| ATLANTA HAWKS HISTORY|
Founded: 1946(Buffalo Bison)
Arena: Phillips Arena
Also Known As: Buffalo Bisons
St. Louis Hawks
Division titles: 11
Western Division titles: 8 (48,57,58,59,60,61,68,70)
Central Division Titles: 3(80,87,94)
Southwest Division Titles: 1 (15)
Western Division Chamipionships: 4 (57,58,60,61)
Eastern Conferance Championships: none
NBA Title: 1(1957-58) St. Louis
How the Hawks got their name:
Originally the Hawks were the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, a team that was founded in the Midwest. Tri-Cities is located in the Midwest, in lands which once belonged to the Kickapoo, Sauk, and Fox Native American tribes. The three tribes fought a long war against the United Stated called the Blackhawk war after their chief Blackhawk.
When the Hawks moved to Milwaukee the name was shortened to just Hawks. The name Hawks was previously used by the Waterloo Hawks of the NBL and NBA but the two franchises are not related.
Fort Wayne @ Milwaukee 1956
Bob Wilson while with the Milwaukee Hawks in 51-52
Leo Ferris: The man who saved the NBA|
The early days of basketball often seen slow fan-unfriendly low scoring matches that often left spectators bored. Games often only got into the 40s and many of the best players averaged less than 15 points a game. Many early basketball games looked more like a glorified version of the childrens game of keep-away than an action packed professional sport. This style of play culminated in a game between Minneapolis and Fort Wayne, where the Pistons of Fort Wayne held the ball most of the second half nursing a 1 point lead over the Lakers. The Pistons would win 19-18 in the lowest scoring game in NBA history. Prior to that the fewest points ever score 33 points, just 4 fewer than both teams scored, and that game was one the opening night of the NBA, or BAA as it was called back then.
This place pace bored fans, many of whom where promised an action packed fun experience and attendance and interest in the new league had begun to dip. The NBA needed a solution and needed it fast. The solution was an ingenious one and one that would revolutionize the game as we know it. A simple clock, with just 24 seconds on it would forever change the game.
The clock was the brain child of Syracuse Nationals general manager Leo Ferris, a man that the NBA has long forgotten in one of the biggest travesties in the games history. Ferris, is as important to the early days of the NBA as anyone and one could argue that without Ferris there would be no NBA today; and there definitely would be no Atlanta Hawks, or Philadelphia 76ers. The NBA would look much different today without Ferris's input all those years ago.