The American Basketball Association [ABA] today announced that the upcoming season will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this iconic, ground-breaking league. "Yes, it was 50 years ago that my partner, Dick Tinkham, and a group of businessmen came up with the idea to create a new basketball league to rival the NBA," stated Joe Newman,ABA Co-Founder. "It started with some magnificent players like Julius "Dr. J" Erving, George Gervin, Spencer Haywood, Connie Hawkins, Rick Barryand many other legends and the famous red, white and blue ball. The ABA became so impactful that four ABA teams merged into the NBA ( Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs and Brooklyn Nets. After being dormant for several years, in 2000, the ABA returned and today is the largest professional sports league in the US with 100+ teams anticipated for the upcoming season. The ABA is also the most diversified professional sports league in history with over 75% of its owners being African-American, Hispanic, Asian, women, Native Americans and disabled.
Don Sanchez, La Slam owner, ABA West Coast VP, Chairman of the ABA International Committee, will Chair the 50th Anniversary Committee. The ABA will introduce a limited edition commemorative ABA red, white and blue ball.
The American Basketball Association (ABA) today released the names of players selected for the ABA All Star Game to be played in Baltimore, MD on Friday, April 22nd. "This was the toughest year ever to select the All Star teams," stated ABA Co-founder Joe Newman. "With nearly 90 teams and 1000 players, the #talent in the #ABA is truly amazing. I have no doubt that these players and many others in the league could give any professional sports league in the world a run for their money and that includes the NBA, D-League and top FIBA international teams. Too bad that they have turned down #challenges for our #AllStar teams to compete against them. It would probably "bust the bubble" that they have a corner on the top talent. They don't by a long shot."