1949-50 Denver Nuggets Schedule

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1949-50 Denver Nuggets Schedule

Postby Robert Bradley » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:52 am

For anyone who complains about how grueling the NBA schedule is nowadays, in doing some research on the 1949-50 Denver Nuggets (who played one season in the NBA, starting the season 0-15 and finishing 11-51) I found this scheduling stretch -

16Nov49 - Lost to Washington Capitols in Washington, DC - 99-90
17Nov49 - Lost to Baltimore Bullets in Baltimore, MD - 86-71
18Nov49 - Lost to New York Knicks in Philadelphia, PA - 85-78
19Nov49 - Lost to Rochester Royals in Rochester, NY - 96-64
20Nov49 - Los to Syracuse Nationals in Syracuse, NY - 102-76
21Nov49 - Lost to Syracuse Nationals in Oneida, NY - 77-67

Six games in six nights in six different cities. Now granted, Washington isn't that far from Baltimore and the last three are all in New York, but they traveled mostly by train I would assume, and they probably stayed at a lot of second-rate hotels and ate at a lot of greasy-spoon restaurants.

And that six-game preseason that they just shortened because it was to long? In the 1950s teams would play 20 to 25 preseason games, and would occasionally schedule exhibition games during their off days during the season. (and don't even get me started on how these guys didn't have great medical care or diets, and nobody had a trainer that went on the road - if they had one at all.)
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Re: 1949-50 Denver Nuggets Schedule

Postby rlee » Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:58 pm

On the flip: no 24-second clock, no African-American or international players to compete against
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Re: 1949-50 Denver Nuggets Schedule

Postby Robert Bradley » Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:29 am

rlee wrote:On the flip: no 24-second clock, no African-American or international players to compete against


True, but half the guys probably had a cigarette and a hot dog at halftime too!
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