allow NBA record-low 3 assists by Boston .... 15Jan57 Garmaker and Mikkelsen play in the All-Star Game .... 26Feb57 Milton Fischman and former Major League Baseball player Marty Marion reach an agreement to buy the franchise for $150,000 by 13Mar57, with plans to move the team to Kansas City .... Garmaker is named All-NBA Second Team .... 16Mar57 The Lakers lose Western Division Tiebreaker to St. Louis 114-111 .... The Lakers defeat Fort Wayne 2 games to 0 before losing to St. Louis 3 games to 0 in the playoffs

1957-58 (19-53)
The franchise is sold to a Group of 30 individuals headed by Robert E. Short, President of the Mueller Transit Company, attorney Francis T. Ryan, Odd Noe of the Hamm Brewing Co., John Scheefe of the Swanberg & Scheefe Co., and David Babcock of Dayton's for $150,000 and $50,000 working capital, with the league placing the franchise on "financial probation" (including a stipulation that a net gate of $200,000 be met by the final game of the season) .... 17Apr57 Draft Jim Krebs .... 17Apr57 Trade Lovellette and Jim Paxson to Cincinnati for Rod Hundley, who had been chosen with the first pick overall in the draft, Ed Fleming, Art Spoelstra, Bob Burrow and Don Meineke .... 19Jun57 Mikan replaces Kundla as coach as Kundla becomes General ... 12Sep57 Trade Dukes to Detroit for Larry Foust and cash .... Short becomes 80% owner of the franchise after investing an additional $40,000 in the team, with the team put on "financial probation" by the league, with the league having the option of buying the franchise for $150,000 and moving it if certain financial criteria are not met .... 3Jan58 The Lakers defeat the Harlem Globetrotters 111-110 in an exhibition game .... 15Jan58 Kundla replaces Mikan as coach after 9-30 start .... 21Jan58 Foust and Garmaker play in the All-Star Game .... The Lakers do not qualify for the playoffs, finishing with the league's worst record

1958-59 (33-39)
22Apr58 Draft Elgin Baylor with the first selection overall as a junior eligible and is signed to a $22,000 contract .... 1Jan59 to 20Jan59 The Lakers lose a franchise-record 11 consecutive games .... 23Jan59 Baylor, Foust and Garmaker play in the All-Star Game with Baylor named Co-Most Valuable Player .... 25Feb59 Baylor scores 55 against Cincinnati .... 27Feb59 Boston beats Minneapolis 173-139 to set an NBA scoring record for most points in a game as Bob Cousy totals a league-record 28 assists .... Baylor is named All-NBA First Team and Rookie of the Year .... Mikan is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame .... The Lakers defeat Detroit 2 games to 1 and St. Louis 4 games to 2 before losing to Boston in the NBA World Championship Series 4 games to 0 .... 9Apr59 Boston defeats Minneapolis 118-113 in game four of the NBA World Championship Series to sweep the series

1959-60 (25-50)
Kundla and Mikkelsen retire .... 31Apr59 Draft Rudy LaRusso .... Baylor's college coach, John Castellani is named coach .... 18Oct59 Baylor scores 52 points against Detroit .... 8Nov59 Baylor scores a league-record 64 against Boston .... Castellani is replaced by Jim Pollard after a 11-25 start .... Acquire Frank Selvy from Syracuse .... 15Jan60 Cincinnati's Jack Twyman scores 59 points against the Lakers .... 18Jan60 The Lakers' plane makes an emergency landing during a snowstorm in a corn field outside Carroll, Iowa .... 22Jan60 Baylor, Garmaker and Hundley play in the All-Star Game .... 1Feb60 Trade Foust to St. Louis for Charlie Share, cash and rights to Willie Merriweather and Nick Mantis .... Garmaker is sold to New York for $25,000 .... Short and Ryan purchase the remainder of the franchise for $500,000 .... 27Apr60 The franchise's move to California as the Los Angeles Lakers is approved at a league meeting due to the threat of the ABL playing on the west coast and after the Lakers agree to pay the difference in traveling expenses for the rest of the league .... Baylor is named All-NBA First Team .... The Lakers defeat Detroit 2 games to 0 and lose to St. Louis 4 games to 3 in the playoffs