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

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 6, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 450 pages
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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.

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 Association

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Organized around varying subjects (St Louis Spirits, Dr J, evolution of the league, "Bad News" Barnes, etc) the story of the ABA is told casually via a collection of interviews. I knew next to nothing ... Read full review

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

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400+ pages of the craziest, wildest, most entertaining stories ever told, all in the form of first-person accounts from very well-respected basketball men (Bob Costas, Rod Thorn, Larry Brown, and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Cast of Characters
13
ABA Team Logos
20
Birth Pangs
39
The First Jumper
48
Finding Players
58
The 3Pointer
70
The Hawk
79
The Meanest Men in the ABA
215
197172
220
From the Sublime to Johnny Neumann
234
197273
246
An ABA Original
266
Coach Chamberlain
274
The Rivalry
285
The Legend of Doctor J
317

196768
89
The Leaders Crumble
99
196869
108
Sideshow in Miami
118
196970
127
The Boston Celtics of the ABA
134
Star Wars
177
19701971
200
The Ultimate Underclassman
323
The ABAs Frontline Team
329
197475
347
Escape Claws
390
197576
402
The Last Championship
417
Aftermath
433
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About the author (2007)

Terry Pluto is an award-winning sportswriter who writes primarily for The Plain Dealer. He was a sportswriter for the Akron Beacon Journal from 1985-2007. He has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and twice been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the nation's top sports columnist for medium-sized newspapers. He is an eight-time winner of the Ohio Sports Writer of the Year award and has received more than fifty state and local writing awards. He is the author of twenty-one books, including The Curse of Rocky Colavito, Unguarded, and Loose Balls. He lives in Akron, Ohio.

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