By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (July 4, 2017)
Fourth in a series
The voice is haunting.
It’s an emotional call for gratitude.
It accentuates the brotherly bond between Harley “Skeeter” Swift and Bob Netolicky, former teammates with the Dallas Chaparrals and San Antonio Spurs during the 1972-73 and 1973-74 ABA seasons.
But it’s more than that, really.
It’s about the enduring legacy of the kinship shared by the tight fraternity of many former ABA players who competed during the avante-garde circuit’s memorable run (1967-1976).
The voice pulls at your heart’s strings.
Listen to Swift’s words in a voice mail to Netolicky only days before his death at age 70 on April 20.
“Hey roomie, this is Skeeter. I got back from the hospital yesterday. I had to have knee replacement. I’m telling you it sure wore me out. And it’s not a macho thing but you’ve got to stay on…
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I’ve read and listened to the conversation from SKEETER to NETO for the umpteenth time ! Tear up every time…😪.SKEETER and I were team mates and friends from the ABA. I remember his twang accent saying “Stew Boy ” and his gaitlike stride and cowboy sideburns ! Only the LORD knows why his journey was as it was , I pray that his wife and family know how much he was loved by me, and the ABA family, great memories and NEVER to be forgotten. REST IN PARADISE HARLEY.
Stewart, thanks for reading and thanks for sharing your thoughts about Skeeter Swift.