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World Basketball League

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

World Basketball League (WBL) was a minor professional basketball league in the United States and Canada that ran from 1988 to 1992. It was founded as the International Basketball Association in November 1987, before changing its name prior to the 1988 season. One of the major differences between it and other leagues was that it had a height restriction. Players over 6 ft 5 in (1.95 m) were not allowed to play; this restriction was raised to 6 ft 7 in (2.0 m) in 1991.

Basketball Hall-of-Famer and Boston Celtic great Bob Cousy (6'1" tall) was one of the league's founders. Norm Drucker, a 25-year veteran referee with the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association, and a former supervisor of officials for the NBA, served as the WBL's supervisor of officiating. One of the league's founders, Michael Monus, was eventually convicted of having embezzled $10 million to finance the league, from a privately owned company he had founded, Phar-Mor. He was sentenced to nine (9) years in federal prison.

In addition to games against other teams in the league, games were also played against international teams. The league had several of its games broadcast on television. In Canada, the games were broadcast on the CanWest Global System. In the United States, the games were broadcast on SportsChannel America. Mike Rice was the primary analyst for the SportsChannel broadcasts.

After the league folded in 1992, the surviving Canadian-based teams formed the National Basketball League. This league played two seasons before it folded as well.

Teams[1]

Team City Arena Seasons Notes
Calgary 88's Calgary, Alberta Olympic Saddledome 1988–1992
Chicago Express Chicago, Illinois Rosemont Horizon 1988 Moved to Springfield, Illinois following the 1988 season.
Dayton Wings Dayton, Ohio Ervin J. Nutter Center 1991–1992 Team folded July 31, 1992.
Erie Wave Erie, Pennsylvania Louis J. Tullio Center 1990–1992 Team folded July 20, 1992.
Florida Jades Boca Raton, Florida Florida Atlantic University Arena 1991–1992 Team folded June 15, 1992.
Fresno Flames Fresno, California Selland Arena 1988
Halifax Windjammers Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre 1991–1992 Joined the National Basketball League for 1993.
Hamilton Skyhawks Hamilton, Ontario Copps Coliseum 1992 Joined the National Basketball League for 1993.
Illinois Express Springfield, Illinois Prairie Capital Convention Center 1989–1990
Jacksonville Stingrays Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville Coliseum 1992 Team folded June 15, 1992.
Las Vegas Silver Streaks Las Vegas, Nevada Thomas & Mack Center 1988–1990 Moved to Nashville following 1991 season.
Memphis Rockers Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum 1990–1991
Nashville Stars Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium 1991
Saskatchewan Storm Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Place 1990–1992 Joined the National Basketball League in 1993. Franchise name changed by ownership to the "Saskatoon Slam."
Vancouver Nighthawks Vancouver, British Columbia BC Place 1988
Winnipeg Thunder Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Arena 1992 Joined the National Basketball League for 1993.
Worcester Counts Worcester, Massachusetts Worcester Centrum 1989
Youngstown Pride Youngstown, Ohio Beeghly Center 1988–1992

International Teams

Team City Seasons Notes
Abruzzo All-Stars Abruzzo, Italy 1992
Bahamas Nationals The Bahamas 1992
Estonian Nationals Estonia 1992
Finland 1989–1991
Greece 1989–1991
Holland Netherlands 1989–1991
Italy 1989–1991
Kyiv All-Stars Kyiv, Ukraine 1992
Norway 1989–1991
Soviet Union USSR 1989–1991

Champions of WBL

  • 1988 Las Vegas Silver Streaks 102 Chicago Express 95 (one-game playoff)
  • 1989 Youngstown Pride won best of three series two games to none over Calgary 88's
  • 1990 Youngstown Pride won best of five championship series three games to two over the Calgary 88's
  • 1991 Dayton Wings won best of five championship series three games to none over the Calgary 88's
  • 1992 Dayton Wings declared champions as leaders of regular season (due to league folding on August 1)[2]

Awards

WBL Championship MVP

  • 1988: Jamie Waller, Las Vegas Silver Streaks
  • 1989: Barry Mitchell, Youngstown Pride
  • 1990: Barry Mitchell, Youngstown Pride
  • 1991: Perry McDonald, Dayton Wings

Player of the Year

This award was established in 1991.

Rookie of the Year

This award was established in 1991.

Sixth Man of the Year

Coach of the Year

  • 1988: Mike Thibault, Calgary 88s
  • 1989: Bob Patton, Youngstown Pride
  • 1990: Sonny Allen, Las Vegas Silver Streaks
  • 1991: Pat Haley, Dayton Wings

Statistical leaders

Year Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
1988 Jamie Waller, 26.7 David Boone, 9.8 Mark Wade, 12.8 Mark Wade, 1.8 Andre Patterson, 2.2
1989 Jamie Waller, 21.7 Alfredrick Hughes, 11.5 Cedric Hunter, 11.0 Darryl Johnson, 1.9 Perry Young, 1.3
1990 Jamie Waller, 26.5 Vincent Askew, 9.8 Mark Wade, 11.5 Andre Turner, 2.4 John Hegwood, 1.3
1991 Jamie Waller, 26.3 Willie Bland, 12.3 Mark Wade, 8.7 Darryl McDonald, 2.5 Willie Glass, 1.7

Notable players

NBA players

These players played at least 1 game in the NBA

Other leagues

These players have won at least 1 individual award while playing in professional leagues

References

  1. ^ WBL Stats
  2. ^ Dayton had the best record overall with 26 wins and only 7 losses

External links

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