Former ABA Players to Receive ‘Recognition Payments’ From NBA


The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) recently announced that the former American Basketball Association (ABA) players are eligible to receive “recognition payments.”

Previously, players who did not meet a given period, playing for the team were not eligible of getting the payments – pension plan. The new, joint program will cover payments for pioneer ABA players who are approximately 115 in number.

Most of these players played for at least three seasons, a period that doesn’t qualify them for the NBA players’ pension plan. But with the new program, they are now eligible to get the payments.  According to Tamika Tremaglio, NBPA Executive Director, written statement, the players deserve a special sense of appreciation for paving way for the current ones and the success the organization enjoys today. He further explains how they have always considered the players as part of the existing brotherhood and how proud they are to finally make them part of the new benefits.

The program has set aside about $25 million towards the payments for the pioneer ABA players which translates to approximately an annual payment of $3828 per year of service. That way, every player with five years of ABA service will receive $19140 annually from the program.

The team governors and existing players felt the need to do something on behalf of their former colleagues, most of them who are currently aging and going through financial difficulties. The NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, further explained that the pioneers played a significant role in the growth of the professional basketball industry and they deserve financial recognition for their impact on the group.

The ABA was created in 1967 before it merged with the NBA in 1976. Some of the teams that further made it to the NBA include The Indiana Pacers, the New York Nets, the Denver Nuggets, and the San Antonio Spurs.

Take 2! LeBron James Clarifies His Comments on Brittney Griner’s Detainment in Russia  


*LeBron James recently shared his outlook on the #BrittneyGriner situation and says if he were her, he would question returning to the U.S.⁠ By now, we all know the WNBA star is in a terrible situation that has lasted way too long.

Griner was arrested in a Russian airport near Moscow in mid-February on allegations that Russian authorities found vape cartridges with cannabis oil in her bag.⁠ She has been held in captivity ever since.⁠

Bron made the comments during a recent taping of “The Shop” and according to the shower trailer that was released the conversation apparently turned to the incarcerated athlete.⁠
⁠“Now, how can she feel like America has her back? I would be feeling like, ‘Do I even want to go back to America?’”⁠

James doesn’t feel as if the U.S. is doing enough to bring Griner home. Despite her case being covered in America, and across the world.⁠After the clip went viral, James clarified his statement on Twitter.⁠

“My comments on “The Shop” regarding Brittney Griner wasn’t knocking our beautiful country. I was simply saying how she’s probably feeling emotionally along with so many other emotions, thoughts, etc inside that cage she’s been in for over 100+ days! Long story short #BringHerHome,” Born tweeted Tuesday.⁠


Brittney’s wife, Cherelle Griner, spoke with both President Joe Bide and Vice President Kamala Harris. Notably, it seems the “The Shop” episode may have been filmed before Cherelle spoke to the duo, TMZ reported.⁠ Biden also wrote a letter to Brittney, which she did receive.⁠

‘Walking Alone: The Untold Journey of Football Pioneer Kenny Washington’ Out Now


 On September 29, 1946, football star Kenny Washington made history. When he trotted onto the field for the Los Angeles Rams, Washington broke the color barrier in the National Football League (NFL).

In Walking Alone: The Untold Journey of Football Pioneer Kenny Washington (July 13, 2022; $36.00, Hardback), Dan Taylor reveals Washington’s immeasurable impact on the sport and beyond. In this new book, published by Rowman & Littlefield during the 75th Anniversary year of Washington’s achievement, Taylor reflects on how legends of the game hailed Washington as one of the greatest players in football history.

He was also a baseball star, and Taylor recounts never-before-told details of the efforts to make Washington the first Black player in big league baseball along with Jackie Robinson. Taylor also delves into the heinous verbal and physical abuse Washington was subjected to, his refusal to play in the South, and how he positively impacted ignorant teammates and rivals through his character and talent.

Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, there was no more popular athlete in Los Angeles than Kenny Washington, who originally honed his skills at Los Angeles’ Lincoln High School and UCLA. Walking Alone chronicles for the first time the life story of this trailblazing football legend.

Dan Taylor is a former award-winning television sportscaster. He is the author of Fate’s Take-Out Slide in collaboration with George Genovese; A Scout’s Report: My 70-Years in Baseball; Rise of the Bulldogs; and Lights, Camera, Fastball: How the Hollywood Stars Changed Baseball. Taylor is involved with the television broadcast team for the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League and is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the Pacific Coast League Historical Society. He resides in Fresno, California