In 1946 Kenny Sailors had to make a choice. He wanted to keep playing basketball in his post-collegiate years. His choices were to 1) join one of the company teams in the highly-regarded Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), as his Wyoming coach Everett Shelton encouraged, or 2) sign up with one of the new teams in the fledgling, professional Basketball Association of America (BAA). As an All-American he was much sought after and could go either way.
If Kenny went to the AAU, he could have a good-paying career job and keep his amateur status, thereby making him eligible to play in the Olympics. If he went to the BAA, he could live in Wyoming, make some good money, and after a few years "retire" and go live in the out-of-doors. Also, making his home in Wyoming would be good for his wife's health.
Kenny decided to play professional basketball and began his career with the Cleveland Rebels in the fall of 1946. Following, in this category, are the highlights of his distinguished professional career.