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Dolph Schayes will never forget what basketball was like before Danny Biasone and Leo Ferris transformed it with the shot clock.
"Before the clock, there was no game at all," Schayes said Saturday at the unveiling of a monument in downtown Syracuse to the 24-second clock. "It would get into the second half, and the team that was ahead would just kill the ball, and then you'd have to foul. Then they would foul you, and the game would deteriorate. The game stunk! It was a march from one foul line to the other. Something had to be done."
It did -- on a sweltering day in August 1954. Biasone, one of the NBA's founding fathers as owner of the Syracuse Nationals from 1946-63, and Ferris, his general manager, introduced their 24-second version in a scrimmage in a small gym at Biasone's alma mater -- Blodgett Vocational High School in Syracuse.