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Encyclopedia > Kentucky Colonels
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This article is about a professional basketball team. For the honorary title, see Kentucky colonel

The Kentucky Colonels were a member of the American Basketball Association for all of the league's 9 years. They were the winningest franchise in the league's history, but were left out of the league's merger with the NBA. They were based in Freedom Hall beginning with the 1970-71 season, having played before that in the Louisville Convention Center. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (925x331, 30 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (925x331, 30 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Kentucky Colonel is a honorary title bestowed upon individuals by approval of the Governor of Kentucky. ... The American Basketball Association (ABA) was founded in 1967 and eventually merged with the National Basketball Association. ... The National Basketball Association, more popularly known as the NBA, is the worlds premier mens professional basketball league and one of the major professional sports leagues of North America. ... Freedom Hall is a multipurpose arena in Louisville, Kentucky on the grounds of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, which is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. ...


The Louisville-based Colonels started their time in the ABA as a colorful franchise, and not just because of their bright green uniforms. Among the things they were known for was their "mascot" Ziggy, a prize-winning Brussels Griffon dog that was owned by original team owners Joe and Mamie Gregory. Some fans of the Colonels believed Ziggy was the real owner of the club. Ziggy went to owner's meetings and had a front row seat for games. The dog was even part of the team's logo for their first seasons. Louisville (usually pronounced ; see Pronunciation below) is Kentuckys largest city and the 16th largest city in the United States. ... The Brussels Griffon is a small dog with a very expressive, monkey-like face and a big heart. ...


They were equally famous for publicity stunts, their most famous coming in 1968 when Penny Ann Early, the first licensed female horse racing jockey, was signed to appear in an ABA game (albeit for a few seconds). 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Penny Ann Early was the first woman to play in any professional basketball league. ... Toulouse-Lautrec - The Jockey (1899) In sports, a jockey is one who rides horses in thoroughbred horse racing or steeplechase racing, primarily as a profession. ...


The team's performance on the court was understandably overshadowed. Perhaps it was deserved, as they were mostly an average team, but they did have a pair of good in-state talents, Kentucky Wildcat Louie Dampier and Western Kentucky University star Darel Carrier. They were among the best long range shooters of their time, and benefitted greatly from the ABA's three-point line. Carrier spent 5 seasons with the club, while Dampier was a Colonel for all of their years. The University of Kentucky (also as UK or simply Kentucky) is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... Louie Dampier (born November 20, 1944 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player. ... Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a public university in Bowling Green, Kentucky. ... James Darel Carrier (born October 26, 1940 in Warren County, Kentucky) is a former professional basketball player. ...


The early color of their franchise began to wane during the 1970-71 season, when they signed another Wildcat star in All-American Dan Issel. They also dropped the green uniforms in favor of a Blue and White scheme similar to that of the Wildcats. Issel's signing helped the Colonels become well known as a legitimate basketball team. In spite of an average record in the regular season, they made a serious run at the ABA championship. They fell just short, however, and lost to the Utah Stars in 7 games. An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... Daniel Paul Issel ( October 25, 1948 in Batavia, Illinois) is a star basketball player. ... The Anaheim Amigos was an American Basketball Association (ABA) team based in Anaheim, California. ...


They proved to be even better in 1971, with the signing of ferocious big man Artis Gilmore. Gilmore's signing would help make the Colonels a legitimate powerhouse for years to come. The Colonels won 68 games in his rookie campaign under coach Joe Mullaney; their record turned out to be best in the league's entire history. Yet, in the playoffs, they were upset by the New York Nets in the first round. Kentucky recovered and made another championship run during the 1972-73 season, but lost a physical series to the Indiana Pacers in 7 games. Artis Gilmore (born September 21, 1948 in Chipley, Florida) is a former professional basketball player with the ABA and NBA. Nicknamed The A-Train for his unprententious yet dominating style of play, the durable Gilmore once played in 670 consecutive games. ... Joe Mullaney was a successful basketball player and coach. ... The New Jersey Nets are a National Basketball Association team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... The Indiana Pacers are a National Basketball Association team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. ...


After the season, the franchise was nearly moved out-of-state to Cincinnati, but was purchased by John Y. Brown, Jr., a future Kentucky governor who owned Kentucky Fried Chicken for years. Brown helped increase interest in the team, and looked to improve its on-court performance by hiring popular ABA coach Babe McCarthy. But after they were swept in the second round of the playoffs by the Nets, Brown gave McCarthy his walking papers. Cincinnati, Ohio viewed from the SW, across the Ohio River from Kentucky. ... John Y. Brown, Jr. ... Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is a division of Yum! Brands, Inc. ...


For the 1974-75, Brown hired Hubie Brown (no relation), a former NBA assistant coach, to give them that championship. Unlike the past year, the Colonels would not be denied. After a torrid finish to the regular season, which saw them win 23 of 26 games, they ripped through the playoffs, and beat their nemesis, the Indiana Pacers, in a dominant 4 games to 1 victory for the ABA championship. Hubert Jude Hubie Brown (born September 25, 1933 in Hazelton, Pennsylvania) is a former basketball coach and television analyst. ... The Indiana Pacers are a National Basketball Association team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. ...


The celebration of the 1975 season ended when John Y. Brown, Jr. dealt Dan Issel to the ABA's new Baltimore franchise (which never took to the floor in the regular season) for financial reasons. They acquired all-star Caldwell Jones to replace him, but he never gelled with the team. Jones was dealt mid-season for young Maurice Lucas. Hubie managed to make the team competitive, but they lost in the postseason to the Denver Nuggets in 7 games. Caldwell Pops Jones (born August 4, 1950) is a former professional basketball player. ... Maurice Lucas (born 18 February 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American basketball player, and current assistant coach with the National Basketball Associations Portland Trail Blazers. ... The Denver Nuggets are a National Basketball Association team based in Denver, Colorado. ...


Kentucky was one of the league's most talented teams, and had one of its best fan bases, but during the ABA's talks of merging with the NBA, the Colonels were not a favorite to change leagues. As a result, John Y. Brown, Jr. was forced to fold the Colonels. Brown still gets a share of the NBA broadcast rights packages, however, as if the Colonels were an ongoing NBA team, as part of his agreement not to contest the merger arrangement.


Colonels players were distributed to other teams in a dispersal draft, with Artis Gilmore being drafted first by the Chicago Bulls. Maurice Lucas went on to be an all-star for the Portland Trail Blazers and Louie Dampier, who ended up being the all-time leader in points and assists, ended his career as a sixth man for the San Antonio Spurs. Coach Hubie Brown went on to coach the Atlanta Hawks for five seasons after the merger before being fired. The Chicago Bulls are a National Basketball Association team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Portland Trail Blazers is a National Basketball Association team based in Portland, Oregon. ... The San Antonio Spurs are a National Basketball Association team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Hubert Jude Hubie Brown (born September 25, 1933 in Hazelton, Pennsylvania) is a former basketball coach and television analyst. ... The Atlanta Hawks are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ...


In 2001, the Kentucky Colonels name was almost brought into the NBA, when an ownership group made up of owners that owned the parent company of KFC made a push to purchase the Vancouver Grizzlies and move them to Louisville. The move would've included a $100 million deal to name the team's arena "The KFC Bucket." The Grizzlies turned down the offer in favor of an offer from an ownership group in Memphis. The Memphis Grizzlies are a National Basketball Association team based in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Memphis is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, of which it is the county seat. ...


The Kentucky Colonels are now a team in the new American Basketball Association. The American Basketball Association (ABA) ABA was founded in 1999 and is currently in a period of expansion. ...


See also

A Colonel is a non-military honorary title awarded by some U.S. Southern states. ... Kentucky Colonel is a honorary title bestowed upon individuals by approval of the Governor of Kentucky. ...

External links

  • Kentucky Colonels history from RememberTheABA.com

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Kentucky Colonels - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1014 words)
The Kentucky Colonels were a member of the American Basketball Association for all of the league's 9 years.
Kentucky was one of the league's most talented teams, and had one of its best fan bases, but during the ABA's talks of merging with the NBA, the Colonels were not a favorite to change leagues.
Colonels players were distributed to other teams in a dispersal draft, with Artis Gilmore being drafted first by the Chicago Bulls.
Kentucky colonel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (592 words)
Kentucky colonel is an honorary title bestowed upon individuals by approval of the governor of Kentucky.
When the Kentucky Militia was deactivated following the War of 1812, Governor Isaac Shelby commissioned Charles S. Todd, one of his officers in the campaign, as an aide-de-camp on the Governor's Staff with the rank and grade of Colonel.
The Kentucky Colonels were a team throughout the existence of the American Basketball Association.
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