The Celtics' Charlie Scott believes that he enhanced the quality of his mental game "200%" after switching from the ABA to the NBA. Scott says even Dr. J would be able to polish his skills, especially his knowledge of the "total team concept," if he were in the other league.
So with everybody playing in one league, it is fair to assume that all ABA players would almost immediately improve their games by remarkable bounds and that divine parity finally would be reached. Denver would win its conference and polish off Golden State in a phenomenal seven-game series. David Thompson would be chosen most valuable sky diver and Bobby Jones would have three books, two movies and one jigsaw puzzle done on his life.
As those old NBA hands said of George McGinnis, "When George gets on national TV he'll get more notoriety in four minutes in the NBA than he got in four years in the ABA. But he won't dominate. Not yet."
Sure enough. McGinnis got on TV the other week. In his first 12 minutes of notoriety he scored only 14 points. Just goes to show you. It will take those ABA guys a while.