Larry Brown (basketball)
Lawrence Harvey Larry Brown is an American basketball coach, who was most recently head mens basketball coach at Southern Methodist University. He is the coach in basketball history to win both an NCAA national championship and an NBA title. He won an ABA championship as a player with the Oakland Oaks in the 1968–69 season, and he is the only person ever to coach two NBA franchises in the same season. Before coaching, Brown played collegiately at the University of North Carolina and he has been a basketball coach since 1972. Brown was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach on September 27,2002, Brown is Jewish, and was born in Brooklyn, New York. A5 ft 9 in point guard, he attended Long Beach High School and played at the University of North Carolina under legendary coaches Frank McGuire and Dean Smith. During that time Brown was selected for the 1964 Summer Olympics team, on which he played and with which he won a gold medal, Brown was named MVP of the ABAs first All-Star Game in 1968, and was named to the All-ABA Second Team the same year.
Brown led the ABA in assists per game during the leagues first three seasons, and when he ended his career, Brown was the ABAs all-time assist leader. His total of 2,509 assists places him seventh on the ABAs career list, Browns first head coaching job was at Davidson College in North Carolina in 1969. Unfortunately for Wildcat fans, it would only last during the summer offseason, Brown moved on to the ABA and coached with the Carolina Cougars and the Denver Nuggets, who joined the NBA in 1976, for five and a half seasons from 1974 to 1979. He moved on to coach for UCLA, leading his freshman-dominated 1979–80 team to the NCAA title game before falling to Louisville, 59–54. However, that appearance was vacated by the NCAA after two UCLA players were found to be ineligible—one of the few times a Final Four squad has had its record vacated. Brown was the coach for the NBAs New Jersey Nets for two years following that, from 1981 to 1983. Brown began his tenure at the University of Kansas, replacing the fired Ted Owens, who had overseen back-to-back losing seasons in 1981-82 and 1982-83.
In the meantime Brown signed the most coveted high school player in the country, Danny Manning, to play for KU after signing his father, Ed Manning, perhaps Browns finest team at Kansas was the 1985-86 team. This squad put together a 35-4 record, the first 30-win season in KU history, in the 1987-88 season, Kansas got off to a mediocre 12–8 start, including 1–4 in the Big 8, and the end of the Jayhawks 55-game homecourt winning streak in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas proceeded to defeat 11th-seed Xavier, 14th-seed Murray State, and 7th-seed Vanderbilt before meeting rival Kansas State, KU upset the 4th-seeded Wildcats 71-58 in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four in Kansas Citys Kemper Arena. Once there, Kansas upset the East Regions #2 seed Duke, 66-59, who scored 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the final, was named Most Oustanding Player of the Tournament
Oakland Oaks (ABA)
The Oakland Oaks were a charter member of the original American Basketball Association. Formed in February 1967 as the Oakland Americans, the changed its name to the Oaks prior to play that fall. Playing in the ABA during the 1967–68 and 1968–69 seasons at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, on February 2,1967, pop singer Pat Boone, S. Kenneth Davidson and Dennis A. Murphy were awarded a team in exchange for $30,000, the team had widely varying performances in its two years of existence. He joined the Oaks in the year, leading the franchise to the ABA championship in 1968–69. The road to the championship was led by pioneering owner, S, kenneth Davidson, who aggressively pursued top NBA talent Rick Barry and head coach Alex Hannum, signing them for an unprecedented $85,000 per year. His efforts drove a historic turnaround, from last place to first in one year, unfortunately for Barry, he tore ligaments in his knee after colliding with Kenny Wilburn late in a game versus the New York Nets on December 27,1968.
He tried to return in January, but he aggravated the injury and he subsequently sat out the rest of the season. Regardless, the Oaks won 60 games on the season, in the playoffs, they narrowly escaped the Denver Rockets in the Semifinals, but swept the New Orleans Buccaneers in the Division Finals to advance to the ABA Finals versus the Indiana Pacers. After splitting the first two games, the Oaks won an overtime thriller 134–126 to take a 2–1 lead in the series and they won the fourth game to set up a clinching opportunity in Oakland. In the nine games in Oakland, the Oaks averaged just 3,401 attendance a game, with 30,615 total attendance. With or without Barry, the proved to be a poor investment for Boone. Despite winning the ABA championship, the Oaks were a failure at the box office, the team was sold and moved to Washington, D. C. for the 1969–70 season, where it was renamed the Washington Caps. After one season in the capital, the team moved to Norfolk, Virginia for the 1970–71 season. The team disbanded after the 1975–76 season, keeping it out of the ABA–NBA merger which occurred just weeks later, note, W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win–Loss % Oakland Oaks site at remembertheaba.
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The Pittsburgh Condors were a professional basketball team in the original American Basketball Association. Originally called the Pittsburgh Pipers, they were a franchise of the ABA. The team played their games in Pittsburghs Civic Arena. The Pipers were one of the ABAs inaugural franchises in 1967, the team had great success on the court, posting the leagues best record during the regular season and winning the leagues first ABA Championship. The Pipers were led by their star player, ABA MVP and future Hall-of-Famer Connie Hawkins, the Pipers swept through the 1968 ABA Playoffs and defeated the New Orleans Buccaneers 4 games to 3 to take the title, with Hawkins earning Finals MVP honors. The ABA title remains Pittsburghs only pro basketball championship, the Pipers attracted fairly respectable gates by ABA standards, averaging 3,200 fans per game. Minnesota was left vacant when the Minnesota Muskies had trouble drawing people in the leagues first season, the ABA league office was based in Minneapolis, so the Pipers moved when a Minneapolis attorney named Bill Erickson bought a majority share of the team.
As with the Muskies, their home arena was Bloomingtons Met Center, despite making the playoffs, the Pipers attendance settings fared no better than the Muskies and they moved back to Pittsburgh after only one season. In Terry Plutos book on the ABA, Loose Balls, Pipers co-owner Gabe Rubin says he returned to the Steel City because he couldnt think of anywhere else to go, for the first season back in Pittsburgh the team retained the Pipers nickname. However, the failed to match their previous success and fans stayed away. After the season, Haven Industries, maker of the Jack Frost brand of products, bought the team. A name-the-team contest yielded the nickname Pittsburgh Pioneers, local NAIA school Point Park College already had that nickname and threatened to sue. Ownership resolved the objection by changing the name to Condors, Jack McMahon took over as coach. John Brisker and Mike Lewis played in the 1971 ABA All-Star Game, while the Condors had a potent offense, they were often undone by their defense.
Attendance remained poor, with an average of 2,806. After a slow start, general manager Marty Blake decided to give away every available seat for a game against Florida on November 17. Ownership was not amused, and Blake was fired soon after, the most memorable moment of the season came when Charlie Helicopter Hentz destroyed two backboards in a game against the Carolina Cougars. For the next season, Haven tried to change the Condors image, with a new logo and uniforms, in October, they lured the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks to Pittsburgh for an exhibition game, guaranteeing the Bucks $25,000
The Dallas Chaparrals were a charter member of the American Basketball Association. The team moved to San Antonio, Texas for the 1973–74 season and were renamed the San Antonio Spurs, the Spurs joined the National Basketball Association for the 1976–77 NBA season as a result of the ABA–NBA merger. The teams original owners, unable to agree on a name for the franchise during an organizational meeting at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The team drew poor attendance and general disinterest in Dallas and they were lucky to attract crowds in the hundreds. After missing the playoffs for the first time in their existence in the 1972–73 season, after no credible offers surfaced, the teams original owners leased it to a group of 36 San Antonio businessmen, led by Angelo Drossos and Red McCombs. The deal included an option to buy the team outright. The Drossos-McCombs group moved the team to San Antonio for the 1973–74 season, San Antonio embraced its new team with open arms, the Spurs surpassed the Chaparrals entire 1972–73 attendance in only 16 games.
Realizing they had a hit on their hands, Drossos and McCombs tore up the lease and completed the purchase after only one year. The Chaparrals road uniform was featured in NBA Live 2004 as a hidden jersey, the Spurs wore the Chaparrals uniform in selected games in the 2011–12 NBA season prior to the 45th Anniversary of the ABA. Note, W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win–Loss % Bill Blakeley San Antonio Spurs Dallas Chaparrals on RememberTheABA. com
Douglas Edwin Moe is an American former professional basketball player and coach. As a head coach with the Denver Nuggets in the National Basketball Association, born in Brooklyn, New York, Moe was a star player at the University of North Carolina where he was a two-time All-American. However, his career ended in controversy when he admitted to being associated with a point shaving scandal. Moe received $75 from fix conspirator Aaron Wagman to fly to a meeting in New Jersey, arranged by Moes friend conspirator Lou Brown, there is no evidence that Moe was ever involved in a fix conspiracy, but his ties to the scandal blemished his reputation. He garnered ABA All-Star honors three times in an injury-shortened five-year professional playing career, Moe became a head coach in 1976–77, after serving as an assistant coach for the Carolina Cougars. Moe worked behind the bench for 15 years, ten of them with the Denver Nuggets and he had stops in San Antonio and Philadelphia. Moe began his career with the Carolina Cougars in the ABA as an assistant coach to his UNC teammate.
He followed Brown to Denver, where they coached the Nuggets from 1974 to 1976, during those two seasons, the Nuggets were 125–43. They advanced to the ABA Finals in 1976, but lost to the New York Nets in six games, after the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, Moe served as a head coach for the San Antonio Spurs for four seasons, leading them to a conference finals appearance in 1979. He returned to Denver in 1980 to take over the coaching reigns from another UNC alum Donnie Walsh. From 1980 to 1990, Moe compiled a 432–357 record and led the Nuggets to the postseason nine-straight years—advancing as far as the Western Conference Finals in 1985 and he guided the Nuggets to two Midwest Division titles and a franchise-record 54 wins in 1987–88. He was named NBA Coach of the Year that same year, under Moes direction, the Nuggets high-octane offense led the league in scoring in six of his 10 seasons in Denver. He is honored by the Nuggets with a banner that read 432 for his amount of wins as a Nugget head coach, Moe served an unsuccessful stint as a head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers, with his son David Moe as an assistant coach.
In 1979, he led the Spurs to the conference finals and his overall NBA head coaching ledger stands at 628–529 and his wins are the 19th-most in NBA history, though he is not in the Hall of Fame. Moe used a run-and-gun offense which had his team shoot before the defense had set up. He ran almost no plays, instead relying on ball movement, players were not to hold onto the ball for longer than two seconds. The movement of the ball was predicated on what the defense allowed and you cant diagram it, you cant put a pencil and paper to it. If you do, youre doing an injustice to the system, Moe simply said, The passing game is basically doing whatever the hell you want
Jack Wade Moreland, known as Jackie Moreland, was an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons and the former New Orleans Buccaneers. An older brother, Lloyd Winston Moreland, who was an electrician, is interred beside his wife, the former Betty Virginia Almond at Arlington Cemetery in Homer, where the couple had resided. His other siblings were Ralph Moreland of Rogers, Edd Moreland of Union City, Joe Moreland of Ruston, Juanita McAdoo of Shreveport, and Marlene Gill of Houston, Texas. In 1954, Moreland transferred from the since disbanded high school in the Harris Community of Claiborne Parish to Minden High School in Minden in Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana and he played in 1955 and 1956 for the Minden Crimson Tide under Coach Cleveland S. Cleve Strong. He was the first from his school to be named All American in basketball and he was honored as Most Valuable Player by the Minden Junior Chamber International. In 1955, he was named the most outstanding student at Minden High School.
He served as the president of his junior and senior classes and he was a delegate to Pelican Boys State at the end of his junior year. He was the 1956 MHS class salutatorian, at Minden High School, Moreland averaged 60 percent from the floor,90 percent from the free throw line, and 21.3 points and 26 rebounds per game. He set a Louisiana state record for making 27 consecutive free throws in a row, as of 2011, Morelands 5,030 career high school points still ranked as the fourth-highest total for a high school basketball player in the United States. On April 2,1956, Minden High School retired Jackie Morelands number #44 marking the first time the school bestowed this honor on one of its former athletes. Moreland was a first baseman on Mindens baseball team where he led the team to an 18-2 record during his junior year. Jackie Moreland was one of the most sought after recruits in the nation with Kentucky, Texas A&M, North Carolina State. All except Centenary eventually received NCCA probation for offenses related to the recruiting of Moreland, Moreland decided to enroll at North Carolina State, but never played a game with the Wolfpack.
Moreland was declared ineligible at North Carolina State for one year after recruiting violations involving Moreland, Moreland became a three-time All-American player while at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston under Coach Cecil C. His 1,419 collegiate points was the fourth highest in the history of Louisiana Tech and he completed three and a half-years at Tech, earning his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. Moreland was a letterman for Louisiana Techs baseball team from 1958 to 1960. After attending North Carolina State for a semester, Moreland transferred to Louisiana Tech, Moreland led Louisiana Tech in points and rebounds as Tech went 15-10 in his first year with the Bulldogs. He was named a UPI 2nd Team All-American and a member of the All-Gulf States Conference team, during the season, Moreland set numerous single-game and single-season scoring and rebounding records
The Denver Nuggets are an American professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Western Conference Northwest Division. The team was founded as the Denver Larks in 1967 as a franchise of the American Basketball Association. It changed its name again to the Nuggets in 1974, after the name change, the Nuggets played for the final ABA Championship title in 1976, losing to the New York Nets. The team has had periods of success, qualifying for the ABA Playoffs for all seasons from 1967 to the 1976 ABA playoffs where it lost in the finals. The team joined the NBA in 1976 after the ABA–NBA merger and qualified for the NBA playoffs in nine seasons in the 1980s. However, it has not made an appearance in a round since its last year in the ABA. The Nuggets play their games at Pepsi Center, which they share with the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. In 1967, one of the ABAs charter franchises was awarded to a group in Kansas City, however, Trindle was unable to find a suitable arena in the Kansas City area.
League commissioner George Mikan suggested moving the team to Denver, after agreeing to name Denver native and former NBA player Vince Boryla as general manager, Trindle moved his team to Denver as the Denver Larks, named after Colorados state bird. The Trindle group was severely undercapitalized, leading Mikan to order the Larks to post a $100,000 performance bond or lose the franchise, hours before the deadline, Trindle sold a ⅔ controlling interest to Denver trucking magnate Bill Ringsby for $350,000. Ringsby renamed the team the Rockets, after his companys long-haul trucks, playing at the Denver Auditorium Arena, the Rockets had early successes on the court, developing a solid fan base along the way. However, the team had a history of early playoff exits, they had a solid lineup led by Byron Beck and Larry Jones, later by Beck and Ralph Simpson. Wright played four seasons with Denver, controversial rookie Spencer Haywood joined the team for the 1969–70 season. Haywood was one of the first players to turn pro before graduating from college, and the NBA initially refused to let him play in the league.
Haywood averaged nearly 30 points and 19.5 rebounds per game in his only ABA season, being named ABA MVP, ABA rookie of the year, the team finished 51-33, winning their division, before exiting the playoffs in the 2nd round. Just before the start of the 1970–71 season, Haywood signed with the Seattle SuperSonics, the team tumbled to a 30-54 record and attendance suffered. Ringsby sold the team to San Diego businessmen Frank Goldberg and Bud Fischer in 1972
The Anaheim Amigos/Los Angeles Stars were a charter member American Basketball Association team based in Southern California. They were the Amigos during their first season in Anaheim and moved to Los Angeles to become the Stars, the team existed from 1967 to 1976. In 1970, it moved from southern California to Utah, with the founding of the ABA on February 2,1967, a charter franchise in Anaheim, California was awarded to Art Kim and James Ackerman for $30,000. A name the team contest resulted in the Amigos name, the team played most of its home games at the Anaheim Convention Center. Five home games were scheduled elsewhere in California and three games were scheduled in Honolulu, Hawaii. Al Brightman was the first head coach, the Amigos roster was highlighted by guards Les Selvage, Jeff Congdon and Steve Chubin, former NBA player Ben Warley and 7 foot center Larry Bunce. Chubin led the team in scoring and assists and was a fan favorite, Selvage led the league in three point field goal attempts.
Warley led the team in rebounds and was an effective outside shooter, Congdon played well but was traded in mid-season to the Denver Rockets for Willis Thomas. Bunce did not live up to expectations despite his height, but played in the 1968 ABA All-Star Game, the Amigos were not successful on the court. They lost their first five games, including the first ever ABA game, after losing two thirds of their first 36 games Brightman was fired and replaced as head coach by Harry Dinnel. During the season the Amigos lost eight games in one stretch and had two other stretches of six losses each. The team finished the season with 25 wins and 53 losses, good for fifth place in Western Division, the Amigos were not successful off the court either. They averaged 1,293 fans per game and their games were broadcast on radio. However, they lost approximately $500,000 on the season and were sold for $450,000 to James J. Kirst who moved the team to nearby Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, after two seasons in Los Angeles the team relocated again and became the Utah Stars.
After the 1969-70 season, the once again relocated, this time to Salt Lake City. Note, W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win–Loss % Los Angeles Stars on FunWhileItLasted. net LA Stars History & Win/Loss Record