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American Basketball Association

The American Basketball Association consisted of two distinct professional basketball leagues.

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Original ABA The original ABA was founded in 1967, competing with the more established, rival National Basketball Association until reaching an agreement of merger in 1976. Ultimately four ABA teams were absorbed into the older league: the New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs. Two other clubs, the Kentucky Colonels and the Spirits of St. Louis[?] were disbanded upon the merger. A third, the Virginia Squires[?], had folded less than a month earlier, missing out on the opportunities a merger might provide.

The ABA distinguished itself from its older counterpart with a more wide-open style of offensive play as well as differences in rules (a 30-second shot clock as opposed to the NBA's 24, use of a 3-point basket, etc.) The free wheeling style of the ABA eventually caught on with fans, but the lack of a national television contract and protracted financial losses would spell doom for the ABA as an independent circuit.

List of ABA Teams

ABA Championship Series Results

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ABA 2000 A new American Basketball Association was formed in the late 1990s and played from 2000 to 2002. The league suspended operations after the 2002 season, but is attempting to return for a 2003-2004 season.

ABA teams that finished the 2001-02 season

Other ABA teams that played

Proposed ABA teams that never played

  • Anaheim Road Runners (2000-01 season)
  • Jacksonville Jackals (2000-01 season)
  • New York Express (2000-01 season)
  • Pittsburgh Patriots (2002-03 season)

ABA Championship Series Results

External links


See also: List of defunct sports leagues



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