American Basketball Association At Its Creative Best
Knoxville, TN. (By Brad Zockoll, Sports Columnish, Knoxville TN). What do you see when you come to a Thunderbolts game? You're seeing the ABA at its creative best. The Thunderbolts take to the floor like a team with something to prove. These guys aren't out there for the individual accolades or the TV press conferences. The T-Bolts are on a two-fold mission: to bring professional basketball within the Knoxville fold, and to reward the city with a championship. When you witness the games during this Thunderbolts inaugural season, you'll get a sensation of NBA-like professionalism mixed with a definite NCAA college-level enthusiasm from the sidelines. These are exciting times to see the early ABA first-season steps as you get to witness a group of owners and supporters who want to see a fledgling team succeed in the professional world.
This is the American Basketball Association (ABA), the resurrection of a league many of us have sorely missed over the years. The always-innovative gameplay of the ABA is back in full force. The red-white-and blue ball, the three point shot, and the chest-heaving quickness of the game has always established the ABA as the creative league, and the game has added new flair to the flow of the competition. The scoring is plentiful, with the fluidity of the game kept in motion by the point-friendly approach to the game.
You gotta see this. Come see a snappy Wiley-to-Tipton pass and dunk. Watch as Dabbs sprints down the floor with a speed that puts many NBA players to shame. Every game night, Bradshaw gives it his all. Doc Glisson (team owner) gets in his element at the microphone, cheering on the team and whipping up the fans. The Lady Bolts get the crowd boisterous. Williams dares oppponents to take him for granted. Glisson putting in the extra effort in getting to the ball. Mr. Thunderbolt, the ominpresent mascot, is in and out of the stands throughout the game. Coach Chad Smith keeps driving the Thunderbolts to higher and higher goals. You get all is in one night. That's the ABA. That's Thunderbolt basketball.
Note: OurSports Central no longer actively covers the American Basketball Association (ABA) as a professional league due in part to its inability to publish and play a schedule and the transitory nature of many of its teams. For information on professional minor leagues, please see OSC's basketball section.
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