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SOUTH TEXAS SWARM MOVE TO MEXICO

The Central Texas Swarm of the ABA has announced that it has officially changed its name to the AM-EX Swarm. The AM-EX Swarm has found its home in Piedras Negras, Mexico on the border with Eagle Pass, Texas. The team is comprised of highly talented athletes who are coming together to be coached by San Antonio Spurs legend Johnny Moore. Moore who played for the Spurs from 1980-1987 is the all-time leader in assists (3,866) and joins others like David Robinson and George Gervin in the elite group comprised of only seven whose number has been retired by the Spurs.

The AM-EX Swarm is proud to announce its partnership with a FIBA certified agent.  The team will serve as a farm team for the Mexicali Soles which narrowly missed clinching the national Championship title of the LNBP (Mexico’s National Professional Basketball league) last year and is currently leading the league. “The AM-EX Swarm will be a great addition to our community.  Not only will this ABA team bring great exposure to the city of Piedras Negras, but this will set the foundation for a great partnership between the ABA and the LNBP”, stated team co-owner Michael Luna. This is an awesome opportunity for the players of the Southwest Division to get exposure and be seen first-hand by various agents and owners of LNBP teams and various other FIBA teams.  This partnership will serve as a platform or catapult to help young and aspiring players to be placed internationally on FIBA teams.

The AM-EX Swarm will host its inaugural season opener November 30th against the Austin Boom in Piedras Negras, Mexico at the Santiago V. Gonzalez Auditorium.

Jersey Express Host Season Opener

The Jersey Express to Open the 2014-2015 Season vs. Providence

NEWARK, N.J – November 13th, 2014 – The Jersey Express ABA Men’s Professional Basketball Team will begin its 2014-2015 campaign on Saturday November 22 when they host the first year Providence Sky Chiefs of Rhode Island. Tip-off is set for 5:00 pm. at Weequahic High School, 279 Chancellor Avenue (gym is off Hobson St), Newark, NJ.

Last seen making the ABA Elite 8 Championship Series on ESPN3, the Express will enter its ninth season in the ABA with a distinctly different look than the squad that made a run at the championship a year ago. Returning for the Express are standout guards Jason Smith (Paterson, N.J) and Donald Hennie (Englewood, NJ), along with 2013-2014 ABA All Star Center Almin Hodzic (Budd Lake, NJ) who excelled last season to help lead the Express in 2013-2014.

The Express feature newcomers among their 15-man roster. The list of prominent newcomers includes guards Anderson Labaze, Angel Flores, Lucky Armstrong and Zaki Thomas, Forwards Devin Bennett, David Bellamy, Kirk Bailey, Alvin Adams and Chris Bol, Centers Sam Furr, and Hashim Bailey. Elijah Thorpe, (Newark, NJ) returns to the Express, to fill the veteran guard/forward/assistant coaching position.

The game is the only home game this month. The Jersey Express will then travel to New York to play against Brooklyn Sky Rockets and then Pennsylvania to play Pittsburgh. The Express will face the Brooklyn Sky Rockets on November 29 at 7:00 pm. and will travel to Pittsburgh for a 5pm tipoff the night of the 30th. They then return home after the Thanksgiving Holiday, to face the Brooklyn Sky Rockets on December 6th at 5pm. The Express full 2014-2015 season schedule is available at www.jerseyexpress.net/schedule. Individual Game Tickets are available on-line at http://www.eventbrite.com/o/jersey-express-basketball-1144251079. General admission to ALL home games is $10, VIP Floor seating is available on-line, or at the door, based on availability. For more information on the Jersey Express, log onto www.jerseyexpress.net. To learn about the ABA, log onto www.ABAlive.com.

MIAMI MIDNIGHTS ANNOUNCE SCHEDULE

MIAMI MIDNITES ANNOUNCE 2014-15 ABA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE, TIP-OFF SEASON ON NOVEMBER 22
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – The Miami Midnites, the reining 2014 Florida Basketball Association champion and Minor League affiliate of the Maccabi Haifa Israeli professional basketball team, announced today their 2014-15 American Basketball Association (ABA) regular season schedule.  The Miami Midnites kick off their inaugural ABA season with a 22-game schedule, consisting of 12 home dates, all at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie, Florida, and 10 road contests, running from November 22, 2014 through March 8, 2015.  The Miami Midnites’ season opener is on the road against the South Coast Fire out of Jacksonville, Florida.  The Midnites’ host their first pair of home games against the Gainesville Heat on December 6 (5:00 PM) and 7 (6:00 PM) at the David Posnack JCC.
The schedule features four games against the 2012 & 2013 ABA defending champions Jacksonville Giants, including a pair of home games on February 11 (8:30 PM) and 12 (8:30 PM).  The Miami Midnites will match up against four teams from Florida (South Coast Fire, Gainesville Heat, Jacksonville Giants, South Florida Gold), two teams from Atlanta, Georgia (Atlanta Wildcats, Atlanta Aliens) and a team from Rhode Island (Providence Sky Chiefs).
To view the complete Miami Midnites 2014-15 ABA schedule, please click here.
The Miami Midnites provide a fan-friendly atmosphere and entertaining professional basketball at an affordable price of $5 per person.  For more information on tickets and the Miami Midnites, please visit the team website at www.miamimidnites.com

Oceanside A-team Benefits Autism Research

This is an article taken from UT San Diego’s Website: you can view the full article here

PRO BASKETBALL GAME TO BENEFIT AUTISM RESEARCH

 

A new men’s professional basketball team representing Oceanside will play its first game at 7 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium at MiraCosta College against the San Diego Surf.

It will compete in the American Basketball Association, a 90-team national organization.

The Oceanside A-Team is co-owned by Jeffrey Stein of Oceanside and his Jobs for Autism Inc., and the A in its title stands for autism — which has affected Stein personally — as well as Asperger’s (syndrome) and Armed Forces.

He said last week that he hopes to have 12 to 15 players signed by this weekend’s game.

Stein said players will come from three sources: those who have played at the college level, those with previous professional experience and those who have played internationally.

An announcement online brought responses from local coaches and such diverse people as an Argentine, replying in Spanish, and a Nigerian player living in Ukraine.

The team logo shows the word Oceanside written on a palm tree leaning in from the left and the word A-Team on a wave swooping up from the right. A silhouetted player, ball in hand, is jumping toward a basketball hoop. It incorporates puzzle pieces reflective of autism. Stein said it was designed by a young Dutch woman with autism.

Well-established rival San Diego Surf, which plays at Miramar College, has its own “Surfettes” dance team.

Other teams in the Southern California Division are based in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Riverside and Orange County. At this writing, Oceanside A-Team had not posted its schedule, but the Surf’s shows it playing other games at Oceanside on Nov. 26, Dec. 7 and Jan. 2.

An American Basketball Association once (1967-76) was a rival league to the National Basketball Association. Some of its teams (Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs included) entered the NBA after the leagues merged.

The San Diego Conquistadors (1972-75) and San Diego Sails (1975) were part of that association.

The current association was founded in 1999 by Joe Newman.

One of its major tenets is to promote anti-bullying, and its players go into schools to talk to young people about it.

“I am doing this,” Stein said in a news release, “because I truly believe that it can be a great way to create more awareness of autism and to help educate the public about autism and hopefully to raise money for autism research.”

Basketball has helped his son, Josh, now 28, overcome many of his autism symptoms.

When the boy, not yet 4, was diagnosed in the early 1990s with “pervasive development disorder,” less was known about autism at the time, Stein said. He was told that Josh probably would never read or write.

By the time Josh was 9, Stein was the parent of custody raising all three of his boys, the others being 2 and 5.

Josh, however, defied the diagnosis of things he couldn’t do.

He surprised his father by reading a television guide so he could find basketball games on the tube. And he started talking by imitating the late great Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn.

Stein said his son still uses sports clichés in his speech, but he talks well.

He still has issues, Stein said, and wavers between playing basketball with the Challenged Division of Poway Youth Basketball League, where his skills exceed those of teammates, and playing with higher-level athletes who match his talents but not his social-comfort level.

That Challenged Division is expected to play a short exhibition before Oceanside A-Team home games.

Stein, a former attorney, is chief executive officer of BajaGoldCo Inc., which has rights to a gold mine in Baja California, Mexico, and is also owner of International Legal Consultants Inc.

Although the team might be the first to carry the Oceanside name professionally, Saturday night’s game won’t be the first pro contest in the city. In 1969, the San Diego Rockets played the Seattle SuperSonics at Oceanside High School, which got NBA-standard backboards out of the deal.