The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced today when and where it will host its annual All-Star game. The yearly extravaganza will take place in Chicago, Illinois on April 20th with the game being hosted by ABA franchise the Chicago Steam, although the venue of the game has yet to be announced.
CEO of the ABA Joe Newman announced the game and promised a special occasion:
“We’ve had some great All Star games in the past,” he said, “The talent in the ABA is extraordinary and our All Star Game is a great opportunity for fans to see the high calibre of basketball played in the ABA. And we know that Ron Hicks and the Chicago Steam organization will make it a very memorable event.”
The ABA was a major American Basketball league but ceased operations in 1976. A new variation of the league was introduced in 2000 and has proved successful in the following decade. Don Sanchez, Division Chairman of the Southern California Division said that it will be tough to select players for the game due to the large pool of talent in the ABA.
“With over 1000 players in the ABA, including former NBA players, Division 1 and 2 stars, McDonalds All Americans and top international players, it is difficult to choose the talent, thankfully, the Division Chairmen around the country help to evaluate the players and put together teams that represent the best the ABA has to offer. We are in the process of making the selections and will post them shortly.”
The owner of the Chicago Steam Ron Hicks has also complemented the talent in the ABA and expressed his delight that his team was chosen to host this season’s All-Star game.
“We are very pleased to have been chosen as the site of this year’s All Star game, the talent level of our league is tremendous and we will have many NBA and international scouts at the game to evaluate the players and hopefully to help move them up on their careers.”