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    November 8
    Houston Takers 71 Syracuse Ragin' Bullz 100

    November 9
    Minnesota Ripknees 133 Rochester Fire 113
    Vermont Frost Heaves 98 Montreal Royal 82
    San Francisco Rumble 108 Maywood Buzz 106
    Detroit Panthers 111 Cicero Cometas USA 99
    Strong Island Sound 109 First State Fusion 92

    November 10
    Texas Tycoons 124 West Texas Whirlwinds 84
    Los Angeles Push 146 Long Beach Breakers 143
    Chicago Throwbacks 130 Cicero Cometas USA 120
    Westchester Phantoms 103 Jersey Express 98
    Corning Bulldogs 135 Houston Takers 111
    Boston Blizzard 122 Montreal Royal 118 2OT
    San Diego Wildcats 106 San Francisco Rumble 69

    November 11
    Manchester Millrats 127 Boston Blizzard 112
    Detroit Panthers 170 Anderson Champions 79
    Jersey Express 110 Quebec City Kebekwa 103
    Strong Island Sound 104 First State Fusion 96
    Westechester Phantoms 118 Syracuse Ragin Bullz 116

    Manchester certainly has what it takes to become a strong team in the ABA in front of 1300 animated people when it won its debut against the Blizzard. Moreover, Manchester just signed 5'11" G Anthony Anderson. Their next door neighbors, the ABA champs Vermont, picked up where they left off with an properly assembled team over Montreal on the road.

    Rochester Fire finally took to the court after two turbulent weeks over rental payment to play at the Mayo Center. Originally the Fire was supposed to face the St. Louis Stunners as its debut foe, but the Stunners pulled out due to the Fire's uncertain financial status. The leaders managed to raise the needed $3500 to play. Yet their immediate future status is still uncertain.

    Hawaii's ABA team, the Pacific Rim Rockers (formerly the Hawaii Hurricanes) were set to play this past weekend but their opening game was pushed indefinitely with the ABA consenting to be patient with them with the rescheduling as funding negotiations continue. Blaidsdell Arena could still serve as their home court with $200-250,000 still to be secured from sponsors. Meanwhile, the players practice at Kaiser High unpaid as they await their and the coach Akili Smith's contracts and the requisite airplane tickets to play matches in the continental US...

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    It is not surprising at all for ABA players on a team to live together in a housing quarters. One good example is the Arkansas RiverCatz--all of the players on the team lived in an inn ran by the RiverCatz owners before going under last season. Now you have the Halifax Rainmen doing the same.
    www.bedfordsackvillenews.ca/index.cfm?sid=80229&sc=216

    Showtime is almost upon the Rainmen. Excitement is getting to them and towards the city of Halifax. Halifax has the makings of a typical ABA team in terms of style of play, that is, run and gun. Tip-off is against the Boston Blizzard tonight at the Halifax MetroCentre. If you've been paying any attention about them here, I think they have the potential of an excellent model ABA franchise: http://thechronicleherald.ca/Sports/978250.html

    Halifax just signed Team Canada point guard Jermaine Anderson (Rainmen's website had a makeover): www.rainmenbasketball.ca/news/nov-13-20 ... oint-guard

    At this writing, tip-off is less than two hours away in Halifax
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    Halifax won convincingly against Boston, blowing them out with their storm, 136-103 last night in front of 4343 fans in attendance at the Halifax MetroCentre. I can only it will be the start of something good. More enthusiastic details and reactions from the Halifax Daily News: www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=80835&sc=92

    Some possible stuff with potential NBL consequences: more trouble could be brewing for the Singapore Slingers. Beijing Aoshen Olympic decides to base themselves in Singapore after playing in Los Angeles for the past two seasons. Perhaps they could do something that the Slingers can't in basketball there, partly because of the significant Chinese population in the island city nation-state it can tap into.
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    You knew this was coming with the ABA: the Rochester (MN) Fire is over before it truly began to blaze. All home games at the Mayo Civic Clinic are scratched. They didn't even play their scheduled road game in Chicago over the weekend.
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    Local media in Rochester, Minnesota disclosed last week the Fire were able to meet the Minnesota Ripknees on November 9 only because the family of the late Vong Somvilai was able to pay $3500 to the Mayo Civic Center in Vong's memory. Now why the Ripknees? They're bound for the PBL, and they won't play there until the PBL's second season. If this happens, you know the Fire won't be long for the ABA unless the Ripknees were looking for a warmup team to play.

    I think my local ABA team here, the St. Louis Stunners, are going to be gone. They are winless, and a few of those games have been cancelled. A few games dealing with the new San Francisco Rumble suffered the same fate too.

    Montreal Royal, not wanting to repeat their losing ways at the start of this season, released Mohammed Camara, Gavin Musgrave, Steve Jerome, and Claude Delmas. They have signed Wayne Clark, formerly of Quebec City. The Royal are 1-6, last in the Northeast Division.

    Speaking of the Quebec City Kebekwa, the Kebs became the first team to go overseas and play in Singapore, the new home for the Beijing Aoshen Olympic, this past weekend for a two-game series. This will be the first of 18 scheduled trips of ABA teams from the US and Canada. Many of the teams in the league, given their financial instability, will NOT make the trip--can't afford to play in a facility, let alone jetting over to Singapore.
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    CORRECTION: The Quebec City Kebs will head to Singapore THIS Friday to face Beijing Aoshen Olympic with plans to use a satelitte feed. Based on the apatheic reception toward the Slingers in Singapore, I'm skeptical of the claim of "the interest in Singapore is enormous". Singapore lacks a serious basketball culture with little media interest. Do they possess the $$$? This may turn out to be a very dumb decision on the ABA. Travel costs from Quebec City to Singapore is approximately $500,000 (but Winston Lu may have that amount and more). Anyway, eat your out Slingers.
    www.abalive.com/news/releases/?newsid=2007112606001

    (Methinks this could be promoted as Singapore vs. US pros with the Slingers probrably fronting this with Aoshen in an attempt to gain major crowds. Montreal Royal is coming to Singapore--in March.)

    To the surprise of.....NOBODY!!! It wouldn't be the ABA without the league continue dropping teams from its roster at the start of the season. Go ahead and read this. Shake your head in a mixture of embarassment and laughter. Really. The league can't go on like this and seek to credible.

    6'7" F Raheim Lowry of the Strong Island Sound signs with Portugal's CD Podova.
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    The Syracuse Ragin' Bullz became the latest casualty in the growing graveyard that is the ABA by folding yesterday. What's so surprising is that it comes in a perceived strong division that is the Northeast featuring champs Vermont, Montreal, Manchester, Quebec City, and Boston. The Ragin' Bullz, name changed originally from Bullies as previously mentioned, had 1200 fans at the War Memorial Arena for their home debut against the Houston Takers, but attendance fell to 400 in the next. Three of its home games were cancelled. The team vowed to revamp its marketing stategy but ultimately decided to close shop. Its owner, Nicholas Fitts, had a new name the team contest to replace Bullies amid local controversy, and there were some concerns that Bulls would not suit the NBA well, but he was able to keep the Bulls name via a spelling change to Ragin' Bullz. The Ragin' Bullz lasted only six after being the first pro team in Syracuse since the Nationals left for Philadelphia in 1963. Rochester-born Fitts lacked the knowledge of Syracuse sports and its fans and how to guage the market.

    Speaking of the Northeast, Rochester, NY will rejoin the ABA next season WITH A DIFFERENT TEAM! WHAT????!!!! Is Uncle Joe still upset over the model ABA team RazorSharks leaving for the PBL? Apparently so, but the fact is that Rochester isn't big enough for two basketball teams, let alone two minor pro ones. Mark my words: this new Rochester ABA incarnation will die a quick death and struggle to find a place to play. Blue Cross Arena is locked out for them.

    Halifax is currently 1-7, so it feels it has make some roster shakeups with adding G Latrice Green and subtracting G 5'6" Hardy Riley.

    Manchester Millrats stops Vermont's 12-game win streak 110=108 in OT at home.

    The Bahama Pro Show had a nice debut with Clayton "Smiley" Miller scoring 39 points for the Pro Show's 109-89 win on the road over the Georgia Gwizzlies, and this despite poor support from the Bahamian Basketball Federation and the local media finally told word about the team.

    The PBL has a new-look website: www.pblhoops.com
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    This is my first big post since my College Algebra exam this past Friday (and studying almost constantly for it in a dedicated manner beforehand--no cramming), so I'll get on with this right away.

    More big, bad news on ABA teams folding: word is that the Strong Island Sound, actually one of the supposedly more stable teams in the league has actually folded almost two weeks ago. This folding made the two better-organized ABA models in that same division--Vermont, Quebec City, and Halifax very upset because it forces them to constantly change its schedule during the course of the season. Rumors abound that both teams will move to another league (perhaps the PBL) or form another one altogether, which I think could make things worse only for the fact for the general public could get confused over the alphabet soup of pro (major and minor) basketball leagues in North America. Like I said the ABA has loads of potential since returning in 1999, but now it relies on new teams to gain credibility. The ABA actually, for several seasons, started out each season with an unknown number teams because so many teams come and go with many in the same market since they are so poorly operated that they fold after several games. Really, this league is more about hawking ABA league merchandise than to make sure franchises are stable, provide basic info on minor league teams and leagues consider essential on their websites, and play out the course of the season and promoting teams for the local areas. 33 teams are set to play in the ABA next season as expansion teams, and that can cause even further league instability if it doesn't get its act together. Many really don't have the adequate time and money to actually spread the word about them to drum interest; that's a very good reason why teams in higher level sports leagues place expansion teams to start play at least two seasons in advance when awarded (but not in all cases). No wonder why several former ABA teams left for other leagues because they grew tired of the unprofessionalism going on there.

    So it's no accident that Vermont, Halifax, Montreal, Quebec City, Boston, Westchester, and Manchester engaged in an emergency meeting in Burlington to deal with the hand that was dealt and to make sure they will actually play out the schedule. But you can be sure those issues weren't the only topics discussed.

    I'm more than convinced that Vermont, Manchester, Halifax, Quebec City, and possibly Montreal are all too good for the ABA. It is believed the ABA could fold after this season, but I sincerely don't think that will happen.

    Speaking of the Halifax Rainmen, they just got their first road win of the season over Quebec City, but the Rainmen owners should be wise to seriously consider leaving as an option in the midst of the ABA chaos to preserve their lives. Perhaps a sense of history involving the NBL/WBL's Halifax Windjammer, who enjoyed solid local support but couldn't last long due to the leagues' instability around them. www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=88993&sc=92

    Originally, the Syracuse Ragin' Bullz folded but it now turns out that its owner Nicholas Fitts will actually move them to Rochester, perhaps satisfying Joe Newman's attempt to say "(EXTREMELY NAUGHTY WORD) you" to the RazorSharks after the latter left for the PBL. The RazorSharks will win out in this duel like I said my last post here. http://news10now.comcontent/top_stories ... rID=129381

    The South Chi-Land Inferno, like the Miami-based Bahama Pro Show, are another mysterious team in the ABA. They lack a website and has not played a game since the start of the season. But now, thanks to www.usbasket.com, their home games are to be at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois at 159 State St. Ron Hicks is the coach with five signings of Maurice Carter, Deron Evans, John Bowles, Melvin and Johhny Williams. They played against the Chicago Throwbacks in their first game.

    Also folded were the Los Angeles (formerly Pasadena) Push after four games. The Push changed its identity to Los Angeles following some snags in finding a facility in the Pasadena area. The Long Breakers, who were scheduled to play against them, found the LA Douglass (?) as the fill-in opponent in a laugher.

    Corning Bulldogs also left the ABA. At first it was said it ceased operation but will actually move to Elmira, New York and will play in the new National Professional Basketball League as the Elmira Bulldogs, its owner James R. Schultz said. The NPBL will consist of teams along the Northeastern shore (Hudson Valley, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virgina are the other charter teams) begin play in early March. www.npbl-ball.com . Competition seems low in it despite the number of players signed...

    Manchester had their 10-game win streak stopped by Vermont over the weekend avenging the Frost Heaves' own winning streak stopped. Scores will comes soon. A couple of games in the northeast were postponed because of the incliment weather.

    Houston Takers went out to Singapore to play against Beijing Aoshen Olympic.
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    Some more stuff regarding the Rainmen. This column from Halifax Chronicle-Herald's Chris Cochrane recommends that they should leave the ABA bush circus for more stable pastures. I, of course, agree. http://thechronicleherald.ca/Sports/997097.html

    Syracuse surely deserved better than the Raging Bullz, and some fans are bitter over this ceasing operations and moving. May I suggest applying to the more stable NBDL and possibly hook up with Philadelphia with an expansion team to reconnect with the 76ERS heritage before the Nationals moved to Philly in 1963?
    www.syracuse.com/articles/sports/index. ... xml&coll=1

    Last night the 7-4 Long Beach Breakers played "selfish" basketball in a home loss to the San Diego Wildcats 118-115, who are now atop the ABA Power Rankings and owns the best record in the ABA--13-1.
    www.presstelegram.com/ci_7756366
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    I must freely admit I got a thing for the Halifax Rainmen: here's some Rainmen videos from YouTube.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbq9tzW0lHM
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=afNYyYNiXyA
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHOatDih12g

    Last two clips are from their home game against the Boston Blizzard

    There are only TWO teams left in the ABA's Central Division (St. Louis Stunners and Chicago Throwbacks) when Anderson decided to leave AGAIN.

    Hollywood is supposed to get another team for next season. This time it'll be called the Showstoppers.

    Macon, home of the Georgia Gwizzlies, will serve as the host of the 2009 ABA All-Star Weekend.
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    Orange County Gladiators signed former UC Irvine Anteater Kristen "KG" Green, supposedly becoming the first female player in ABA history to play in the league. She's slated to suit up for the first time on Sunday at home against the #1 ranked San Diego Wildcats.
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    I need to explain the supposedly part on my last post regarding Kristen Green suiting up to play for the Orange County Gladiators. That didn't sound right to me. Like most press announcements coming from the ABA, this one isn't correct. Green is NOT the first woman to play or sign in the ABA--the Gladiators got it all wrong and patheticly incorrect on that. Remember what I mentioned about Giuliana Mendiola and her brother playing for the Los Angeles Aftershocks much earlier in this subject? Giuliana WAS the first woman to play in the ABA for a few games from November and December 2005 (She's now currently playing for Greece's A1 club Aris Holargos). Just need to re-iterate that and with thanks to www.usbasket.com for reminding me.

    Good luck to Kristen on Saturday.

    Manchester Millrats have signed 6'11" center Mike Williams from the Bryant University Bulldogs. Williams has already played in the ABA along with stints in Portugal, Italy (Aget Imola), and Switzerland, where he won the Swiss League title. He'll join them in time to Singapore this weekend to play against Beijing Aoshen Olympic thanks to arrangments made. Another Bulldog is already there: 6'0" G Christopher Burns.

    Halifax is on a four-game winning streak after traveling west to Quebec City and beat the Kebs 116-108. Rainmen were balanced on that game with Blandon Anderson scoring a team high 26 with eight rebounds.

    Nine Frost Heaves scored in double figures in a 149-119 win over the Boston Blizzard at the Barre Auditorium with a 82-39 edge in rebounding. Dokun Akinbade scored 24 points and 14 rebounds. Issa Konare tallied 20 points with 13 rebounds as Vermont go 13-2

    Albany Thunderdawgs, Columbia Rottweilers, Harbor Shore Dreams, Tampa Bay Tornados, Valley Legends, Long Beach Laguernos, Arkansas Scorpions, and the Lake Charles Hurricanes? Never heard of several of them

    Bahama All-Pro Show and Orlando Aces all ceased operations. Phoenix could come back not with the Phantomz but with Fury. Monterey Venemo, Sacramento Heatwave, Mississippi Miracles, Tijuana Dragones, and the Anderson Champions all could return. Syracuse could re-enter. And Winston-Salem and Hammond, Indiana could join the ABA next season. Just don't get your hopes up.

    Over in the PBL, I think the hiring of Kenny "The Jet" Smith would be a little like George Mikan being the first commissioner of the original ABA, except the talent level in this league is deeper than it was in Mikan's time. Plau, Smith won't demand that offices be based near where he lives.

    The Maryland Nighthawks signed the first Thai player in North American pro ball--6'3" swingman Radtech Kruatiwa (aka J.O.), who played for Thailand at the 2006 Universiade Games and on the Thai national team. They also got Tamir Goodman and Lawrence Moton as coach.
    www.marylandnighthawks.com

    Tipoff for the first PBL season is this weekend.
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    Has anyone noticed there are currently no Mexican ABA franchises currently playing this season right now? Monterrey Venemo, Mexicali Sentinals, and Tijuana Dragones are among those that left last year and a half.

    I'll resume some scores and some more updates from the ABA and stuff regarding the opening of the Premier Basketball League on the other side of the weekend--I may have to change the title slightly to accomodate the PBL.
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    PBL Scores

    Rochester RazorSharks 104 Jacksonville Jam 84 (inaugural game)
    Quad Cities RiverHawks 127 Dallas Defenders 92
    Wilmington Sea Dawgs 92 Maryland Nighthawks 89
    Jacksonville Jam 104 Reading Railers 101
    Chicago Throwbacks 136 Rock River Fury 134
    Wilmington Sea Dawgs 83 Rochester RazorSharks 81
    Arkansas Impact 114 Chicago Throwbacks 103
    Arkansas Impact 145 Maryland Nighthawks 121

    Now the ABA has lost anopther piece, this time two teams based in Chicago, one of the nation's most important markets. I'm starting to suspect when I heard about the PBL All-Stars having staff and players from the Cicero Cometas--the Cometas and the Throwbacks are no longer mentioned in the ABA teams list at www.abalive.com

    127 fans turned up to see the Quad Cities RiverHawks PBL home opener against Dallas.
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    The ABA announced Quebec City will act as hosts of the 2008 ABA Championship Round as part of the city's 400th birthday celebrations. The Quebec City Kebekwa are already among the most stable, organized, and popular franchises. Quaterfinals to the ABA Championship Game will be held in the Quebec capital from March 25-30th.

    Local media in The Bahamas in a newspaper called "The Nassau Guardian" tells that coach James Price has left the Bahamas All-Pro Show with four other players. Typical ABA stuff: no organization, no support from the Bahamian Basketball Federation, plus past animosity between Price and the BBF. Price even spoke out about the league, which had the home game tip-off in the Bahamas. In any case, it's gone.
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    Now we have another problem in the ABA in its most dysfunctional season ever: Saturday afternoon in a home game in Burlington, Vermont against their new rivals the Manchester Millrats, Frost Heaves fans witnessed a brawl--actually make that three brawls and two ejections. Vermont won 109-99, but that game is going to be remembered for those altercations IN FRONT OF A RECORD CROWD FOR VERMONT (1100) with the refs calling it with 49.3 seconds left to play after a flagrant foul by Ife Anosike. Both teams were coming out from weary road trips.
    www.vermontfrostheaves.com/article/news/19015/1/1316/

    Three players got suspended--Vermont's Dwayne Lee (one game), Manchester's Anosike (ten games), and Ismael Caro (three games). Frost Heaves coach Will Voigt was fined by his club for an undisclosed amount. Anosike was later released. So we may say farewell to its playoff chances. www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.d ... /801150310
    www.vermontfrostheaves.com/article/news/19034/1/1316

    The next day Vermont beats Montreal Royal 108-74 also in Burlington
    www.vermontfrostheaves.com/article/news/19017/1/1316

    I guess if it was a matter of time giving such dysfunction all over the league, that a big fight was coming to pass in their little version of the 2004 Malice at the Palace. Sure, such stuff has no place in sports, and the suspensions were appropriate. I feel bad for Alexander Wolff, since it happened in front of him, and this is his baby. I hope the goodwill the Frost Heaves never gets squandered becuase of this. But the fight is a league issue and kudos to ABA VP of Operations Brad Hester laying down the gauntlet.

    Beijing Aoshen Olympic play their home games at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall in Singapore, where they are 9-1. Manchester, before their fateful encounter with the Frost Heaves, was the latest team to go there and lost to Beijing 108-91. My next post will deal with their little time there in the island city-state.
    Manchester also issues a public apology to Vermont for what transpired.
    www.manchestermillrats.com

    Here's excellent articles from OurSportCentral regarding the state of the ABA, the writers echo the sentiments I've been saying for a long time with league: www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3580472
    www.oursportscentralsports.com/services ... id=3578849
    Something I overlooked was the refereeing in games simply becuase I knew it was going to be largely bad all over the league with no standardized infrastructure to train and evaluate them (not to mention conflict of interests and geographical issues).

    All ABA teams still playing are now like Australian leagues--in a single ladder with no divisions pertaining to geography thanks to all of those teams ceasing operations.

    Will Mexico have just one team in the ABA next season as the Gomez Palacio Thundercats hope to make their way assuming Mexicali, Monterrey, and Tijuana all don't return? More on Gomez Palacio next time.

    On to some more positive news, and that is the very nice story of Orange County's Kristen Green. Naturally the female KG wasn't comfortable when she came off the bench in her eight minutes (in two different stints) of play with just 2 points, a 10-foot baseline jumper in transition, just to get the jitters out of the way at their at JSerra High. San Diego Wildacts won though 122-100.
    www.dailypilot.com/articles/2008/01/07/ ... reen07.txt
    But Kristen, the former UCI star, made a much more meaningful impact in her game (she's already accustomed to playing with guys thanks to scrimmage games), 25 points in a road win over the Maywood Buzz 136-104: www.dailypilot.com/articles/2008/01/14/ ... naba15.txt

    A little profile on Kristen Green's basketball career and where she stands in history of women playing men's pro basketball. For what she is accomplishing with the Gladiators (good to see), kinda makes you wonder about that low talent level in the ABA where she couldn't instantly crack the WNBA that she drained 25 against the men. Didin't know about Mississippi and Amie Williams.
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    Has anyone noticed now with Chicago Throwbacks and the St. Louis Stunners gone, there are no ABA franchises in the Midwest, meaning there's no Midwest division?

    Meanwhile in the much more organized PBL:

    The Rock River Fury has since change their name to the Rockford Fury and will still base themselves in Rockford, Illnois. The Fury have signed three players: F John Jackson, F/G Mike Hadley, and G Kyle Merrick.

    Wilmington Sea Dawgs are still atop the East Division and undefeated at 3-0 by overcoming the Arkansas Impact in the fourth quarter 94-87.

    Over at Rochester, the RazorSharks in the home opener with 3100 RazorSharks fans behind them at the Blue Cross Arena and defeated the Reading Railers 115-108.

    January 10
    Arkansas Impact 89 Jacksonville Jam 84
    January 11-13
    Quad Cities RiverHawks 133 Rockford Fury 100
    Rochester RazorSharks 104 Jacksonville Jam 89
    Reading Railers 89 Maryland Nighthawks 84
    Rockford Fury 105 Dallas Enforcers 104 OT
    Quad Cities RiverHawks 128 Chicago Throwbacks 120

    If you read about ABA players visiting Singapore to face the Beijing Aoshen Olympic on one of the links, players complained about being housed in what they're like "brothels". Is this a way of getting into the minds of the opponents after their arrival? Surely despite the deep pockets of Winston Li, Beijing could not play at the Singapore Indoor Stadium; the NBL Slingers got that facility locked up as they continue to remain in existence. All of the their games will involve them in Singapore, and not going across the Pacific at all. Games against the St. Louis Stunners and Atlanta Vision were cancelled. But Beijing are 9-1 with their only loss to the Quebec City Kebekwa, the first ABA team to make the trip to Singapore, 117-112. After that, it's all Beijing. Next up for them is the San Francisco Rumble next weekend for two games.

    More Quebec City Kebs, their next game is an all-Canadian affair against the Halifax Rainmen this weekend at home in the Young People's Pavillion (Pavillion de Juenesse).
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    This is bad news for the NBL, if its actually happening of course!

    But the Beijing Aoshen Olympian team playing in the ABA are planning on playing the majority of their home games in Singapore (doesn't state what stadium)

    one basketball team can't survive there, 2 is just going to be a disaster. Once again it looks like the ABA is going ahead without doing any research whatsoever

    http://www.aoshenbasketball.com/news/11152007.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by devils
    This is bad news for the NBL, if its actually happening of course!

    But the Beijing Aoshen Olympian team playing in the ABA are planning on playing the majority of their home games in Singapore (doesn't state what stadium)

    one basketball team can't survive there, 2 is just going to be a disaster. Once again it looks like the ABA is going ahead without doing any research whatsoever

    http://www.aoshenbasketball.com/news/11152007.html
    This is something I mentioned off and on. Beijing Aoshen plays at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall, which holds far less in capacity than the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Sure Li could afford the rent of the latter but likely did not want to interfere with the Slingers. Makes me wonder, given Singapore's lack of basketball prowess, exactly how did that island city get two pro basketball teams at this point? It boggles the mind. Hard to say exactly what impact Beijing Aoshen Olympic has on the Singapore Slingers. Nothing that I can tell right away as I far as I know. What kind of promotion they are doing in the city to bring awareness of them, compared to what the Slingers have done in the last few years? Are they tapping into the Chinese community becuase it is a Chinese basketball club, which could be more relatable to them than an Australian pro basketball team that made roots there despite making concessions to Singaporeans as they cultivate a basketball heritage for the nation? Yet they ususally end up with ex-pat Aussies, Kiwis, and Americans making up the fan base rather disappointingly less Singaporeans to fill the SIS seats.

    Kristen, just as we were about to get to know you in the North American pro game with your 25-point exploit, you decide to leave with the hope of making it to the WNBA. And not just any team there, but to possibly become an Emissary of Evil to the NDCELE WNBA Chapter!
    www.ocgladiators.com/news/index.html?article_id=52

    Over in the PBL, the Jacksonville Jam just couldn't shake off their ABA legacy. A well-informed source to www.usbasket.com notified the writers there that the Jam in trouble and very well be the first team the PBL loses; the Jam's financial situation is very dire, the PBL could no longer interested in financially supporting the team. The rumour is that Jax left the ABA to join the PBL, with its later start, to allow time to get its financial situation in order. Now the Jam's players and coaches learned upon getting their paychecks that there's no money to pay them. The PBL could financially take over for the course of the season to stay at eight teams. Don't look for the Jacksonville Jam's roster to stay the same however...

    A profile on Halifax Rainmen owner Andre Livingstone and how he looked into the Nova Scotia city:
    http://thechronicleherald.ca/Sports/9005224.html

    Dallas Defenders finally win their first PBL home game:
    www.pegasusnews.com/news/2008/jan/20/da ... er-home-g/
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    Montreal Royal may have their home court switched from Pierre Chabonneau Centre to the John Abbott Centre, but they ended up beating Halifax 120-116
    www.hfnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=101990&sc=92

    Are there plans to have ABA teams in Augusta and Cartersville, Georgia next season?

    Over in the PBL...

    Rumors abound for the Dallas Defenders and their owner Erin Patton are experiencing financial constraints. Players and coaches on that team were paid checks that bounced. No one from the coaching staff has been paid from day one, and the Defender players are considering departure from greener pastures.

    Another rumor is that of the more successful ABA franchises like Vermont, Halifax, Montreal, Manchester, and Quebec City from the Northeast will make their way for the PBL next season. If that happens this could be the death knell.

    Meanwhile in Jacksonville, the Jam will play on for the rest of the season with the league making an agreement with owner Felix Krupczynski. According to local media in Jax, the players and coaches get a partial salary payment, their first for the season. The Jam later practiced and traveled to Wilmington and won an important victory over the Sea Dawgs.
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    20,000+ views (including those from my own) for this ABA/PBL subject. No where else active on the World subsection has that many yet. I never figured this subject was going to be this huge with many of you posters. But it goes to show just how popular it all is whenever I bring it up, even if it just a lower level bush minor basketball league where many players there will never get a taste of the NBA. So I want to say thank for that!

    As part of this 20,000+ views celebration, I want put out the trailer from an upcoming film about a fictional team from the original ABA in 1976. It stars Will Farrell as Jackie Moon, the goofy owner, coach, and player of the Flint (MI) Tropics (again that never really existed) but it does plays against actual ABA teams like the San Antonio Spurs. The hilarious film, coming out in the US and Canada on February 29, is called Semi-Pro and also stars Woody Harrelson and Andre 3000 Benjamin.

    Enjoy the trailer!

    Looks like a very funny movie! Original ABA people like Dick Tinkham were consultants in this movie, and it does stay true to the times of the 70s with the accurate uniforms and other artifacts. By the way, those bikini-clad girl you see in the trailer are a notable reference to the Miami Floridians ballgirls in the early 70s. Don't know when Semi-Pro will make Australia/New Zealand.

    I'll bring you some more updates including more bad news involving the PBL's Dallas Defenders and expansion into Buffalo for next season likely though an update.
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    The Premier Basketball League terminates the Jacksonville Jam and removed the franchise from its roster because it has failed to meet its obligations with the league to maintain its membership. The league has assumed administration of the team and maintains continuity of the schedule. Surely the league hates to take such action but the league feels it must abide by their regulations. Now with the league taking control of Jax, it has rechristian it as the Jacksonville Slam ( http://jacksonvilleslam.com ). Meanwhile, in a ridiculous press statement, Krupczynski announced he was parting ways with the league by suspending its operation while pondering its future options (there won't be any in my view), but he is the same guy who failed to pay people in the organization as promised.

    Buffalo will join the PBL next season with NexxNow, a local media and marketing company, running the operations as they did with the ABA's Buffalo Silverbacks. Many of those with them are expected to run the PBL team. No official word yet on whether the Silverbacks will be used here, but I would like to see them bring back the Rapids name. Regardless, Buffalo was one of the better-run ABA teams back then with the "Do Your Best, Never Quit" community outreach program playing a part in that. Team is in negotians with a home venue now.

    Dallas Defenders did not play this past weekend against the Chicago Throwbacks. Though on the league's website says that's attributed to weather, I think it's that their situation worsened. It's rumoured that many of their players were supposedly evicted from the Marriott for the team failed to pay the hotel on February 1. Only two players are from Dallas locally with the rest from other states, so those in the latter, coaches and players, have no other place to go in Texas. Since then Dallas assistant Don Sellers got a job in the same capacity with the Rochester RazorSharks. Don't be surprised to see other departures coming after this. Dallas' situation is not helped with a three-game losing streak...

    The PBL has announced an Internet weekly radio show called PBL Fast Break.

    Quad Cities RiverHawks signed three new players: John Jackson, Quinnel Brown, and Chauncey Jones. All three will prepare for a road games against Reading and Rockford. To make way, C Aaron Harrison was released.

    Rochester RazorSharks are atop of the Eastern Division. They extend their home winning streak to 40 games at the Blue Cross Arena, which is incredible regardless of what league and level of play you're in. They won over the Wilmington Sea Dawgs 107-97
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    I got yourself an on-demand ABA Vermont Frost Heaves home game to link for you mates. Here they face against the Montreal Royal at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium exactly a week ago tonight.

    http://event.playonsports.tv/frostheaves/?eventId=2919

    Notice how Montreal's unis remind me of the Clippers in styling.

    I'll post more ABA news tomorrow. Before I go though, look at the home page and you'll see the ABA Championship Quebec City 2008 logo.
    www.abalive.com
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    Halifax keeps changing their roster especially now with Vermont beating them. One has since left for a German team.
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    A new team is in place in the PBL, a traveling team whose records will count towards the standings--the PBL Travelers coached by Thaddeus Hill.
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