Game 5 | November 16, 1948 | Maurice Podloff
The National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America linked up in 1949 to form the National Basketball Association. The Minneapolis Lakers, led by center George Mikan, were the league's dominant team, and Podoloff, the league's first president, came to Minneapolis to meet with community leaders at the start of the 1949-50 season, in which the Lakers went on to become the league's champion by beating the Syracuse Nationals in the playoffs.
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