In the latest installment into the series of articles we're going to cover Canada's first Major Basketball sports team. That imploded after one season way back in 1947 in the BAA.
Well, unlike the last 2 installments this one will be way shorter. So, let's do a skip, hop, and a jump, way back to 1946. As the Huskies, were about to enter the BAA's inaugural season, as one of the first teams to ever enter the Basketball Association of America.
The First EVER NBA(at the time it was BBA. but, now a days is known as the NBA) game at Maple Leaf Gardens(which they should never turn into a Loblaws dumbass MLSE, have they already?) was played between the Toronto Huskies and New York Knickerbockers.
By the way, this guy makes some good points right here: http://torontohuskies.org/
Although, the dillema why we sportively did not keep the original franchise name "Huskies" upon entering the league was that it was too similar to the Timberwolves logo. Which I find stupid who cares about the logo when you have different names, play in different cities, and Different coloured Jersies.
Alright, getting back into story mode. The Huskies would end up falling to the Knicks 66-68. On the Night, any one taller than the Huskies tallest player at 6'8, George Nostrand was given free admission(imagine if it was Manute Bol, uh good luck with that. I think even the players would have to pay to get in).
They opened up the night before a crowd of 7,090. Throughout the one season before the Huskies demise, they wen't through a lot of changes. Having 3 new head coaches in one season, altogether that's 4 head coaches.
Alright, since i'm really not in the mood to put all that much information into one season to a point where i not just bore you guys, but, myself. Let's fast forward to the final game of the Toronto Huskies Franchise.
As the final game of the season approached attendance numbers had gone down the shitter. Ever since opening night, it only decreased. The Huskies would end up losing a close one to the Detroit Falcons 63-66.
They achieved a losing overall record of 22-38. As the Toronto Star posted that the owners of the Huskies, Eric Cradock and Harold Shannon had lost upwards of $100,000 that year. Put, into account that tickets cost 75 cents to $2.50 and that's alot of money they lost.
The Star also, reported that throughout the season the players had broken into three cliques that rarely spoke to each other and had no respect for the coaches. It was just to big of problems and too many and could not be fixed.
So, during the 1947 summer the owners didn't try to sell the team nor try to relocate it to see if they could make up for the money they lost. Although, it was probably not a big concern as i believe one or both of them owned the CFl and they both owned a team or two.
They just plain old gave up and the Franchise folded after only one season. None of the Huskies Head Coaches would go on to coach another NBA/BBA game. Only five players would go on to play ten or more games in the NBA after that season.
I have to admit I kinda like the logo.