History Magazine

Indiana Basketball History Magazine – Summer 2018

August 29, 2018

On November 1, 1946 in Toronto, Canada, the New York Knickerbockers were in town to play the Toronto Huskies in what is now considered the first NBA game, even though the league was actually named the Basketball Association of America (BAA) for the first four seasons. That was a momentous event, considering how much a part of American life the NBA has become.  While Indiana is proud of its role in propagating the game of basketball nation-wide, its fame came more from its pioneering in the first state high school basketball tournament than from ABA/NBA history. And then there is the claim to the first national collegiate champions, the 1932 Purdue Boilermakers of Piggy Lambert and famed star, John Wooden.

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