Opponent Set for Semi-Finals Playoff Game

Opponent Set for Semi-Finals Playoff Game

Team Trouble: Opponent Set for Far West Playoff Semi-Finals

San Joaquin County, CA – The opponent has been set for Far West Semi-Finals game, hosted by Team Trouble. It is a familiar foe, The Orange County Novastars. The Novastars, earned their chance to take on Team Trouble in a stunning overtime victory over the Oakland Townhawks on Saturday, with a 142 – 136 victory. Team Trouble and the Novastars have played each other three times previously, in the past two seasons, with Team Trouble coming out victorious in all three of those meetings.

Playoff Recap:

But this is playoffs, where anything can happen, and this weekend was proof of that fact. In two of the three Quarter-Final games played in the Far West Division this past weekend, there were two upsets and two games that were decided in overtime. The Las Vegas Royals as the 5 seed came into San Diego and upset the formerly reigning champion from 2018, San Diego Kings, 127 – 123. The other upset was the number 7 seed Seven City Knights out of Phoenix, AZ defeating the number 3 seed San Diego Guardians, in overtime, 127 – 122. 

The Las Vegas Royals at the number 5 seed will now host the number 7 seed Seven City Knights in the other Semi-Final game in Las Vegas, NV. The winner of the two Semi-Final games will meet each other on Saturday, March 30th to determine who will get the right to travel to St. Louis, MO., where the finals will be held to determine an American Basketball Association champion, battling in the Elite Eight, hosted by the St. Louis Spirits. Team Trouble, the current 1 seed in the playoffs, will look to take care of the Novastars and get themselves one game closer to the goal of reaching St. Louis.

Thoughts on the Upcoming game: 

“We can’t take any team for granted, no matter what was done in the past.” Stated Trouble GM Jovan Bankston when asked about how he felt the team’s chances were in making the Elite Eight in St. Louis. “The playoffs are a different season, we just need to take it one game at a time and not squander this opportunity that we have worked for in getting the 1 seed!” – Bankston added.

The game will be played at Franklin High School, Saturday, March 23rd with a tipoff of 6pm. Tickets can be bought at the door, or purchased online on the teams Facebook page, or through Eventbrite under the event Far West Playoffs Semi-Finals www.eventbrite.com/e/far-west-playoffs-semi-finals-tickets-58313978680

The American Basketball Association consist of 143 teams nationally, Team Trouble competes in the Far West Region. Teams in the region consist of the San Francisco CityCats, Oakland Townhawks, Sacramento SuperKats, San Diego Kings, Orange County Novastars, San Diego Guardians, Vancouver Dragons, San Diego Surf, Arizona Beast, Las Vegas Royals, Solano Stallions, Oaktown Warriors as well as the Contra Costa County Delta Stars to name a few. Please visit www.teamtrouble.net for more information about Team Trouble,  www.abaliveaction.com to get more information about The American Basketball Association and www.theabafinals.com to find out more about the ABA Elite Eight.





STOCKTON, CA- The 2018 ABA season has finally arrived, as Team Trouble welcomed in the Oakland Townhawks for a preseason matchup.

With the matchup came some new faces to the court which included Tim Howell D3 NCCA Player of The Year (Whitman College), Shawn Smith (Marshall University), Mikel Bringham (California Sea-Kings) and Leo Svete (California Sea-Kings).

Team Trouble started off the first quarter off strong pushing past the Townhawks to lead 25-20 heading into the second quarter. The teams, fire only continued from there combining for 34 points in the second quarter alone to give the team some cushion heading into halftime up 59-46.

The third quarter saw a lot of intensity on both sides of the court. One moment inparticularly being a good half court shot by the Townhawks in the final  seconds of the quarter, giving the team 30 points alone in just one quarter. Team Trouble’s momentum only continued to show closing out the quarter, up 93-76.

The Oakland Townhawks came into the fourth quarter knowing they had to do something if they wanted to stay in the game. The team drew close to Team Trouble mid way through the quarter, but Team Trouble’s lead would be too much for the Townhawks, as the team pulled past for a 121-102 preseason win.

Team Trouble will now take the road November 3rd to face the new Contra Costa County Delta Stars, while the Oakland Townhawks head on down to face the new San Francisco City Cats also on November 3rd.


                                                      Q1      Q2      Q3     Q4   FINAL

TEAM TROUBLE                          25      34      34      28   121

OAKLAND TOWNHAWKS         20      26      30      26   102


Preseason Roster                                                 

#3 Tim Howell 

#4 Booker Shabaaz 

#8 Mike McChristian 

*#11 Christian Williams 

*#13 Aaron Stallworth 

*#14 Shawn Smith 

#20 Walter Jackson

#21 Jorge Castro 

*#23 Mikel Bringham 

#35 Alex Simmons 

#45 Leo Svete 

*#55 Eric King 


INACTIVES: Andre Davis, Ezra Kiedrowski, Ryan Gaarder, Aaron Ramos, Mike Nunnally, Cameron Womack and Dante Miller 



“It feels good to pick up the win tonight after coming off a season ending injury. I was told I was never going to be the same and would need surgery, but I went to rehab and put my mind to my goal and here I am back playing tonight,” said Team Trouble Point Guard, Eric King. “After having such a great season you know we have a target on our back and we have to defend it heading into our ABA opener against the Delta Stars.”

“This was an ugly win actually, but it’s good to get winning,” said Team Trouble Point Guard, Christian Williams. “Were going to turn up practice a little harder, get more polished and as the season goes will get better as a whole.”

“We brought in a lot of great pieces, some being Shawn Smith from Marshall University, Tim Howell NCCA D3 Player of The Year and Mikel Bringham from the California Sea-Kings who comes from a team that made a run in the Final 8. These guys are great additions for our great group of players,” said Team Trouble GM, Jovan Bankston. “You can expect a lot of running gun this season it’s going to be a fast paced game with the pieces we have added this season. Heading into November 3rd were going to keep working hard in practice and fix what we need to fix.”

“It was a good contest overall and it was good practice for our new guys who are adjusting to the pace of play of the ABA. A couple of new guys this season include Tim Howell D3 NCAA Player of The Year from Whitman very high energy and all of the court player, another good player Shawn Smith from Marshall his a big force and very talented from outside, we got Mikel Bringham and Leo Svete from the California Sea-Kings that join us both very talented players that are working through the rotation,” said Team Trouble CEO, James Paul. “We are really happy and proud to help the new Contra Costa County Delta Stars with their home opener, we hope to put on a great show for them as well as their fans.”


Team Trouble vs. Sacramento Super Kats

Saturday, November 10th- 6:00 p.m. Doors/5:30 p.m. Tipoff/6:00 p.m.

ABA Home Opener // Pre Game Party 3:30-6:00 p.m.


Team Trouble vs. Contra Costa Delta Stars

Sunday, November 11th- 2:00 p.m. Doors/1:30 p.m. Tipoff/2:00 p.m.


Team Trouble vs. Oaktown Warriors

Saturday, November 17th- 6:00 p.m. Doors/5:30 p.m. Tipoff/6:00 p.m.

ABA Signs Multifacetd Agreement with Croxxover

The Official Uniform and Apparel Supplier for the ABA

Indianapolis, IN.  The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that it has signed a multi-faceted agreement with CroxxOver, a China-based company that has worked behind the scenes for over 20 years as the manufacturer of many of the world’s most famous brands in a wide variety of industries including high end fashion, sporting goods and transportation.  “We couldn’t be more pleased with our new partner,” stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman.  “CroxxOver is primed to make a major impact in North America with a unique blend of style and technology bringing top notch quality and supreme performance.”

CroxxOver will become the Official Uniform and Apparel Supplier for the ABA as well as introducing an all new red, white and blue basketball replacing Spalding as the official ball.  In addition, CroxxOver will introduce a new line of team buses at the ABA League Meeting in Indianapolis on July 21.

“CroxxOver is also passionate about community outreach and the under-served in our community,” added David Williams, Vice President of Business Operations and Marketing for CroxxOver Inc.  “With over 15 years of charity works, CroxxOver’s holiday and community programs will be launching in the USA this year. We are proud to be associated with the ABA which places so much emphasis on community and improving the quality of lives of citizens.  A perfect partnership.”

For more information, visit www.croxxover.com or www.abaliveaction.com, or email david@croxxover.com.

ABA Gold Draft Recap

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY,CA—This past weekend had many top ABA players on the edge of there seat during the 2018 ABA Gold Draft. Two of those players, particularly being #20 Walter Jackson and #11 Christian Williams.

As the draft began the two waited patiently for their name to be called. Four rounds went by and still no word that the two had been drafted. Untill three rounds later when the Atlanta Hotballers took Christian Williams at pick #50. Nine picks later the LA Superstars took Walter Jackson at pick #59 to give the two a sigh of relief. As the draft concluded the two were not afraid to say how they felt.

“My reaction on getting drafted was a joyful one,” said Williams.”I don’t know much about the team, but it’s a pleasure to know they want me to represent them.”

“I was pretty excited, being that last season was the first season playing for the ABA,” said Jackson.”To be recognized to represent my team and my family is huge and humbling for me”

The ABA Gold League very similar to NBA Summer League will feature a total of eight teams that will face off against each other over eight weeks in Las Vegas,Nevada. The league is changing the game of basketball with its “First To 50” format. In the First To 50 format, games are won by the first team to reach 50 points or above while leading by two.

As the start of the ABA Gold season approches the two will look to prepare for the big tipoff scheduled for August 4th in Las Vegas,Nevada.

“I plan to bring my usual. Hustle, heart, buckets and a whole lot of game, no I’m joking  just not about the whole lot of game part,” said Williams.”I’m coming to compete.”

“Now that the process is over I am happy that the LA Superstars chose me,” said Jackson. “I’m ready to come in and help the team win games”

Team Trouble Tryouts

ABA Basketball Tryouts for Team Trouble

Team Trouble will be hosting tryouts for the 2018/2019 ABA Basketball Season. We’re looking for committed basketball players with time to travel, practice and work out.

We have a 20 game schedule in place, with trips throughout California and the US. If your interested in being on a world class basketball team, stop by one of our tryouts listed below.

Team Trouble Basketball Tryouts

Location: Calvary Presbyterian Church
2343 Country Club Blvd Stockton Ca 95204
Dates: Sunday August 26th, Sunday September 9th, Sunday September 16th 2018
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $125

2018 Sponsorship Opportunities

Professional Basketball Team Sponsorship Opportunities

Team Trouble sends a special Thank You to all of our Sponsors! Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and corporate partners, admission to Team Trouble home games at the Stockton Arena are FREE!

On the Sponsors page, please click on their logos to learn more and support their cause!

How to Become a Sponsor

We rely on the generosity of corporate sponsors to help us through the year, and we’re grateful for each of sponsor’s passion for our mission and desire to help inspire our community through the game of basketball. Our sponsorship program provides an opportunity to focus your attention on the strategies that matter the most to your company’s successful growth. Sponsorship is not only about brand awareness and signage, but it’s about accessing a group of leaders in the Stockton community.

Interested in associating Your brand with Team Trouble Professional Basketball team? Contact us for more information about our sponsor rates.

Team Trouble Basketball Team Photo

Basketball Team Photo

Based in Stockton, CA, Team Trouble is a professional men’s basketball team in the American Basketball Association.

Team Trouble thrives in the ABA because it is considered to be a much flashier league than the NBA. In place of the traditional orange basketball we use a red, white and blue ball that Julius Erving made famous as the symbol of the American Basketball Association.

Thank you to Tim Nusog Photography who snapped this team photo.

Team Trouble Off To Impressive Start With 141-84 Blowout

Impressive Start at Home Debut

Team Trouble made our home debut Thursday night against the Oakland California Golden Tigers at the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton with a blowout 141-84 win!

Thank you to all of the fans who came out to support us. Your enthusiasm helped us deliver a great performance. We will continue to search for ways to make our basketball games more entertaining.

Game photos taken by Record.net photographer Clifford Oto.

Are You Coming? ABA Men’s Basketball Game

December marks the beginning of a new and exciting basketball season in Stockton, California with Team Trouble playing the Golden Tigers from Oakland, CA.

Come support your city, Team Trouble, and the American Basketball Association on Thursday December 7th at 6:45PM at the Stockton Arena. Admission is FREE! Be sure to tell a friend.

FREE Admission to Stockton’s First ABA Basketball Team at The Stockton Arena

FREE Admission

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, members, and corporate partners, admission to Team Trouble vs California Golden Tigers at the Stockton Arena is FREE!

Come join Stockton, California’s first American Basketball Association (ABA) team at The Stockton Arena. Team Trouble vs California Golden Tigers game starts at 6:45 PM.

When: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Time: 6:45 PM
Location: Stockton Arena 248 W. Fremont St. Stockton, CA 95203
Cost: FREE

The History of the ABA

This is a series of Videos taken from the HBO Documentary “Long Shots: The Life and Times of the American

The hour-long documentary features rarely seen ABA team films, home videos, and footage from local television stations. The feature also contains numerous interviews with ABA players, coaches, and personnel.

The documentary highlights the contributions the ABA made to the NBA, including the three-point field goal and the All-Star Game slam dunk contest. The feature is filled with never-before-seen ABA film of the Floridians Ballgirls, the 1975 All-Star game in San Antonio, Darnell Hillman’s enormous and unequaled afro, the 1976 ABA All-Star game slam dunk contest (new angles!), and the New York Nets’ wild comeback against the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 of the 1976 ABA Finals.

Team Trouble Late Entry Into ABA

Indianapolis IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced the Team Trouble located in Stockton CA has been added to the record-setting roster of teams set to begin play in November. “We are very excited about adding this team,” stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman. “It is a well organized existing team with excellent players and outstanding leadership. Their feeling and ours was why wait until next year?”

The team will be owned by James Paul, who was born in Bakersfield, CA and raised in Stockton, CA. James played football, basketball, and was on the swimming team at Bear Creek High School in Stockton. James also attended Kern Valley High School in Lake Isabella, CA where he met his wife Norene and started their journey as a family.

After obtaining an Associates of Science in Agricultural Business from San Joaquin Delta College, James went on to graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s of Science in International Business management, from the College of Agriculture.

Having an extensive career with multiple corporations in the fresh produce industry, James and Norene moved back to his hometown of Stockton after the birth of their first child. Now James is the Senior category manager of Asparagus for Grower Direct Marketing, a large-scale international fresh produce supplier specializing in fresh Cherries from CA and WA, as well as fresh Asparagus from CA and MX. He is also the Director of Sales and Marketing for Greg Paul Produce Sales which specializes in fresh Potatoes and Asparagus from CA. James is a well-known source of high-quality fresh produce offerings to retailers and foodservice suppliers, worldwide.

In his spare time, James is also a very competitive Race car driver. He started driving in 2014 after finding that he was very talented in this sport. This is when he decided to start racing in the top classes of grassroots sports car racing in the nation, not only as a competitor but as a hobby with his father. NASA’s Super Unlimited, and SCCA’s Prototype 1. Finding success his rookie year, he won the SFR SCCA Championship going head to head with teammate and National Champion, Jim Davenport. James will be competing for a National Championship Title in 2018 in a no rules, no restrictions format of Extreme Sports Car Racing.

James is eager and excited to bring his passion to the ABA and the Stockton Community, allowing the multitudes of basketball fans in the community an amazing opportunity to enjoy a fast-paced, high Octane professional basketball experience here in their hometown. SCCA Championship and will be competing for a National Championship Title in 2018 in a no rules, no restrictions format of Extreme Sports Car Racing. “I am eager and excited to bring my passion to the ABA and the Stockton Community, allowing multitudes of basketball fans in the community an amazing opportunity to enjoy a fast-paced, high Octane professional basketball experience here in their hometown.” For more information, email james@growerdirect.net or call 209 479 8668 or visit www.abaliveaction.com.

Joe Newman

Team Trouble Tryouts

Final round of tryouts are this Saturday 10/21/17 starting at 7 PM at Gotelli Barn 9189 North Ashley Lane Stockton, CA 95204.

Make sure you arrive at 7:00 PM to complete your paperwork and begin stretching. Bring a water bottle and reversible jersey if you have one available.

Contact Antoine Moore at (209) 594-3242 for more information!