2.Dial, Cal 7.4
3.Gill, KC 6.8
4.Lumpkin, Ky 5.3
Kansas City Knights won 2002
title (Photo: Kansas City Stars)
Season 2001-2002 started with lots of expectations.
ABA MVP - Pete Mickeal - April 18, 2002
After leading the Kansas City Knights
to a 34-5 record and the American Basketball Association (ABA)
Championship, forward Pete Mickeal was named the ABA’s Most Valuable
Player for the 2001-2002 season. The announcement was made today by ABA
C.E.O. Joe Newman. Mickeal, 24, joined the Knights two weeks into the
season as a replacement for Donny Marshall, who signed with the NBA’s
New Jersey Nets, and made an immediate impact. The Knights were 26-2
after Mickeal joined the squad. The former University of Cincinnati star
led the team and was fifth in the ABA in scoring with an average of 23.4
points per game. He also led the club in field-goal shooting (58.8%) and
pulled down 6.7 rebounds per game to rank third on the team. In a
victory over the Las Vegas Slam on March 16, he shattered the Knights
single-game scoring record with 42 points; the old record was 37.
ABA All-Star Game - April 16, 2002
Kansas City Knights won even the ABA
All Star Game, beating 161-138 on Sunday at Kemper Arena a group of ABA
all-stars, in front of 4,010 fans. The best has been another time
Maurice Carter, who scored 46 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter
when the Knights pulled away. But even John Ford, a 6-foot-10 center and
late-season addition for the Knights, had a good performance, scoring 24
The Kansas City Knights are the 2002 ABA Champions - April 15, 2002
Kansas City beat in Final Game
118-113 the Southern California Surf on Friday night in the ABA
championship game at Cox Pavilion. Maurice Carter had 26 points to lead
Kansas City to the success, helping the Knights to extend their winning
streak to 24 games in the season.
In semifinals, the Southern California Surf had defeated the Phoenix
Eclipse, 93-90, and the Kansas City Knights beat the Las Vegas Slam 110
KANSAS CITY KNIGHTS 2002 ABA
LAS VEGAS, NV, - The Kansas City Knights won the 2002 ABA Championship,
defeating the Southern California Surf 118 - 113. The Knights finished
the season by winning 24 games in a row, including the Championship. The
Knights’ Pete Mickeal was named the 2002 ABA Championship MVP, finishing
the game with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Mickeal also had 20 points and
seven rebounds in the semi-final game.
The final game of the ABA season proved to be extremely exciting, with
both teams evenly matched. The game seemed to feature the two premier
teams this year in the ABA, with the Knights finishing in first place
and the Surf finishing the regular season in second place.
The Knights three point shooting proved to be part of the difference in
their win. They made 12 of their 20 threes. The Surf shot only 11 of 30
The MVP Mickeal led scorers with his 27 points. Teammate Maurice Carter
finished with 26 points including five three-pointers.
Tyson Chandler had a great game for the Surf with 26 points, including
shooting 10 of 14 from the floor and 4 of 7 from downtown. Oliver Miller
contributed with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The Knights finished their impressive season at a mark of 35 - 5. The
Surf earned the runner-up ABA trophy with a final record of 25 - 15.
Playoff Semifinals - April 13, 2002
Semifinals Pairings are Southern
California - Phoenix and Kansas City - Las Vegas
In first Quarterfinal, S.California Surf advanced to the Semi-Final Game
beating the Kentucky ProCats, 124-111. The Surf will face the Phoenix
Eclipse, who had an impressive 112-97 victory over last years defending
champions Detroit Dogs, in game one of the playoffs held at the Anaheim
Convention Center. In the opther Semifinal, will compete the #1 ranked
Kansas City Knights and the #7 Las Vegas Slam.
In fact, the # 7 ranked Las Vegas Slam had an easy win over the # 6
ranked Indiana Legends in their first round of the ABA Championship
League News - April 12, 2002
After the of of the League
Championship Tournment, the Kansas City Knights, the regular season
American Basketball Association (ABA) champions with a 32-5 record, will
take on a team of League All-Stars on Sunday, April 14, at Kemper Arena
at 4:15 p.m. Kansas City closed out the regular season with a team and
league record 22 consecutive wins. Those 22 straight victories are the
most ever by a Kansas City professional sports franchise. The complete
ABA All-Star roster will be announced at the ABA Championship Tournament
this week. The Knights will play the winner of Wednesday’s Indiana
Legends-Las Vegas Slam game on Thursday evening at Cox Pavilion in Las
Vegas. The championship game is scheduled for Friday night in Las Vegas.
See here the complete ABA 2002 Championship Tournament Program
# 6 Indiana Legends vs. # 7 Las Vegas Slam
>> the winner will meet the Kansas City Knights in first semifinal game
# 3 Phoenix Eclipse vs. # 4 Detroit Dogs
# 2 S.California Surf vs. # 5 Kentucky ProCats
>> the two winners will meet themselves in second semifinal game
The Championship Game between the two semis winners is scheduled for
Friday 12 night in Las Vegas.
Market News - April 11, 2002
Southern California Surf signed guard
Tyson Wheeler. Guard Stais Boseman failed to show for Sunday's game and
has been suspended. Kamran Sufi, a graduate of Mater Dei who had been
waived on Friday, rejoined the team Sunday but didn't play.
Southern California Surf (ABA) signed forward
Chris Morris (203-F-66, college:
Auburn), ex Olympiakos S.F.P.
Pireus (GRE). Morris, an 11-year NBA veteran, is expected to help
out the Surf at the power forward position. The 6-8 Morris’ experience
in two NBA finals should be beneficial as the Surf prepare themselves
for the ABA playoffs which are set to begin next Wednesday, April 10, in
ABA Playoff Tournament Announced
ABA Press Release
Anaheim/Las Vegas to Host League Championships
Indianapolis, IN. The ABA professional basketball league today announced
that the playoff tournament to decide the champion of the second season
would be held in two cities, Anaheim and Las Vegas, beginning Wednesday,
All seven ABA teams will participate in a single elimination tournament
with three games to be played at the Anaheim Convention Center on
Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, the tournament will move to the Cox
Pavilion in Las Vegas.
The Kansas City Knights, the regular season league champion, will
receive a bye in the first round. The Southern California Surf will play
the Indiana Legends; the Phoenix Eclipse will play the defending
champion Detroit Dogs; the Kentucky Pro Cats will play the Las Vegas
Slam in the first round.
According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, the format of the tournament and the
dates were determined by two major considerations including venue
availability and extraordinary sponsorship opportunities in both cities.
Newman was quoted, "Our decision to schedule the tournament this way was
an easy one to make. The standings were already determined and the
corporate and community support provided based on playing these dates
was too good to pass. Our team owners made the schedule adjustments
necessary to accomodate these opportunities."
Mike Carroll, Southern California Surf co-owner and a member of the ABA
Executive Committee added, "We believe Wednesday will be a great
showcase for the ABA. We have an exciting day planned. And we've invited
over 20 prospective expansion owners to attend the Wednesday games and
hope to be able to announce several expansion teams before the end of
Tickets are available at the Anaheim Convention Center and Thomas & Mack
Ticket offices in Las Vegas. For more information about the ABA and
tournament, log onto www.aba2000.com.
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