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Top NBA Games Week 1

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The NBA season snuck up on me a little bit. The World Series has been dominating most of my time. This year Ice Cream Helmet has Basketball Picks. It works just like Hockey Picks. Pick the Top 10 rated games this week (or create your own group with the option of up to 25 games per week).

Here are the Top 10 Games for this week …

Friday, October 31, 2008
Orlando @ Memphis 8:00pm
Denver @ LA Clippers 10:30pm
San Antonio @ Portland 10:30pm ESPN
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Sacramento Orlando 7:00pm
Boston @ Indiana 7:00pm
Miami @ Charlotte 7:00pm
Philadelphia @ Atlanta 7:00pm
Washington @ Detroit 7:30pm NBA-TV
Golden State @ New Jersey 7:30pm
Dallas @ Minnesota 8:00pm

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All because I was curious about the Anderson Packers

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Sometimes my travels on the internet wind up taking an unusual path leaving me tracing my steps from my destination back to where it all began. Take today, I started on a baseball blog and it led me to looking into the history of the NBA. I’ll explain …

It all started in my Google Reader where I keep up on a variety of feeds, many of them are the blogs of the ESPN baseball columnists. Rob Neyer is one of those columnists. He had an entry on Friday about Russ Gload (I think you need ESPN Insider to read, but its not too important). For those of you not in the loop, Russ Gload is the Kansas City Royals’ 1st baseman. It’s alright, I didn’t know who he was either, I haven’t kept up with the Royals. In the post he examined if Russ Gload was the worst everyday 1st basemen ever. He found three players doing worse than he has done so far this season. So there is still time for Russ to catch up.

One of those players was Howie Schultz who turned in the worst season ever in 1947 when he played for the Dodgers and Phillies. What interested me was that after the 1948 season Schultz stopped playing baseball and played basketball. In 1949 he played during the 1st season of the NBA for the Anderson Packers. This interested me very much. Who were the Anderson Packers? Where is Anderson? What other teams existed during the first season of the NBA that I’m not aware of?

Who were the Anderson Packers?
Basketball Reference to the rescue. The Anderson Packers did play in that first season of the NBA (49-50). In fact, they finished 2nd in the Western Division. They won their first two playoff series and wound up losing in the semifinals to the Minneapolis Lakers, who wound up winning the title. Despite making the playoffs, that was the only year the Anderson Packers were in the league.

Continuing to Wikipedia for more details, there aren’t a ton. The Packers played 3 seasons in the NBL. Then the NBL and BAA merged forming the NBA. After the inaugural NBA season the Packers moved to the NPBL. A league that almost lasted an entire season. One interesting note about the Packers: Their home court was the Anderson High School Wigwam.

Where is Anderson?
Indiana. Northeast of Indianapolis.

What about the other teams from that 1st NBA season?
There were 17 teams that season in 3 divisions: Eastern, Central, and Western.

Baltimore Bullets – Lasted 1947-1954. In NBA: 1949-1954.
Boston Celtics – Still in existence
New York Knickerbockers – Still in existence
Philadelphia Warriors – Moved to San Francisco in 1962. Now the Golden State Warriors.
Syracuse Nationals – Moved to Philadelphia in 1963. Now the Philadelphia 76ers.
Washington Capitals – Lasted 1946-1951. Only 2 seasons in NBA.

Chicago Stags – Lasted 1946-1950. Only played in NBA for 1 season.
Fort Wayne Pistons – Moved to Detroit in 1957, where they still play.
Minneapolis Lakers – Moved to Los Angeles in 1960, where they still play.
Rochester Royals – Moved to Cincinnati in 1957. Moved to Kansas City/Omaha in 1972 and became the Kings. Just in Kansas City starting in 1975. Moved to Sacramento in 1985, where they still exist.
St. Louis Bombers – Lasted 1946-1950. Only played in NBA for 1 season.

Anderson Packers – Talked about them above. NBL: 1946-1949. NBA: 1949-1950, NPBL: 1950-1951.
Denver Nuggets – NBL: 1948-1949, NBA: 1949-1950. Not connected to the current Denver Nuggets.
Indianapolis Olympians – NBA: 1949-1953
Sheboygan Redskins – NBL: 1938-1949, NBA: 1949-1950, NPBL: 1950-1951
Tri-Cities Blackhawks – Moved to Milwaukee in 1951, shortened name to Hawks. Moved to St. Louis in 1955. Moved to Atlanta in 1968, where they still play. The Tri-Cities are Moline, Illinois; Rock Island, Illinois; and Davenport, Iowa. Apparently that area is now known as the Quad Cities, or maybe even the Quint Cities.
Waterloo Hawks – NBL: 1948-1949, NBA: 1949-1950, NPBL: 1950-1951

Out of those 17 teams only 8 still exist in some form. The 2nd season of the NBA only had 11 teams and 2 divisions. 3 teams moved to the NPBL and 3 teams folded.

I learned all this in just a little searching around this afternoon. As with most adventures of this type, it started at a baseball blog. I’d like to learn more about the history of the NBA, I love old teams, leagues and how teams move around. More likely I’ll see something else shiny on the internet and get distracted.


Too late for the NBA Finals

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Game 5 of the NBA Finals is about to start. I’ve watched a grand total of 10 or 15 minutes through the first 4 games. I wanted to get into it this year, I really did. Forget that its the Celtics and Lakers, just that it was two teams that seemed to be matched evenly and one that I wanted to win much more than the other, the Celtics.

Problem is the games didn’t start until after 9. There is no point in even starting to watch when I know that I’d have to stay up later than I wanted just to get to halftime. I realize this makes me sound like an old man. Well, I am and I try and get up around 5am each morning to get to work at a reasonable hour.

For Game 4 I was up later than I expected so I checked in before going to bed. The Lakers were up big but the Celtics were playing hard and hitting shots. I wanted to watch the rest but it wasn’t happening. From watching the Sixers come back so many times this year I’ve learned to sense when the tide is starting to turn in a major way.

The best part of the Finals has been that Kimmel is on at 8 on game nights. Each show has been great, his usual show is good but I don’t think anybody watches it. Hopefully people watched these specials, were surprised at how good his show is and will start checking him out at his regular time.

Tip off is coming up and I’ll be watching … probably something else. I’ll check in before bed.


This Week on TV

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Hopefully the highlight of the week will be the return of Last Comic Standing. Sadly, I fear that it won’t be. Still, with the College World Series starting up I should be able to survive.


NBA Finals
Game 3 @ Cleveland: Tuesday (9, ABC)
Game 4 @ Cleveland: Thursday (9, ABC)
Game 5 @ Cleveland: Sunday (9, ABC, if necessary)

Men’s College World Series
Starts Friday at 2pm on ESPN2. Continues until June 24 or 25 on ESPN and ESPN2.

US Open – Golf
June 14-17 on ESPN/NBC. Taking place at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, PA.

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This Week on TV

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This week the Stanley Cup Finals are wrapping up (unless it goes 7), the NBA Finals are getting started. There is no horse going for the Triple Crown but I’ll still be looking forward to the race. French Open finals are also coming up on the weekend.

Besides sports there isn’t much to look forward to until Sunday with the Sopranos finale and John From Cincinnati premiere. Plus, Brian Regan has a Comedy Central Special.


Belmont Stakes (5, ABC) – No one going for the Triple Crown this year. Still, I’m hooked on this horse racing thing. Just watching, I’m not at the point of betting on it. You can make picks for fun at Ice Cream Helmet.

Stanley Cup Finals
Ducks vs Senators
Game 4 @ Ottawa: Monday (8, NBC)
Game 5 @ Anaheim: Wednesday (8, NBC)
Game 6 @ Ottawa: Saturday (8, NBC)

NBA Finals
Spurs vs Cavaliers
Game 1 @ San Antonio: Thursday (9, ABC)
Game 2 @ San Antonio: Sunday (9, ABC)

French Open
Women’s Final: Saturday (9am, NBC)
Men’s Final: Sunday (9am, NBC)

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