Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Recap of FBA Owners Meeting in Orlando

On the heels of a successful first season, the Florida Basketball Association held their owners meeting in preparation for the second season of the FBA which will take place over the summer of 2013. The semi-pro basketball league, which includes franchises located in Palm Beach, Lake Wales, Orlando and Tampa Bay, brought owners together to discuss various ways to improve the league. Team owners discussed league expansion, the playoff schedule and format, and the possible addition of an All-Star game.

The Florida Basketball Association welcomed the Palm Beach Knights as the new team for the 2013 season. A new playoff system with a final four tournament that will give more teams the opportunity to win the FBA Championship, regardless of their record during the season was also established by the league. Additionally, the FBA announced that it will host its inaugural All-Star game in July. 

Following the meeting, Tampa Bay Rebels GM Fernando Rojas commented, “The new playoff format and the All-Star game are things that we discussed last year, but the owners agreed to wait until this season to execute this plan. This is an ambitious goal for a two year old league; however, all the owners are behind it. We look forward to another great season of exciting basketball.”

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Rebels' Kendrick Signs Contract With Mexican Club

After winning the 2012 Florida Basketball Association Championship (FBA) with the Tampa Bay Rebels, center Matt Kendrick was signed to play in the Liga Estatal de Basquetbol (LEB) in Mexico. Matt will play for the Choriceros de Camargo, located in the State of Chihuahua. This is Matt's second international stint, as he was previously hired by Sokol de Antofagasta of the Chilean professional league.

With the Rebels, the seven-foot Kendrick posted 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks per contest. His best overall performance came June 16, 2012, against the Florida Flight when he posted a triple-double with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 blocks while hitting 9 of 12 shots from the floor. Coach Rojas commented, "The LEB is a good choice for Matt. He will be able to help his club and keep developing his game."

Friday, January 11, 2013

Rebels Announce 2013 Tryout

Photo Courtesy of JD Pixology
The Tampa Bay Rebels are gearing up to defend their 2012 FBA title in the upcoming Florida Basketball Association season. The Rebels will hold tryouts on Saturday, March 23rd in the open courts of Freedom High School from 11 am until 2 pm. The cost will be $20 at the door, and players must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Local Businesses Partner With Rebels

During the off-season that followed their 2012 FBA Championship, the Tampa Bay Rebels were able to secure partnerships with several businesses in the community. Among the partners for the 2013 season are LA Fitness, R●Sole, and Peabody’s. These companies are well known for both the quality of their products and the services that they provide.

LA Fitness is a nationwide chain of health clubs that will be supporting the Rebels during the team’s training camp in April and throughout the season. R●Sole is the premier supplier of urban clothing for men. Amy Wright, Manager of the Tampa store said, “Many of our existing customers are basketball players from local colleges; we think partnering with the Tampa Bay Rebels is a natural extension of our business.” Peabody’s is a top notch sports bar located in New Tampa offering great food and entertainment since 1998. Initial cross-marketing is underway between Peabody’s and the Rebels advertising each other in their social media outlets.