Tuesday’s ABA News N’ Notes

By ABA Media Relations
Updated: March 24, 2008


NEW YORK — Here is a look at the latest major happenings surrounding the American Basketball Association.


Oliver Lee, who has proven his ability both on and off the court, has been named head coach for the expansion Nashville Broncs. Owner Scott Lumley stated, “After an extensive and thorough search in which we interviewed several highly qualified candidates, we are pleased to welcome Coach Lee to our family. We are confident in his leadership and coaching abilities. His winning attitude gives us a glimpse into our future and what our upcoming season will bring not only to Nashville and the ABA, but to the fans.”

With over 10 years of experience, he brings to the floor an array of honors. Oliver is married with three kids and six grand-kids. He is a native of Deland, FL where he attended Deland High School from 1974-77. He then continued his education at Marquette University majoring in speech communication. His accomplishments include but are not limited to All American 80 & 81, MVP Marquette University 81, Springfield Basketball Hall of Fame/First Championship ever won, drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1981 and played extensively in Europe.

Lee’s reputation speaks basketball from goal to goal. Lee added, “I am thankful to Mr. Lumley and the ABA for the opportunity to take the court once again. Basketball is my life passion and this is an excellent opportunity for both me and the players. The city of Nashville will be proud of what we bring to the floor. We looked forward to the season and as always, winning is the name of the game. Lumley said, “With a competitive attitude such as this, we are sure Oliver is a winning score for our organization and our team.”

Lee was officially introduced in a press conference in Nashville on March 14th and is ready to evaluate the prospective players at the Broncs first tryouts on April 15th at Fisk University. For any questions, e-mail //<![CDATA[ //]]> him at coach@nashvillebroncs.com or call 615-823-1086 or visit www.nashvillebroncs.com.

Manchester Millrats star guard, Anthony Anderson, led the East All Stars over the West 161-140 and collected MVP honors in the process at the ABA All Star Game over the weekend. The 5-foot-11 guard, who was rated the 3rd best player in the minor leagues by ProBasketballNews.com, confirmed that ranking by turning in a stellar 33 point performance on 13-of-19 shooting from the field in the game.
The Manchester Millrats partnered with the Vermont Frost Heaves to bring about the 2008 All Star Game, providing logistical support such as bus transportation and other contributions. The Millrats dance team, the Pink Sapphire Dancers, also performed for the Vermont crowd at the event.
It was a strange site indeed seeing the Vermont Frost Heaves and the Manchester Millrats playing together on the same team, but the East squad played with an ebb and flow that demonstrated their familiarity with each other. The West All Stars showed impressive talent and athleticism, but did not have the instant chemistry of the East.
After the game Justin Hoy, founder of Montpelier-based Halogen Records, presented Anderson with the Halogen Records ABA All-Star MVP Award. “We are very proud of Anthony,” stated Millrats owner Jason Briggs. “He is a super-star in the making and he has a great work ethic and is very humble to boot.”
The Millrats are now preparing for the ABA Playoffs to be held in Quebec City. Their opening opponent will be either the Montreal Royal or the Jersey Express who face each other in a play-in game prior to the Final 8 tourney. The Millrats will take the court in Quebec on Friday night at 5pm. For more information, please feel free to contact Millrats GM Ian McCarthy at //<![CDATA[ //]]> millrats@gmail.com or visit www.manchestermillrats.com.
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