Loose Balls [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439127520
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 306,952
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Cast of Characters 13
Year-by-Year Standings and Franchise Histories 18
ABA Team Logos 20
Prologue 25
Part I Opening Gambits
Birth Pangs 39
The Ball 44
The First Jumper 48
The Shakeout Begins 52
Finding Players 58
Opening Tip 63
The 3-Pointer 70
Larry and Doug 75
The Hawk 79
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
Star Wars 177
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
Memphis Follies 239
Sixth-Year Notebook: 1972-73 246
Carolina: Where the Cougars Roamed 248
Wendell Ladner: An ABA Original 266
Seventh-Year Notebook: 1973-74 271
Coach Chamberlain 274
Doctor J and the Rest 277
The Rivalry 285
A Big Move Spurs a Texas Revival 289
Part III Endgame
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
Escape Claws 390
Denver: A Rock in the ABA 395
Ninth-Year Notebook: 1975-76 402
Down the Tubes with Virginia 403
The Last Championship 417
Surrender 421
Aftermath 433
Index 438
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  • Posted November 14, 2013

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

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Best basketball e-book ever!

    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 anywhere

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2009

    Entertaining History of the ABA

    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.

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