ABA Odds & Ends
Once were: Anaheim Amigos, Los Angeles Stars.
Biggest names: Moses Malone, Ron Boone, Zelmo Beatty, coach Bill Sharman.
Biggest moment: Fans stormed the court at the sold-out Salt Palace after Utah beat Kentucky in 1971 ABA Finals.
Biggest names: Dan Issel, Louie Dampier, Artis Gilmore.
Biggest moment: Signed Gilmore in bidding war with NBA.
NEW YORK NETS
Once were: New Jersey Americans
Biggest names: Julius Erving, Rick Barry, Billy Paultz, coach Lou Carnesecca.
Biggest moment: In a rare nationally-televised game, beat Denver in Game 6 of ABA Finals to win the final league title.
Once were: Oakland Oaks, Washington Capitals
Biggest names: Dr. J, Iceman, Charlie Scott, Rick Barry.
Biggest moment: Teamed George Gervin with Julius Erving for half a season in 1973.
Once were: Houston Mavericks.
Later were: Spirits of St. Louis.
Biggest names: Joe Caldwell, Billy Cunningham, Marvin Barnes (St. Louis), Moses Malone (St. Louis).
Biggest moment: In November 1974, St. Louis started rookies Maurice Lucas and Marvin Barnes, with rookie broadcaster Bob Costas calling the game on KMOX.
Biggest names: Mel Daniels, George McGinnis, coach Slick Leonard.
Biggest moment: Moved into Market Square Arena in 1974, ensuring more big crowds and a bright future.
Once were: Pittsburgh Pipers, Minnesota Pipers
Biggest names: Connie Hawkins.
Biggest moment: Signing hometown hero Hawkins, who had been blackballed by the NBA over an unproven college scandal.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Once were: Dallas Chaparrals
Biggest names: George Gervin, Swen Nater.
Biggest moment: Drew over 6,000 fans to their San Antonio debut and in that first year, 1973-74, outdrew the NBA's Houston Rockets, creating the momentum to get San Antonio included in the NBA expansion.
Biggest names: Spencer Haywood, Bobby Jones, David Thompson, coach Larry Brown.
Biggest moment: Signed Spencer Haywood out of Detroit University. Haywood, the first collegian to turn pro before his senior season, was the ABA MVP as a rookie in 1970.
Once were: Minnesota Muskies
Biggest names: Mack Calvin.
Biggest moment: Scantily-clad ballgirls drew some interest.
Once were: New Orleans Buccaneers
Later were: Baltimore Claws (never played a game).
Biggest names: Doug Moe and Larry Brown (with New Orleans).
Biggest moment: Charlie Finley bought the Memphis franchise in 1971, on the brink of his Oakland A's success. Alas, Finley didn't help.
SAN DIEGO CONQUISTADORS/SAILS
Biggest names: Caldwell Jones, coaches K.C. Jones, Wilt Chamberlain.
Biggest moment: In 1974 lost by only 294 votes a referendum to build a new arena in suburban San Diego.