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Old 15-01-2016, 05:02 AM   #176
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Will bring forth a trio of teams from the Eastern Basketball Association, a forerunner to the CBA, thanks to Fun While It Lasted in this post.

Very much forgotten mid-1970s team Hartford Downtowners that replaced the more successful Hartford Capitols (1966-1974) and lasted only one season playing home games at Bulkeley High School before quietly disbanding:
http://www.funwhileitlasted.net/2016...d-downtowners/

Founded by former Philadelphia 76ERS exec Rich Iannarella, the Cherry Hill Rookies played for two season starting in 1973 in the New Jersey suburb in the New York City metro area, and Iannarella later came to deeply regret it even with briefly having for three games the talented but scary John Brisker, banished from Bill Russell's Seattle Supersonics. Iannerella later fled to another failed sports business venture in the WFL's Philadelphia Bell:
http://www.funwhileitlasted.net/2016...-hill-rookies/

Very little info on the Scranton Apollos/Miners:
http://www.funwhileitlasted.net/2016...anton-apollos/
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Old 22-01-2016, 12:26 PM   #177
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No logo that I can recall from the past other than the cursive writing. But the CBA's Mississippi Jets continued the vagabond world-class ineptitude coming from it despised owner Ted Stepien, dating back from its roots up in Toronto in the mid-1980s. The two years in Biloxi, Mississippi were particularly screwy, never truly settling in less than a month into Jacksonville entering the new year of 1987 at the Gulf Coast. Biloxi got a team of talented drug casualties including Billy Goodwin, Bobby Parks, and Mitchell Wiggins (Andrew's dad). If that wasn't enough, Stepien accused coach Keith Fowler of tanking for playoff purposes rather than arena scheduling conflicts. In any case, the Mississippi Jets were a flop at the gate with Stepien finally giving up by selling, and the act continued on to Wichita Falls, Texas in 1989:
http://www.funwhileitlasted.net/2016...sissippi-jets/

Fun While It Lasted just got some newer CBA entries for the Rockford Lightning, Rapid City Thriller, Pensacola Tornados, Rochester Flyers, and the Charleston Gunners. No texts to mention about as of this writing. If there will be, I'll link them for you.
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Old 19-02-2016, 12:58 PM   #178
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The Lethbridge, Alberta-based Alberta Dusters don't get a lot of credit for being at the time the only Canadian pro basketball team despite some serious efforts from Vancouver and Toronto into the NBA. Lethbridge was actually thought of back in 1980 for a proposed Canadian basketball league that never got off the ground. Equally important was the fact the Dusters, the Hawaii Volcanos, and the Anchorage Northern Knights altered the EBA/CBA forever in making it branch out of the eastern US parts and go (inter)national. Alas, the Alberta Dusters never caught on when hockey still dominated the Canadian sports landscape never making a mark in finishing last and moved to Las Vegas in 1982 after a short 2-year stint in southern Alberta. Couldn't even compete with the Lethbridge Pronghorns:
http://www.funwhileitlasted.net/2016...berta-dusters/

Another short-lived 1980s CBA team here. When the Wisconsin Flyers were nicely looked after by the late original owner Killian Spanbauer in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, they were a success in an owner with CBA ownership experience. But he tragically died as they went to Rochester during the first season there. His CBA expertise just couldn't be replaced. As did the CBA contacts. Rochester, under owners the Gillette family with ties to the local Pepsi bottling plant there (along with others in the Norm Sr.'s Catbirds' home of La Crosse, Mankato, Minnesota and Decorah, Iowa all in the Upper Midwest), posted a losing experience in two seasons following the younger Norm Gillette's stewardship. Norm Jr. cut his losses after losing $320,000 in those two seasons (1987-1989) at the Mayo Center and shipped them to Omaha to become the Omaha Racers. Final Rochester season was 16-38. Not much that it mattered as the Minneapolis-based Minnesota Timberwolves brought the state back into the NBA after 35 years later in 1989 for basretball fans. Rochester tasted minor pro basketball more recently with the Fire in the ABA in the last decade but it was nothing:
http://www.funwhileitlasted.net/2016...hester-flyers/

Charleston Gunners from West Virginia? Another bust of a CBA franchise from that 1980s era. Were worse than the Sarasota/Florida Stingers after the move to the mid-Atlantic in 1986. Known for lots of losing in their three seasons there. Never had a winning record and thus never made the playoffs. Held a CBA-record of 17 consecutive losses in 1987-1988 as the Albany Patroons became one of the greatest pro teams in terms of winning percentages that season on the other side of the spectrum. Also moved in 1989 and became the Columbus Horizon:
http://www.funwhileitlasted.net/2016...eston-gunners/
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