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ABA: competition will be stimulating but the quality is second best
October 27, 1969
Where does the Lively League stand, as it enters its third year of existence? The most succinct summary of its status was provided last June 10 in a preliminary stock prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by the Pittsburgh (then Minnesota) Pipers. The SEC is interested only in the facts, and the Pipers declared: "The future of the company is entirely dependent upon significant public acceptance of the American Basketball Association which is itself heavily dependent upon its ability to attract and retain the best college basketball players. To date, the American Basketball Association has not enjoyed significant public acceptance nor has it been successful in attracting the best college players."
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October 27, 1969

Aba: Competition Will Be Stimulating But The Quality Is Second Best

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Haywood enters the ABA as no worse than second-best center, after Indiana's MVP, Mel Daniels, so his Rockets must be considered a threat to the Caps. So must Bill Sharman's young L.A. Stars, especially if Simmie Hill plays up to his potential, and if the team is not discouraged by empty seats; most of the Stars' games are scheduled when the Lakers are in town.

Indiana is the prize franchise in the ABA, the only one to make a profit. Ii averaged larger crowds than all but five NBA clubs and has a good radio-TV package to go with a big team that should repeat in the East, if only because no one else is much improved. Kentucky, Carolina and New York failed to sign any of their first five picks. Miami still needs help in the corners, so the biggest challenge may come from the Pipers, back in Pittsburgh minus Hawkins and three-quarters of a million dollars, but with a highly touted young coach, John Clark, and some good rookies.

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