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ABAndon Ship!

Chicago to Las Vegas; Indiana to Scrapheap?
Updated 3:02pm ET Monday, February 11, 2002

Will Las Vegas be the new home for an ABA team?

By almostbasketball Staff

Less than two months into its second season, the American Basketball Association appears ready to lose at least one of its seven teams and to shift another to Las Vegas.

The Kansas City Star reports in Monday's editions that the Chicago Skyliners will fold and be replaced by a team in Las Vegas, and that the Indiana Legends will not play tonight because they "don't have an arena for the game".

Indiana, which worked out a deal to play at the Indiana State Fairgrounds a day before they were originally to open their home schedule, did not play Sunday's game against Kentucky, and may be on the brink of folding.

The ABA, which lost teams in Memphis, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles and San Diego after its first season, saw prospective teams in Long Island and Tijuana drop out prior to this season, and opened with seven clubs that were to play a 42-game schedule between December 26 and April 15.

Detroit, Chicago, and Indiana didn't have arena leases when the season tipped off. Chicago played two home games at a small church gymnasium, while Indiana played four home games at the Pepsi Coliseum before mysteriously switching its January 26 home game against the Dogs to Detroit at the last minute without explanation. After one more home game, the Legends have apparently lost their lease.

POSTPONED HOME GAMES
Chicago6
Detroit4
Indiana3
TOTAL13
13 of 60 scheduled games (22%) have been postponed
That January 26 game at Cobo Arena against Indiana marks the only home game the Dogs have played in Detroit this season.

Las Vegas, which had a team in the recently-defunct International Basketball League, will apparently be the new home for the slot previously occupied by the Skyliners, who were the ABA's runners-up a year ago.

The Chicago franchise began this season under the stewardship of businessmen Calvin Jarrett and David A. Kittrell. However, the Skyliners were a disaster from the start: a thrown-together lineup lost its first two games by 57 and 58 points, and players were apparently never paid or signed to contracts. After failing to reach arena leases with several local colleges, the Skyliners played two games at the small local church gym, attracting fewer than 100 fans to each.

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SCORES
2/10PHOENIX124S.California120
2/10KAN.CITY120Detroit94
2/9KENTUCKY114Chicago103
2/8KAN.CITY114Phoenix101
2/6Kan.City137S.CALIFORNIA126
All Scores
STANDINGS
EASTWLPct.GB
Detroit45.444--
Indiana58.385
Kentucky412.2504
Chicago07.000
WESTWLPct.GB
Kansas City135.722---
Phoenix115.6881
Southern California105.667
HEADLINES
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Fast Eddie Gill
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Eclipse Look to Break Slide
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(OC Register)
All News
UPCOMING GAMES
MON2/11Kansas City@IndianaPpd
MON2/11Detroit@ChicagoPpd
WED2/13Phoenix@ChicagoPpd
THU2/14Indiana@Detroit7:30
THU2/14S.California@ChicagoPpd
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LINKS
Official ABA Site
knightsfans.com
Oursports Central ABA page
Jose's Phoenix Eclipse Page
CROWD CONTROL
TeamGTotalAvg.
Kansas City*916,1661,796
Phoenix1012,8051,281
S.California1011,6381,164
Kentucky94,331481
Indiana*1350350
Chicago*000
Detroit*000
LEAGUE*3945,2901,161
*Missing Data
KC 1/10/02
Indiana 1/15/02, 1/16/02, 1/21/02, 1/31/02
Chicago 1/20/02, 1/23/02
Detroit 1/26/02