POST SEASON FESTIVAL INFORMATION
The United States Basketball League, Inc., has finished their 17th Regular Season and the seeds are now set for the 10th Annual Post-Season Festival. By virtue of a tiebreaker system, the USBL was forced to have a coin flip between the Eastern Division Champion Brevard Blue Ducks and the Midwest Champion Kansas Cagerz for the honor of being the first seed in the tournament. The Kansas Cagerz won the right to call the flip, and called tails. Unfortunately for the Cagerz the toss came heads. By winning the coin toss the Blue Ducks become the number one seed. A breakdown of match ups and times for Friday's opening round games as well as the remaining games of the Post-Season Festival are as follows:
June 28th - First Round
Game 1: (7) Dodge City vs. (2) Kansas 11:00 a.m. CST.
Game 2: (6) Pennsylvania vs. (3) Adirondack 2:00 p.m.CST.
Game 3: (8) St. Louis vs. (1) Brevard 5:00 p.m. CST.
Game 4: (5) St. Joseph vs. (4) Oklahoma 8:00 p.m. CST.
June 29th - Semi-Final
Game 5: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 5:00 p.m. CST.
Game 6: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 8:00 p.m. CST.
June 30th - Championship Game
Game 7: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 4:00 p.m. CST.
LEGEND GETS SET
FOR PLAYOFF RUN
After battling inconsistent play and injuries all season, the Legend is getting set to make a run at the 2002 USBL Championship.
Wednesday night (6/19) the league-leading Brevard Blue Ducks (20-7) traveled to the Civic Center for the only time this season. Dodge City was without leading scorer, Kenny Gregory who was resting a sore knee, but it wouldn't matter as Oliver Miller returned to the lineup after missing several games with an injury and led the Legend to a 116-93 win in a game that wasn't as close as the score would indicate. Dodge City's defense held the USBL's leading scorer, Kwan Johnson, to only two points from the floor, while "Big O" poured in 29 points and grabbed 14 boards. The Legend led the Ducks by as many as 40 points in the fourth quarter. Jimmy King added 26 points for Dodge, as the Legend outrebounded Brevard 68-44
The Brooklyn Kings visit Dodge City on Saturday night (6/22), and Dodge City wraps up the regular season on Sunday night, hosting in-state rivals, the Kansas Cagerz.
The USBL Post-Season Festival tips off on Friday, June 28, in Enid, Oklahoma.
LEGEND DOWNS BLUE DUCKS
ENDS EASTERN ROAD TRIP 3-2
In the final game of a five-game Eastern Division road swing, Dodge City defeated the Brevard Blue Ducks 98-89 Monday night. The ducks came into the game with a league best 12-2 record. The Legend were led in scoring once again by Kenny Gregory, with 25, "Sly" McIntosh scored 21, and Oliver Miller added 16 points and 18 rebounds.
After loosing to Adirondack in the first game of the road trip (see recap, below), the Legend avenged a home loss to Pennsylvania, beating the Vally Dawgs 129-127 in double overtime. Gregory scored a Legend season-high 35 points, while the "Big O" had 29 points and 17 boards.
The Legend then traveled to Brooklyn, where they came away with a 108-104 win over the Kings. Kenny Gregory had 30 points, and Jimmy King had 18 points and 11 assists.
Dodge City started the Florida portion of the trip by giving up a fourth quarter lead and loosing to the Sea Dragons 98-89. Oliver Miller led the Legend with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Kenny Gregory has been on a tear, averaging 28.6 points, and 44 minutes per game.
Injuries hit the Legend once again, loosing Jeff Boese, Jamal Kendrick and Jerrod Gee on the trip. Gee is expected to be able to return, but Boese and Kendrick are out for the season.
THE "BIG O" EARNS USBL HONORS
Dodge City's Oliver Miller has been named Honorable Mention Player of the Week for the fourth week of the USBL season. The "Big O" has made his presence known in the USBL in a very short time. The former first round pick of the Phoenix Suns averaged a double-double on the week, 19.75 points, 13 rebounds, 6.75 assists, 2.5 blocked shots and 1 steal per game over a 4 game stretch. Miller also had the second triple-double of the season for the USBL when he scored 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. Miller joins teammate Jimmy King as the only players to record a triple-double this season.
DESPITE GOOD EFFORT, LEGEND CAN'T GET FIRST ROAD WIN
May 17, 2002 - Glens Falls, NY
The Legend out-shot and out-rebounded Eastern Division-leading Adirondack, but weren't able to hold off the Wildcats, loosing 119-115. Dodge City led most of the game, but gave up a 14-point run late in the fourth quarter. Kenny Gregory scored 32 points in his first Legend start, while Oliver Miller and Jerrod Gee had double-doubles, Miller with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Gee with 17 points and 12 boards.
"THE BIG O" TALLIES TRIPLE-DOUBLE, BUT LEGEND LOOSE TO 'DAWGS
May 15, 2002 - Dodge City, KS
In his first Civic Center appearance, Oliver Miller had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists to get the second triple-double in Legend history, but the Legend were unable to overcome a poor third quarter, and lost the Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs 130-123.
"Sly" McIntosh led Dodge City with 26 points, Jeff Boese added 20, and Jamal Kendrick scored 17.
Dodge City Daily Globe Photo
JIMMY KING EARNS USBL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORABLE MENTION
Dodge City's Jimmy King has received Honorable Mention Player of the Week honors for week three of the USBL Season. The former Michigan Fab 5 member had the first triple-double of the USBL season with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a win over St. Louis. King also had games of 22 points 2 rebounds and 3 assists, followed by a 20 point 13 rebound 4 assist game to average 22.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2 steals per game while leading the resurging Legend to a 2-1 record on the week.
LEGEND ROCKS ALL NIGHT, DOWNS SEA DRAGONS
The Dodge City Legend won their second straight Wednesday night with a 104-96 victory over the Florida Sea Dragons at the Dodge City Civic Center.
The Legend again were led by Jimmy King with 22 points, "Sly" McIntosh added 17, Skip Youngblood scored 16, and Kenny Gregory and Jeff Boese chipped in 15 each.
Following road games at Oklahoma City and St. Joseph, the Legend will return to the Civic Center Wednesday, May 15, to host the defending USBL champions, the Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs. The 'Dawgs, coached by NBA great Darryl Dawkins, defeated the Legend in the 2001 USBL Championship game. Also making an appearance will be "Crunch", the mascot of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves.
The "Big O" Joins The Legend
May 10, 2002
After losing six of their first eight games and getting outrebounded handily, the Dodge City Legend made changes that have resulted in two victories, but the biggest change takes place when the Legend go to Oklahoma tomorrow.
NBA veteran Oliver "The Big O" Miller will join the Legend tonight and will be in uniform tomorrow against the Storm. The 6' 9" center was an NBA first round draft choice of the Phoenix Suns in 1992 and has played seven years in the NBA with the Suns, the Toronto Raptors, and the Dallas Mavericks. He posted the best numbers of his NBA career with the Raptors in 1995-96 averaging 13 points and seven rebounds per game. Miller was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters in 2001.
The Legend have also added 6' 8" forward Jamal Kendrick, who played at Barton County C.C. and Midwestern State University. He was in training camp with the Dallas Mavericks in 2000 and was the final cut of the Seattle Supersonics last fall.
Jarrod Gee, a 6-7 forward from Illinois played with the Rockford Lightning and Gary Steelheads in the CBA last season before going to the Phillipines in February.
Tes Whitlock was the starting point guard for the Kansas Cagerz until he was released last weekend. Whitlock, from the University of Hawaii, was featured in ESPN's "Down Low, Life in the D League" reality series that just completed its run. Whitlock averaged 12 points per game with the Cagerz this season.
LEGEND ENDS LOOSING STREAK
WITH DOMINATING WIN
After a five game road trip, six straight losses, and several personnel changes, the Dodge City Legend got back on track, defeating the St. Louis Skyhawks 129-110.
The Legend were led by Jimmy King who tallied a triple-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Kenny Gregory added 22 points and Jeff Boese had 21.
The Legend strengthened their inside game by adding Rah-Shun Roberts, Jamal Kendrick, and Jerrod Gee to the roster, and outrebounded the Skyhawks 52-39.
LEGEND EARNS VICTORY IN
In their second come-from-behind win in two nights, the Legend downed the Oklahoma Storm 98-97 in the head coaching debut of NBA-great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
A Legend-record sell-out crown of 2,659 packed the Dodge City Civic Center and saw the Legend overcome a 14-point third quarter deficit to move their record to 2-0.
Jimmy King led Dodge City in scoring with 22 points, Jamario Moon had 19 points and six boards, and Kenny Gregory scored 14.
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Dodge City Daily Globe Photo
LEGEND COMES FROM BEHIND
TO WIN SEASON OPENER
Dodge City guard Tim Pledger scored 29 points in the second half to lead the Legend to a 112-107 overtime win over the St. Joseph Express.
Jeff Boese pasted a double-double with 26 points and 10 boards, and Jimmy King added 22 points for the Legend.
Dodge City Led at the end of the first quarter, but trailed at halftime, and by as many as 15 points in the third quarter before King hit a three-pointer with time running out to send the game to overtime.
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GREGORY SIGNS WITH LEGEND
Former Kansas Jayhawk standout Kenny Gregory has signed with the Dodge City Legend. Gregory, one of the most explosive players to wear a Jayhawk uniform, will bring his high-flying style to southwest Kansas beginning April 20th when the Legend hosts the St. Joseph Express in the 2002 season opener.
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SCHEDULE CHANGE BRINGS KAREEM'S DEBUT TO DODGE CITY
NBA legend Abdul-Jabbar will make pro coaching debut in Civic Center!
DODGE CITYNBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will coach his first professional game on the sidelines of the Dodge City Civic Center when his Oklahoma Storm open their season at Dodge City against the Legend on Sunday, April 21.
The United States Basketball League released a revised schedule for the upcoming season after the Atlantic City Seagulls ceased operations in early February.
The Legend will still open up at home against the St. Joseph Express on Saturday, April 20, but will make the opening weekend a doubleheader by welcoming the Storm to the Civic Center the next night.
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LEGEND SELECTS WILDCAT
IN USBL DRAFT
The Dodge City Legend selected guard Larry Reid from Kansas State in the first round of the USBL draft. Dodge City made another Sunflower State section, picking Wichita State forward Troy Mack in round four.
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Former 'Buster, Jayhawk, NBA Player & All-USBL Selection Signs for 2002 Season
Darrin Hancock brought the star power to the Dodge City Legend during their inaugural season championship run in 2000.
Now hes back with the Legend in 2002.
Hancock, who was a first-team All-USBL selection and a USBL All-Defensive Team pick when the Legend won the USBL Championship has signed a contract to return to the Legend for the upcoming season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hancock was the second player signed in Legend history in February 2000. He was the national junior college player of the year at Garden City Community College in 1992, then transferred to the University of Kansas where he started for the Jayhawks last Final Four team in 1993. Hancock was drafted by the NBAs Charlotte Hornets in 1994 and set a Hornets team record by making 11 straight field goal attempts. He also has NBA experience with the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs.
He averaged 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during the 2000 season in Dodge City. He is currently playing for the Gary Steelheads in the Continental Basketball Association, averaging 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds, with a team-high 157 assists.
"To say we are excited to get such a big piece of our championship team back is an understatement." Legend General Manager Tom Nelson commented. "Our fans want to see Darrin, and the excitement he brings on the floor, back in Dodge City."
ANTIONY HARDIN TO RETURN TO LEGEND IN 2002
Antiony Hardin, a 6-3, 189 pound guard from Grand Valley State (Mich.) University, will return to the United States Basketball Leagues Dodge City Legend after a short stint with the team in 2001.
Hardin was on the opening day roster for the Legend in 2001. He averaged 7.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in seven games before being released. He scored 20 points in a season-opening loss to the Kansas Cagerz at the Dodge City Civic Center on April 29, 2001.
LEGEND NAMES ASSISTANT
Mike Taylor was announced as assistant coach of the Dodge City Legend for the upcoming United States Basketball League season.
Taylor is currently head coach of BV Chemnitz 99 in the German Third Division. Chemnitz is leading the division with an 18-4 record.
"Mike is a very upbeat, positive guy who stresses the fundamentals of the pro game," said Legend general manager Tom Nelson. "My first knowledge of Mike came from (former Dodge City Community College player) Jeff Willms, who played under him last season at Pittsburg State.
"Jeff was very high on him and it didn't take long for Mike to sell himself to (Legend head coach) Cliff (Levingston)."
Taylor was a three-year team captain at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and twice led his team to the NCAA Division 2 Elite Eight. He was an assistant coach at IUP from 1997 to 2000.
Taylor will assume his coaching duties in April after the completion of Chemnitz's season on March 23.
WSU LEGEND, NBA VETERAN TO LEAD DODGE CITY LEGEND IN 2002
December 15, 2001 - Cliff Levingston, a Hall of Famer at Wichita State University and a two-time NBA Champion with the Chicago Bulls as a player, was named today as the head coach of the United States Basketball League's Dodge City Legend.
Levingston was former Legend head coach Kent Davison's assistant on last year's Legend squad. Davison is now the head coach of the Roanoke Dazzle of the NBA's developmental league, the NBDL.
He will make his head coaching debut on April 20 when the Legend open against the St. Joseph Express at the Dodge City Civic Center.
Levingston, who had his number retired and is a member of the Wichita State University Shocker Hall of Fame, spent 11 seasons in the NBA and won two World Championships with the Chicago Bulls as a key reserve on the 1991 and 1992 title teams.
"First of all, it was important to keep the head coaching position in the Legend family," commented Legend General Manager Tom Nelson. "Cliff was on our radar screen before last season when we thought that Kent would not be able to come back. Last year gave Cliff a chance to come back to Kansas. He connected so well with our fans that I am excited to give him a chance at his first pro head coaching position."
After being the ninth overall pick of the Detroit Pistons in the NBA draft, Levingston played two seasons in Detroit, then six seasons with the Atlanta Hawks before joining the Bulls as an unrestricted free agent. After two seasons overseas, Levingston finished his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets in 1995. His best season was in 1987-88 when he averaged a career-best 10 points per game, 6.1 rebounds, and shot 56 percent from the field (eighth in the NBA) with Atlanta. He ranks fourth among the Hawks' all-time field goal percentage leaders at .528.
"I may not be able to fill Kent Davison's shoes, but I sure can walk the path that he has left." Levingston said. "I'm trying to get to the level where I am comfortable being a head coach and ultimately getting to the NBA."
Levingston assisted Davison last winter with the Fort Wayne Fury on the CBA before joining the Legend staff. He is currently an assistant coach with the College of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, IN.
He began his collegiate career in Kansas two over two decades ago and now returns to begin his pro coaching career. "It seems like all roads lead back to Kansas." Levingston said. "I started on my quest to make it to the pro ranks as a player in Kansas, and now I start my pro coaching career in Kansas."
Levingston takes over an organization that has posted a 42-24 record, with a USBL Championship and runner-up finish in their first two seasons in Dodge City.