The National Professional Basketball League was created during 1933 in an another attempt to bring the professional game to the Midwest. The company-sponsored Akron Firestones dominated the circuit, losing only once in regular season play before polishing off second-place Toledo in three straight games in the playoffs. The league’s leading scorer was former Purdue All-American, John Wooden. The future coaching legend took time off from his high school teaching and coaching duties to perform on weekends. Depression realities doomed the new league to just one year of existence.