ABA in LA (Again)
For the third time, the Stars will shine in Los Angeles. The four-year old version of the new ABA announced the third incarnation of the Los Angeles Stars will begin play this November at either UCLA, Loyola Marymount, or Cal State LA. Carl Harris, a music industry executive, is in charge of the franchise and hopes to create rap/hip-hop/R&B entertainment environment around the team's games. The Stars have already written an open letter to Jack Nicholson, offering him front-row season tickets. With the Lakers being completely dismantled, the Stars might not be a bad option for Jack.
Still LAist is skeptical of the Stars staying power. The ABA has announced an ambitious 26-team expansion this season, with franchises from Boston to Bakersfield to Hermosillo, Mexico. LAist also wonders if Southern California might get dizzy with its ABA options, as the Stars will need to compete with the Long Beach Jam, which won last year's title with none other than Dennis Rodman.
In addition to the existing Fresno Heatwave, Tijuana Diablos (yes, they have a team in Tijuana), and the expansion team in Bakersfield, the league is also expanding to the Inland Empire where a team will play in Ontario. You can even vote for the team's name in a contest! LAist votes for the Inland Insanity.