The colorful legacy of the American Basketball Association will be celebrated at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 7, 2018, when the ABA’s 50th reunion is held. All proceeds will go to the Dropping Dimes Foundation, an Indianapolis-based charity that assists former ABA players, coaches, and team employees in need of financial or health care assistance. The event will bring a retro ABA All-Star weekend feel to downtown Indianapolis. Many of the league’s greatest players and coaches are scheduled to attend, including former Pacers legend George McGinnis and legendary Pacers coach Slick Leonard, Julius Erving, Spencer Haywood, Dan Issel, George Gervin, and Artis Gilmore. NBC announcer Bob Costas will serve as master of ceremonies. During the program, the list of the ABA’s all-time 50 greatest players will be announced, as voted on by a media panel.
The game is still roughly four months off, but Warriors guard Stephen Curry already sounds like he’s preparing mentally for what he might do if he is selected as one of the new all-important captains for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. “Probably one of my teammates … until you run out of those options,” he said with a knowing grin. “Then you’ve got to figure it out. You don’t go into a draft knowing what pick 9-10-11 is going to be. You have to see how it all unfolds.”
“You’re an All-Star, but obviously, somebody has to get picked last, or second-to-last,” he said. “I’m sure the noise that’s evident in our society every single day is going use that as ammunition to try and make fun of somebody. But I guarantee you, anybody would want to trade places with the 24th All-Star if they had the opportunity to do so. That’s kind of the unfortunate circumstance of the whole drafting situation. But at least they’re playing in the All-Star Game.”
LeBron James, speaking to the media for the first time in nearly two weeks, offered his thoughts on the All-Star Game format change: “I don’t see it as a bad idea. We had to do something. The All-Star Game has been pretty bad the last couple years just from a competition standpoint. Trying to switch it up. “
JR Smith said the All-Star change is a “great format” but hopes the playground style team picking process is not televised to save players embarrassment.
Smith: “Just creates unwanted drama and unnecessary drama. … Say Anthony Davis gets picked last on whichever team. How do you think he feels about that? As an All-Star, you made the All-Star team, you’re pretty much taking the joy from it away and now you’re making it a problem between me and such and such person because you picked me last.”