Pioneers of the Hardwood
Before Larry Bird, Oscar Robinson, or high-priced sneaker advertisements, the forefathers of professional basketball in Indiana forged a remarkable legacy as unlikely and magical as a last-second shot that spells a championship. A 1993 Emmy nominee for “best documentary,” Pioneers of the Hardwood tells the colorful story of raucous fans, local heroes and round ball legends who cultivated the unrefined world of professional basketball into a multi-million dollar industry known as today’s NBA.
Pioneers of the Hardwood explores the growth of professional basketball in Indiana during the rough-and-tumble barnstorming days, when teams played for nickels simply because they loved the game. Interviews include former All-Americans John Wooden and Ralph Bears, as well as former coaches, players, broadcasters and fans who round out an all-star television line-up.