By Daniela Paredez. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 15:33:51 PM.
Both collegiate basketball and professional basketball are very popular in the United States. That’s because most of the stars from the college ranks are the ones who get drafted by NBA teams in the annual NBA Draft. This interconnection make basketball among the Top 3 most popular sports in the United States.
One such player who had their career cut short by acting out and drugs was Marvin Barnes. Barnes is one of the saddest yet most interesting stories in NBA history, yet it is one with a glimmer of hope. Barnes had the nickname â€œBad News Marvinâ€ because of his off the court issues.
In the 1960s as the NBA was going through a growth spurt by adding new teams, a rival spring up to challenge it in the ABA. The ABA would last from 1967 until 1976 when it merged with the NBA.