• Oaks Team Formation

    On February 2, 1967, pop singer Pat Boone, S. Kenneth Davidson and Dennis A. Murphy (who would later co-found the World Hockey Association) were awarded a team in exchange for $30,000. An earlier Oakland Oaks basketball team played in the American Basketball League in 1962, along with a baseball team that had played for nearly a half century in Oakland, with the latter and the ABA Oaks both using the oak tree and the acorn as its symbols.

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  • ABA Championship 1969 – Oakland Oaks

    The road to the championship was led by pioneering owner, S. Kenneth Davidson, who aggressively pursued top NBA talent Rick Barry and head coach Alex Hannum, signing them for an unprecedented $85,000 per year. His efforts drove a historic turnaround, from last place to first in one year. Unfortunately for Barry, he tore ligaments in his knee after colliding with Kenny Wilburn late in a game versus the New York Nets on December 27, 1968. He tried to return in January, but he only aggravated the injury and he subsequently sat out the rest of the season, only appearing in 35 games as a result. Regardless, the Oaks won 60 games on the season. In the playoffs, they narrowly escaped the Denver Rockets in the Semifinals, but swept the New Orleans Buccaneers in the Division Finals to advance to the ABA Finals versus the Indiana Pacers. After splitting the first two games, the Oaks won an overtime thriller 134–126 to take a 2–1 lead in the series. They then won the fourth game to set up a clinching opportunity in Oakland. In Game 5, the Oaks won 135–131 in overtime to clinch the series and win the ABA title Warren Jabali was named Playoffs MVP, scoring 21.5 points per game with 9.7 rebounds per game during the playoffs. In the nine playoff games in Oakland, the Oaks averaged just 3,401 attendance a game, with 30,615 total attendance, with the highest being Game 5 of the Finals that had 6,340 attending.

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The Oakland Oaks were a charter member of the original American Basketball Association. Formed in February 1967 as the Oakland Americans, the team changed its name to the Oaks prior to play that fall.

Established
1967

City
Oakland
– Washington D.C. – Norfolk

League History
1967 – 1976  American Basketball Association

Team History
1970 – 1976  Virginia Squires
1969 – 1970  Washington Caps
1967 – 1969  Oakland Oaks

Nickname
Oaks – Boone tries to change the team nickname to the “Jacks” (after former Oakland resident Jack London), but instead the nickname is changed to “Oaks” (the name of Oakland’s former Pacific Coast League baseball team).

Championship
ABA Championships  1
1969

Who is the greatest Oakland Oaks?

Arena
*Virginia*
1971 – 1976  Norfolk Scope
1970 – 1976  Hampton Coliseum
1970 – 1976  Richmond Coliseum
1971 – 1976  Roanoke Civic Center

*Washington D.C.*
1969 – 1970  Washington Coliseum

*Oakland*
1967 – 1969  Oakland Arena

Owner
1970 – 1976  Earl Foreman
1967 – 1969  Pat Boone

Coaches
1975 – 1976  Bill Musselman
1970 – 1975  Al Bianchi
1968 – 1969  Alex Hannum
1967 – 1968  Bruce Hale

*Blue is this team’s history

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