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Pittsburgh leaving ABA for CBA

by Sam Amico
September 25, 2006 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) - Pittsburgh Xplosion

The Pittsburgh Xplosion will hold a press conference Wednesday to announce that the team is moving from the American Basketball Association to the Continental Basketball Association, OurSports Central has learned.

The Xplosion will participate in Tuesday's CBA draft and team CEO Richard Hersperger and new coach Larry Anderson will announce the picks at the press conference. The press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Mellon Arena.

Pittsburgh joins Florida, Southern California, Indiana and Minot (formerly San Jose) as teams to have left the ABA for the CBA since last season. Great Falls, Butte, Utah and Atlanta are the other CBA expansion teams.

Albany and defending champion Yakama are the CBA's lone returnees -- as Idaho, Dakota, Sioux Falls, and expansion Colorado all departed for the NBA D-League. Rockford, Gary and Michigan will not field teams this season.

The six-round CBA draft is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. EST. League rules stipulate that all teams have a rookie on their roster for the entire season.

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