ABA: A Basketball Odyssey

It was supposed to be the All-Star game to end all All-Star games. And in many ways, it was.

When the American Basketball Association threw its ninth and last All-Star bash in 1976, the league was determined to make it a showcase that would be remembered and talked about for years to come, and perhaps hasten a merger with the established NBA.

 

The idea was not only to provide a real All-Star game, but to make an entire weekend of it, including a concert by Glen Campbell and Charlie Rich. But it was one innovation, the fruit of a long brainstorming session, that would prove to be the most memorable addition to the 1976 ABA All-Star game.

 

A halftime slam-dunk contest.

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