No NBA, no problem. (You weren’t going to a Wizards game anyway, right?) Northern Virginia has its own ABA team, red-white-and-blue ball and all, and the NoVA Wonders’ home opener is Sunday evening at the Northern Virginia Sportsplex in Chantilly.
When last we visited with owner Jackie Smith, a former St. John’s star, she and her two co-owners were hosting tryouts around the region for the team. They’ve now lined up a squad which includes Joe Posey, a former Fredericksburg high school stud who played three years at James Madison (and whose ESPN bio says is just seven years old), Tyree Harris from Alexandria and Bethune-Cookman, and Mike Battle from Waldorf and Central Florida, among others.
The Wonders’ first game is Saturday in Lynchburg against the Lynchburg Legends, and then Sunday at 6 they’ll play the home opener against the Richmond Elite in Chantilly. The goal is family-friendly, affordable entertainment, Smith said, $12 for adults, $7 for kids, and some proceeds from the game will go to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, Smith said.
More about how the good ol’ American Basketball Association is still playing in 2011, and the new twists to the game you’d expect from the league that invented the three-point shot, can be found in this brilliant blog post from August. And rumors are that some NBA players, with time on their hands this fall, may make their way into the good ol’ ABA for some run. It won’t be for the money, that’s for sure. Each team can spend no more than $100,000 for its entire roster.