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A fan-tastic NBA beginning and a fond farewell

Updated: April 22, 2001, 11:52 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

April 23, 1950

In the summer of '49, the six surviving National Basketball League teams are absorbed into the Basketball Association of America and the league is renamed the National Basketball Association. It makes no difference what the league is called; George Mikan still comes out a champion.

For the third consecutive year, Mikan's Minneapolis Lakers are the pro champions. With the 6-foot-10 center scoring 40 points, the Lakers beat the Syracuse Nationals, 110-95, in Game ...

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