By Murry R. Nelson
This ebook examines the yank Basketball League and its brief background, starting with its notion in 1959-60 and its seasons of play, 1961-1963. The league used to be the 1st to exploit a trapezoidal, wider lane and a 30-second shot clock, in addition to the 3-point shot. With a staff in Hawaii, the league created an adjusted agenda to house the outsize distance. Many avid gamers reminiscent of Connie Hawkins and invoice Bridges and coaches reminiscent of Jack McMahon and invoice Sharman later came across their solution to the NBA after the cave in of the league, however it took greater than 15 years for extensive recognition of the 3-point shot. John McLendon and Ermer Robinson have been the 1st African American coaches in an enormous expert league as they either debuted within the ABL.
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I thank John Barnhill, Bill Sharman, Monte Moore, Roger Kaiser, Kenny Sears, Hal Lear, Sylvester Blye and Rossie Johnson, all of whom provided insights and anecdotes from the ABL. The Interlibrary Loan staff at Pattee Library at Penn State University was helpful in obtaining newspapers as well as identifying papers that had been digitized and were available in that manner. Jennifer Glasgow in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State’s College of Education was a great help in her copying of materials, re-formatting of data and overall clerical assistance.
The two most noted of the latter were Larry Siegfried from Ohio State, signed by the Pipers, and Bill Bridges of Kansas, signed by the Steers, and who led the league in rebounding. The ABL gained early credibility by signing top coaches, most of whom had played or coached in the NBA. In the West, Kansas City selected Jack McMahon, a former Cincinnati Royal, forced to retire because of injury; the Jets chose Bill Sharman as player-coach; the Saints signed Phil Woolpert, the former University of San Francisco coach whose team won NCAA titles in 1955 and 1956; and Hawaii was led by Red Rocha, former BAA and NBA player.
The new franchise then received the ﬁrst pick in the NBA draft and six successive picks in the second round of the draft. The Packers were also hamstrung by a league proviso that did not allow them to trade any of the players drafted on NBA rosters without ﬁrst securing the approval of four of the seven teams not involved in any potential transaction. (This was invoked in late November in a Packers–St. )7 The NBA Packers lost the venue battle, but won the ﬁrst-draft pick battle. 8 Bellamy signed with the Packers, but Saperstein had a plan for enhancing his Chicago ABL roster that no other team could match.