The NBA All-Star Game, which win be played on Feb. 10 in Charlotte, N.C., made its debut on March 2, 1951, at Boston Garden. That game was the brainchild of Boston Celtics owner Walter Brown. Here are 10 facts about Brown, the father of what has become the best All-Star Game in sports:
1. He coached the 1936 U.S. Olympic hockey team to a bronze medal in Garmisch, Germany.
2. He owned the Boston Bruins from 1951 until his death in 1964.
3. One day while walking by a fish store, he noticed cod packed in finely crushed ice. That was the clue he needed to stage the world's first indoor ski jumping competition, with snow made by much larger versions of the fish store's ice machine.
4. He saved the Ice Follies from folding in 1936 and helped organize the Ice Capades.
5. He created the Celtics in 1946, and three years later, he became a founding father of the NBA.
6. In 1950, at a dispersal draft of three players from the defunct Chicago Stags, Brown was upset when Max Zaslofsky and Andy Phillip were taken by the New York Knicks and Philadelphia Warriors, respectively. The Celtics had to settle for Bob Cousy.
7. Brown was so beloved at Boston's Lenox Hotel that he was allowed to run a three-year tab for lodging and entertainment.
8. From 1937 until '64, he was the guiding spirit of the Boston Marathon.
9. He is the only man inducted into both the basketball and the hockey hall of fame.