PRO BASKETBALL OF THE 60’S by: GeA'ndra Heard

pro basketball in the 1960’s was started with 8 pro teams( Philadelphia 76er's,LA Lakers, Philadelphia warriors, Boston Celtics, Minnesota timber-wolves,Rochester royals, Waterloo hawks and the Baltimore bullets) African american players were a big deal for basketball because they weren't able to play on college or pro teams until the 60's. White newscasters and sports broadcasters soon began to play and showcase African Americans on the t.v, there were about 3-4 African american players(Earl Lloyd, Nat"Sweet-water"Clifton,and Chuck Cooper) african american players soon started to gain respect in what they did, the sports broadcasters quickly shifted to players like:
..wilt”the stilt” Chamberlain
..Bill Russell (know as the big man with speed) and
..Elgin Baylor (the scoring machine )
because they were just some of the African american players who played and stood out because of how they played and how many points they've made in all of their games. This was a time when blacks were not allowed many of the rights and achievements whites took for common. African americans were making a opening for blacks in sports so that they can achieve their dreams, like others, no matter what they were. They proved that blacks can do anything any race can do and sometimes even better. Below i get to explain the 3 players above that stood out to me.

wilt chamberlen “ the stilt”
Chamberlain played for the:
  • Philadelphia Warriors
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Los Angeles Lakers
Wilt was a tall slinky guy who had height over alot of players, but some people say if he was shorter he would still be dominating the court with his energetic, and acrobatic move's
Wilt Chamberlain set the NBA single-game scoring record by tallying 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks.
He scored 100 points in a single game in 1962 and averaged 50.4 points per game for the 1961-62 season. Neither record has ever been approached by another player.
retired 1969

Died October 12th 1999's_100-point_game's_100-point_game
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" the stilt"
Philadelphia 76er's 2nd team

LA Lakers 3rd. team, Philadelphia warriors 1st team he played on, Philadelphia 76er's 2nd team

Bill Russell “ big man with speed”
Bill Russell was know as the cornerstone of the Boston Celtics' dynasty of the 1960s,
  • A five-time NBA Most Valuable Player
  • a 12-time All-Star
  • the angular center amassed 21,620 career rebounds
  • an average of 22.5 per game,
  • led the league in rebounding four times.

He had 51 boards in one game, 49 in two others, and a dozen consecutive seasons of 1,000 or more rebound Russel was also an outspoken helper for the civil rights. he was one of the first celebrities to proudly call himself black, when the word "negro" was used as a loose term like how it is today .
in 1969 he retired

" Big Man with Speed"

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Boston Celtics only team played on

Elgin Baylor “the scoring machine”
Baylor played on the LA lakers and the Minneapolis Timberwolfes

  • Baylor averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds during his 14-year career with the Minneapolis
  • In 134 playoff games, he averaged 27.0 points and 12.9 rebounds.
  • led the Lakers to the NBA Finals eight times&10-time All-NBA First Team
  • baylor played in 11 NBA All-Star Games.
He did things that nobody had ever seen before. He defied gravity. Elgin would drive from the left side, take off with the basketball, elevate, hang in the air, hang in the air, then release the ball after everyone else was already back on the ground.
Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, ringing up 61 points, a feat that remains a Finals record.

retired in 1982

"Scoring Machine"


LA Lakers last team played on

first team played on