E-Mail to Globe and Mail Sports Scribe
Wednesday, Nov 22, 2006
In reference to your column "All Hail Canada" (November 22, 2006 Toronto
Globe and Mail) and the written comment "when it comes to basketball, fans outside the Greater Toronto Area are either into
university or high school hoops or not at all," please find time to check out my websites
www.frozenhoops.com and www.freewebs.com/frozenhoops and you will discover that there is pro basketball in Canada - outside of the Toronto Raptors - and that it is
doing fine and well.
The American Basketball Association (ABA) presently has teams with the Montreal
Matrix and Quebec Kebekwa. The 2007 ABA All Star Game will also be staged in Halifax. Look for SRO.
Halifax will enter a team in the ABA next season - 2007-08 - along with the
Hamilton, London, Ottawa are also rumored to join the ABA. Talking to CEO
Joe Newman plans are also to expand out west?!
The Vancouver Dragons are set to join the Continental Basketball Association for
2007-2008 and Lethbridge (which had a team in the CBA with the Alberta Dusters back in the 1980s') is rumoured to follow.
The CBA is older then the NBA.
For 60 years plus there has been plenty of pro hoops in Canada for fans to follow.
There was pro hoops outside of high school, college and university for Canadian fans to watch before the Raptors and it will
The ball may only bounce up.
Curtis J. Phillips
Canada's Basketball Historian
Just some of the 30+ pro basketball teams in Canada (past,
present and future) that don't start with Toronto or end in Raptors
Alberta Dusters (Continental Basketball Association) averaged 1,250 fans a game in Lethbridge
Barrie Bandits (Ontario Professional Basketball Association)
Brantford Blaze (ConneXion) (Ontario Professional Basketball Association)
Calgary 88s' (World Basketball League) average over 3,000 fans per game first year. More than 7,000
fans at Saddledome for inaugural All-Star game.
Calgary Drillers (American Basketball Association)
Calgary Outlaws (National Basketball League)
Cape Breton Breakers (National Basketball League)
Durham Dragons (Ontario Professional Basketball Association)
Edmonton Skyhawks (National Basketball League)
Guelph Gladiators (Ontario Professional Basketball Association)
Halifax (American Basketball Association)
Halifax Windjammers (World Basketball League) (National Basketball League)
Hamilton Skyhawks (World Basketball League) (National Basketball League)
London Orion (Ontario Professional Basketball Association)
Mississauga Redwolves (American Basketball Association)
Montreal Dragons (National Basketball League)
Montreal Matrix (American Basketball Association)
Niagara Daredevils (American Basketball Association)
Niagara Gamblers (Ontario Professional Basketball Association)
Quebec Kebekwa (American Basketball Association)
Saskatchewan Storm (World Basketball League)
Saskatoon Slam (National Basketball League)
Saskatchewan Hawks (Continental Basketball Association)
Saskatchewan Storm (National Basketball League)
Toronto Huskies (Basketball Association of America)
Toronto Metro Xpress (Ontario Professional Basketball Association)
Toronto Tornados (Continental Basketball Association)
Vancouver Dragons (Continental Basketball Association)
Vancouver Grizzlies (National Basketball Association)
Vancouver Hornets (Pacific Coast Professional Basketball League)
Vancouver Nighthawks (World Basketball League)
Waterloo Revolution (Ontario Professional Basketball Association)
Windsor Drive ((Ontario Professional Basketball Association)
Winnipeg Cyclones (International Basketball Association)
Winnipeg Thunder (World Basketball League) (National Basketball League)
P.S. And Steve Nash is not the rare Canadian to make the NBA. Check out the above link which will
direct you towards the 35 Canadians drafted into the NBA and the 19 Canadian whom have played in the NBA. (The NBA does not
even have this many in their own directory which I wrote for them about five years ago and since researched and updated).
Still to confirm if Samuel Dalembert had taken out Canadian citizenship.
October 11, 2006: Halifax landing the ABA All-Star Game is one of the best things
ever to hit the hardwood in Canada. The ABA has had a bit of a struggle north of the border with failure in Calgary (Drillers)
and Niagara (Daredevils) but in both cases it was a fly by night operation. Proposed teams in Vancouver - which has joined
the CBA - Ottawa, London etc never panned out. Montreal Matrix had a solid season last year and Quebec looks like it will
have a strong footing. Excited about Halifax though as it sounds like it actually has some SMART PEOPLE on board. But to land
the ABA All Star Game! If they do it right look for Canadian teams to start popping up here and there. See Nov. 12 blog for
predictions on such.
JUNE 29 2006: Wow a long time since I blogged! It was 19 years ago in national
print publication that I stated the NBA would one day be dominated by international players. It was 15 years ago once again
in print that I said international teams would beat the USA in regular fashion at international competitions. Ten years ago
I wrote that if you took any major national team - say Spain, Serbia, Italy - and placed them in the NBA that they would win
the NBA title. Just take a look at these below faces. These are non USA players drafted in the first two rounds of the NBA
Draft yesterday. These are the future stars of the NBA.
Nov 26: Thanks to Frozen Hoops reader John Pollock for keeping me a tune to
what is happening in Daredevils land. Check out the story on our ABA section.
Can't figure out Daredevils owner Al Howell?
Along with Peter Young he tried to raise from the hockey graveyard the World
Hockey Association and a farm system with World Hockey Association 2. That collapsed and then instead of setting up and
running an entire two-league system they gave a shot at running a single team.
The team was the ill-fated Calgary Drillers of last years American Basketball
Association. The storyline had more dips and drops then West Edmonton Mall's roller coaster. Reporting on the fiasco in Frozen Hoops was indeed a challenge. The team lasted 3 weeks!
Al has some background. According to reports he was the former CEO of the Ottawa
Roughriders resigning in 1995 . There had been an indictment alleging Howell's involvement with 58 counts of forged checks
in a travel business. The case was dropped.
Howell also brokered deals to get teams into the ABA. Most franchises take two
or three years of planning to get off the ground....Al was convincing teams that it took two or three months only and sometimes
Naturally...disaster for many a team owner followed.
Howell, along with the hockey dreams, has talked in the past about forming
a Canadian Indoor Football League for the winter months.
Give him credit though he thinks BIG but comes up small.
Nov 12: News out of Indianapolis, Indiana that the American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that it plans major
expansion into Canada for the 2006 season. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, "We have just accepted market reservations for
both Quebec City and Ottawa and earlier announced Vancouver, bringing to five the number of teams that will be playing in
Canada next season. And we're also working with four additional groups. We are very excited about all three cities and of
course, we are extremely proud of the way both the Montreal Matrix and Niagara Daredevils have started. Canada is very
important to the ABA, the fans are fabulous, and we'll do everything we can to justify the confidence and support we are receiving.
We'll be announcing the ownership groups and their plans very shortly."
In regards to the possibility of the following teams making an appearance in Canada:
IN: Vancouver as they already
have an owner Michael Tuckman. Originally talks there were in having a Oriental based player team but that owner jumped ship.
Good market and could make a go. Will make a go.
IN: Ottawa: Talks with a team and the ABA have been on the go for a while. But if the Niagara Daredevils don't make a
go look for them to possibly relocate to Ottawa.
IN: Quebec City: Yes. Would be a could rivalry with Montreal which
attracted 2,400 to recent opener. May be to small a city. Lost their NHL team so this may be a right blend.
WHO ARE THE OTHER FOUR? LET'S TAKE AN EDUCATED GUESS FROM COAST TO COAST
OUT - Victoria: No way. Already support the Vikes university team. Two teams in town too much.
IN - Calgary:
If Edmonton had a team maybe. Had a bad taste from the ABA last year which was a fiasco with the ill fated Calgary Drillers
which lasted two weeks. Will have to regain confidence of public. Have to get John Havelock on board. They had great crowds
for the semi-pro realm before with the Calgary 88s' - World Basketball League (1988-1992) reaching the finals three times
– and the short-lived Calgary Outlaws (1994 National Basketball League). Attracted 8,000 to some games!!!
Edmonton: Get the right people on board and you have a go. West Edmonton Mall - the largest mall in the world - has had behind
the door talks of building their own arena and have mentioned minor league hoops as a possible look see
Supported semi pro ball before and will do it again. Need to get Grand Forks and Fargo on that loop with a close drive to
OUT: Regina: A no go. Already have their CFL football team which all the $$$$ goes into.
Yes. They have had a semi-pro team history, even in the Continental Basketball Association, longer then any other city in
OUT: Toronto. No way. If Toronto got an ABA team then they would want a NBA team? lol
No go. To close to Toronto.
OUT: Fredericton: Are you kidding?
OUT: Saint John: Another joke?
John's: Only if they bring in home bred Carl English. Not enough $$$ in Newfoundland to support pro sports aside from hockey.
Halifax: Yes. They love hoops out that way.
Possible other locales:
Lethbridge - Hoop crazed Mormons in that neck
of the woods. Had a CBA team in the early 1980s'
Red Deer - Stuck between Edmonton and Calgary one hour each way
McMurray - My home town $80,000 with an average income of more than $100,000. I would be the GM
London (Ontario) not England.
For more information about the ABA in Canada, visit email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.abalive.com.
Thursday October 20 2005 Been
a while since on blog but busy and health issues have kept me away. Great to see the Niagara Daredevils have some Canadian
content on their training camp roster. Of the 24 players they have five Canucks trying out. Place the five together and you
may have the best in Canada - aside from the national team starting five. Trying out are Shane Nicely, Morgan Fairweather, O'Neil Kamaka, Kirk Salesman and Cordell Jeanty. It would give you a 6-foot-5 across lineup that could
run and gun. Can see at least three of them making the roster...let's hope.
Thursday Sept 15 2005 Are the Niagara
Daredevils playing "Small Ball" or what? So far they have announced the signing of nine players: 5’10", DeShawn
Bowman, 6’0" Matt Luedtke, 6’0 LeBastian Abney, 6’1 Majestic Mapp, 6’5 LeRoy Hickerson, 6’6
Jamal Ward, 6'6" Steve Horne, 6’7 Joe Buck and 6’8 Reggie Warren.. Heck I’ve played on senior men’s
teams that were taller then that? Time to sign to the dotted line some tall timber Daredevils!
12, 2005: Every four years the NCAA will allow an USA college basketball team to venture anywhere in the world to play
some exhibition hoops. With all of the places in the world why would they choose Canada? Case in point. On the recent long
weekend there were 27 games featuring USA schools taking on the host Canadian schools. Our visitors to the south cleaned the
slate winning 23 of the contests by an average score of 80-60. There were some huge blowouts as North Dakota State embarrassed
Humber and Sheridan by 50 points in each contest. North Dakota State? The roster has features six small town hoopsters from
Minnesota and three kids from North Dakota. They also landed Phil Hahn from Toronto after he made the move up from the North
Dakota State College of Science. And to prove the team is no fluke they also beat U of Toronto 71-67. What the heck is going
on? A bunch of kids from Fargo, North Dakota whipping the big city kids from Toronto? Murray State also slammed Algonguin
by 50 and U of Colorado and Central Michigan defeated Trinity Western and Guelph by 41 and 40 point margins. Our four victories
were York beating Lake Superior State (Division II) and Middle Tennessee State (Division I) 91-78 and 77-71 respectively.
U of Toronto edged Central Michigan 74-68 and U of British Columbia dumped on Cal State Northridge 85-64. You have to wonder
though about Cal State when their top scorer on the team goes by the name, and I’m not kidding, Austen Powers.
The problem is that our best players head south to play in the NCAA so we are held at gun point to watch second rate
Monday Sept 5, 2005: Note to Toronto Raptors. Clear some room and bring in some Canadians? What’s wrong with giving
Carl English or Juan Mendez a 12th man spot? Trade some of the deadweight you have and
bring in Jamaal Magloire. Fifty years ago the Toronto Huskies managed to field two Canadians on
their roster. Mind you, they folded after one year? But Canadian hoops have improved drastically
over the years. Note to Niagara Daredevils and Montreal Matrix of the American Basketball Association.
Have at least, please, two Canadians on your roster during your inaugural season. Instead of heading overseas or playing in the Continental Basketball Association maybe Mendez will stay put.
The 6-foot-5 forward became the top-scoring Canadian in NCAA history in his final season at Niagara,
and led the Purple Eagles to their first NCAA tournament berth in 35 years last March. Despite
the fact that he wasn't taken in the 2005 NBA draft he played with the Miami Heat in their summer league. Once
again no offer on the plate from the Raptors. Mendez would love to play in his hometown of Montreal.
Still confused why Canadians – up to 150 – have to leave home soil to play pro ball.
Saturday June 18 2005:
Thanks to my fellow hoop historians at APBR was able to track down and confirm the info that Canadian Richard Spears was indeed drafted into the NBA way back
in 1964 in the 14th round 99th pick overall by the St. Louis Hawks. In the same draft the Hawks also picked another
Canuck in the name of Warren Sutton out of Sir George Williams. That brings the total to 35 of which 17 Canucks have played
in the NBA and an additional 18 were drafted into the NBA but never played. Click here for the complete list that I compiled for the NBA and their website.
Thanks to fellow hoop fanatic Brian Swidrovich for sending some great Saskatoon Slam semi-pro hoops items.
Right now I am collecting memorabilia pertaining to anything related to pro ball, major or semi, where Canadians are or were involved.
Goal is to one day may house them at the Legion Athletic Camp so kids can see them each summer.
Friday June 10 2005
George Mikan was a fighter. He fought off death. Kept it at the door for as long as he could. A
few days ago Mikan, 80, headed to the big court in the sky. In recent years his 6-foot-11 frame had been cut down with diabetes
claiming one leg. His kidneys cried for help. Dialysis three times a week. He was a champion and the first superstar of the
NBA leading the Minneapolis Lakers to seven titles during his nine-year career. But we forgot him.
We forgot that he had been a key figure in brining the Timberwolves to the Twin Cities. We forgot
that he was once commissioner of the rebel red white and blue ball ABA. We forgot that he fought hard and long to get pensions
for pre-1965 NBA players. A pension that was paying him only $1,700 a month. Only $1,700 to a man that brought basketball
to the forefront.
Present-day ego-driven players like Kenny Anderson forget to. It was during the last NBA labor
dispute that Kenny Anderson said times were so tough he was considering the ultimate personal sacrifice of getting rid of
one of his eight luxury cars. "I've got to get tight," Anderson said then. " I might have to get rid of the Mercedes."
Mikan, while fighting for other teammates and players from the pre 1865-era, got tight too.
He sold off most of his basketball memorabilia and trophies just to pay for hospital bills.
But not everyone is so selfish. Shaq went out on the limb and spared some change from his multi
million salary to offer and then pay for Mikan’s funeral. We may not owe Mikan money out of our pockets but we do owe
Friday May 27 2005 Greatest NBA or basketball player of all time? Simple.
No questions to ask. No. 13. Why do people even argue about this? Michael Jordan who? Wilt averaged 30.1 points
and 22.9 rebounds per game. Led the NBA in rebounding 11 times. Tops inn shooting percentage seven times. Scoring champ
seven times. Even led in assists once. In 14 years never once fouled out of a game and that is while averaging an amazing
45.8 minutes per game! Kids talk about Dennis Rodman as been an amazing rebounder. Well Wilt averaged nearly 10 rebounds
per game (22.9) then the Worm.
Wilt's teams were some of the greatest of all time. The 1967 Philadelphia
76ers and in 1972 the Los Angeles Lakers. And forget the junk that he played against small centres. He faced off against Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Bill Russell, Willis Reed, Walt Bellamy, Nate Thurmond etc cetera
Heck Wilt in his prime would dominate....yes I said dominate....Shaquille
Wilt's 100 point feat may be the greatest individual accomplishment in sports history!
- Overbrook (PA) High School (1951-55)
|High School Playing Highlights: |
- All-America (1955)
- Scored 90 points, including 60 points in a 10-minute span against Roxborough High School
- Led Overbrook to City Championships (1954, 1955)
- Scored 800 points in his first 16 games (1955)
- Scored 2,252 points in high school career
- University of Kansas (1955-58)
|College Playing Highlights:|
- Unanimous First Team All-America (1957, 1958)
- The Sporting News First Team All-America (1958)
- Played two seasons at Kansas and scored 1,433 points (29.9 ppg), grabbing 877 rebounds (18.3 rpg)
in 48 varsity games
- Scored 52 points against Northwestern (1957)
- Grabbed 36 rebounds against Iowa (1958)
- NCAA Tournament MVP (1957)
- Led Kansas to the 1957 championship game, a 54-53 triple overtime loss to North Carolina coached
by Hall of Famer
- Led Kansas to Big Seven championships (1957, 1958)
- All-Big Seven (1957, 1958)
- Harlem Globetrotters (1958-59)
- NBA Philadelphia Warriors (1959-62)
- NBA San Francisco Warriors (1963-64)
- NBA Philadelphia 76ers (1964-68)
- NBA Los Angeles Lakers (1968-73)
- NBA Rookie of the Year (1960)
- NBA Most Valuable Player (1960, 1966, 1967, 1968)
- All-NBA First Team (1960-62, 1964-68)
- All-NBA Second Team (1963, 1965, 1972)
- NBA All-Defensive First Team (1972, 1973)
- NBA Finals MVP (1972)
- Holds the NBA Finals record for most rebounds (41, April 5, 1967 vs. Boston)
- Scored 53 points as a rookie against Syracuse (March 14, 1960)
- NBA All-Star Game MVP (1960), after scoring 23 points with 25 rebounds
- Thirteen-time NBA All-Star (1960-69, 1971-73)
- Holds the career All-Star Game record for most rebounds (197)
- Holds the single-game All-Star record for most points (42) in 1962
- NBA championships with the Philadelphia 76ers (1967) and Los Angeles Lakers (1972)
- Scored 31,419 points (30.1 ppg) in 1,045 pro games, best in the league when he retired; currently
second all-time behind
- Led the NBA in scoring seven straight years (1960-66), including a career-high 50.4 ppg in 1962
- Holds single game record for points in one game (100, March 2, 1962) against the New York Knicks
in Hershey, PA
- Scored 78 points against Los Angeles in three overtimes (Dec. 8, 1961)
- Scored 73 points vs. Chicago (Jan. 13, 1962)
- Scored 72 points against Los Angeles (Nov. 3, 1962)
- Scored 50 or more points 118 times
- Scored 50 or more points 45 times in the 1961-62 season, including seven consecutively (Dec. 16-29,
- Scored 40 points or more 271 times
- Scored 40 or more points 63 times in the 1961-62 season; 52 times in the 1962-63 season
- Scored 40 or more points 14 straight times (Dec. 8-30, 1961)
- Scored 30 or more points 65 straight times (Nov. 4, 1961 - Feb. 22, 1962); had a 31-game and a
25-game 30-point streak
- Holds single-game record for most points by a rookie (58, Jan. 25, 1960 vs. the Detroit Pistons)
- Made 35 consecutive shots (Feb. 17-28, 1967)
- Went 18 of 18 from the field against the Baltimore Bullets (Feb. 24, 1967)
- Led the league in field goal percentage nine times (1961, 1963, 1965-69, 1972)
- Holds record for most free throws attempted (11,862)
- Grabbed 23,924 rebounds (22.9 rpg), best in history in both number and per game average
- Holds seasonal records for most minutes (3,338, 41.7 mpg), most points (4,029), points per game
(50.4), field goals made (1,597) and field goals attempted (3,159), all in 1962
- Holds the rookie record for most points (2,707, 37.6 ppg) and rebounds (1,941, 27.0 rpg) in 1960
- Led the league in rebounding 11 times (1960-63, 1966-69, 1971-73)
- Led the league in minutes seven times (1961-64, 1966-68)
- In the 1968 season, averaged 24.3 ppg, 23.8 rpg and 8.3 assists per game
- NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team (1980)
- NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996)
- Ranks second all-time in scoring with 31,419 points (30.1 ppg)
- Ranks second all-time in rebounding 23,924 rebounds (22.9 rpg)
, despite being the centerpiece on defense for each team he played for. His 1961-62 scoring
average of 50.4 ppg, accomplished with the Philadelphia Warriors, is by far the NBA record. Chamberlain also holds the next three spots on the NBA's
season scoring average list with 44.8, 38.9 and 38.4 points per game Check out this site WILT for great facts
Thursday May 26 2005
Steve Nash is not the poster child for "The Great White Hope." Simply said,
Steve Nash is a poster child for kids. Kids of any colour. Kids from small countries like Canada.
Kids who dream of playing in the NBA. It is an insult to be referred to as a Great White Hope.
Racist in fact. What if we referred to Shaq as a gorilla? And God forbid next year if Dirk Nowitzki – third in MVP voting this year – has a monster season
and gets the MVP nod. He’s German? He’s White? Will he be referred to as the Great
White Nazi? It’s ridiculous with all of this talk….black this white this. It’s stereotyping people…. conscious or not. Many many moons ago, I played
on a team that featured nine black athletes and one other white player. In one game a spectator
came down out of the stands, "We hear there is a player on your team who can really jump high and does wild trick shots. Which
one is he?" he asked gazing over at my (black) teammates. The answer was yours truly...white yet
colourblind Years later another (white skinned) teammate had the same question posed to him
prior to a dunk contest at a 3-on-3-streetball tournament. He was a former national team volleyball
player. A player who could sky but once again fans turned their attention to the stereotypical thinking. Even
read a few columns where people state that Steve Nash is the greatest white guard of all time? Hello?
Have you ever heard of
Jerry West: Honors: Elected to Basketball Hall of Fame (1980); NBA Finals MVP (1969); NBA Champion
(1972); All-NBA First Team (1962-'67, '70-'73); All-NBA Second Team (1968, '69); NBA All-Defensive Team (1970-73); NBA Champion
(1972); 14-time NBA All-Star (1961-'74); NBA All-Star MVP (1972); Olympic gold medalist (1960); NBA 35th Anniversay Team (1980);
One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).
John Stockton , Honors:
All-NBA First Team (1994, '95); All-NBA Second Team (1988, '89, '90, '92, '93, '96); All-NBA Third Team (1991, '97, '99);
All-Defensive Second Team (1989, '91, '92, '95, '97); 10-time NBA All-Star; Olympic gold medalist (1992, '96); One of 50 Greatest
Players in NBA History ('96)
Bob Cousy, Honors:
Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1971); NBA champion (1957, '59, '60, '61, '62, '63); NBA MVP (1957);
10-time All-NBA First Team (1952-61); All-NBA Second Team (1962, '63); 13-time All-Star; All-Star MVP (1954, '57); One of
50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).
Pete Maravich Honors:
Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1987); All-NBA First Team (1976, '77); All-NBA Second Team (1973, '78);
All-Rookie Team (1971); Five-time NBA All-Star; One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).
Bill Sharman Honors:
Elected to Basketball Hall of Fame (Player 1976, Coach 2004); NBA Champion (1957, '59-'61); All NBA First Team (1956-'59);
All NBA Second Team (1953, '55, '60); 8-time NBA All-Star (1953-'60); NBA All-Star MVP (1955); NBA 25th Anniversary Team (1970);
One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).
Sunday May 22 2005
Oh my. Has it been that long since I blogged? Hats off to Steve Nash winning the NBA MVP. This
status puts him in an elite group of players. He turned it up at notch for the playoffs. Of the current four teams left only
Dwayne Wade is averaging more ppg 29.13 to 28.91. He is shooting .523 from the field and
.936 from the charity stripe while topping the charts in assists at 11.8. If this doesn't garner him Canadian Athlete of the
Year something is amiss? Strike one for the little guy. Not that often tiny fellas get the nod. 2000-01 - Allen Iverson of
Philadelphia 76ers and 1956-57 - Bob Cousy of Boston Celtics.
Sunday April 17 2005
In some mock 2005 NBA Draft I have seen up to 15 international players mentioned in the first round. Of that 15 nearly all
are white players. Of the remaining 15 in the first round they are American black players. In the second round there are mentioned
up to 10 more international players (once again white) with the remaining American black? In some Mock Drafts there is not
one single American white player on the board? What gives? Simple. International players are taught and fed to by culture
and media that no race is better at any given sport and that all are equal. In the USA the kids are literally taught in their
culture and media that the black athlete is better suited for basketball? It is the USA black-vs-white gap that causes this?
Or maybe it is that USA players talents are based on athleticism rather than fundamentals and Europeans and such survive on
Sunday April 3 2005 All this talk about Lebron James being
the supreme hoopster. Keeping in mind that various
statistical categories came into being
at various times during the history of pro hoops...is Julius Erving's 1975-76 season
with the N.Y. Nets of the old A.B.A. the greatest ever?
Scoring 29.3 ppg 1st
Steals 2.5 spg 3rd
Total Minutes 3244
Rebounds 11.0 rpg 5th
3-pt FG% .330 6th
Assists 5.0 apg 7th
Blocked Shots 1.9 bpg 7th
2-pt FG% .507 9th
His previous two seasons were not that shabby either...
Scoring 27.9 ppg 2nd
Total Minutes 3402
Blocked Shots 1.9 bpg 4th
Steals 2.2 spg 4th
3-pt FG% .333 6th
Assists 5.5 apg 7th
Rebounds 10.9 rpg 8th
27.4 ppg 1st
Minutes 3398 2nd
Steals 2.3 spg 3rd
Blocked Shots 2.4 bpg 3rd
Assist 5.2 apg 6th
2-pt FG% .512 9th
Only Wily, Elgin and Oscar could have matched this had multiple stats categories been kept
during their heydays.
Thursday March 30 2005
Letter to the editor:
In response to Jeff Justiz story (March 31, 2005 - Canadian
students love college basketball, just not when their own team is playing) on the lack of fan hoopla for Canadian university
hoops in comparison to the NCAA zealousness shown south of the border.
You ask, "Why can't Canadian students get behind their
teams like this?"
Well, here may be some of the reasons.
When the Carleton Ravens 3-peated at the CIS finals there
was an estimated 52,000 viewers watching on TSN?
Compare that to 546,000 watching the Canada Cup curling
final on CBC.
Now don't get me wrong, but how can a 10-to-1 ratio
of people say that they enjoy the "exciting" game of curling compared to the "boring" game of basketball (I state sarcastically)?
Simply answer. Culture.
Curling is part of our winter lore while hoops found itself
mainly restricted to the indoors and it was something brought to us by Americans, although invented by a Canadian while residing
in the USA.
Canadian university hoops will never be big in Canada unless
we start to hype it up with daily national media coverage.
The idea is to promote the players first not
When you watch the L.A. Lakers you watch Kobe. When you
tune in to Miami Heat it's for Shaq.
Be selfish and think "me" first and not "us" if the game
is to succeed.
We also have to start to give out scholarships in order
that some of our best players stay put here.
It is already a known fact that each year our
best 80-100 amateur players are already in the NCAA, so why watch second rate hoops?
And why do we play small ball in Canada?
This year when you take a look at the final 10 teams in
the Canadian University finals there were only 18 players whom are 6-foot-7 or taller.
In comparison take a look at my own senior men’s
team from back in the early 1990s’ from a small city of then 40,000 population or so.
Our starting lineup was 6-foot-8, 6-foot-5, 6-foot-3, 6-foot-3
and 6-foot-1 with two 6-foot-4 players off the bench.
Now head to the NCAA Final 8 and you have count em…47
players that are 6-foot-7 or taller.
Do all our tall players head south to the NCAA or are they
hiding in the woods with Bigfoot?
Sunday March 24 2005 Why do we play small ball in Canada. This year when you take a look at the final 10 teams in the Canadian University
finals there are only 18 players whom are 6-foot-7 or taller. In comparison take a look at my own senior men’s team
from back in the early 1990s’ when our starting lineup was 6-foot-8, 6-foot-5, 6-foot-3, 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-1. Now
head to the NCAA Final 8 and you have count em…47 players that are 6-foot-7 or taller. What gives? Do all our tall players
head south to the NCAA or are they hiding in the woods with Bigfoot?
Saturday March 23 2005 When the Carleton Ravens 3-peated there was an estimated 52,000 viewers watching on TSN? Compare that to 546,000
watching the Canada Cup curling final on CBC which drew 546,000 viewers. Now don't get me wrong but a 10-to-1 ratio of people
enjoy the "exciting" game of curling compared to the "boring" game of basketball (I state sarcastically)? Canadian
university hoops will never be big in Canada unless we start to hype it and we start to give out scholarships in order that
some of our best players stay put here. We already now that perhaps our best 80 university players are already in the NCAA
so why watch second rate hoops?
16 2005 Gotta luv the press that Juan Mendez is getting. Everyone is on the boat and before the ship sinks
the Raptors would be wize to get this kid in the draft.
Saturday March 5 2005 Last week the Toronto Globe and Mail came out with the first in a four-part series on the state of hoops in
Canada. I sent them an e-mail from Frozen Hoops with some of the common historical facts that they along with other media
have daily pertaining to our nation's hoop past and present. In the second part of their series - today - they came up with the
title "Frozen Hoops" to highlight their feature on a young Canuck high school hoopster playing south of the border. I
wonder how they came up with that title "Frozen Hoops"? Wonder if my e-mail gave em' a one-up. Checked out the website for
the new Canadian mag Ballerz Basketball Magazine http://www.ballerzmagazine.com/ and liked what I saw. They had features with Leo Rautins, Mendez and Carleton Ravens. Hope they do not concentrate
on Canadian university too much as the readership is not there - in my opinion - to make it a sell. They also have to focus
on Canadians in the pros be it NBA or overseas. Our university scene does not have a huge following as many feel our best
players are already in the NCAA and we get to watch second rate ball.
Friday March 4 2005 Had
a nice e-mail from Bob Butler. He suggests that we have a category for the top Canadian female players and here is his list.
"I will start the ball rolling with the following names: Sylvia Sweeney - Andrea Blackwell - Stacey
Dales - Liz Silcott - Chris Critelli - Bev Smith." Great list Bob and thanks.
Thursday Feb 24 2005 NBA trade roundup in a few simple words. Sacramento and New Orleans gor rid of two cancers from the locker room
with Chris Webber and Baron Davis and Boston brought back a cancer in the form of Antonie Walker. Surprised that Toronto did
not get rid of some of their cancers in the names of Alston and Rose but the remove Carter was probably enough.
Friday Feb 18 2005 Just got back from coaching a Grade 5-6 girl’s basketball team in a tournament. Finishing with a 2-2 record.
I was proud of these young ladies. As a coach my comments are always simple....try your hardest and have fun. There is no
mention of winning. There is no mention of scores. As a coach your work has already been done in practice. You are now there
not only to help your own team out put assist in pointing out other things to the other kids on the opposing team. Not an
in-your-face approach to belittle the other coach but words of encouragement. One parent asked me why I applaud when the other
team scores? Why not? Everyone is there to enjoy the game. Still amazed at parents who yell at the referees. What does that
show a kid who is 10 or 11 years of age about authority?
Tuesday Feb 15 2005 Is it just me or are the Toronto Raptors 2004-2005 edition more about "soap opera" rather than basketball? Carter,
Alston, Rose all should get Emmys for their role in this "Toronto Trash Town". It seems the hype on Henry Bekkering
as sure tuned down. Prior to his heading south to play at Eastern Washington he was heralded as the second coming of Air Jordan.
If jumping and dunking were the only criteria for hoops the sport would be comprised of volleyball players.
Monday Feb 14 2005 In the last few days countless reports on the appointment of Leo Rautins as head coach of Canada’s senior
men’s national team, have stated that he was the first Canadian ever drafted in the first round of the National Basketball
Association. The Philadelphia 76ers made Rautins the 1983 17th pick.The fact is that the Milwaukee Hawks drafted
Bob Houbregs, a 1987 inductee into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, in the 1953 first round. True, Houbregs left Canada
at the age of six but if we can have players like Rick Fox, who spent much less time in Canada, selected to our national team
then Houbregs should get the historical nod. The recordings of Canadian basketball history are pilfered with false facts.It
is stated that Ron Foxcroft was the first "Canadian" to ever officiate in the NCAA. Well there is a gent by the name of Ernest
"Ernie" Quigley born March 22, 1880 in New Castle, New Brunswick, not only officiated in the NCAA but is also in the Naismith
Basketball Hall of Fame. Like Houbregs, he too grew up south of the border but the fact is that he was born a Canadian. When
the recent list of top Canadian scorers in NCAA men’s basketball annals grabbed the headlines, sparked by Juan Mendez
taking over the No.1 spot, the list missed several players including Ernie Vandeweghe, Stewart Granger, Barry Mungar and Bobby
Croft. Even the founder of basketball, Canadian Dr. James Naismith, has had history turned on him. Numerous Canadian publications,
including commemorative stamps, state that his name was Dr. James A. Naismith. He never did have the middle initial attested
to by several of the Naismith clan who this writer has talked to in the past. I realize that this is trivial information but
if we are to look to the future of Canadian basketball we must first know of it’s past.
Friday Feb 11 2005
Busy busy day in Canadian hoops! Leo Rautins named head coach of Canadian national mens team. Good PR move but can he coach?
Will Leo be the star of the team or will it be the players? Had a chance to talk to the young bucks that are putting together
Ballerz Basketball Magazine www.ballerzmagazine.com. The hoped for national publication will be a must
read for Canadian hoop fans when it hits the stands. Sounds like they have good head for the bizz and a love of the game.
We have had past national publications but none with the professional glitz and info that Ballerz Basketball Magazine
will showcase. Also sounds like they will focus on all of Canada not just the Ontario scene. Frozen Hoops will also be
making contributions to this much anticipated regular magazine publication.
Tuesday Feb 8 2005
Time for the NBA to scrap the East vs West at the annual All Star game and go with USA vs the World. Would be much more attractive
to world audience. Imagine this year's lineup for the World Team. Starters would be Yao Ming 7-6, Dirk Nowitizki 7-0, Tim
Duncan 6-11, Emaniel Ginobili 6-6 and Steve Nash 6-3. Coming off the bench Zydrunas Ilgauskas 7-3, Pau Gasol 7-0, Andrei Kirilenko
6-9, Predrag Stojakovic 6-10 and Tony Parker 6-3. Rounding out the team Jammal Magloire 6-10, Marko Jaric 6-7 and Raja Bell
6-5. The USA team could not match up with this team for heights nor versatility.
Sunday Jan 30 2005
A lot of readers of Frozen Hoops state that the BLOG is their favourite part of the site. The only complaint though is that
the BLOG should be daily as they are interested in my views be they controversial or down right boring. Well here are some
thoughts. The Raptors are going with the catch phrase "A New Era" now that Vince Carter is gone - thank goodness. They have
placed the “Heir Canada” tag on Chris Bosh. Bosh is still only 20 years-of-age and still has to pay his dues.
Superstar? No. Star? Not yet. Good player with room to improve? Yes. If Steve Nash does not get Canadian Athlete of the Year
this time and loses out to a bobsledder I will...I will....I dunno. If I was starting an NBA team right now had had my pick
up five players who would they be? Shaquille O'Neal, Dirk Nowitizki, Tim Duncan, Lebron James and Steve Nash. A bit too tall
up front but Dirk can play small forward and run with anyone.
Sunday Jan 23 2005:
Just got my package from U of Tennessee with all the info about Bobby Croft. It seems the slim Hamilton Ontario native was
the talk of hoops way back in the late 1960s'. In fact, in his final year of collegiate b-ball Boston Celtics legendary
coach and GM Red Auerbach said that Croft "was the top pro prospect in the country (USA)." The Celtics drafted Croft who went
on to play in the ABA. Yet you mention the name to most Canadian basketball fans and they have never ever heard of Bobby Croft?
Hoping to get some quotes from Calgary Drillers GM Ruby Richman who coached Croft when he was on the Pan Am Games squad.
Tuesday Jan 11, 2005:
It's great for all the hoopla that Juan Mendez is getting as he is within reach of becoming the No.1 Canadian scorer in NCAA
Division I men's basketball history. A lot of webpages and newspapers though have been carrying many a mistake. When they
show the top 15 or 20 scorers of all time they are missing countless names including: Ernie Vandeweghe, Colgate 1,404
points - Stewart Granger, Villanova, 1,307 points - Barry Mungar St Bonaventure 1,361 points and Bobby Croft U of Tennessee 1,071.
The list goes on and on. They should check out frozen hoops for the inside scoop.
Monday Jan 10 2005:
Damage Control. Damage Control. Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O’Neal and Jalen Rose we applaud you for donating $1,000 for every
point you score in said games with proceeds going to the Tsunami relief effort. You guys were top news...CNN, ESPN, Sports
Illustrated... telling everyone about your grand scheme. You scored 22 points Kobe. Way to go Kobe...$22,000 to the worthy
cause. Hmmmmm...$22,000 from this seasons $14,000,000 salary? Wow! Can you afford it Kobe? You donation is equivilent
of me - average guy - donating $40 from my yearly salary? With your good deeds Kobe and digging so deep into your pockets
and letting us all know over and over and over, maybe now we will forget about all of those criminal charges and infidelity.
The same may be said with O’Neal and Rose. They are not jerks anymore. They told the world that in a team game environment
they would think "I first" in how many points they score. Now if Wilt Chamberlain said that and went out and dropped in 100
points the $100,000 would really mean something. And what about Formula One racer Michael Schumacher. He simply signed the
check for $10 million and handed it over. No fan fare. No…If I win three races I will donate $1,000 for each race…scenario.
The Damage Control may have backfired as not all people are blinded so easily.
Saturday Jan 8 2005:
Why are the Drillers averaging only 300 fans per game when the Calgary Outlaws or 88s' of past minor league hoops used to
draw in the 1,000s'? Simple. The price of Drillers tickets. They are charging $100 for front row seats? That's comparable
to lower bowl seat prices in the NBA for goodness sake! The lower bowl tickets for the Drillers is around $30. Still can't
figure out why the Toronto Raptors don't sign Carl English. The high flying Newfie' is tearing up the NBDL and would be a
sure ticket seller in TO.
Wednesday Jan 5 2005:
Back from Florida after visiting the in-laws and taking on the crowds at Disney World. Took time to take in a Miami Heat game
against the Atlanta Hawks. Impressed by not only the size and strength of Shaq but the speed and skill. Also visited Wilt
Chamberlain's Restaraunt in Boca Raton. Disappointed that they did not have more Wilt memorabilia on the walls or for sale
to the general public. Enjoyed reading the sports pages everyday as they had up to six pages - that's right six pages - dedicated
to the NBA.
Howard Kelsey played big time Division III