Jan. 2, 1963

With the American Basketball League going belly up after less than two seasons, a boatload of ballplayers found themselves out of work but not quite out of hope.

They became National Basketball Association free agents.

A point guard by the name of Maurice King, drafted by the Celtics in 1957, was one man in which Boston might be interested said C’s owner Walter Brown.

King served two years in the United States Army after being drafted by the Celtics, returning to appear in one game during the 1959-60 season. He then went to the Baltimore Bullets of the Eastern Professional Basketball League, The Kansas City Steers of the ABL, and played in 37 games for the short-lived Chicago Zephyrs, an NBA expansion team.

This ABL was the second three incarnations of a pipe-dream NBA competitor.

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