First, in Friday's edition was an article regarding Daniel Price, a former Miner player from their first season and one time Pikeville College standout.
Daniel Price doesn't feel like an outsider. The former Pikeville College standout and one-time East Kentucky Miner is trying to move his ABA franchise to Pikeville.
"Just in the last couple of days, I have had the opportunity to sit down with a couple of people and just discuss the possibilities of me coming in and with my organization and running it here," Price said.
Price has been busy after his days at Pikeville College and with the East Kentucky Miners. He used his basketball experience to start his own summer league before running his own ABA basketball team, the Mississippi Blues.
"After working for the college and playing for the Miners, I moved back to my hometown of Jackson, Miss., and I started a summer league for guys to get exporsure," Price said. "I wanted to help guys get contracts to play basketball overseas and the NBADL, ABA and CBA."
"After last summer, I got an opportunity. I received a couple of calls from the ABA president and a couple of coaches and they wanted me to start a team in Mississippi. They had a lot of confidence in me being able to run a franchise and run it right, based on my summer league. The name of my summer league was the Mississippi Basketball Exposure League, the MBEL. You can find it on usbaskets.com."
Price feels that minor league basketball can work in Pikeville. He doesn't feel like an outsider and thinks that may work to his advantage.
"One of the most important things is that I was local. I was a local and played at Pikeville College and was an assistant and lived here for four years."
"With my time in Pikeville, I saw it is a tight-knit community and I have never seen anybody come off as being racist. I read the paper the other day and saw those comments and couldn't believe it, because nobody has ever come off that way towards me. I don't know where those feeling come from."
There was also an editoral in today's edition of the paper. Basically, it said that Demetrius Ford has burned his bridges here in Pikeville and good riddance to him. The paper was also throwing their support behind Price and his attempt to bring his team to Pikeville.
There was also some contact info in the Price article, as he wants to here from fans and get their ideas and suggestions. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com
Which I can't blame them, if D Ford wouldve been more of a owner and less of a so called friend to players, managed his money and done things the way it suppose to have been done, including keeping promises to Pikeville the Miners wouldve never had to leave...I think Daniel will have a team and it will succeed.
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