1958 NBA Finals
The 1958 NBA World Championship Series was the championship series for the 1957–58 National Basketball Association season, the conclusion of the season's playoffs. It pitted the Western Division champion St. Louis Hawks against the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics; the Hawks won the series in six games to win the club's first and so far only NBA championship title. After suffering a heartbreaking loss to the Celtics in Game 7 of the 1957 NBA Finals, St. Louis survived a sometimes difficult 1957-58 NBA season en route to winning the Western Division crown with a 41-31 record; the Celtics, had dominated the Eastern Division with a 49-23 record. The Hawks upset the Celtics in Game 1 at the Boston Garden, 104-102. Boston struck back with a wipeout in Game 2, 136-112. In St. Louis, the Hawks prevailed 111-108 in Game 3 when Russell sprained his ankle. Without Russell, the Celtics evened the series with a 109-98 surprise victory in Game 4. St. Louis forced a 102-100 win in Game 5 in Boston to take the series lead.
Back home in Kiel Auditorium on April 12, the Hawks weren't about to miss their opportunity to defeat the defending champions. Pettit turned in a spectacular performance, he scored 31 points in the first three quarters zoomed off in the final period, nailing 19 of his team's last 21 points. His last two points, on a tip-in with 15 seconds remaining, put the Hawks ahead 110-107; the Celtics could do no more. The Hawks had a title, 110-109. Pettit had scored 50 points, including 18 of the Hawks' final 21 points in propelling the Hawks' to the championship. Most observers figured that the Celtics would have won the 1958 title if Russell hadn't suffered his ankle injury in game 3. Auerbach, found no comfort in that opinion. "You can always look for excuses," he said. "We just got beat."The 1958 Hawks were the last team to win an NBA championship without a black player on the roster. Hawks win series 4–2 1958 NBA Playoffs NBA History
Charles Edward Macauley was a professional basketball player. His playing nickname was "Easy Ed."Macauley spent his prep school days at St. Louis University High School went on to Saint Louis University, where his team won the NIT championship in 1948, he was named the AP Player of the Year in 1949. Macauley played in the NBA with the St. Louis Bombers, Boston Celtics, St. Louis Hawks. Macauley was named MVP of the first NBA All-Star Game, was named to the NBA's All-NBA First Team three consecutive seasons, he was named to the All-NBA second team once, in 1953–54—the same season he led the league in field goal percentage. Macauley's trade to St. Louis brought Bill Russell to the Celtics. In the two years he coached with the Hawks, he led them to an 89–48 record, with a 9–11 playoff record. Macauley scored 11,234 points in ten NBA seasons and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960. At age 32, he still holds the record for being the youngest male player, his uniform number 22 was retired by the Celtics and he was awarded a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
In 1989 Macauley was ordained a deacon of the Catholic Church. With Father Francis Friedl, he coauthored the book Homilies Alive: Creating Homilies, he died on November 2011, at his home in St. Louis, Missouri, he was 83. Ed Macauley at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame BasketballReference.com: Ed Macauley BasketballReference.com: Ed Macauley
Richard Vincent Guerin is an American retired professional basketball player and coach. He played with the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks from 1956 to 1963 and was a player-coach of the St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks franchise where he spent nine years. On February 15, 2013, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that Guerin had been elected as one of its 2013 inductees, he served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1947 to 1954. While a reservist, Guerin attended Iona College from 1950 to 1954 where he scored 1,375 points in 67 games playing for coach Jim McDermott. After graduation, Guerin served on active duty at Marine Corps Schools, Virginia for two years; the Knicks drafted Guerin with the 8th pick in the second round of the 1954 NBA draft while still on active duty. After leaving the Marine Corps, Guerin would begin his professional basketball career in 1956; as a high-scoring point guard in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Richie Guerin was one of the most talented and best-loved players to wear a New York Knicks jersey.
His feisty on-court style and wisecracking off-court demeanor played well to Madison Square Garden crowds. Guerin was a machinelike scorer, a gifted passer, a smart playmaker, one of the best rebounding and driving guards of his era, he led the Knicks in assists for five consecutive seasons and in scoring three times during his seven full seasons in the Big Apple, he tallied more than 20 points per game in four consecutive years. The explosive Guerin set Knicks single-game records for scoring, with 57 points in 1959, assists, with 21 in 1958, his 57-point game stood as a Knicks record until Bernard King scored 60 on Christmas Day in 1984. A fan and media favorite, Guerin played in six consecutive NBA All-Star Games; as a team, New York struggled, reaching the playoffs only once during Guerin's tenure. He was traded to the St. Louis Hawks midway through the 1963–64 season and spent the next eight years as the team's player-coach and head coach. With St. Louis, Guerin played alongside such greats as Bob Pettit, Lou Hudson, Lenny Wilkens, Cliff Hagan.
Guerin helped the Hawks to nine consecutive playoff appearances and was named NBA Coach of the Year for 1967–68. Guerin grew up in the Bronx and stayed close to home when he enrolled at Iona College in 1950 where he played center for coach Jim McDermott. New York selected him in the 1954 NBA draft, but Guerin could not join the Knicks until he had completed two years of service in the Marines. New York was struggling through the mid-1950s near the bottom of the Eastern Division. Among the only bright spots during that period were high-scoring guard Carl Braun, point guard Dick McGuire, center Harry Gallatin. Turnover on the team was high. Guerin joined the club in 1956 and established himself. In only his second season he made the NBA All-Star Team for the first of six straight years. In his third year Guerin ranked second in scoring, he dished out a team-record 21 assists against St. Louis on December 12, 1958; the 21 assists he totaled were Madison Square Garden high until John Stockton broke the record 41 years later.
That year New York made its only postseason appearance with Guerin on the team, losing to the Syracuse Nationals in a first-round sweep. By Guerin's fourth year in the league he had established himself as a scoring machine, he threw in outside bombs and slashed inside for layups on his way to a team-leading 21.8 points per game in 1959–60. His 57 points against Syracuse on December 11 broke Braun's previous team record of 47. In 1960–61 Guerin again averaged 21.8 points, adding 7.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists per contest. He had his finest season in 1961–62, averaging 29.5 points and a career-high 6.9 assists in a remarkable 42.9 minutes per game. Guerin ranked sixth in the league in scoring and fourth in assists, he became the first Knicks player to score 2,000 points in a season. By the end of the campaign Guerin had established himself among the league's backcourt elite, he was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the third time in his first six seasons. Guerin had another fine season in 1962 -- 63.
He ranked seventh in the league in scoring, eighth in assists, second in free-throw percentage. But two games into the 1963–64 season the Knicks traded their 31-year-old star to the St. Louis Hawks for cash and a second-round draft choice; when he left the Knicks, Guerin ranked second on the team's all-time scoring list behind Carl Braun. In his first appearance at the Garden in a Hawks uniform, Knicks fans showed their gratitude by giving Guerin a five-minute standing ovation. Guerin joined a Hawks team loaded with offensive weapons, his production dropped accordingly to 13.1 points per game in 1963–64. Midway through the 1964–65 campaign, Guerin became the Hawks' 10th coach in nine years, replacing Harry Gallatin as player-coach. St. Louis had gone 17–16 under Gallatin, the team went 28–19 under Guerin; the Hawks earned a playoff spot but lost to the Baltimore Bullets in a hard-fought division semifinal series. Under Guerin's direction the Hawks reached the playoffs in each of the next seven seasons.
Guerin played two more full seasons, averaging 14.9 points in 1965–66 and 13.8 in 1966–67. After the Seattle expansion team drafted him in 1967, he announced his retirement as a player, preferring to direct all of his energies toward coaching, guiding the Hawks to a 56–26 record and the Western Division championship and being named NBA Coach of the Year for 1967–1968; the Hawks moved to Atlanta prior to the 1968–69 season, Seattle traded him back, allowing him to return to playing as a reserve player, guiding the Hawks to
50 Greatest Players in NBA History
The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History were chosen in 1996 to honor the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association. These fifty players were selected through a vote by a panel of media members, former players and coaches, current and former general managers. In addition, the top ten head coaches and top ten single-season teams in NBA history were selected by media members as part of the celebration; the fifty players had to have played at least a portion of their careers in the NBA and were selected irrespective of position played. The list was announced by NBA commissioner David Stern on October 29, 1996, at the hotel Grand Hyatt New York, the former site of the Commodore Hotel, where the original NBA charter was signed on June 6, 1946; the announcement marked the beginning of a season-long celebration of the league's anniversary. Forty-seven of the fifty players were assembled in Cleveland, during the halftime ceremony of the 1997 All-Star Game.
Three players were absent: Pete Maravich, who had died in 1988, at forty. At the time of the announcement, eleven players were active. O'Neal was the last to be active in the NBA; the list was made through unranked voting completed by fifty selected panelists. Sixteen of the panelists were former players voting in their roles as players, thirteen were members of the print and broadcast news media, twenty-one were team representatives: contemporary and former general managers, head coaches, executives. Of the last group, thirteen were former NBA players. Players were prohibited from voting for themselves. Only three voting veterans were not selected to the team. Eleven players were active in the 1996 -- 97 season. All have since retired. O'Neal was the last to be active in the NBA. All of the selected players have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Lenny Wilkens was the only member of the players list to have been selected as a member of the coaches list. At the time of the list, only Pete Maravich was deceased.
Since Wilt Chamberlain, Dave DeBusschere, Paul Arizin, Hal Greer, George Mikan, Bill Sharman, Moses Malone, Dolph Schayes and Nate Thurmond have all died. Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2010–11 season, the last in which any player on the 50 Greatest list was active. Alongside the selection of the 50 greatest players, was the selection of the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History; the list was compiled based upon unranked selection undertaken by members of the print and broadcast media who cover the NBA. All 10 coaches named were alive at the time of the list's announcement, four of them—Phil Jackson, Don Nelson, Pat Riley, Lenny Wilkens—were active. Five have since died: Red Holzman in 1998, Red Auerbach in 2006, Chuck Daly in 2009, Jack Ramsay in 2014, John Kundla in 2017. Jackson was the last of the ten to coach in the NBA. Nelson was the only member to have never won a championship as a coach though he won five as a player. Wilkens was the only member of the coaches list to have been selected as a member of the players list.
All ten coaches are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Included in the NBA's 50th-anniversary celebration was the selection of the Top 10 Teams in NBA History; the list was compiled based upon unranked selection undertaken by members of the print and broadcast media who cover the NBA. Teams were chosen from among all single-season individual teams; each team won the NBA championship, they combined to average 66 wins per season. The 1995–96 Chicago Bulls had, at the moment, the best single-season record in NBA history with 72 wins. Six out of the thirty NBA franchises had a team named to the list. Six players were on the roster of two teams on the list—Wilt Chamberlain with the 1966–67 Sixers and 1971–72 Lakers. Three other individuals both played for and coached honored teams, all of whom completed this "double" with a single franchise—K. C. Jones with the Celtics as a player in 1964–65 and coach in 1985–86, Billy Cunningham with the Sixers as a player in 1966–67 and coach in 1982–83, Pat Riley with the Lakers as a player in 1971–72 and coach in 1986–87.
Phil Jackson, head coach of the Bulls from 1989 to 1998, was the only man to coach two teams that made the list. Although Jackson was under contract to the Knicks as a player in their 1969–70 championship season, he did not play that season as he was recovering from spinal fusion surgery. Players whose names are italicized were inducted after the announcement of the ten best teams; the Hall of Famers listed for each individual team are those inducted as players, do not include those inducted in other roles. ABA All-Time Team General Specific NBA.com: The 50 Greatest Players page NBA.com: Top 10 Coaches page NBA.com: Top 10 Teams page
Andrew Michael "Handy Andy" Phillip was an American professional basketball player. Born in Granite City, Phillip had an 11-year career and played for the Chicago Stags of the Basketball Association of America and the Philadelphia Warriors, Fort Wayne Pistons and Boston Celtics, all of the National Basketball Association. Phillip led his high school in Granite City, Illinois, to the IHSA state championship in 1940 by defeating Herrin High School with a final score of 24-22 at Huff Gym on the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign campus, it would be that same gymnasium where he earned renown for his talents and for the Fighting Illini's success during war-interrupted, non-consecutive seasons in 1941–1943 and 1946–1947. Phillip was the untitled leader of "The Whiz Kids", a team that included Ken Menke, Gene Vance, Jack Smiley and team captain Art Mathisen. Arguably the most talented basketball team in the nation and his teammates would elect not to participate in either the NCAA or NIT tournament based on the Army's draft of Mathisen and Smiley.
The team was retroactively named the national champion by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll. Four of the five, minus Mathisen, returned to Illinois and tried to recapture the glory for one more season in 1946–47 after the war ended, but the chemistry had changed as well as their talent. Illinois went 14–6. While attending Illinois, Phillip was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Phillip served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in World War II at Iwo Jima. Phillip played in the first five NBA All-Star Games, was twice named to the All-NBA Second Team, he was the first player to record 500 assists in a season, led the NBA in assists during the 1950–51 and 1951–52 seasons. Phillip reached the postseason every year he was in the league, his teams made it to the NBA Finals during his final four seasons — twice with Fort Wayne and twice with Boston; the 1957 Boston team won the NBA Championship. Phillip was alleged by one of his Fort Wayne Pistons teammates, George Yardley, to have conspired with gamblers to throw the 1955 NBA Finals to the Syracuse Nationals.
In the decisive seventh game, Phillip turned the ball over with three seconds remaining in the game, enabling Syracuse to win by one point, 92-91. After retiring from playing basketball, he coached the St. Louis Hawks for 10 games in 1958, posting a 6-4 record before he was fired. Phillip coached the Chicago Majors of the American Basketball League. Phillip was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961, he was elected to the Illini Men's Basketball All-Century Team in 2004. In 2007, Phillip was voted one of the "100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament", recognizing his superior performance in his appearance in the tournament. Phillip died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California on April 29, 2001, aged 79. Sports writer Dan Manoyan wrote a book about Phillip and his Granite City High School basketball teammates, titled Men of Granite, in 2007. A film based on the book, directed by Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, began production in 2015. 1942, 1943, 1947 - First-team All-Big Ten1942 & 1943 First Team All-American1943 - National Player of the Year1943 - Sporting News National Player of the Year1943 - Big Ten Player of the Year1961 - Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame1973 - Inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame as a player.2004 - Elected to the "Illini Men's Basketball All-Century Team".2006 - Inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame2007 - Named one of the 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament.
September 13, 2008 - Honored as one of the thirty-three honored jerseys which hang in the State Farm Center to show regard for being the most decorated basketball players in the University of Illinois' history. 1947 - Baseball All-American 1942, 1943 - University of Illinois Athlete of the Year2017 - Inducted into the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Andy Phillip at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame BasketballReference.com: Andy Phillip BasketballReference.com: Andy Phillip Andy Phillip at Find a Grave
Andrew Joseph "Fuzzy" Levane was an American professional basketball player and coach. A 6'2" guard, he played collegiately at St. John's University, he spent three years in the NBA and its predecessor league, the Basketball Association of America, playing for the Rochester Royals, the Syracuse Nationals and the Milwaukee Hawks. In his final year with the Hawks he was a player-coach. Levane coached the Hawks for one additional season coached the New York Knickerbockers, he returned to the Hawks, now playing in St. Louis, for a final season in 1962. Levane's son, Neil, a.k.a. Fuzzy, was a basketball star at Great Neck South high school on Long Island, New York from 1963 to 1967. Following his senior season, he was listed as a fifth-team Parade Magazine All-American. After playing for a year on the freshmen team at the University of Houston, he transferred to St. John's University in Queens where he played from 1968–70. Andrew Levane died April 30, 2012, of heart failure, at the age of 92. BasketballReference.com: Andrew Levane BasketballReference.com: Andrew Levane
Slater Nelson "Dugie" Martin Jr. was an American professional basketball player and coach, a playmaking guard for 11 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He was born in Elmina, Walker County and played in seven NBA All-Star Games. Martin was one of the NBA's best defensive players in the 1950s, playing for the George Mikan-led Minneapolis Lakers that won four NBA championships between 1950 and 1954. In 1956, he joined Bob Pettit's St. Louis Hawks and won another NBA title in 1958. Martin was an alumnus of Jefferson Davis High School in Houston, where he led his school to two state basketball championships in 1942 and 1943, he is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin, where he set a scoring record in 1949 with 49 points in a game for the Longhorns against Texas Christian University. Throughout his career with the Longhorns, he averaged 12.7 points per game. His former high school now holds an annual fund raiser in his name, the "Slater Martin Golf Tournament", which raises tens of thousands of dollars each year for high school student clubs and athletic teams.
He was head coach of the Houston Mavericks of the American Basketball Association in the 1967–68 season and part of 1968–69, led the Mavericks into the 1968 ABA Playoffs. Martin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 3, 1982 in Springfield, Massachusetts, he is the only Longhorn to be so honored. His jersey number 15 was retired by the University of Texas on January 31, 2009, making him only the second Longhorn basketball player to have his number retired, he died of a brief illness on October 18, 2012, in Houston, aged 86, is survived by sons Slater Jr and Jim. List of NBA players with most championships Slater Martin at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame NBA.com profile Slater Martin player statistics at Basketball-Reference.com Slater Martin coach statistics at Basketball-Reference.com