Former executive with NBA's Royals, Kings Dies Print
Written by Admin   
Sunday, 01 June 2008 12:53
NBA Headline News

 SAN DIEGO (AP) -Joe Axelson, a former executive and general manager for the Cincinnati Royals who remained with the NBA team when the franchise moved first to Kansas City-Omaha and became the Kings, then later shifted to Sacramento, has died. He was 80.
Axelson died on Saturday at his home in Coronado, his son, David Axelson, said Sunday. The cause of death was not immediately determined.
Axelson received the NBA's first executive of the year award, in 1973 as GM of the Kansas City-Omaha Kings.
Over his career with the Royals-Kings franchise, he was responsible for some controversial trades, including swapping Oscar Robertson to Milwaukee in 1970 after Robertson squabbled with coach Bob Cousy and asked to leave Cincinnati. The Royals had to settle for Charlie Paulk and Flynn Robinson in the trade.
Axelson at other times traded away Jerry Lucas, Nate Archibald and Norm Van Lier.
Among his moves as president of the Kings in Sacramento was to hire former Boston Celtics great Bill Russell as coach. Russell previously had coached at Boston and Seattle, but had been out of coaching for 10 years. The Kings foundered, Russell didn't last a full season before being moved into the front office, and Axelson was demoted to vice president in charge of business operations.
Axelson was part of a group that moved the franchise to Kansas City-Omaha after the 1971-72 season.
When the Kings were leaving for Sacramento, some Kansas City fans wore Joe Axelson masks to the final game at Kemper Arena. The Kings finished that 1984-85 season with a 31-51 record and averaged just 6,410 in attendance.
David Axelson said that since his father retired from basketball, he remained a devoted sports fan who followed the NBA and his lifelong favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.
Axelson is survived by sons David and Mark; daughter Linda; and six grandchildren.
 

NBA Team Pages

Top NBA Public Bets

View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NBA Futures

NBA TEAM NBA FINALS ODDS CURRENT
MIAMI HEAT 7/2
SAN ANTONIO SPURS 6/1
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 8/1
CHICAGO BULLS 10/1
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 10/1
HOUSTON ROCKETS 20/1
INDIANA PACERS 20/1
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 25/1
WASHINGTON WIZARDS 40/1
PORTLAND BLAZERS 40/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com