Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association
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 Balls is, 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.
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Review: Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball AssociationUser Review - Chris Jennings - Goodreads
This book tickled all of my sports nerd fancies. Oh how little I knew of the marvelous disaster that was the ABA. It was such a huge part of our professional basketball heritage that far too few ... Read full review
Review: Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball AssociationUser Review - Shalon Montgomery - Goodreads
Only negative thing to say about this book is it could have been 50 to 70 pages shorter but aside from that.its the best interview book I ever read and am hard pressed to believe I will read a better ... Read full review
Cast of Characters
ABA Team Logos
The First Jumper
The Meanest Men in the ABA
From the Sublime to Johnny Neumann
An ABA Original
The Legend of Doctor J
The Leaders Crumble
Sideshow in Miami
The Boston Celtics of the ABA
The Ultimate Underclassman
The ABAs Frontline Team
The Last Championship