Phantom NBA/ABA careers

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Re: Antawn Nance

Postby mtamada » Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:25 am

rlee wrote:Nance did not play in the NBA (for the Clippers or anyone else).


It is a good fake NBA name though. Kinda as if someone were named Kareem Jordan. Or, to use players of the same quality levels, Larry Jamison.
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NBA journeyman Galen Young?

Postby rlee » Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:25 pm

Alaska Aces Team History

(The Philippine Star)

1986. After the temporary departure of the Magnolia team prior to the start of the 1986 PBA season, the league was reduced to only five teams.

Alaska Milk Corporation was accepted as the sixth team of the PBA with several holdovers from the old Magnolia team and imports.

1987. In 1987, Alaska Milk changed its name to the Hills Bros. Coffee Kings after the Company acquired the brand. Coffee Kings acquired Yoyoy Villamin from the disbanded Manila Beers to form a bruising tandem with Ricky Relosa as the “Bruise Brothers”. They finished first runner up in the All-Filipino Conference which enabled them to join the PBA-IBA World Championship Cup, finishing third behind the Los Angeles Cougars (which had future Alaska import Sean Chambers in its line-up) and Great Taste Coffee.

After the year, Bogs Adornado announced his retirement from the league, his jersey no. 33 was retired and was hung in the rafters of the ULTRA during the opening of the 1988 season. He was first player in Alaska franchise to have his number retired. Adornado was later named as the team’s coach.

1988. The team reverted back to the Alaska name. Alaska finished third place in both the Open and All-Filipino Conferences but failed to place more than fourth in the season-ending Reinforced Conference.

1989. 1989 saw the arrival of the new coach, American Tim Cone and the debut of Sean Chambers as Alaska’s import.

Before the end of 1989, Alaska acquired Paul “Bong” Alvarez, Ric-Ric Marata and Boy Cabahug and became the Alaska Air Force. Same as a year before, Alaska won two third place trophies in the Open and Reinforced Conferences.

1990. Alaska advanced in the finals of the Third Conference against a young Purefoods team. Alaska imports then were Carlos Clark and Sean Chambers. During the annual draft, Alaska had the top pick and grabbed Alex Araneta out of the Ateneo de Manila University. Araneta played with Alaska until 1997 when he joined the Company as one of its sales managers.

1991. Eugene Quilban joined Alaska from the rookie draft to bolster the Alaska squad. Alaska returned to the finals of the Third Conference against crowd-favorite Ginebra San Miguel and former LA Laker 6’4” guard Wes Matthews. Bong Alvarez and the Alaska Air Force team dominated the series that saw them winning the series 3-1 for their first title in team history.

Jojo Lastimosa was acquired in 1991 after being taken from Purefoods in a trade with Elmer Cabahug. Quilban later also left Alaska for 7-Up, which he led to a finals loss to Swift.

1992. Alaska managed one third place finish during the First Conference in 1992. By then and with the departure of Alvarez, Quilban et al, the Alaska team monicker was reverted back to The Milkmen.

1993: Re-building Alaska. In the 1993 draft, the Alaska Milkmen drafted amateur league’s MVP and Far Eastern University point guard Johnny Abarrientos. Alaska also acquired Dickie Bachmann and John Cardel from the De La Salle during that year.

1994: The Upward Climb. Alaska acquired Rene “Bong” Hawkins, Jr. from Sta Lucia in early 1994 which formed the “triumvirate” of the team, along with Jojo Lastimosa and Johnny Abarrientos.

In the Governor’s Cup, Alaska defeated Swift to win their second PBA title with Abarrientos, Lastimosa, Hawkins and import Sean Chambers leading the team.

1995.Alaska made all it to the Finals of all the conferences of 1995.

In the Governor’s Cup, the Milkmen overcame a 2-3 deficit to defeat San Miguel in seven games with a strong performance by Lastimosa. The Alaska Milkmen were the back-to-back Governor’s Cup champions.

Prior to the opening of the new season, Alaska got American-born Jeffrey Cariaso from the draft and added center Edward Juinio from U.P. to the team.

1996 Grand Slam. In the All-Filipino Conference, the Milkmen defeated the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs in five games. In the series-clincher, Jeffrey Cariaso was fouled in the final second on an inbound play. Cariaso sank both free-throws to seal Alaska’s first All-Filipino Cup crown and championship title of the year.

Their toughest championship series was in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals where the Milkmen captured the seventh and final game to win their fifth title in their franchise history.

Alaska won all three conferences, thus, becoming one of only three teams (along with San Miguel and Crispa) in Philippine basketball history to achieve a grand slam.

1997. Alaska suffered one of the biggest losses prior to the 1997 season when Jeffrey Cariaso signed with the rebuilding Mobiline Phone Pals. The Alaska Milkmen failed to enter the semis of the All-Filipino Cup.

In the Governor’s Cup, the Alaska milkmen landed Kenneth Duremdes from Pop Cola. Alaska, with Sean Chambers once again as import, defeated Purefoods to win the title in five.

1998. In 1998, Alaska once again dominated the All-Filipino Cup and took on San Miguel in the finals.

Dreadlocked wearing Devin Davis powered Alaska in the Commissioners Cup as the team advanced to the finals in a rematch against the Beermen. Devin Davies won Best Import honors. Duremdes was named as the Best Player of the Conference while defeating San Miguel in six games for their ninth title, despite losing Bong Hawkins to a season-ending injury.

1999. In the All-Filipino, the Milkmen were eliminated by expansion team Tanduay in the semis. In the Commissioner’s Cup, Devin Davis made his return to the team. Alaska finished third in the tournament.

Alaska advanced to the Finals of the Governor’s Cup with Chambers at the helm but San Miguel led by Lamont Strothers defeated the Milkmen in six games despite Alaska getting an early 2-1 series lead.

2000.In 2000, Jojo Lastimosa was traded to Pop Cola as part of the team’s future plan to rebuild. Alaska won their 10th PBA title at the expense of Purefoods in the All-Filipino Conference. Alaska also received the Centennial Cup trophy, along with the All-Filipino crown.

The Milkmen however failed to enter the Finals of the Commissioner’s Cup after they were eliminated by Beermen in the semi-finals.

2000: Alaska Aces. In the PBA relaunch, Alaska chose the monicker Alaska Aces and sported its new red, white and black uniforms. Alaska chose “Aces” since these refer to fighter pilots with hidden and powerful advantages that opponents fail to match.

2001. Before the 2001 season, the Aces traded its biggest star Johnny Abarrientos to the Pop Cola Panthers for forward Ali Peek. The trade triggered reactions and questions from fans of the league and the team. In the annual draft however, Alaska used the fifth pick to draft Fil-Am John Arigo. The Aces also signed Duremdes to a reported 48 million peso deal for seven years.

Chambers retired three games into the Governors Cup. In a simple ceremony, the Aces retired his #20 jersey, becoming the second player in the team’s history to have his number retired.

2002. Duremdes was borrowed to the national pool in 2002 and Jojo Lastimosa made his return to Alaska. The Aces, with Ron Riley and James Head as imports, advanced to the finals of the Governor’s Cup against Purefoods.

Duremdes returned for the Aces in the All-Filipino and made Alaska to the finals. After winning Game One, the Aces lost the next three games to settle for another runner-up finish.

2003. During the 2003 PBA Draft, Alaska had traded Duremdes to the Sta. Lucia Realtors for the fifth pick of the first round was announced. This move enabled Alaska to land Brandon Cablay to the team.

Lastimosa announced his retirement after playing 15 seasons in the league to become one of Alaska Aces’ assistant coaches and the Executive Director of Alaska youth sports development program, the Alaska Basketball Power Camp.

In the All-Filipino Conference, Alaska failed in its bid to enter the Finals as they were eliminated by Talk N’ Text in a grueling five-game series.

In the Invitational tournament, Alaska won all four games of the elimination round and made it to the semis. In a one-game showdown, Alaska defeated Red Bull Barako to face Coca Cola in the Finals. The Aces won their 11th PBA title.

2004. Alaska paraded former NBA journeyman Galen Young for the 2004 Fiesta Cup Conference. The Aces placed second after the elimination round of the tournament.

In the 2004-05 season, the Aces managed to finished fourth in the qualifying round. Bong Hawkins also made his return to the Aces, reuniting him with Cariaso, Assistant Coach Jojo Lastimosa and Tim Cone.

The addition of former Chicago Bull Dickey Simpkins helped Alaska climbed into third at the end of the classification round. The Aces faced Red Bull Barako in the semis, but Bryan Gahol’s (a former Alaska Aces player) game-winner in Game Three eliminated Alaska out of the tournament.
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So does the following qualify Galen to be denominated "NBA journeyman"? (never played in an NBA game)

Jun 30, 1999 - The Milwaukee Bucks selected Galen Young in Round 2 with Pick 19 in the 1999 NBA Draft.
Oct 4, 1999 - Galen Young signed a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Oct 28, 1999 - The Milwaukee Bucks placed the contract of Galen Young on waivers.
Nov 1, 1999 - Galen Young, previously with the Milwaukee Bucks, became a free agent.
Sep 26, 2001 - Galen Young signed a contract with the Indiana Pacers.
Oct 15, 2001 - The Indiana Pacers placed the contract of Galen Young on waivers.
Oct 17, 2001 - Galen Young, previously with the Indiana Pacers, became a free agent.
Sep 26, 2003 - Galen Young signed a contract with the Seattle SuperSonics.
Oct 21, 2003 - The Seattle SuperSonics placed the contract of Galen Young on waivers.
Oct 23, 2003 - Galen Young, previously with the Seattle SuperSonics, became a free agent.
Oct 4, 2004 - Galen Young signed a contract with the Seattle SuperSonics.
Oct 28, 2004 - The Seattle SuperSonics placed the contract of Galen Young on waivers.
Nov 1, 2004 - Galen Young, previously with the Seattle SuperSonics, became a free agent.
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Extending the phantom category??

Postby rlee » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:05 am

Inspired by the following,I am thinking of adding a subcategory: fringe/marginal players referred to as stars:

"The Judiciary of Guam and the Guam Department of Education kicked-off its three-day conference themed bullying affects students, teachers, and all. Guest speaker and retired NBA star Terry Dozier said, "I was always bigger than everyone in my class, they called me names and everything. I tell that in my stories when I'm talking to the kids, you grow into who you're supposed to be and you learn that you're not an ugly duckling, you're actually a beautiful swan."

Dozier, who stands at 6'9'', tells students that it's important to be original and to not try to fit into the crowd. It's not too late to participate. Visit Guam Anti-Bullying Organization or GDOE.net to register."


"Star" Terry Dozier played a total of 92 minutes in the NBA. Stardom is fleeting, I guess.
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Re: Phantom NBA/ABA careers

Postby John Grasso » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:10 am

When you consider how many people play basketball (18,000 high school players each year)
and how few ever see any minutes in the NBA, (3,500 in 65 years)
I think anyone who reaches that level is entitled to be called a "basketball star."
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Re: Phantom NBA/ABA careers

Postby Mike Goodman » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:14 pm

Right. And it reads a lot better than "former NBA scrub Terry Dozier".
I saw a college player (Purdue) being interviewed once about his ambitions, and he was talking about other Purdue alumni with "great NBA careers" -- Todd Mitchell, Everette Stephens ... guys who had a couple of 10-day contracts, perhaps.

It's got to be a great part of your career when you run with the big boys, make as much in a couple weeks as you normally make in a year, etc. It's just some deliberately careless sentence construction that mixes "star from Guam in the NBA" and "NBA star from Guam".
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Re: Phantom NBA/ABA careers

Postby Jay » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:23 am

Although he was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals in the 8th round of the 1950 draft, I have been unable to locate where he played his one year of ball in the league.

HEALEY - Robert "Bob" James, 86 of Atlanta died July 21, 2010. A veteran of the U.S. Navy and Naval Intelligence, he served in the Pacific Theatre in WW II. Bob played college basketball at Miami of Ohio and the University of Georgia. While at UGA he was team captain and all-SEC. Bob scored so many baskets that he still ranks # 19 in total career points at UGA. He was a member of Sphinx, the highest non-academic honor a UGA student could achieve. After graduating Bob was drafted into the NBA and played one season with the Syracuse Nationals. He worked for 32 yeas for Avon Products as Divisional Sale Manager. Bob was a member of Capital City Country Club and enjoyed golf and playing bridge. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joan M. Healey, Atlanta; daughter, Terri Healey, Sarasota, FL; brother and sister-in-law Edward and Catherine Healey, Long Island, NY; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Allene and Dick Carteaux and Joyc Corrigan, Athens, GA; and nieces and nephews. A memorial mass will be held Monday July 26 at 2 o'clock at the Cathedral of Christ the King. Memorials may be made to Hospice Atlanta, 1244 Park Vista Dr. Atlanta, GA 30219 of the charity of your choice.
Seeking any and all info on Wilmeth Sidat-Singh.

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Re: Phantom NBA/ABA careers

Postby rlee » Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:47 am

During tonight's telecast of NYK-Washington game, announcer Phil Chenier stated that CBS' James Brown (Harvard) had played for the Atlanta Hawks.
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Re: Phantom NBA/ABA careers

Postby rlee » Tue May 29, 2012 10:40 pm

The last time the men’s basketball team participated in the NCAA Tournament, Dan Muller was the leader on the floor. He hopes to repeat that accomplishment, this time as coach.

“I’m honored to be the head coach at Illinois State, and it is great to be back home,” said Muller, a 1998 cum laude College of Business graduate. Named the 19th head coach in school history by Athletics Director Gary Friedman in May, Muller replaces Tim Jankovich. He accepted a coaching position at Southern Methodist.

A Redbird from 1994 to 1998, Muller guided the team to two regular season and Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championships and four postseason appearances, including trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Muller ranks 10th in career scoring with 1,445 points, while leading the Redbirds to a 91-37 overall record. He owns the school record with 128-consecutive starts—every game of his career. Muller was also a two-time MVC Defensive Player of the Year and was named the MVP of the Valley Tournament as a senior.

Muller was a two-time GTE Academic All-American and a recipient of the NCAA’s Post-Graduate Scholarship. He was also named a Bone Scholar, the highest academic honor at ISU, and remains the only men’s basketball student-athlete to earn the award.

He spent two years playing professionally, including a stint with the NBA’s Vancouver Grizzlies


NOTE: His "stint" with the Griz included no game action.
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Re: Phantom NBA/ABA careers

Postby John Grasso » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:36 pm

Here's another one. Jay Piccola was drafted in the 8th round of the 1974 draft by New Orleans but never
played in a regular-season game in either the ABA or NBA.

This article gives him credit for playing in both the ABA and NBA.

http://www.baseballfactory.com/article/ ... of_nowhere
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Not exactly a phantom career but...

Postby rlee » Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:37 pm

Original Flintstones begin organizing Class AA City Basketball League reunion for former players
By Eric Woodyard | ewoodyar@mlive.com
December 25, 2012
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FLINT, MI – The Class AA City Recreation Basketball League produced some of Flint's most storied games in hotbox gyms all around town.

From the 1950s through the early 2000s, the city's original "Flintstones" sought local supremacy as they battled each other in semi-pro matchups in front of large crowds strictly for the love of the game.

But as the Pro-Am emerged, the AA City League's appeal began to fizzle and the games eventually stopped, leaving all of the former participants with everlasting memories.

Those old-school players are now planning an AA City Basketball reunion to revitalize the league's heritage. It is tentatively scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Wally's Restaurant East, 1341 S. Center Rd, Burton.

"We just want to keep the tradition of Flint sports alive with basketball especially," said Monroe Dent, who played 15 years in the city league. "Young men have to realize that it's more than just sports, too, but it's about getting along with each other."

Dent, 66, finally stopped lacing up his sneakers for games at 37 years old.

"It was just the competition that I kind of miss, really," Dent said.

Anyone who has ever played in a city league game is invited to attend the social gathering.
Lauren Justice | MLive.com

(left to right) Flint's first NBA player Justin Thigpen, former NBA draftee Gene Summers, and Monroe Dent all played basketball together growing up in Flint and are organizing a City AA League reunion for April of 2013.

There are no tickets being sold for the event. The purchase of a dinner will serve as addmission. As the old-timers gather, they are eager to relive their basketball memories. An open microphone will also be available for anyone who wants to share old stories -- and lots of trash talk is expected, just as they did on the court.

"Some of my fondest memories are just with the guys that I played with coming up," said Gene Summers, a 1960 Flint Northern High School graduate who played at least a dozen years in the city league. "Some of them went to college and some of them didn't, but I just enjoyed playing against them and with them."

When the Chicago Bulls selected Summers in the 1966 NBA Draft, he became the first Flint player ever to be picked in a college draft, but was the last player cut before the season began. Summers, now 70, still enjoyed competing against his hometown challengers, though, no matter how much his game developed.

He teamed with sharpshooter Justus Thigpen, Sr. – who later became Flint's first basketball player to ever check into an NBA game in 1973 -- to win a couple of city league titles in the early 1970s with Julie's Pawn Shop.

That squad was originally dubbed "The Flintstones" after capturing a National Amateur Basketball Association championship in 1972 -- well before Michigan State's NCAA championship squad took on the same moniker in 2000.

"For winning the national championship when we got back to Flint, Mayor James Rutherford coined us as 'The Flintstones,' so that's where the name came from," Thigpen said. "He gave us the key to the city and we are the original Flintstones."

Thigpen not only experienced a brief stint in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons, he also played with the Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association. He traveled for Paris for a year of international basketball; he played with Pittsburgh Pipers of the ABA and with the Flint Pros of the Continental Basketball Association, but always looked forward to stacking his game up against the city league competition whenever he was presented with the opportunity. It served as a tool to show him how much his game had flourished.

"Back in our day, the league was strong and most of the teams had former college ball players and then some guys had pro experience," Thigpen recalled. "Most of the top four teams had guys that played major college ball.

"The very first time that the coach hollered my name to go into a professional basketball game when I was sitting at the scorer's table, waiting for that buzzer to ring, my thoughts came all the way back to Flint, Michigan," he said. "The one-one-ones with Monroe (Dent) and Gene (Summers) and all of those games went through my mind and how they helped me and when the buzzer sounded, I was scared to death."

(Note: Thigpen did not play for the Cougars. Although, he additionally played for KC-O)
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Re: Phantom NBA/ABA careers - Ron Dunlap

Postby rlee » Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:15 pm

Ron Dunlap
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Though he never realized his basketball potential with the Illini, Ron Dunlap wisely used his education to learn a lesson from what is considered to be one of the darkest periods in Illinois history.

The 6-foot-8 junior center from Chicago’s Farragut High School appeared to be blossoming into an outstanding player in December 1967.

After five games, coach Harry Combes’ Illini had compiled a 4-1 record, including a 98-97 overtime victory against powerful Kentucky in Lexington. Dunlap was averaging 15 points and 12 rebounds per game, but his dream season almost instantly turned into a nightmare.

What would infamously become known as the “slush fund scandal” exposed that seven Illini athletes, including Dunlap, had been provided with small monthly stipends to assist them in school. At the time, the just-turned-21-year-old Dunlap was married and was the father of a daughter.

Dunlap later told The News-Gazette’s Loren Tate, “It hadn’t really occurred to me that I was doing anything wrong. When you’re young, you respect your elders.” Ultimately, a trio of Illini coaches — Combes, assistant basketball coach Howie Braun and head football coach Pete Elliott — resigned under pressure, and the athletes lost their remaining eligibility to play in the Big Ten.

Several college coaches called upon Dunlap, but he decided to instead continue his scholarship and ready himself for his future. He graduated in 1968 from the U of I with a teaching degree.

Dunlap was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 1968 NBA draft. He also played briefly for the Phoenix Suns and the New York Nets, the latter in the ABA, with the Rockford Royals and with Israel in the European leagues.


After his brief basketball career, Dunlap spent several years teaching in his native Chicago. To supplement his family’s income, he began a long career as an umpire in Chicago’s famed 16-inch softball leagues, eventually being inducted into that association’s Hall of Fame.

Dunlap became principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Appleton, Wis., in 1990. In 2011, he left his principal’s position and became minority services coordinator for the Appleton Area School District. Ron and his wife, Yvette, have two children and one grandson. Sunday, he celebrates his 66th birthday.

(Note: "He also played briefly for the Phoenix Suns and the New York Nets" - so briefly that there is no record of it! - RL)
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Re: Phantom NBA/ABA careers

Postby Robert Bradley » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:58 am

Ron Dunlap was signed by the Suns on 16Oct68 when Dave Lattin suffered an injury during the preseason, he waived by the Suns on 17Oct68, the day before the 1968-69 season opener. The article I have says that the Suns were hoping to re-sign him after he cleared waivers, but I couldn't find anything else about him.

So - Sun for a day apparently!
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Phantom NBA/ABA careers: Sean Banks

Postby rlee » Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:10 pm

Former NBA player may go to trial for burglary
Posted: Feb 09, 2013 8:05 PM PST Updated: Feb 15, 2013 6:50 AM PST

By LYNDSAY CAYETANA BOUCHAL

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NEWTON — Former NBA player Sean Banks will likely go to trial for burglarizing two area homes while working with a copycat crew of the James Bond Gang, a Sussex County prosecutor said.

In August 2011, Banks, 27, of Englewood, and three other Bergen County men were arrested in Sparta following a high-speed chase — in excess of 100 miles per hour — after being suspected of burglaries in Jefferson and Sparta, Sussex County First Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Mueller said.

When the vehicle ultimately crashed and flipped, Mueller said, police found thousands of dollars worth of stolen jewelry inside the SUV.

The suspects were then linked to the legendary James Bond Gang.

Known for their affluent residential heists and spectacular getaway cars, the highly organized band of professional burglars stole millions of dollars of cash and jewelry during hundreds of burglaries in New Jersey and New York in the '80s and '90s, Mueller said. The prosecutor confirmed that the Bergen County men were merely mimicking the infamous bunch.

On Friday, Banks appeared before state Superior Court Judge N. Peter Conforti for a bail revocation hearing.

Mueller sought to revoke Banks' bail as Banks failed to retain counsel to move the case forward. Mueller said Banks' two former attorneys asked to be relieved from their duties after Banks refused to cooperate with them.

Further, Mueller said Banks was recently arrested for two other offenses, one of which was in connection with a domestic violence incident that occurred in January.

When Banks entered the court Friday with attorney Justin Christodoro, Mueller rescinded the bail revocation.

Mueller said Banks has been offered a plea of probation and 180 days in county jail contingent on the other three suspects pleading guilty to a variety of charges related to the high-speed chase and burglaries.

Mueller said, however, Aasim Boone and Akeem Boone, of Englewood, and Jerry Montgomery, of Teaneck, face "lengthy state prison terms" for their crimes and anticipates the case will go to trial. All four suspects will be tried at once.

As a basketball star for the University of Memphis, Banks was dubbed the Conference USA Freshman of the Year in 2004 and went on to become an undrafted rookie with the New Orleans Hornets.

Banks will again appear in court Feb. 19 for a pre-trial hearing.
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Re: Phantom NBA/ABA careers

Postby D.Highmore » Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:31 pm

http://duke.scout.com/2/1267624.html

Another Phantom. Drafted by the Mavs in '91, waived before playing a game, picked up by the Heat, waived before playing a game, again.
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Bob McAdoo - ABA star??

Postby rlee » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:12 pm

North Carolina's McAdoo keeps basketball in the family

Published: March 23, 2013

By BLAIR KERKHOFF — The Kansas City Star

Given the bloodlines, it would been difficult for North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo not to have been an excellent basketball player.

His father, Ronnie, played at Old Dominion and professionally overseas.

So did McAdoo's mom, Janet, and at the time Old Dominion was among the premier programs in women's basketball.

Then there's second cousin Bob, who helped take North Carolina to the Final Four in 1972 before becoming an ABA and NBA star and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He's currently an assistant coach for the Miami Heat and still schools rookies in shooting exhibitions.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/03/23/ ... rylink=cpy
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Re: Phantom NBA/ABA careers

Postby Mike Goodman » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:31 am

Maybe he was drafted by an ABA team.
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Re: Phantom NBA/ABA careers

Postby rlee » Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:20 pm

And somehow that makes him an ABA star?
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Re: Phantom NBA/ABA careers

Postby Robert Bradley » Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:37 am

Well, he did sign with both Virginia and Buffalo in 1972......
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Johnnie Lee Allen

Postby rlee » Sat Jun 29, 2013 6:22 am

Johnnie Lee ALLEN Sr.
ALLEN, Sr., Johnnie Lee

Johnnie Lee Allen, Sr., affectionately known as "Gator", was born October 14, 1942 to the late Sanders Lee Allen and Carolyn Allen. He departed this life into eternal glory on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Educationally, Johnnie was a product of the School District of Palm Beach County where he graduated from High School. He furthered his education at Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL at which he studied Physical Education and was a starting player for the Bethune Cookman Wildcats Basketball Team. Johnnie was the leading scorer in the nation and was a pacesetter for numerous basketball records at Bethune Cookman University. To this day, Johnnie Lee Allen, Sr. continues to hold basketball records at the Bethune Cookman University. Upon graduation from Bethune Cookman, Johnnie was drafted to the ABA where he played for the San Diego Rockets (now the Houston Rockets). Professionally, Johnnie was employed with the Palm Beach County Public schools as an educator and basketball coach. Johnnie found joy in empowering his students to become successful in life through both academics and athleticism. Johnnie was preceded in death by his father, Sanders Lee Allen, and mother, Carolyn Allen. He leaves to cherish his memories: two loving daughters; Angelia (Darryl, Sr.) Demps (Orlando, FL) and LaTeesa Allen (Tampa, FL); five devoted sons; Johnnie Allen, Jr. (Arizona), Johnny (LaTisha) Boykin (Orlando, FL), Marcus Allen (Philadelphia, PA), Chris Allen (West Palm Beach, FL) and Johnnie Allen, II (West Palm Beach, FL); four sisters; Alberta Bell (Greenacres, FL), Alice Miller (West Palm Beach, FL), Audrey Leon (Boynton Beach, FL), and Bettye (Jessie) Walker (Pompano Beach, FL), three brothers: Cornelious Thomas (Philadelphia, PA), Eric Allen, Sr. (West Palm Beach, FL), and Raymond Allen (Ft. Lauderdale, FL). Homegoing service will be Saturday, June 29, 2013, 2:00 PM at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 111 36th Street, West Palm Beach, FL, Bishop W.O. Granger, Pastor. Funeral Arrangements Entrusted to: SHULER'S MEMORIAL CHAPEL, West Palm Beach, FL.

(APBR note: Well, he was drafted in the 4th rd in 1969 by the SD Rockets. However, of course, they were in the NBA, not the ABA and he never actaully played for them.)
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Ex-LA Clipper Star????

Postby rlee » Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:50 am

http://www.lep.co.uk/sport/other-sports ... -1-6081924

Preston’s College have signed up globetrotting former NBA player Malcolm Leak as coach of their new basketball academy.

The professional – who has won two British Basketball League titles with the Leicester Riders – has been drafted in to bring an American-style sporting system to the 
college.

The ex-LA Clippers star, who was previously at Burnley College, is determined to transform Team Preston –one of the many rebranded college sports teams – into title challengers and believes that the area is full of potential.

(Note: Never played in the Assn, much less as a "star")
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Re: Phantom NBA/ABA careers

Postby rlee » Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:56 am

Willie Brown - Dallas Chaparrals ???????

A HALL OF FAME SURPRISE
By DAVE SHEA
JOHNSON NEWSPAPERS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2013
WatertownDailyTimes
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/arti ... /710209740

POTSDAM — You don’t need the hyped-up hoopla of “Midnight Madness” to make the first preseason practice a memorable day for a college basketball coach.

Starting his 56th season of coaching on Tuesday evening, SUNY Potsdam assistant coach Stan Cohen calmly walked into the Jerry Welsh Gymnasium expecting to see players stretching, jogging, creatively shooting layups or indiscriminately launching jumpers.

Instead, candidates for this year’s Bears squad were lined up on either side of the door clapping and cheering.

The startled and confused Cohen then saw retired Ogdensburg Free Academy coach Bill Merna, who informed him, on behalf of the Basketball Coaches Association of New York State, that he was entering the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the induction class of 2014.

The 2014 class, which also includes former Beaver River coach Bob Giordano and former Jefferson County Community College coach Bob Williams, will be inducted on March 16 in Glens Falls during the state boys basketball championships final four weekend.

“Coach Cohen, I want to welcome you to the Hall of Fame,” said Merna, also a member of the Hall. “Fifty six years of coaching says it all.”

To make the evening even better, Cohen’s son and daughter-in law, Hal and Barb Cohen, and their daughter Brittany of Baldwinsville, soon appeared along with several longtime friends.

Hal Cohen, who set a world foul shooting record at a Canton high school practice before going on to Syracuse University, nominated his father for the state hall of fame and compiled his dad’s epic basketball portfolio. He also orchestrated Tuesday’s surprise celebration.

Stan Cohen’s portfolio includes an all-star caliber playing career at Cortland High School and Hobart College and 1,017 wins as head men’s (16 years) and women’s coach (7 years) at SUNY Canton and 40 years as a SUNY Potsdam assistant coach.

In his men’s basketball coaching career, he was involved in two of the great eras of north country college basketball.

His career drew its origin from a day at the YMCA in Cortland when a friend informed Cohen that a two-year school in Canton, then Canton ATI, was looking for basketball coach and accounting professor.

“I must have been the only one that applied,” quipped the 79-year old Cohen, whose soft-spoken nature contrasts with the blazing passion that marks his coaching career and playing days.

His career and 39-year tenure at SUNY Canton began modestly with a 6-10 record in the 1957-58 season but quickly took off. In his second season he led the 16-4 Northmen to a number one ranking in the East and a number 10 national rank at a time when NJCAA rankings included junior colleges of all sizes.

Cohen’s teams went on to a 247-143 record, won the notoriously strong Empire State Conference championship four times, earned number one or two rankings in the East three times and successfully competed against freshman teams from Syracuse, Cornell and Colgate University. His 1964-65 team went 26-3 and took seventh in the nationals.

Leading the Northmen were 10 players who went on to play at the NCAA Division I level, headed by All-Americans Ken Goodwin (1960), Bob Davis (1970) and Willie McBride (1971). Davis, who went to Weber State, was the 14th overall pick in the 1972 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Willie Brown (1961) went on to play for Texas Western (now UTEP), the Dallas Chaparells of the ABA and the Harlem Globetrotters.

Cohen credits Brown for having a major impact on the Canton program.

“Willie came to Canton from the Bronx and over the years he helped bring many players to the program,” Cohen said. “Willie also helped bring key players for the Texas Western team which won the national championship (the 1966 NCAA Division I championship team featured in movie “Glory Road”).”
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Chad Varga? Former NBA Player?

Postby rlee » Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:43 pm

Turned down a mulit-million $ NBA Contract?????

Former NBA player Chad Varga speaks at area schools

By Amanda Browning Daily News Greensburg Daily News

GREENSBURG – Former NBA player, motivational speaker and teen life coach Chad Varga spoke at Greensburg, North Decatur and South Decatur High Schools this week, with an additional program for parents at the county school administration building.

Looking at the confident, upbeat man that entered the gymnasium at North Decatur High School (NDHS) Wednesday, no one would guess he’d grown up enduring horrific child abuse on a daily basis. No one would imagine that he and his sister grew up watching their mother destroy her life with a series of abusive boyfriends, drugs and alcohol addictions. And, knowing how his life started, few would predict how successful he would become. Few except Chad himself, that is.

Katie Delph, president of Students Against Destructive Decisions at NDHS, gave Varga a glowing introduction before passing the microphone to the motivational speaker. Varga commanded the attention of every student at NDHS, which is no small feat in itself.

Varga began his presentation by telling the assembled students about himself. He outlined all the ways he has been successful in his life: phenomenal high school basketball career, first person in his family to go to college, career with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA, a career in the professional basketball league in Europe and now the founder and president of Inspire Now.

At 25 years old and the height of his career, Varga turned down a multi-million dollar NBA contract that would have ensured him financial security. He’d had a moment where he realized that his experience and background gave him the rare opportunity to make a difference to others. In the seven years since walking away from basketball and speaking to teens across the country, Varga has spoken to more than 3.5 million students.

“I didn’t come here today to make money,” Varga said. “I came here today to make a deposit in your lives, in your future.”

By the time he began telling stories of his childhood, his dynamic presence had already captivated the attention of everyone in the room. Varga grew up in a broken home in Detroit. His mother was a violent alcoholic and drug abuser, but despite her addictions, when Chad’s parents divorced, she was given custody of him and his older sister, Wendy.

Varga shared some of the terrible instances of abuse he experienced from a young age. As a toddler, Varga remembers being given cups with alcohol and juice to keep him quiet and out of the way while his mother partied with her friends. He remembers being dragged out of bed at two in the morning by the hair to ride along with his mother to get drugs. Sometimes she would leave Chad and his sister in the floorboard of the car, sometimes locked them in the trunk and sometimes, took them inside with her- experiences he remembers with horror to this day.

At 13 years old, when schools were beginning to cautions students about the dangers of drug use, Varga needed no convincing. Seeing his mother, who had been sober for months, relapsed and passed out on the couch was more than enough reason for him to never touch drugs or alcohol, as were the years of substance abuse he’d already witnessed.

At 14, he attempted to stop an abusive boyfriend from beating his mother and received a thorough thrashing himself, leaving him with two cracked ribs, numerous cuts and bruises and scars that linger to this day. That was a low point for Chad and he even considered suicide to escape his troubled life.

In bed that night, Varga said he realized that he didn’t want to be what everyone else said he would be. He didn’t want to be worthless and without a future. Right then, he decided he was going to do whatever he had to do to be successful.

Chad credits putting his faith in the Lord as one of the reasons he was able to rise above the circumstances of his childhood and triumph over the disadvantaged beginnings of his life. He said there were times when his faith was all he had to get him through some of the darkest moments imaginable.

A caring teacher kept young Chad after school one day to ask what was going on at home after noticing several concerning things. At first, Chad resisted opening up, but when he realized the teacher genuinely cared, he let go and told him everything. The teacher placed a call to the authorities and soon after, custody of Chad and his sister was awarded to their father. Life improved drastically for Chad after that.

As his presentation wound down to a close, Varga spoke directly to all the young ladies in the audience, saying they needed to demand respect from the men in their lives.

“Young guys today think it’s cool to treat women like the guys on t.v. do,” Varga said.

He told a touching story of meeting a 14 year old girl named Erica. She was at a home for young girls who were pregnant or already had children. Unlike the other girls living there, Erica came from a wealthy family and had all the material possessions she could desire. She didn’t want to tell her story because she didn’t believe Chad cared. Once he convinced her to speak, he learned that not once did her parents ever tell her they loved her. She then latched on to the first man to say he loved her and ended up pregnant. When he left, she was utterly alone.

She asked Chad to tell her story when he spoke to other girls. “Tell them, ‘Ladies, if he love you, he will treat you with respect,’” Erica said.

Varga then asked everyone in the room who wanted to be successful to raise their hand. Every hand in the room rose. He took out $20 and asked everyone who wanted the money to raise their hand. The room was filled with raised hands. Varga again asked who wanted the money when NDHS student Lucas jumped up and grabbed it.

While the assembly laughed, Varga taught an important lesson. “I’m not advocating stealing by any means, but successful people don’t just raise their hands. They make their success happen. Every single one of you has great gifts, use them.”

At the end of his presentation, Varga spoke about his new book, Bounce: Down is Inevitable, Up is a Choice. The ending of the book, which details many of the stories from his childhood, was written by Chad’s mother, who he has since reconciled with now that she is sober. He said it wouldn’t be complete unless she finished it. The book, which will officially release later in November, will be tied in with Common Core standards for schools that wish to use it as an educational tool.

Varga received a standing ovation when he concluded his speech and the line of students wanting to speak to him directly stretched across the room. Several students were moved to tears and Chad took the time to comfort anyone he saw in distress. For many students, the time spent listening to Varga speak appears to have made a lasting impression.
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Re: Phantom NBA/ABA careers

Postby meej » Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:59 am

Chad Varga played for two season in the Spanish 2nd Division: http://competiciones.feb.es/estadistica ... 1872&med=0

He was a good player at that level, but you don't get multi-million contracts there.
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Phantom NBA/ABA careers: Robert Coyne

Postby rlee » Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:02 am

By Brock Laue
http://chsaanow.com/2014-03-01/denver-w ... ournament/

COLORADO SPRINGS — Denver West boys basketball had a tradition of producing great teams and players in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

Robert Coyne played on a national championship team at Kansas in the 1980s and in the NBA. (APBR comment: Not so)
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