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Once again Joe has found a former vet who wants to do 'good'. Whilst I appreciate the sentiment, this guy is hopelessly out of his depth. He also is one of a long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,long, long, long,,..........list of former military guys trying to do the right thing by joining the ABA.Before they take to the court for their inaugural professional season, the Conway Cyclones are taking to the community.
The Cyclones, one of the newest of American Basketball Association franchise and Conways first pro basketball season, are beginning a Coats for Kids Drive this week, a month before they begin play at the Hendrix Wellness & Athletic Center.
The Conway team, which will play in a division with four other Arkansas teams, will also sponsor a Student-Athletic Achievement initiative to recognize outstanding achievements by young athletes in the community, a Bullies Are Cowards program and a Fast Break club that involves the family.
For us, its more than just a game; its community oriented, said Brandon Kimbrough, the chief executive officer for the Conway Cyclones. What were trying to do is all about family.
Kimbrough, a Little Rock Parkview alumnus who served two tours of duty in Iraq with the military, has been at work building the franchise from the ground up since last summer.
After I got out of the military, I wanted to still wanted to serve people, he said. Ive learned life is about community and helping other. This is a way to get involved and do things Ive always dreamed of.
The Coats for Kids Drive, a 10-week program that begins Monday, may be the first major contact by the Cougars with the community. They open what is projected to be a 30-game season (15 home, 15 away) on Nov. 13.
People are asked to bring new or slightly used coats to any TopLine or Classic Cleaner locations in Conway and the clothing will be donated to needy families. The Cyclones will donate one ticket per coat received.
The Conway team is part of the ABA revival, which started 10 years ago. The old ABA (1967-76), which came along in the 1960s and influenced professional basketball with a flashy style of play, red, white and blue balls and 3-point goals, introduced icons-to-be Julius Dr. J Erving, Connie Hawkins, George Ice Man Gervin and Moses Malone.
The revived ABA is partly owned by music industry veteran J. Erving and has independently owned franchises throughout the country, recently establishing a division in this regions. Players in the league, similar to Arena Football, have part-time jobs and are paid by the game. Almost all the players on the Cyclone roster, selected by tryouts, have junior college or four-year college experience, Kimbrough said.
The emphasis, like the old ABA, is on an up-tempo style, Kimbrough said. Theres a 24-second clock and red, white and blue basketballs and in most of our games, each team will score 120 to 130 points.
Another feature will be a big point light. At different junctures of the game, often after a steal or on a fast break, a light above the goal will flash. A basket scored when the light is flashing carries an additional point. For example, a player might chose to try a 3-pointer (which would count four points) instead of a layup (which would count for two points).
The league has tried to make tickets affordable, $10 per person. For a $20 per membership, a person can join the Fast Break Club, which is good for two-person admission, discounted future tickets and team merchandise plus eligibility for prizes given away during each game and the possibility to participate in a 3-point shootout and a fan radio interview. A portion of membership sales will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Faulkner County.
We call ourselves family entertainment, not just sports entertainment, Kimbrough said. We want fans to be participants in the game, not just sitting back and watching.
The Cyclones will play in the ABAs South Central Conference that includes the Bluff City Reign (Memphis), the Delta Storm (Helena), the Little Rock Lightning, the Missouri Rhythm (Raytown), the Nashville Soul, the Northeast Arkansas Swag (Jonesboro) and the St. Louis Pioneers.
I wanted a nickname that started with a C to go with Conway and to go with the logo that represents a team storming through the city making things happen, he said.
Coach of the team is David Clark, who has coached various teams in Little Rock. The assistant is Diedrick Harris, a former ABA player-coach.
I dont think the NBA situation (the lockout) will be a negative in what we do, Kimbrough said. Some of the ABA teams in other parts of the country will have some NBA players playing for them on a temporary, game-by-game basis to stay in shape and to play basketball somewhere. For awhile, one of the only pro basketball leagues around will be the ABA.
The team will primarily play games at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Conway Cyclone schedule
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