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ABA’s Richmond Rockets Provide Low-Cost Substitute For NBA

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RICHMOND (KCBS) – The old American Basketball Association is making a comeback in the Bay Area, with many treating the league as a good substitute for the NBA, which is on the verge of canceling its season.

It’s been a great season already for fans of the ABA’s Richmond Rockets, off to a 2-0 start. The Rockets’ home court is at the renovated Memorial Auditorium at the Richmond Civic Center Plaza.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

”People are really excited to be involved in something like this, especially with our NBA team over in Oakland not being able to play,” said Chamber of Commerce president Judy Morgan. “Richmond has a lot of basketball fans.”

Some may recall the old ABA teams of the ‘70’s that had players like Rick Barry, Connie Hawkins and Julius Irving, or Dr. J.

This new league, which has about 90 teams playing in regional circuits, gives families low-cost entertainment, which is something that’s much harder to come by in the NBA.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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