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The Lowdown: Slick Leonard

William Robert Leonard is a man of a million aliases. Some call him “Robert”. Others “Bob”. But the coolest of us call him “Slick”. As a legendary ABA coach, Slick proved to be tough, if not slippery, for opponents to

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St. Louis Hawks Franchise History: 1956-57 through 1965-66

Championships: 1 Conference Titles: 4 Division Titles: 5 Regular Season Record: 425-355 Regular Season Win Percentage: 59.9% Playoff Appearances: 9 Playoff Series Wins: 8 Playoff Record: 47-43 Welcome to the Glory Days of the Hawks franchise. Behind 1959 NBA MVP

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Boston Celtics Franchise History: 1966-67 through 1975-76

Championships: 4 Conference Titles: 4 Division Titles: 5 Regular Season Record: 534-285 Regular Season Win Percentage: 65.2% Playoff Appearances: 8 Playoff Series Wins: 16 Playoff Record: 70-47 Entering the 1966-67 season, the Boston Celtics had appeared in 10 straight NBA

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Boston Celtics Franchise History: 1956-57 through 1965-66

Championships: 9 Conference Titles: 10 Division Titles: 9 Regular Season Record: 554-216 Regular Season Win Percentage: 71.9% Playoff Appearances: 10 Playoff Series Wins: 20 Playoff Record: 81-41 After four years of abject mediocrity in the 1940s, the Celtics stumbled upon

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St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks Franchise History: 1966-67 through 1975-76

Championships: 0 Conference Titles: 0 Division Titles: 2 Regular Season Record: 404-415 Regular Season Win Percentage: 49.3% Playoff Appearances: 7 Playoff Series Wins: 3 Playoff Record: 21-31 The Hawks bid farewell to St. Louis with one of their strongest seasons

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Pro Hoops History HOF: Johnny “Red” Kerr

The Syracuse Nationals lost a heart-breaking NBA Finals against the Minneapolis Lakers in 1954. Several of their players were hobbled, if not lost to injury. Still they dragged the mighty Lakers – winners of three of the last four NBA

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Posted in Pro Hoops History Hall of Fame

The 6’2″-and-Under Champions Club

Life should be grand for Chris Paul. He delivered 22.5 points, 12 assists, and 2.5 steals per game while shooting 51% FG, 75% FT, and 45.5% 3PT in the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. His regular season

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Posted in Statistical Analyses

The NBA Record Book… in 1976

The idea of having an “all-time” record has always seemed odd to me. For starters, no one and no thing exists for “all-time.” We all eventually fade away and so do records. Secondly, trying to encompass “all-time” records washes over

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Pro Hoops Podcast: Hall of Famer Richie Guerin

This past weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to Springfield, Massachusetts, for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Saturday afternoon, I was able to have a wonderful 10-minute interview with Knicks and Hawks legend Richie Guerin.

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Remembering Zelmo Beaty

One of the great players in basketball history departed Saturday as Zelmo Beaty passed away at age 73. The 6’9″ center played from 1962 to 1975 in the NBA and ABA with the St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks, the Utah Stars, and

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