Cynthia Lynne Cooper-Dyke is an American basketball coach and former player who has won championships in college, in the Olympics, in the Women's National Basketball Association. She is considered by many as one of the greatest women's basketball players ever. In 2011, she was voted by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history. Upon the league's formation, she played for the Houston Comets from 1997–2000, being named the Most Valuable Player of the WNBA Finals in all four seasons, returned to play again in 2003. On April 11, 2013 she was introduced as the head coach for the University of Southern California women's basketball team. In her first season as head coach at USC, she led the Women of Troy to their first Pac-12 conference championship and their first NCAA tournament bid since 2006. After four seasons, she resigned from USC following the 2016–17 season, she attended Locke High School before enrolling at the University of Southern California. Cooper participated athletically in both field as well as basketball.
She led her team to the California State Championship scoring an average of 31 points per game, scoring 44 points in one game. Cooper was named the Los Angeles Player of the Year. Cooper was a four-year letter winner at guard for USC from 1982–1986, she led the Women of Troy to NCAA appearances in all four years, Final Four appearances in three of her four years, back-to-back NCAA tournament titles in 1983 and 1984. After the 1984 Championship, she left school, but was persuaded to return, she completed four years with USC. Cooper closed out her collegiate career with an appearance in the 1986 NCAA tournament championship game and a spot on the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team. Cooper ranks eighth on USC’s all-time scoring list with 1,559 points, fifth in assists and third in steals. While Cooper was at USC, the Women of Troy compiled a record of 114–15, she earned her bachelor's degree from Prairie View A&M University in 2005. Source Cooper was named to represent the US at the 1981 William Jones Cup competition in Taipei, while still in high school.
The team won seven of eight games to win the silver medal for the event. Cooper recorded nine steals. Cooper was selected to represent the US at the inaugural Goodwill games, held in Moscow in July 1986. North Carolina State's Kay Yow served as head coach; the team opened up with a 72–53 win over Yugoslavia, followed that with a 21-point win over Brazil 91–70. The third game would be much closer. Cheryl Miller was the scoring leader in this game, scoring 26 points to help the US to a 78–70 victory; the US faced Bulgaria in the semi-final match up, again won, this time 67–58. This set up the final against the Soviet Union, led by 7-foot-2 Ivilana Semenova, considered the most dominant player in the world; the Soviet team, had a 152–2 record in major international competition over the prior three decades, including an 84–82 win over the US in the 1983 World Championships. The Soviets held the early edge, leading 21–19 at one time, before the US went on a scoring run to take a large lead they did not relinquish.
The final score was 83–60 in favor of the USA, earning the gold medal for the US squad. Cooper averaged 2.0 points per game. Cooper continued to represent the US with the national team at the 1986 World Championship, held in Moscow, a month after the Goodwill Games in Moscow; the US team was more dominant this time. The early games were won and the semifinal against Canada, while the closest game for the US so far, ended up an 82–59 victory. At the same time, the Soviet team was winning as well, the final game pitted two teams each with 6–0 records; the Soviet team, having lost only once at home, wanted to show that the Goodwill games setback was a fluke. The US team started by scoring the first eight points, raced to a 45–23 lead, although the Soviets fought back and reduced the halftime margin to 13; the US went on a 15—1 run in the second half to out the game away, ended up winning the gold medal with a score of 108–88. Cooper averaged 5.9 points per game. Cooper played for USA Basketball as part of the 1987 USA Women's Pan American Team which won a gold medal in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Cooper was a member of the gold medalist 1988 US Olympic Women's Basketball Team. and the Bronze Medal team in 1992. Cooper played for several teams in the European leagues: Samoa Bétera 1986–1987 Parma 1987–1994 Alcamo 1994–1996During her time playing for Samoa Bétera, a Spanish team, she was the league leading scorer with 36.7 ppg. During the ten years she played in the Italian leagues, she was the leagues leading scorer eight times, finished second the other two years. In 1987, she was the MVP of the European All-Star team, she was named to the All-Star team of the Italian leagues in 1996–1997. At the age of 34, Cooper signed to play with the Houston Comets, she led the league in scoring three consecutive years, galvanizing the franchise to a record four WNBA Championships. In addition, she was voted the WNBA's MVP in 1997 and 1998 and named Most Valuable Player in each of those four WNBA Finals. Cooper was named the 1998 Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation. During the Comet dynasty, she was a vital part of the triple threat offense with Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson.
When retired in 2000, Cooper became the first player in WNBA history to score 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 2,500 career points. She scored 30 or more points in 16 of her 120 games and had a 92-game double-figure scoring streak from 1997–2000, she went on to coach the Phoenix Mercury for one and a half seasons. Cooper r
Nathaniel "Tiny" Archibald is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent 14 years playing in the NBA, most notably with the Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City–Omaha Kings and Boston Celtics. In 1991, he was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Archibald was an adequate shooter from midrange. However, it was his quickness and speed and shiftiness that made him difficult to guard in the open court, as he would drive past defenders on his way to the basket. Archibald, a playground legend while growing up in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood in the South Bronx, of New York City, played high school basketball for only one-and-a-half seasons, was cut from the varsity squad at DeWitt Clinton High School as a sophomore, he returned to the team as a junior. During his time without basketball, Archibald flirted with dropping out of school after having been truant in past years, but with the help of two mentors, Floyd Layne and Pablo Robertson, Archibald turned it around.
Robertson, a former standout at Loyola of Chicago and a Harlem, New York playground impresario, had seen the gifted, mercurial Archibald in action on the playgrounds and convinced the young man's high school coach to re-instate him on the squad. Despite playing only in blowouts as a junior, the shy, quiet teen managed to blossom into a high-school star, being named team captain and an All-City selection in 1966. Off the court, Archibald began to attend school and worked to improve his poor academic standing, which deterred most colleges from offering him a scholarship. To improve his chances of playing major college basketball, Archibald enrolled at Arizona Western College, transferring to the University of Texas at El Paso the following year, he had three standout seasons at El Paso, from 1967 to 1970 under Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins. Archibald was selected in the second round of the 1970 NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals, he was drafted by the Texas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association.
In 1972–73 season, Archibald led the NBA in scoring and assists, becoming the only player to win the titles in both categories in the same season. His scoring average of 34.0 points per game broke the NBA record for a guard. His 910 assists that season was an NBA record at the time, breaking Guy Rodgers' mark of 908, he was named the Sporting News NBA MVP that season. Archibald played for the Kansas City Kings from 1970 to 1976. Although he was the Kings' most popular player, he was traded to the New York Nets for two draft picks and two players in 1976. Injured for much of the 1976–77 season, he was traded by the Nets to the Buffalo Braves before the 1977–78 season. Archibald never played a regular-season game for the Braves. Buffalo traded him to the Boston Celtics as part of a 7-player deal before the start of the next season, his career at the Celtics started poorly. He showed up 20 pounds overweight. However, he adjusted and helped guide the Celtics to the best record in the NBA for three consecutive years.
Archibald won his first and only NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in the 1980–81 season alongside young NBA star Larry Bird. Archibald was an All-NBA First Team selection three times and an All-NBA Second Team selection two times. A seven-time NBA All-Star Game selection, he was named the 1981 NBA All-Star Game MVP. Archibald led the NBA in free throws made three times and free throw attempts twice, he competed in 876 professional games, scored 16,841 points, dished out 6,476 assists. He was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time team. Nate Archibald was inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991, he completed his bachelor's degree from University of Texas-El Paso by going back for three consecutive summers just prior to finishing his NBA career. He taught in the New York City school system and attended night school at Fordham University, he received a master's degree from Fordham University in 1990 and a professional diploma in supervision and administration in 1994.
He began long-distance correspondence work toward a doctorate from California Coast University in 2000 but ceased his studies because of "his lack of funds and the motivation to complete a long-distance correspondence curriculum." He has stated his hope to complete the degree in the future at Fordham. Archibald was an assistant coach, spending one season in the University of Georgia and two with Texas-El Paso, he has coached the New Jersey Jammers of the USBL and in a Boston recreational league. Archibald coached in the National Basketball Development League in 2001, he resigned a year to take a position with the NBA's community relations department. Archibald was named the head coach for the Long Beach Jam in 2004 in the revived ABA, but he would resign from his position on January 17, 2005 during their second and final season in the ABA. List of National Basketball Association career free throw scoring leaders List of National Basketball Association career assists leaders List of individual National Basketball Association scoring leaders by season List of National Basketball Association annual assists leaders List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game List of National Basketball Association annual minutes leaders David L. Porter, ed..
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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an American history museum and hall of fame, located at 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts. It serves as the sport's most complete library, in addition to promoting and preserving the history of basketball. Dedicated to Canadian-American physician and inventor of the sport James Naismith, it was opened and inducted its first class in 1959; as of the induction of the Class of 2018, the Hall has formally inducted 389 individuals. The Naismith Hall of Fame was established in 1959 by Lee Williams, a former athletic director at Colby College. In the 1960s, the Basketball Hall of Fame struggled to raise enough money for the construction of its first facility. However, during the following half-decade the necessary amount was raised, the building opened on Feb. 17, 1968, less than one month after the National Basketball Association played its 18th All-Star Game. The Basketball Hall of Fame's Board named four inductees in its first year.
In addition to honoring those who contributed to basketball, the Hall of Fame sought to make contributions of its own. In 1979, the Hall of Fame sponsored a pre-season college basketball exhibition; this Tip-Off Classic has been the start to the college basketball season since, although it does not always take place in Springfield, Massachusetts it returns every few years. In the 17 years that the original Basketball Hall of Fame operated at Springfield College, it drew more than 630,000 visitors; the popularity of the Basketball Hall of Fame necessitated that a new facility be constructed, in 1985, an $11 million facility was built beside the scenic Connecticut River in Springfield. As the new hall opened, it recognized women for the first time, with inductees such as Senda Berenson Abbott, who first introduced basketball to women at Smith College. During the years following its construction, the Basketball Hall of Fame's second facility drew far more visitors than anticipated, due in large part to the increasing popularity of the game but to the scenic location beside the river and the second Hall's interesting modern architecture.
In 2002, the Basketball Hall of Fame moved again—albeit 100 yards south along Springfield's riverfront—into a $47 million facility designed by renowned architects Gwathmey Siegel & Associates. The building's architecture features a metallic silver, basketball-shaped sphere flanked by two symmetrical rhombuses; the dome is illuminated at night and features 80,000 square foot, including numerous restaurants and an extensive gift shop. The second Basketball Hall of Fame was not torn down but rather converted into an LA Fitness health clubs; the current Basketball Hall of Fame features Center Court, a full-sized basketball court on which visitors can play. Inside the building there are a game gallery, many interactive exhibits, several theaters, an honor ring of inductees. A large theater for ceremonies seats up to 300; the honorees inducted in 2002 included the Harlem Globetrotters and Magic Johnson, a five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA finals MVP and Olympic gold medalist. As of 2011, the current Basketball Hall of Fame has exceeded attendance expectations, with basketball fans traveling to the Hall of Fame from all over the world.
Despite the new facility's success, a logistical problem remains for the Basketball Hall of Fame and the City of Springfield. The two entities are separated by the Interstate 91 elevated highway—one of the eastern United States' busiest highways—which inhibits foot-traffic and other interaction between the Basketball Hall of Fame and Springfield's lively Metro Center. Both the Hall and Springfield have made public statements about cooperating further so as to facilitate more business and recreational growth for both. Urban planners at universities such as UMass Amherst have called for the I-91 to be moved, or to be re-configured so as to be pedestrian-friendly to Hall of Fame visitors. In 2010, the Urban Land Institute announced a plan to make the walk between Springfield's Metro Center and the Hall of Fame easier. In contrast to the Pro Football and the National Baseball Halls of Fame, Springfield honors international and American professionals, as well as American and international amateurs, making it arguably the most comprehensive Hall of Fame among major sports.
From 2011 to 2015 seven committees were, as of 2016 six committees are employed to both screen and elect candidates. Four of the committees screen prospective candidates: North American Screening Committee Women's Screening Committee International Screening Committee Veterans Screening Committee, with "Veterans" defined as individuals whose careers ended at least 35 years before they are considered for election. Since 2011, the Veterans and International Committees vote to directly induct one candidate for each induction class. Three committees were formed in 2011 to directly elect one candidate for each induction class: American Basketball Association Committee - This committee was permanently disbanded in 2015 because it had fulfilled its purpose over the previous five years. Contributor Direct Election Committee Other committees may choose to elect contributors. For example, the 2014 class included two contributors. Early African-American Pioneers of the Game CommitteeIndividuals who receive at least seven votes from the North American Screening Committee or five votes from one of the other screening committees in a given year are eligible to advance to an Honors Committee, composed of 12 members plus rotating groups of 12 specialists (one group for
Walter "Clyde" Frazier is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the franchise's only two championships, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Upon his retirement from basketball, Frazier went into broadcasting; the eldest of nine children, Frazier attended Atlanta's David Tobias Howard High School. He played catcher on the baseball team, he learned basketball on a rutted and dirt playground, the only facility available at his all-black school in the racially segregated South of the 1950s. After Howard, Frazier attended Southern Illinois University. Although he was offered other scholarships for his football skills, Frazier accepted a basketball offer from Southern Illinois University, saying that "there were no black quarterbacks, so I played basketball."Frazier became one of the premier collegiate basketball players in the country. He was named a Division II All-American in 1964 and 1965.
As a sophomore in 1965, Frazier led SIU to the NCAA Division II Tournament, only to lose in the finals to Jerry Sloan and the Evansville Purple Aces. 85-82 in overtime. In 1966, he was academically ineligible for basketball. SIU moved up from Division II to Division I in 1967, Frazier and SIU won the National Invitation Tournament, beating Marquette University 71-56 in the final, in the last college basketball game played at the old Madison Square Garden in New York. Frazier was named Most Valuable Player of the 1967 tournament. Frazier was drafted 5th overall by the New York Knicks, he scored just 2 points in a 13-point loss against the Detroit Pistons in his NBA debut, but went on to become one of five NBA players to be named to the NBA All-Rookie team during the 1967-68 NBA season. After averaging only 9.0 points per game during his rookie year, Frazier's 17.5 points, 7.9 assists, 6.2 rebounds per game averages in his second year playing for New York made him one of the most improved players in the league.
Frazier was chosen for the All-Star team for the first time in his career during the 1969-70 NBA season. He would go on to be selected to 7 all-star teams over the course of his 10-year stint with the Knicks; the Knicks were able to make it all the way to the NBA finals during the 1969-70 NBA playoffs thanks to the great play of both Walt Frazier and star teammate Willis Reed. However, in game 5, Reed suffered a horrific leg injury, making him unable to walk for the next few days. With Reed out, chances of the Knicks winning the championship were slim. However, Reed somehow returned to the series, playing the first two minutes of game 7 and scoring the first two points of the game. Reed was in too much pain to continue to play for the last 46 minutes of the game, meaning that it was up to Frazier to lead New York to the victory. Frazier scored 36 points, had 19 assists, 7 rebounds, 6 steals that game, his astounding performance is arguably the greatest game in NBA playoff history, as it was the only reason why New York was able to defeat the Lakers and win the championship.
ESPN is one of the many websites to call Frazier's incredible game the greatest game 7 performance ever. The Knicks were unable to repeat as champions in 1971, falling to the Baltimore Bullets and their star shooting guard Earl Monroe in the second round of the playoffs despite Frazier's great 20.4 points per game average during the second series. Following the 1971 season the Knicks traded for Monroe, someone, always difficult for Walt Frazier to guard. Although not many people thought that he could fit in with Walt, he and Frazier soon become known as one of the best backcourts in the league earning the nickname “the Rolls Royce Backcourt.” The Knicks returned to the NBA Finals in 1972, but fell to the Los Angeles Lakers who completed a record setting season with an NBA championship. Frazier and the Knicks once again won the NBA championship in 1973, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in a quick 5-game series. Frazier's defense on NBA superstar Jerry West played a major role in defeating the star-filled team.
This would be the second and final NBA title the Knicks would win, meaning that Walt Frazier was a member of every championship Knick team in NBA history. In 1976, Frazier was selected for his final NBA All-Star team. While playing for them, he picked up the nickname "Clyde" because he wore a hat similar to that of Warren Beatty, who played Clyde Barrow in the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1968. Frazier held Knicks franchise records for most games, minutes played, field goals attempted, field goals made, free throws attempted, free throws made and points. Center Patrick Ewing broke most of those records, but Frazier's assists record still stands. After ten years in New York, Frazier ended his career as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Frazier was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers after the 1976-77 NBA season for the younger Jim Cleamons; the trade left the NBA world stunned, as many people were furious that New York was willing to let go of arguably their greatest player in franchise history.
Frazier played only 66 games over the course of three seasons with the Cavaliers. He retired midway through the 1979-80 NBA season, when he only played 3 games and averaged career-lows of 3.3 points and 2.7 assists before being waived. Won 2 NBA championships with the New York Knicks. Frazier's #10 jersey was retired by the New York Knicks on December 15, 1979. Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, with Pete Maravich and Rick Ba
Edward Gottlieb, known as "Mr. Basketball" and "The Mogul", was the first coach and manager of the Philadelphia Warriors in the National Basketball Association, the former owner and coach of the team from 1951 to 1962. A native of Kiev, Ukraine, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor on April 20, 1972; the NBA Rookie of the Year "Eddie Gottlieb Trophy" is named after Gottlieb. A small, balding man with deep eyes and penchant for wearing bow ties, Gottlieb was described by Red Smith as "a wonderful little guy about the size and shape of a half-keg of beer."Gottlieb organized, played for, the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association teams in the 1920s. Along with a few other sports promoters, he organized the Basketball Association of America, the league that became the NBA. Gottlieb coached the original Philadelphia Warriors, bought the team, sent it to San Francisco in order to expand the game westward, he headed the NBA rules committee for 25 years. When he died at age 81, he had been in charge of NBA scheduling for three decades.
In 1971, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "Gottlieb was about as important to the game of basketball as the basketball", fellow Hall of Famer Harry Litwack said. Gottlieb took on many duties, he started organized leagues. He was in charge of semipro baseball in Philadelphia, made the schedule for the Negro National League, he helped coordinate the overseas tours of the Harlem Globetrotters. The NBA might have been able to get started without him, but it wouldn't have survived. Sportswriter Mike Lupica wrote in a eulogy, "They used to joke that if he got hit by a car and died, the NBA died with him." Gottlieb was involved with sports throughout his life. Born Isadore Gottlieb in 1898 in Kiev, he moved with his family to Philadelphia at the turn of the century. By the time he was a young adult he had not only played on but had coached and operated neighborhood sports teams, he was, by his own admission, a born promoter and organizer, changed his name to Edward. In 1917, when he was 19, Gottlieb organized a team of Jewish players representing the Young Men's Hebrew Association, which supplied the team with uniforms for three years.
The players found a new sponsor with the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association, a social club from which the team derived its new identity, the Philadelphia Sphas. The team wore uniforms with the acronym SPHAs sewn across the chest in Hebrew letters. After the association stopped providing the uniforms, the team kept the unusual name. Having no home court, the team nicknamed themselves "the Wandering Jews". In the early days of the SPHAs, a game was as much a social event. "We played in a lot of dance halls in those early years", Gottlieb told The Associated Press. "It was basketball dancing. A nice Saturday evening for yourself and your date. We used to let the girls in for free, because you couldn't have a dance after the game without the girls. We had no trouble getting the guys to pay for the basketball game when they heard that news."The SPHAs became one of the powerhouses of basketball in the East. The team entered the Philadelphia League and won two consecutive championships, the final two in the league's history.
The SPHAs joined the Eastern League, which went out of business in the same season, forcing the team to book its own games. Gottlieb, an entrepreneur and future schedule maker, had no trouble lining up a series of exhibition games against teams from both New York's Metropolitan League and the American Basketball League, which in 1925–26 began operation as the country's first major professional basketball league; the SPHAs won five of six games against ABL teams in 1925–26, losing only to the league's top club, the Cleveland Rosenblums. The SPHAs defeated two of the game's best touring squads, the New York Original Celtics and the New York Renaissance Five, in best-of-three series. In about six weeks, Gottlieb's team had won nine of 11 contests against the most celebrated squads in basketball. For the next two years Gottlieb devoted his energy to the Philadelphia Warriors, a 1926–27 ABL entry; the Warriors, who featured former SPHAs stars Chick Passon and Stretch Meehan, competed in the ABL for two seasons, posting winning records both years.
The ABL, its decline hastened by the Great Depression, shut down two seasons in 1931. Meanwhile, Gottlieb had rebuilt the SPHAs in 1929 with younger talent, in 1933 the team joined the ABL, which had reorganized as a smaller, regional circuit after a two-year hiatus; the clubs in this reincarnation of the ABL played in small arenas and dance halls, much as teams had in the early 1920s. The SPHAs were the premier team, winning championships in three of the league's first four seasons and taking titles in 7 of 15 years; the club stayed together for 31 years, until 1949, when Gottlieb became too involved with the new Basketball Association of America. Gottlieb sold the SPHAs to Red Klotz in 1950. In the spring of 1946, the United States was celebrating the end of World War II, which had formally ended in September 1945. Peace brought the population leisure time and money for entertainment, basketball was ripe for a move to the big time. College basketball had grown immensely in popularity during the previous 10 years, there was no professional basketball circuit.
The National Basketball League was operating in the Midwest, did not attract the attention of other cities where basketball was popular, such as New York and Boston—which, for nearly half a century, had been the hotbeds of barnstorming teams and fly-by-ni
The Original Celtics were a barnstorming professional American basketball team. At various times in their existence, the team played in the American Basketball League, the Eastern Basketball League and the Metropolitan Basketball League; the team has no relation to the modern Boston Celtics. The franchise as a whole was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959; the team's roots lay in the New York Celtics team that disbanded during World War I. In 1918, James Furey assembled his own team around a nucleus of those "original" Celtics, adding other players from the West Side of New York City, defiantly called his new squad the Original Celtics, they played in various struggling professional leagues, before becoming a touring squad which traveled up to 150,000 miles a year while completing a 150–200 game schedule. They won about ninety percent of their games and finished 1922–23 with the unbelievable record of 193–11–1. Hoping to claim an undisputed national championship, they challenged the nationally famous Franklin Wonder Five, but the Franklin coach refused as his team "was too tired" after a grueling year.
The team's first dominant player was "Dutch" Dehnert, a 6'1" standing guard whom some credit with introducing the modern concept of pivot play. When ballhandling wizard Nat Holman was signed to play for then-coach John Whitty in 1922, the Original Celtics hit their stride. During the 1921/22 season, the team replaced the New York Giants, whose owner owned the Whirlwinds during the 1st half. During the 1922/23 season, the team took over the Atlantic City franchise when it was 4–7 and won five of six games before the Eastern League folded in January, 1923, they competed in the Metropolitan League but dropped out of the league during the 1st half after going 12–0. Other outstanding individual players on these squads were Joe Lapchick. American Basketball League owners meeting during the summer of 1926 were pleased by the results of the league’s inaugural session. Only Buffalo had not signed up for the second season. League President Joe Carr had signed three new members in Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia.
The latter two were of particular importance to the league’s credibility. Two Philadelphia boxing promoters, Jules Aronson and Max Hoff were recruited by Carr to finance the team and Eddie Gottlieb was hired to run the team; the situation in New York was less clear. The Original Celtics signed to represent New York. After last season, Carr had banned any ABL team from playing games against the Celtics, drying up some of their most lucrative exhibition dates. In the past, such a tactic would not have intimidated the Celtics, but they were under financial stress due to the June indictment of owner Jim Furry for embezzling $190,000 from a New York business. In early October, just a month before the ABL season was to get underway, the Celtics bolted to the newly organized National Basketball League; the new league operated in and around the metropolitan New York City, but despite its geographical limitations was stocked with some of the best players in the country. After pulling off a coup by signing the Original Celtics, the NBL brashly raided ABL rosters for additional players.
The Brooklyn Arcadians were hard hit, losing stars Red Conaty and Rody Cooney, while Washington lost starters Teddy Kearns and Bob Grody. Washington owner George Preston Marshall completed the destruction of the Arcadians by luring Elmer Ripley and Tillie Voss away from the Brooklyn club to fill the gaps in his lineup left by the National League raids; the newcomers joined Rusty Saunders, Ray Kennedy and George Glasco to restore Marshall’s Palace Five club to its place among the ABL pre-season favorites. Cleveland returned with championship squad intact and further strengthened by the addition of Ohio State rookie Cookie Cunningham and valuable swingman Gil Ely. With Brooklyn out of the picture, Gottleib’s new Philadelphia entry became the third contender; the Quakers showcased a Who’s Who of former Eastern League stars including George Artus, Tom Barlow, Stretch Meehan, Soup Campbell, Chickie Passon. Three weeks into the new season, the favorites were all performing up to expectations, but the league had serious problems at the other end of the standings.
Brooklyn and Baltimore were all winless and showing few signs of improvement. President Carr acted and ruthlessly to solve the dilemma. First, he moved to destroy the foundation of the upstart National League, by secretly negotiating with the Celtics to jump to the ABL; as anticipated, the Celtics’ departure triggered an immediate collapse of the rival league. Next, Carr expelled the Detroit and Brooklyn clubs from the ABL, awarded the latter franchise to the incoming Celtics, he bolstered the Baltimore franchise with players from the defunct NBL. In a single stroke, Carr had signed basketball’s most famous team, thwarted the upstart NBL, provided his league with an additional pool of dozens of top players; the Original Celtics waded into the race for first-half honors of the ABL, winning 13 of 16 games, but the 0-5 record they were forced to inherit from the Arcadians was impossible to overcome. Cleveland captured first place by one game over Washington with Philadelphia in third and the Celtics in fourth place.
Starting with a fresh slate, the Celtics took charge of the second half of the season with nine straight victories. Fort Wayne, a major beneficiary at m
David Bing is an American retired Hall of Fame basketball player, former mayor of Detroit and businessman. After starring at Syracuse University, Bing played 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association as a guard for the Detroit Pistons, Washington Bullets, Boston Celtics. During his career, he averaged over 20 points and six assists per game and made seven NBA All-Star appearances, winning the game's Most Valuable Player award in 1976; the Pistons celebrated his career accomplishments with the retirement of his #21 jersey. In addition, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players of all-time. Bing founded Bing Steel, a processing company that earned him the National Minority Small Business Person of the Year award in 1984. Soon the business grew into the multimillion-dollar Detroit-based conglomerate, the Bing Group, one of the largest steel companies in Michigan. Bing entered Detroit politics as a Democrat in 2008, announcing his intentions to run for mayor in the city's non-partisan primary to finish the term of Kwame Kilpatrick, who had resigned amid a corruption scandal.
After winning the primary, Bing defeated Interim Mayor Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. and was sworn in as mayor in May 2009. That year, Bing was re-elected to a full term. However, he lost most of his power to Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr, had numerous health problems, suffered approval ratings as low as 14%. Bing thus did not seek re-election in 2013 and was succeeded by politician and businessman Mike Duggan. Bing was born November 24, 1943, in Washington, D. C. to mother Juanita, a housekeeper, father Hasker, a bricklayer and deacon for the Baptist Church. He was the second child of four living in a two-bedroom, one-story house in the northeast part of town. In his childhood, Bing received the nickname "Duke" from his father, according to Bing, he always "wanted to be top dog." He suffered a traumatic eye injury at age five, while playing with an improvised hobby horse he constructed with two sticks nailed together. The family could not afford emergency surgery, leaving the eye to heal on its own and diminishing his vision thereafter.
Bing's father suffered a severe head injury during the boy's childhood. While working a construction site, a brick fell four stories onto his head; the episode led young Bing to promise himself. In athletics, Bing played basketball, but older children told him he was too small for the game. However, he played well, triumphing over such older and bigger children as future Motown musician Marvin Gaye, after not performing well on the court, chose to sing on the sidelines. Bing and Gaye forged a friendship, which continued in life. Despite his basketball play, Bing, a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Jackie Robinson, focused on baseball, the neighborhood's preferred game. Despite his fuzzy vision, he excelled in baseball at Spingarn High School, where he enrolled in 1958; the school's head basketball coach William Roundtree encouraged him to revisit basketball. Roundtree became a fatherly figure to Bing, he developed into a double-digits per game scorer, noted for his jump shot and knack for driving to the basket.
He continued to compete in baseball into his senior year, but was forced to choose between it and basketball when a scheduling conflict between two tournaments arose. Though he felt he was better at baseball, Bing opted for basketball, believing it gave him a greater chance at a full-ride college scholarship, well aware of the path taken by Los Angeles Lakers forward Elgin Baylor, a Spingarn alum. At the tournament, Bing earned MVP honors. All in all, in high school, Bing was a three-year letter winner, all–Inter High, all-Metro, all-East member. In 1962, he was made the All-American Team. Bing attended Syracuse University, he led the Orangemen in scoring as a sophomore in 1964, as a junior in 1965, as a senior in 1966. During his senior year, Bing was fifth in the nation in scoring and was Syracuse's first consensus All-American in 39 years, he was named to The Sporting News All-America First Team and was named Syracuse Athlete of the Year. In his three year varsity career at Syracuse, Bing averaged 24.8 points and 10.3 rebounds, with 1883 total points and 786 total rebounds in 76 games.
Bing's playing style was somewhat unusual for the time. As a lean and explosive guard, he functioned as the playmaker distributing the ball, but did more shooting and scoring than most others who had this position. At one time a joke about him and his backcourt partner, Jimmy Walker, was that it was a shame they could only play the game with one ball at a time. In 1966, after being selected 2nd overall in the 1966 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, Bing scored 1,601 points, won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award while being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team; the next year, he led the NBA in scoring with 2,142 points in 1968. Bing sat out 2½ months of the 1971–72 season due to a detached retina incurred from a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers, playing in only 45 games that season. While with the Pistons, he played in seven NBA All-Star Games, was named to the All-NBA First Team twice in 1968 and 1971. After leaving the Detroit Pistons, Bing went on to spend his next two seasons with the Washington Bullets, for whom he was named an NBA All-Star