Early days of basketball could often see a slow-foul low-scoring match, which often left spectators away. Games were often only in the mid-40s, and many of the best players on average scored less than 15 points in a game. Many early basketball games resembled the glorious version of the kids' play as an action-packed professional sport. This style of play culminated in Minneapolis and Fort Wayne, where Fort Wayne's pistols held the ball in the second half. Pistons are 19 to 18 in the lowest scoring game in NBA history. Prior to this, the least score reached only 33 points, only 4 less than the two teams, and this game was one of the opening nights of the NBA or the BAA as it was called. who promised an action-packed fun experience and participation, and interest in the new championship began to dive. The NBA needed a solution and was quick. The solution is a brilliant and one that revolutionizes the game as we know it. A simple clock will change the game forever in just 24 seconds.
The clock was the Syracuse Nationals CEO, Leo Ferris brain child, who has long forgotten the NBA one of the greatest magic of games history. Ferris, so important in the early days of the NBA as anyone else and could be arguing that without Ferris there would be no NBA today; and surely there would be no Atlanta Hawks or Philadelphia 76ers. The NBA is more like Ferris's than ever.
Ferris started with basketball, not in the NBA, but in the NBL when he helped find Buffalo Bison in 1946. The Bisons were quite a failure in New York and only 13 games after the Bisons picked up and left the shore of Lake Erie and warmed up by the American Heartland Molina, Illinois. Technically, the team played in Molina and Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport in Iowa, but most of them played in Molina. The team was named Tri-Cities Blackhawks and they fought for one of the longest established NBA teams. The Blackhawks finally moved to Milwaukee, where they captured the Hawks and went to St Louis, eventually to Atlanta. Not long after the team moved to Tri-Cities Ferris, shake the world of basketball when he signed Pop Gates to the all-black New York Ren for a contract. African-American players have played in the NBL earlier, but only in the early 1940's when World War II took many white players out of the NBL. Gates was the first black player to sign the contract when they did not need them and the first came from his skill and talent, not because the tournament needed the players. Gates joins Rens again when he joined the NBL two years later.
With Blackhawks, he returned to New York City just after one season and NBL Syracuse Nationals. As a leader of the citizens, he made a huge coup for citizens and NBL when Dolph Schayes was enthusiastic about the brave BAA from New York Knicks.
BAA and NBL rivalry only worsened BAA stole the best of the best of NBL's and BAA started the best teams since 1948. In 1947, Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals and Indianapolis Kautskies left the NBL to BAA. Citizens were now in an uncertain league and NBL had to find a solution desperately and Leo Ferris found this solution. [1959-1900] Beginning in the spring of 1949, Ferris with the BAA leaders started an attempt to enable citizens in the upcoming championship, but will soon expand into the two leagues. Negotiations ended in August 1949 when an agreement was reached on the merger of NBL and BAA and the NBA. BAA wanted to hire only two teams; the citizens and the upscale Indianapolis Olympics; who would replace Jets. Ferris managed to discuss the BAA to accept both teams and Denver Nugget, Sheboygan Redskins, Anderson Packers, and Blackhawks. Originally he wanted the merger to include Oshkoshot, Hammond and Dayton, but financial support hindered Oshkosh's attempts at Milwaukee and Hammond, and was too close to Chicago where BAA already had a team. Dayton Rens could not join because his players were black players. In addition to the fact that Rens could not join, Black Syracuse players had to be released.
The merger proved to be a success since Team NBA had the first success but the old NBL teams gave too much energy to the merger and despite the best efforts of Ferris, the championship kicked off the previous season from the previous NBL teams.
In the 1950's, they saw Lakers continue to dominate, and according to the pistonists, the only way to stop them is to score and score. This was the event that is Leo Ferris's watch or more often the shot clock. Ferris has always liked mathematics and was good at using maths to make the 24-second clock. In the 48 minute game (2880) he took the number of seconds and divided the average number of shots in the game (120) to reach 24 seconds.
Four more years to complete the league, and when they saw the championship, the scoring was 20 points in the near future and the days of the 40's ended matches. It's a fact that since the launch of the shot, only 20 regular season-outs have been, the team has reached less than 60 points, and only one was less than 50 teams and only one playoff team less than 60 points.
Due to the launch of the shot, the game took the era of a huge battle where the teams were accurately evaluated as if they were impossible points. In 1954-55 Neil Johnston led the NBA with 22 points, seven years later Wilt Chamberlain averaged the NBA record by 50 points.
Ferris only at the NBA that the tournament and the game have definitively left the real estate development. This was a surprisingly short career for a man who would have an impact on the game.
Despite having succeeded, Ferris has not yet joined Naismith Hall-of-Fame. It was a few times definitive, but never met the host. This is probably due to the total and total disregard and contempt that the NBA has often pointed out to NBL and its former players and staff.
The exclusion of Ferris was one of the worst tragedies that the NBA had in its 70 plus year. There are many in Hall-of-Fame who have less votes than Ferris and Ferris is over and over again ignored. Perhaps, hopefully 2018 will be the year when the man who might have rescued the NBA