The Book Of Basketball's lost pages
Old 12-17-2009, 12:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lost pages from Bill Simmons' new publication 'The Book of Basketball".

After the NBA launched, in 1946, the next 20 years of trial-and-error were memorable mostly for the "error" part. I had fun with this in my book. Somehow I left out the league's anti-brainstorm for the 1956 Finals, when it tried a 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 format in an apparent effort to test the effects of jet lag. Or something. Philadelphia and Fort Wayne battled through five back-and-forth games. The format was scrapped the next season and thank God, because it was a St. Louis-Boston Finals and Tommy Heinsohn would have killed 200 airline passengers with his secondhand smoke.
I deleted a section called "Things That Never Would Have Happened From 1946 to 1983 If David Stern Were in Charge." My favorite tidbit: When Chicago landed an expansion team in 1961, the NBA gave the team the No. 1 overall pick, allowing it to leapfrog the lowly Knicks to pick prize center Walt Bellamy. New York settled for St. Bonaventure forward Tom Stith, who came down with tuberculosis and played only one season. Odds of this sequence happening on Stern's watch: 750,000-1.
If you thought the NBA was dumb, the ABL (an early NBA rival) came up with the disastrous idea of staging "first-half playoffs," in which the best team in each conference played a three-game series at the halfway point of the season, for a spot in the 1962 Finals. Kansas City beat Cleveland for the bye, then disappeared for two weeks during the actual playoffs as Cleveland played two other series. Making your best team disappear for two-thirds of your postseason? Not savvy. But that wasn't as dumb as the ABL's putting one of its eight teams in Hawaii. This wouldn't even work in 2009. In a related story, the ABL went under in 14 months.
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Old 12-17-2009, 07:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i'm not gonna read this until i get the book and finish it. i'm getting the book for xmas, how do i know this? i snooped through my gf's closet the other day

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