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Los Angeles Stars
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Division Western Division
Founded 1967
History Anaheim Amigos
1967-1968
Los Angeles Stars
1968-1970
Arena Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
City Los Angeles, California
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The Los Angeles Stars were an American Basketball Association (ABA) team based in Southern California. Originally the Anaheim Amigos, the team played from 1967 to 1970, when it moved to Salt Lake City to become the Utah Stars.

Franchise history

Origins

With the founding of the ABA on February 2, 1967, a charter franchise in Anaheim, California was awarded to Art Kim and James AckermanTemplate:Dn for $30,000. A 'name the team' contest resulted in the Amigos name. The team played most of its home games at the Anaheim Convention Center. Five home games were scheduled elsewhere in California and three home games were scheduled in Honolulu, Hawaii. Al Brightman was the first head coach.

1967-1968 season

The Amigos' roster was highlighted by guards Les Selvage, Jeff Congdon and Steve Chubin, former NBA player Ben Warley and 7 foot center Larry Bunce. Chubin led the team in scoring and assists and was a fan favorite. Selvage led the league in three point field goal attempts. Warley led the team in rebounds and was an effective outside shooter. Congdon played well but was traded in mid-season to the Denver Rockets for Willis Thomas. Bunce did not live up to expectations despite his height, but played in the 1968 ABA All-Star Game, as did Warley.

The Amigos were not successful on the court. They lost their first five games, including the first ever ABA game, a 134-129 loss to the Oakland Oaks on the road. After losing two thirds of their first 36 games Brightman was fired and replaced as head coach by Harry Dinnel. During the season the Amigos lost eight straight games in one stretch and had two other stretches of six losses each. The team finished the season with 25 wins and 53 losses, good for fifth place in Western Division but not good enough to make the playoffs.

Move to Los Angeles

The Amigos were not successful off the court either. They averaged 1,293 fans per home game and their games were broadcast on radio and sometimes on television. However, they lost approximately $500,000 on the season and were sold for $450,000 to James J. Kirst who moved the team to nearby Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, where they became the Stars. After two seasons in Los Angeles the team relocated again and became the Utah Stars.

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