By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
L.A. Franchise To Return To ABA In 2008
INDIANAPOLIS– The American Basketball Association announced that the Los Angeles Push would return to the ABA this season. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, “The Push started last season and were unable to continue due to some internal problems that have been completely resolved; this is an organization that certainly deserves to be in the ABA and which will represent the City of Los Angeles well.”
The owners, Donye’ Mitchell has been an avid basketball enthusiast his whole life. He grew up in Compton where he fell in love with basketball. He has enjoyed playing with three generations of street basketball players at Venice Beach.
His competitiveness and defense on the court has rewarded him with a reputation of passion and fierceness. After coming back from law school, Mitchell saw an opportunity to organize street basketball and his real passion began.
His plans included a streetball labor union, streetball player owned corporation, media rights protection for all of the “movies” created by streetball players, and eventually the opportunity to excel in a formal basketball setting.
In 2005 Mitchell created a television show called Ballin’. It was a huge success. It brought local street basketball players together and showcased street basketball talent and uncovered its culture while crowning a Los Angeles ballin’ champion.
In 2006 Mitchell created the format for a nationwide Push basketball streetball league with emphasis on an anger management. The Push league is forming teams now for the 2009 season which begins in June 2009.
In 2007 Mitchell was awarded an ABA team, the Los Angeles Push. He assembled one of the most talented teams in the league, but unfortunately, internal issues forced the team to shut down its operations.
The new L.A. Push team will return for the 2008 season stronger than ever.
In 3008, Mitchell will celebrate street basketball at Venice Beach on Sunday, July 13th. He will be filming the second season of his hit series, “Ballin”, and his new show, “Streetball Reality.”
Both TV shows will air on KVMD, Channel 23 this fall 2008 on Mitchell’s own streetball network. He also has plans for extablishing a street basketball museum at Venice Beach in the fall of 2008.
Open tryouts will begin for the ABA Los Angeles Push on July 13th also.
He has been a pioneer his whole life. He created a line of pre-natal waters for expecting mothers called 9 Beverage that will be in stores in early 2009. He also owns 1,600 domain names and plans the next beverage to be a formula water beverage for street basketball players.
The team is currently in negotiations with three venues in LA for the upcoming season. “I am excited about returning to the ABA and I promise to bring even more talent than before,” said Mitchell.
“And I am very thankful to the ABA for giving the Push another opportunity. We will not let them down and will represent this great league well.”