I thought I’d post a long-overdue update here by sharing an anecdote from my current obsession: Loose Balls, an oral history of the American Basketball Association, by Terry Pluto.
Here’s how Max Williams, the first GM of the Dallas Chaparrals, describes the team’s preparation and execution of the league’s inaugural draft in 1967:
The draft was coming up and I made some calls to coaches I knew, did some checking around, got all the basketball magazines I could and put together a draft list. I gave it to [owner Roland] Speth and figured we’d talk about it in a few days.
One day, Speth said to me, “Well, we had our draft.”
I said, “What are you talking about?”
He said, “It happened so quickly. They just said the draft was tomorrow. I couldn’t find you so I went to New York and I took your list along and I did the draft.”