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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.
Rick Barry’s golf team, which helped raise money for four charities, also included Naples residents Garrett Richter, Bud Hornbeck, Brian Psota and Patrick Trittler. They combined for a low score of 55 in a field that included Basketball Hall of Famers Ralph Sampson, Artis Gilmore, Bernard King and Alex English among others. Recently retired players Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton also played. “These were really good players,” Barry said of his teammates. “They had two or three handicaps. I don’t play a lot anymore because I like to fish so much. Fly fishing. I’ll go down to Mexico or I’ll go up to Alaska. “I go to Mexico where you can actually catch some really good marlin there.”
Artis Gilmore and Stan Albeck, key figures on the early 1980s Spurs teams that could never quite get past the hated Los Angeles Lakers, will headline the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014. Also slated for induction are the late Joe Straus, Sr., a former Spurs investor and standout athlete, and the 2009 McAllister Park team that reached the Little League World Series. The induction ceremony will be held Feb. 1 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
Ask Joakim Noah what making his first All-Star team would mean to him, and his answer reveals why he has a solid chance to become the first Bulls center to do so since Artis Gilmore. “When you start thinking about individual accolades and stuff like that, you take away from what’s important,” Noah said. “And that’s the game and playing the right way and playing for your teammates. “In the NBA especially, you can get caught up in that stuff very easily — your contract, your playing time, individual things. The great teams, the teams that are about championships, they don’t play that way.”