Loose Balls : The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-11-06
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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What do Julius Erving, Larry Brown, Moses Malone, Bob Costas, the Indiana Pacers, the San Antonio Spurs and the Slam Dunk Contest have in common? They all got their professional starts in the American Basketball Association.The NBA may have won the financial battle, but the ABA won the artistic war. With its stress on wide-open individual play, the adoption of the 3-point shot and pressing defense, and the encouragement of flashy moves and flying dunks, today's NBA is still -- decades later -- just the ABA without the red, white and blue ball.Loose Ballsis, after all these years, the definitive and most widely respected history of the ABA. It's a wild ride through some of the wackiest, funniest, strangest times ever to hit pro sports -- told entirely through the (often incredible) words of those who played, wrote and connived their way through the league's nine seasons.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters
Year-by-Year Standings and Franchise Histories
ABA Team Logos
Opening Gambits Birth Pangs
The Ball
The First Jumper
The Shakeout Begins
Finding Players
Opening Tip
The 3-Pointer
Larry and Doug
The Hawk
Bad Times in Oakland
First-Year Notebook: 1967-68The $1.3 Million Glass Ring: An ABA ""Success"" Story
The Leaders Crumble
Second-Year Notebook: 1968-69Saved from the Brink
Washington: First in War, First in Peace, and Third in the Western Division?Sideshow in Miami
Third-Year Not
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