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Encyclopedia > Utah Stars

The Utah Stars was an American Basketball Association (ABA) team based in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. For information about the ABA that began in 2000 see American Basketball Association (21st century). ... Salt Lake City redirects here. ...

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History

The Anaheim Amigos, based in Anaheim, California, began play in the fall of 1967, in the Anaheim Convention Center. The team's colors were orange and black. Location of Anaheim within Orange County, California Coordinates: Country United States State California County Orange Mayor Curt Pringle Area    - City 130. ... Anaheim Convention Center is a major convention center in Anaheim, California. ...


The Anaheim Amigos became the Los Angeles Stars in 1968 and played at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, California, until 1970, at which point the team moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, to become the Utah Stars. The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena is an indoor arena in Los Angeles, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Salt Lake City redirects here. ...


The Utah Stars played at the Salt Palace from 1970 to December 1975 when the team folded during the 1975-1976 ABA season. They won the ABA championship in the 1970-1971 season over the Kentucky Colonels 4 games to 3 and reached the championship again in the 1973 to 1974 season, losing to the New York Nets 4 games to 1. The Salt Palace was an indoor arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... Kentucky Colonels Logo This article is about a professional basketball team. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ...


The Stars are widely considered one of the most successful teams in ABA history. They were also known for having some of the best fan support in the ABA, even up until the team folded in 1975. From 1970-1975 the Stars went an impressive 265-171 (.608), which was the best winning percentage of any team that played more than 1 season in the league.


Origins

The Anaheim Amigos were one of the original ABA teams in 1967. They played in the Anahiem Convention Center.


1967-68 season

The Amigos lost the very first ABA game to Oakland, 132-129. They finished their first season with 25 wins and 53 losses, good for fifth place in the Western Division but not good enough to make the playoffs. The Amigos lost $500,000 in their first season.


1968-1969 season

After the first season, the Amigos were sold to a new owner and moved to Los Angeles, California where they played their second season as the Los Angeles Stars. The franchise made an attempt to sign legendary center Wilt Chamberlain. Chamberlain did not sign with the Stars (though he did play for the ABA's San Diego Conquistadors). With 33 wins and 45 losses, the Stars improved from their first season but again finished fifth in the Western Division and did not make the playoffs. Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1290. ... Wilton Norman Jordan Pottorff Chamberlain (born August 21, 1936, in Philadelphia - died October 12, 1999 in Bel-Air), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt and The Big Dipper, was a professional NBA basketball player for the Harlem Globetrotters, the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The San Diego Conquistadors, nicknamed the Qs, were an American Basketball Association team based in San Diego, California. ...


1969-1970 season

In October 1969 the Stars signed Zelmo Beaty away from the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, but Beaty had to sit out the season due to a one year option held by the Hawks, which the Stars would not buy out for $75,000. First year players Mack Calvin and Willie Wise signed with the Stars. In March 1970 the Stars were sold again, this time to a cable television operator in Colorado. The Stars finished fourth in the Western Division with a record of 43-41, earning the first winning season in franchise history and a playoff berth. The Stars defeated the Dallas Chapparals 4 games to 2 in the Western Division semifinals and bested the Denver Rockets 4 games to 1 in the semifinals before losing the ABA championship series 4 games to 2 to the Indiana Pacers. Zelmo Big Z Beaty (born October 25, 1939 in Woodville, Texas) is a former American basketball player. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Mack Calvin (born July 27, 1947 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American former basketball player. ... Willie M. Wise (born March 3, 1947 in San Francisco, California) is an American former professional basketball player. ... The Denver Nuggets are a National Basketball Association team based in Denver, Colorado. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


1970-1971 season

The Stars were moved to Salt Lake City in June 1970 and continued in ABA play as the Utah Stars. Zelmo Beaty suited up for the team and the Stars finished second in the Western Division with their best record yet, 57 wins and 27 losses. The Stars defeated the Texas Chapparals 4 games to none in the first round of the playoffs, beat the Indiana Pacers 4 games to 3 in a fiercely contested semifinal series, and edged out the Kentucky Colonels 4 games to 3 in another fiercely contested series, this time for the ABA championship. The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Kentucky Colonels Logo This article is about a professional basketball team. ...


1971-1972 season

The Stars won their first division championship, winning the Western Division with a record of 60 wins and 24 losses. The Stars defeated the Dallas Chapparals 4 games to none in the Western Division semifinals before falling to the Indiana Pacers in the Western Division finals, 4 games to 3. The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


1972-1973 season

The Stars hosted the ABA All Star Game and again won the Western Division with a record of 55 wins and 29 losses. The Stars defeated the San Diego Conquistadors 4 games to none in the Western Division semifinals but lost in the Western Division finals 4 games to 2 to the Indiana Pacers. The San Diego Conquistadors, nicknamed the Qs, were an American Basketball Association team based in San Diego, California. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


1973-1974 season

In 1973-74 the Stars finished with a record of 51-33 and won first place in the ABA's Western Division under new coach Joe Mullaney. It was the Stars' third straight Western Division title. In the playoffs the Stars again defeated the San Diego Conquistadors in the Western Division semifinals, this time 4 games to 2, and went on to defeat the Indiana Pacers 4 games to three in the Western Division finals. The Stars then lost the championship to the New York Nets 4 games to 1. Joseph A. Mullaney (born November 17, 1925 in Long Island, New York – died March 8, 2000) was a successful basketball player and coach. ... The San Diego Conquistadors, nicknamed the Qs, were an American Basketball Association team based in San Diego, California. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The New Jersey Nets are a National Basketball Association team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ...


1974-1975 season

The Stars' final full ABA season was 1974-75. A new group of owners attempted to acquire the team and the Stars promptly lost star players Jimmy Jones and Zelmo Beaty to the NBA and Rick Mount and Julius Keye to Memphis. The Stars made a high-profile personnel move that season by signing high school player Moses Malone to play for them. The Stars finished the season in fourth place in the Western Division and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Denver Nuggets, 4 games to 1. Despite averaging over 8,500 fans per game that season, the Stars entered the following year on shaky financial footing. Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... The Denver Nuggets are a professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. ...


1975-1976 season

The Stars continued in the ABA until December 2, 1975 when the league folded the franchise for failing to meet their payroll. This followed a controversy in the preseason when the Stars (and the Virginia Squires) failed to make payments required as a guarantee for hosting the NBA's Chicago Bulls in one of the common ABA vs. NBA preseason exhibition games. The Stars were shut down in the middle of the season and four of their players (including Moses Malone) were sold to the Spirits of St. Louis while a fifth player was sold to the Virginia Squires. As of December 3, 1975, the Utah Stars were no more. Virginia Squires was a basketball franchise in the former American Basketball Association that existed from 1970 through 1976. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... The Spirits of St. ...


Aftermath

In 1976 the owners of the Spirits of St. Louis announced that they were moving the team to Utah for the 1976-1977 ABA season, to play as the Utah Rockies. However, the ABA merged with the NBA in June 1976 and the Spirits and the Kentucky Colonels were the only two teams left out of the merged league. (The Virginia Squires were folded shortly after the conclusion of regular season play and just prior to the ABA-NBA merger due to their inability to make good on a required league assessment payment.) The Spirits of St. ... Utah Rockies was the name under which the Spirits of St. ... Kentucky Colonels Logo This article is about a professional basketball team. ... Virginia Squires was a basketball franchise in the former American Basketball Association that existed from 1970 through 1976. ...


Professional basketball finally returned to Salt Lake City when the NBA's New Orleans Jazz relocated there in 1979. The Jazz have played in Salt Lake City ever since, making it interesting to ponder how the Stars might have fared had they survived the ABA's final season and entered the NBA along with the Pacers, Spurs, Nuggets and Nets. The only other three ABA teams to complete the 1975-76 ABA season yet not move on to the NBA were the Kentucky Colonels, Spirits of St. Louis and Virginia Squires, all of whom played in cities that, unlike Salt Lake City, never had an NBA franchise afterward. NBA redirects here. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ...


ABA Championship

In their first season in Salt Lake City, the Stars dominated their way to a 57-27 record and a 2nd place finish in the Western Division standings, a game behind the Indiana Pacers. In the Western Division Semifinals, the Stars would go on to sweep the Texas Chaparrals and then stunned the Pacers in game 7 of the Western Division Finals, earning a spot in the ABA Championship. The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Texas Chaparrals were member of the American Basketball Association during the 1970-71 season. ...


The Stars would face the Kentucky Colonels in the ABA Championship. In game one a near capacity crowd filed into the Salt Palace to watch the Stars defeat Kentucky 136-117. The Stars set an ABA Playoff record by scoring 50 points in the 2nd quarter. In game 2, the series continued its high scoring with the Stars beating Kentucky 138-125. The series shifted to Louisville and Kentucky took game 3 and 4, tying the series up at 2-2. The series then returned to Salt Lake City, where the Stars beat Kentucky 137-127, taking a 3-2 series lead. The Stars looked to wrap up the ABA Championship with a game 6 victory in Louisville. However Kentucky clawed their way to a 7th game, barely beating the Stars 105-102, sending the series to a decisive 7th game back in Salt Lake City. Kentucky Colonels Logo This article is about a professional basketball team. ...


With the ABA Championship on the line, an ABA record crowd of 13,260 packed into the Salt Palace to watch game 7 of the 1971 ABA Championship. The game remained close throughout, however the Stars pulled away late, winning the 1971 ABA Championship 131-121. [1] As the game ended, hundreds of Stars fans rushed the court, lifting players onto their shoulders in a jubilant celebration. The actions were a total surprise to Stars officials, as they had not anticipated such a reaction from the fans.


Utah Stars vs. NBA teams

The ABA teams frequently played exhibition games in the preseason vs. NBA teams. While the ABA overall had a winning record vs. the NBA in head to head competition, the Stars had an overall record of 7 wins and 9 losses against NBA teams.


The Stars' first game against the NBA was a 96-89 loss at home to the New York Knicks on September 28, 1971. The Stars lost their first four games against NBA teams, earning their first win against that league with a win against the Seattle Supersonics in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 24, 1972. The New York Knicks, short for Knickerbockers, are a professional basketball team based in New York City. ... The Seattle Supersonics (or simply Sonics or Supes) are a professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... Nickname: Sheltered Bay Location within the island of Oahu in the state of Hawaii Coordinates: Country United States State Hawaii County City and County of Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann Area    - City 105 mi² / 272. ...


Other Stars wins against the NBA include defeating the Boston Celtics at home on October 4, 1973 (part of a double header in which 12,431 Utah fans also saw the ABA's Denver Rockets defeat the ABA's Phoenix Suns 113-111 prior to the Stars' win); a home win against the Kansas City-Omaha Kings on October 8, 1974; a home win against the Supersonics on October 7, 1975; a win against the Kings on October 11, 1975 in Denver as part of a double header in which 17,018 fans saw the Denver Nuggets lose to the NBA's Golden State Warriors 115-100); and a 118-108 road win against the Supersonics in Seattle on October 15, 1975. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Denver Nuggets are a National Basketball Association team based in Denver, Colorado. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in the Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Denver Nuggets are a professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California, United States. ...


In the very last game ever played between ABA and NBA teams, the Stars defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 106 to 101 in Salt Lake City on October 21, 1975. (In the penultimate ABA vs. NBA matchup, the ABA's Kentucky Colonels defeated the Washington Bullets 121-111 two nights prior.) Washington Bullets may refer to either the former name of the Washington Wizards basketball team or the song by The Clash, Washington Bullets (song). ...


By the numbers

  • 1 ABA Western Division regular season runner up (1970-71)
  • 3 ABA Western Division regular season championships (1971-72, 1972-93, 1973-74)
  • 2 ABA Western Division playoff runners up (1971-72, 1972-73)
  • 3 ABA Western Division playoff championships (1969-1970, 1970-71, 1973-74)
  • 1 ABA Championship (1970-71)
  • .321 winning percentage in ABA regular season games as the Anaheim Amigos
  • .469 winning percentage in ABA regular season games as the Los Angeles Stars
  • .571 winning percentage in ABA playoffs as the Utah Stars
  • .588 winning percentage in ABA playoffs as the Los Angeles Stars (only the Pittsburgh Condors and Oakland Oaks did better)
  • .608 winning percentage in ABA regular season games as the Utah Stars
  • 3 number of cities the franchise called home (Anaheim, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City)
  • 7 number of playoff games lost as the Los Angeles Stars
  • 10 number of playoff games won as the Los Angeles Stars
  • 25 number of regular season games won as the Anaheim Amigos
  • 27 number of playoff games lost as the Utah Stars
  • 36 number of playoff games won as the Utah Stars
  • 53 number of regular season games lost as the Anaheim Amigos
  • 76 number of regular season games won as the Los Angeles Stars
  • 86 number of regular season games lost as the Los Angeles Stars
  • 171 number of regular season games lost as the Utah Stars
  • 265 number of regular season games won as the Utah Stars
  • 12,166 capacity at the Salt Palace
  • 13,260 crowd at the Salt Palace for Game 7 of the 1971 ABA championship series
  • 30,000 dollar cost to enter the Amigos as an original ABA franchise in 1967
  • 262,342 attendance during their first season in Salt Lake City
  • 450,000 sale price of the Amigos franchise in 1968
  • 500,000 dollars lost in the Amigos' first season in Anaheim
  • 850,000 sale price of the Stars franchise in 1970
  • As the Utah Stars, the team's regular season winning percentage was .608, second only to the Minnesota Muskies; however, if the franchise's Anaheim and Los Angeles games are included, the Kentucky Colonels have a higher winning percentage, at .602.

The Pittsburgh Pipers were a professional basketball team in the original American Basketball Association. ... There have been two sports franchises based in Oakland known as the Oakland Oaks: The Oakland Oaks of minor league baseball, who played in the Pacific Coast League. ... Miami Floridians, later in their history known simply as The Floridians, were a professional basketball franchise in the original, now-defunct American Basketball Association. ... Kentucky Colonels Logo This article is about a professional basketball team. ...

Trivia

Thanks to the Utah Stars, Hall of Fame baseball player Dave Winfield is the only athlete ever drafted by four major leagues in three different sports. Coming out of the University of Minnesota Winfield was drafted by the Utah Stars, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Padres. A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... David Mark Winfield (born October 3, 1951 in St. ... Washington Avenue Bridge at night The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, almost always abbreviated U of M, and sometimes referred to as The U by locals, is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6,19,31,35 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Jack Murphy Stadium (1969-2003) a. ...


References

  1. ^ "Deseret News article on the 1971 Championship Game", Deseret News, May 19, 1971.

External links

  • Remember the ABA page for the Utah Stars
  • Audio of the final seconds of the Stars game 7 victory over Kentucky.

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