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Walter Kennedy

Walter Kennedy (Executive.  Born, Stamford, CT, June 8, 1912; died, Stamford, CT, June 26, 1977.)  An energetic man of high integrity, James Walter Kennedy was commissioner of the N.B.A. for 12 years (1963-75), during which time the league grew from nine teams to 17.  Kennedy began his term by negotiating the league’s first major national television […]

Larry O’Brien

Larry O’Brien (Pro basketball.  Born, Springfield, MA, July 7, 1917; died, New York, NY, Sept. 28, 1990.)  A leading Democratic Party operative and fundraiser, Lawrence Francis O’Brien, Jr., served as commissioner of the N.B.A. for nine years (1975-84).  Previously, O’Brien had been Postmaster General (1965-68) under President Lyndon Johnson, a political associate and campaign strategist […]

Maurice Podoloff

Maurice Podoloff (Pro basketball.  Born, Elizabethgrad, Russia, Aug. 18, 1890; died, New Haven, CT, Nov. 24, 1985.)  When the Basketball Association of America was organized in New York June 6, 1946, Maurice Podoloff was elected its first commissioner.  Podoloff was something of a surprise choice to much of the public, since his background was largely […]

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