Friday, October 23, 2015

2015 International Tour Recap

The Tampa Bay Rebels recently returned from their 2015 International Tour where they competed against teams from the LNBP, the top league in Mexico. This was the fourth time that the Rebels have traveled abroad to compete against professional teams outside of the United States. The team played a total of 3 games during their week-long tour. All three games were played at an elevation higher than 6,000 feet.

“We would first like to thank all of the clubs in Mexico for their hospitality during our tour,” Rebels Director of Scouting Andrew Phillips stated. “We were fortunate to be able to play against such quality organizations while we were abroad. We were also able to meet with team owners to discuss the possibility of making the Tampa Bay Rebels the feeder organization for their team next season. They know many of the great players from Tampa and Central Florida that we have sent to the LNBP in past seasons. Coach Rojas will also be meeting with several teams next month as well.”

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Former NBA Center Joins Rebels

The Tampa Bay Rebels have announced that former NBA center Jerome James will play for the team during the 2015 International Tour.  A native of Tampa, the 7’1” James was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 36th selection of the 1998 NBA Draft. Following his time with the Kings, James also spent time with the Seattle Supersonics (2001-2005), the New York Knicks (2005-2009), and the Chicago Bulls (2009-2010). Throughout his career, James had the opportunity to play alongside NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton, NBA greats Ray Allen and Chris Webber, and FIBA Hall of Famer Vlade Divac.

Rebels Head Coach Fernando Rojas commented on Jerome’s arrival, “We are fortunate that a player of his background agreed to join the Rebels. His leadership and experience will be an asset for our young players looking for international opportunities. During our first meeting, he made clear to me both his professionalism and his personal goals at this stage of his career. We look forward to a great tour.”

This is the team’s fourth international tour. The Rebels will travel to Mexico in October to compete against clubs from the country’s top professional league. To find out the latest news about the Tampa Bay Rebels, please visit