Thomas Ernest Satch Sanders is an American retired college and professional basketball player and coach. He was a 66,210 lb power forward, Sanders is tied for third for most NBA championships in a career, and is one of three NBA players with an unsurpassed 8–0 record in NBA Finals series outcomes. On April 4,2011, it was announced that Sanders was elected to the 2011 class to enter the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor, in NBA history, only teammates Bill Russell and Sam Jones have won more championship rings during their playing careers. He ended his career in 1973, following his playing career Sanders became the basketball coach at Harvard University, a position he held until 1977. Sanders became the first African-American to serve as a coach of any sport in the Ivy League. In 1978, Sanders became the coach of the Boston Celtics. Sanders returned the following season, however after a 2–12 record he was replaced by Dave Cowens, list of NBA players with most championships BasketballReference.
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Elgin Gay Baylor is an American retired basketball player and executive. He played 13 seasons as a forward in the National Basketball Association for the Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers. Baylor was a shooter, strong rebounder, and an accomplished passer. Renowned for his acrobatic maneuvers on the court, Baylor regularly dazzled Lakers fans with his trademark hanging jump shots. The No.1 draft pick in 1958, NBA Rookie of the Year in 1959, in 1977, Baylor was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Baylor spent 22 years as manager of the Los Angeles Clippers. He won the NBA Executive of the Year Award in 2006 and he had a special appearance in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode Olympiad, as one of the athletes. Elgin Rabbit Baylor had two basketball-playing brothers and Kermit, after stints at Southwest Boys Club and Brown Jr. High, Baylor was a 3 time All City player in High School. Elgin played his first 2 years at Phelps Vocational High School in the 1951 and 1952 basketball seasons where he set his first area scoring record of 44 points vs Cardozo.
During his 2 All City years at Phelps he averaged 18.5 and 27.6 points per season and he did not perform well academically and dropped out of school to work in a furniture store and to play basketball in the local recreational leagues. He finished with a 36.1 average for his 8 Interhigh Division II league games, on February 3,1954 in a game against his old Phelps team, he scored 31 in the first half. Playing with 4 fouls the second half, Baylor scored 32 more points to establish a new DC area record with 63 points. This broke the point record of 52 that Westerns Jim Wexler had set the year before when he broke Rabbits record of 44. An inadequate scholastic record kept him out of college until a friend arranged a scholarship at the College of Idaho, after one season, the school dismissed the head basketball coach and restricted the scholarships. A Seattle car dealer interested Baylor in Seattle University, and Baylor sat out a year to play for Westside Ford, Baylor led the Seattle University Chieftains to the NCAA championship game in 1958, falling to the Kentucky Wildcats, Seattles last trip to the Final Four.
Following his junior season, Baylor joined the Minneapolis Lakers in 1958, in his three collegiate seasons, one at Idaho and two at Seattle, Baylor averaged 31.3 points per game. He led the NCAA in rebounds during the 1956–57 season, fifty-one years after Baylor left Seattle University, Seattle U named its basketball court in honor of him on November 19,2009. The Redhawks now play on the Elgin Baylor Court in Seattles KeyArena, the Minneapolis Lakers used the No.1 overall pick in the 1958 NBA draft to select Baylor, convinced him to skip his senior year at SU and instead join the pro ranks
Norm Drucker was a major influence in professional basketball officiating for over 35 years. Drucker was born in New York City, New York and he was hired as a referee by the National Basketball Association in 1953. By the early 60s he was regularly officiating two to four games in the NBA Finals each season and their contracts were the first multi-year officiating contracts in pro basketball history. Such was Druckers stature and reputation, that his salary, as a referee and Supervisor of Officials. It made him, at time, the highest paid referee in the history of basketball. Within a year, all other pro basketball officials benefited, as their salaries more than doubled, as a result, officiating professional basketball evolved from a part-time second job, to a full-time career, with greatly improved working conditions and pension plans. In the ABA, Drucker officiated and served as the leagues Supervisor of Officials, with the ABA-NBA merger in 1976, Drucker was one of only a handful of ABA referees hired by the NBA to return.
When he retired after the 1976-77 NBA season to become the NBAs Supervisor of Officials and it remains the record for longest tenure for a pro referee among those whose entire career was during the era of only two referees per game. During that span he officiated 6 All-Star Games, a higher total than any official in pro basketball history other than Mendy Rudolph. When he retired, his total of 38 NBA and ABA championship round games officiated was the second highest in pro basketball history. In his 24-year officiating career, Drucker was well known for his even-handed officiating for visiting teams in an era when many officials were criticized as homers - favoring the home team. For 14 seasons, from 1963 through 1977, Drucker along with Mendy Rudolph, of the nearly 400 referees who have officiated in the NBA and ABA, only two others Mendy Rudolph and Joe Crawford have officiated in more deciding games. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he was involved in what the press called a heated feud with legendary Boston Celtic coach Red Auerbach and his second ejection of Auerbach in a one-month period led to the coachs 3-game suspension by NBA president Maurice Podoloff on November 13,1961.
Druckers career gave him a view of key moments of the NBAs first 35 seasons. He was the last active NBA referee to have officiated in 1953-54—the last season before the NBA introduced the 24-second clock. That same season, he was selected to officiate the only game in NBA history that experimented with rims 12 feet, rather than 10 feet. He officiated the games when Bob Pettit scored his 15, 000th career point and Wilt Chamberlain scored his 25, Drucker is the link to referees whose careers span the entire history of the NBA. At the end of his career, Drucker demonstrated a commitment to improving the salary, benefits
Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain was an American basketball player. The 7 foot 1 inch Chamberlain weighed 250 pounds as a rookie before bulking up to 275 and he played the center position and is widely considered one of the greatest and most dominant players in NBA history. Chamberlain holds numerous NBA records in scoring and durability categories and he is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. He won seven scoring, eleven rebounding, nine field goal percentage titles, Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game in a season, a feat he accomplished seven times. He is the player to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game over the entire course of his NBA career. Chamberlain was known by various nicknames during his playing career. He hated the ones that called attention to his height such as Goliath and Wilt the Stilt and he preferred The Big Dipper, which was inspired by his friends who saw him dip his head as he walked through doorways.
Chamberlain was a businessman, authored several books. He was a bachelor, and became notorious for his claim to have had sexual intercourse with as many as 20,000 women. He was a child, nearly dying of pneumonia in his early years. In his early years Chamberlain was not interested in basketball, because he thought it was a game for sissies, but according to Chamberlain, basketball was king in Philadelphia, so he eventually turned to the sport. According to ESPN journalist Hal Bock, Chamberlain was scary, flat-out frightening, before he came along, most basketball players were mortal-sized men. It was in this period of his life when his three lifelong nicknames Wilt the Stilt and his favorite, The Big Dipper, were allegedly born. He scored 34 points, won Overbrook the Public League title, in that game, West Catholic quadruple-teamed Chamberlain the entire game, and despite the centers 29 points, the Panthers lost 54-42. In his second Overbrook season, Chamberlain continued his scoring, among them scoring a high school record 71 points against Roxborough.
The Panthers comfortably won the Public League title after again beating Northeast in which Chamberlain scored 40 points, Chamberlain scored 32 points and led Overbrook to a flawless 19–0 season. During summer vacations Chamberlain worked as a bellhop in Kutshers Hotel, owners Milton and Helen Kutsher kept up a lifelong friendship with Wilt, and according to their son Mark, They were his second set of parents. In Chamberlains third and final Overbrook season, he continued his high scoring, the Panthers won the Public League a third time, beating West Philadelphia 78-60, and in the city championship game, they met West Catholic once again
Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
The Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is an annual National Basketball Association award given since the 1969 NBA Finals. The award is decided by a panel of nine media members, the person with the highest votes wins the award. In at least one NBA Finals, fans balloting on NBA. com accounted for the tenth vote, the award was originally a black trophy with a gold basketball-shaped sphere at the top, similar to the Larry OBrien Trophy, until a new trophy was introduced in 2005. Since its inception, the award has given to 30 different players. Michael Jordan is a record six-time award winner, magic Johnson, Shaquille ONeal, Tim Duncan and LeBron James won the award three times in their careers. Jordan and ONeal are the players to win the award in three consecutive seasons. Johnson is the only ever to win the award, as well as the youngest at 20 years old. Andre Iguodala is the winner to have not started every game in the series. Jerry West, the first ever awardee, is the person to win the award while being on the losing team in the NBA Finals.
Willis Reed, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Olajuwon and James have won the award in two consecutive seasons. Abdul-Jabbar and James are the players to win the award for two different teams. Olajuwon of Nigeria, who became a naturalized U. S. citizen in 1993, Tony Parker of France, cedric Maxwell is the only Finals MVP winner eligible for the Hall of Fame who has not been voted in. NBA Most Valuable Player Award NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award General Specific
Marvin Mendy Rudolph was an American professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association for 22 years, from 1953 to 1975. Regarded as one of the greatest officials in NBA history, Rudolph officiated 2,112 NBA games and was the first league referee to work 2,000 games and he was selected to referee eight NBA All-Star Games and made 22 consecutive NBA Finals appearances. He was a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2007, born in Philadelphia, Rudolph was raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. His father, Harry Rudolph, was a prominent basketball referee, Mendy Rudolph played basketball as a child and eventually chose the same profession as his father. Upon graduating from James M. Coughlin High School, he began officiating basketball games at the Wilkes-Barre Jewish Community Center and worked scholastic games. At age 20, he was recruited to referee games alongside his father, at the same time, he served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
Rudolph was married twice during his life and his first marriage was to his childhood sweetheart and together they raised three children. But the relationship became troubled and eventually ended, in 1961, Mendy Rudolph met Susan, a receptionist at the WGN office in New York City, while both worked for the station. At the time, Rudolph worked at WGN as a job outside of officiating. Mendy and Susan Rudolph were married in 1973, two years later, their first child, Jennifer Rudolph, was born. Throughout his life, Rudolph suffered from a problem and was labeled a compulsive gambler. He would often spend his leisure time placing bets at race tracks and Las Vegas, Nevada, at that time, NBA referees were allowed to gamble, but this practice has since been prohibited. As he incurred gambling losses, Rudolph was once offered by a Las Vegas gambler to erase his debt by participating in point shaving. However, he refused to accept the offer and said to his wife, I love the game too much, respect it too much.
I couldnt do it to the memory of my father, and I couldnt do it to myself, If I have to go into bankruptcy, something Id hate to do, Id do it, according to in a 1992 New York Times interview with Susan Rudolph. Rudolph had cashed in his $60,000 pension fund to pay debts, while he refused to seek professional help, Rudolph cut back on his gambling habit in his life. Rudolph was hired by the NBA in February 1953, midway through the 1952–53 NBA season, in his early years with the NBA, Rudolph quickly became an established official as he worked playoff games within his first two years in the league. Rudolph officiated the 1955 NBA Finals between the Syracuse Nationals and Fort Wayne Pistons, which was notable for its actions by fans, fights between players, and attacks on referees
Francis Dayle Chick Hearn was an American sportscaster. Hearn was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois, in west suburban Chicago and he and his wife Marge were married August 13,1938. They had two children, a son, Gary and a daughter, both of whom predeceased Hearn, Marge Hearn died January 30,2016 at the age of 98. Hearns broadcasting streak began on November 21,1965, Hearn missed the Lakers game the previous night after having been stranded in Fayetteville, Arkansas by inclement weather after having announced a game between Arkansas and Texas Tech. Even that was only Hearns second missed assignment for the Lakers since he had become the broadcaster in March 1961. He would not miss another until December 16,2001, over the course of the streak, Hearn was paired with several different color commentators, including Hot Rod Hundley, Pat Riley, Keith Erickson, Dick Schad, Lynn Shackelford and Stu Lantz. Hearns streak of 3,338 consecutive Lakers games came to an end midway through the 2001–02 season when he underwent cardiac bypass surgery.
Hearn recovered from his illness but suffered a broken hip after falling while putting gas in his car which extended his time away from the Lakers broadcast booth. Chick recovered from both issues and resumed broadcasting that season, receiving an ovation from the Staples Center crowd upon his return. His final game was Game 4 of the 2002 NBA Finals where the Lakers defeated the New Jersey Nets to win their third consecutive NBA championship, Hearn was the long-time host of Bowling for Dollars on KTLA, KHJ-TV. He called the television broadcast of the first Ali-Frazier fight in 1971. He did boxing commentary for Forum Boxing cards in Inglewood in the 1980s, Hearn did the play-by-play for basketball during the 1992 Summer Olympics. Hearn was the commentator for NBC Sports coverage of the Rose Bowl from 1958–1961. At the time, Hearn handled the sports desk of the news program on Los Angeles NBC affiliate. Hearn announced USC football and basketball games from 1956–61, and served as the broadcaster for USC football games on tape-delayed, syndicated telecasts during the 1973 season.
Hearn called UNLV Runnin Rebels basketball games on KHJ/KCAL with Ross Porter from 1986 to 1990, the Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, Played a basketball announcer in a basketball version of The Bad News Bears though the players in the story were adults. The movie provided an acting turn for Julius Erving, $4 million a year, thats true, but he earns every nickel of it. Look how he shakes off four, five players with ease and Friends, Voiced an announcer in the episode Basketbrawl
A soap opera, soap, or soapie, is a serial drama on television or radio that examines the lives of many characters, usually focusing on emotional relationships to the point of melodrama. The term soap opera originated from such dramas being typically sponsored by soap manufacturers in the past, the first serial considered to be a soap opera was Painted Dreams, which debuted on October 20,1930 on Chicago radio station WGN. The first nationally broadcast radio soap opera was Clara, Lu, and Em, a crucial element that defines the soap opera is the open-ended serial nature of the narrative, with stories spanning several episodes. One of the features that makes a television program a soap opera. While Spanish language telenovelas are sometimes called soap operas, telenovelas have conflicts that get resolved, but with soap operas each episode ends with a promise that the storyline is to be continued in another episode. You spend more time even with the characters, the apparent villains grow less apparently villainous.
Soap opera storylines run concurrently and lead into further developments, each episode may feature some of the shows current storylines, but not always all of them. Soap operas rarely bring all the current storylines to a conclusion at the same time, when one storyline ends, there are several other story threads at differing stages of development. Soap opera episodes typically end on some sort of cliffhanger, evening soap operas and those that air at a rate of one episode per week are more likely to feature the entire cast in each episode, and to represent all current storylines in each episode. Evening soap operas and serials that run for only part of the year tend to bring things to a dramatic end-of-season cliffhanger, the article explained that at that time, many prime time series lost money, while daytime serials earned profits several times more than their production costs. Fitting in with these characteristics, most soap operas follow the lives of a group of characters who live or work in a particular place, the storylines follow the day-to-day activities and personal relationships of these characters.
These elements may be found across the gamut of soap operas, Due to the prominence of English-language television, most soap-operas are completely English. In many soap operas, in particular daytime serials in the US, Soap operas from the United Kingdom and Australia tend to focus on more everyday characters and situations, and are frequently set in working class environments. Many of the soaps produced in two countries explore social realist storylines such as family discord, marriage breakdown or financial problems. This diverges from US soap operas where such comedy is rare, UK soap operas frequently make a claim to presenting reality or purport to have a realistic style. Romance, secret relationships, extramarital affairs, and genuine hate have been the basis for many soap opera storylines, in US daytime serials, the most popular soap opera characters, and the most popular storylines, often involved a romance of the sort presented in paperback romance novels. Crimes such as kidnapping and even murder may go unpunished if the perpetrator is to be retained in the ongoing story, Australian and UK soap operas feature a significant proportion of romance storylines.
In Russia, most popular serials explore the romantic quality of criminal and/or oligarch life, in soap opera storylines, previously unknown children and twins of established characters often emerge to upset and reinvigorate the set of relationships examined by the series
NBA on ABC
The NBA on ABC is a presentation of National Basketball Association games produced by ESPN, and televised on the American Broadcasting Company. ABC originally broadcast NBA games from 1965 to 1973, in 2002, NBA games returned to the network as part of a contract signed with the league, along with ESPN. ABC airs up to nine games during the first five weeks of the NBA playoffs, ABC first signed a deal with the National Basketball Association to become the leagues primary television partner in 1964, the networks first game telecast aired on January 3,1965. For much of the 1960s, ABC only televised Sunday afternoon games and this meant that ABC did not have to televise a potential NBA Finals deciding game if it were played on a weeknight. In 1969, ABC did televise Game 7 of the Los Angeles Lakers–Boston Celtics series in time on a weeknight. The following season, ABC aired the 1970 NBA Finals in its entirety, commentators for the original NBA on ABC included play-by-play announcers Keith Jackson and Chris Schenkel, and analysts Jack Twyman, Bob Cousy and Bill Russell.
Curt Gowdy served on play-by-play for half of the 1967–68 season, jerry Gross and Jack Twyman called that particular broadcast for the network. ABC would continue to televise Christmas games through 1972, the remainder of these broadcasts were based from Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. Chris Schenkel did play-by-play for ABC during this period with the exception of 1970, Jack Twyman remained as color commentator for the broadcasts up until 1971, when the position was assumed by Bill Russell. ABC lost the broadcast rights to the NBA to CBS after the 1972–73 season, from the 1984–85 through 1989-90 seasons, the ABC Radio Network was the official, national radio broadcaster of NBA games, succeeding the Mutual Broadcasting System. ABC Radio was in return, supplanted by Public Interest Affiliates NBA Radio Network, commentators included Fred Manfra on play-by-play and Oscar Robertson, Dick Vitale and Earl Monroe on color commentary. Other announcers included Marv Albert and Chick Hearn on play-by-play and Rod Hundley, Johnny Most, in late 2001, the NBA was in the midst of putting together a new broadcast and cable television deal.
At the time, conventional wisdom was that NBC would renew its broadcasting contract with the league. As predicted, NBCs offer to the league was lower than the previous agreements amount, had the NBA agreed to the networks offer, it would have been the first sports league to experience a decline in rights fees. However, the NBA rejected NBCs offer and after the exclusive negotiating period with the league expired, ABC. ABC and ESPN reportedly paid an average of about US$400 million a season, technically, ESPN pays the NBA for its broadcast rights and buys time on ABC to air select games In all, the contract allowed the NBA to increase its rights fees by 25%. Each season, ABC begins its NBA coverage with a Christmas Day doubleheader, from 2004 to 2006, ABC insisted on carrying a Christmas game between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers. Since 2009, ABCs Christmas Day doubleheader has featured a video featuring Mariah Carey performing her hit 1994 single All I Want for Christmas Is You
In basketball, an official is a person who has the responsibility to enforce the rules and maintain the order of the game. The title of official applies to the scorers and timekeepers, officials are usually referred to as referees, generally there is one lead referee and one or two umpires, depending on whether there is a two- or three-person crew. In the NBA, the official is called the crew chief. In FIBA-sanctioned play, two-man crews consist of a referee and an umpire, both classes of officials have equal rights to control almost all aspects of the game. In most cases, the lead official performs the jump ball to begin the contest, though NFHS, in American high school and college basketball, the officials generally wear black and white striped shirts with black side panels, black pants and black shoes. Some state high school association allow officials to wear shirts with black pin strips instead of the black. NBA officials wear shirts with black slacks and black shoes. The NBA shirt is grey with black colored shoulders and sleeves, the WNBA referee shirt is similar to the NBA referee shirt, except that its shoulder and sleeve colors are orange and the WNBA logo takes the place of the NBA logo.
FIBA officials wear a grey and black official referee shirt, black trousers, black socks, officials in competitions organized by Euroleague Basketball —the Euroleague and Eurocup—wear an orange referee shirt. Officials in the Israel Basketball Association generally wear the Euroleagues orange uniform shirt, most officials slacks are currently belt-less, while most officials shirts are collar-less, V-neck shirts. All officials wear a whistle that is used to play as a result of a foul or a violation on the court. In all instances of officiating, hand signals are used to indicate the nature of the infraction or to administer the game, in higher levels of college and professional ball, all officials wear a timing device on the belt-line called PTS. The device is used by on court officials to start and stop the clock in a timely manner, rather than waiting for the scoreboard operator to do so. The officials must ensure that the game runs smoothly, and this encompasses a variety of different responsibilities, from calling the game to player and spectator management.
They carry a duty of care to the players they officiate and to ensure that the court and all equipment used is in a safe and usable condition. Should there be an issue that inhibits the safe playing of the game, quite often, the job of an official surpasses that of the game at hand, as they must overcome unforeseen situations that may or may not have an influence on the game. There are two methods for officiating a basketball game, either two-person or three-person mechanics depending on how many officials are available to work the game. In two-person mechanics, each official works either the lead or the trail position, the lead position is normally along the baseline of the court, with the trail position having its starting point at the free throw line extended on the left side of the court facing the basket
Donald Arvid Don Nelson is an American former NBA player and head coach. He coached the Milwaukee Bucks, the New York Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks, an innovator, Nelson is credited with, among other things, pioneering the concept of the point forward, a tactic which is frequently employed by teams at every level today. His unique brand of basketball is often referred to as Nellie Ball and he was named one of the Top 10 coaches in NBA history. On April 7,2010, he passed Lenny Wilkens for first place on the all-time NBA wins list with 1,333 wins. After a very high school career at Rock Island High School. He was drafted 19th overall by the Chicago Zephyrs of the NBA and he played for the Zephyrs one season, and was acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1963. After two years with the Lakers, he was signed by the Boston Celtics, in his first season with Boston, Nelson averaged 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds, helping the Celtics to the 1966 NBA title as one of their role players. Four more championships with Boston followed in 1968,1969,1974, the shot, taken with just over a minute to go in the game and the Celtics clinging to a 103–102 lead, helped secure Bostons 11th NBA title in 13 seasons.
A model of consistency, Nelson would average more than 10 points per game every season between 1968–69 and 1974–75 and he led the NBA in field-goal percentage in 1974–75. Nelson was coined as one of the best sixth men ever to play in the NBA and he was known for his distinctive one-handed style for shooting free throws. He would place the ball in his hand, lean in almost off-balance and toe the free-throw line with his right foot. He would push the ball toward the basket completely with his hand while springing with his right knee. This technique helped him to a career 76. 5% free-throw shooting percentage, Nelson retired as a player following the 1975–76 season. His number 19 jersey was retired to the Boston Garden rafters in 1978, Nelson was named the general manager and head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks in 1976, and began to show what would become his signature style of wheeling and dealing players. He made his first trade of Swen Nater to the Buffalo Braves and turned the draft pick he received into Marques Johnson, in 1980, he sent off an underachieving Kent Benson to the Detroit Pistons for Bob Lanier.
And, in 1986, he would deal Alton Lister to the Seattle SuperSonics for Jack Sikma and it was in Milwaukee where Nelson became known for his unorthodox, innovative basketball philosophy. He pioneered the concept of the point forward – a tactic wherein small forwards are used to direct the offense, in Nelsons tenure with the Bucks, he used 6–5 small forward Paul Pressey for the role. This enabled Nelson to field shooting guards Sidney Moncrief and Craig Hodges or Ricky Pierce at the time without worrying about who would run the offense
The Washington Wizards are an American professional basketball team based in Washington, D. C. The Wizards compete in the National Basketball Association, as a club of the leagues Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The team plays its games at the Verizon Center, in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington. The team now known as the Wizards began playing as the Chicago Packers in 1961, as the first modern expansion team in NBA history, an expansion prompted by Abe Sapersteins American Basketball League. Rookie Walt Bellamy was the star, averaging 31.6 points per game,19.0 rebounds per game. During the All-Star game, Bellamy represented the team while scoring 23 points, Bellamy was named the league Rookie of the Year, but was the team finished with the NBAs worst record at 18-62. The teams original nickname was a nod to Chicagos meatpacking industry, their home arena, however, it was extremely unpopular since it was the same nickname used by the NFLs Green Bay Packers, bitter rivals of the Chicago Bears.
After only one year, the changed its name to the Chicago Zephyrs. Their only season as the Zephyrs boasted former Purdue star Terry Dischinger, in their first year in Baltimore, the Bullets finished fourth in a five–team Western Division. Prior to the 1964–65 NBA season the Bullets pulled off a trade, sending Dischinger, Rod Thorn and Don Kojis to the Detroit Pistons for Bailey Howell, Don Ohl, Bob Ferry. The trade worked out well, Howell proved to be a hustling, in the 1965 NBA Playoffs, the Bullets stunned the St. Louis Hawks 3–1, and advanced to the Western Conference finals. In the finals, Baltimore managed to split the first four games with the Los Angeles Lakers before losing the series 4–2. In the late 1960s, the Bullets drafted two future Hall of Fame members, Earl Monroe, in the 1967 draft, number two overall, and Wes Unseld, in the 1968 draft, number two overall. The team improved dramatically, from 36 wins the season to 57 in the 1968–69 season. The Bullets reached the playoffs with high expectations to go far, the next season the two teams met again in the first round, and although this one went to seven games, the Knicks emerged victorious again.
In the 1970–71 season, the 42–40 Bullets again met the 1970–71 Knicks and they were swept in four games by the powerful Milwaukee Bucks led by future Hall of Fame members Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. Even after the trades of Earl Monroe and Gus Johnson, the Bullets remained a playoff contender throughout the 1970s. Following a less than spectacular 1971–72 season, Baltimore acquired Elvin Hayes from the Houston Rockets and drafted Kevin Porter in the third round, out of St. Francis in Pennsylvania