Dolph Schayes and a group of teammates scrimmaged in a small, stuffy high school gym exactly 50 years ago.
The short, otherwise forgettable workout helped rescue the NBA and transform professional basketball from a plodding, chesslike contest into a fast-paced, gravity-defying game.
"I remember we were all huffing and puffing," the 76-year-old Hall of Famer said. "It was summer, so we were out of shape anyway. It certainly changed the tempo of play. It was all running. No standing around. It made the game more fun to play."
In those early days, NBA games were low scoring, played at a poke-along pace that was threatening to kill pro basketball as a spectator sport before it even got started. With no shot clock, a team with a lead in the fourth quarter simply stalled until the clock ran down.
The lowest scoring game in NBA history was on Nov. 22, 1950, when the Fort Wayne Pistons defeated the Minneapolis Lakers, 19-18. Fort Wayne outscored the Lakers in the final quarter, 3-1.
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#2 Posted on 10.8.04 1526.53 Reposted on: 10.8.11 1529.01
Yup, it can be said with no sense of hyperbole that the 24-second shot clock literally saved the game. Without it, basketball might have died off 50 years ago, and I'd have nothing to talk about from November to June. LOL...
#4 Posted on 10.8.04 1535.07 Reposted on: 10.8.11 1544.27
Originally posted by JayJayDeanThe lowest scoring game in NBA history was on Nov. 22, 1950, when the Fort Wayne Pistons defeated the Minneapolis Lakers, 19-18. Fort Wayne outscored the Lakers in the final quarter, 3-1.
Man that was probably almost as boring as the last Pistons/Lakers game that was played. *rimshot*