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Explosion II: The Molinas period

Updated: January 18, 2001, 1:37 PM ET
By Joe Goldstein | Special to ESPN.com

A prelude to the scandals of 1961 was the suspension of Jack Molinas of the Fort Wayne Pistons on Jan. 10, 1954.

His NBA suspension was for gambling on games his team won, but it was known reliably that the All-American from Columbia University had also bet against his own team. Molinas was no second-rate player. As a rookie, he was regarded as superior to teammates George Yardley, Mel Hutchins and Larry Foust, all great figures in the NBA.

In the 1961 scandals, which produced 37 ...

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