Found July 31, 2013 on NESN.com:
He’s been compared to Chris Paul, led tiny Long Island University to two NIT titles and began his professional career in the club leagues that predate the NBA. Ossie Schectman, who boasted many long-forgotten accomplishments on the basketball court, died Tuesday, according to CNN. He was 94. Schectman is best known — if he is known at all — for scoring the first basket in NBA history. As a guard for the New York Knicks, Schectman scored a layup on Nov. 1, 1946, against the Toronto Huskies to record the first points in the history of the BAA, which was renamed the NBA three years later. He would only play one season, averaging 8.1 points and 2.0 assists per game, in an era when final scores in the 50s and 60s were common. Ossie Schectman (1919-2013) What kind of player was Ossie? Think @CP3. A relentless penetrator who would routinely set up his teammates— NBA History (@NBAHistory) July 30, 2013 Schectman personified the heavy Jewish influence in the early NBA and throughout college ...
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