Professional teams were hard pressed to fill stadiums immediately after World War II. The Philadelphia Warriors and the New York Knickerbockers drew the most fans - 100,000 paid each.The Chicago Staggs tried playing a longer game in hopes that paying customers would figure they were getting more for their money.
By 1946-1947 the Washington Capitals, which were bankrolled by large-money investors, started televising its games and had by far the best record during the regular season - 49-11, finishing a full 14 games ahead of Philly in the Eastern Conference. However, the Chicago Stags toppled Washington 4-games to 2 in the BAA semi-finals. Philadelphia then went on to defeat Chicago in the Championship Finals 4-games to 1.
Fred Scolari was one of basketball's best dribblers. A fast runner, the 5-ft 10-inch 180-pound Fred Scolari could pass quickly to the open man. He played in nine (9) NBA seasons. In his first year, 1946-1947 he led the league in free throw percentage with .811 - sinking 146 of 180 attempts from the line. Fred Scolari averaged over 10.0 points per game in each of his first 7 NBA seasons. A local Boston newspaper once wrote, "Fred Scolari was so quick on his feet dribbling down court that he simply ran right past opposing basketball players."