Chicago, IL- The Philadelphia 76ers added experience and knowledge with their recent addition of Rob Baker to their front office.
Baker, who is a three-time Coach of the Year winner while in the Premier Basketball League, has furthered his career into the NBA after seven successful years in the PBL and 12 years in professional basketball.
In 2005, Baker would begin his seven-year tenure in the PBL as the head coach of the Rochester RazorSharks, and would go on to win three championship titles in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Each of those years he would go on to win the league’s Coach of the Year award.
He would then go on to further his career into the NBA Development League as an assistant coach for the Bakersfield Jam and helped lead his team to the top of the Western Conference standings after winning 72-percent of their games.
In 2013, Baker had the opportunity to run his own team again as head coach for the Delaware 87ers, the farm team for the 76ers.
Lima, OH - The Lima Express have acquired guard, Mark Stevenson, who was the Premier Basketball League's 3rd overall pick in the 2014 PBL Draft, via the Danville Riverhawks for future considerations.
A junior college transfer, Mark finished his college career at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he averaged 11 points, five rebounds and four assists during the 2010-2011 season.
Stevenson, a 6-2 guard from South Bend, IN, played two seasons at Chabot College Junior College in Hayward, CA. Mark, a two-time all-league performer for the Gladiators, led the team with 13.9 points per game while knocking down 59 three-pointers and shooting 79.5 percent from the free throw line in 2009-10. He scored at least 20 points on six occasions including a season high of 30 at San Jose City.
As a freshman, Stevenson led the Gladiators with 11.6 points per game. He connected on 72 three-pointers at a 41.6 percent clip and shot 45 percent from the field overall. He had five 20-point performances, including 24 in his career opener when he went 7-for-10 from three-point range against Cosumnes River.
At Chabot, Stevenson played under Denny Aye who has 722 career victories in 34 years of coaching.
"I am really grateful and looking forward to the upcoming season with Lima Express. I am looking forward to the opportunity to meet great teammates, coaches, fans and doing what I can to help this team succeed", said Stevenson.
The 6’2’’ South Bend native will be a rookie in the Premier Basketball League this season, which will open up on December 7th, 2014.
TheCoolTV to Add the Premier Basketball League to its Lineup
Chicago, IL- The Premier Basketball League announced today, the beginning of a three-year partnership with TheCoolTV network. The new deal will allow the PBL to reach even more fans by adding a fourth broadcasting partner to its impressive network lineup of live and on-demand game coverage.
TheCoolTV, previously a station dedicated to showing music videos from all different years and genres, will now feature professional basketball. With major locations already set in Bakersfield, San Francisco, Boston, Las Vegas and most recently Chicago, the number of viewers available to this season’s PBL games will be reaching new highs.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to partner with a major broadcasting program such as TheCoolTV,” stated Dennis Truax, Commissioner of the PBL. “To give fans such a resourceful way to watch their local teams is an incredible feeling.”
However, the PBL wasn’t the only party in this agreement excited to kick this partnership off.
David Bernahl, owner of TheCoolTV said, “We are happy here at TheCoolTV to showcase the Premier Basketball League. Outside of the (NBA) D-League, the PBL is the top professional minor league in North America. In our due diligence, the PBL has the financial backing that is required to allow broadcasting and we are pleased to have come to this agreement.”
Entering year one of their three-year agreement, games on TheCoolTV will be accessible on Comcast where listed available. For those whose city may not have public access to TheCoolTV, games will also be streamed live and replayed on their website at www.thecooltv.com.
Philadelphia Flight Sign First Official Player in Team History
Philadelphia, PA- The Philadelphia Flight has added what looks to be their leader to the roster by signing Charles "Penny" Swiggett for the 2014-15 season. A native from Chester, Pennsylvania, Swiggett averaged 15.2 points per game, 2 steals, 4 rebounds and almost 5 assists per game during his tenure with the Victoria Sports Club in Portugal.
Swiggett has had success throughout his career and continues to grow as a professional athlete. His outstanding skills set along with his incredible leadership qualities, Swiggett will give his all each and every time he takes floor. The Flight expect great things from Penny as he will lead the team as an experienced and successful veteran during the Flight's first season.
Swiggett is the first player official signed to the Philadelphia Flight for the team's upcoming inaugural season in the Premier Basketball League. To learn more about the Flight, visit their website at thephilaflight.com.