Sunday, February 17, 2013

the last book I ever read (David George Surdam's The Rise of the National Basketball Association, excerpt seven)

from The Rise of the National Basketball Association by David George Surdam:

The bizarre scheduling and divisional lineups of 1949-50 help explain the disparities among teams for that season. Teams had lopsided proportions of games at home, on the road, and at neutral sites. The 1949-50 schedule was bizarre on another dimension. The clubs played sixty-two, sixty-four, or sixty-eight games, with the Sheboygan Red Skins, Waterloo Hawks, and Denver Nuggets, perhaps mercifully, having just sixty-two each, while all of the Central and Eastern Division teams (aside from the Syracuse Nationals with sixty-four) played sixty-eight games. Essentially, the established NBA clubs tried to avoid playing the newcomers.

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