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|Cast of Characters||13|
|Year-by-Year Standings and Franchise Histories||18|
|ABA Team Logos||20|
|Part I||Opening Gambits|
|The First Jumper||48|
|The Shakeout Begins||52|
|Larry and Doug||75|
|Bad Times in Oakland||84|
|First-Year Notebook: 1967-68||87|
|The $1.3 Million Glass Ring: An ABA "Success" Story||90|
|The Leaders Crumble||99|
|Second-Year Notebook: 1968-69||108|
|Saved from the Brink||110|
|Washington: First in War, First in Peace, and Third in the Western Division?||113|
|Sideshow in Miami||118|
|Third-Year Notebook: 1969-70||125|
|Raiding the Refs||127|
|The Indiana Pacers: The Boston Celtics of the ABA||134|
|Part II||Middle Game|
|Fourth-Year Notebook: 1970-71||200|
|The Stars Rise in L.A., but Shine in Utah||202|
|The Meanest Men in the ABA||215|
|Fifth-Year Notebook: 1971-72||220|
|Enter the Doctor||222|
|From the Sublime to ... Johnny Neumann||234|
|Sixth-Year Notebook: 1972-73||246|
|Carolina: Where the Cougars Roamed||248|
|Wendell Ladner: An ABA Original||266|
|Seventh-Year Notebook: 1973-74||271|
|Doctor J and the Rest||277|
|A Big Move Spurs a Texas Revival||289|
|The Legend of Doctor J||317|
|Moses Malone: The Ultimate Underclassman||323|
|The Kentucky Colonels: The ABA's Frontline Team||329|
|Eighth-Year Notebook: 1974-75||347|
|The Wildest Team of Them All||349|
|Denver: A Rock in the ABA||395|
|Ninth-Year Notebook: 1975-76||402|
|Down the Tubes with Virginia||403|
|The Last Championship||417|
Posted November 14, 2013
In Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association by Terry Pluto, the story of a basketball league like no other is portrayed in a very interesting way. The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a basketball league that was very loosely formed to compete with the National Basketball Association (NBA). In Loose Balls Terry Pluto uses first hand experiences of those involved in the ABA to help fans better understand the mysteries of the short lived league.
Loose Balls is a great book for fans of the NBA. I am a very avid NBA fan and I found this book very interesting because Pluto does a great job of pointing out all of the things in the NBA today that were adopted from the ABA during the NBA – ABA merger. The ABA was originally founded with a main goal in mind of merging with the NBA. The owners of the ABA were willing to take any suggestion, no matter how odd, just to set the league apart from the NBA. Some of these radical suggestions were the red, white, and blue ball; the dunk contest; and the addition of the three point line. The new style of play in the ABA drew the attention of a large number of NBA fans, and eventually it was enough for the NBA to merge with the ABA and form one league. When the merger happened, the ABA influenced the NBA greatly, not only by adding teams, events, and ways to score. The players that transferred over to the NBA like Julius Erving revolutionized the way the game was played.
Loose Balls by Terry Pluto tells a tale of how a basketball league, that was so poorly organized it was almost comical, became one of the most revolutionary events in basketball history. This story is unique because not much is known about the ABA except by those who were a part of it. I really enjoyed this book because it combined history which I like with basketball which I love.
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Posted January 30, 2012
This is the best e-book on basketball that you can buy!!! (and the 2nd best ever on basketball behind Breaks of the Game which is not an e-book.) my original book is rather worn through so it's nice to have a copy to carry anywhereWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 21, 2009
This was a great read and I would definitely recommend it for fans of basketball and the NBA in particular. The style is a bit different with the author simply relaying stories from the actual participants, but once you get used to the style it becomes a great story telling technique. The fact that it is the actual members of the ABA telling the story makes it more of a primary source for information. All in all the book is entertaining, and the stories of life in the ABA are almost too crazy to seem true. I would recommend this to anyone with a passion for basketball and its history, it was informative, a quick read and really did spark more of an interest for me in the ABA.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 4, 2010
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