Rare Sports Films

(The first 25 years of NBA history)

      Here's a new video from Rare Sportsfilms that all serious NBA fans will enjoy! This 27-minute color film, narrated by Chris Schenkel, is now available on video for the first time ever! Beginning with rare shots from the first NBA game ever played (Knickerbockers vs Toronto Huskies at Maple Leaf Gardens) through scenes of the "modern day" 1970 NBA Championship Series, this video is a historic look at the great teams and players of the first 25 years of NBA action!

      You'll see scenes of the historic meeting in New York in which Connecticut lawyer Maurice Podoloff presided over the merger of the old BAA and NBL to form the NBA. The Minneapolis Lakers are the league's first dynasty and shown are George Mikan, Slater Martin, Jim Pollard and Vern Mikkelsen in action against other great stars of the league in those early years: Carl Braun and Ernie Vandeweghe of the Knicks, Larry Foust and Mel Hutchins of the Fort Wayne Pistons, Max Zaslofski of the Chicago Stags, Dolph Schayes of Syracuse, Ed Macauley of Boston and Bob Davies and Bob Wanzer of the Rochester Royals.

      The advent of the 24-second clock would favor a new dynasty in the mid-1950's and a new player on that team would change the game forever - Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics. A master of defense, Russell, with teammates Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman led the Celts to a record 8 straight NBA titles, 1959-1966. Stars of the late 1950's shown in action are: Clyde Lovellette, Bob Pettit and Cliff Hagan of the St. Louis Hawks and Tom Gola, Neil Johnston and Paul Arizin of the Philadelphia Warriors. The 1960's brought new young stars into the league and shown in action are Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Tom Heinsohn, John Havlicek, and Sam and K.C. Jones. Hal Greer and Wilt Chamberlain team up to bring a temporary end to the Celtics dynasty in 1967, but the Celtics win again in 1968 and 1969. When Boston beats the Lakers in '69 with Russell coaching, it's 11 NBA World Titles in 13 years for Boston - a feat unmatched in any pro team sport! Willis Reed is the new king of defense when Russell retires and with Walt Frazier, brings the World Championship to New York in 1970, ending the first 25 years of NBA history.

      The ten greatest players of the first 25 years are chosen and all are shown again in action: Mikan, Arizin, Bob Davies, Dolph Schayes, Jumpin' Joe Fulks, Cousy, Pettit, Sharman, Sam Jones and Russell. You'll even see the Knicks' Jerry Lucas doing a Panasonic commercial!

      A special segment is a visit with commissioner Walter Kennedy as he and Schenkel discuss some of the great shots and plays in NBA history: Andy Phillip's famous shot in the early 1950's, Bill Sharman in the 1957 All-Star Game, the famous game in which the Knicks scored 6 points in the last 16 seconds to beat the Royals and set a new NBA record of 18 straight wins, and Jerry West's shot in game 3 of the 1970 NBA Championship Finals to send the game into overtime! Live, play-by-play broadcasts are used to show the last two events. The video ends with a look at "stars of the future" Pete Maravich, Elvin Hayes, Earl Monroe and Lew Alcindor.

      Now you can get your own copy of this historic video for only $29.95 plus $5.00 for shipping! (Illinois residents must add $2.00 sales tax.) (You'll get your tape within a week)

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