July 26, 2006 |
Fueled by memories of the American Basketball Assn. and its long-ago stars Julius Erving and Moses Malone, investor Duane Hughes happily paid $10,000 a year ago to buy a franchise in the revived league. Hughes, a former New York City rapper, secured a 10,000-seat arena for his ABA team, the Charlotte Krunk. He booked rap artist Mike Jones for postgame entertainment. He paid for jerseys, basketballs and $30,000 worth of TV commercials.
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March 22, 2006 |
Inside a Maywood gymnasium, two basketball teams competed before mostly empty stands. It would have been easy to mistake the game for a local league contest or even a friendly scrimmage if not for the television camera crews and massive banners advertising Chinese telecommunications and furniture companies. Not many people in Maywood cared who won or lost the game.
February 2, 2005 |
Hours after storming the court and firing her coach, Nashville Rhythm co-owner Sally Anthony was rushed to a hospital after a 911 call by a relative who said she had tried to "hurt herself." A relative called 911 about 6 a.m. CST Sunday to report that Anthony was hurting herself, according to a 911 tape obtained by Associated Press on Tuesday.
March 9, 2004 |
Ronnie Coleman has been a professional basketball player for 13 years, but he has never played in an NBA regular-season game. From one international league to another, Coleman has witnessed many strange things, but he experienced something new last month while playing for the Long Beach Jam. The Las Vegas Rattlers, one of the financially challenged franchises in the American Basketball Assn., did not have uniforms.
February 26, 2004 |
You want high-flying basketball but at low-end prices. You want to be able to yell at a referee and have him hear you. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the American Basketball Assn. -- minor-league hoops at its scrappiest. I mean, where else but the playground can players not foul out of a game? The ABA-leading Long Beach Jam's season is near the end, and while it's not to be confused with March Madness, here are 10 reasons to check out this weekend's games against the Las Vegas Rattlers: 10.
December 17, 2003 |
In the beginning, no one's watching and you play because you love the game. At the end, no one's watching and you play because you love the game. It's in the middle, when the crowds swell and the money is stacked to the sky, that things can get confusing as the Bryants, father and son, could tell you. Kobe's dad, Joe, a veteran of eight NBA seasons and until last week a retiree, returned Tuesday night as coach of the Las Vegas Rattlers of the American Basketball Assn.