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Old 10-01-2007, 04:32 AM   #26
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Just to fill up the post in the interim when I get back into this soon. I'll provide a list of the dead USBL teams. Believe me, there's a whole lot more of them than even in the ABA (but that league is rapidly catching up)

The Dead USBL Teams (Part 1):

Adironack Wildcats
Tampa Bay Windjammers
Miami Tropics
Rhode Island Gulls (best known for having Manute Bol and Spud Webb as teammates in 1985)
Maryland Blue Ducks (Robert Parrish coached them)
Atlanta Trojans
Atlantic City Seagulls
New Jersey Shore Cats (Rick Barry coached them)
Florida Sea Dragons
Tulsa Tough-Necks
St. Louis Skyhawks
New York Whitecaps
Jackson Jackals
Long Island Surf
Long Island Knights
Raleigh Cougars
New Hampshire Thunder Loons
Philadelphia Spirit
Westchester Knights
Memphis Fire
Maryland Mustangs
St. Joseph Express
Portland Wave
Portland Thunder Cats
Springfield Fame (Nancy Lieberman famously played for them)
Florence/New Jersey Flyers
New Jersey Jammers
Texas Rim Rockers
Staten Island Stallions
Brevard Blue Ducks
Suncoast Sunblasters
Tampa Bay Flash
Jersey Turnpikes
Empire State Stallions
Connecticut Colonials
Florida Sharks
Cedar Rapids River Raiders
Westchester Golden Apples
Camden/Philadelphia Power
Westchester Wildfire
Mississippi Coast Gamblers

As evidenced on the list Jackson, Mississippi had prior USBL experience now that the Wildcats left Glen Falls, New York (the Adirondack region) with the Jackals. That team only played in 1995.

Speaking of the Jackson Wildcats, go over to www.usbasket.com/usb/usb.asp for a brief interview with its owner Carlos Moore by John Gary. The Wildcats will hold open tryouts on January 13 at Houston's M.B. Smiley High School.

Some possible USBL expansion: Indianapolis, Roanoke, Dallas, Evansville, and possibly the Rockford Lightning from the CBA.

The Gary Steelheads will launch a brand new website in mid-January.

It's a very unusual development in any sports league that the defending champion (in this case the Nebraska Cranes in the USBL) will not return to defend the crown. It underminds the league's credible perception in the eyes of the public.

Former Kansas Cagerz Devin Brown, already a four-year NBA vet, joins the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.
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Old 18-01-2007, 08:21 AM   #27
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Back on the CBA after a month's absence. Here we go, starting with the scores:

Wednesday, December 20
Indiana Alley Cats 133 Pittsburgh Xplosion 107

Thursday, December 21
Utah Eagles 104 Great Falls Explorers 98

Friday, December 22
Yakima Sun Kings 99 Butte Daredevils 92
Albany Patroons 103 Indiana Alley Cats 96
Great Falls Explorers 105 Utah Eagles 103
Butte Daredevils 91 Yakima Sun Kings 80

Monday, December 25
Albany Patroons 116 Indiana Alley Cats 112

Tuesday, December 26
Minot SkyRockets 117 Albany Patroons 96

Wednesday, December 27
Great Falls Exploreres 101 Butte Daredevils 95
Indiana Alley Cats 125 Utah Eagles 112
Yakima Sun Kings 130 Pittsburgh Xplosion 96

Friday, December 29
Albany Patroons 110 Minot SkyRockets 95
Butte Daredevils 110 Indiana Alley Cats 107 OT
Great Falls Explorers 104 Yakima Sun Kings 98
Utah Eagles 124 Pittsburgh Xplosion 112

Saturday, December 30
Pittsburgh Xplosion 119 Butte Daredevils 118
Yakima Sun Kings 105 Great Falls Explorers 102

Sunday, December 31
Indiana Alley Cats 102 Minot SkyRockets 101

Monday, January 1
Albany Patroons 132 Pittsburgh Xplosion 130 OT

Tuesday, January 2
Indiana Alley Cats 117 Minot SkyRockets 105
Yakima Sun Kings 101 Utah Eagles 83

Wednesday, January 3
Yakima Sun Kings 82 Great Falls Explorers 88
Albany Patroons 136 Pittsburgh Xplosion 129

Thursday, January 4
Utah Eagles 103 Butte Daredevils 124
Minot SkyRockets 80 Great Falls Explorers 113
Indiana Alley Cats 110 Pittsburgh Xplosion 105

Friday, January 5
Minot SkyRockets 117 Butte Daredevils 111

Saturday, January 6
Great Falls Explorers 111 Pittsburgh Xplosion 106

Well, as evidenced by the scores, the Pittsburgh Xplosion finally got their first win as a CBA franchise with a win over Great Falls. But they quickly went back to their losing and futile ways after that still holding the CBA's worst record. As consequence of the Xplosion's futility as it tries to impress the city of Pittsburgh, known for its coolness towards pro basketball, coach Larry Anderson was given his walking papers as did assistant Pat Blue. Former San Antonio Spur Jaren Jackson, winner of the 1999 NBA championship, steps in to right the course. This is not Jackson's first foray into head coaching. Part of me presumes the Xplosion is watching carefully the developments of the arena situation going on with their Pittsburgh Civic Arena co-tenant the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins and its saga of getting a new arena, which the Xplosion will like to be a part of. On the court, the Xplosion are glad to have Kevin Pittsnoggle, who is enjoying a starting role and was CBA Player of the Week December 26-January 1. www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib ... 88686.html
www.post-gazette.com/pg/07017/754287-275.stm
As if that wasn't enough, a copyright infringment lawsuit has been slapped upon the Xplosion by a women's (gridiron) football named the IWFL's Atlanta Xplosion for they view as appropriating the seemingly hip name. Team lawyers are quietly warding it off.

Jamario Moon was named CBA Player of the Week, the first player from the American Conference, in this case the Albany Patroons, to have this distinction December 18-December 25. He earned this while coming off the bench. Indiana Alley Cat Shaun Fountain was named CBA Player of the Week for January 2-January 9.

Evric Grey joins the Utah Eagles' coaching staff. The Eagles also donated 4000lbs of food to families and food banks during the Christmas holiday. www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3409111

Speaking of CBA assistant coaches, Albany Patroons head coach Michael Ray Richardson--yes, that New York Knicks one immortalized by the Chris Rock-narrated What Ever Happened To Michael Ray Richardson on TNT and had coke problems with the Knicks and Nets and then finished playing by playing in France, pines for an assistant to travel with him. But he, assistant Derek Rowland, the only Patroons assistant, travels on a limited basis to cut league travel costs by team team owner Ben Fernandez. http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story. ... =1/14/2007

Another story involving Michael Ray Richardson with Albany: he was named CBA Coach of the Month for January. In addition, he gives former UAlbany Great Dane, Luscious Jordan another chance with the Patroons as they fill up roster space after being cut the first time.
http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story. ... =1/11/2007

More bizarre stuff: the Great Falls Explorers' mascot, or at least the 18-year old man who portrays him, was arrested for stealing tap beer from a keg at the Four Seasons Arena with help from another man. Another reason why the US minimum drinking age should be lowered back to 18.
www.greatfallstribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll ... 09011/1002

Erick Barkley has unquestionable basketball talent, but his journey to the NBA has not been a good one. He, if you recall, beat out CJ Bruton to nab one of the final Portland Trail Blazers roster spots in 2000. But his time was short lived. His immaturity prompted him to fall to 28th in the First Round out of St. John's. His talent is there and he now stars for the Indiana Alley Cats and still wants to play in the NBA. Since Portland, he played professionally in the NBDL, Greece, and Israel and acknowledges his character issues got in the way. Now he says he's more more of a team player for the Alley Cats improving his game and looking for his teammates. Indded more than a few NBA teams are looking at him.

More at www.usbasket.com/cba/cba.asp

More stuff to come very soon from the CBA.
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Old 19-01-2007, 08:49 AM   #28
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Wilmington, Delaware will fill up the USBL ranks and of the unfortunate departure of the champs Nebraska Cranes, the USBL announced today. The Wilmington-based franchise, named the Delaware Stars, will have involvement with a non-profit coumminity and youth outreach organization. They will play in the Eastern Division and the Delaware Community and Technical College, Stanton/Wilmington campus will be called home. Wonder they will invite Elena DellaDonne as a special guest for their home opener.

There already are plans for an ABA franchise in Wilmington, but it won't conflict with the scheduling since they play in opposite ends of the basketball season.
www.usbl.com
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Old 25-01-2007, 11:10 AM   #29
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The Utah Eagles have bit the dust because the owners have lost an "ungodly amount of money" in its operation during the course of this season. Effective tommorow. Last game is tonight against the Butte Daredevils on the road. Something tells me that the prospect of the incoming NBDL team in Orem, Utah had a lot to do with its demise. More on the end of the Utah Eagles tomorrow. RIP 6-14 Utah Eagles, we hardly knew ye.
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Old 26-01-2007, 05:57 AM   #30
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January 7
Indiana Alley Cats 112 Minot SkyRockets 111

January 8
Great Falls Explorers 112 Pittsburgh Xplosion 103
Yakima Sun Kings 109 Butte Daredevils 106 (OT)

January 9
Indiana Alley Cats 118 Albany Patroons 108

January 10
Great Falls Explorers 107 Butte Daredevils 97
Pittsburgh Xplosion 129 Minot SkyRockets 105
Yakima Sun Kings 99 Utah Eagles 92

January 11
Indiana Alley Cats 111 Albany Patroons 109
Minot SkyRockets 100 Pittsburgh Xplosion 83

January 12
Yakima Sun Kings 107 Utah Eagles 85

January 13
Yakima Sun Kings 110 Butte Daredevils 86

January 14
Indiana Alley Cats 129 Pittsburgh Xplosion 119
Albany Patroons 120 Minot SkyRockets 98

January 16
Minot SkyRockets 104 Butte Daredevils 100
Yakima Sun Kings 114 Utah Eagles 89

January 17
Albany Patroons 117 Great Falls Explorers 114
Indiana Alley Cats 120 Pittsburgh Xplosion 113

January 18
Great Falls Explorers 108 Albany Patroons 100

January 19
Yakima Sun Kings 103 Indiana Alley Cats 98
Minot SkyRockets 98 Pittsburgh Xplosion 86

January 20
Butte Daredevils 101 Utah Eagles 86

January 21
Utah Eagles 104 Butte Daredevils 96
Indiana Alley Cats 111 Yakima Sun Kings 100
Minot SkyRockets 123 Albany Patroons 106

January 23
Butte Daredevils 113 Utah Eagles 96
Yakima Sun Kings 107 Pittsburgh Xplosion 72

January 24
Butte Daredevils 101 Utah Eagles 91
Yakima Sun Kings 108 Pittsburgh Xplosion 98

As just mentioned the Utah Eagles played their final (and meaningless to them) game last night (US time) in Butte, Montana with not expectedly a loss. If you thought the Pittsburgh Xplosion was bad in the CBA with its record so far and talent assembled--and they just changed its coach and upgraded from the ABA, the Utah Eagles were an expansion for the CBA but that team just couldn't get it together with its constant losing; it finished with a five game losing streak--despite having former Weber St. star Harold Arcenaux and All-Star John Millsap. This is the first time since the San Diego Wildcards in 1996 that a CBA franchise ceased operations during a season. Team has struggled from the outset as it gained entry into the CBA; its local principal owner left before the start of the season for financial reasons. Utah is no stranger to having pro basketball teams fold. Its first big pro basketball team, the ABA Utah Stars, folded after 16 games despite massive fan support and impressive franchise record only because its late owner, Bill Daniels, went flat broke following a failed bid for Colorado's governorship and other failed business ventures. The WNBA's Utah Starzz were one of the most unsuccessful franchises in the league's history despite having great talent, making the playoffs in their last two years in SLC) and still are unsuccessful after moving to San Antonio. Remember my thoughts on how crowded the Utah pro basketball scene is, despite its love for the sport? It gets a little easier now that the Eagles are out of the way. Since the CBA has expansion teams coming in the next two seasons, don't feel too regretable for it. Dispersal draft is coming very soon. Only three teams are left in the Northern Division.
More on the Utah Eagles' demise and their last game:
www.yakimaherald.com/page/dis/317336633922143
www.mtstandard.com/articles/2007/01/25/ ... jjegga.txt
www.greatfallstribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll ... /701240328
www.cbahoopsonline.com/news.php?read=862

Onto the upcoming CBA All-Star Classic in early February. The ten players who will make up the National Conference roster this year in Butte, Montana (home of the Daredevils) are:
Galen Young G-F Yakima Sun Kings
Chris Alexander G Yakima Sun Kings
Rocky Walls F Yakima Sun Kings
Robert Griffin G Yakima Sun Kings
Ralph Holmes G Yakima Sun Kings
Odell Bradley G Butte Daredevils
Nick VanderLaan C Butte Daredevils
John Millsap F Utah Eagles
Jamal Howard G Great Falls Explorers
Malik Moore G Great Falls Explorers

Robert Smith and John Douglas were the last players in a Great Falls-based CBA franchise to play in an All-Star Classic in 1983 with the Montana Golden Nuggets.
www.cbahoopsonline.com/news.php?read=861

The American Conference All-Stars are:
Kevin Pittsnoggle F Pittsburgh Xplosion
Erick Barkley G Indiana Alley Cats
Shaun Fountain G Indiana Alley Cats
Carl Edwards G Indiana Alley Cats
J.J. Sullinger G Indiana Alley Cats
T.J. Thompson G Albany Patroons
Jamario Moon F Albany Patroons
Desmond Ferguson F Minot SkyRockets
Ray Cunnigham F Minot SkyRockets
www.cbahoopsonline.com/news.php?read=863

Albany coach Michael Ray Richardson will helm the American Conference and his counterpart on the National side is Yakima's Paul Woolpert.
www.cbahoopsonline.com/news.php?read=859

VanderLaan was named CBA Player of the Week for January 16-22.
www.cbahoopsonline.com/news.php?read=860
www.buttedaredevils.com

The CBA announced a joint venture with the British Basketball Association in the aim of developing and raising the quality and profile of British professional basketball leading up to the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
www.cbahoopsonline.com/news.php?read=865

Minot SkyRockets welcome back Ronnie Fields from wrist surgery.
www.minotskyrockets.com

There's still very little to see out of the Vancouver Dragons and Atlanta Krunk Wolverines' websites right now. Though Atlanta has a new look.
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Old 30-01-2007, 07:27 AM   #31
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Utah Eagles Dispersal Draft results conducted by the CBA:

First Round
1.Minot SkyRockets--traded first dispersal draft pick to Butte for second round 2007 CBA College Draft pick
(With that Butte takes John Millsap 6'6" F Texas-San Antonio)
2.Yakima Sun Kings--pass
3.Great Falls Explorers--Harold Arcenaux (6'6" F Weber St.)
4.Indiana Alley Cats--pass
5.Butte Daredevils--pass
6.Albany Patroons--pass
7.Pittsburgh Xplosion--pass

Second Round
1.Minot SkyRockets--pass
2.Yakima Sun Kings--pass
3.Great Falls Explorers--pass
4.Indiana Alley Cats--pass
5.Butte Daredevils--pass
6.Albany Patroons--pass
7.Pittsburgh Xplosion--pass

With only two players selected from the Utah Eagles, the rest of the roster automatically are now free agents.
Evric Gray F 6'7" UNLV
Mike Hall G 6'3" BYU
Darnell Jones G 6'4" Mesa St. rookie
Josh Nigut C 6'10" Northern Colorado
Julius Nwoso C 6'10" Liberty
Bernard Rock G 5'10" Utah St.
Matt Vaughn 6'0" G California Christian

I'm a bit surprised that Julius Nwoso was passed over in the dispersal draft. He's well known in the basketball world and can provide size for a lot of frontcourts. He's played in Russia for CSKA Moscow, for example.
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:35 AM   #32
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This CBA post is dedicated in loving memory to the 6-18 Utah Eagles. RIP Eagles.

January 25
Minot SkyRockets 100 Great Falls Explorers 99

January 26
Albany Patroons 88 Pittsburgh Xplosion 87
Minot SkyRockets 115 Great Falls Explorers 108

January 27
Indiana Alley Cats 111 Minot SkyRockets 89

January 28
Albany Patroons 114 Pittsburgh Xplosion 102
Butte Daredevils 129 Indiana Alley Cats 120

January 30
Butte Daredevils 113 Albany Patroons 108
Indiana Alley Cats 102 Great Falls Explorers 101
Minot SkyRockets 101 Yakima Sun Kings 97

January 31
Butte Daredevils 100 Pittsburgh Xplosion 93
Great Falls Explorers 105 Indiana Alley Cats 100

February 2
Yakima Sun Kings 114 Butte Daredevils 104
Great Falls Explorers 116 Pittsburgh Xplosion 93
Minot SkyRockets 94 Indiana Alley Cats 91

February 3
Great Falls Explorers 121 Pittsburgh Xplosion 97
Minot SkyRockets 117 Indiana Alley Cats 103

(why did the Eagles sign Matheu Vaughn shortly before ceasing operations?)

Even with the installation of former Spur Jaren Jackson as its new head coach, the Pittsburgh Xplosion, despite the talents of Kevin Pittsnoggle, still can't catch a break to turn the tide. The Xplosion are still mired in their losing ways.

There are a couple of sizzling teams in the CBA right now. The Yakima Sun Kings, who have the league's best record at All-Star break that ends tonight, the Indiana Alley Cats, who had a terrific January, and the Minot SkyRockets, who have won eight straight ( http://minotdailynews.com/sports/articl ... cleID=8615 ) .

The league just had their CBA All-Star Classic Weekend this past weekend in Butte, Montana--home of the Daredevils. Things started with the 2007 CBA Slam Dunk Contest and the Long Distance Shootout. Surely there were some NBA scouts in attendance in Butte; CBAers getting callups to the NBA doesn't occur often these days like it did in the past when the CBA was the official development league for the NBA and especially now with the creation of the NBDL.

The slam-dunk participants:
Jamario Moon--Albany Patroons (last year's runner-up)
Ray Cunningham--Minot SkyRockets
Carl Edwards--Indiana Alley Cats
Anthony Richardson--Butte Daredevils

long distance participants:
David Bell--Butte Daredevils
Desmond Ferguson--Minot SkyRockets
Shaun Fountain--Indiana Alley Cats
Kevin Pittsnoggle--Pittsburgh Xplosion
Robert Griffin--Yakima Sun Kings
Jamario Moon--Albany Patroons
Ronald Ross--Butte Daredevils
T.J. Thompson--Albany Patroons
Keith Salscheider--Great Falls Explorers

Butte's Anthony Richardson won the slam dunk championship over Carl Edwards, and teammate David Bell also gave the hometown fans in Butte something to cheer about by winning the long distance shootout before the game. This happens to be the third consecutive time hometown teams swept the All-Star skills comps in the CBA.

The 23rd All Star Classic itself was a competitive and thrilling affair. The National Conference won 134-131 over the American Conference at the Butte Civic Center in front of 3200 fans. Yakima's Ralphy Holmes scored a National team-high 25 points with 13 rebounds, five rebounds, and two assists. Indiana's Erick Barkley netted 25 points, including a three pointer to send the game into OT. Needless to say, Holmes was the game's MVP.
www.yakima-herald.com/page/dls/323886990279688
www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3423728
You can watch the CBA All-Star Classic and skills competition webcast over at the Web Television Network. This company already partnered with the Xplosion. www.webtelevisionnetwork.com www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3423337

Albany's T.J. Thompson was named CBA Player of the Week, and he was looking forward to being in this year's All Star Classic unlike last year's ( http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story. ... e=2/6/2007 ). Yakima coach Paul Woolpert is January's Coach of the Month.
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Old 27-02-2007, 12:01 PM   #33
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Pittsburgh Xplosion still are trying to stop their losing ways. They just signed current Quad Cities RiverHawk Lonnie Randolph on Valentine's Day.
www.pittsburghxplosion.com

The aftermath of Tim Hardaway's nakedly homophobic bigotry has affected to CBA so much that, partly concerned for its share of its fan base that is gay and its reaction, the company he works Trinity Sports & Entertainment which owns the Miami Majesty and Indiana Alley Cats, released a statement regarding those insensitive comments along with the league. www.cbahoopsonline.com/news.php?read=878
www.cbahoopsonline.com/news.php?read=879

Six teams will compete in the 2007 CBA playoffs as consequence of the Utah Eagles ceasing operations with three teams from the American Conference and three in the National each with the most quarter points. Those at the top of each conference gets a first-round bye.

Albany Patroons' Kwan Johnson and Minot SkyRockets' Desmond Ferguson were named CBA Players of the Week for the last two weeks. Fergie won for the latter week.

The CBA is not only saddened by the death of former LaCrosse Catbirds coach Dennis Johnson but of former Gary Steelheads coach Barry Stevens

Scores and more will come tomorrow.

Over in the USBL, the Delaware Stars unvieled their new logo www.delawarestars.net and will conduct tryouts on March 10.

Gary Steelheads name Rob Spoon to assist Cliff Levingston.
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Old 15-03-2007, 06:57 AM   #34
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7'9" Sun Ming Ming has joined theGrand Rapids Flight as its starting center (centre) to boost its size obviously.
www.usbasket.com/ibl/ibl.asp

Santa Barbara apparently isn't joining the IBL this year. But teams in East Los Angeles, Buffalo, Medford, and St. George are.
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Old 30-03-2007, 06:14 AM   #35
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Gary Steelheads announced the first USBL Midwestern combine for March 24 and 25 with coaching staffs from Gary, Kansas, and Jackson.

Former NBA player Roy Rogers is excited about his first opportunity as a head coach for the Oklahoma Storm.

Peter Sambu will serve under Cliff Levingston as a Gary Steelheads assistant. He previously worked at Vermillon College in Alberta as an Associate Coach.
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Old 07-04-2007, 07:18 AM   #36
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That Vancouver Dragons website still hasn't been updated!! Why???!!!! Atlanta has.

I'll come back to the CBA next week after a lengthy layover. The league has a champions and more will come on this subject.
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I lied about the CBA this week largely due to other pressing interests. I WILL catch up on the CBA, including the bizarre saga involving the recently-deposed Albany Patroons coach Michael Ray Richardson, maybe next week.

Over in the USBL, two teams are out of the league: the New Jersey Meteors (originally started out as the Boston Freedom before moving to NJ) and the Long Island Primetime. Both played only one game this season before cancelling and subsequently getting dropped.
www.usbl.com
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Quick USBL update: The Jackson Wildcats, a team that moved from the Adirondack region in New York after being doormat, has folded after four games. Can't blame Cliff Levingston for being infuriated all dressed up with no game to play. Does this start to act like the ABA to you?
www.clarionleger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/arti ... /sports02/
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Old 18-05-2007, 04:46 AM   #39
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Another old CBA team returns: yesterday it was announced the Oklahoma City Calvary will join the CBA next season. When it originally started back in the late 80s, Wayman Tisdale was a part owner in connection with his University of Oklahoma roots. An announcement for this team will come May 22 at a news conference. Incidently this was supposed to be an ABA franchise but that changed, so that ABA hope has dissolved. It also comes at the 10th anniversary of their 1997 title but its dissolution too.

Seems good to have some pro basketball in Oklahoma City, albeit in a smaller scale, with the Hornets returning to New Orleans full time next season. They showed they go bonkers for the NBA, but that's elite level basketball. But I would advise them to go small with this until OKC gets another NBA franchise to claim. Set up a small budget, seek a smaller facility than the Ford Center (or the old Myriad/Cox Center next door), and smaller expectations but promote effectively. It would be good diversion until the NBA returns permanently. State Fair Arena, OCU's Abe Lemmons Center, or SNU's Sawyer Arena are suitable.

Next week scores and more will be here.
http://newsok.com/articles/3053924
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Scores are coming soon after a lengthy delay...

Great! Another USBL team has ceased operations. The expansion Delaware Stars has announced they will no longer play the remainder of this 2007 season. The USBL, after years of longevity, is acting more and more like a joke ABA. When the USBL loses defending champs Nebraska, Long Island, Jackson (after a couple of years away), and New Jersey during the course of this season, it takes more of a hit because there aren't many like the ABA has. It's never good to lose teams like that; it severely damages your credibility which can be immensely hard to regain.
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Old 02-06-2007, 06:39 AM   #41
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Quick update on the aftermath of the Delaware Stars not completing the rest of the 2007 USBL season. The Long Island Primetime are back in the field led by coach James Ryans. Already they have competed in the two games the Stars were supposed to play. An interesting thing about them is that they have a 6'0" G from Osaka University (yes, from Osaka, Japan) named Zem Testsu Kanai. He hasn't started but has averaged 16 minutes pg, 4 points per game, and 3 assists per game in his 2 games with them.

The Primetime records will merge with that of the Stars for standing purposes. But the Primetime will not be eligible for the postseason or have any home games to play.
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Old 14-06-2007, 08:58 AM   #42
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Back at the CBA after a lengthy hiatus:

Former NBA star Scott Wedman is the odds-on favo(u)rite to coach the Great Falls Explorers next season.

Another former NBA star from the early 80s returns to being behind the scenes, Otis Bridsong will GM the Oklahoma City Calvary. And Michael Ray Richardson will act as head coach playing their home games at the Abe Lemmons Center on the Oklahoma City University campus.

(I will get into what happened with Michael Ray in Albany later)
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Old 28-06-2007, 07:39 AM   #43
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More CBA developments:

Apparently the CBA is getting more expansion teams coming for the upcoming season and beyond. Right now, there's little in the way of development toward the Trinity Sports and Entertainment-owned Miami Majesty, particularly in finding a home venue for them. If you remember the Majesty left the BankAtlantic Arena (as the Florida Pit Bulls in the ABA) and tried to move to the BankAmerica Center at the University of Miami (FL) campus when it moved to the CBA. Everything was seemingly agreed upon until a Miami board of trustee member thwarted the move fearing the Majesty will overtake the Hurricanes. Come on now! The Hurricanes have much greater currency in the eyes of many Miami residents than the Majesty do. Anyway, Trinity Sports and Entertainment Group (headed by free agent QB Jay Fiedler) decided to create a new team to supposedly replace them in the eastern Kentucky city of Pikesville. Kentucky, like Indiana and North Carolina, loves basketball.

This team, the East Kentucky Miners, has yet to be officially announced, is already so in the local media and in the TSEG's website. Though it may be seen as a continuation to the Florida Pit Bulls/Miami Majesty, the company views the Miners as an expansion team. Home games will be at the new 7000-seat Eastern Kentucky Expo Center. www.triseg.com/sports.html

Speaking of the Majesty, another reason for the name change from Pit Bulls is of the fact that it's illegal to own a pit bull in the Miami-Dade County (but not in nearby Broward County where Ft. Lauderdale and Sunrise are located)

Going through all of the various travails in the USBL this season, the Gary Steelheads could eye a comeback to the CBA.

Another USBL team could also make the jump to the CBA with the Steelheads: the Kansas Cagerz.

The USBL started out this season with two divisions of five teams but with Delaware, Jackson, New Jersey, and Long Island dropping out (with Long Island later reinstated to fill up the schedule). The USBL became a single division league from the midseason.

Former NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson (New Jersey, Portland, Indiana, Seattle, Charlotte/New Orleans, Boston) will be the head coach of the Atlant Krunk. He returns to Atlanta, where he made his mark at Georgia Tech.

Over in Great Falls, Montana, Scott Wedman will coach the Great Falls Explorers next season. Also the Explorers announced promoting assistant coach Justin Wetzel to director of player development.

For the first time in over its 30 year relationship with the NBA, not one CBA player was called up to the NBA last season.
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More CBA developments:

Apparently the CBA is getting more expansion teams coming for the upcoming season and beyond. Right now, there's little in the way of development toward the Trinity Sports and Entertainment-owned Miami Majesty, particularly in finding a home venue for them. If you remember the Majesty left the BankAtlantic Arena (as the Florida Pit Bulls in the ABA) and tried to move to the BankAmerica Center at the University of Miami (FL) campus when it moved to the CBA. Everything was seemingly agreed upon until a Miami board of trustee member thwarted the move fearing the Majesty will overtake the Hurricanes. Come on now! The Hurricanes have much greater currency in the eyes of many Miami residents than the Majesty do. Anyway, Trinity Sports and Entertainment Group (headed by free agent QB Jay Fiedler) decided to create a new team to supposedly replace them in the eastern Kentucky city of Pikesville. Kentucky, like Indiana and North Carolina, loves basketball.

This team, the East Kentucky Miners, has yet to be officially announced, is already so in the local media and in the TSEG's website. Though it may be seen as a continuation to the Florida Pit Bulls/Miami Majesty, the company views the Miners as an expansion team. Home games will be at the new 7000-seat Eastern Kentucky Expo Center. www.triseg.com/sports.html

Speaking of the Majesty, another reason for the name change from Pit Bulls is of the fact that it's illegal to own a pit bull in the Miami-Dade County (but not in nearby Broward County where Ft. Lauderdale and Sunrise are located)

Going through all of the various travails in the USBL this season, the Gary Steelheads could eye a comeback to the CBA.

Another USBL team could also make the jump to the CBA with the Steelheads: the Kansas Cagerz.

The USBL started out this season with two divisions of five teams but with Delaware, Jackson, New Jersey, and Long Island dropping out (with Long Island later reinstated to fill up the schedule). The USBL became a single division league from the midseason.

Former NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson (New Jersey, Portland, Indiana, Seattle, Charlotte/New Orleans, Boston) will be the head coach of the Atlant Krunk. He returns to Atlanta, where he made his mark at Georgia Tech.

Over in Great Falls, Montana, Scott Wedman will coach the Great Falls Explorers next season. Also the Explorers announced promoting assistant coach Justin Wetzel to director of player development.

For the first time in over its 30 year relationship with the NBA, not one CBA player was called up to the NBA last season.
From what i have been able to obtain, the Miami and Vancouver franchises will not play this coming season, and Atlanta is well behind in what is expected by the CBA office. Whilst Kenny Anderson is involved (both as a figure head and likely financial backer), it seems that various parties to the ownership of the franchise are less then appealing to potential corporate sponsors, as well as difficulty in attempting to obtain and determine a targetted fan base.

Also word was that the Indiana Alley Cats another team which had ownership association with the Trinity Group was also not going to be active in the 2007-08 season and was on the look out for a new home after the success of the ABA franchise in Anderson Champions in direct competition.

Also the future of the USBL under Daniel Miesenhimer as it has been to this point, i would think is well and truly finished. The salvageable franchises from that league have been rumoured to be in discussions as to the possibility of forming a league in the Mid-West, or alternatively they may well find homes in either the CBA or IBL or the newly formed PBL.
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The CBA has dropped another bombshell (actually poached another ABA team)--the Rio Grande Valley Silverados, a team that has one of the better looking logos in the league. Wanting to go to "one of the oldest basketball leagues" that has better viability and talnet level, the Silverados become the first CBA team based in Texas since the Wichita Falls Texans in 1994. The Silverados also paves the way for a gateway to Mexico and plans for a CBA Mexico league. Add the Oklahoma Calvary (more on them next post), and the CBA is making a nice return engagement to the Southwest.

Vincent Askew was just announced the new head coach of the Albany Patroons.

Here's your 2007-08 CBA schedule: www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3517939
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The Kansas Cagerz won the 2007 USBL title over the Brooklyn Kings in what could well be the final USBL championship in what has been a joke season in a barn-burner 95-92.

Gary's Jamario Moon has signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Raptors.

Several USBL teams are coming together with the objective perhaps of forming a new league, the UBL
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A two year research project from basketball historian and Albany Patroons season ticket holder Chuck Miller is now publicly available through a painstaking restoration and recovery of CBA player and team records when it was known as the Eastern Professional Basketball League from the post-WWII era. It's really fascinating! I'll make more details about it later.

Don Sellers is the new assistant coach for the Minot SkyRockets. Sellers was in the same capacity with the now-defunct Utah Eagles and the Yakima Sun Kings
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The USBL names Al Mayles as Executive League Director in attempt to restore much-needed cred in the North American minor sports league scene.
www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3537503
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The CBA's new Rio Grande Valley Silverados signed their first players lately with G Mike Dean from Middle Tennessee St. and F Cedric Smith out of the Southland champs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Silverados also named Mo Molina as assistant coach.

www.rgvsilverados.com
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Is the Rio Grande Valley big enough to field two MINOR league basketball teams? Very interesting developments with the Silverados and Vipers competing for the dollars.
www.themonitor.com/news/league_5802_art ... ipers.html

Pittsburgh, following a disastrous debut season in the CBA, have acquired former Pitt standout Antonio Graves, Lawrence Baker, Kevin Manifee, Rashi Johnson, Lincoln Glass, and Philip Watson.
www.pittsburghxplosion.com
The Xplosion has hopes to hold practices at the Duquense's old high school gym: www.post-gazette.com/pg/07298/828200-55 ... lstate.xml

Minot SkyRockets sign two ex-Harlem Globetrotters Maurice Shaw and Derek Wabbington www.minotskyrockets.com
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