The Philadelphia Warriors were a professional basketball team playing with the Basketball Association of America from 1946 to 1948 and later in the National Basketball Association from 1949 to 1961. The Warriors are now called the Golden State Warriors.
The team was owned by Peter Tyrrell who named the team after a former American Basketball League team Philadelphia Warriors owned by Eddie Gottlieb. Tyrrell employed Gottlieb as coach and general manager of the Warriors. The team choose their logo which had an Indian dribbling a basketball. The team colors were blue, white and yellow. The Philadelphia Arena and the Philadelphia Convention Center were chosen as the team arena.
The Warriors equipped with guard Joe Fulks, nicknamed Jumpin Joe, qualified for the playoffs by recording 35 wins and 25 losses in the first year. The Warriors cruised through the playoffs with ease and played the 1946 BBA Finals against the Chicago Stags to win the first BBA Championships. In 1947, the Warriors played the finals once again, however lost their Championship Title to the Baltimore Bullets.
In 1949, after the BBA and NBL merger the Warriors could not make it past the playoffs to the NBA Finals. In 1951, the team performed poorly and was knocked off from the playoffs for the third consecutive year by the Syracuse Nationals. The Warriors finished last and did not qualify for the playoffs in 1952 and 1954. In 1955, coach Ed Gottlieb was replaced by George Senesky who led the team to the NBA Finals. The Warriors bagged their second Championship Title that year defeating the Fort Wayne Pistons.
In 1957 and 1958, the team saw lapses in their performance and barely made it to the playoffs. In 1959, the Warriors drafted Wilt Chamberlain who won the Rookie of the Year and the NBA Most Valuable Player awards that year. In 1961, Wilt Chamberlain showcased spectacular play and scored his highest 100 points in a game. The seemingly unbreakable score fell short to Boston Celtic’s Bill Russell. In a dramatic final which saw Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell pitted against each other, the Boston Celtics won the NBA finals. In 1962, the Bay Area Credit Card Company bought the Warriors from Ed Gottlieb and relocated the team to San Francisco, where they were called the San Francisco Warriors. The Warriors later shifted to Oakland where they were christened the Golden State Warriors.
In a total of 1103 games the Warriors played in Philadelphia, they won 558 games and lost 545 games.
BBA / NBA Champions, 1947 and 1956.