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What’s Wrong With the Los Angeles Lakers

You ask; I reply. Each week on this home, I’ll self-discipline three questions posed via e mail at [email protected]. Please embody your first and last title, along with the metropolis you’re writing in from, and guarantee “Nook Three” is within the subject line.

(Questions is also flippantly edited or condensed for readability.)

Q: I’m a lifelong Nets fan. I’m 61 now and I clearly bear in mind the crew’s pre-N.B.A. years. Julius Erving was the perfect participant to ever play for the Nets, and with out him the franchise wouldn’t exist. However he usually seems to be forgotten in Brooklyn — and so is the A.B.A.

The Nets simply recently posted a tweet indicating that James Harden was solely the second Web in crew historic previous to file a triple-double that included 40 components, along with Vince Carter, nonetheless I was sure that wanted to be incorrect. I appeared it up on-line and positioned that Erving did this twice within the A.B.A.

My query: Does the N.B.A. rely A.B.A. statistics? And if that’s the case, why don’t the Nets search recommendation from them? Looking forward to your safety shortly of the primary Nets championship in 45 years! — Dave Lederer (Sharon, Mass.)

Stein: Love the passion for the A.B.A., Dave. However A.B.A. statistics weren’t (and doubtless gained’t ever be) formally blended with N.B.A. statistics, so the Nets search recommendation from their historic previous solely since 1976-77 after they make such bulletins about milestones.

This nice net web page maintained by Basketball Reference with plenty of profession scoring lists displays how Dr. J may be No. 8 and Dan Issel may be No. 11 if A.B.A. components have been added to the damage they did within the N.B.A. But the itemizing posted there’s purely for dialogue capabilities, on account of the N.B.A. established its protection approach again, leaving Erving at No. 72 amongst N.B.A. scorers and Issel at No. 148. The 4 A.B.A. franchises that joined the league for the 1976-77 season (Denver, Indiana, San Antonio and the Nets) have been dealt with additional like enlargement teams than merging teams.

The A.B.A., in any case, was technique ahead of its time with the early adoption of the 3-pointer and the introduction of a slam dunk contest eight years sooner than the N.B.A., and faster-paced play usually that I sadly didn’t get to see for myself. The merger season was the primary that I’d identify myself a really acutely aware N.B.A. fan; 1977 Topps basketball enjoying playing cards with {the electrical} inexperienced backs nonetheless weaken me as soon as I come all through them as does the Buffalo Braves set from that season that I keep on my desk.

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