1975–76 Kentucky Colonels season

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1975–76 Kentucky Colonels season
Head coach Hubie Brown
Arena Freedom Hall
Results
Record 46–38 (.548)
Place Division: 4th
Conference: 4th
Playoff finish Lost in the ABA Semifinals
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The 1975–76 American Basketball Association season saw the defending champion Kentucky Colonels finish in fourth place in the ABA, defeat the Indiana Pacers 2 games to 1 in the first round of the 1976 ABA Playoffs, and lose to the regular season champion Denver Nuggets 4 games to 3 in the ABA Semifinals. The 1975–76 season was the Colonels' ninth and last, as Kentucky was one of two ABA teams left out of the 1976 ABA-NBA merger.

Offseason

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 2 Jim Baker University of Hawaii
3 4 Allen Murphy University of Kentucky
3 5 Eric Fernsten University of San Francisco
4 3 John Laskowski Indiana University
5 3 Charles Cleveland University of Alabama
6 3 Mike Rozenski St. Mary's (California)
6 3 Randy Meister Penn State
8 3 Lou Silver Harvard University

Preseason transactions

Prior to the season, ABA Commissioner Dave DeBusschere, urged on by Colonels owner John Y. Brown, Jr., challenged the NBA to a world championship series between the ABA champion Kentucky Colonels and NBA champion Golden State Warriors in which the winner would get $1 million. NBA Commissioner Walter Kennedy promptly declined.1

Star center Dan Issel was sold to the Baltimore Claws for $500,000, and soon ended up with the Denver Nuggets.2

Gene Rhodes was named Vice President of Operations and David Vance was named General Manager.3

Preseason exhibition games

Like most ABA teams, the Colonels played several preseason exhibition games against NBA opponents. The Colonels opened up the season's ABA vs. NBA action on October 1, 1975 in Cincinnati, Ohio against the NBA's Chicago Bulls. The Colonels beat the Bulls 95-86.4

Three nights later on October 4, 1975 the Colonels met the NBA's New York Knicks at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. Louie Dampier scored 23 for the Colonels but New York's Earl Monroe led all scorers with 26 as the Knicks won 107-102.5

The next night the Colonels returned to Cincinnati to host the Detroit Pistons. Bob Lanier led the Pistons with 17 points but Artis Gilmore had 22 and Travis Grant added 17 and the game winning score, a jump shot with 4 seconds left in game, to lead Kentucky to a 114-113 victory.6

On October 8, 1975 the reigning champions of the ABA and NBA met at Freedom Hall in Louisville. 8,806 fans turned out to see the Golden State Warriors face the Colonels. Marv Roberts scored 20 points and former ABA player Rick Barry was held to 9 points on 3 of 11 shooting from the floor, including an airball with 31 seconds left in the game. Artis Gilmore had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Colonels to a 93-90 victory against the NBA champions.7

Two nights later on October 10, 1975 the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks visited Louisville and lost to the Colonels 96-91.8

On October 12, 1975 the Kentucky Colonels traveled to Michigan to face the Detroit Pistons again. The game went to overtime. Despite Bird Averitt's 21 points the Pistons won the overtime game, 115-107.9

Two nights later on October 14, 1975 the NBA's Buffalo Braves came to Louisville and were defeated by the Colonels, 120-116.10

On October 17, 1975 the Philadelphia 76ers traveled to Cincinnati to face the Colonels. Former ABA player George McGinnis had 25 points but so did Artis Gilmore. Kentucky won, 112-110.11

Two nights later on October 19, 1975 the Colonels hosted the Washington Bullets in Lexington, Kentucky. Led by Artis Gilmore's 23 points, the Colonels won 121-111. This was the penultimate ABA-NBA matchup; two nights later in Salt Lake City, Utah the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Utah Stars 106-101.12

Overall in the 1975-76 preseason the ABA went 30-18 against NBA teams.13

Regular season

Roster

  • 5 Jan Van Breda Kolff
  • 10 Louie Dampier
  • 14 Bird Averitt
  • 20 Allen Murphy
  • 21 Jimmy Dan Connor
  • 22 Wil Jones
  • 25 Maurice Lucas
  • 31 Johnny Neumann
  • 32 Jimmy Baker
  • 42 Ron Thomas
  • 43 Kevin Joyce
  • 45 Jim McDaniels
  • 53 Artis Gilmore

Season standings

ABA
Team W L PCT GB
Denver Nuggets 60 24 .714 -
New York Nets 55 29 .655 5
San Antonio Spurs 50 34 .595 10
Kentucky Colonels 46 38 .548 14
Indiana Pacers 39 45 .417 21
Spirits of St. Louis 35 49 .417 25
Virginia Squires 15 68 .181 45

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Game log

1975–76 game log
1975–76 season schedule

Month by Month

October 1975

November 1975

December 1975

January 1976

February 1976

March 1976

Playoffs

Player statistics

Legend

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Playoffs

Awards and records

Awards

Records

On December 18, 1975 the Colonels had their smallest crowd ever, 2,761, for a 115-102 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.18

On April 28, 1976 the Colonels were the opponent, in the ABA Semifinals, when the Denver Nuggets set their franchise's attendance record, with 18,821 present for the Nuggets' 133-110 win in Game 7.19

Transactions

Aftermath

With the conclusion of the 1975–76 ABA season, negotiations to finalize the ABA-NBA merger began. On June 17, 1976 Colonels owner John Y. Brown, Jr. agreed to fold the Colonels in exchange for $3 million from the ABA teams entering the NBA. The Colonels' players were put into a dispersal draft along with the players from the Spirits of St. Louis. The Chicago Bulls took Artis Gilmore for $1.1 million; the Portland Trail Blazers took Maurice Lucas for $300,000; the Buffalo Braves took Bird Averitt for $125,000; the Indiana Pacers took Wil Jones for $50,000; the New York Nets took Jan Van Breda Kolff for $60,000 and the San Antonio Spurs took Louie Dampier for $20,000. Brown took the money he received for the Colonels and used part of it to purchase the NBA's Buffalo Braves, which he later parlayed into ownership of the Boston Celtics.25

References

  1. ^ Kentucky Colonels Year to Year Notes 1975-76 at RememberTheABA.com
  2. ^ Kentucky Colonels Year to Year Notes 1975-76 at RememberTheABA.com
  3. ^ Kentucky Colonels Year to Year Notes 1975-76 at RememberTheABA.com
  4. ^ All-Time ABA vs. NBA Exhibition Game Results at RememberTheABA.com
  5. ^ All-Time ABA vs. NBA Exhibition Game Results at RememberTheABA.com
  6. ^ All-Time ABA vs. NBA Exhibition Game Results at RememberTheABA.com
  7. ^ All-Time ABA vs. NBA Exhibition Game Results at RememberTheABA.com
  8. ^ All-Time ABA vs. NBA Exhibition Game Results at RememberTheABA.com
  9. ^ All-Time ABA vs. NBA Exhibition Game Results at RememberTheABA.com
  10. ^ All-Time ABA vs. NBA Exhibition Game Results at RememberTheABA.com
  11. ^ All-Time ABA vs. NBA Exhibition Game Results at RememberTheABA.com
  12. ^ All-Time ABA vs. NBA Exhibition Game Results at RememberTheABA.com
  13. ^ All-Time ABA vs. NBA Exhibition Game Results at RememberTheABA.com
  14. ^ 1975-76 ABA Season Summary - Basketball-Reference.com
  15. ^ Kentucky Colonels Year to Year Notes 1975-76 at RememberTheABA.com
  16. ^ Kentucky Colonels Year to Year Notes 1975-76 at RememberTheABA.com
  17. ^ Kentucky Colonels Year to Year Notes 1975-76 at RememberTheABA.com
  18. ^ 1975-76 Game Log, RememberTheABA.com
  19. ^ 1975-76 Game Log, RememberTheABA.com
  20. ^ Kentucky Colonels Year to Year Notes 1975-76 at RememberTheABA.com
  21. ^ Kentucky Colonels Year to Year Notes 1975-76 at RememberTheABA.com
  22. ^ Kentucky Colonels Year to Year Notes 1975-76 at RememberTheABA.com
  23. ^ Kentucky Colonels Year to Year Notes 1975-76 at RememberTheABA.com
  24. ^ Kentucky Colonels Year to Year Notes 1975-76 at RememberTheABA.com
  25. ^ Kentucky Colonels Year to Year Notes 1975-76 at RememberTheABA.com

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