Hoop Dreams In A Hockey Town

Poor John. Not only has John Bitove Jr., 34, wagered a sizable chunk of his family's food and beverage fortune on a pricey NBA expansion team, but also he has rolled his dice in Toronto, where history is hardly on his side. The first National Basketball Assn. game ever, in 1946, featured the New York Knickerbockers against the Toronto Huskies. The Huskies lost 68-66. One year later, the team folded its tent.

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