Before the fear of injury and the prospects of a loss of a season by a valued team member took priority, the pro football off-season was highlighted by a host of appearances by what was termed, “the Chiefs basketball team.”
In 1965, the Chiefs basketball team, comprised of a number of familiar names, finished with a 16-8 record capped by a closing flourish of 11 straight victories.
Buck Buchanan (1963-65) topped the individual statistics averaging 24.1 points per game. Dave Hill (1963-74) was second in scoring with a 15.4 average followed by Bobby Hunt (1962-67) chocking up 11.3 points per contest.
In a day when 6’7” was considered big even in basketball and seven foot was a rarity, the Chiefs front line averaged 6’6” and 298 pounds with Buchanan topping the list at 6’7” and 295 pounds. Joining him were Jim Tyrer (1961-73) at 6’6” and 290, Dave Hill (1963-74) at 6’6” and 280 and Curt Merz (1962-68) at 6’4” and 270. To no surprise they were seldom outrebounded. Other players lending a hand were Bobby Hunt, Al Reynolds (1960-67), Denny Biodrowski (1963-67), Bobby Ply (1962-67) and Chris Burford (1960-67).
That year the team traveled over 8,000 miles to play in 21 different cities, was seen by approximately 18,000 people, and produced $9,000 in profit for various charities and quarterback clubs.
The Chiefs continued to floor a basketball team up through the early 1990s when it stopped after a few scary injuries. The highlight of the off-season was a game between the Chiefs and the Denver Broncos players and later with the Kansas City Royals.