Forget all the other pro sports teams that came and went through this area. The Albany Patroons were the best and most beloved.
From 1982 to 1993, and then from 2005 to 2009, the Patroons won two CBA champions and five regular season titles. They sent nearly two dozen players and coaches to the NBA, and their stints in the Capital District were both magical and exciting.
That being said… I thought you might appreciate some news regarding the Patroons.
No, they’re not coming back for a third run through the CBA. The CBA died in 2009.
No, they’re not coming back in another league, such as the D-League or the PBL – although a well-stocked Patroons roster would most likely clobber everybody else in the building.
Actually, thanks to the production company Upside Collective, the Patroons are coming back – as a documentary.
Scheduled for release in 2017, the Albany Patroons documentary features interviews with former Patroons players, coaches, owners and fans. It covers the highs and the lows, the amazing and the astounding, the confounding and the wacky. The documentary already has a Facebook page, as well as a Twitter account.
Wanna see a clip? Sure you do.
Here’s a quick teaser interview with Derrick Rowland – and if I have to explain the greatest player to ever wear gold and kelly green to you, you are dead to me – as he talks about some of the head games coaches would play to keep players sharp each night.
Upside Collective is also looking for any and all Patroons memorabilia, including pennants, jerseys, game programs, T-shirts, tickets and other collectible souvenirs. If you have any memorabilia or articles that you feel would be appropriate for the documentary, please visit the website at patroonsmovie.com.
Those memories in the Armory will always be with us. And this documentary now gives us the chance to recapture those memories and share them with future generations.
You know … back when Albany professional sports was cool.