Congratulations to Siena basketball star and current NBA training camp invitee Tommy Mitchell

For those of you who might not know this, I have been working for two professional basketball leagues this season.  And I always keep an eye on anyone who played in our area – either for Siena or for UAlbany or for the Albany Patroons – and I can see how they’re doing in the…

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What does the NBA lockout mean for minor league hoops?

Point of disclosure. I’ve worked for the past several years in minor league basketball, both with the CBA, the Premier Basketball League and the National Basketball League of Canada.  These opinions are mine and mine alone, and do not reflect my employment or association with any sports league. The last time the NBA locked players…

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Best of luck, Coach Micheal Ray Richardson

You might remember Micheal Ray Richardson.  Basketball fans know that he was drafted by the Knicks (two draft picks ahead of Larry Bird), and once led the NBA in assists and steals in the same season.  That’s impressive. Detractors might remember him as having his drug addictions bounce him completely out of the league. And…

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Week 5 of the 2011 Elbo Room Spring Trivia Tournament

Okay, my mind was a little distracted at trivia last night. While I was trying to pay attention to the competition, I was thinking about another competition going on at the same time. Two teams in the Premier Basketball League – the Halifax Rainmen and the Saint John Mill Rats – fought tooth and nail…

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It feels like the first time… it feels like the very first time!

Last Saturday, I drove to Rochester for a PBL basketball game; the Rochester Razorsharks hosted the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions with an afternoon tilt at Blue Cross Arena. Some notes – Blue Cross Arena (formerly the Rochester Community War Memorial Arena) is situated on the banks of the Genesee River, right in the heart of Kodak…

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Former Albany MVP fired from hoops team at halftime

I really want to celebrate when former hoops stars from the Capital District achieve success.  That would certainly include the way Jimmer Fredette is playing right now, no question.  And how about Jamario Moon?  This guy can say that in his professional career, he was the teammate of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Shaquille…

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Goodbye to the Frost Heaves

I really hate when a minor league sports team folds.  I really do. Sometimes it seems like the team is trying to get out of the market as fast as possible, trying to burn its bridges and then blame the fans for the lack of support.  Oh, it’s the fans’ fault the team is leaving,…

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And the PBL season begins… as does a new photo project…

And I’m on the road to Rochester, New York. Rochester is home to the Rochester RazorSharks, one of eight teams in the Premier Basketball League.  The PBL is one of the top independent minor leagues in North America, and the teams in the PBL feature some of the best undiscovered hoops talent. There are three…

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The PBL Basketball Dance Teams…

I enjoy working with the Premier Basketball League. There’s a lot of great talent and supportive fans throughout the league. And there’s one other important factor with the PBL. They’ve got some seriously hot dance squads. Now, understand something. I’m partial to my favorite dance team of all time, the Albany Patroons’ fabulous Emeralds squad…

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