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WBA annouces new addition to Dallas

November 17, 2006 - World Basketball Association (WBA) - Mayas-USA News Release

Dallas, TX - The World Basketball Association has announced that the very successful Mayas de Yucatan of Mexico's #1 league LNBP (Liga Nacional Balonocesto Professional) has successfully had it's bid to join the WBA for the upcoming 2007 season accepted. On Thursday, November 16th 2006, Mayas-USA(Dallas) held a national press conference at it's world headquarters in Merida, Mexico to announce the team's plans to place a franchise in Dallas, Texas. Mayas-USA has also announced their Head Coach and General Manager for their team operations in the United States will be Lionel Garrett . Garrett is a former NBA player with the Clippers, former WBA Head Coach with the Marietta Storm, and spent this past season as the Head Coach of the team's LNBP franchise in Mexico, Mayas de Yucatan. Garrett guided the expansion franchise with former WBA stars Daryl Dorsey and Mike Benton to a playoff birth this season in the LNBP. Garrett and the Mayas having just come off a very successful season at the international professional level look for Mayas-USA to being the premier development stage for their organization abroad. WBA Director of Basketball Operations Chris Terrell was quoted as saying "The WBA is committed to providing an exposure stage to it's athletes to opportunities with the NBA and with high level international teams. The union between the LNBP team and their WBA Minor League affiliate in Dallas will be yet another in-road for players to take that next step in their careers. We're very happy about the development plans and direction of this expansion and encourage other overseas teams to build a bridge of development from the United States to professional play in their country."

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