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1966-1968 Columbus Comets

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Joe Roberts Columbus CometsNorth American Basketball League (1966-1968)

Born: 1966
Died: 1968

Arena: ?

Team Colors:

Owner: Louis A. Mitchell, et al.


The Columbus (OH) Comets were a minor league pro basketball team that played two seasons in the Midwestern-based North American Basketball League (1964-1968).

The Comets featured several top former Ohio State stars, including Gary Bradds and Mel Nowell.  Bradds was a two-time All-America center at OSU and the Associated Press college Player of the Year for 1964. The Baltimore Bullets made Bradds the #3 overall selection in the 1964 NBA draft, but he spent much of the mid-1960’s bouncing around the NABL, which had bus league stops in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.  The Comets sold Bradds’ contract to the Oakland Oaks of the new American Basketball Association in 1967 and he went on to play several seasons in the ABA. Mel Nowell was a veteran of Ohio State’s 1960 NCAA championship team and also later played in the ABA.

The Comets played a short scheduled of just 21 games in 1966-67 and 18 games in 1967-68.  Both the Comets and the NABL folded quietly after the 1967-68 season.

Please let us know if you know where the Comets played in Columbus, or if you have more information on this team.


Written by AC

May 5th, 2015 at 12:30 pm