History of the NBA 1949-1966

History of the NBA 1949-1966

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This was not a sport for the faint of heart - games were boring and were often low scoring; lots of fouling while not attracting much of a fan following. Breakthroughs and changes came in the form of the 24-second clock, lanes beneath the basket were widened, and the number of fouls per team was tweaked (and tweaked often). Then came the two titans: Bill Russell from USF, and Wilt Chamberlain (U of K, then Harlem Globetrotters). Check out how dominant the Celtics were and the stratospheric numbers Chamberlain, Russell, Bob Pettit, and Oscar Robertson put up. Prior to the 1966-67 season, the league saw teams come and go, franchises move (trivia: what team began in Chicago in the early 1960s only to move east 2 years later? Answer: They play in DC now) and were still not top-dog in the sports pages...but those days were to come soon enough.