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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Jackie Moon, Semi-Pro and the ABA

SI.com's Steve Aschburner has an excellent piece on the American Basketball Association, which Will Ferrell's making fun of in his new movie, Semi-Pro.

For those of you too young to remember the ABA, read the whole thing. You'll get an appropriate perspective about a pretty good hoops league. Sure, they had the red, white and blue ball, but the ABA had plenty of stars. Its overall quality was compelling enough to enable the league to merge with the NBA.

It wasn't a circus.

Or, at least, no more so than the NBA -- with its dancing girls, game-show host types in the stands, disrespectful public address announcers, etc. -- is now.

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