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The Book of Basketball

Originally Published: October 22, 2009
By Bill Simmons | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: The following is excerpted from Bill Simmons' new book, "The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy," copyright 2009 by Bill Simmons. Reprinted by permission of ESPN Books and Ballantine Books.

This excerpt is from a chapter called "The What Ifs?", in which I rank the 33 biggest NBA "What Ifs" of all time. This was the No. 3 "What If?"

What If the ABA had Landed Kareem?

When Lew Alcindor finished his UCLA career in the spring of 1969, ...

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