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How The Worst Game In NBA History Saved Basketball | UNTOLD

September 24, 2019


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throughout NBA history there have been plenty of major changes that have
altered the game the first known dunk in a basketball
game happened all the way back in 1936 but it didn’t catch on professionally
until the 1960s then there was the three-point line that came into the NBA
in 1979 followed by the first Air Jordans donned by MJ himself in 1985
which ushered in the modern era of NBA footwear and clothing above all those
transcended changes however was the implementation of the 24-second shaft
welcome to NBA Insider over the years the NBA has become an
outstanding league that has implemented plenty of changes designed to increase
its everlasting business strategies have changed the equipment has gotten better
the athletes have become bigger stronger and faster and the league’s have
tinkered with the rules generally to maintain fan interest however the basic
conditions and rules under which the games are played still remain but this
wasn’t always the case in fact in the early 1950s professional basketball as a
whole was struggling back in 1949 when the National Basketball League and the
Basketball Association of America came together to form the NBA the league did
not feature the high-scoring run in gun type of games that Martin
fans have become so familiar with as a matter of fact NBA games were known to
be boring slow moving low scoring Affairs in which one team would grab an
early lead and then spend the rest of the game simply holding on to the ball
until the clock ran out the only thing the trailing team could do was foul
which would lead to games becoming free throw shooting contests one of the first
and more notorious examples of stall ball as it was also known took place
back in late November of 1950 in Minneapolis Minnesota when a crowd of
7021 fans arrived to the Minneapolis auditorium to watch an NBA game between
the Fort Wayne Pistons and the Minneapolis Lakers this was a new
experience for many fans considering it was one of the first games that had been
played following the NBL NBA a merger less than 16 months before despite this
the new league was still trying to find its place as each gang represented a
chance to win and lose fans this matchup featured some of the greatest basketball
stars of the time including the likes of NBA legend George Mikan Mikan a six foot
10 college prodigy joined the Lakers back in 1947 and dominated games right
from the start his rebounding shot blocking and killer hook shot elevated
him to becoming the signature player of the new
be a basketball a game of Giants and there’s number 99 George Mikan one of
the greatest he set most of the game scoring record and his fighting spirit
carried his team to victory considered to be one of the first superstars of the
league he led his team to seven championships won three scoring titles
and was so dominant rules were named after him including the widening of the
lane from six to 12 feet also known as the Mikan rule aside from him the roster
also included a six foot seven future hall-of-famer named Vern
Mickelson and former Stanford all-american Jim Pollard making the
Minneapolis Lakers one of the most feared teams in the league on the other
hand although they had a fine Center in Larry Faust the Fort Wayne Pistons did
not match up in talent due to this the coach of the Pistons Murray Mendenhall
had devised a plan you see Mendenhall’s philosophy for the
game was quite simple if a team wasn’t as good as its opponent the only way it
could stay close in points was by holding and dribbling the ball the
entire game therefore if the Lakers never got the ball they could never
score if they could never score they could never win the game so with the
buzzer sounded and the clock ticking the opening tip went to the Fort Wayne
Pistons as soon as he gained position of the ball Ralph Johnson the Pistons point
guard began following his orders of holding the ball for the better part of
48 minutes under the Pistons possession the ball moved aimlessly from one side
of the court to the other as seconds tick by
at first the lakers players stood around not knowing what to do
however in desperation they began to resort to intentionally fouling to get
the ball back at the time however the rulebook awarded a free throw for
non-shooting foul so the lakers adjustment effectively morphed the game
into a glorified free-throw shooting contest at halftime the score was 13 to
11 in favor of the Lakers with Mike and scoring 12 of the Lakers points as the
game continued the referees began yelling at the Pistons players and at
coach Mendenhall as the fans in the stands began to
boo and stomp their feet and anger worst of all despite having a big crowd that
night there were fans reading newspapers in the stands while some walked out and
demanded their money back and others swore never to buy another ticket to a
professional basketball game this was the league’s worst nightmare the second
half was even worse the Lakers despite being annoyed at the
Pistons strategy began following the trend with each side holding the ball
for minutes at a time the two teams only scored 13 points combined in the second
half as the clock ticked down to zero in the fourth quarter the Pistons held on
to a one-point lead in the end they walked away with the 19 to 18 victory
over the defending champs while holding George Mikan to a game high 15 points to
this day this game remains the lowest scoring game in league history for
coaches this matchup provided a new tactical insight and so following this
game other NBA teams began to use this strategy former premier guards of that
era such as dick McGuire Slater Martin Bob Davies and Andy Phillips would also
dribble until they were fouled in the parade from one free-throw line to the
other would once a game begin just three years following that game 106 fouls were
called and 128 free-throws shat in a playoff game between the Boston Celtics
in Syracuse Nationals while NBA player Bob Cousy scored 30 points from the foul
line alone then in 1954 the Syracuse Nationals beat the New York Knicks 75 to
69 with free-throws outnumbering baskets 75 to 34 due to this the league began to
tank in fan viewership and attendance the NBA knew something had to be done at
the time Maurice Podoloff the former president of the BAA and the man that
had negotiated the merger between the BAA
in the NBL to form the NBA was put in charge to ensure the survival of the NBA
and professional basketball potal often knew the only way the league was going
to flourish was by making sure the games were exciting to the people who paid his
and the player salary the fans so two days after he summoned all league
officials and the two referees from the infamous game to
figure out ways to make the NBA game more fan friendly as they slightly
fiddled with the rules they came up with several changes that would be introduced
in the coming year including the expanding of the key from 6 feet to 12
feet in width designed to reduce congestion under the basket and so
forced teams to rely more on distance shooting they thought these changes
would increase scoring and the impact of one dominant player George Mikan
unfortunately for them it didn’t work scoring was still low fewer fans came
out to the games and teams began to fold by 1954 NBA viewership plummeted causing
the 18 original NBA teams to decline to just 9 as the pace of the game had
slowed to a halt so too had the NBA’s notoriety the league became faced with
economic viability as paying customers began walking out of the games with
professional basketballs existence in jeopardy
there came a solution another rule change unlike the previous ones however
this one actually had a chance you see at the time a man by the name of Danny
Baez own tasked himself with saving the NBA as the owner of the NBA Syracuse
Nationals franchise by his own argued that the league needed to place a time
element in the game after all other sports had limits in baseball they got
three outs to score in football 10 yards and 4 downs or the ball was lost but in
basketball if the other team had the lead in a good ball handler they could
play around all night a limit on how long a team could hold the ball will
prevent one side from hanging on to the ball until they were fouled or until the
clock ran out forcing both teams to play the game at a
faster pace although Bias own may not have been the first person to suggest a
shot clock he was the man who convinced the NBA to use it back in 1946 Bias own
paid $5,000 to the NBA for Syracuse Nationals a team he had founded to have
the right to play in the new professional basketball league
then in 1946 the Nationals were absorbed as part of the merger becoming an
original NBA franchise while destroying opponents and finishing with the 42 and
30 record the franchise made it all the way to the NBA Finals however as the
team entered the 1954 C’s they became faced with the lingering
fear that the NBA was in jeopardy since Maurice potent law failed to
implement a rule designed to increase scoring and make the game more fan
friendly NBA Fanta tendance was still struggling with his franchise now part
of the league bias owns investment was in trouble so along with his partners
Danny decided to come up with a solution that would not only save the NBA but the
hopes of his team at first he began urging fellow club owners to put in a
time limit for shooting after analyzing box scores from the previous season
Danny along with Leo Faris the general manager of the Syracuse Nationals came
to the conclusion that basketball was most exciting when teams took 60 shots
each for 120 per game since games were 48 minutes or 2880 seconds long that
number was divided by the number of shots taken in the game which led to an
optimal figure of one shot every 24 seconds August of 1954 the Board of
Governors in the NBA met in Syracuse and one of their jobs was to watch a
scrimmage at vocational high school and at that scrimmage the 24-second clock
was inaugurated and afterwards the Board of Governors voted and said we need the
clock Danny Baez own who was very persuasive said we need the clock and
the clock was put in and Danny Byers own arrived at the 24-second clock with a
very simple mathematical formula a basketball game in the NBA of 48 minutes
is twenty eight hundred and eighty seconds the average number of shots
taken in the year before by NBA teams was 60 per team or 120 per game you
divide 2880 by 120 voila 24 seconds from such a
simple formula came a change that completely reinvigorated professional
basketball a rule that is now hard to imagine the game ever did without giving
the team 24 seconds attempt to Shack or else lose possession
of the ball as if that wasn’t good enough to deal with the matter of
excessive fouling the Board of Governors also adopted a rule limiting the number
of fouls pertained per quarter with an extra free throw after a team committed
six personal fouls in a period which each foul becoming a shooting foul after
the limit was reached the two rules complemented each other perfectly
now all Danny needed to do was convinced the rest of the NBA that in order to
provide a well-balanced game that would force teams to shoot while creating
excitement and fans this new 24-second shot clock would have to be added at
first the league decided to experiment with the shot clock during the Syracuse
Nationals exhibition games but instead of a huge clock tower and over the court
a recruit would hold a stopwatch while standing on the sidelines and yelling
out time whenever 24 seconds he laps during a possession then on October 30th
1954 in a game between the Rochester Royals and the Boston Celtics the shot
clock officially debuted by tip-off the following season there was a shot clock
being operated in every NBA arena the innovation was an immediate success
during the first season of its introduction the pace of the game
immediately improved as team scoring increased by 14 points per game and
scoring improved from 79.5 points per game to ninety three point one by 1958
the average was 106 points per game and the average number of shots rose from 75
point four to eighty six point four by 1959 every team was averaging more than
100 points per game with the Boston Celtics becoming the
first NBA team to do so most importantly however fan excitement soared as
attendance had increased by 40% and the NBA was on its way to becoming the
behemoth as we know it today if it hadn’t been for the invention of the
24-second shot clock the NBA as we know it would almost certainly not exist what
do you think write your honest thoughts in the comment section down below was
the 24-second shot clock as important as it was set out to be one thing’s for
sure of all the potential fixes to today’s game such as widening of the
cool banning intentional fouls and redefining
shooting fouls it’s safe to say that the introduction of the shot clock is the
one and only rule that saved the NBA from dying

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