Long before multi-million dollar contracts, Rochester was home to one of the first NBA teams. Owner and coach Les Harrison was the man behind the Rochester Royals and on Wednesday, a permanent exhibit celebrating that local history was unveiled.
A permanent dedication is now on display at the Rochester War Memorial. The Legacy of Les Harrison, known in basketball circles, will now be a gift for the entire community.
Les Harrison was a star for the old East High basketball team back in the 1920's. He never went to college, instead, he helped with his family's fruit business after his dad died.
But his love of basketball led him to form various semi-pro teams. In 1945, he bought the Rochester Royals and as owner and coach, he won three world championships. In 1951, his team beat the New York Knicks.