OK, lets face it: The ABA has no where NEAR packed with talent as the NBA D-League or even international basketball. The main reason is because the league REFUSES to check-over it's list of owners time and time again.
In fact, ABA "owners" are often men and women with criminal history who are just in it to scam local fans off of their money.
Because the ABA won't give a damn, I decided to compile a list of the 5 WORST owners in ABA history - and yes, this list will include expansion teams.
5. Abdur Shabazz, Providence Anchors
Yeah, it's pretty bad when the ABA has an owner of a team who, gradually, over time, gets caught in legal trouble. It's even worse when the league accepts an owner who's ALREADY BEEN IN JAIL. Adbur Shabazz we all already know as a can artist, someone who shouldn't be trusted.
And yet what does the ABA do once he wants in?
Accept him into the league!
Oh ABA, will you ever learn from your mistakes?
4. Ron Hicks, Chicago Steam
Ok, forget the fact that the Steam is a successful team. Why? Because no matter how good his team is on the court, RON HICKS IS A HORRID GENERAL MANAGER OFF IT.
Geez, talk about a cheap bastard. All Hicks has accomplished in his under-five years of ownership experience is
- Cheating players about of money for a number of things (road trips, international trips, TRYOUTS, the list goes on, people)
- Cheating the ABA out of money
- REFUSING to acknowledge that he's done wrong to multitudes of people.
Hell, I'm surprised the ABA is still around with shitty owners like Hicks.
3. Joshua Randolph, Gainesville Heat
This is technically cheating seeing as how Randolph was a head coach, and NOT a owner, but, when you get down to it, Randolph is the pinnacle of bad owners in the ABA.
What was it he was in jail for recently?
Oh yeah, THEFT, FORGERY, AND BANK ACCOUNT FRAUD.
2. Joe Newman, Indiana Legends
Yeah, let's face it: JOE NEWMAN MIGHT JUST BE THE WORST CEO OF A SPORTS LEAGUE EVER.
Nowhere is that more evident than in the case of the Indiana Legends. This short-lived team (as if short-lived teams are anything new in this league) existed in the first two years of the league.
Now, how bad of an owner was Joe Newman?
Well, he REFUSED TO PAY HIS PLAYERS, WHICH RESULTED IN THEM SUING THE TEAM TO GET THEIR CASH OUT OF HIM!
Joe, for the good of everyone ever in minor league sports, please, PLEASE, retire. Just . . . just PLEASE!
1. Embry Malone, Georgia Gwizzlies
Man oh man, how do you describe Embryo Malone? Well, deceptive, disgraceful, and horrific are a few goo words to use. But I have a better way to describe him:
THE WORST OWNER OF ANY SPORTS FRANCHISE IN HISTORY.
Now, this doesn't mean that the ABA doesn't have good team owners. Just look at the Jacksonville Giants and North Dallas Vandals. They're at least TRYING to make something of this league, and they deserve to be praised for it.
As for the rest of the league, well, two words:
This has been Signaturewikiballer, and I hope you found this blog informative. For now, I bid ado.