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With World War II concluded, the inaugural season of the newly-formed Basketball Association of America, the forerunner of the NBA, was meant to offer an enjoyable transition to peacetime. Nothing compared to today’s crowds, the inaugural game welcomed only 7,090 fans on November 1, 1946. New York team captain, Oscar “Ossie” Schectman, made history as the first person to score a basket in an NBA game – a milestone not remembered until three decades later. He scored a two-handed underhand layup shortly after the opening tip. He contributed to the Knickerbocker win over the Toronto Huskies. Born in Queens, Schectman attended Samuel Tilden High School in Brooklyn before going on to play point guard at Long Island University and on semipro teams. He joined the New York Knickerbockers for their inaugural season, playing in 54 games and finishing his season third in the league in assists. In the opening game of the best-of-three series with Cleveland, Schectman went down with a serious injury, effectively ending his season and his BAA career. This large Sterling Silver platter was presented to Schectman by his teammates on April 5, 1947. It contains the signature of all 22 of the 1946-47 Knickerbocker team. This is a truly magnificent presentation piece worthy of their captain. The platter is certainly unique in the world of early NBA Basketball and honors one of the pioneers of the game.
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