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Continental Basketball Association (1978-2009)


For most of the 1980′s and 1990′s, the Continental Basketball Association was the Official Developmental League of the NBA. The league was a launching pad for the careers of several prominent coaches and players, including Phil Jackson, George Karl, Michael Adams, John Starks and Tim Legler.

The CBA also became a destination of last resort for a number of faded stars whose careers were derailed by drugs, injury or outsized expectations. This list is much longer and includes names such as Lloyd Daniels, John Drew, Michael Ray Richardson, Roy Tarpley, and Chris Washburn.

During it’s 30-year existence, the league had teams in dozens of cities and truly lived up to its “continental” ambitions, with teams from Honolulu to Anchorage to Mexico City to Puerto Rico. Most of these teams were very short-lived and often under-capitalized. The pursuit of CBA memorabilia presents a daunting but rewarding challenge for collectors.


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March 25th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

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  1. Those were the good ol’days of basketball!

    Jeff Stroble

    19 Aug 13 at 2:59 am

  2. As a resident of Bangor from 77 to 81 I watched some Maine Lumberjack games at the Bangor Auditorium.
    One night after a game, in bitter cold, blizzard conditions my car would not start. This was before cell phones and the net. Soon a man, leaving the auditorium and going to his car, saw me sitting in mine. He asked if I needed help. He used his AAA Card to get me emergency service, then gave me a ride to my home near the University of Maine when my car had to be towed to a local garage for work the next day. What a superb gesture from a perfect stanger in miserable conditions.

    Well, I found out it was Lumberjack Head Coach Michael Uporsky. He was fired two weeks later.
    He was the man who brought Billy Ray Bates to Bangor and built the franchise roster only to be run out of
    town by the the likes of the ownership of the Jacks.

    What ever became of Michael, I will never forget his
    act of helping me in dire straits. NOT A WORD mentioned on him about the original Jacks and he was the man who assembled and coached them.

    Joe Rebholz

    Joseph rebholz

    7 May 15 at 2:52 pm

  3. […] took his considerable skills to the Western Basketball Association and Continental Basketball Association, where he displayed his talents for a few seasons – primarily with the Billings Volcanos […]

  4. The guys on espn PTI were discussing the former 7ft 5 inch player Chuck Nevitt. I know he played a back up role on a number of NBA teams. He was very clumsy and not agile but I remember him playing for the CBA team the rapid city thrillers for at least a year or two but I can’t find any reference to it online. Does anyone else remember him playing in the CBA in the early 90’s?

    tim forster

    13 Jun 17 at 11:23 pm

  5. I don’t think Chuck Nevitt played for the Thrillers. But he did play for the Capital Region (NY) Pontiacs and the Hartford Hellcats of the CBA in the early 1990’s. The Pontiacs were a new name (based on a sponsorship with a local Pontiac car dealer group) for a team better known as the Albany Patroons. Both Phil Jackson and George Karl got their head coaching starts in the CBA and coached the Patroons to league championships during the 1980’s. – Drew

    Drew Crossley

    15 Jun 17 at 12:36 am

  6. I think Chuck Nevitt played for more than one CBA team. Yes, you are right about Georgle Karl and Phil Jackson. I also watched Tim Legler the NBA shooting star and now ESPN analyst play CBA ball. I did find this roster of players that played for the rapid city thrillers and yes Chuck Nevitt was listed. I knew he had played for the Thrillers at some point in the late 80’s to early 90’s. The CBA was kinda like the wild west, players came and went on a whim. It was fun to watch and I miss it. Thanks to Isiah Thomas, the former Detroit Piston All star, the CBA died a quick death. Here is the site i refered to:

    tim forster

    18 Jun 17 at 10:00 pm

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