LANA SPORTS ABA BASKETBALL


IT’S TIME….AND IT’S BACK….

Our next ABA product is here, and it doesn’t get any more authentic than this. In honor of the 45th anniversary of the ABA/NBA merger, we’re bringing back the original red white and blue “RSS Official” ABA basketball. That’s right – the official basketball of the one and only American Basketball Association – is back for the 1st time in 45 years!

It’s such an exciting and iconic ball – it’s backed by the original ABA players themselves and, as always with Lana Sports, part of the proceeds will be donated to the the Dropping Dimes Foundation to support former players in need.



MESSAGE FROM THE ABA HOF’ERS

 

Rick Barry, HOF ’87

“Over 50 years ago the American Basketball Association changed the world of professional basketball and the patriotic red, white and blue ball became an instant fan favorite. Thanks to Lana Sports, the ABA ball is back and available for purchase. I am proud to have been a pioneer of the league and excited to be a part of bringing the history of the league and its innovative ball back to life.”

NBA champion (1975)
ABA champion (1969)
8x NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star Game MVP (1967)
5x All-NBA First Team
4x ABA All-Star
NBA Rookie of the Year (1966)
NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
ABA All-Time Team

Larry Brown, HOF ’02

“I’ll never forget the ABA for providing such a great opportunity to guys like me – not just to play, but also to coach. That opportunity continued in a very fulfilling career for me as a coach in the NBA. One of the things I love most about the red, white and blue ball is how great it is for teaching youngsters about shooting and ball handling. Thanks Lana Sports for bringing a legendary basketball back for a great cause.”

HOF (2002)
ABA Champion (1969 Oakland Oaks)
NBA Champion (2004 Detroit Pistons)
3x ABA All-Star
ABA All-Star MVP (1968)
3x ABA assists leader
3x ABA Coach of the Year
NBA Coach of the Year (2001)
NCAA Champion (1988 Kansas)

Louie Dampier, HOF ’15

“I spent 9 seasons in the ABA and they were the most fun years of my pro career. I’m thrilled to be part of bringing history back. It was always special watching the spin of the red, white and blue ball as it came through the net on a 3 pointer in the ABA…..fantastic to see Lana Sports bringing back the original league ball!”

Hall of Fame (2015)
ABA Champion (1975)
7x ABA All-Star
1st all-time in ABA points scored
1st all-time in ABA 3 point FG’s made
1st all-time in ABA assists
ABA all-time team

George "Ice" Gervin HOF ‘96

““I’m happy to support Lana Sports in bringing back the original ABA basketball – such a great ball, and such a great cause man!”

9× NBA All-Star (1977–1985)
NBA All-Star Game MVP (1980)
5× All-NBA First Team (1978–1982)
4× NBA scoring champion (1978–1980, 1982)
3× ABA All-Star (1974–1976)
ABA All-Rookie First Team (1973)
NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
ABA All-Time Team

Bobby Jones HOF ‘19

“I started my pro basketball career in the ABA and I’ll never forget the experience. I faced the challenge of defending some of the greatest forwards in the ABA – the talent in the league was incredible and the fans had so much energy. The red, white and blue ball was symbolic of the League and I’m proud to be a part of the Lana Sports effort to bring it back in support of former ABA players.”

ABA All-Star (1976)
All-ABA Second Team (1976)
2× ABA All-Defensive First Team (1975, 1976)
ABA All-Rookie First Team (1975)
NBA champion (1983)
4× NBA All-Star (1977, 1978, 1981, 1982)
8× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1977–1984)
NBA Sixth Man of the Year (1983)

Bobby "Slick" Leonard, HOF ’14

“The red, white and blue ball brings back a lot of great memories. Great fans, Great games, Great players. Many of those players are now in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. It’s great to see Lana Sports bringing that magnificent ball back to life for another generation!”

Hall of Fame (2014)
3X ABA Champion (Indiana Pacers, 1970, 1972, 1973)
No. 529 retired by Indiana Pacers
NCAA Champion (Indiana University 1953)
Consensus 2nd Team All-American (1954)

George McGinnis, HOF ’17

“The ABA ball is amazing because it’s so easy to see the ball rotation. I loved playing with this ball and it’s really great to see Lana Sports putting it back where it belongs – on the basketball court! It’s a legendary basketball that symbolizes a legendary league. I’ll always treasure my time in the ABA.”

Hall of Fame (2017)
ABA MVP (1975)
2x ABA Champion (1972, 1973)
3x ABA All-Star
3x NBA All-Star
ABA all-time team