1959 NBA All-Star Game

The 1959 NBA All Star Game was the ninth NBA All-Star Game.

Starter MVP  MIN  Minutes played
 FG  Field goals  FGA  Field goal attempts  FT  Free throws  FTA  Free throw attempts
 REB  Rebounds  AST  Assists  PF  Personal fouls  PTS  Points
1959 NBA All-Star Game
1234 Total
West 27343033 124
East 31213224 108
DateFriday, January 23, 1959
ArenaOlympia Stadium
CityDetroit, Michigan
MVPElgin Baylor and Bob Pettit
RefereesJim Duffy and Mendy Rudolph
NBA All-Star Game
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Western Conference

Head Coach: Ed Macauley, St. Louis Hawks

Bob Pettit St. Louis Hawks 34 8 21 9 9 16 5 1 25
Elgin Baylor Minneapolis Lakers 32 10 20 4 5 11 1 3 24
Gene Shue Detroit Pistons 31 6 11 1 2 4 3 4 13
Cliff Hagan St. Louis Hawks 22 6 12 3 3 8 3 5 15
Slater Martin St. Louis Hawks 22 2 6 1 2 6 1 2 5
Dick McGuire Detroit Pistons 24 2 7 1 2 3 3 2 5
Jack Twyman Cincinnati Royals 23 8 12 2 4 8 3 4 18
Dick Garmaker Minneapolis Lakers 19 2 6 1 1 2 1 2 5
George Yardley Detroit Pistons 17 2 8 2 2 4 0 3 6
Larry Foust Minneapolis Lakers 16 3 9 2 2 9 0 3 8
Totals 240 49 112 26 32 71 20 29 124

Eastern Conference

Head Coach: Red Auerbach, Boston Celtics

Bob Cousy Boston Celtics 32 4 8 5 6 5 4 0 13
Paul Arizin Philadelphia Warriors 30 4 15 8 9 8 0 2 16
Bill Russell Boston Celtics 27 3 10 1 1 9 1 4 7
Kenny Sears New York Knicks 26 5 9 5 5 8 1 4 15
Bill Sharman Boston Celtics 24 3 12 5 6 2 0 1 11
Dolph Schayes Syracuse Nationals 22 3 11 7 8 13 1 6 13
Richie Guerin New York Knicks 22 1 7 3 5 3 3 1 5
Red Kerr Syracuse Nationals 21 3 14 1 2 9 2 0 7
Woody Sauldsberry Philadelphia Warriors 18 5 11 4 4 2 3 2 14
Larry Costello Syracuse Nationals 18 3 8 1 1 3 3 1 7
Totals 240 34 105 40 47 62 18 21 108


  • The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia. Villard Books. 1994. p. 243. ISBN 0-679-43293-0.
  • basketball-reference.com. "1959 NBA All-Star Game". Archived from the original on 24 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
1958–59 NBA season

The 1958–59 NBA Season was the 13th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship (the first of what would be 8 straight), beating the Minneapolis Lakers 4 games to 0 in the NBA Finals.

List of NBA All-Star Game broadcasters

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List of NBA All-Star Game head coaches

This is a list of NBA All-Star Game head coaches.

List of National Basketball Association player-coaches

A player-coach is a member of team who simultaneously holds both playing and coaching duties. The term can be used to refer to both players who serve as head coaches or as assistant coaches. In the National Basketball Association (NBA), there have been 40 players who also served as their teams' head coaches at the same time. The NBA was founded in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The league adopted its current name at the start of the 1949–50 season when it merged with the National Basketball League (NBL). After the salary cap was instituted in 1984–85 season, the NBA has prohibited teams from employing a player-coach. The ruling was established to avoid the possibility that a team would circumvent the cap by signing a player as a player-coach, as coaches' salaries are not counted under the cap.Ed Sadowski was the first player-coach in the league. In the BAA's inaugural season, he played for the Toronto Huskies and also served as the team's first head coach. Buddy Jeannette was the first player-coach to win the championship; he won the 1948 BAA Finals with the Baltimore Bullets. Bill Russell is the only other player-coach who has won the championship, as well as the only player-coach to win multiple championships. In 1966, he took over the Boston Celtics' head coaching duties from Red Auerbach, becoming the first African American head coach in the league. He served as the Celtics' player-coach for three seasons, winning two consecutive NBA championships in 1968 and 1969. Dave DeBusschere became the youngest head coach in the league's history when he was appointed as the Detroit Pistons' player-coach at the age of 24 in 1964. He held the position for three seasons before returning to a full-time player in 1967. Dave Cowens is the last player-coach in the league. He coached the Celtics in the 1978–79 season before relinquishing his coaching duty to focus on his playing career.Richie Guerin had coached 372 games as a player-coach, the most among the other player-coaches. He was the player-coach of the St. Louis / Atlanta Hawks for five seasons, from 1964 to 1967 and from 1968 to 1970. Before the 1967–68 season, he retired from playing to become a full-time head coach. However, he came back from retirement to play in the following two seasons while still serving as the Hawks' head coach. Lenny Wilkens, who is in second place for highest number of games as a player-coach, was the only player-coach who has been employed by more than one team. He spent three seasons as the Seattle SuperSonics' player-coach and one season as the Portland Trail Blazers' player-coach. He is the only player-coach who has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. Other than Wilkens, twelve player-coaches have been inducted as players while two player-coaches have been inducted as coaches. The Coach of the Year Award was never won by a player-coach.

Wilkens went on to become the longest-tenured head coach in the league. In addition to 4 seasons as a player-coach, he spent another 28 seasons as a head coach, winning an NBA championship in 1979. San Francisco Warriors player-coach Al Attles retired from playing duty in 1971, but continued to coach the Warriors for another 12 seasons, leading them to an NBA championship in 1975. Alex Hannum, Red Holzman and Kevin Loughery, who served as player-coaches for less than a season, had a lengthy coaching career in the NBA which lasted more than 10 seasons. Hannum spent 11 seasons as a full-time head coach, winning two NBA championships with two different teams. Holzman coached the Hawks for 4 seasons, including a season as a player-coach, and the New York Knicks for 14 seasons. He led the latter to two NBA championships. Loughery served as the head coach for six NBA teams during his 18-year coaching career, including a year as a player-coach. Wilkens and Holzman were named among the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History announced at the league's 50th anniversary in 1996. Wilkens, along with Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, Dave DeBusschere, Bob Pettit, Bill Russell and Dolph Schayes, were named to the list of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, which was also announced at the league's 50th anniversary.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Western Conference in the Pacific Division. The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, an arena shared with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, and have won 16 NBA championships, the second-most behind the Boston Celtics.

The franchise began with the 1947 purchase of a disbanded team, the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League (NBL). The new team began playing in Minneapolis, calling themselves the Minneapolis Lakers. Initially a member of the NBL, the Lakers won the 1948 NBL championship before joining the rival Basketball Association of America, where they would win five of the next six championships, led by star George Mikan. After struggling financially in the late 1950s following Mikan's retirement, they relocated to Los Angeles before the 1960–61 season.

Led by Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, Los Angeles made the NBA Finals six times in the 1960s, but lost each series to the Celtics, beginning their long and storied rivalry. In 1968, the Lakers acquired four-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Wilt Chamberlain, and won their sixth NBA title—and first in Los Angeles—in 1972, led by new head coach Bill Sharman. After the retirement of West and Chamberlain, the team acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who also won multiple MVP awards, but was unable to make the Finals in the late 1970s.

The 1980s Lakers were nicknamed "Showtime" due to their fast break-offense led by Magic Johnson. The team won five championships in a nine-year span, and contained Hall of Famers Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy, and was led by Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley. After Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson retired, the team struggled in the early 1990s, before acquiring Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant in 1996. With the duo, who were led by another Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson, the team won three consecutive titles between 2000 to 2002, securing the franchise its second "three-peat". The Lakers won two more championships in 2009 and 2010, but failed to regain their former glory in the following decade.

The Lakers hold the record for NBA's longest winning streak, 33 straight games, set during the 1971–72 season. 26 Hall of Famers have played for Los Angeles, while four have coached the team. Four Lakers—Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson, O'Neal, and Bryant—have won the NBA MVP Award for a total of eight awards.


The NBA on NBC is the branding used for presentations of National Basketball Association (NBA) games produced by the NBC television network in the United States. NBC held broadcast rights from 1955 to 1962 and again from 1990 (when it obtained the rights from CBS) to 2002. During NBC's partnership with the NBA in the 1990s, the league rose to unprecedented popularity, with ratings surpassing the days of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird in the mid-1980s.

NBA on television in the 1950s

The League signed a contract with DuMont in its 8th season (1953–54), marking the first year the NBA had a national television broadcaster. Similar to NFL, the lack of television stations led to NBC taking over the rights beginning the very next season until April 7, 1962 - NBC's first tenure with the NBA.

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