Sunday, January 15, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Tampa Bay Rebels Join the Florida Basketball Association

The Tampa Bay Rebels have reached an agreement to participate in the newly formed Florida Basketball Association (FBA) for the 2012 season. The Rebels will be playing their first regular season game against the Palm Beach Titans in Palm Beach on May 5th, 2012. “We are very excited to be part of the FBA.  The spring schedule allows us to keep touring internationally in the fall and fill the void of high level basketball in the Bay area during the spring and summer months,” said GM and Head Coach Fernando Rojas.

The Commissioner of the FBA will be retired NBA player Gregg Kite. A former Orlando Magic alum, Kite boasts an 11 year NBA career that includes two NBA Championships with the Boston Celtics (’84 and ’86). “Basketball has been a huge part of my life,” said Kite. “I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to come my way. The timing is perfect, and I’m excited to have found a leadership opportunity that enables me to merge my business and basketball experience together to help create something with a tremendous amount of potential in Florida”.

The FBA will boast six charter teams for its inaugural season: the Miami Stars, the Palm Beach Titans, the Florida Flight from Orlando, the Panama City Dream, the Heartland Prowl, and the Tampa Bay Rebels. The regular season will run from May through July.

Rojas added, “The FBA is the right fit for us. Basketball fans will have the opportunity to enjoy high caliber play and see future basketball stars.”