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Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association The American Basketball Association Gave Birth To Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Bob Costas, The Indiana Pacers, The San Antonio Spurs, The Slam Dunk Contest, Flashy Moves, And The Three Point Basket During Its Nine Seasons, The ABA Generated Scorn And Laughter And Made A Lasting Impact On How The Game Is Played Pages Of Photographs

About the Author: Terry Pluto

Terry Pluto is a sports columnist for the Plain Dealer He has twice been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the nations top sports columnist for medium sized newspapers He is a nine time winner of the Ohio Sports Writer of the Year award and has received than 50 state and local writing awards In 2005 he was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame He is the autho

10 thoughts on “Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association

  1. says:

    What makes LOOSE BALLS great is that the ABA is the last great American myth There is little to no evidence of if any of the stories it engendered are true, but the book lives up to its strange, yet engaging legacy of being both the epitome of what the 1970s were about afros, free spirited excess, drugs, guns and the birth of contemporary, fast flowing basketball.I didn t know the ABA all that well before getting int

  2. says:

    If you re a basketball fan this oral history of the ABA is well worth your time I never realized how important the ABA was to the current NBA s health and success The book is equal parts history and and hilarious It gives first hand accounts of the intricacies and insanity of the ABA Really enjoyed it and learned quite a bit about how pro basketball in the U.S got to where it is today.

  3. says:

    A mildly entertaining listen about the ABA, a weird pro league that existed from 1967 1976 The ABA gave us some incredible players Julius Erving, Artis Gil, Rick Barry, David Thompson, Moses Malone and some great innovations the 3 pointer, a quicker pace of play, the dunk contest, and basically any gimmicky promotional thing ever It was pretty interesting learning about those guys and events, especially many of the reall

  4. says:

    Good oral history of a fun league and where my love for hoops started, back when the San Antonio Spurs first arrived on loan from Dallas The league was full of real characters and some great talent That said, this book is so out of date and would benefit from an updated or revised edition.

  5. says:

    Warren Jabali deliberately stomped on a dude s head during an ABA game Also the Spurs held a Dime Beer Night that ended in a riot These are the things that are sorely missing from modern basketball.

  6. says:

    Loose Balls is a highly enjoyable account of the wild days of the American Basketball Association I m an off and on NBA fan and a long time fan of the game of basketball I can tell you stats and stories about many NBA players, but until I read this book, I basically knew nothing about this short lived league other than the fact that it birthed the San Antonio Spurs The book chronicles the several years in the Seventies that th

  7. says:

    HANDS DOWN THE FUNNIEST BOOK ABOUT PRO BASKETBALL EVER WRITTEN It helps that it s about the brief, crazed history of the ABA, but the chapter about the St Louis Spirits with Marvin Bad News Barnes, Fly Williams of Austin Peay, and a first year sportscaster named Bob Costas is worth the price of the book alone Pluto s book on the Cleveland Indians, The Curse of Rocky Colavito, is almost as funny, and ranks with Seasons

  8. says:

    In Loose Balls by Terry Pluto, he goes through anecdotes and stories from players who took part in the American Basketball Association ABA to form a collage of knowledge that gives the reader a great narration of the league the ABA was a competitor of the NBA in the 1970s and added a 3 point line, a multi colored ball, and generally had athletic but less coached players The ABA eventually merged with the NBA in 1976 Anyway, the b

  9. says:

    An intriguing behind the scenes look at the American Basketball Association, but in the introduction chapter Terry Pluto includes the line True Stories Who knows and you get that sense in this book Pluto did a great job interviewing a bunch of players coaches announcers owners from the ABA days, but he spills everything out into this book, and I got the sense that little effort was made to back up claims that were made, etc It is wr

  10. says:

    A very enjoyable and informative book on the American Basketball Association, the league that introduced hoops to the red, white blue basketball, the 3 point shot and hardship players Being a native of Indiana and a big fan of the early Pacers, I never really knew that the ABA was a league in constant turmoil during its nine year existence Indiana was a reasonably stable franchise during those years I vividly recall Roger Brown, Bob N

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