After extraordinary listener response to our Episode #118 with David Levine a few months back, we bounce-pass our way back to the endlessly intriguing Continental Basketball Association for this week’s conversation – this time with a focus on the league’s travails during the 1990s, courtesy of the Fort Wayne (IN) Fury and its former radio voice/media relations director Rob Brown.
More than forty years since the relocation of the NBA’s seminal Pistons from the Summit City to Detroit (and a decade before the arrival of the current-day G-League Mad Ants), the Fury held court at the city’s Allen County War Memorial Coliseum from 1991 until the league’s first demise in 2001 – winning the CBA’s regular season title in 1998, after narrowly losing the league championship finals two seasons earlier.
Brown recounts some of his standout memories from his time with the Fury, including:
Playing second fiddle to the Komets, Fort Wayne’s minor league hockey juggernaut;
The harrowing 50-foot fall of team mascot “Sabre” from the Coliseum’s ceiling during a 1996 playoff game;
Indiana Hoosier legend Keith Smart’s final year of playing and first year of pro coaching – both with the Fury;
The short-lived playing career of Percy Miller – better known as rap superstar Master P; AND
Why today’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants owe a debt of gratitude to both the Fury and the CBA.
PLUS: The real origin of New York Knicks/ESPN broadcaster Mike Breen’s signature three-point call!
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