1976–77 NBA season

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The 1976–77 NBA season was the 31st season of the National Basketball Association.wikipedia
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Portland Trail Blazers

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The season ended with the Portland Trail Blazers winning their first NBA Championship in franchise history, beating the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the NBA Finals.
The team has advanced to the NBA Finals three times, winning the NBA championship once in 1977.

1977 NBA Finals

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The season ended with the Portland Trail Blazers winning their first NBA Championship in franchise history, beating the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the NBA Finals.
The 1977 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1976–77 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs.

Indiana Pacers

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Four ABA teams joined the NBA, all four of which are still in the league today: the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, and New York Nets.
For the 1976–77 season the Pacers were joined in the merged league by the Denver Nuggets, New York Nets, and San Antonio Spurs.

San Antonio Spurs

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Four ABA teams joined the NBA, all four of which are still in the league today: the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, and New York Nets.
Although there was some initial skepticism in league circles regarding the potential success and talent levels of the incoming ABA teams, the Spurs would prove worthy of NBA inclusion during the 1976–77 season with a record of 44–38, good for a tie for fourth place overall in the Eastern Conference.

History of the Brooklyn Nets

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Four ABA teams joined the NBA, all four of which are still in the league today: the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, and New York Nets.
Without Erving, the Nets wrote off the 1976–77 season as a lost cause.

Houston Rockets

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Malone went on to win the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award twice while playing with the Rockets and led Houston to the Eastern Conference Finals in his first year with the team.

1976 NBA draft

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The draft was held on June 8, 1976, before the 1976–77 season.

Brooklyn Nets

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The Nets became the New Jersey Nets the following season, and now play as the Brooklyn Nets.
The team financed that payment by selling Erving's contract to the Philadelphia 76ers; and the Nets went from winning the last ABA title in 1975–76 to having the worst record in the NBA in 1976–77.

Larry Costello

After a 3–15 start in the 1976–77 season, Costello resigned on November 22, 1976.

Tom Nissalke

Nissalke later coached the other Texas professional basketball team, the NBA's Houston Rockets (winning another Coach of the Year in the NBA in 76–77), followed by the Utah Jazz and Cleveland Cavaliers, retiring in 1985.

Jack Ramsay

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In his first season in Portland (1977), Ramsay led the Blazers to their first NBA title.

Buffalo Braves

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Brown later acquired the remaining half from Snyder sometime in the 1976–77 season and resold that share to another businessman, Harry T. Mangurian Jr.

Philadelphia 76ers

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The season ended with the Portland Trail Blazers winning their first NBA Championship in franchise history, beating the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the NBA Finals.
The 76ers went through a rebuilding period through the early 1970s, and came back to relevance during the 1976–77 season, in which they defeated the Celtics en route to a Finals appearance.

Denver Nuggets

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Four ABA teams joined the NBA, all four of which are still in the league today: the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, and New York Nets.
When the Nuggets joined the NBA in the 1976–77 season, they retained the pick-axe logo on their jerseys from the ABA days.

Utah Jazz

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Although he was considered one of the most entertaining players in the league and won the scoring championship for the 1976–77 season with 31.1 points per game, the Jazz's best record while in New Orleans was 39–43 in the 1977–78 season.

Julius Erving

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The Nets, Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs joined the NBA for the 1976–77 season.

Bill Walton

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In 1976–77 season Walton played in 65 games and, spurred by new head coach Jack Ramsay, Walton and a newly acquired ABA draftee in Maurice Lucas, the Trail Blazers became the Cinderella team of the NBA.

Los Angeles Lakers

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KLAC had the team's radio broadcast rights from the 1976–77 season until the 2008–09 season.

Milwaukee Bucks

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Coinciding with the debut of Robert Indiana's iconic MECCA court in the 1976–77 season, the Bucks redesigned their uniforms.

Adrian Dantley

He became the third Buffalo player in five years to receive the NBA Rookie of the Year Award when he won it after the 1977 season.

Ernie DiGregorio

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During the 1976–77 season, DiGregorio led the league in free throw percentage a second time, with a then-NBA record 94.5%.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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In the 1976–77 season, Abdul-Jabbar had another strong performance.

NBA on CBS

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During the 1976–77 season, the NBA's first after the ABA–NBA merger brought the American Basketball Association into the league, CBS held a slam dunk contest that ran during halftime of the Game of the Week telecasts.

Brian Taylor (basketball)

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A 6'2" guard from Princeton University, he was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round of the 1972 NBA draft. However, he began his professional career with the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association, for whom he played four seasons, appearing in two ABA All-Star Games. He joined the NBA as a member of the Kansas City Kings in 1976, and he averaged a career-high 17 points per game in 1976–77. He also played for the Denver Nuggets and San Diego Clippers, before a torn achilles tendon forced his retirement in 1982 . His son, Bryce, played guard for the Oregon Ducks.

Jo Jo White

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He was an All-Star for seven straight years from 1971 through 1977, finishing in the top ten in the league in assists from 1973–1977.