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
Mutual Broadcasting System
The Mutual Broadcasting System was an American radio network in operation from 1934 to 1999. In the golden age of U. S. radio drama, Mutual was best known as the network home of The Lone Ranger and The Adventures of Superman. For many years, it was a broadcaster for Major League Baseball, the National Football League. From the mid-1930s and for decades after, Mutual ran a highly respected news service accompanied by a variety of popular commentary shows, during the 1970s, Mutual pioneered the nationwide late night call-in radio show and introduced the country to Larry King. Of the four networks of American radios classic era, Mutual had for decades the largest number of affiliates. For the first 18 years of its existence, Mutual was owned and operated as a cooperative, Mutuals member stations shared their own original programming and promotion expenses, and advertising revenues. From December 30,1936, when it debuted in the West and its business structure would change after General Tire assumed majority ownership in 1952 through a series of regional and individual station acquisitions.
Not long after the sale, one of the new executive teams was charged with accepting money to use Mutual as a vehicle for foreign propaganda. The networks reputation was damaged, but soon rebounded. Attempts at establishing cooperatively owned radio networks had been made since the 1920s, in 1929, a group of four radio stations in the major markets of New York City, Chicago and Detroit organized into a loose confederation known as the Quality Network. Five years later, a similar or identical group of stations founded the Mutual Broadcasting System, Mutuals original participating stations were WOR–Newark, New Jersey, just outside New York, WGN–Chicago, WXYZ–Detroit, and WLW–Cincinnati. WOR and WGN, based in the two largest markets and providing the bulk of the programming, were the leaders of the group. On October 29,1934, Mutual Broadcasting System, Inc. was incorporated, with Bamberger, in contrast, the Mutual Broadcasting System was run as a true cooperative venture, with programming produced by and shared between the groups members.
The majority of the programming, from WOR and WGN, consisted of musical features. WOR had The Witchs Tale, an anthology series whose hunner-an-thirteen-year-old narrator invited listeners to douse all lights. Now draw up to the fire an gaze into the embers. gaaaaze into em deep, an soon yell be across the seas, in th jungle land of Africa. Hear that chantin and them savage drums, WGN contributed the popular comedy series Lum and Abner. Detroits WXYZ provided The Lone Ranger, which had debuted in 1933 and was already in demand and it is often claimed that Mutual was launched primarily as a vehicle for the Western serial, but Lum and Abner was no less popular at the time
Jackson was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1998, during which Chicago won six NBA championships. His next team, the Los Angeles Lakers, won five championships from 2000 until 2010, in total, Jackson has won 11 NBA titles as a coach, surpassing the previous record of nine set by Red Auerbach. He won two championships as a player with the Knicks in 1970 and 1973, and holds the NBA record for the most combined championships as a player and a head coach. Jackson is known for his use of Tex Winters triangle offense as well as an approach to coaching that is influenced by Eastern philosophy. Jackson cites Robert Pirsigs book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance as one of the guiding forces in his life. He applies Native American spiritual practices as documented in his book Sacred Hoops and he is the author of several candid books about his teams and his basketball strategies. Jackson is a recipient of the state of North Dakotas Roughrider Award, in 2007, Jackson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
In 1996, as part of celebrations for the National Basketball Associations 50th anniversary and he retired from coaching in 2011 before joining the Knicks as an executive in March 2014. Jackson was born in Deer Lodge, both of his parents and Elisabeth Funk Jackson, were Assemblies of God ministers. Elisabeth came from a line of German Mennonites before her conversion to the Assemblies of God. In the churches that served, his father generally preached on Sunday mornings. Eventually, his became an ministerial supervisor. Phil, his two brothers, and his half-sister grew up in a area of Montana in an austere environment. Jackson did not see his first movie until he was a senior in high school, growing up, he assumed he would become a minister. Jackson attended high school in Williston, North Dakota, where he played varsity basketball and he played football, was a pitcher on the baseball team, and threw the discus in track and field competitions. The high school now has a complex named after him. His brother Chuck speculated years that the three Jackson sons threw themselves passionately into athletics because it was the time they were allowed to do what other children were doing.
Jackson attracted the attention of baseball scouts
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
Vernon Earl Monroe is an American retired professional basketball player. He played for two teams, the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks, during his career in the National Basketball Association, both teams have retired Monroes number. Due to his success and flashy style-of-play, Monroe was given the nickname Earl The Pearl. Born in Philadelphia, Monroe was a legend from an early age. His high school teammates at John Bartram High School called him Thomas Edison because of the moves he invented. Monroe rose to prominence at a level while playing basketball at Division II Winston-Salem State University, located in Winston-Salem. Under Hall of Fame coach Clarence Big House Gaines, Monroe averaged 7.1 points his freshman year,23.2 points as a sophomore,29.8 points as a junior and an amazing 41.5 points his senior year. In 1967, he earned NCAA College Division Player of the Year honors, in 1967, the two-time All-American was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in the first round of the NBA draft.
He won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in a season in which he averaged 24.3 points per game and he scored 56 points in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the third-highest rookie total in NBA history. It was a record, broken by Gilbert Arenas on December 17,2006. He and teammate Wes Unseld quickly became a combination in Baltimore. He said, The thing is, I dont know what Im going to do with the ball, on February 6,1970, he set an NBA record with 13 points in one overtime in a double-overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons. After the 1970–1971 season, Monroes agent Larry Fleischer told the Bullets of Monroes wishes to be traded to the Lakers, after four games into the 1971–1972 season, he traveled to Indianapolis to discuss a transfer to the American Basketball Associations Indiana Pacers. He was traded to the New York Knicks in the season, on December 1,2007 the Washington Wizards retired Monroes number 10 jersey. In 1971, Monroe was traded to the New York Knicks and that pairing is one of few backcourts ever to feature two Hall of Famers and NBA 50th Anniversary Team members.
A four-time NBA All-Star, Monroe retired after the 1980 season due to knee injuries. He had played 926 NBA career games, scored 17,454 total points, Monroe had his number 15 jersey retired by the Knicks on March 1,1986. Even Monroe admits that his flowing, silky-smooth on-court style of play was unique and he has said, You know, I watch the games and even now I never see anyone who reminds me of me, the way I played
New York Knicks
The New York Knickerbockers, commonly referred to as the Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in New York City. The Knicks compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its games at Madison Square Garden, located in the borough of Manhattan. They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City, the other is the Brooklyn Nets, along with the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are one of only two original NBA teams still located in its original city. The Knicks were successful during their years and were constant playoff contenders under the franchises first head coach Joe Lapchick. Beginning in 1950, the Knicks made three appearances in the NBA Finals, all of which were losing efforts. Lapchick resigned in 1956 and the team began to falter. It was not until the late 1960s when Red Holzman became head coach that the Knicks began to regain their former dominance, Holzman successfully guided the Knicks to two NBA championships, in 1970 and 1973.
The Knicks of the 1980s had mixed success that included six playoff appearances, the playoff-level Knicks of the 1990s were led by future Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing, this era was marked by passionate rivalries with the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, and Miami Heat. During this time, they were known for playing tough defense under head coaches Pat Riley, during this era, the Knicks made two appearances in the NBA Finals, in 1994 and 1999, though they were unable to win an NBA championship. Since 2000, the Knicks have struggled to regain their former glory, in 2012–13, the franchise won its first division title in 19 years, but was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Indiana Pacers. According to a 2016 Forbes report, the Knicks were the most-valuable NBA franchise, in 1946, particularly college basketball, was a growing and increasingly profitable sport in New York City. Hockey was another sport at the time and generated considerable profits, however. Max Kase, a New York sportswriter, became the editor at the Boston American in the 1930s.
Kase developed the idea of a professional league to showcase college players upon their graduation. Brown, intrigued by the opportunity to attain additional income when the teams were not playing or on the road. Ned Irish, a college basketball promoter, retired sportswriter and president of Madison Square Garden, was in attendance, Kase originally planned to own and operate the New York franchise himself and approached Irish with a proposal to lease the Garden. Irish explained that the rules of the Arena Managers Association of America stated that Madison Square Garden was required to own any professional teams played in the arena
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
Gail Charles Goodrich Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He is best known for scoring a record 42 points in the 1965 NCAA championship game vs. Michigan, Goodrich was the leading scorer on that team. In 1996,17 years after his retirement from professional basketball, Goodrich scored 29 points in the championship game despite breaking his ankle in the third quarter. Goodrich has said that he had wanted to attend the University of Southern California. But coach John Wooden of UCLA ultimately showed much more interest in Goodrich than did USC, like many Division I colleges, USC was wary of Goodrichs short stature. He was only 5 ft 8 in his year in high school and even at his ultimate height of 6 ft 1 in. Goodrich attended UCLA, where he finished as the schools leading scorer. He was a two-time All-America and the Helms Foundations Co-Player of the Year in 1965, in the 1965 NCAA championship game, he scored a record 42 points as UCLA beat favored Michigan.
This record stood until 1973 when UCLAs Bill Walton scored 44 in the finals vs. Memphis State, while at UCLA, Goodrich was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. A tenacious and fiery competitor, Goodrich used intelligent ball-handling skills, the left-handed junior guard was the teams main scorer. He finished with an average of 21.5 points per game, for the first time, a UCLA team won all 30 of its games en route to the schools first NCAA title. Goodrich and Keith Erickson were the returning starters from the team that won UCLAs first national title in 1964. As a senior, the Bruins repeated as NCAA champions as Goodrich scored 24.6 points per game, at UCLA, Goodrich helped compile a 78-11 three-year record. In both of those seasons, Goodrich was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team. Goodrich at the finished as UCLAs all-time leading scorer which is now broken by Don MacLean. Although many believed Goodrich was too small for the game and too frail for the pros, through perseverance and discipline.
Goodrich was nicknamed Stumpy, a moniker bestowed upon him by teammate Elgin Baylor, because of Goodrichs height, Goodrich was a territorial pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1965 NBA draft. As a rookie in 1965–66, he averaged about 15 minutes per game as a guard behind starters Jerry West
Patrick James Riley is an American professional basketball executive, and a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association. He has been the president of the Miami Heat since 1995. He is regarded as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time, Riley has served as the coach of five championship teams, four with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was named NBA Coach of the Year three times and he was head coach of an NBA All-Star Game team nine times, eight times with the Western Conference team and once with the Eastern team. In 1996 he was named one of the 10 Greatest Coaches in the NBA history, as a player, he played for the Lakers championship team in 1972. Riley most recently won the 2012 and 2013 NBA championships with the Heat as their team president and he is the first North American sports figure to win a championship as a player and executive. He received the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award from the NBA Coaches Association on June 20,2012, Riley was born in Rome, New York and raised in Schenectady.
His father, Leon Riley, played twenty-two seasons of minor league baseball as an outfielder and first baseman, Riley played basketball for Linton High School in Schenectady, New York under head coach Walt Przybylo and his assistants Bill Rapavy and Ed Catino. In 1991, Riley called it, One of the greatest games in the history of Schenectady basketball, Riley was a versatile athlete in college, participating in both basketball and football. Coached by Adolph Rupp, UK lost to Texas Western, a game that was reenacted in the movie Glory Road, in his senior year Riley made First Team All-SEC, one of the only players in storied Kentucky Basketball history to make two or more First Team All-SEC teams. He was selected by the San Diego Rockets in the 1st round of the 1967 NBA draft and he retired after the 1975–76 NBA season as a member of the Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns. Riley finished his NBA playing career with a 7.4 points per game scoring average, Riley returned to the NBA in 1977 as a broadcaster for the Lakers.
During the 1979–80 season, when the head coach, Jack McKinney, was injured during a near fatal bicycle accident, assistant coach Paul Westhead took over the teams head coaching duties. Riley moved from the broadcast booth to the bench as one of Westheads assistant coaches, the team lost in the playoffs the next year to the Moses Malone-led Houston Rockets. Six games into the 1981–82 season, Magic Johnson said he wished to be traded because he was playing for Westhead. Shortly afterward, Lakers owner Jerry Buss fired Westhead, at an ensuing press conference, with Jerry West at his side, Buss named West head coach. West, however and Buss awkwardly tried to name West as offensive captain and named West, West made it clear during the press conference that he would only assist Riley, and that Riley was the head coach. Thereafter, Riley was the head coach, until his status became permanent
William Red Holzman was an NBA basketball player and coach probably best known as the head coach of the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1982. Holzman helped lead the Knicks to two NBA Championships in 1970 and 1973, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986, in 1996, Holzman was named one of Top 10 Coaches in NBA History. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1920, to Jewish immigrant parents, as the son of a Romanian mother, Holzman grew up in that boroughs Ocean Hill–Brownsville neighborhood and played basketball for Franklin K. Lane High School in the mid-1930s. He attended the University of Baltimore and the City College of New York, Holzman joined the United States Navy in the same year, and played on the Norfolk, Virginia Naval Base team for two years. Holzman was discharged from the Navy in 1945 and subsequently joined the NBL Rochester Royals, Holzman was Rookie of the Year in 1944–45. In 1945–46 and 1947–48 he was on the NBLs first All League team, Holzman stayed with the team through their move to the NBA and subsequent NBA championship in 1951.
In 1953, Holzman left the Royals and joined the Milwaukee Hawks as a player-coach, eventually retiring as a player in 1954, during the 1956–1957 season, Holzman led the Hawks to 19 losses during their first 33 games, and was subsequently fired. In 1957, Holzman became a scout for the New York Knicks for ten years ending in 1967, during this 15-year span as Knicks coach, Holzman won a total of 613 games, including two NBA championships in 1970 and 1973. In 1969, Holzman coached the Knicks to a single-season NBA record 18-game win streak, for his efforts leading up to the Knicks 1970 championship win, Holzman was named the NBA Coach of the Year for that year. He was one of very few individuals to have won an NBA championship as both player and coach, as a coach, his final record was 696 wins and 604 losses. In 1985, he was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the New York Knicks have retired the number 613 in his honor, equaling the number of wins he accumulated as their head coach.
He lived with his wife in a home they bought in Cedarhurst, following his lengthy NBA coaching career, Holzman was diagnosed with leukemia and died at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York in 1998
David Albert DeBusschere was an American professional National Basketball Association player and coach and Major League baseball player. In 1996, DeBusschere was named as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, DeBusschere was born in Detroit to parents Peter Marcell and Dorothy Debusschere. He attended Austin Catholic Preparatory School and inspired the White Shirted Legion, DeBusschere starred in both basketball and baseball at the University of Detroit. He averaged 24 points a game in basketball, helping Detroit reach the National Invitation Tournament twice and he pitched the Titans to three NCAA baseball tournament berths. In 1962, DeBusschere was signed by the Chicago White Sox as a free agent. He was a pitcher for the White Sox from 1962–63 and he pitched a shutout on August 13,1963, against the Cleveland Indians, giving up six hits, one walk and striking out three. In 22 career at bats, he had one hit. He pitched in the White Sox minor league system for two seasons before giving up pitching to focus on both playing and coaching basketball.
He is one of only 12 athletes to have played in both Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association, or its predecessor the Basketball Association of America. The others are Mark Hendrickson, Danny Ainge, Gene Conley, Ron Reed, Dick Groat, Steve Hamilton, Cotton Nash, Frank Baumholtz, Dick Ricketts, Howie Schultz, DeBusschere was selected by the Detroit Pistons in 1962 NBA draft as a territorial draft selection. During his rookie season, he averaged 12.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, however, DeBusschere was injured during his second season and only played in 15 games, resulting in the Pistons finishing with a disappointing record of 23-59. In the 1964–1965 season, at the age of 24, he was given the position of player-coach for the Pistons, this stint as coach was not successful and he became a full-time player. During the 1968–1969 season, DeBusschere was traded to the New York Knicks for Walt Bellamy, DeBusschere, along with future Hall of Famers Willis Reed, Bill Bradley and Walt Frazier, became an NBA champion when the Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1970 NBA Finals.
With Earl Monroe in the backcourt, they became champions again in 1973, DeBusschere was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983 after a 12-year career in which he averaged 16.1 points and 11 rebounds while being named to eight NBA All-Star teams. He became a member of the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996 and he was renowned for his physical style of play and tenacious defense, and he was named to the NBA All-Defensive first team six times. The next year DeBusschere became the ABAs commissioner for the 1975–76 season, DeBusschere helped bring about the merger between the NBA and the ABA that year. He was the assistant coach and director of basketball operation of the Knicks during the 1980s, when he drafted fellow Knicks legend Patrick Ewing, DeBusschere and some partners purchased Ring magazine in 1979. DeBusschere authored a book entitled The Open Man, a chronicle of the New York Knicks 1969–1970 championship season, in May 2003, Dave DeBusschere collapsed on a Manhattan street from a heart attack and was pronounced dead at New York University Hospital
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. The Warriors compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the leagues Western Conference Pacific Division. The team was established in 1946 as the Philadelphia Warriors based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1962, the franchise relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and was renamed the San Francisco Warriors. In 1971, the changed its geographic moniker to Golden State. Since 1972, the home court has been the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The team is nicknamed the Dubs, the Warriors have reached eight NBA Finals, winning four NBA championships in 1947,1956,1975 and most recently in 2015 when they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers. Golden States four NBA championships are the fifth most in history only the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls. Wilt Chamberlain and Stephen Curry have both named the NBAs Most Valuable Player while playing for the Warriors, for a total of three MVP awards.
Golden State holds the NBA record for best regular season with 73–9, the Warriors were founded in 1946 as the Philadelphia Warriors, a charter member of the Basketball Association of America. They were owned by Peter A. Tyrrell, who owned the Philadelphia Rockets of the American Hockey League. Tyrrell hired Eddie Gottlieb, a longtime basketball promoter in the Philadelphia area, as coach, the owners named the team after the Philadelphia Warriors, an old basketball team who played in the American Basketball League in 1925. Led by early scoring sensation Joe Fulks, the won the championship in the leagues inaugural 1946–47 season by defeating the Chicago Stags. The NBA, which was created by a 1949 merger, officially recognizes that as its own first championship, Gottlieb bought the team in 1951. The Warriors won its championship in Philadelphia in the 1955–56 season. The Warrior stars of this era were future Hall of Famers Paul Arizin, Tom Gola, in 1959, the team signed draft pick Wilt Chamberlain.
Known as Wilt the Stilt, he led the team in scoring six times, quickly began shattering NBA scoring records, in 1962, Franklin Mieuli purchased the majority shares of the team and relocated the franchise to the San Francisco Bay Area, renaming them the San Francisco Warriors. Prior to the 1963–64 NBA season, the Warriors drafted big man Nate Thurmond to go along with Chamberlain, the Warriors won the Western Division crown that season, but lost the 1964 NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics, four games to one. In the 1964–65 season, the Warriors traded Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers for Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer, Paul Neumann and $150,000 and won only 17 games