College Park Spyders add excitement to the ABA Franchise by signing Phillip “Hot Sauce” Champion for the 2009-2010 Season.
King streetballer Phillip “Hot Sauce” Champion has inked a contract to play for the newest American Basketball Association (ABA) franchise, the College Park Spyders. “Spyder” Duane Hughes, president for the team, said the signing will make ABA history.
“This signing reminds me of when Julius Erving first came into the ABA with the Virginia Squires,” Hughes says. “There were no trumpets blaring or fanfare. The Squires executives knew just what they
were doing though. They were signing Mr. Excitement. The same with Earl “The Pearl” Monroe when the Knicks got him in a trade from the Baltimore Bullets. The papers were all questioning whether Pearl’s streetball, one on one style would work with the Knicks consummate team system.
Doc went on to become the face of the NBA-ABA merger, and Pearl cemented his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame with an NBA championship as the ultimate team player as he toned down his game.”
Champion, who’s 6-year run on the AND1 Mixtape Tour scored the highest television ratings, is equally anxious about the upcoming season. “I just want to be an asset to the ABA as I was to AND1,” he says. Glenn Toby, CEO for the team says Hot Sauce joining forces with the Spyders is a win-win arrangement.
“I have spent most of my sports career on the other side of the table, I have a played an important role in the building of many successful teams by supporting, managing and negotiating to bring the team and
talent together,” Glenn says.
“When you are able to engage an athlete at the level of talent that Hot Sauce has with a new franchise like the Spyders you have a recipe for success.”
Optimistic about where the ABA and the College Park Spyders are headed, Hughes says he encourages the players to play their game. “I told Sauce just to be himself on the court. Basketball is basketball when you are born with God-given gifts. I just want him to use what God gave him.
Like the ABA of old, people will come to see something they have never seen before, on any level of the game. That’s what the great ones do,” he continues. “They create, improvise and mesmerize. There will be doubters, as there were in those cases. That is our challenge as an organization, that is Hot Sauce’s challenge as a player who will be leading an expansion franchise.
In my talks with him, I am confident that he will rise to the occasion and prove that he is every bit the ball player that his unique skills say he is. As the team president, GM and coach, he already knows he will not have to look over his shoulder every time behind the back pass goes sailing out of bounds.
I got his back. I just want him to be himself, and let his talents speak for its self”. Hot Sauce and the College Park Spyders will take the court this fall. For more information, visit SpydersBasketball.com.
About Phillip “Hot Sauce” Champion:
Champion was the main attraction during his tenure on the AND1 Streetball Mixtape Tour that aired on ESPN. Amid AND1 fame, he starred in the motion picture basketball movie “Crossover” opposite Wayne Brady and Wesley Jonathan (Roll Bounce). Additionally, he has been singled-out in national and international print and broadcast media for his stylish and aggressive moves on the basketball court. He is currently touring with fellow AND1 streetballers and just signed with the American Basketball Association’s College ParkSpyders.