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First basket in NBA history, with commentary (VIDEO)

Jul 31, 2013, 1:18 AM EDT

Earlier today we told you that Oscar B. “Ossie” Schectman — the New York Knick who is credited with the first basket in NBA history — passed away at the age of 94.

Well, here is video from that game, and you can see Schectman and his teammates talk about the game and the basket, part of an old NBA.com documentary. You kids at home should note how they passed the ball beautifully on the break to get the easy basket.

It’s a pretty cool little part of NBA history.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Those 1st two points in pro bball history were a thing of beauty boy! Oooh weee!

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    Another thing…why is there footage of the 1st game but Wilt’s 100 pt. game ain’t nowhere to be found!? >:-(

    • themajorleagueuser - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:26 AM

      Basically, the Knicks were a joke at the end of the 1962 season. The Chamberlain game happened in March. The Philadelphia Warriors played in Hershey. The New York media didn’t want to travel to Hershey. NBC was pissed at the NBA’s low ratings and the Knicks star center Phil Jordon wasn’t playing. It’s obvious why this game wasn’t televised

    • 24thesho - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      Take a wild guess.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      The game was not televised and it was played at Hersey Sports Arena as opposed to the 76ers home arena. I would assume the location had something to do with it, as it was not built for basketball and likely did not have video equipment to record the game.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Excuse me. The Warriors’ home arena.

  3. jgray30 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    because wilt scored 100 in the aba I believe

    • 24thesho - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      Please don’t believe. The Philadelphia 76ers won 3 NBA Championships. Before they were the 76ers, they were the Syracuse Nationals and won an NBA championship in 1955; Wilt Chamberlain won one with them in the 1960s; Julius “Dr. J” Erving was playing when they won one of the team’s 3 titles in 1983.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      The ABA didn’t exist at the time of Wilt’s 100 point game. It was from 1967-76. And even then, there are plenty of recordings of ABA games.

    • topdawg4ever - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      exactly. The only way they could photograph the occasion was after the game and Wilt holding upa piece of paper saying “100”

      • topdawg4ever - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        Sorry- posted after asimonetti88. Although some games were filmed, they didn’t film Wilt’s 100.

    • muhangis - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:08 AM

      Dude! Let me pass to you a website every NBA fan knows about..

      “I believe” lol

      http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/chambwi01.html

  4. scottifland - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Wilt. Chamberlain 100 point game was played in Hershey, PA. There were no television cameras available to go to that site back in those days.

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