Basketball in the 1940s

Teams from the National Basketball League played exhibition games in the Capital Region in the 1940s.  At that time, the game was played much differently than it is today.  Most players used the two-handed set shot (Hank Luisetti, a 6’3″ forward from Stanford University revolutionized the game by shooting a one-handed push shot on the run at Madison Square Garden in 1936), and games were 40 instead of 48 minutes long.  There was no 24-second clock, and the foul lane was 6-feet wide (today it is 16-feet wide).  There was no foul limit, players wore black high-top sneakers, and their shorts were much shorter than they are today.

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