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When Kareem Wanted To Be a Net

Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy, is excerpting his "Book of Basketball" on ESPN, and again Friday had a historical nugget on the Nets' early history. If the first excerpt on how the ABA-NBA merger screwed the Nets wasn't depressing enough, how about this: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wanted to be a Net coming out of UCLA but a forgotten million dollar check ended his dream.