IBL at a glance

November 25, 1999|By Brent Jones

Baltimore BayRunners

Owner: League

Coach: Herb Brown

Outlook: Brown will invest much of his hope to be an up-tempo team in rookie point guard Shawnta Rogers. Rogers is the only pro rookie on a team that includes former Maryland stars Keith Booth and Rodney Elliott and Towson State's Kurk Lee. Former Washington Bullets first-round pick LaBradford Smith also should be a force.

The name: Cal Ripken. Ripken has a minority share of the BayRunners, although the league still is the majority owner. Ripken's name and image have been in numerous ads promoting the BayRunners throughout the city.

Cincinnati Stuff

Owner: Neil Kirchhofer

Coach: Joby Wright

Outlook: It will be a Kentucky reunion in the backcourt with rookie Wayne Turner, whom the Boston Celtics cut at the end of camp, and Allen Edwards. Turner and Edwards led the Wildcats to a national championship over Syracuse in 1996. Former Xavier guard Lenny Brown and Iowa's Chris Kingsbury also will be keys to the Stuff's success.

The name: Oscar Robertson. One of the NBA's 50 greatest players, is part-owner of the team and chairman of the Stuff's advisory board.

Richmond Rhythm

Owner: Charles Gill

Coach: Allan Bristow

Outlook: The Rhythm and BayRunners split two games during the preseason. The Rhythm seems the likely pick to become the BayRunners' biggest rival. The team has former Maryland player Evers Burns, Virginia Union's A. J. English and Virginia Commonwealth's Kendrick Warren.

The name: Ralph Sampson. Sampson, the former Virginia All-American and Houston Rocket, is the executive vice president and general manager.

Trenton Stars

Owner: Herb Greenburg

Coach: Kevin Mackey

Outlook: The Stars have this league's Shaq in 7-foot-2, 315-pound Garth Joseph, who is one of three 7-footers in the IBL. He'll team with Florida State's Lamarr Greer and La Salle's K'Zell Wesson in what should be a strong frontcourt. The Stars and BayRunners play three of their first five games against each other. The problem may be in the backcourt for the Stars.

The name: Harry Weltman. Weltman takes over as general manager of the Stars after holding the same position with the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Jersey Nets.

New Mexico Slam

Owner: Gill Burciata

Coach: John Whisenant

Outlook: Former Oklahoma star Corey Brewer will lead the Slam, teaming in the backcourt with Texas Tech's Cory Carr. Carr's teammate from Texas Tech, Jason Sasser, is also on the squad. The Slam also has former Duke player Taymon Domzalski.

The name: Whisenant. Made a name for himself in the Southwest as an assistant coach at the University of New Mexico.

Las Vegas Silver Bandits

Owner: League

Coach: Rolland Todd

Outlook: Former UCLA forward J. R. Henderson, 6-10, 220 pounds, is one of the players who could turn into a star in this league. He'll join Creighton's Doug Swenson in the frontcourt. University of Nevada-Las Vegas' Dexter Boney will be the point guard.

The name: Todd. He used to coach Nevada-Las Vegas and the Portland Trail Blazers.

San Diego Stingrays

Owner: The Cipriani Trust

Coach: Smokey Gaines

Outlook: Former Louisiana State player Maurice Carter will team with Cal-Northridge's Rico Harris in leading the Stingrays. Local product Ealious Bell, who played at the University of San Diego, made the team. Height could be a problem for the Stingrays, who do not have anyone at least 6-10.

The name: Jeff Malone. The two-time All-Star who played in Washington is the assistant coach.

St. Louis Swarm

Owner: Brian Matthews

Coach: Bernie Bickerstaff

Outlook: A pair of Smiths, Antwain (St. Paul's, Va.) and Doug (Missouri), lead the Swarm. Derek Grimm, who played at Missouri, should help provide scoring. St. Louis also has Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a 6-5, 195-pound guard out of Western Kentucky.

The name: Bickerstaff. He has coached with the Washington Wizards, Seattle SuperSonics and Denver Nuggets.

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