NBA, Bill Russell, California Coast discussed on Westward



Struck off the coast of California. 1960 emerges as the most disastrous earthquake year of modern times on the California coast it swept in at an angle, ripping coastal installations had causing heavy damages. But while the organization had to adjust to the ground moving beneath the moon occasion the NBA was amidst a much greater seismic shift, as the game's power had moved to the furthest franchise on the east coast and settled in an arena, built above the north station, where the Boston and Maine railroads met. It had originally been called Madison Square Garden. But it had been shortened to just the garden. Just a decade into the new NBA, when every team in the league was basically just thinking about survival, there was one team in one coach who are only thinking about basketball. And that was red auerbach, and of course the Boston Celtics, because prior to the 1956 season, the teammate three moved to change the course of history in the NBA, so Bill Russell may be remembered as the marquee pick in that draft, but he wasn't the Celtics first selection that year was Tommy heinsohn, a Ford from holy cross. As part of an effort to generate fan interest in the fledgling NBA. The league instituted a special rule, granting teams exclusive rights to claim locally based college players. That meant that Bill Russell, who was clearly the best player in the draft, would be next, and that's who arbok really wanted. And the problem was that Boston had the 7th pick, and there was no way Russell is going to slide to 7. But the Celtic coach had a plan. The St. Louis hawks always coveted Celtic all star Ed McCauley because he was from St. Louis. So arbok traded him for the number two pick, but that still didn't guarantee Russell, so arbok had to ensure that the Rochester royals who had the number one pick would pass on Russell. And so he did something crazy. Take the world from the sites and put it on ice last the ice to be throughout the 1940s and 50s, a group of arena owners had purchased a troop of dancing ice skaters, and created a touring show called ice capades. The show had proven hugely popular, and more importantly, lucrative, for any venue able to book them. Rochester royal owner Lee Harrison was a fan, and Boston Celtic owner Walter Brown just happened to be one

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