In the 1972-73 season the Tams had an average of 3476 fans per home game. . The team signed Johnny Neumann, an underclassman All American from the University of Mississippi, and added Larry Cannon, but lost Steve Jones to the Dallas Chaparrals through free agency; Jimmy Jones also departed, ending up with the Utah Stars. 1972-73 | 1973-74. Bob Warren of the Los Angeles Lakers joined the team, and Ron Franz and Dave Nash were traded to The Floridians for Wilbert Jones, Al Cueto and Erv Staggs; later, Red Robbins was traded to the Utah Stars for Craig Raymond and Skeeter Swift was traded to the Pittsburgh Pipers for Charlie Williams. Total Cards: 17. During the 1972-73 season the coach Babe McCarthy was replaced by Bob Bass. The nickname was an acronym for Tennessee - Arkansas - Mississippi, and the logo was a tam o'shanter-style hat in white, green and gold, which were also the new team colors, shared with the Athletics and Golden Seals. The Pros finished with 41 wins and 43 losses, which put them in third place in the Eastern Division. Finally in February, a community group, Memphis Area Sports Inc., bought the team for $700,000. Tweet. Jimmy Jones, Steve Jones and Wendell Ladner played in the 1971 ABA All-Star Game; Ladner, a pick in the last ABA draft, also made the ABA All-Rookie team. The failure of those franchises was a factor behind the ABA-NBA merger in the summer after the 1975-76 season ended. , The New Orleans Buccaneers were a charter member of the ABA. where the 1970s live forever! Roster, stats and game results for the 1972-1973 Memphis Tams. Craig Raymond 1970/71. The Pros almost didn't survive that season. In this season also George Thompson played in the ABA All Star game and the team again had an unattractive season with 21 wins and 63 defeats. Les … This site is not affiliated with the Memphis Pros, Memphis Tams, Memphis Sounds or the ABA. Finally, two days before the team's first preseason game, Butch van Breda Kolff was hired as general manager and head coach. and the NHL's California Golden Seals. The ABA declined to investigate Finley's charges. Know during their time in Memphis as the Memphis Pros, Memphis Tams and, finally, Sounds, they played their home games at the Mid-South Coliseum. George Thompson played in the ABA All Star game but the Tams finished the season with only 20 wins compared to 64 losses. Finley attempted to sell the team to some investors from Providence Rhode Island however no sale took place. This team was 33 games behind the Carolina Cougars and acquired the last place in the Eastern Division. Unfortunately for the Sounds, their first round opponent was the Kentucky Colonels, who had won the Eastern Division and defeated the Sounds 4 games to 1 en route to winning the 1975 ABA Championship. He was drafted by the both the NBA and the ABA and opted to remain in Memphis and play professional basketball for the Memphis Tams and Pros of the ABA. Wendell Ladner 1970-1972, 1972/73. It could not reach the playoffs. On June 13, 1972, the team was purchased by Charles O. Finley, who also owned the Oakland A's. Finch entered the coaching profession with his former Memphis coach Gene Bartow at UAB and returned to Memphis as an assistant under Dana Kirk in 1978. Charles Williams 1970/71, 1972/73. However, the team had serious financial problems and collapsed before the season started, playing only three exhibition games in its brief history. For a large part of the summer the status of Tams was up in the air. On June 13, 1972, the team was purchased by Charles O. Finley, who also owned the Oakland A's.