Dan Issel's 71/72 Kentucky Colonels home uniform. Issel, a 6'9'' center/forward from U. of Kentucky, played 15 years of professional basketball. Issel was a great scorer as well as a tough rebounder and defensive player. Issel played in 6 ABA and 1 NBA all-star games. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and is one of the top 30 ABA players of all time. Kentucky had a strong franchise for all 9 ABA seasons, but was 1 of 2 not granted an NBA franchise for the 76/77 NBA season.