Sport: Late of Kentucky

Even before the four outstanding stars of the University of Kentucky's great basketball team graduated last spring, there was a rush by the pros to draft them. The rush was firmly but politely repulsed: the boys who had won two N.C.A.A. titles and helped represent the U.S. in the 1948 Olympic games in London wanted to stay together as pros. With a Lexington, Ky. newspaperman as their president, general manager and publicity director, they took over the Indianapolis franchise in the newly formed National Basketball Association and became co-owners and star performers.


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