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The NBA added two extra franchises to the combo for the 1967-68 season because the Seattle SuperSonics and San Diego Rockets joined the West. (San Diego would turn into the Houston Rockets earlier than the 1971-72 season.) Detroit shifted to the Japanese Convention and the NBA, now a 12-team league, performed its first 82-game schedule.
The prosperity that the NBA was having fun with was not misplaced on a number of outdoors observers, who figured the time was proper for a second, competing professional hoops league.
Thus, the ABA was born, with 11 groups enjoying a 78-game schedule. Main cities which had been unable to draw an NBA franchise like Dallas, Denver, Houston and Oakland now claimed groups within the ABA. The league gained credibility with the naming of NBA legend George Mikan as its first commissioner, and NBA star Rick Barry’s choice to signal with the Oakland Oaks.
As for the NBA, Detroit’s Dave Bing grew to become the primary guard to steer the league in scoring (27.1) since 1948. Within the playoffs, the Celtics rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the Japanese finals over Philly, then defeated the Lakers in six video games for his or her tenth title.
Invoice Russell claimed his first championship as player-coach, and tenth total. He performed 292 minutes within the championship collection, setting a file for a six-game Finals. His teammate, John Havlicek, performed the second-most minutes ever in a six-game Finals, notching 291.
Bailey Howell, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound ahead who was a five-time All-Star nearing the tip of his profession, arrived in Boston simply in time to see the Celtics’ eight-year reign atop the NBA finish in 1966-67. However he was decided to deliver a title again to Boston after Philadelphia’s triumph the earlier 12 months.
“All over the place we went, particularly in Philadelphia, that they had a chant: `Boston’s lifeless. Boston’s lifeless. The dynasty is over,’” Howell mentioned. “All over the place we went, the followers have been actual vocal. Nevertheless it simply made you extra decided, actually. It helped you to play. Once you get some assist like that from opposing followers, it’s actually a elevate.”
Japanese Division semifinals
Philadelphia defeated New York (4-2)
Boston defeated Detroit (4-2)
Western Division semifinals
San Francisco defeated St. Louis (4-2)
Los Angeles Lakers defeated Chicago (4-1)
Japanese Division finals
Boston defeated Philadelphia (4-3)
Western Division finals
Los Angeles Lakers defeated San Francisco (4-0)
Boston defeated Los Angeles Lakers (4-2)
Factors — Dave Bing, Detroit Pistons (27.1)
Assists — Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers (8.6)
Rebounds — Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers (23.8)
FG% — Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers (59.5)
FT% — Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals (87.3)
Most Invaluable Participant — Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers
Rookie of the Yr — Earl Monroe, Baltimore Bullets
Coach of the Yr — Richie Guerin, St. Louis Hawks
All-Star Sport MVP — Hal Greer, Philadelphia