Throwback Thursday: Marvin “Bad News” Barnes, The Free Spirit

Posted in Blogroll on February 21st, 2008 by Ron Glover

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Marvin and the Doctor do the sweet compete

I’m too young to remember the heyday of the now defunct ABA, but from what I’ve seen in photographs and press clippings it gives off the impression that it was a microcosm of the “free spirited” early 1970’s. The ABA was up there with the lava lamp and the glow-in-the-dark zodiac posters (love that Virgo!!!). Besides star attractions such as Julius Erving, George McGinnis, Connie Hawkins, David Thompson, Moses Malone and others, the fashion statements made by some players throughout the ABA looked like something out of the annual Player’s Ball scene in The Mack.

Then there was Marvin Barnes, the ABA’s man o’ the times, the most free of the ABA spirits, Barnes was an enigma to those that loved the league and the era that it thrived in. Whether it was the fur coats, the Rolls-Royces that he drove depending on the weather that day, or his thoughts on time travel. Barnes was one of a kind to say the least.

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