The American Basketball Association (ABA) is premier men’s professional basketball league. The league has grown to become the largest professional sports league in the world! In 1999, Joe Newman and Richard P. Tinkham, founded the league. It is the re-launch of the original ABA which merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1976. Tinkham co-founded the original ABA and the Indiana Pacers. Joe Newman was the CEO of Joe Newman Advertising, Inc. and Alliance Broadcasting Group, Inc. The ABA was established in 1967 and merged with the NBA in 1976. (New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, and Denver Nuggets) Some of the ABAs most notable players were: Julius “Dr. J” Irving, George “The Iceman” Gervin, Ricky Barry, and Moses Malone; all becoming huge contributors, and some even legends, in the NBA. The ABA was reformed in 2000, in partnership with the NBA, and has been operating in harmony for the past 16 years.
ABA GROWTH- The ABA is experiencing an explosion of growth and the Washington Region is the latest beneficiary. Two teams have recently been added to the league: The Tacoma Kings and The Port Angeles Rams. With the additions, and another team to later be determined, the ABA has grown to over 140 teams in the competitive Men’s Division. There are 2 conferences in the ABA, the BLUE conference and the RED conference. The BLUE conference consists of teams that play 20 or more games during the regular season.
Competing in the BLUE conference allows teams to compete in the playoffs and championship. The RED conference is made up of teams that play 19 or fewer games during the regular season. The RED conference allows the teams to grow at their own pace and one day move up to the BLUE conference to compete in the playoffs and championship. The season runs from November through April (including playoffs) and the teams are community driven, with a focus on “giving back”.
**The Executive Committee can vote a team in the RED conference to play in the playoffs due to unforeseen circumstances**
THE TACOMA KINGS – The Tacoma Kings organization is a member of the American Basketball Association; the largest and most diverse professional sports league in the United States, with upwards of 75 percent of owners being minorities. The Tacoma Kings will play in the Washington Division of the Pacific Northwest Region, competing against some great ABA teams. The Division consists of 5 teams: The Lakewood Lakers, The Seattle Mountaineers, The Tacoma Kings, The Port Angeles Rams, and another team to be determined at a later date. The Pacific Northwest Region includes 15 teams total, with teams hailing from Northern California, Iowa and Denver. The Tacoma Kings are looking forward to great successes on and off the court in their inaugural year, as well as building on those successes in the subsequent years. The Tacoma Kings are heavily involved in our community and endeavor to provide a platform for all involved to represent themselves, their cultures, their communities and their families in a positive light through the beautiful game of basketball. We are looking forward to a great season and invite you to begin this journey with us.
Behavioral Health and Mental Health Awareness – The Tacoma Kings have made a commitment to the community to raise awareness on Behavioral Health. We are heavily involved in the community and in efforts to help erase the Stigmas surrounding Behavioral and Mental Health. Community involvement is a top priority to the Tacoma Kings Organization.
For more information call 360.640.2087, email TacomaKingsBasketball@gmail.
EXCELLENCE, POSITIVITY AND A STRONG COMMUNITY THROUGH BASKETBALL.