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Strong Dogs name new head coach

September 1, 2006 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - Tampa Bay Strong Dogs News Release

Wesley Chapel, FL. Jim Price, a seven year NBA veteran who played for the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons has been named head coach for the ABA Tampa Bay Strong Dogs professional basketball team, announced Strong Dogs GM Gregg Gruhl.

The team's games will start this November at Bob Martinez Sports Complex at the University of Tampa.

Price starred at the University of Louisville and was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 1972 NBA draft. He then played for seven seasons (1972-1979) with teams including the Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Buffalo Braves, Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons.

A former All-American and NBA All-Star in 1975, Jim Price retired with 5,088 points. Price has more than 20 years coaching experience in professional leagues. "We are very pleased to find someone with a background as extensive as Jim Price," said GM Gregg Gruhl. "We will be a great mentor and coach to our players."

Season ticket pricing starts at $198 for adults, $126 for children ages 3-15. Game day tickets range from $8 for a child to $12 for an adult. Sports+Field members pay $10. The Bob Martinez Sports Center at UT will host 18 home games to begin in November. There are discounted prices for seniors, students and military. For more information, contact Director of Basketball/Game Day Operations Shawn Cleary at 813 948 5517 or visit or

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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