NBA Files Appeal in Haywood Case To Stop His Play

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March 04, 1971

Chicago -- The National Basketball Association Wednesday disclosed filing of an appeal against the ruling by United States Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas which enabled Spencer Haywood to resume play for the Seattle Supersonics.

NBA Commissioner Walter Kennedy said Supreme Court action on the appeal might be expecterd Friday or no later than next mid-week.

The Owners also granted Buffalo the 26th draft choice in the next draft meeting to compensate the team for its failure to attain Ray Scott, chosen by Buffalo from Baltimore in the league expansion draft. Scott jumped to the ABA and never played for Buffalo.

The decision will give Buffalo three draft picks in the first 26 and will eliminate its third round draft choice.

Source: Associated Press,