Kansas City Knights

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Kansas City Knights
Kansas City Knights logo
LeagueABA
2000–04
Founded2000
Dissolved2004
ArenaKemper Arena
Hale Arena
LocationKansas City, Missouri
Team colorspurple, silver, white, black
                   
OwnershipJim Clark
Championships1 (2001–02)
Websiteknightsfans.com
(archived on September 6, 2004)

The Kansas City Knights was the name of an American Basketball Association minor league basketball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. They have not played since the 2004–05 season.

Franchise history[edit]

The Knights were one of the ABA's charter franchises and began play during the 2000–01 season. In 2001–02, the following season, the Knights posted a league best 35-5 record that year and ended up winning the ABA championship under head coach and University of Kansas alumnus Kevin Pritchard.[1]

Soon after winning the title, the ABA took the year off to re-organize; the ABA then resumed play in the 2003-2004 season. The Knights competed in the ABA for the 2003-04 and the 2004-05 seasons before going dark for 2005-06, it was announced via a press release on the team's website that the team would suspend operations until a suburban arena was built in Johnson County, KS. The team intended to play at an interim location once ground was broken on the new arena, but plans for the arena remain in limbo and there has been no word from the team's owners since. However, operation of the youth developmental "Knights Academy" program is ongoing.

Since the Knights folded, several ABA teams have appeared and disappeared in the Kansas City area. None of these teams are related to the Knights or have been as successful; the current ABA team in the Kansas City area is the Kansas City Soul.

Season Record Result
2000–2001 24-17 (.585)
2001–2002 35-5 (.865) Champions
2002–2003 ABA suspended operations
2003–2004 23-9 (.719)
2004–2005 17-8 (.680)
2005–2006 Took Year Off
Overall 99-39 (.717)

Players of note[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, Ric (January 1, 2002). "Lonely Knights: Kansas City's ABA franchise hopes to build a following around good basketball and strong community ties". Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved May 28, 2012.