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    Delco Desparadoes join the ABA next season located in the Philadelphia area:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/60...expansion-team

    Lots of games to start the new year and decade had teams on both sides of the wins reach 100+. Not a lot of major blowouts here. One game got stopped involving the Chicago Angels winning. And a forfeit. The Southwest Warriors-North Alabama War Dawgs game went to double overtime (144-143). OC Novastars over XvsX All Stars, 135-128 OT. The Philadelphia-Pittsburgh rivalry had the Steel City come out of top in the Steel City Yellow Jackets over Philadelphia Cannons 152-130:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/61...n-4,-Sun-Jan-5

    Defending ABA champs Jacksonville stays atop in the ABA Power Rankings with multiple ties beneath them for these two weeks:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/61...Power-Rankings
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/61...Power-Rankings

    Atlanta Aliens tamed the Perseverance Panthers 166-124 with their incredible player talents in a game named in hono(u)r of former Kentucky Colonel Willie Isom who was in attendance for the game in Atlanta to head 5-3. ATL talent like team captain Michael Stanley leading with with 35pts. Dwayne Day 23pts, Rod Rucker 23pts, Sherrard Brantley, Thomas Brown, and Aundre Reid all had 15pts, Donald Thomas 14pts, and Evan Jester 10pts:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/61...d-The-Panthers

    Brandon Hollins fronts the Portland Storm's offense ultimately to a huge 130-90 defeat over the Lakewood Panthers in The Practice Facility in Portland Oregon, the Storm's home opener before visiting Hawaii against the Hawaii Swish. The Storm had 7 players in double figures led by Hollins 28 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. The Hawaii Swish score a victory over Portland 97-96 at Honululu's Moanalua High School to go 2-1 and Portland fall to .500 at 3-3. Geremy Robinson finishing with a game-high 28 points with 5 three pointers, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals. 20 points of them came in the 2nd half:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/61...feats-Lakewood
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/61...Portland-Storm

    ABA scores from the weekend of January 11-12. Again here, almost every team playing scores at least 100. Several games were exciting. But there's a few forfeits:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/61...11,-Sun-Jan-12

    Two of Atlanta's several ABA teams, the Georgia Gwizzlies and Atlanta Storm, wound up splitting their weekend games. Gwizzlies won first and then the Storm:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/61...-Atlanta-Storm

    Monty Boykins join the Jersey Xpress from most recently playing in a 17-game stint with Armenia's Urartu Yerevan in Armenian League A as its third leading scorer last season:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/61...ins,-ex-Urartu
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    Hi guys,

    This is my first post here since the Coronavirus pandemic started to strike severely here in the USA that restricted a LOT of things I want to do like writing here. With some time restrictions here at the library, where I get my Internet access that I sorely miss in the previous three months, I can write for now only brief things and news. This will be my only one for the day. To start with here...

    The ABA, NBL Canada, and the TBL have all cancelled the remainder of their 2019-20 regular seasons and playoffs, as you perhaps expected. So that means no champions crowned this March-April in these leagues.

    The second year Canadian Elite Basketball League, monitoring all the developments in the sports world closely involving the COVID-19, at first postponed their regular season with newcomers Ottawa that was originally set for May 7 and delayed to June. Now it appears its 2020 season status is narrowed to just playing a 7-team multiweek tournament at Niagara inside the Meridian Centre. Date TBD:
    https://www.cebl.ca/cebl-announces-s...or-2020-season
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    The CEBL takes up a page from the NBA, NHL, MLS, and NWSL as it becomes the first Canadian pro sports league to open up this summer ahead of the CFL and Canadian Premier League with its own bubble for all seven of its teams at St. Catherines, Ontario's Meridian Centre, the home of the Niagara River Lions, from July 15 to play the CEBL Summer Series, a round robin competition that will culminate in crowning the second-year league’s 2020 champion. Round robin tourney is from July 25 to August for 26 games with the top six seeded for advancement. Seventh place team after the round robin tournament is eliminated:
    https://www.cebl.ca/canadian-elite-b...return-to-play

    Moncton Magic once again had the best record in NBL Canada at 19-4 before the cancellation. In the The Basketball League, it was really the Indy Express at 9-2 tops there although the Dallas Skyline also have 9 wins too but with 4 losses. More details soon.
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    The CEBL becomes the first ever pro basketball league in the world to utilize the ELAM method for all 26 games. Allow the league's Twitter account and the CBC explain what it is:
    https://twitter.com/CEBLeague/status...92407309410304
    https://twitter.com/CEBLeague/status...78278174224384

    Has a special black, gold, and burnt orange version of its Spalding game basketball for the Niagara Summer Series:
    https://www.cebl.ca/spaldingball

    NBL Canada works on plans for a December return to play in Canada with 8 teams. No word on whether Cape Breton and Saint John might return from the hiatus. Might come in 2021, if ever:
    https://www.journalpioneer.com/sport...-plans-466141/
    https://www.capebretonpost.com/sport...cember-465481/
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    Right now, I haven't seen much new developments regarding The Basketball League since the shutdown in March. There's only one at that time--and it involves a top ABA team jumping leagues to the TBL. According to Wikipedia and other news sources since then, the Little Rock Lightning, Fresno Fire, and the Anderson Aces will be native TBL expansion teams ready to play in 2021.

    We're just two days away from the CEBL kicking off the 2020 CEBL Summer Series in St. Catherines, Ontario right as the major sports leagues restart their season or starting them. The CBC will show 7 games live on TV including the first two on July 25 and the semifinals and CEBL Championship Game across Canada and online (with the rest on CBC Gem). Talk of the league is the new Ottawa Blackjacks with its loaded roster. All 7 CEBL teams are finalizing their rosters from their training camps with Ottawa and Fraser Valley just announced theirs so far.
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    The pandemic has not hit Canada hard like it has with the United States. And that adds to the optimism of the CEBL's second season starting today in St. Catherines, Ontario's Meridian Centre with its own bubble like from Mike Morreale, albeit with no guarantees of a freedom from it. Just get to the finish line:
    https://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/...no-guarantees/
    https://www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball...eale-1.5662353

    Electronic whistles are part of this adjustment in 2020:
    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/ele...080000711.html

    The ABA announces its 2020-21 backup plan for its return from last season's cancellation. Lots of ABA news will come soon as it typically does:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/63...21-Backup-Plan
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    The star-studded Ottawa Blackjacks, the brand new CEBL expansion squad making waves, held a lead at the first half and was tied 38-38 all in Ottawa's first game in franchise history but got preyed upon by the Guelph Nighthawks when taking control in the third quarter as they made headlines of their own scoring a convincing 89-71 upset win Saturday in St. Catherines/Niagara's Meridian Centre:
    https://www.cebl.ca/don-t-call-it-an...-summer-series
    https://ottawasun.com/sports/basketb...nchise-history

    Niagara pushes ahead in the second quarter towards revenge for the Saskatoon CEBL Championship Weekend semifinal upset loss last August over Hamilton in the opening CEBL Summer Series game:
    https://www.cebl.ca/niagara-takes-op...-summer-series

    Defending champions Saskatchewan stun heavy local league powerhouse faves NRL 96-79 in their first game in it yesterday:
    https://www.cebl.ca/defending-champi...ions-on-sunday
    https://www.cebl.ca/saskatchewan-rat...ra-river-lions
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    Will get to the CEBL 2020 Summer Series season soon. Some potential CEBL expansion news forthcoming with ice hockey league hotbeds Kelowna, British Columbia and Calgary with their hoops fans there possibly getting the big slam dunk news they're hoping for soon as possible expansion cities. Calgary, Edmonton's chief provincial rival city in Alberta, though presently lacks a suitable and intimate arena for CEBL play:
    https://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/...ble-expansion/
    http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/ne...837edfcc6.html
    https://www.thetelegram.com/sports/c...market-498589/

    The Basketball League expect to field 24 teams for 2021 with five divisions. Along with Fresno, Syracuse, Dayton, San Diego, Little Rock, and Lewistown, new teams are also placed in Kokomo, Indiana, Flint, Michigan, Boston, Atlanta, Waco, and Enid

    Jacksonville Giants cools off Atlanta Heat 163-114 to stay undefeated under a 12-game winning streak:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/61...h-Straight-Win

    Another battle for Atlanta ABA ball as the Aliens were way too strong for the Rappers 206-105:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/61...ng-For-Rappers

    Quad Cities Flames beat the Portland Storm 134-109
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...mes-beat-Storm

    Goergia Thunder's William Bunton scores a career-high 44 points in a losing effort against the high-scoring Southwest Warriors:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...-losing-effort

    Nashville' Music City ABA Derby sees the Music City Jazz beat the Music City Kings 171-136:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...sic-City-Derby

    Scores February 29-March 1--leap year weekend:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...29,-Sun,-Mar-1

    Wyoming Valley Clutch at 19-0 keep the #1 spot:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...-at-1-position

    #18 Atlanta Aliens win another Atlanta game this time against the Atlanta Invaders 165-106:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...-to-back-games!

    Your 2019-20 ABA East and West All-Star squads with the honorable mention players coming later:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...All-Star-Teams

    Scores from the March 7-8 weekend as the last one for the later-to-be-shortened regular season:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...-7,-Sun,-Mar-8
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    Your new TBL teams that will boost the league's numbers next year are Anderson Aces, Detroit Hustle, Flint United, Kokomo BobKats, South Shore Monarchs, Atlanta Empire, Little Rock Lightning, Enid Outlaws, Waco Royals, San Diego Guardians, and the Lewisville Leopards.

    The ABA in March 12 cancelled the regional and divisional playoffs first round due to the pandemic that was set to kick off two days later:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...ision-Playoffs

    Remainder of the season then unshockingly went cancelled with no ABA champion crowned. So Jacksonville keeps title:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...NDER-OF-SEASON

    Newer initiatives for the ABA:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...ced-by-the-ABA

    Because of this, the ABA Final 8 will stay in Binghampton, NY for 2021 with the Bulldogs as hosts:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...Binghamton,-NY

    ABA's Honorable Mentions for 2020:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/625291/ABA-announces-

    Seattle Mountaineers sign 6-6 forward Hussayn Ford from the NAIA's D2 Northwest University NW from the Cascade Conference:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...n-Hussayn-Ford
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    Could it be possible that, not only would NBL Canada emulate the NBA and the CEBL in creating its own bubble, but also revive the NBL Canada's fortunes in Cape Breton this upcoming season playing at the Centre 2000 in Sydney?
    https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/sp...breton-503397/

    Moncton has not yet offered a new contract for Joe Salerno as of mid-September:
    https://www.journalpioneer.com/sport...-magic-500706/
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    Portland Storm is also leaving the ABA for the TBL like Syracuse to further add to that league's Western footprint:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...torm-joins-TBL

    Trenton Titans and Lawrence Admirals are joining ABA:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...or-next-season

    From Cali comes two new ones too with the Oxnard Orcas from just north of Los Angeles and Sacramento's Ball World Peace (no ties with Metta World Peace though):
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...or-next-season

    At the time of this Portland became more of a full-fledged team instead of traveling. They were supposed to play with the New York Hoop Dragons:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...full-ABA-teams

    Chicago Fury's Maurice Carter sign four new players for next season:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...pcoming-season
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    More new teams enter the TBL along with the Portland Storm for the 2021 season in raising the membership to 26 teams: West Coast Breeze, Charleston Coyotes, Waco Royals, and the Wichita-based Midtown Prestige

    Another soccer-sounding United enters the basketball realm. It comes from the Rochester United, filling the void left by the RazorSharks, and fronted by Matthew Fatehi, who founded the women's Rochester United soccer team. High Desert Pumas also comes in Cali to play in the Far West Division in the ABA with Te'onna Campbell being its head coach, raising the ranks of female pro coaches in men's ball:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...ced-by-the-ABA

    Chicago Fury acquire Paris Burns, Jon Fuqua, and Devante Jones:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...y-market-moves

    Former Boise St. Broncos athlete Andy Swenson presents the Idaho Outlaws to the ABA:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...ting-expansion

    Brennan Reynard resigns with the Seattle Mountaineers:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...rennan-Reynard
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    Seattle trades Quayshawn Hawkins to the Gwizzlies:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...s-to-Gwizzlies

    Another Seattle team is coming in the Seattle Transformers:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...s-join-the-ABA

    Pottsdown Power and the Trenton Titans also come to the ABA:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...Name,-new-Logo

    Player profiles websites in the ABA are coming:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...OFILES-website

    Arundel Raves added to the ABA expansion:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...xpansion-teams

    Chicago Steam owner and coach Ron Hicks dies from a heart attack in his apartment. He founded the team in 2008 and has outlasted many for 12 years:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...h-of-Ron-Hicks

    Reno Rouges coming in too Co-owned by will be co-owned by Andy Swenson, owner of the ABA Idaho Outlaws, and Tim Richardson, "a local Reno businessman who has owned and operated a construction company in Reno for 25 years. Tim also has 20+ years coaching youth basketball, baseball, football and golf and has been a Certified Golf Teaching Instructor with the US Golf Teachers Federation":
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...-ABA-expansion

    Yeadon Kings start playing too:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...oin-ABA-league

    A new West Coast-based franchise makes the The Basketball League for the 2021 season have one less franchise than the NBA, believe it or not, at 29. The Riverside, California-based Temecula Eagles leads us to that reality.

    CEBL and NBL Canada news will come soon.
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    NBL Canada announces its 2020-21 season will start entirely in 2021 on March 12 instead of December 23 with respect to COVID-19, EXACTLY A YEAR AFTER ITS LAST SEASON WAS CANCELLED. No details were forthcoming on how it will proceed yet like would it be a bubble in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Also dealing with the CEBL and not bleed into its third season since many NBL Canada players also play there is another matter:
    https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/sp...h-2021-520152/
    https://www.thesudburystar.com/sport...-12-start-date
    https://www.therecord.com/sports/bas...-earliest.html
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    Originally the ABA planned to make its return by now this month of November at November 7 after cancelling the rest of the 2020 schedule due to, you know, pandemic, but now the ABA says that's actually going to restart in January 2nd:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/63...n-November-7th
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/63...to-January-2nd

    Belated in its posting but still very relevant in what's going on terms of its legacy that reignited this summer from the words of Joe Newman and the horrific treatment of George Floyd:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...N-RE-THE-RIOTS

    Columbus-based Ohio Bruins making their addition to the ABA next season:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/62...-ABA-expansion

    Las Vegas again comes with another ABA team with the Las Vegas Horsemen:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/63...-ABA-expansion

    Duwand Jackson joins the Georgia Gwizzlies coaching staff:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/63...coaching-staff

    The ABA's 2020-21 backup up plan under a 20-game schedule and with top 6 teams in each division with the top 2 wildcards advancing top the postseason:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/63...21-Backup-Plan

    Pittsburgh the new ABA hub of new Sports Venture Program:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/63...-Venue-Program

    vALIENT eAGLE iNC is the ABA's new media streaming partnership:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/63...ng-partnership

    Hub City Heat from Lubbock, Texas--another ABA expansion team:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/63...ting-expansion

    Can the Coachella Valley Heatwave make thwe region more known than for its annual concert festivals?
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/63...alley-Heatwave

    ABA's new online merchandise store announced:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...chandise-Store

    ABA added to the All Star Sports Network platform:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...twork-platform
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    Portland Storm guard/forward and former Grand Rapids Drive draftee Brandon Hollins signs with Colombia's Condores de Cundinamarca:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...ns-in-Colombia

    Lancaster Lions are among the latest ABA expansion teams this season brought to you by the community-minded former ABA player and coach Hector Vazquez:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...expansion-team

    Inland Empire Invaders' main man Kevin Dailey is named ABA VP Senior Project Manager:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...roject-Manager

    Baltimore native, local deputy sherriff, former ABA and international basketball player, and Baltimore Hawks owner Gregory Brown Jr. becomes ABA VP of Administration and will see the Operation Upgrade program:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...Administration

    East Bay Kings from Oakland joins the ABA Pacific Division in its record setting expansion owned by former arena football and pro streetballer turned rapper and entreprenuer Lorenzo Brown with Brian "Ball World Peace" Parker as player/coach:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...ting-expansion

    Elizabeth "Cissi" Sherlock got appointed as ABA Director of Diversity and will oversee the new in itiatives handling opportunioty, inclusion, and economic empowerment to minorities:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...r-of-Diversity

    The ABA, in response to the American racial reckoning and already having the most racially, genderally, and ethnically diverse ownership stable, introduces the new STAR leadership initiative and the STAR Pledge--Standing Tall Against Racism in an attempt to eradicate racism. The home teams' PA announcers will recite the STAR Pledge prior to the national anthem at every ABA game for everyone like players, coaches, and fans while all stand. It also launches its own brand new National Black History Museum with proceeds going towards the new STAR Scholarship program:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...Against-Racism
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...History-Museum

    After playing college ball at Hawaii and TCU and onward to playing the ABA before owning the Atlanta Rappers, Kenny Kelly now setting his sights in fronting the new ABA Radio Network with syndication deals forthcoming with radio stations, perhaps urban ones that may need some sports content to fill hours:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...-Radio-Network

    The Blackhawks from Georgia revert from using Tri-City and went back to being Columbus again this season after 13 years with new logo and colo(u)rs and announce their 2020-21 roster following October 11 tryouts:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...ce-team-roster

    Kim Clark is the ABA's VP of PR/Social Media
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...R/Social-media

    Delaware Snipers from the state capital of Wilmington joins the ABA expansion with Emily Tambussi and her team owning it. Doubtful they will overtake the G-League's Delaware Blue Coats in recognition right away but could carve a quiet niche. While, already mentioned here, the Portland Storm have departed from the ABA for the TBL:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/65...ting-expansion
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...torm-joins-TBL

    The LA Wolfpack becomes the ABA's 180th team for play this season! Playing in the Pacific Division, a division filled with 40 Teams (!), owned by Jesse Jimenez:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/65...9;z-180th-team

    Griffin Markwith joins the Georgia Gwizzlies with ties to Georgia State:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/64...oins-Gwizzlies
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    Still oodles of ABA news and results yet to cover but I would like to get into the other related leagues right now with this one.

    Now the Magleys' TBL has grown to have more franchises than the NBA at 35. New teams and a familiar one in the minor ranks made this happen. Newer TBL teams have sprang up with since my last TBL news with the introduction of Charleston Coyotes, Omaha's Finest, Anderson Aces, Salem (OR) Capitals, and the Vegas Ballers. The West Coast Breeze will play home games in San Marcos, California. Notable names are attaching themselves to this league.

    Yet the biggest news to happen for the TBL came in two separate days as we closed that godawful 2020. A very successful recent minor league pro basketball franchise machine gets revived in the place where the winning all really started after a few years away, including a one-year stint in Owensboro, Kentucky as the Kentucky Mavericks. The Shreveport Mavericks are BACK with the impressive Steve Tucker too returning as coach/GM. Let's hope the excitement touches the fans there too with far better attendance the second time around as they aim to regain their championship pedigree:
    https://www.usbasket.com/TBL/news/66...compete-in-TBL
    https://thebasketballleague.net/shre...etball-league/

    Cliff Levingston continues his minor league coaching journey when becomes the Kokomo BobKats head coach. Former mid-90s Syracuse Orangemen star Lazarus Sims takes over the Tampa Bay Titans.

    but the TBl earned its biggest pub yet when news broke on New Year's Eve when 2000s-era Houston Rockets All-Star and ex-Maryland Terrapins star, the exciting Steve Francis gets awarded his own TBL franchise befitting his nickname called the Houston Push and he later named his former Rockets teammate Moochie Norris as his coach and GM. Naturally the Push will get plenty of attention with those two and with their resources and connections will at least present themselves as top-notch as possible
    https://thebasketballleague.net/stev...-houston-push/

    Omaha's Finest is the first pro basketball team in the Nebraska city since the demise of the CBA's Omaha Racers in the 1990s:
    https://thebasketballleague.net/omah...asketball-team

    TBL tryouts started this month with the season set to start April 9

    Going up to Canada next now to those two domestic pro basketball leagues. Neither will start their seasons until at least March. But we'll kick off with the CEBL first since there's plenty of news from there. Mike Morreale, the CEBL's Commissioner, says the league's biggest priority right now is making sure all 7 of its existing franchises will re-acclimate themselves back at their respective markets playing home games under a normal matter for the third season as possible instead of continue expanding, owing to the coronavirus. Matter of fact, the newest team the Ottawa Blackjacks actually has yet to see a home game. Delayed expansion until 2022 for the CEBL isn't really a bad thing presently (more on that later). Morreale prefers that the seven teams will eventually start playing a regular season schedule as normal but likely with no fans inside the arenas at least at the start as Canadian public health dictates allows. Should the provincial lockdowns prevent teams to conduct cross-provincial travel for regular season games, an alternate plan is establishing regional bubbles followed by a national playoff one.

    CEBL free agency starts February 1 with a 30-day grace period allowing for teams to re-sign players from its 2020 Summer series rosters. After that, players can sign with any team. The 2021 CEBL schedule is set to be released sometime in March with no firm date yet. Its annual CIS Entry Draft will take tentatively place in April expected to be a 3-round format with the Saskatchewan Rattlers, who struggled last year in Niagara at 1-5, getting the #1 overall pick. By the time training camp kicks off sometime 8-9 days before the regular season starts, almost all players will return from playing overseas and will remain in game shape and ready to go:
    https://www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball...cess-1.5888000

    Five CEBL free agents the league thinks are key to their teams' immediate futures in 2021:
    https://www.cebl.ca/cebl-free-agency-opens-monday

    Edmonton Stingers 2x CEBL Player of the Year and now league champion Xavier Moon, currently at Maccabi Hod Hasharon of the Israeli National League, was one of those sought-after free agents. But Moon lived up to his position of "more than likely" staying up in Edmonton and re-signs with the Stingers:
    https://www.cebl.ca/edmonton-stinger...er-of-the-year
    https://www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball...gers-1.5896161

    The Ottawa BlackJacks will have their second head coach in as many seasons of its existence when another former Raptors 905 assistant coach becomes a head coach in Charles Dube-Brais after first coach Osvaldo Jeanty, a former Carleton Ravens star, informed the team he will not return this season. Dube-Brais holds plenty of international experience including coaching at the ASEAN Basketball League, SA Spurs summer League, and France's Nanterre 92 and aims to recruit great talent to the National Capital Region. Plus he brings bilingualism:
    https://www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball...oach-1.5888575
    https://www.cebl.ca/dube-brais-named...cks-head-coach
    https://www.inspiredtraveler.ca/otta...new-challenge/

    The BlackJacks had personnel with serious Carleton Ravens ties in both Dave Smart and his former player then Osvaldo Jeanty. Now it's crosstown rival Ottawa Gee Gees' turn with its head coach James Derouin joining the coaching staff as Director of Basketball Strategy and Analytics: https://www.cebl.ca/derouin-named-ot...-and-analytics
    https://ottawacitizen.com/sports/bas...2-e4ba0a47cf8a

    Victor Raso returns to the Niagara River Lions as the only head coach/GM it has ever known in the CEBL era with still some serious unfinished business ahead for NRL in the form of that elusive CEBL title for the model franchise. Meanwhile former London Lightning player Antwi Atuahene also returns as assistant GM, a job he had since the Summer Series--the two actually like each other:
    https://www.cebl.ca/victor-raso-retu...he-river-lions

    Guelph Nighthawks hire Shane James, a guy responsible in developing some of Canada's brightest young and emerging talent right now, as assistant GM to his boss Charles Kissi. His duty is to scout for Canadian talent and player personnel decisions en route to winning a championship. James does hold some Canadian and international basketball landscape experience as both player and coach up to the Under Armour Canada Elite AAU and CYBL programs he both founded:
    https://www.cebl.ca/guelph-nighthawk...eneral-manager

    Things are much quieter oddly with the NBL Canada as its own season starts in March. But there are some headlines. Logan Stutz from the Sudbury Five becomes part of the Syrian national team's coaching staff for five weeks with fellow NBL Canada head coach Joe Salerno from the Island Storm as head coach for the FIBA Asia Championship qualifiers. Interesting in the sense of both Stutz is an American and things obviously aren't very good with the USA and Syria right now. Two, the Syrians obviously can't play at home because of the civil war. Syria currently sits second in Group E, a qualifying spot for them should they hold on, and will compete in a series of tournaments before the final qualifying leg in February. Stutz and Salerno would like to stress they certainly not leaving their NBL Canada jobs:
    https://www.sudbury.com/sports/sudbu...-staff-3257660

    Ex-Halifax Hurricanes fan fave Tyrone Watson has now turned to coaching by trading sneakers and his defensive play for a clipboard in joining the legendary Steve Konchalski's St. Francis Xavier X-Men's coaching staff with Tyrell Vernon 2 hours away from Halifax. Even with no games for the AUS overall. But he could still play some:
    https://www.thetelegram.com/sports/r...-coach-528931/
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    Kyle Julius has already resigns with the Fraser Valley Bandits as its head coach and GM this past mid-November, rewarding the Bandits' turnaround from worst to nearly 2020 CEBL champs. Already well-known in Canadian basketball circles stemming from his high school days, the former London Lightning NBL Canada champion also roams the sidelines across the Pacific with Vietnam's Saigon Heat and Taiwan's Formosa Dreamers both in the ASEAN Basketball League:
    https://basketballbuzz.ca/cebl/kyle-...valley-bandits

    Niagara and Guillaume Bouchard stay together for another season. Their fourth together going back to the NBL Canada days. Bouchard, a 6-6 Montreal native and ex-Carleton Ravens 5x national champion star, currently plays for FC Mullhouse in France's NM1 League this season:
    https://www.riverlions.ca/guillaumeboucardre-signed

    Similar article to what I posted from the CBC regarding how the CEBL will set up its upcoming 2021 season but coming from the Hamilton Spectator and featuring a few additional details. Like 20 games overall and possibly travel reduced to holding multiple games with the same opponent at a time on the same trip. Actually this is not unlike what lots of minor pro basketball leagues have conducted their schedules with their teams over the decades. Even the NBA did this when it had fewer teams than today. May even possess 15 different scheduling types. Despite being denied federal funding from the Canadian federal government programs due to ineligibility (the CFL was denied money too, forcing to cancel its 2020 season), the CEBL is in a "superior" position to further thrive in the long term ultimately post-coronavirus with its infrastructure to independent ownership with the present sole financial backing from Richard Petko. Not easy with largely ticket sales for revenue but is weathering the storm and moving targets well:
    https://www.thespec.com/sports/hamil...missioner.html

    CEBL expansion, despite of currently being on delay due to the coronavirus-related effects, is certainly not far from the likes of Mike Morreale's mind. Calgary again is constantly discussed as an expansion candidate over the last few months. Morreale knows how much the tremendous fan support to its sports teams from the Flames to the Stampeders to the Roughnecks to the Dinos to the Hitmen and the new Cavalry CPL soccer the Calgary sports market brings. Pro basketball has proved itself to be successful in Calgary when conducted right like the 88's in the WBL and the ABA's Crush--definitely would make a great Alberta provincial rival for the CEBL champs the Edmonton Stingers with a vow to bring back recognizable Canadian basketball talent from overseas fans haven't heard from in years. But Calgary, as duly noted here, lacks a high-quality mid-size intimate 5000-7000-seat arena. To be fair, this is an issue dogging many Canadian cities across the nation in the CEBL's eyes on the subject of expansion--see Hamilton with the Honey Badgers and Copps Coliseum for example. If a planned Calgary CEBL team plays in the next few years, it would have to play in the increasingly outdated Scotiabank Olympic Saddledome until a newer gets built and "would lose that intimacy [in a NHL-sized arena]" immediately "unless there's 10,000 plus people in the stands". Not exactly a dealbreaker to not play in them and can adjust to it with alternative forthcoming. But the now-defunct past Calgary basketball teams were from a different and earlier era, and Calgary basketball has changed a lot since the 2010s. Marketing smart, high-quality entertaining on-court product, and a good venue always help with dedicated early adapter support. And Morreale and I think fans can rally around their local pro basketball team in their backyard. I should note Calgary has plans to build a new 19,000-20,000 arena soon and may be "scale-able" for CEBL ball:
    https://calgarysun.com/sports/basket...calgary-market

    Calgary here again gets mention for 2022 expansion based on league internal discussions with Morreale plans for a 10-team league next year. The YYC comes with great optimism for it but is not a sure thing. 660 City News Calgary notes the hard work and stresses of preparing the young league and getting approval to start the 2020 season up to two hours before the first Summer Series game on July 25. Are aware of the new arena but no detailed conversations on it. Could look at other and smaller arenas as alternatives either interim or prolonged:
    https://www.660citynews.com/2020/12/...second-season/

    After learning how to operate a pro basketball team with the Niagara River Lions for 3-4 years, CEBL chief financier Richard Petko was frustrated over what he viewed as a poor business model and struck out on his own. Petko believes for the CEBL to achieve big time Canadian sports status, acquire premier Canadian basketball playing talent, and attract national Canadian mainstream media it will have to expand to bigger Canadian cities (excluding Toronto) like where the CFL is as targets. He doesn't believe it's workable in going in a direction to where smaller cities have junior hockey teams. Petko cites Montreal, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Quebec City as favo(u)rable and "emphasizes that they want to partner with groups with sports and entertainment experience and all the infrastructure in place to run a team" for they take an endeavor like this seriously though it can be fun as making the best partners. Also mentioned in the CBC like the previous post link Halifax, St. John's with more cities from British Columbia, Ontario, and Alberta. Although I disagree from Petko in the sense some cities like Windsor, Lethbridge, Prince Albert, and Sydney could work in the CEBL too. But he's not throwing a few million dollars annually to a basketball league for the next 20-30 years like a charity and not make money. Also notes former Syracuse Orangman and NY Knicks guard Andy Rautins becomes Ottawa BlackJacks assistant GM under Jahvon Shepard thanks to Rautins' Panathinaikos play interrupted in Greece and EuroLeague due to the pandemic:
    https://www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball...rest-1.5851472

    Some sad news in the NBL Canada community: 19-year old Sudbury Five big man Carl Lewis III was fatally shot last year in Lynwood, California. He only played 18 games and started in two averaging three points per game and shooting 47.1 per cent from the field and 84.6 per cent from the free-throw line. His highlights included a 14-point, three-rebound outing in a win over Halifax on Jan. 9 and a 10-point, five-rebound performance in a victory over Windsor on February 1 before being released in March. Yet Stutz remained high in him. Committed to new Mexico St. before turning pro by signing with the Five this fall. His teammates and coaches and fam and friends mourn. RIP:
    https://www.thesudburystar.com/sport...-of-carl-lewis
    https://www.thesudburystar.com/sport...ign-of-support
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    The Premier Basketball League returns! Yes, the Rochester RazorSharks-dominated league and anchored by it. Unlike in the past, the PBL will be a largely eastern Great Lakes-based league of 8 teams fronted by the RazorSharks this time with a few other former NBA cities like Rochester and a couple of other PBL returnees. Other PBL franchises are the Buffalo Blaze, Cincinnati Crush, Chautauqua Hurricanes, DuBois Dream, Kentucky Enforcers, Lancaster Thunder, and Toledo Glass City BC. Lancaster is no stranger to minor league basketball with the Lightning in the CBA back in the 1980s but now went with lightning's companion...wait, that Lancaster, PA! This Lancaster is in Ohio. Rochester, coming back from the TBL, now is under new ownership in the husband-wife duo of Jen and Keith Moore, owners of an entertainment production company Mooreland Productions LLC and the Buffalo Blaze, and previously ran the San Diego Waves. Play was set up for a 2020 return but got shortened and cancelled due to the pandemic with no title crowned but will go for 2021.

    Instead of the Blue Cross Arena like they normally play, Rochester will have the Genessee Valley Sports Complex for home games with Terry Bowdon as head coach. Schedule 2021 is supposedly coming soon. Chautauqua's Kofi Mills won the PBL MVP Award and his coach Jerome Moss got Coach of the Year. The PBL's First, Second, and Honorable Mention Teams were named:
    https://13wham.com/sports/local-spor...or-2020-season
    https://thepbl.com/welcome-kentucky-and-cincy/
    https://thepbl.com/welcome-buffalo/
    https://thepbl.com/2020-pbl-awards/
    https://thepbl.com/teams/

    And guess what? Get ready for a potential third Canadian pro basketball league calling itself the Eastern Canadian Basketball League! Just announced in December 2020, it bills itself as "the premier professional basketball league in the Maritime provinces". Very little is known about it right now like who is behind this except to say that former Island Storm player Robbie Robertson from Los Angeles as the league's senior marketing manager. Following some research, the ECBL revealed and approaching its various prospective Atlantic Canada markets Saturday with some current and former NBL Canada cities and candidates: Charlottetown and Summerside (Prince Edward Island), Halifax, Sydney, Dartmouth, South Shore, Truro (Nova Scotia) Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, and Miramichi (New Brunswick) but none whatsoever from Newfoundland. Guess it doesn't want to touch St. John's. Although we don't know how many it plans to kick off with much less when it starts, among other things. Currently has a website stating its intentions with Halifax's skyline prominent and accepting player and coach applications:
    https://www.journalpioneer.com/sport...itimes-547599/
    https://www.ecbl.ca/
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    The Atlanta Aliens are currently playing a truncated 2020-21 season of 8 home games and 8 away games from November 21-March 8 with mostly Georgia-based ABA teams with some tough opponents in the Georgia Division. Duck Richards returns for his 11th season roaming the sidelines with 10 returning former Division 1 players from the Georgia Division championship. They're facing the North Alabama War Dogs, Georgia Gwizzlies, Columbus Blackhawks, Jackson Showboats, Music City Jazz, Atlanta Heat, Mobile Jesters, Atlanta Rappers, and the Perservenace Panthers. Roster that's well-experienced and high-calibre is mentioned in the next press release fronted by NBA prospect Thomas Brown:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/65...-2021-schedule
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/65...ze-team-Roster

    In Richard "Rikk" Coleman, this owner presents the Altoona Railroaders. Coleman already possesses some sports management experience as an assistant GM for Centerplate at the York Revolution minor league baseball stadium before going on towards stockbroking, capital funding, and owning a restaurant and nightclub:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/65...-ABA-expansion

    Georgia Gwizzlies return Ralph Wilson, who was recovering from leg surgery and was set to be activated last month in January, and under 6-feet G Malikki Preister, who was torching until he got injured against the Jacksonville Giants last season:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/65...lies-updatings

    Seattle Mountaineers guard Joe Jackson joins Australia's NBL1 Central Division's Woodville Warriors. Previously played in Australia with the Darwin eagles in the Darwin Basketball Association in the NT:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/65...lian-NBL1-Team

    Team Network of Detroit owner Monica Belanger becomes ABA VP of Community Partnerships. She previously served as VP of Team Expansion and Special Projects as well as Chapter President of the Beautiful Live Project. Fisher House is another community partner, she announced:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/65...y-Partnerships

    The ABA announces its own platform with the ABA Virtual Venue that people can watch classic games, on-demand ones, virtual ABA games, ABA-associated music, fun, and comedy:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/65...-entertainment

    We already have the ABA Australia and Mexico Initiatives. Now here comes the Caribbean version with teams expressing interest from the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Bahamas (remember the Bahamas All-Pro Show?), the Dominican Republic, and some other West Indies nations. Plans to make debut August 22 in Kissimmee, Florida as a cash-prized 3-4 weekend Sweet 16 tournament and then taking the show to Puerto Rico/NY in 2022 and to the BVI in 2023. May play with some ABA teams based here too:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/65...ean-initiative

    Some ABA teams got permission from Joe Newman to play ABA action early than the January 3 official start. Like the Columbus Blackhawks. And they were 6-0 by late January beating Georgia. Since went 8-0 with January weekend wins over the Atlanta Aliens:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/65...ks-move-to-6-0
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...ks-move-to-8-0

    Atlanta Aliens made a comeback upset battle win over the talented Music City Jazz 117-116 in a not-very-pretty game for its first win of the season. Were down by 5 points until Wynston Andrews hit a huge 3-pointer at :30 seconds remaining and then took advantage of one Jazz players missing both free throws:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/65...ttled-the-Jazz

    North Alabama War Dawgs remain 5-0 as January began in beating the Music City Jazz 130-109 in a dazzling performance while also helping out in a holiday shoe drive for kids before taking on Columbus:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...ain-undefeated

    Official opening weekend of ABA scores of only 17 games that was scaled from originally planned because, you know, coronavirus. 25% of the teams were playing considering venue availability and spectator limitations. Las Vegas Royals slays all three Arizona visitors. River City Gamblers endured a rough weekend:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...Weekend-scores

    Columbus Blackhawks, North Alabama, Las Vegas, the St. Louis Spirits, Chicago fury, the Hi Desert Pumas, Indiana Lyons, San Diego Surf, Jackson Showboats, and the Chiula Vista Suns tops the first 2021 ABA Power Rankings:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...Weekend-scores

    At 22-year old Reggie Jeffries introduces the Danville, Virginia-based River City Chaos to the ABA expansion for next season playing in the Mid-Atlantic Division:
    https://abaliveaction.com/2020/11/03...xpansion-team/

    From the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California comes the Hardwood Hustle. Ready for the Pacific Division. Kevin Alexander has been a trainer, player development manager, and coach for young basketball player:
    https://abaliveaction.com/2020/11/25...ific-division/

    Fast-growing Best Version Media Sports and the ABA join in a strategic media partnership in sharing game highlights, game broadcasts, and stories on the website:
    https://abaliveaction.com/2020/11/02...l-association/

    Major announcement broke almost a week ago in the CEBL. Montreal is added to the roster of franchises in the Canadian basketball league not this year but postponed in 2022 as the 8th member due to coronavirus complications. Montreal, as an expansion team, is seen as not just nabbing that all-increasingly important Quebec outpost for both the CEBL and NBL Canada for the leagues' survival but also for the CEBL's desired targeting of bigger Canadian markets coast-to-coast not named Toronto with Winnipeg and Calgary also expected to reach up to 12 teams. Further details are still pending but in Montreal's case, as told by CEBL Commissioner Mike Morreale to CBC's Kwabena Oduro in this scoop, it will be more collaborative with the city and the venue this time with better organization. Quebec City, adds Morreale, is likely to join under this manner to have a built-in all-Quebec rivalry. We can expect to see Montreal's and Quebec City's basketball players, coaches, staff, and executives in both teams containing serious Quebec basketball ties with obviously a French bent. Can't be any worse than what Montreal endured already with its short-lived pro basketball franchises:
    https://www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball...2022-1.5902356
    https://cultmtl.com/2021/02/montreal...etball-league/
    https://www.inspiredtraveler.ca/a-pr...treal-in-2022/

    Guelph native, former Notre Dame and Indiana Fever star now newly signed with the Minnesota Lynx and a local star with Italy's Familia Schio Natalie Achonwa certainly is not the only one in the Canadian women's basketball community wishing for a top-flight women's pro basketball league in Canada. As it stands right now, the WNBA expanding to Toronto in the future is the most tangible goal should the league decides to expand. That said, a national Canadian women basketball league is sorely needed at a time when Canada's women's basketball profile grows nationally and internationally as a serious medal contender with depth to spare (well-repped in the WNBA and overseas). There's a lot of talented young Canadian female basketball players whose 5-year careers end suddenly after their Canadian college basketball stints at graduation but a few play overseas. No plans for the CEBL or NBL Canada to create a Canadian women's basketball league; they're too preoccupied with their own young development. Is the will there? Poses challenges indeed. What business models could it adopt and could minimize ticket sales and TV contracts' impact. Could be a fusion of a few. With the right business model and corporate sponsorships for it, it can work and revive a lot of young careers:
    https://www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball...-own-1.5905343

    Julius Harris knew he wasn't in Arlington, Texas anymore when he dealt with the weather culture shock arriving in Kitchener and Sudbury. After that it was OK:
    https://www.usbasket.com/NBLCanada/n...t-was-6-Degree
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    The Black Wall Street TV Network is really the seventh ABA TV streaming, cable, and broadcasting partner joining the league and will air select games starting in January:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...ABA-TV-Network

    21 games were played over the weekend of January 9-11. Big one is that North Alabama War Dogs 136-97 massive blowout win on the Columbus Blackhawks. Chicago's ABA teams got plenty of action. Orange County Novastars had an Arizona weekend. Fayetteville Flight swept the Georgia Thunder. As did South Phoenix and Phoenix Valley:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...d-January-9-10

    Thanks to North Alabama beating Columbus, the War Dogs take over the #1 ABA Power Rankings top spot from the Blackhawks who fall to #3. 2 games are the minimum to earn a power ranking. Las Vegas Royals at 5-0 were at #2. Southwest Desert Cats and the Indiana Lyons were the only undefeated teams in the top 10. Nassau Pride, Steel City Yellow Jackets, and the Harlem Underdogs, all also undefeated, are also in the rankings:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...Power-Rankings

    Mike Dixon's Fayetteville Flight 2020-2021 roster unveiled:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...unveils-roster

    You'll see the Florida-based teams like Jacksonville and the Tampa Bay Fury and the Sarasota Manatees kick of their seasons on January 16-17 along continuous ones with the southeastern ones like North Alabama, the Georgia Thunder and Gwizzlies. Some Chicago ones and the Missouri-based and other Midwest and Mid-Atlantic teams too. North Alabama keeps winning. All but one game this particular weekend had at least one team reach 100+ points with many reaching well beyond that:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...-January-16-17

    Top four ABA teams were all undefeated in the Power Rankings--North Alabama, Las Vegas, Southwest, and Indiana--and closely within each other record-wide. And this with 70+ teams actively playing out of the 180 due to the coronavirus. Defending ABA champs Jacksonville Giants just started that weekend, remember, so they'll get there in no time:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...Power-Rankings

    Georgia Gwizzlies endured the MLK Day Games split: Southwest Warriors guard Paul Parker make the Warriors cause the Gwizzlies fall short on Saturday 111-108. But the Gwizz regained the winning beating Georgia Thunder 150-116 led by Griffin Markwith and his eye-popping, rim-rocking dunks:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...defeat-Thunder

    Crosstown, the Atlanta Aliens conducted a weekend Music City Jazz sweep out of the team from Nashville before visiting defending champs the Jacksonville Giants--and lost to:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...iens-win-again

    More games than ever on January 23-24 with Music City and the St. Louis Spirits doing a split with almost exactly the same final scores. Southwest wins the Georgia regional weekend. Some Chicago teams won and lost. Nassau beats Tampa Bay. North Alabama rocks River Region Generals 162-97. Steel City sweeps. West Virginia Warlocks went through a bad weekend. Indiana Lyons suffer its first loss from the Midwest Guardians. Same Midwest team thunders Team Network 172-86. Kind Soul Bobcats split with Steel City and West Virginia:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...-January-23-24

    North Alabama remain #1 with Steel City now at second:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...Power-Rankings

    Some Canadian Elite Basketball League basketball news from Canada at this time in the last few weeks. The Ottawa BlackJacks, the newest CEBL franchise, fills up the executive and coaching staff after the hirings of Charles Dube-Brais, Jehvon Shepherd, and James Derouin. Latest developments are Patrick Ewing Jr.--yes, he is following his Hall of Famer dad's coaching footsteps and operated a series of roles at Georgetown, and Brooklyn-born former Ottawa Gee Gees player and coach Fabienne Perrin-Blizzard both join as assistants with Ewing as the lead assistant (gotta have a Gee Gee to balance the Ravens--also very well known to develop local and Ontario provincial girls basketball). Plus, former New York Knick and Team Canada player Andy Rautins (son of Leo) becomes Jevohn Shepherd's assistant GM and brings the players, coaches, agents, management, and leagues network while still hopes to be active again:
    https://www.cebl.ca/ewing-jr-named-o...ssistant-coach
    https://www.theblackjacks.ca/ewing-j...ssistant-coach
    https://www.cebl.ca/perrin-blizzard-...ssistant-coach
    https://www.theblackjacks.ca/perrin-...ssistant-coach
    https://www.theblackjacks.ca/rautins...eneral-manager
    https://www.cebl.ca/rautins-named-ot...eneral-manager

    Guelph Nighthawks sign former Los Angeles Clippers center Diamond Stone as its first 2021 free agent acquisition and internationally designated player for the CEBL:
    https://www.cebl.ca/guelph-nighthawk...-diamond-stone

    Niagara River Lions return guard Trae Bell-Haynes for 2021 and third season together while currently playing for Germany Basketball Bundesliga's Hakro Merlins Crailsheim. Like what he's doing now with the Hakro Merlins improving his game, he accomplish that too with Niagara and aims for a NRL title in getting back on track:
    https://www.cebl.ca/trae-bell-haynes...he-river-lions
    https://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/sp...ver-lions.html

    CEBL Canadian Player of the Year Jordan Baker returns to his hometown 2021 CEBL champions Edmonton Stingers:
    https://www.cebl.ca/edmonton-stinger...an-of-the-year

    Toronto guard Duane Notice also re-signs for his third upcoming season with his own CEBL team the nearby Hamilton Honey Badgers, a team Notice captains that finished third in the 2020 Summer Series in St. Catherines, while trying his hand with the G-League Raptors 905 during the CEBL offseason and no rehabbing. Yes, a top priority to keep for Jermaine Anderson and Ryan Schmidt:
    https://www.cebl.ca/honey-badgers-re...d-duane-notice

    Jermaine Anderson returns to his general manager post with the Hamilton Honey Badgers this year:
    https://www.cebl.ca/hamilton-honey-b...eneral-manager

    Fraser Valley Bandits honour the contributions of Black British Columbians and coaches during Black History Month:
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...-bhm/n-5664082
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    Can't really say that I'm really surprised at all over the news that NBL Canada decided to cancel the planned and truncated 2020-21 season after initially announcing a December 23 return and subsequently moving to March 12, which was this past Sunday. The Coronavirus claims it again. Exactly at this time last year, NBL Canada cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 season with no remaining regular season and playoff games played and no champion crowned. This was supposed to be NBL Canada's 10th season of existence, a tremendous accomplishment in considering the history of Canadian pro basketball with all the ups and downs that entails--and yet it still has no proper national TV deal. Something that the CEBL managed to accomplish with the CBC in just two seasons and even the now-defunct Butch Carter entity Canadian Basketball League did this with Yes TV. Admittedly, the time frame from March 13 all the way up to May/June would be very tight indeed with the CEBL looming and itching to return to their 7 home arenas across the nation. Talk of a bubble was brought up with a reduced amount of games, I presume, reportedly at Cape Breton in Sydney, Nova Scotia with no home team there for now with the Highlanders currently sidelined. But it wasn't deemed "viable". Gets problematic when the virus dictates the scheduling changes. Does aim for forthcoming details to return in 2021-22.

    What really did it in is of course the rising amount of coronavirus cases in Ontario again, where half of the 8 teams hail from (London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Windsor, and Sudbury), forcing a shutdown and travel restrictions (both cross border travel with the USA since the majority of players are American and intra-provincial and quarantining). Even as new vaccines are making their way in Canada but not enough to make an impact yet. Sudbury, the home of the Sudbury Five, for example is severely hit hard and is undergoing a lockdown in northern Ontario. London is undergoing a third wave, where indoor gatherings contributing to a case spike. All the NBL Canada owners unanimously voted to cancel things in a virtual meeting Friday. They cited the disturbing development of new viral variants and inability to have spectators in their home arenas. Of the 8 teams in existence, only the London Lightning, Halifax Rainmen/Hurricanes, and Moncton Miracles/Magic, and the mothballed Saint John Mill Rats/Riptide have been around since its inception for 10 years. Unlike south of the border with the NBA and NCAA, there are no business, broadcasting, or insurance obligations for the shoestring NBL Canada with billions resting on it with along a long-established war chest behind it. With the Toronto Raptors out of Canada and currently playing in Tampa Bay and no CIS men's and women's college basketball and now NBL Canada (to say nothing of the nonexistence of a top-flight domestic Canadian women's pro basketball league), Canadians will have to wait until the Canadian Elite Basketball League in June to enjoy their senior level basketball within Canada's borders. This NBL Canada action absence since March 2020 may act as a turning point for both NBL Canada and the CEBL--maybe even for the ECBL. Do hope that both Cape Breton and Saint John will eventually return to NBL Canada, but the planned ECBL may give me some pause (more on that league later). Meanwhile, all the NBL Canada players are playing overseas or in the United States. So Moncton keeps the title again:
    https://lfpress.com/sports/basketbal...ntire-league?r
    https://therecord.com/sports/basketb...da-season.html
    https://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports...season-560210/
    https://www.thetelegram.com/sports/l...mpaign-560409/
    https://www.919thebend.ca/2021/03/05...ovid-concerns/

    Speaking of the Canadian Elite Basketball League, the league announces a delayed and thus reduced 14-game schedule slate as opposed to a regular 20-game one starting June 5 on February 25 with the hope of having fan in all seven CEBL arenas this year unlike NBL Canada. The 2021 Schedule can't end further beyond September because players must be allowed time to report over to their overseas teams. 7 home games, 7 road games over nine weeks starting with Edmonton and Fraser Valley on opening day in a CEBL Championship Game rematch with Hamilton hosting Ottawa in a 7pm tip-off on June 5. The regular season ends August 8 when the Bandits travel to meet the Saskatchewan Rattlers in Saskatoon's SaskTel Centre. The CBC will show 7 televised regular season games across Canada. The league will announce its plans for the post-season at a later date with hopefully Edmonton getting a second chance. Plus there's an innovative fan tickets protection plan this season revealed:
    https://www.cebl.ca/canadian-elite-b...on-subscribers
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    Over a month and half ago back in April, several members of the Jacksonville Giants, then 14-0, decided to pay a little visit to my store that I still work at for the weekend. Me instantly recognizing their logo gear coming in and having saw them in action two years ago to ABA Championship glory, I knew that the ABA Final 8 tournament got moved to here in St. Louis again held at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy's Gym from Binghamton, New York, where the ABA Final 8 was supposed to be held. Didn't had instant Internet access at the time so I wasn't up to speed on that development until I saw them, which explains the gap in posting until now. Not surprisingly, I helped several Giants players out with some basketball sneakers like the popular James Harden's Adidas Harden Volume 5. A yellow one in particular that reminds some (myself included) of De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising album cover. One player was disappointed--not in an angry way, btw--we no longer have his size 11.5 (my personal size too) in that in our inventory and asked whether we would get in stock later on. Told him politely that store shipments don't necessarily operate like that under these times. The Jax Giants players bought some Nike signature basketball sneakers we still have from Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Paul George, and LeBron James. I told them that I watched them back at the STLCOP Gym with my all-access pass ultimately to the ABA Final against the South Florida Gold that Saturday afternoon--don't worry I plan to discuss at last very soon. Why it got moved from Binghamton, I think, has something to do with the coronavirus restrictions inside New York at the time and was thus moved to Missouri--and were impressed I knew about the ABA. Added that it's more than about time for the Jacksonville Giants, being the dominant and most successful ABA team over the past decade, to move on and join say the TBL with less disparate talent and more challenges. Several teams like Syracuse and Shreveport did. Among other things, the Giants could build regional in-state rivalries with the Tampa Bay Titans and Gulf Coast Lions there.

    Because of the pandemic, you know, undefeated Jacksonville got to keep the ABA title, the Dick Tinkham Trophy, an extra year. Having followed this league for many years now, I certainly knew the Giants were going to successfully defend their title despite some more challenging opponents at the top. At the time, they would eventually face the Silicon Valley Panthers and the Steel Valley Yellow Jackets before the Chicago Fury. But I'm getting ahead of myself there. I wanted to go but decided not to due to some coronavirus restrictions. For example, each Giants personnel was allowed only one guest to enter the gym.

    ABA scores from the first February weekend February 6-7. Almost all but two had games with both teams scored way north of 100, except for like the Southwest Warriors edging the Georgia Vipers 71-70 in an unABA-like nailbiter:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...d-February-6-7

    North Alabama War Dawgs kept the #1 spot in a slight margin with the Southwest Desert Cats followed by the Chicago Fury and Columbus Blackhawks. Yet at the time Jacksonville was fast rising after getting underway:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...Power-Rankings

    Seemingly rebuilding and normally a top-ranked Georgia Gwizzlies endured a tough unglamorous 151-145 win over the Atlanta Aliens despite Gwizzlies star Paul Robinson scoring 69 points, 18 rebounds, and 7 assists with Jacksonville coming up next. Aliens' All-Star Griffin Markwith led the Aliens with 33:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...Aliens-151-145

    Jacksonville shows off their glory and especially takes care of the St. Augustine Glory 137-90on the road. Then did the same on the visiting Nassau County Pride 132-100 days later:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...ff-Their-Glory

    Here comes the ABA Canada Initiative making the league's return up north with Xavier Mitchell and Paul Kahn running things. Already designated as Canadian Federal Corporation, the focus will start on Ontario and Quebec with 10-12 teams based there and synergizing with the US-based teams and hosting and travelling US-based ABA teams:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...ada-initiative

    11 games were played during Valentine's Day weekend of February 13-14. Atlanta Aliens gave the Jacksonville Giants all they can handle in a major challenge before succumbing 99-97 before Jax beating Georgia Gwizzlies that was more blowout the next day. Several fairly competitive games overall here like the Ohio Bruins knocking off the Steel City Yellow Jackets 115-113. Good weekend overall for Chicago's three ABA teams Fury, Knights, and Rebels:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...February-13-14

    Chicago Fury and Columbus keep pace with North Alabama and Southwest as Jax looms for the first time with Steel City, Las Vegas, Team Trouble, Midwest, Atlanta Storm, Chula Vista, Chicago Knights, St. Louis, Indiana, Nassau County, South Phoenix, and Orange County:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...Rankings-again

    The ABA forms a partnership with a Dusseldorf, Germany-based international online ticket company Vivenu called ABA Tickets to provide easy and fast online game ticket access for ABA fans:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...icket-platform

    ABA weekend scores from February 20-21. Jacksonville, Steel City, St. Augustine, South Phoenix, Tucson, North Alabama, Fayetteville, NEPA All-Stars, Nassau County, Midwest, Orange County, Delaware, Sarasota, Indiana Lyons, California Golden Tigers, Delco Desparados, Columbus, Westchester, Southwest, Tampa Bay, and Team Trouble were all winners:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...February-20-21

    North Alabama stays atop at 11-0 in the 23-team ABA Power Rankings after winning convincingly over the River Region Generals when Columbus, Southwest, and Chicago Fury nipping at the War Dawgs' heels but Jacksonville rises fast at 8-0 following the Giants' weekend sweep:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...ngs-once-again

    The Atlanta Aliens experienced through its toughest season ever in 12 years of existence going through a 5-game losing streak with GM/head coach Duck Richards. Got its 3rd win at that point to be 3-8 in the Atlanta Aliens' 154-98 thrubbing of the Perseverance Panthers from South Carolina with four Aliens finishing at 15+ points like Michael Stanley, Wynston Andrew, and Alex Bonner and give Richards his 95th ABA coaching win. March 6 would serve as the Atlanta Aliens' final regular season game playing against the Nassau County Pride in Florida:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/67...anthers-154-98

    Couple of overtime games--South Phoenix over Tucson and Delco over NEPA--headline the February 27-28 scores but there's also multiple major blowouts scores like the Chula Vista Suns over the San Diego Surf, the aforementioned ATL Aliens-Perserevance and the West Chester Wildcats over Central PA Kings. New Hampshire Rockets and Providence Pirates engaged in a tight one:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/67...February-27-28

    North Alabama, Jacksonville, and Southwest--all undefeated with North Alabama only in the double digit wins at the time--were the top three ABA teams ending February ahead of the eagerly anticipated Jacksonville-North Alabama faceoff. Only three other teams were undefeated like the Delaware Snipers lower in the rankings:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/67...ngs-once-again

    Seattle Mountaineers sign Colby Jackson, a 5-9 RMAC All-Nebraska D2 All-Conference star guard from Chadron State College:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/67...-Colby-Jackson
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    Big story out of NBL Canada outside of the 2020-21 cancellation is the hiring of a London, Ontario native seeking the bring it back into play. No, it's not Vito Frijia, the London Lightning owner. He's someone like Frijia who holds a passion toward the roundball with a long career at sports management with admiration for the 10-year old league during a time of great Canadian basketball growth. Introducing Gary Curgin, NBL Canada's new COO and President, just in time to oversee NBL Canada's new London office this summer. Audley Stephenson becomes VP of basketball operations and will continue to oversee day-to-day basketball and league operations. He will also provide support to the CEO in the areas of business development, new initiatives and strategic partnerships:
    https://lfpress.com/sports/basketbal...a-back-to-play
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...icer/n-5688443
    https://www.therecord.com/sports/bas...s-profile.html

    Halifax Hurricanes head coach Mike Leslie optimistic about upcoming 2021-22 season with hopes of packed fans at the Halifax Metro Scotiabank Centre, keeping tabs on hi players spread elsewhere, and a possible divisional Atlantic and Central bubbles:
    https://www.saltwire.com/halifax/spo...021-100573013/

    Just 17 months ago, it seemed like a go that the Windsor Express and owner Dartis Willis would find a new home in a renovated Windsor Arena to put an end to its arena woes with the WFCU Centre. However, the City of Windsor government decided to pass on it with its mayor Drew Dilkins, despite regularly attending Express games at the Centre as a big fan and liking the project, says there's too many question surrounding it and felt taxpayers deserve better. All isn't lost though on the project:
    https://montrealgazette.com/sports/c...-windsor-arena

    Joe Salerno wasn't offered a contract to return as its most successful Moncton Magic/Miracles head coach ever at the Hub City. But he remains in New Brunswick having landed as the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds men's head coach in Fredericton:
    https://www.saltwire.com/prince-edwa...eam-100587211/

    In the CEBL, Mike Morreale thinks the Niagara River Lions could benefit from having doubleheaders of sorts at the Meridian Centre. Actually he means having a regular game and then finishing that under the ELAM method. Me, I'm still getting accustomed to the new method:
    https://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/sp...es-in-one.html

    The 2021 CEBL season was initially set to start last week but got pushed back because of the pandemic and of the desire to have fans back in the arenas with provinces loosening restrictions. League schedule now starts June 26 under a 17-game schedule. Defending champions Edmonton Stingers, its head coach Jermaine Small and his players are anxious to start playing again in Canada in front of their fans again:
    https://edmontonsun.com/sports/baske...hometown-crowd

    Once the American imports arrive to Canada and undergo their mandatory quarantine to with the 12 Canadians, the Saskatchewan Rattlers roster and training camp is pretty much set:
    https://thestarphoenix.com/sports/lo...ng-camp-target
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    North Alabama WarDawgs finish atop the final ABA Power Rankings with defending champs Jacksonville, Chicago, and Southwest Desert nipping at North Alabama's heels as we focused on the ABA Final 8:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/66...Power-Rankings

    With only seven players suited up for the Georgia Gwizzlies and driven out of the gym by the Jacksonville Giants, showing why as such, the Gwizzlies rebounded the next day defeating the St. Mary's Bucks with 6 Gwizzlies players finishing in double figures like newcomer Griffin Markwith (who lead in scoring) , Jalen Hollis, Marcus Johnson, and Tabari Price. Also, Johnny Jackson got activated from injured reserve:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/67...-Gwizzlies-win

    Because of the limited fan capacity at STLCOP Gym due to COVID-19 protocols, the ABA offered all games on pay-per-view at a $12 early bird special for all 7 games that will get more as we get closer to the championship. Same pricing applies and included for the then-upcoming ABA All-Star Game at the abafinals.com. Only 75 ABA teams were able to play out of the 200 franchises due to the disease--aims to play up 200 teams next season:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/67...n-Pay-Per-View

    15 games in the final ABA weekend of MARCH 13-14 including the Fresno Flaming Suns-South Phoenix Scorpions and Tuscon Buckets-PVO Outlaws play-in games. Almost all high-scoring reaching very well into the 100s for both teams in the schedule. One forfeit though: Nassau County Pride over the Florida All-Stars:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/67...nd-March-13-14

    Jacksonville actually tops the final regular season ABA 2020-21 Power Rankings at 11-0. Because of this, the Giants earned a bye into ABA Final 8 in St. Louis April 15-17 with North Alabama have the #1 Southeast Division seed in that division's play-in games starting March 20:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/67...for-the-season

    Georgia Gwizzlies prevail in an "almost flawless" performance over South Carolina Perseverance Panthers 132-100 to go 7-5 led by Fred Johnson's 29 points (including 6-for-9 3-point shooting) on Valentine's Day. Justin Crooms had 10 points and 10 assists as the Gwizz shot 48% from the field in the game with 57 rebounds , 40 assists, and 13 steals. The Panthers were held down by 43 points at halftime. Georgia later focused on the ABA Playoffs ranked #23 nationally in the ABA Power Rankings:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/67...-the-Gwizzlies

    21 games were played March 20-21 in the ABA Playoff Round for the Pacific, Southeast, New England/Mid-Atlantic, and North Central. Many of these games were nicely competitive with a handful of games went into OT including the Tampa Bay Fury bating the Nassau County Pride in double OT 146-141. Big blowout was in the Florida Stars blasting Saint Mary's Bucks 146-99. Next weekend, Steel City Yellow Jackets played the Binghamton Bulldogs for the NE/MA championship. North Alabama War Dawgs, Tampa Bay Fury, and Atlanta Storm all vied for the Southeast title. Southwest Desert Desert Cats played the Las Vegas Royals for the Pacific title:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/67...PLAYING-ROUNDS

    The 2020 TBL season announced it will have 36 teams, 6 more than the NBA, with 4 conferences--Central, Eastern, Midwest, and West. In addition, this league also saw two female head coaches leading The Basketball League's men's pro teams for the first time: Dallas Skyline's Angela Westhers and the Wet Coast Breeze's Daria Carrington. But another major league-wide story was of ongoing COVID-19 making the difficult business conditions in certain markets and the unavailability of adequate venues forcing defending champions Albany Patroons and the announced expansion teams the Avon Aces, Fresno Fire, Portland Storm, Salem Capitals, and Temecula Eagles opting not to play this season. As of April 2021, all but the Fresno Fire are still listed as returning in 2022 on its website. So it's down to 29-30.

    Well travelled and respected minor league basketball coach Kevin Keathley reunites with the Shreveport Mavericks as Director of Player Personnel and Steve Tucker's Assistant. Aiming for a second round of championship success:
    https://www.usbasket.com/TBL/news/66...-Coach-of-Mavs!

    Percell Washington is the first TBL Player of the Week for his performance that contributes towards the Little Rock Lightning knocking off the Shreveport Mavericks 112-101. Marcus Fillyaw from Indy Express beating 115-101 over the Columbus Condors and the Enid Outlaws' Wayne Runnels round the top three TBL players of the week performers:
    https://www.usbasket.com/TBL/news/67...-Hoops-Agents)

    Round 3 review with Owensboro Throughbreds losing to the Columbus Condors, the Tri-State Admirals defeating the South Shore Monarchs in an exciting road game or them; Enid Outlaws crushes the Little Rock Lightning in Little Rock; San Diego Guardians smashed the West Coast Breeze; Lewisville Leopards lose at home and stay winless in an interesting game to the Waco Royals. Other games were predictable as winless Flint United lose to the Dayton Flight in a road game. Kokomo BobKats knock off Detroit Hustle and the Steve Francis-owned Houston Push demolish the Midtown Prestige 134-77:
    https://www.usbasket.com/TBL/news/67...ose-to-Condors

    Shreveport Mavericks' AJ Mosby produced a game-high of 32 points to edge bottom-ranked Dallas Skyline 97-93 in earning TBL Player of the Week for Round 2. Too bad Jamestown Jackals Bernard Edwards had the bad luck of losing to the Syracuse Stallions. Lewisville's Jesse Williams scored 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in a losing effort to the Houston Push couldn't earn the honor:
    https://www.usbasket.com/TBL/news/67...-Hoops-Agents)

    Jamestown wins an important game in terms of divisional leadership against South Shore. San Diego smashes the Carolina SeaKings. Lewistown register the team's first win of the season outplaying the Midtown Prestige. So does Flint United with its home court advantage on the Detroit Hustle. Top TBL team Syracuse Stallions remain such in stopping the Tri-State Admirals. All in Round 5:
    https://www.usbasket.com/TBL/news/68...rship-position

    Jordan Robertson, formerly at Colgate, stays in New York and the TBL but moving to the Syracuse Stallions after signing with the former ABA force now in the TBL. He previously played with the Albany Patroons last season:
    https://www.usbasket.com/ABA/news/67...cuse-Stallions
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