Remember the ABA
Sacramento may get pumped up when basketball season rolls around. OK, the Kings are cool, but their predecessors, the Rochester Royals, are old-school NBA. One thing this burg never had was an American Basketball Association franchise. The ABA existed for nine high-flying years, from 1967 to 1976; four of its teams—the Nets, Nuggets, Pacers and Spurs—made the transition to the NBA. Others didn’t: the Kentucky Colonels and the Oakland Oaks/Washington Caps/Virginia Squires. Many ABA signatures—players with huge Afros, including Dr. J, who played for the Squires and Nets; red, white and blue basketballs; and some of the most laughably ugly logos and uniforms you’ve ever seen—are chronicled on this wonderful site, along with team histories. Like the New Orleans Buccaneers, which became the Memphis Pros, then Tams and then Sounds before moving to Baltimore as the Hustlers and then the Claws? Too much.