THIS DAY IN NY SPORTS HISTORY
Thursday, Feb. 2, 1967
ABA formed; Americans/Nets are born
The American Basketball Association was formed with an official announcement at the Hotel Carlyle in Manhattan. The league introduced a red, white and blue ball, the three-point shot and 10 franchises, including the New York Americans. The Americans made the Armory in New Jersey their home for the inaugural season but moved to Long Island Arena in Commack in their second year and renamed themselves the Nets. Then they moved to Island Garden in West Hempstead before eventually settling at Nassau Coliseum in 1972. The franchise, which won two ABA titles, featured star Rick Barry and later Julius "Dr. J" Erving from Roosevelt. The Nets were among four ABA teams that entered the NBA in the 1976 merger, joining the Nuggets, Spurs and Pacers.