Monday, January 24
Excerpted from the Rocky Mountain News article “ABA reunion for old-timers’ sake” by Chris Tomasson on January 14, 2005
“It might be the NBA’s All-Star Game, but there will be plenty of ABA flavor. Roland “Fatty” Taylor, who played in seven of the league’s nine seasons before it folded in 1976, is putting together an ABA reunion at the Invesco Field Ballroom on Feb. 18, two days before the NBA All-Star Game.
Taylor, who lives in Denver and played with the Nuggets in the ABA in 1974-75 and in the NBA in 1976- 77, anticipates more than 100 former ABA players will attend.
Tickets for the general public are $100 with proceeds to benefit the Colorado Hawks, a nonprofit organization that goes toward inner-city youths and sponsors 10 AAU basketball teams.
“This is an ABA town and there are a lot of ABA guys who haven’t seen each other in 30-some years,” said Taylor, one of the directors for the Colorado Hawks. “It would be fitting to have a reunion for the guys to share a lot of stories and show film and stuff. . . . Guys are getting older, so you don’t how many more times they’re going to have a chance to get together.”
Others committed to attend include Artis Gilmore, Bobby Jones, Warren Jabali, Ralph Simpson, Mack Calvin, Brian Taylor, Joe Caldwell and John Roche. Taylor anticipates former Nuggets star David Thompson also will be on hand.”
“For attendees who want to hear legendary tales, sidle up to (Marvin) Barnes, a star with the ABA’s Spirits of St. Louis from 1974-76 before flaming out in four NBA seasons because of injuries and drug use.
Barnes also might be around to tell tales at a lesser-scale ABA gathering Taylor has scheduled for Feb. 20 in the Seawell Ballroom at The Denver Center for Performing Arts. That event, which will have the All-Star Game on a big-screen television, will cost $50. For information about both events, call the Colorado Hawks at 303-341-7325.”
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