Meet Robert "Skip" Chernov, local rock promoter, scene maker, boxing closed-circuit regional ruler, downtown nightclub owner, and all-around hustler from Providence, Rhode Island. In the spring of 1977, Chernov dubiously attempted to buy either the Indiana Pacers or the New York Nets, the latter plagued with low attendance at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and bring them to Providence, something the Boston Celtics certainly wouldn't have liked because it infringed on their New England territory had it happened. But his basketball ownership dreams arrived in buying an expansion team in the EBA for Providence for a far cheaper price of $3000 called the Shooting Stars but later sold it for $250 to three owners before the start of the 1977-78 season a week later while on an alcoholic drinking binge, something that was part of his later admitted alcohol issues. Yet he soon after unsuccessfully sued them to get the Providence Shooting Stars back. As for the franchise, Providence "staggered along until April 1978 and finished their only campaign with a record of 9-19. The Shooting Stars were booted from the Eastern Basketball Association due to financial insolvency in July 1978" with seriously open talk from team president John C. Davis of ceasing the franchise dating from the first month of December.

Saga gets better and even stranger involving Chernov: He later seriously sued the NBA in April 1980 upon acquiring the rights of the old, dreadful, and beleaguered Providence Steamrollers that the NBA deactivated from the BAA-NBL merger rolls from its late owner Louis Pieri in 1979, feeling he and the franchise were entitled for future NBA re-entry in the 1980-81 when the NBA already announced the Dallas Mavericks would get in instead. Chernov's stance stated that the 1949 motion by the NBA┬’s board of directors to suspend the Steamrollers placed no restrictions on when the club could be re-activated. Furthermore, Chernov argued that he and his team should get the #1 overall pick in the June 1980 NBA Draft based on the Steamrollers last place finish in the 1948-49 season (Had he heard of the coin toss the NBA used back then? Not to mention possessing concrete NBA expansion plans for Providence?). A federal court judge in Providence tossed the case in June 1980. Chernov passed away in 2001:
http://funwhileitlasted.net/2018/05/...hooting-stars/

Curry Kilpatrick's February 12, 1979 Sports Illustrated piece on the Western Basketball Association, the ambitious 7-team league in the western part of the USA filling the minor league basketball void with the CBA (then recently just changed its name from the Eastern Basketball Association) and expanding the pro basketball players' options with overseas, not just Europe. The WBA acted, like a lot of minor pro basketball leagues before and since, as a station for hungry players (be they NBA draft busts and fringe players who are right there) and coaches alike hoping to either break into the NBA in getting noticed or get a second chance in it, this time more permanently, as they proved themselves with just a step away. Unlike the NBA at the time, the WBA employed the 3-point shot and line and the no foul out rule, which the NBA didn't adopt in the latter. For all its better pro experience and asthetics in comparison to the CBA, the WBA can out-bizarre the NBA's bizarreness at the time. Several WBA players got some NBA call-ups, but the WBA was also known to have players just quit in mid-game like when Utah's Bruces Seals did exactly that after arguing with coach, and former Utah Stars player, Bill Nemelka over playing time and told Seals to go home. Happened numerous times across the league.

Some notable people who are WBA alums include Gerald Henderson, the late Bill Musselman, Randy Ayers, Cazzie Russell, Jeff Cook, Bucky Buckwalter, Brad Davis, Herb Brown (Larry's brother), Rex Hughes, Ted McClain, Sudden Sam Smith, Bill Kluckas, and Duck Brown. Country music legend Charley Pride used to be a co-owner of the Montana Sky:
https://www.si.com/vault/1979/02/12/...ell-as-players
https://www.si.com/vault/issue/70817/20/2 (layout version with photos from pages 16-21)

Dealing specifically mixing the SLC-based Utah Prospectors, who came into existence to fill the pro basketball void left by the ABA's Utah Stars and even the Utah Rockies/Spirits of Utah's demise when it was feared the state not just SLC would never see pro basketball again, with the WBA as a league; the Utah Pros even courted those with Utah Stars ties to work and play for the Prospectors and used its colo(u)rs and played at the old Salt Palace. Supposedly a WBA All-Star Game was to be held in Salt Lake City with the Utah Pros hosting on January 18, 1979 but got cancelled due to financial issues. The Jazz's arrival from New Orleans later that year signaled the Prospecters' demise with the WBA actively looking to move them to Provo, Cheyenne, and Barstow when news came about a possible CBA-WBA merger with Utah out of this because of the Utah Jazz's presence and the Pros can't compete, but none of the other WBA teams could afford to make the financial commitment and thus folded:
https://nbahoopsonline.com/History/L...ors/index.html