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The man who reinvented b-ball

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Turned down in his bid for a National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise in 1961, Harlem Globetrotters owner and coach Abe Saperstein formed his own league: the American Basketball League. 

The league folded after only 18 months, but one of Saperstein’s innovations—the three-point shot—caught on with the new American Basketball Association (ABA), formed in 1967. And when the ABA merged with the NBA in 1976, the new NBA adopted the three-pointer, which has changed the game.

The lesson: Good ideas eventually rise, often in unexpected ways.

— Adapted from “Abe Saperstein,”

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