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Encyclopedia > Virginia Squires
Virginia Squires
Image:NewSquiresLogo2.gif
Conference None
Division Eastern
Founded 1967
History Oakland Oaks
1967-1969
Washington Caps
1969-1970
Virginia Squires
1970-1976
Arena Norfolk Scope, Hampton Coliseum, Richmond Coliseum, Roanoke Civic Center, Old Dominion University Fieldhouse, Richmond Arena
City Norfolk, VA, Hampton, VA, Richmond, VA, Roanoke, VA
Team Colors 1970-1971 through 1973-1974: Red, White & Blue

1974-1975: Orange, Seal Brown & White 1975-1976: Blue and Orange Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ... The Washington Capitals are a National Hockey League team based in Washington, D.C. Founded: 1974 Formerly Known As: Arena: MCI Center Uniform colors: Blue and gold Logo design: Two logos: 1) The United States capitol dome, crossed hockey sticks, a puck, and the words WASHINGTON CAPITALS, and 2) A... The Norfolk Scope is a 12,600-seat multipurpose arena in Norfolk, Virginia. ... Located in Hampton, Virginia, the Hampton Coliseum is a multi-use facility owned by the city of Hampton. ... Richmond Coliseum is an arena in Richmond, Virginia where the Richmond RiverDogs and the Richmond Bandits play. ... Roanoke Civic Center is a 9,828-seat multi-purpose arena in Roanoke, Virginia. ... Old Dominion University (ODU) is a public research university located in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. It was established in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. ... The Richmond Arena was a multipurpose indoor sports facility located in and owned by the city of Richmond, Virginia. ... Norfolk, Virginia, viewed from Portsmouth, across the Elizabeth River Norfolk is a city in the U.S. state of Virginia in the United States of America. ... Hampton is an independent city located in Virginia. ... Richmond is the capital of Virginia, a state (officially the Commonwealth of Virginia) of the United States of America. ... Roanoke (The Star City of the South) is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ...

Owner
General Manager {{{General Manager}}}
Head Coach 1970-1971 through 1974-1975: Al Bianchi;

1975-1976: Al Bianchi, Bill Musselman, Mack Calvin, Willie Wise, Jack Ankerson, and Zelmo Beaty Alfred A. Al Bianchi (born March 26, 1932 in Long Island City, New York) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... William Clifford (Bill) Musselman (August 13, 1940 - May 5, 2000) was an American basketball coach in the NCAA, the ABA, the WBA, the CBA, and the NBA. He was a fiercely intense coach who once was quoted as saying defeat is worse than death, because you have to live with... 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. ... A native of Neenah, Wisconsin, Ankerson attended Ripon College where he played football, tennis, and basketball, earning all-conference honors in 1963 and 1964 and ranked as one of the small school’s all-time leading scorers. ... Zelmo Big Z Beaty (born October 25, 1939 in Woodville, Texas) is a former American basketball player. ...

NBA D-League Affiliate {{{affiliate}}}
Championships None
Conference Titles None
Division Titles 1 (1970-1971)

The Virginia Squires was a basketball franchise in the former American Basketball Association that existed from 1970 through 1976. The Squires were originally a charter member of the ABA as the Oakland Oaks in 1967, winning the 1968-1969 ABA championship series. The Oaks moved to Washington, DC at the Washington Coliseum in 1970 and played there one season as the Washington Caps. Later in 1970, the Caps moved to Norfolk, Virginia and became the Squires. The Squires' colors were red, white, and blue. The National Basketball Association Development League, more commonly known as the NBA Development League, NBA D-League, or just D-League, is the NBAs officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... For the league that began in 1999, see American Basketball Association (2000-). The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a professional basketball league founded in 1967, and eventually merged, in part, with the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Oakland Oaks were a charter team of the original American Basketball Association. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Uline Arena, renamed Washington Coliseum in 1959, was an indoor arena in Washington, D.C. that held 7,000 people. ... The Washington Capitals are a National Hockey League team based in Washington, D.C. Founded: 1974 Formerly Known As: Arena: MCI Center Uniform colors: Blue and gold Logo design: Two logos: 1) The United States capitol dome, crossed hockey sticks, a puck, and the words WASHINGTON CAPITALS, and 2) A... Motto: Crescas (Latin for, Thou shalt grow. ...


The Virginia Squires' history started out fairly controversially. Player Rick Barry, who originally played with the inaugural Oaks, appeared on the August 24, 1970 front cover of Sports Illustrated in a Squires uniform; in the accompanying article inside the magazine, Barry made several negative remarks about the state of Virginia. (He angered sensitive Southerners by remarking that he didn't want his children to grow up saying, "Hi, y'all, Dad.") On September 1, 1970, the Virginia Squires traded Barry to the New York Nets for a draft pick and $200,000. Richard (Rick) Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944, in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player. ... is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... ‹ The template below (Taginfo) is being considered for deletion. ...


The Squires started their tenure in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia by playing their home games at Old Dominion University's fieldhouse. In spite of the initial controversy surrounding former-player Barry, the Squires finished their inaugural season in Virginia by winning the Eastern Division by 11 games. The Squires defeated the New York Nets in the first round of the ABA playoffs but went on to be upset by the Kentucky Colonels. In 1971, the Squires make their biggest draft pick ever by drafting Julius Erving from the University of Massachusetts and splitting games between Norfolk, Roanoke, Hampton, and Richmond. During the 1971-72 season, Erving became an instant sensation with his scoring prowess and dazzling on-court acrobatics; the Squires defeated The Floridians in the first round of the playoffs but lost to the New York Nets in the second round. This view from space in July 1996 shows portions of each of the Seven Cities of Hampton Roads which generally surround the harbor area of Hampton Roads, which framed by the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel visible to the east (right), the Virginia Peninsula subregion to the north (top), and the... Old Dominion University (ODU) is a public research university located in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. It was established in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. ... Kentucky Colonels Logo This article is about a professional basketball team. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a former American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ... This page is about the university system across Massachusetts. ... Motto: Crescas (Latin for, Thou shalt grow. ... Nickname: Location in Virginia Coordinates: , Country State County Independent city Government  - Mayor Nelson Harris Area  - City  43 sq mi (111. ... Motto: Americas First Location in the State of Virginia Coordinates: County Independent City Mayor Ross Kearney II Area    - City 352. ... Nickname: Motto: Sic dic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 72. ... Miami Floridians, later in their history known simply as The Floridians, were a professional basketball franchise in the original, now-defunct American Basketball Association. ...


The 1972-73 season marked the beginning of the Virginia Squires downturn. Although blessed with a combination of Julius Erving ("Dr. J") and a young George Gervin, the duo only played together late in the season. The Squires lost to their division rival Nets in the first round of the playoffs. During the summer of 1973, Dr. J was sold to the New York Nets and Gervin was sold to the San Antonio Spurs in the middle of the 1973-74 season for cash. This angered many Squire fans, and attendance soon plummeted. The Squires' final two seasons in the ABA were forgettable as the losses mounted and popular coach Al Bianchi was fired. As the 1975-76 season came to a close, the sun set on the Squires and the ABA as well. The ABA had four remaining franchises absorbed into the NBA but the Squires were not in that group of teams, having folded during the last ABA playoffs. The final legacy of the team was that of early success, potential, and financial mismanagement, a sort of microcosm of the ABA itself. George Gervin (born April 27, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional basketball player, a shooting guard for the American Basketball Associations (ABA) Virginia Squires and San Antonio Spurs and the National Basketball Associations (NBA) San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... For other uses, see number 74. ... Alfred A. Al Bianchi (born March 26, 1932 in Long Island City, New York) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see number 76. ...


Oakland Oaks

The Oakland Oaks were a charter member of the original American Basketball Association, playing in the ABA during the 1967-68 and 1968-69 seasons. The team colors were green and gold. The Oaks were owned in part by pop singer Pat Boone. They were probably noted more for a major contract dispute with the cross-bay San Francisco Warriors of the established National Basketball Association over the rights to star player Rick Barry than for any on-court accomplishments. Barry, a former NBA Rookie of the Year who led the Warriors to the NBA finals in 1966-67, was so angered by management's failure to pay him certain incentive awards he felt he was due that he sat out the 1967-68 season. He joined the Oaks in the following year, leading the franchise to its one and only ABA championship in 1968-69. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For the league that began in 1999, see American Basketball Association (2000-). The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a professional basketball league founded in 1967, and eventually merged, in part, with the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Charles Eugene Patrick Pat Boone (born June 1, 1934) is a singer whose smooth style made him a popular performer of the 1950s. ... The Golden State Warriors are a National Basketball Association team based in Oakland, California. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... Richard (Rick) Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944, in Elizabeth, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player. ...


With or without Barry, the team proved to be a very poor investment for Boone and his co-owners. Despite winning the ABA championship, the Oaks were an abysmal failure at the box office, due in large part to the proximity of the NBA Warriors. The team was sold and moved to Washington, D.C. for the 1969-70 season, where it was renamed the Washington Capitals. After one season in the nation's capital, the team moved to Norfolk, Virginia for the 1970-71 season and became the Virginia Squires. The team disbanded after the 1975-76 season. For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Motto: Crescas (Latin for, Thou shalt grow. ...


An earlier Oakland Oaks basketball team played in the American Basketball League in 1962. For the professional baseball team see: Oakland Oaks (PCL). ... The American Basketball League played one full season, 1961_1962, and part of 1962_1963. ...



Former home arenas of the Virginia Squires

Arena Seating Location
Old Dominion University Fieldhouse 5,200 Norfolk, Virginia
Hampton Coliseum 9,777 Hampton, Virginia
Roanoke Civic Center 9,828 Roanoke, Virginia
Norfolk Scope 10,253 Norfolk, Virginia
Richmond Coliseum 12,500 Richmond, Virginia

Old Dominion University Fieldhouse was a 5,200 seat multi-purpose arena in Norfolk, Virginia. ... Motto: Crescas (Latin for, Thou shalt grow. ... Located in Hampton, Virginia, the Hampton Coliseum is a multi-use facility owned by the city of Hampton. ... Motto: Americas First Location in the State of Virginia Coordinates: County Independent City Mayor Ross Kearney II Area    - City 352. ... Roanoke Civic Center is a 9,828-seat multi-purpose arena in Roanoke, Virginia. ... Nickname: Location in Virginia Coordinates: , Country State County Independent city Government  - Mayor Nelson Harris Area  - City  43 sq mi (111. ... The Norfolk Scope is a 12,600-seat multipurpose arena in Norfolk, Virginia. ... Motto: Crescas (Latin for, Thou shalt grow. ... Richmond Coliseum is an arena in Richmond, Virginia where the Richmond RiverDogs and the Richmond Bandits play. ... Nickname: Motto: Sic dic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ...

External links

  • Remember the ABA: Virginia Squires
  • Unofficial Virginia Squires homepage

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Virginia Squires - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (482 words)
Virginia Squires was a basketball franchise in the former American Basketball Association that existed from 1970 through 1976.
The Squires were originally a charter member of the ABA as the Oakland Oaks in 1967.
The Squires defeated the New York Nets in the first round of the ABA playoffs but went on to be upset by the Kentucky Colonels.
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