Friday, November 12, 2004

Bring back the ABA

My friend Mike told me about this. Red, White, and Blue basketballs. Not affiliated with the NBA. The ABA had the 3 point shot before the NBA did...and now it is back. In fact, Portland has their own team, the Portland Reign. Visit the official ABA site to learn more.

Without cheating and checking the Internet, try to guess which NBA teams had their roots in the ABA before the two leagues merged in 1976 or so.


Don Snabulus said...

I'll give you one...The New York Nets

Sorry, the San Diego Conquistadors and the Virginia Squires never made it to the NBA.

ladybug said...

Wasn't the Harlem Globtrottors originally one of the teams? I seem to remember them having the red, white and blue ball.

Don Snabulus said...

That would have been awesome, but alas, no Globetrotters in the ABA. They were an independent team.

Don Snabulus said...

Okay, I can see that I failed to ignite great curiosity and discussion here, so I will spill the beans...four teams from the ABA merged into the NBA in 1976:

San Antonio Spurs
New York Nets
Denver Nuggets
Indiana Pacers

During that merger, the Portland TrailBlazers picked up Maurice Lucas from the ABA dispersal draft and went on to win the NBA championship in 1977.

Cool, eh?

DewKid said...

Um, the Red Sox?


I'm too late......

ElTigris said...

alternate team names

the edmonton pumperknickels
redland bitbytes
pudget gooeyducks
vancouver vanderhoovens
carlton casanovas
kennebunkport drunkards

The Moody Minstrel said...

Too long, Mr. Tigris. Too long.
(he he he I said "long"...)

How about:

Banff Rocks
Bend Twists
Guin Goners
Polk Choppers
Clark Kents

(Okay...this IS getting ridiculous...)

Fenton the Beaver said...

The ABA was certainly a lot more fun than the more ddefensive oreinted NBA. The ABA greats like Connie Hawkins and Dr. J. and Dominque Wilkins, they were the most amazing specatcles in the games history,

How is it that smashmouth-defense, contant NFL-esque clock stoppages and isolation plays won the day.

I've never appreciated the red, white and blue ball, but the style of play would be nice to see again.

Don Snabulus said...

I am not sure the new ABA is ready to produce the next Connie Hawkins, but if they survive this season financially, who knows?

As a little kid, I enjoyed the novelty of the ABA ball and was excited to have a unique red, white, and blue ball at the school court. Ah, to be a kid again and feel the rush of such simple things.

Our form of capitalism is becoming static and things like the ABA or the World Football League, or WordStar, or independent TV stations are getting harder and harder to come by. It is important to cherish and encourage these independent thinkers as they come along.

The ABA, organic farmers, and other creative thinkers are what I think make America great. When people act out of a love or fondness for their sport or vocation, that is what it is all about.

The Moody Minstrel said...

You're right! And that's also another reason to love LINUX!!!!!! least until SCO comes knocking at your door...