A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 03, 2005
Kings (Brooklyn USBL basketball team)
The Brooklyn Nets have been the talk of the borough, but there already is a professional basketball team in Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Kings (United States Basketball League) began in 1999. The name is from Kings County, of course.

25 March 1999, The Associated Press, Thursday's Sports Transactions:
United States Basketball League

USBL-Announced that Brooklyn, N.Y. has been awarded an expansion franchise, to be called the Brooklyn Kings and begin play in the 1999 season.

BROOKLYN KINGS-Named Sam Worthen coach, Sid Jones general manager, Lamont Middleton assistant general manager, James Williams vice president-media relations, Greg Garner chief financial officer, Ken Jordan director of administration, James Keaton and Greg Jackson directors-community affairs, Tony Williams director-basketball operations, Dwayne Johnson assistant director-basketball operations, and Mel Feldman director-sales and marketing.

29 March 1999, PR Newswire:
USBL Awards New Franchise to Brooklyn, New York

MILFORD, Conn., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Basketball League (OTC Bulletin Board: USBL) announced today that it has awarded an expansion franchise to Brooklyn, New York for the 1999 Season. The new franchise, which is owned by Mohammed Nur, has been named the Brooklyn Kings. The addition of the Kings, brings to conclusion the expansion for the 1999 Season. The 13 teams that take the court on April 30th will mark the most ever in USBL history.

12 April 1999, Amusement Business:
USBL's Brooklyn Kings Set To Tip Off At LIU Facility
By Joyce Cohen

The Brooklyn Kings, a new franchise of the United States Basketball League for the 1999 season, will have as its home court the 1,000-seat Schwartz Athletic Center at Long Island University's Brooklyn, NY, campus.

The team, the 13th franchise of the USBL, is owned by Mohammed Nur, who is also the chief executive officer of the Reality Check Foundation, a Brooklyn group for young people. He hopes to boost the amount of family sports entertainment in the area, and also to encourage children to play basketball professionally. He plans to line up sponsors to pay for tickets and transportation for neighborhood youths.

Posted by Barry Popik
Sports/Games • (0) Comments • Tuesday, May 03, 2005 • Permalink