The National Street Ball Association (NSBA) has emerged as a pro-organization and not-for-profit league whose mission to provide opportunities for players helps develop and showcase talent on the court as well as compete professionally at the national level.
Headquartered in New York City, the league has established itself to promote amateur and professional street basketball. In their mission the NSBA has committed to enhancing the quality of life for its players and the community at large. Amateur basketball services for youth, such as camps, clinics, tournaments and life skills workshops are the focal point of the court.
The Detroit franchise, the Motor City Falcons, begin their first season this summer and are hosting tryouts to add depth to their current team roster.
Dennis Foster, general manager and starting point guard, said, “The group of guys that we have are the best,” when asked about the cohesiveness of the team. “When I’m on that court I have no authority. I’m just like every other guy out there on that court and am held accountable for my actions as a professional athlete. The team has been about four years in the making.”
Kim Champion, NSBA founder and visionary, utilized her knowledge as a former player to leverage the organization as a community focused start-up. She said, “When I found out what it was about I couldn’t help but join.” Historically, organizations that have attempted to cut in on the pro-turf that is the NBA, including the Premier Basketball League, the American Basketball Association and other developmental semi-pro affiliates, have all been faced with financial woes, franchise setbacks and player frustration.
When asked the difference between this new team and semi-pro franchises that have come and gone or are laughable at best, LaToya Wilson, Motor City Falcons director of basketball administrations, spoke candidly: “The development of a new pro-league can be a grueling ordeal. There are tons of variables to consider. Everything from insurance to player salaries, to recruitment and finance are on the table. The success of an individual franchise rests on its front office, operations and whether a budget exists. We have those things in place.”
Under the direction of head coach Floyd Jolliff, assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the Falcons currently play exhibition games at Hackett Recreational Center. The Falcons plan to relocate to Detroit’s Cass Tech High School’s facilities mid-season to reflect the team’s dedication to Detroit Public Schools.
The Falcon’s have partnered with the Detroit Police Department and Powerade for several charitable games in support of their initiatives, including Hoops for Hope and Books Before Basketball which target school-age kids with a message of staying in school and off the streets.