BASN’s ABA News Notebook

By ABA Media Relations
Updated: July 5, 2008

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


NBA veteran Jerry “Ice” Reynolds of Brooklyn, NY, will be running the upcoming ABA Jersey Express Open Tryout on July 19th at the Morristown Neighborhood House located at 12 Flagler Street, Morristown, N,J.

Reynolds, known as “Ice” during his NBA playing days, was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1985 NBA Draft that included Patrick Ewing, Wayman Tisdale and Chris Mullin. A 6-foot-8 guard-forward from LSU, Reynolds played eight years in the NBA from 1985-92 and 1995-96. He played for the Bucks, Seattle Supersonics and Orlando Magic. Reynolds has been credited with being the first person to have used the term 24/7 when he described his jump shot as being good 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

“First of all, I would like to thank Marsha Blount and the Jersey Express for giving me the opportunity to be involved with the tryout. I am extremely excited about being a part of the process,” noted Reynolds.

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Chris Glisson has accepted the position as General Manager of the ABA Knoxville Storm professional basketball team that begins play in December. Glisson comes to the Storm from St. Joseph, Michigan with a collegiate career playing football and baseball at Olivet College (MIAA) where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Glisson’s background includes coaching, sales/marketing and financial management.

Knoxville native Chad Smith will serve as Head Coach of the Knoxville Storm in this inaugural season. Smith is currently in his second year as a staff member of the Tennessee Travelers, an elite summer traveling team that is sponsored by Nike. Smith is also a resident coach in the pilot Rocky Top League in Knoxville. This will be his first year coaching on a professional level.

Smith obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master of Art degree in Curriculum and Instruction and his Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University.

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The ABA Los Angeles Push is excited and grateful that Vincent Askew has accepted an offer to be the team’s General Manager as they prepare for its inaugural season beginning in December.

“Vincent will definitely use his NBA experience of eleven years to give the Los Angeles Push fans a highly competitive and successful team,” stated team own Donye Mitchell. “He will also have an opportunity to implement some of his marketing plans with the Push in the front office. Mr. Dell Baxter, the team’s interim GM, will serve as Assistant General Manager.”

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