Tuesday, March 30, 2010
These guys are good...
Welcome to the new season of Edmonton Energy basketball!! We are excited about the team and what it has the potential to accomplish this year.
I'm sure a lot of people have questions about this league, this team and why Edmonton has gotten involved.
Quite simply...these guys are good!
From top to bottom the Edmonton Energy is a great organization. The team is backed by a respected group of local business owners who are looking to bring an exciting product to the people of Edmonton. They are constantly working to improve the team and the experience for the fans.
The coaching staff is chalked full of top caliber individuals with Paul Sir leading the way. Paul has been involved in basketball at every level as a player and a coach and wants nothing more than to share his passion for the game by being involved with this team.
Now, the players. Edmonton has produced some of the best basketball players to come out of Canada over the past 20 years. We have sent many players to NCAA division 1 (Santa Clara, Gonzaga, Richmond, and Northern Arizona), many have won CIS national championships playing for the U of A Golden Bears and many now play overseas professionally from Germany to Brazil. Along with the best local players, Coach Sir works tirelessly to find the best talent from leagues in Europe and ex-NCAA players to round out the roster. Together, the Energy were able to finish first in their division last season and are looking to translate a great regular season into playoff success this year.
The Energy this year will return 5 IBL all-stars (Steve Sir, JR Patrick, Skousen Harker, Will Funn and Lee Skruggs) to the team, 3 of which are Alberta's own. All the players who play for the Energy have had quality college careers and most play professionally not only for the Energy but in other locations around the world.
The IBL features former (Byron Russell, Lamond Murray, Toby Bailey) and has produced current (Chris "Birdman" Anderson of the Denver Nuggets, Jamario Moon of the Cleveland Cavaliers) NBA players. It is professional basketball being played at a high level. The league features unique rules that allow for fast paced, high scoring basketball. If you like watching Steve Nash and the Suns, you'll love the Edmonton Energy and the IBL!
The Energy will be playing there home games this year at the University of Alberta main gym with the home and season opener on May 7th @ 7PM against the LA Lightning!
Come out to the games this year and watch some great basketball!!