‘Visitors to Kiel’ Archives
Gary Phillips of the San Francisco Warriors looks like he's about to volley one over the net provided by Wilt Chamberlain and the Hawk's Bob Pettit in this game at Kiel from October of 1963. Phillips actually hit for two of his 10 points that night in a 99-95 Warrior win. Pettit led all scorers with 24 points. Wilt was held to 22.
Pity poor Jerry Lucas of the Royals...he drew the other team's top scoring forward night after night. Here he tries to stop number 22, Elgin Baylor of the Los Angeles Lakers, in a game played in January of 1966.
The Warrior's Rick Barry fires for two over the Laker's Walt Hazzard in Barry's rookie year... this action from a game played in November of 1965...Averaging 25 points per game, Barry was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 1965-66 and used that opening platform to set the stage for his Hall of Fame career.
The Hawks and Royals were a marque matchup at Kiel every year and the individual slammin' between Bill Bridges of the Hawks and Jerry Lucas could bring the crowd to it's feet. Here Bill rejects a layup attempt by Lucas in a December 1965 game won by the Royals 117-115. Lucas had 24 points in the contest.
With Baylor (22) back in the lineup the following year, the Lakers looked to finally overtake the Celtics in the 1966 NBA Finals. Bill Russell and Boston had other ideas, however, and Russell's rebounding and defense helped send Coach Red Auerbach into retirement with his eighth straight NBA crown. Here BIg Bill hits the boards to start a Celtic [...]
And he almost did...Jerry West lays in two points in game one of the 1965 NBA Western Division Finals against the Baltimore Bullets. With Elgin Baylor on the sidelines due to a severe knee injury, West averaged more than 40 points per game in leading the Lakers to the NBA finals, where they lost the title in 5 games to the Boston Celtics. West [...]
The Royal's Oscar Robertson...the Big O...up and in for two against the Knicks at the Garden...1964
Wilt Chamberlain shoots his fabled fade-away jumper over the outstretched arm of San Francisco's Nate Thurmond in the sixth game of the 1967 NBA Finals...the 76'ers won the title, Wilt's first of two, that night....
Rick Barry was my favorite player as a youngster and his photos found their way onto the bulletin board in my room one after another....here are a few of the many that made it....
Elgin snags another one, this time over the Piston's Reggie Harding (19) and Ray Felix...circa 1963