Anaheim Amigos

Anaheim Amigos

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Anaheim Amigos Team Formation

The team was founded as the Anaheim Amigos, a charter member of the ABA based in Anaheim, California. They played at the Anaheim Convention Center. The team's colors were orange and black. The Anaheim Amigos were founded by Art Kim, a Hawaii native who had long been active in basketball as a player, Amateur Athletic Union administrator and owner. The Amigos lost the very first ABA game to Oakland, 132-129. They finished their first season with 25 wins and 53 losses, good for fifth place in the Western Division but not good enough to make the playoffs.

Move to LA

The Amigos lost $500,000 in their first season, largely due to poor attendance; they only averaged 1,500 fans per game in a 7,500-seat arena. Kim realized he didn't have the resources to keep going and sold the team to construction company owner Jim Kirst, who moved the team to Los Angeles as the Stars. The franchise made an attempt to sign legendary center Wilt Chamberlain. Chamberlain did not sign with the Stars, though he did coach the ABA's San Diego Conquistadors. With 33 wins and 45 losses, the Stars improved from their first season but again finished fifth in the Western Division and did not make the playoffs.

Signing of Zelmo Beaty

In October 1969 the Stars signed Zelmo Beaty away from the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, but Beaty had to sit out the season due to a one year option held by the Hawks, which the Stars would not buy out for $75,000. First year players Mack Calvin and Willie Wise signed with the Stars. The Stars finished fourth in the Western Division with a record of 43-41, earning the first winning season in franchise history and a playoff berth. The Stars defeated the Dallas Chaparrals 4 games to 2 in the Western Division semifinals and bested the Denver Rockets 4 games to 1 in the semifinals before losing the ABA championship series 4 games to 2 to the Indiana Pacers. Kirst hadn't anticipated the fast turnaround, and didn't book the Sports Arena for several dates. They had to play several first and second round games in their old home in Anaheim, as well as at the Long Beach Sports Arena in Long Beach.

Move to Utah

The Stars' final full ABA season was 1974 - 1975. Daniels was almost broke due to a series of failed business ventures and an unsuccessful run for governor of Colorado. One of the casualties of the team's financial woes was Mullaney, who resigned after being told the team couldn't afford to meet his contract. Daniels sold the team to Salt Lake City businessman James A. Collier in August 1974, but Collier was forced to relinquish the team to Daniels two weeks later after missing a payment. The Stars made a high-profile personnel move that season by signing high school player Moses Malone to play for them. The Stars finished the season in fourth place in the Western Division and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Denver Nuggets, 4 games to 1.


However, Daniels was almost completely broke by this time. As a result, on December 2, 1975, the league canceled the Stars franchise for missing payroll. Four of their players (including Moses Malone) were sold to the Spirits of St. Louis, with Daniels getting a 10 percent minority stake in the Spirits as well. A fifth player was sold to the Virginia Squires. Daniels ultimately paid back all of the season ticket holders at eight percent interest.

Team Information Team History

Anaheim - Los Angeles - Salt Lake City

Amigos - Amigos means "Friends" in spanish.

Salt Palace
1970 - 1975

Los Angeles
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
1968 - 1970

Anaheim Convention Center 
1967 - 1968

Snellen M. Johnson and Lyle E. Johnson
James A. Collier
1974 - 1975
Bill Daniels
1970 - 1975
Jim Kirst
1968 - 1970
Art Kim
1967 - 1968


Established: 1967

League History:
American Basketball Association
1967 - 1975

Team History:
Utah Stars
1970 - 1975
Los Angeles Stars
1968 - 1970
Anaheim Amigos
1967 - 1968

ABA Championships: 3
1973 - 1974, 1970 - 1971, 1969 - 1970

Tom Nissalke
Bucky Buckwalter & Tom Nissalke
1974 - 1975
Joe Mullaney
1973 - 1974
LaDell Andersen
1971 - 1973
Bill Sharman
1969 - 1971
Al Brightman/Harry Dinnel

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