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Nate Archibald Out, Corey Gaines In as Long Beach Jam Head Coach

January 17, 2005 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - Maywood Laguneros News Release

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2005) – NBA Hall of Famer Nate "Tiny" Archibald has resigned as Head Coach of the American Basketball Association (ABA) Long Beach Jam. Taking over for Archibald is former Jam assistant coach Corey Gaines.

The Jam have lost six of their last nine games, including their last four at home.

“The team has not been playing to its potential the last three to four weeks,” Archibald said. “Sometimes players just need to hear a new voice and I felt at this point it was appropriate for me to step down. I think we have assembled a good team. With a few changes, the team can still contend for a championship. I have a great deal of respect for the Jam organization.”

“Tiny’s contributions to the Long Beach community will be sorely missed,” team President Steve Chase said. “Under the circumstances, I could not be happier to have Gaines come aboard. He is a proven leader."

Gaines was an assistant Coach under Earl Cureton during last season’s 2003-04 ABA championship Jam squad. This season, he was an assistant coach for the now defunct Orange County Crush of the ABA.

Gaines began his collegiate career at UCLA and finished at Loyola Marymount University. After college, Gaines was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics. During his playing career, he logged time with the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers, and New York Knicks.

Gaines spent five seasons in the top professional league in Israel where he led the league in assists with Hapoel Eilat (1998-99) with 6.1 assists per game and with BC Maccabi Haifa (2000-01) with 5.6 assists per game.

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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