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.
That January 26 game at Cobo Arena against Indiana marks the only home game the Dogs have played in Detroit this season.
POSTPONED HOME GAMES|
|13 of 60 scheduled games (22%) have been postponed|
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.
Indiana 1/15/02, 1/16/02, 1/21/02, 1/31/02
Chicago 1/20/02, 1/23/02