Collingdale, Pennsylvania – The Pro Basketball Association announced on Thursday that the Delco Desperados had been awarded a franchise for the 2021 PBA Spring-Summer Season. Team owner Kinji Ridley brought minor league basketball to the area having played on into the ABA playoffs this season. General Manager Chrisheena Boyd is a big part of what Kinji and have put together in Collingdale, the Eastern suburb to Philadelphia.
The PBA has specifically sought out and joined forces with many of the top clubs in the US based Minor Leagues in an effort to unify the sport at the levels below the NBA and NBA G-League in a Spring-Summer Season that features many of the top clubs domestically but also at a time of year when many of the top level Non-NBA players are returning from Overseas. The PBA plays from May-August with playoffs in September so it fits that gap when players from abroad return home and lines them back up with NBA Summer Leagues or returning back Overseas in the Fall. To date some of the best teams from the ABA, PBL, MBL, and others have joined the PBA and it will be interesting to see how they all match up. The league has two National Draft combines set for Rochester, New York this coming Saturday and Dallas, Texas the following Saturday April 3rd. From those two events the league will have it’s Draft where each organization in the PBA will have picks in the 2-round draft. The regular season opens May 1st Nationally with over 50 teams Coast to Coast.
“Kinji and Chrisheena with Delco are top notch. When you talk to teams in the minor leagues in the Northeast the Delco Desperados always seem to come up. They have a great team on the floor but equally impressive is the support staff they have off the court. From their coaches and people in the organization that really work well together to put on a professional product. Isiah Walker from the Pennsylvania Peacemakers (NE Stars and Stripes) has been instrumental in helping us identify top people and organizations for the PBA and he’s done it again with the Desperados. We’re excited about having them onboard. We’ve followed them from their playoff games with Steel City and Binghamton and they’re just a first class organization.” PBA Commissioner – Chris Terrell