Skeeter Swift passed away this past week at the age of 70. A flamboyant,high scoring guard out of East Tennessee State University, Swift was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 31st pick in the 1969 NBA draft but chose instead to play in the newly formed American Basketball Association.

Swift averaged 11.6 PPG over his five-year career playing for the New Orleans Buccaneers, Memphis Pros, Pittsburgh Condors, Dallas Chapparrals and the San Antoinio Spurs. A three time All Ohio Valley Conference Team member and 1968 Conference Player of the Year, Swift’s number was retired by East Tennessee State with his election to their Hall of Fame in 1982.

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San Antonio Express News

The year was 1973. San Antonio, Lang’s hometown, had a chance to vault itself onto the national pro sports landscape via entry into the American Basketball Association. But for the landmark event to occur, business titan B.J. “Red” McCombs and stockbroker Angelo Drossos needed investors to help them relocate the struggling Dallas Chaparrals to the Alamo City and HemisFair Arena… Drossos began by appealing to Lang’s civic pride, saying the presence of an ABA team would raise the city’s profile and help attract Fortune 500 companies. Lang listened intently, partly because of his love for basketball but also because he enjoyed hearing Drossos talk.

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