Sam Schulman's role in the 1971 almost merger

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Sam Schulman's role in the 1971 almost merger

Postby rlee » Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:17 am

Anyone who would like a copy of this fascinating story from basbketball Weekly 11/23/71, please email me at
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Postby mtamada » Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:35 am

I'ld like a copy. Schulman was one of the more interesting owners in NBA history, aggressive and daring, thinking outside the box, and willing to bend the rules not so much in a cheating sense as in a rule-changing sense (i.e. signing Spencer Haywood against both the rules and wishes of the NBA -- leading to a court case, the hardship draft, and the eventual dissolution of the old rules about who is draft-eligible).

But though he spent money and pursued talent enthusiastically, he generally didn't pursue it wisely. Haywood was a great pickup from the ABA, but Jim McDaniels and John Brisker were busts in the NBA. The whole Tom Nissalke-Lenny Wilkens fiasco set the franchise back a good five years.

But in the end he did build the Sonics into the only major pro sports team champion that Seattle's had.
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