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.

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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

Space Coast Stars Logo

(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 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.

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

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

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

Mitchell Ireland Basketball 1 Mitchell Ireland Basketball 2

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…