THE FLORIDA FLIGHT ADD 2-TIME NCAA CHAMPION AND NBA VETERAN CHRIS RICHARD AS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT COACH

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Flight bolstered its coaching staff this week by adding Florida Gator Chris Richard as the team’s Player Development Coach.

Richard brings a wealth of championship experience to the Flight. As a high school standout, he led Kathleen High School to a state championship in 2001, while also garnering the Mr. Basketball award and Player of the year honors in Florida. In college, he continued his championship-winning ways, playing a significant role in helping the University of Florida win back to back NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, he was also named the Southeastern Conference Sixth Man of the Year.

Following four successful years as a Gator, the Minnesota Timberwolves Updated CPA Logoselected Richard with their 41st pick in the second round of the 2007 NBA draft. After one season with the Timberwolves and another with the Bulls, Richard signed with the Liaoning Panpan Dinosaurs of the Chinese  Basketball Association.

“The addition of Chris Richard to our staff will have an extraordinary impact on our team this season, said Flight Head Coach Mark King. “I met Chris at the Orlando Magic Coaches Clinic last year. He brings a championship pedigree that you have to respect and admire. His presence in practice and on the sidelines will have an immediate impact on our players.”

“I’m beyond excited to join the Florida Flight’s coaching staff as the Player Development Coach! I watched these guys play and saw a team that loves to compete, plays physical and most importantly, enjoys playing together. I’m looking forward to working with the Flight organization to help build on the foundation that Coach King has already laid!”

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Richard’s first official practice as the Flight Player Development Coach will be Tuesday, January 10th, at the team’s weekly Flight School workout. Flight School is an innovative meshing of drills, skill development and scrimmages designed to help the team evaluate non-recruited talent from players desiring to play for the Flight. The team will use Flight School to finalize their training camp roster by February 3rd. The 2018 FBA season will begin in March.

About the Flight: 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 www.flighthoops.com.

About the FBA: The Florida Basketball Association is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to further their professional basketball careers. For more information on the FBA, please visit www.thefba.com.

WINDERMERE UP NEXT FOR FBA EXPANSION

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has approved plans for the Windermere Rain, the second of three expansion teams being added for the upcoming 2018 season.

The team will be led by Andrew Haas, the former General Manager of the Florida Flight. In his time with the Flight, Haas was involved with everything from sports management, corporate relationships, social media marketing, player coaching and development. He’s also assisted in generating strategic relationships with both domestic and international teams.

“Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his time with the Florida Flight,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “He’s had the benefit of seeing what works and what doesn’t in the central Florida area, and those experiences should help this team to find an accelerated path towards success.”

The Rain will play their home games at Windermere Preparatory School, a 12 college preparatory school in Lake Butler, an unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida.

“I’m super excited to transition from executive to owner. It has always been a huge dream of mine to own my own professional basketball team,” said Haas. “I know the challenges that lie ahead, but I feel confident that with my experience over the last 10 years, we’ll be able to bring something new and exciting to the Windermere community.”

The upcoming FBA season will begin in March of 2018. Tryouts for the Rain will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, email info@windermererain.com, visit their website at www.windermererain.com, follow the team on Facebook (@WindermereRainProBasketballClub), or visit the FBA website at http://www.thefba.com.

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 professional basketball career.

PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL COMING TO POINCIANA

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has approved plans for an expansion team to call the community of Poinciana their official home for the upcoming 2018 season.

The team will call themselves the Poinciana Pride, and will play at the Mary Jane Arrington Gym and Aquatic Center, a newly developed 16,000 square foot venue that boasts a gym, fitness room, an outdoor fitness trail circling a pond, and a multi-use lawn for other sports and outdoor activities.

The team’s ownership group will include local Osceola County natives Dimas Cintron and Gregory St. Remy, both former professional basketball players with FBA’s Florida Flight (Orlando), one of the longest standing active minor league basketball teams in the country. Mark King, the Chief Executive Officer of the FBA and also owner of the Florida Flight (Orlando), will also assist with the launch.

FBA Commissioner Greg Kite, a 2-time NBA Champion that spent 5 seasons with the Orlando Magic, heralded Poinciana as the ideal market for minor league basketball.

 

“Minor league basketball has always done well in communities like Poinciana,” said Kite. “There’s a lot of pride in having a pro team to call your own. Economically, bringing in other professional teams will definitely provide an additional financial boost for the small businesses. From a community standpoint, giving the kids some local professional athletes to look up to will have such a positive impact on the future of the community. We anticipate this team being well received and supported by the entire community.”

Cintron, who is a resident of the Poinciana community, is excited to bring a pro team to his hometown.

“It is a pleasure to be a part of the leadership group that is bringing a professional basketball team to my home town of Poinciana,” said Cintron. “We are going to build something that this community can be proud of. We love the game of basketball here, and we look forward to using the platform of professional basketball to make a difference in the lives of others, especially the kids.”

The team will use a mixture of scouting, recruitment and local tryouts to assemble their inaugural roster. They will begin play in the 2018 FBA season. Opportunities to tryout for the team, an official logo and  website will be unveiled and announced in the coming weeks. For more information, email info@poincianapride.com, follow the team on Facebook (@PoincianaPride), or visit the FBA website at http://www.thefba.com.

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 professional basketball career.

2017 FBA Playoffs Set

(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) playoff format and match-ups have been set for 2017, and will include a best of 3 series for the Championship game. This year saw an exciting finish, as both the first and last place playoff positions came down to the final games of the season.

The St. Pete Tide (9-1) finished the season on a 5-game winning streak, one of which included a hotly contested win at home versus the then-first place Palm Beach Knights (8-2) to earn a tie-breaking situation to decide first place. The Tide picked up the deciding win of the season against the fledgling Bradenton GymRatz (0-10), who opted to forfeit their final game against the Tide after going winless in their first FBA season. The GymRatz will not be allowed to return for the 2018 FBA season as a result of their decision.

The Southeast Royals (3-7) of Jacksonville, Florida also pulled off a decisive win at home against Orlando’s Florida Flight (3-7) in the final game of the FBA season to earn a trip to the playoffs in their first FBA season. The two teams split the regular season match-up 1-to-1, with the Royals winning the tiebreak by holding a larger margin of victory in the matchup, giving the Royals the 4th place, Playoff- qualifying position.

This year’s playoff schedule will feature the Southeast Royals (Jacksonville) traveling to St. Petersburg to take on the Tide at the Campbell Park Recreation Center on Sunday, August 6th at 4:30pm. The Space Coast Stars (7-3), last season’s runner-up, will hit the road for Boynton Beach to take on the 2nd place Knights at Lake Worth Christian School at 5:00pm.

The winning team in the semi-final match-up with the best record will be awarded home court advantage in the best of 3 championship series. The schedule for the FBA Championship will be determined next week after the results are in. The Championship game finale is projected to take place the weekend of August 19th and 20th.

 

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 professional basketball career.

JACKSONVILLE’S SOUTHEAST ROYALS TO JOIN FBA FOR 2017

(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) will add the Southeast Royals out of Jacksonville, Florida for the upcoming 2017 season.

The Royals were a member of the upstart Elite International Basketball Association (EIBA) in 2016. Motivated by the lack of EIBA teams being in close proximity, the team began pursuing alternative options. After a friendly exhibition with the FBA’s Florida Flight, their transition to joining the FBA began.

“Playing in a Florida-based league made the most business sense for us,” said Lena Richardson, Owner of the Royals. “The vision and direction of the FBA, coupled by a 5 year track record of success made this decision very easy.”

“We’re excited to have FBA representation in Jacksonville, one of the biggest cities in Florida,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “Bringing in a team that you’ve already seen play is very helpful. We know the Royals will put forth a competitive product on the floor, and that’s great for our league.”

The Royals first official FBA game will be Saturday, February 11th on the road in Orlando against the Florida Flight. Their first home game will be on February 18th against another 2017 addition, the Bradenton Gym Ratz.

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 professional basketball career.

FBA ADDS BRADENTON GYMRATZ FOR 2017

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has announced the addition of the Bradenton Gym Ratz for the upcoming 2017 season.

The GymRatz, formerly of the North American Basketball League (NABL), are owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Daryl and Tammy Johnson. The team plays their home games at The Center of Anna Maria Island.

“We’re excited about adding another Bay area team to the FBA,” said Commissioner Greg Kite. “Our visions are like-minded, and with additional interests in the region, this is a perfect fit for all parties involved.”

The GymRatz, whose closest opponent in the NABL was 6 hours away, welcome the transition to the Florida-based FBA, where their farthest opponent is less than a 4 hour commute by vehicle.

“I’m ecstatic to join a league with a successful history,” said Daryl Johnson. “Our move to the FBA is the culmination of months of conversations with FBA CEO Mark King. I believe in the leadership of the FBA, and we look forward to competing in the upcoming 2017 season.”

The GymRatz were on hand with other FBA team owners examining talent at the latest National Basketball League of Canada combine that took place in Orlando, FL on August 21st. The newly revamped website will relaunch in the coming weeks, after transitions are made to make them a fully branded FBA team. Until then, the team can be reached on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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 professional basketball career.

SPACE COAST STARS JOIN FBA FOR 2016

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(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has announced the addition of the Space Coast Stars for the upcoming 2016 season.

“It is with great excitement that we announce the formation of the Space Coast Stars,” said FBA Commissioner Greg Kite. “Brevard has a history of being a great market for the level of basketball that the FBA brings. We’re excited to have an FBA team here to carry on that tradition.”

The team will be owned by an investment group led by Corey Williams, a former player for the FBA’s Florida Flight (Orlando). They will call Bethany Christian School in Melbourne, Florida home for the 2016 season, where Williams is also the head coach of the varsity basketball team.

“Growing up, I never dreamed I’d be an owner of my own minor league basketball team,” said Williams. “This is such a blessing.”

The team has already established a partnership with the Brevard School Board. Stars players will be volunteering with the Brevard after-school programs across the community. In return, the School Board has agreed to promote the team and share game schedules and other media information on all of their platforms.

“Williams has garnered the endorsement of every FBA team owner,” continued Kite. “The FBA Board of Directors will collectively share insight and feedback to ensure Williams puts together a team that fits the standard of excellence people have come to expect from an FBA team.”

Mark King, Owner of the Florida Flight, shared in Williams’ excitement.

“Seeing one of your players grow from being a player to an owner is very gratifying,” said King. “Corey is a very talented player, but was also very coach-able. I’ve given him my blessing, and assured him that I’d be with him every step of the way to make sure he succeeds.”

When asked about expectations, Williams was both optimistic and realistic.

“Expectations? Progress not perfection,” said Williams. “There’s a lot of talent on the Space Coast, but the FBA is very competitive. It’s a level of basketball that will likely catch some of the players by surprise. I’m excited to bring a level of basketball entertainment to Melbourne that the fans can get excited about.”

The Stars will be announcing their tryouts, which will be held at Bethany Christian School, within the next week. For more information, email spacecoaststarsbasketball@gmail.com.

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 professional basketball career.

FBA Finals Set, But Not Without Controversy

2015 FBA Championship(Orlando, FL) – While the Miami Midnites continued their undefeated run in their semifinal match-up, the final result of the August 8 Palm Beach Knights/Heartland Prowl took an unexpected twist.

The Midnites closed the casket on a disappointing Florida Flight 2015 season defeating them 142-108. They now take a 13-0 record into the championship game. Their opponent remained in doubt well into the night.

On the court, the Prowl defeated the Knights 129-120 in front of their hometown crowd in Lake Wales, Florida. While the celebration began for the Prowl, the Knights made a call to the league office to protest the results.

“It was brought to our attention that the Prowl allowed ineligible players to participate in the playoff game,” commented Commissioner Greg Kite.

Per the FBA Operations Manual, only players that have participated in a minimum of two regular season games are eligible to compete in the playoffs, a rule established to prevent teams from stacking up talent solely to win a championship. The penalty of non-compliance with the mandated player eligibility rule is a forfeit. After careful deliberation, commissioner Kite could come to only one conclusion: the result affords the Palm Beach Knights the opportunity to compete in their first-ever FBA Championship game.

A disappointed Cornell Young, Owner and Head Coach of the Prowl, declared the violation an innocent attempt to avoid violating another FBA mandated rule. “Playing solely in the summertime brings us a lot of challenges from a player personnel standpoint,” he said. “Every summer our players wrestle with opportunities to play in cash tournaments, Exposure Combines, and other Pro-am leagues that often bring current and retired NBA players. With the Tampa Pro-am going on, I was concerned I would not have eight players to field in the game, so I did what I thought was the right thing to avoid violating the eight-player minimum rule.”

The FBA Operations Manual sets a high level standard to ensure that each game provides a professional image and feel for their paying fans. One of those standards is a rule that requires each team to field a minimum of eight players and no more than 12 for every official game.

Leroy Spruill, Co-Owner of the Palm Beach Knights, was relieved to receive the final verdict and decision to award the Knights the opportunity to play for the Championship. “Of course you’d prefer to win without the drama, but rules are rules,” Spruill said. “We have always made it our primary focus to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the FBA. Based on those rules, our players deserve to play for this FBA Championship this year.”

This will be the first-ever Championship game for the Knights, who have their work cut out for them, as they square off against the undefeated Midnites, a team that is 23-1 thus far in their two-year history in the FBA. The Knights-Midnites historical record is 0-7.

This season’s FBA Championship game will take place on Sunday, August 16th at the Dr. Michael M. Krop High School, located at Ives State Park, 20901 NE 16th Ave, Miami, FL. Game time is slated for 5:00pm.

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 professional basketball career.

FBA TRAVELS FROM ABROAD: BRANDON DAVIS (Mexico) – February 1, 2015

Davis Mexico 2Since arriving here in Mexico on September 15th, 2014, my experience has been great. The city is huge and beautiful. It is funny at times, because when I go to the mall or out in public, people stare and sometimes ask for photos.

As far as basketball goes, it has been a wonderful and life changing experience. It has opened my eyes in ways of seeing what I need to improve on, also, learning how to stay strong and keep my composure when things don’t go my way. The competition is very intense night in and night out but I love it.

Next game is Saturday January 31st and we will be traveling to play against Pioneros in Cancun, so it should be tough but an exciting game.

Currently I am one of the top scorers in the League at 21.8 ppg, and #1 in 3 point shooting, and I have been selected to participate in this year’s All Star Game. I am very grateful and thankful for this blessing but I know it doesn’t stop here and I have to continue to work at my profession.

Big thanks to Coach Fernando Rojas and the Tampa Bay Rebels organization. Also, a special thank you to the Commissioner Greg Kite and the FBA for allowing me to showcase my talent and take my game to the next level.

MARION COUNTY SHOWTIME STALLIONS TO PLAY PALM BEACH KNIGHTS AT AMWAY CENTER

STALLIONS V KNIGHTS(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) will welcome their newest team, the Marion County Showtime Stallions, in grandiose fashion this week by scheduling an exhibition against the Palm Beach Knights at Orlando’s Amway Center, home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

The contest, an exhibition event scheduled for January 29th, will be the first official FBA game for Marion County. The two teams will take to the NBA floor immediately after the Orlando Magic host the Milwaukee Bucks that same evening.

The contest was organized by Mark King, Owner and Head Coach of the Orlando based Florida Flight, who saw an opportunity to enhance the brand awareness and image of the FBA.

“We’ve developed a solid relationship with the Magic as of late,” said King. “I saw this as a great way to introduce Marion County to the FBA, and kick off our 4th season in a big way.”

Both teams are bringing with them a caravan of fans for the event. The Stallions crowd of support will also include a couple of Milwaukee Bucks players, one of which will be John Henson, whose brother, Patrick, plays for the Stallions.

Fans who purchased tickets can also enjoy the Magic vs. Bucks game slated for 7:00pm. The FBA contest will begin shortly after the completion of that game.

For more information, please visit www.showtimebasketballinc.com or www.thefba.com.

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 professional basketball career.