Knights at Flight 6-7-14-111(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Flight has been invited by the Orlando Magic to play the Mickael Pietrus-sponsored Team CSR (Guadalupe) at the Amway Arena.

The invitation is an extension of the Magic’s Court of Dreams initiative, where the NBA team provides an opportunity for individuals to play basketball on a bonafide NBA hardwood court.

This will be the second time the two teams compete. The Flight training camp roster squared off against Team CSR during the Flight’s 2013 pre-season. Team CSR won the contest 65-60. The Flight will feature most of their official 2014 roster for the upcoming rematch.

“I’m extremely grateful to Antonio Perez and the entire Orlando Magic family for extending this opportunity to us,” said Mark King, Owner and Head Coach of the Flight. “The Flight exists to provide a development and exposure platform that enables players to continue their pursuit of a professional basketball career. Our players are very talented, but for many of them, this might be the closest they get to playing on an actual NBA court. That’s what you call Pure Magic!

The game will be held at the Amway Arena on Saturday, November 1st. Tickets are available for fans wishing to attend. In accordance with the Magic’s Court of Dreams Initiative, each ticket will also provide fans with admission to the Orlando Magic-Toronto Raptors game that same evening.

Tickets start at just $20. Tip-off is slated for 1:30pm. For ordering information, please contact the Florida Flight at tickets@flighthoops.com.

The Florida Flight is a member team of the Florida Basketball Association. The mission of the Florida Flight is to utilize the platform of professional basketball to invest in the lives of others. For more information on the Florida Flight, please visit http://www.flighthoops.com. For more information about the Florida Basketball Association, please visit www.thefba.com.

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Richman and Flight

Hello World. My name is Alex Richman, I played guard for the Florida Flight of the FBA last season.I was asked to keep a blog for the new FBA Travels from Abroad feature. Although I’m in a different minor league right now (and not technically abroad), Coach King (Florida Flight) asked me to submit some blog entries for it, so that I can give the FBA fans and other aspiring players a taste of just how hard chasing a professional basketball career as an under-recruited player can be. I’ll be playing in the American Basketball Association (ABA) for the Louisiana Soul.

With my season approaching in the ABA, I wanted to get one more run in at the gym before my team practices and the season starts. As a professional basketball player in the states, you get as many pick up games and work outs in as possible because teams in the states don’t practice like overseas team. In the ABA you’re lucky to get two practices a week and even more lucky to have the whole team show up.

Of course with my season approaching, I play cautiously so I won’t get hurt. Next thing you know, I step on a guy’s foot and sprain my ankle, two weeks before my first game. The doctor gave me a boot and some medicine and told me to stay off my foot for 2-3 weeks.

With so many teams in this league, a good majority of teams fold due to financial problems. What do you know…our first game which was scheduled for November 2nd got canceled due to financial issues for our opposing team. Well fortunately, ABA basketball saved me from missing my first game. This time a canceled game worked out well for me and my injury. Our first game now for the Louisiana Soul is November 8th in San Antonio. #soulup #soulpower #abalife


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I just finished my fifth week of school, nearly marking 2 months for me in Ireland. We just came off a loss against UCC Demons, and quite frankly we should have won the game. We lost by 15 points and, to be honest, they are definitely not 15 points better than us. We came out really strong as a team, but it felt like we couldn’t get everyone on the same page at the same time and that was our downfall. it could’ve been not talking on screens or communicating on defense, or it could’ve been failing to run our offenses through completely, but whatever the case we need to come together better as a team. It seems like we aren’t yet comfortable with each other as a team; you could even argue maybe we don’t fully trust each other on the court and believe that they will be there with you on plays or on defense.

But that’s okay, it’s only the second game and those things all improve with time. We will have our shot at Demons again, and we will come out with a victory, that’s for sure. College season started this past week as well, and it is definitely something I am excited about. Regardless of the level of competition, I finally get to be on the court at the same time as Marcus, Sam and Juan. We play together so well, that is a tough combination for anyone to stop. We won by over 40 to IT Tallaght, but unfortunately it was a pretty ugly victory. But like the pro team, that chemistry will improve with time.

School hit one of its hardest points this past week; assignments were due. The way the Master’s program is set up at Griffith is there is basically only two grades in your classes. You receive 50% for one assignment and 50% for the final exam. This obviously has its ups and downs as if you do well on both, you do great in the class, but if you don’t do so well on either the assignment or exam, your grades will show this. The other tricky balance is the incorporation of group projects; majority of my assignments are done with a group, and this group is the same for every assignment. This is where you understand how different education is and how various the cultural perspectives are in other countries. We definitely have had our misunderstandings as a group and it has hindered our performance on a couple of assignments, but in the end I think we managed to get through them and work things out. Obviously I haven’t seen the grades yet, so I’ll get back to you on how successful my team actually was!

I have really gotten to know a bunch of people in my school, more particularly these partner program students from both France and Germany. They always try to include me in their plans to go out or get a bite to eat and I couldn’t be happier that they openly include me. I have even tried to return the favor by including them with my team’s outings. I’ve also gotten very close to a few of the players as well. Obviously the two I live with, Juan and Sam, are very close with me but that’s inevitable when you spend most of your day with them, but those guys are great. Marcus, the other American, is always with us and that is another great guy to be around. Michael Goj aka “Goo” is definitely my best friend (he requested a shout-out, so this seemed fitting), but we really do get along well. Similar tastes in music and movies help close the 11-year age gap, but you don’t even realize it’s that much majority of the time. Derek, aka “Big Mac”, is another guy who will do just about anything for anyone, especially us new guys. Connor, aka “Gally”, is a kid inside the body of a massive 30 year old, but he cracks me up and is another great guy. Paul has been my life-saver since I’ve been here it would seem; he has shown me the ins and outs of Swords, helped me with the phone, laptop, lifts to places, everything, and you would think he was from Cali if you didn’t hear him speak! He is just an all-around great person, blessed to know the guy. Donal, hands down one of the smartest guys I’ve met is another genuine dude that really has made my time here quite simple. And for a guy working on his doctorate and playing basketball, I would say he is doing it with ease! Kev is next; Kev may be incredibly strange to those who don’t know him (and those who do), but he definitely means well. He knows so much about rehabilitation and physical wellness because he is a personal trainer outside of basketball. At a bar he is a riot to be around (like everyone else on my team). Darragh V. has been great to us as well, definitely has been through a lot, but it obviously has made him into the awesome person he is today. Isaac, our point guard, is the only Irish guy I have ever met that can switch his Irish accent off to a full-blown American one when his temper rises, it is spot on! He’s a very talented ball player, but a good guy as well. The whole team is full of guys that I am extremely fortunate to know. Coach, aka Dave, is a character. Definitely knows the game and how to run a training session, but he also knows how to have a good time. He is one of the funniest people I have ever met, and just a really approachable coach to play for. He has made my time here worthwhile, and I am very happy that everything worked out with me coming to play for him. Last, but definitely not least is Ger. Ger is like my second mom; she will do anything for us, stop by and help if needed, pick us up and take us places, or even just talk to her if you need someone to talk to (obviously all of these things include a cup of tea first), but she really knows how to make you feel welcome in a foreign place. I am extremely lucky to have the group of guys I have with me and I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world.

Well that about sums up both my last week and the promised shout-outs. Until next time…


(Orlando, FL) – Effective October 6, 2014, the Tampa Bay Rebels, a founding member team of the Florid Basketball Association (FBA), has announced their departure from the league.

In a statement announcing the decision, Rebels’ Owner and Head Coach Fernando Rojas cited an inability to properly operate the team going forward.

Rojas explained, “Making this decision has been an extremely difficult process. Changes in my company will not allow me to invest the time needed to properly train and manage the team.”

The Rebels enjoyed much success in the FBA, playing in the championship game for each of their 3 years of competition. They won the first ever FBA championship in 2010.

“While our vision is to be a league with longstanding teams, it is more important that we have team leaders who are confident in their ability to perform at a high level,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “We applaud the Rebels for making this tough decision, and wish him and his staff the very best in their future endeavors.”

The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their career in professional basketball.



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For starters, I just want to say sorry I have been gone so long from the blog; a series of unfortunate events has kept me from really doing the blog to the best of my abilities so I figured I would hold off until I could catch my breath and try again. There is a lot to catch you up on. Let me try to remember what I last told you about and I will take it from there..

So, it pretty much seems like I haven’t really told you much about my trip. I was gone for way longer than I realized. Okay to bring you up to speed, I just finished my fourth week of school for my Masters. It’s getting close to crunch time; they have two grades here at Griffith College: 50% on one assignment and 50% on the final exam. Not really much budge room when it comes to doing well, and it certainly adds a lot of stress come assignment time. And to make it even more complicated, two of my assignments are group assignments, and the majority of them are due on the same week! So, aside from language barriers in my group, and late notice of the groups actually being formed, things are actually going pretty well in school. The classes are interesting and the various perspectives from the numerous countries truly intrigue me. In the time I was gone, my iPhone broke, I have eaten over 40 eggs a week, I got caught up with customs not letting my package into the country, and I went camping.

I am a man who gets the job done, especially when it comes to homework and school, but I know how to have a good time once business is handled. I’ve made sure to make the most of Dublin nightlife, whether that be in Swords far from the actual City Center, or out in Dublin with either my teammates or some awesome people I have met in school. The team can get a little crazy, but that makes them all the more fun to be around. A few of my friends from high school were doing a euro-tour of their own and their final destination was Ireland, so of course we linked up! I managed to give them a personal tour of the city (to the best of my ability) and try to help them feel at home for the week they were here. Now it pays off to have friends with connections in high places. One of the girls from back home had a connection with someone in Guinness and someone they met out here had a connection for Jameson. So, obviously we took VIP tours of both the storehouse and distillery. Even though I don’t drink, these two places were so interesting to go through, I highly recommend it. In Guinness, we received a connoisseur experience like you wouldn’t believe that was inside a hidden bar behind a hidden door. And then at the very top floor is the Gravity Bar, which I kid you not is THE best view of Dublin. The following day, as if those tours weren’t enough, we all got on a tour bus to the Cliffs of Moher. Getting there at 7am was rough, but completely worth it in the long run. We went to a monastery, a castle, a small town, the baby cliffs, and last but not least the Cliffs of Moher. The baby cliffs and the Cliffs of Moher were two different types of unbelievable. Both so beautiful, yet frightening in their own ways. As a thrill-seeker of course I had to step as close to the edge as possible (and even hang off it a time or two), but one gust of wind and I would have been gone, no doubt about it. No words or photos will ever justify how magnificent that view is. It is a must-see if you ever come to Ireland.

Now for the best part: the basketball. As I mentioned previously, the team went camping weeks ago. We played a pre-season match out in Cavan (I think I spelled that right), we won and then brought a combination of tents out to a lake and camped out for the night. Of course we found our way into the city to go to the infamous Club V before we could call it a night. Being one of the few sober ones, I was the designated driver. And for those of you who haven’t made the connection yet, they drive on the opposite side of the road and car (luckily this car was automatic, otherwise I would have had no chance!) Let’s just say what happens in Cavan, stays in Cavan. My Spanish teammate, the two other Americans, and I all went through a coaching certification so that we will be allowed to coach younger kids in the primary schools throughout the year, they actually made us participate in the childish-drills, which I absolutely loved! Truly felt like a kid again. The National Cup standings were decided right after that at the official launch of the men’s and women’s leagues in Ireland. All of this was such a cool experience as little kids all came up and got our autographs and photos were taken of us as well. We had our first game on October 4th. It was such an amazing feeling when that time came, and I actually started too. Couldn’t have been happier. We won by nearly 40 points to a team that we were technically considered an underdog against. Although they were the last placed seed last season, they were in the Premier league before; our team only just moved up this season. Definitely a huge win for the program, despite beating them in the pre-season as well. I did well, certainly have so much room for improvement, but I did manage to get a pretty good dunk in my first game so I can walk away a little happy knowing that!

I apologize for the lengthy blog, but I felt it essential that I cover all the ground I missed out on. Unfortunately when I took a break from the blog, a lot of stuff happened and should’ve been documented for not only you guys, but for myself. I promise to stay on top of it in coming weeks, and hopefully I will have a bunch of good photos and stories to share with you guys then. Until next time..