Inland Empire’s Very Own ABA Pro-Basketball Team starts in January
Jan. 3, 2011, Riverside, Ca.- Since 2008, under the guidance of Riverside Rainmakers General Manager, Ms. Monique Flaherty, athletes from around the world have been recruited to head up the 1st ABA Pro-Basketball team right here in Riverside and 2011 is predicted to be the best season yet from players chosen right in our backyard!
The Riverside Rainmakers ABA Pro-Basketball consist of: Robert Banks F/C-San Bernardino, Antwon Tanner PG/SG–Los Angeles, Leon Flaherty F/G-Riverside, Chet Johnson F/G-Moreno Valley, Alfonso James G-Moreno Valley, Cortez Ward 2-Riverside, Correll Ward F-Riverside, Cedrick Lusk, F/C – Riverside. Players were selected from the Rainmakers Fall pro training camps recently held in the city of Riverside, CA.
“The game of basketball is a fast paced, high intensity sport that requires great skill and athleticism,” states Flaherty. “..we choose theses athletes due to attitudes, performance and potential to take the Riverside Rainmakers from ABA status to D-League Status,” Flaherty continues.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
National Basketball Association (NBA) -Basketball has been played for over one hundred years after being invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith. The first official game was played in a community YMCA on January 20, 1892. The NBA was established and due to significant sponsorship and advertisers, national television grow the sport into the game level we see today.
National Basketball Association Development League (D-League)- The D-League is the NBA’s developmental league. Players are assigned to this league through a variety of methods and are directly associated with NBA teams. Players from the D-League can be called up to a NBA roster at any given time.
American Basketball Association (ABA) -Founded in 1967 and actually branching off of the NBA, is a more free and flashy style of play in comparison to the NBA as well as rule differences make it more exciting to watch. Today the ABA boasts over 60 teams in 10 divisions across the United States. In early 2010 the league began a new $200 million initiative called, “ABA Global.” Play began spring of 2010 with the representation of 3 teams which included the Riverside Rainmakers Basketball Organization.
The Rainmakers Basketball Organization is in the business of providing entertainment through sports. Utilizing a unique synergy of sports, entertainment, arts, technology and innovation, a fun-filled atmosphere is ideal for fans and families in the Inland Empire.
The community is encouraged to up to date with the Riverside Rainmakers online at:
JANUARY HOME GAME SCHEDULE:
January 14, 2011 – Los Angeles Slam 6pm
January 28, 2011 – TBD
January 30, 2011 – Modesto Hawks
SPECIAL TRAVEL WITH THE TEAM TO VEGAS GAME:
Las Vegas opponent Las Vegas Aces January 27, 2011