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.

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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.

MARION COUNTY-BASED TEAM JOINS FBA FOR 2015

(Orlando, FL) – The Florida Basketball Association (FBA) has announced the addition of the Marion County Showtime Stallions, a team based in Marion County, Florida for the upcoming 2015 season.

The team will be owned by the husband and wife team of Chris and Trang Williams, owners of Go Showtime Entertainment, Inc., an entertainment company based in California. Mr. Williams, who played 13 professional seasons in the Philippines Basketball Association, also played briefly for the NBA’s Utah Jazz in 2009.

“The Showtime Stallions fits well with our plans for FBA expansion,” said Commissioner Greg Kite. “Ocala is an untapped market for minor league basketball, and we anticipate a strong following and support from the Marion County fans and media.”

The team will play their first game as an official member of the FBA in Orlando on January 29th. The Stallions will square off against the Palm Beach Knights at the illustrious Amway Center, home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. The teams will play an exhibition game directly after the Magic play the Milwaukee Bucks.

“My wife and I are very excited to be a part of The Florida Basketball Association,” said Mr. Williams. “We look forward to not only bringing quality professional basketball product to Marion County, but also building a strong future for minor league basketball here in the state of Florida.”

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

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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.

FLORIDA FLIGHT TO PLAY AT AMWAY CENTER

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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FBA TRAVELS FROM ABROAD: ALEX RICHMAN – Blog 1 – October 28, 2014

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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

FBA TRAVELS FROM ABROAD: SPENSER MITCHELL – Blog 4 – October 28, 2014

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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…

TAMPA BAY REBELS WITHDRAW FROM THE FBA

(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.