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Rage Ready for Battle in Rome

by Danny Burnham
May 18, 2009 - World Basketball Association (WBA) - Rome Rage


After the way things went last time, many people in the area were sure that the days of professional basketball in Rome,Georgia were over. Sean Perkins had other ideas.

The Rome Rage, are scheduled to take the court on May 29, with Perkins as general manager and head coach, and he has loaded the roster with local names because he feels like Rome has a point to prove.

"We intend to show that Rome is an athlete rich area and that we have the experience and knowledge to not only compete, but be dominant in professional sports" said Perkins. "Our roster is headed by some very good local, veteran players. Mike Dean, Jermaine Spivey, Latece Williams, and Larry Cox are all proven pros. There will also be six rookies to round out the roster. Ricky Garrett, Chris Coffey, Jacob Selman, and Timmy Askew. We also hope to sign Derek Sams, and Rashun Bryant."

He knows however, that there is a lot of work to do off of the court. "We are aware of the past bad publicity,but we want our community to once again embrace pro basketball.

Rome's previous pro basketball franchise, the Gladiators, won two consecutive WBA titles and had quite the following before folding before the 2007 season, due to off the court issues with owner.

Yelena Brown was arrested on multiple charges only weeks before the start of the season, and the team fell by the wayside.

Sean Perkins hopes that putting top level talent on the floor will help fans forget the past, and focus on the future.

"We have made the necessary connections, and management intends to develop our players and give each of them the opportunity to begin, or extend their international playing careers."

Only time will tell how things will go this time around.

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