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Stockbridge gets new ABA team

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

A new semi-pro basketball team is about to tip off in the Southern Crescent, as the American Basketball Association has announced the formation of the Georgia Knights.

The Knights will play their home games in Stockbridge starting this season.

According to team owner and CEO Will Campbell, two locations are being considered for home games --Stockbridge High School or Patrick Henry High School.

"We want this team to be fan friendly team and part of the community," Campbell said about the new team.

The ABA season starts in December and the regular season runs through March. The playoffs begin in April.

Stockbridge's newest basketball team will be coached by Kailan Hindsman. his assitant is Larry Shields.

The ABA has a rich a long history.

Known for its red, white and blue basketball, the league went head to head with the NBA from1967-76 before the New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs merged with the more established league and the ABA folded.

Several now common aspects of the game first took root in the ABA, including a the 3-point shot and even the slam dunk was popularized by league. Players such a Julius Erving, George Gervin and Rick Barry played in the ABA.

Today's ABA is total different.

The league reformed in 1999. it plays in much smaller venues, there are no large contracts and the venues, but there is still a chance for players to move on to pro contracts oversees or in the D-NBA leagues.

The Knights will have a chance to unveil their inaugural team when they take part in a summer league tournament in Austell from July 10th through Aug 13.

The event is being organized by Emory Malone the coach of the Georgia Gwizzlies in memory of his friend and former Boston Celetic great Dennis Johnson. Johnson passed away suddenly in 2007 of a heart attack.