Paul Carter is the Premier Basketball League's Director of Officiating. He has been with the league since its inaugural season in 2008 and is celebrating his 20th year as an officiating professional. A former basketball standout in his home state of Kentucky, Carter has turned his lifelong passion for basketball into a successful career.
PBL: Tell us a little about your basketball experience growing up. PC: My dad was a coach, so I have been around the game since I was in diapers. I played high school ball on three state tournament teams in Kentucky, which to this day is a big deal. However, torn ligaments my senior season meant my playing career was over. At that point I got into coaching as it was the family business. After a few years of that, I began officiating and the rest is history.
PBL: Who was your favorite player growing up? PC: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish from the golden years of the Boston Celtics. Best front line in the history of the game.
PBL: What college did you attend and what was your major? PC: Western Kentucky University. History and Business.
PBL: Michael Jordan or Lebron James? PC: James has more talent. Jordan has more heart, so my money is on Jordan.
PBL: In games, what calls do you feel fans get the most confused about? PC: Freedom of movement on the professional level. Block/charges on the college level.
PBL: What do you think of the NBA potentially shortening the time of a game? How will it impact the game? PC: It will impact food and beverage sales negatively as there is less time to eat and drink. The game itself will not be changed for better or worse because at the end of the day, the team with the most baskets wins regardless of the length.
PBL: Something you'd like the fans to know about you? PC: I still get butterflies before every game. It's a labor of love.
Dane Miller to NBA D-League
Dane Miller, formerly of the Rochester RazorSharks, has officially been drafted by the Oklahoma City Blue (farm team for the Oklahoma City Thunder) of the NBA Development League.
After 19 games with the RazorSharks last season Miller posted 207 points, 89 assists and had 113 total rebounds.
A talented player on both sides of the court and under the basket, Miller has been dedicated to improving his game all the way back to his four years of Division 1 basketball at Rutgers College.
Here's a look at a couple of his season highs with the RazorSharks during the 2014 season:
Points:22, Feb. 1st against the Erie Hurricane Assists:14, Mar. 7th against the Erie Hurricane Rebounds:14, Dec. 30th against the Buffalo 716ers
For more information on the Oklahoman City Blue and their season opener on Friday, November 14th, click here.
PBL Brings Healthy and Tasty Alternative
Based out of the Chicagoland area, SkinnyPop Popcorn was founded in 2007 by Andrew Friedman and has become one of the largest growing companies in the nation and is accessible in over 4,500 major grocery stores across the country.
With this addition, the Premier Basketball League continues to show its dedication to providing its local youth with positive examples of healthier living to help fulfill their dreams, whether it's in professional sports or just to help take full advantage of everyday life.
SkinnyPop brings four famous flavors available to the public. The Original flavor covers a lot of different health categories depending on the customers needs. It only has 100 calories per bag, has zero trans fats, is cholesterol free and gluten free. The other tasty flavors include Black Pepper, Ultra Lite White Cheddar, and Naturally Sweet.
For more information on SkinnyPop, click here to visit their website.