April 1, 2008 (Ottawa): It was announced today that a 16-team professional basketball
league to be called the Canadian Professional Basketball League (C.P.B.L.) will tip off a 30-game season starting October
31, 2007 which will accumulate with the Naismith Cup tournament.
SportsNet has agreed to televise six league games and the semi-finals and finals of the
Teams will consist of a eight-player roster limit with a seven-player limit for road games.
content will also be mandatory with three
Canadian players per team.
Salary cap for teams will be $85,000.
Winnipeg Golden Boys
Halifax Wind Jammers
St. John's Rock
Thunder Bay Dunk
April 1, 2008 (Ottawa): Julius Erving Signs on as Commissioner
"I feel like when I was just out of college and
playing with the Virginia Squires in
the old ABA," said
Julius Erving...newly appointed commissioner of the
16-team Canadian Professional Basketball League.
were scared and excited at the same time. You saw the league grow and the players grow with it."
With the short 30-game season compressed into 10 weeks and with only eight players per
team, Erving beleives that the National Basketball Association will be keeping close tabs on the CPBL.
"The scouts know that these kids will be in shape...not sitting the bench and watching
the game. And the players know they only have 10 weeks to strut their stuff so they will be playing all out."
April 1, 2008(Ottawa): The CPBL high school, college and European draft will be held May
1st, 2007 in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
All team managers and coaches will be in attendance
and the draft update will be
updated at this site as it happens.
Several USA and Canadian high school hoopsters have declared their interest including
8-foot-4 phenom C.J. McTipp from Anzac High.
McTipp averaged 39.4 ppg and 28.0 rpg while shooting 79% from the field.
Montreal Maniac discover 9 -foot wonder
From Ukraine Jozef Handsfurther.
The Montreal Maniac have found a man to whom is
believed to be the world's
tallest human. From Ukraine
Jozef Handsfurther standing 9 feet even (check photo
section). is, 23 years-of-age and has
lived from the age of five until now in a monestary.
Hidden from all modern conviences, the quiet giant has not seen a television
or heard a radio for the last 18 years. He does not know of the sport of basketball but has a reach of 12-foot 11 inches....which
should come in handy for rebounding and dunking.
Scout Helmut Overguard, who discovered the hidden gem, notes that Handsfurther
was measured with a 24 inch vertical which gives him an overall reach of 14 feet 11 inches well above the top of the backboard.
His conditioning is unknown but since you cannot teach height the NBA will
no doubt be looking on come CPBL tipoff.
Afro will be mandatory
Darnell Moleman of Pittsburgh, PA displays new look league style
League to showcase Canadian
Canadian female players will hold games at halftime
Bb Cousy out of retirement to coach and play in Montreal.