After a slow start to the season and some disconnect with the Tucson Buckets players and previous coaching staff, we had to take the holiday season to reevaluate our approach. We have put significant amount of energy into growing this organization but the commitment and play were becoming a concern especially losing in the manner that we did early in the season. As a first year organization discovering our identity in a new league and with a team that lacked a proper training camp has been a learning lesson to say the least. Fortunately, we were able to assemble a team that had some prior history of playing around the city with each other. Chemistry has never been an issue with our roster. Each player enjoys one another and has one goal in mind and that is to win by any means. Although our turnovers and lack of fluidity during the initial four games of the season would indicate otherwise, we believe the team is on the verge of great things.
As a start up business we were forced to make a decision on the direction we wanted our organization to go. Mario Ramirez although one hell of a coach just did not deliver the personality we expected from our players. This being said the organization decided to part ways with coach Ramirez in December. We thank him for helping us get this organization off the ground but a change was needed to spark a needed flame. Our players have responded well since the change and come this weekend we will be able to show case our next growth. 2016 AZ/CAL DIVISION ABA SHOWCASE
Coaching Change with hopes to help our growth
The new head coach and General Manager of the Tucson Buckets is Marc Johnson. Johnson played 13 years in France in European Professional League. He brings a professional attitude adjustment to our organization. We started this journey with a roster full of players who for the most part had little to no professional experience. The weekly grind of sustaining a professional career is new to our players and having someone who worked and played professionally provides our players someone with respectable experience and knows how to handle the grind. His influence has already shown in the manner of practice since he was named interim coach in late December. He had a three weeks of unrestricted practices as well as a tournament Title on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation before Christmas.
Being a Tucson bred ball player and resident with a son who plays junior college basketball right now he has been maneuvering through the Tucson basketball scene for decades. Playing at The University of Montana Billings he grew to be very solid professional player. He sees the Tucson Buckets organization as an opportunity to provide Tucson athletes an opportunity to be a part of competitive basketball on a weekly basis. We are inviting the best ball players in the city out to play/ practice for our organization. Even I you can’t play, your energy and effort can help mold a championship team. We are young and eager to attract those who can bring a positive impact to our franchise.
Coach Johnson has a big vision for the Tucson Buckets franchise. He wants to utilize his connections to help bring our players overseas to compete with teams in France. Our job is to create an opportunity for our players to reach whatever level they can. We never want to hinder their growth just because we lacked personnel that could provide a valuable platform. Practices under coach Johnson are strenuous and tedious but the players are responding well. His hunger for perfection has made a significant difference on the play of our guards, an area we needed strengthening.
Lead Athletics Official Home of YOUR TUCSON BUCKETS!
We are happy to announce our partnership with Lead Athletics training and athletic development facility. The state of the art facility is becoming a staple in the city of Tucson for youth basketball and we have a shared passion for bringing the athletics in this city to a new level. Our partnership will allow the Tucson Buckets ABA franchise to play our 10 home games of this season in their facility. We will also be holding open practices throughout the next few months for interested people to come out and support the team as we prepare for a long season.
Our first game this season will take place November 8th as we finalize schedule and dates we will keep everyone up to date. The training facility will assist our players in preparing to make an immediate championship run. We are moving fast and the season is closing in so get ready Tucson. If you want to support the team by helping us raise funds we have T-shirts ($15) and Custom ABA Basketballs ($45) in our Buckets Shop that directly benefits the expenses needed to have a successful and impactful year. We cannot wait to introduce the players to the public. Stay tuned for more information. Tucson Buckets ABA is HERE!! #GetBuckets
Lead Athletics is located 4750 S Irving Ave Tucson, AZ
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Season and Group Tickets will be available upon request. These will include any applicable discounts. Tucsonbucketsaba@gmail.com
Saturday Afternoon we scheduled an exhibition game against the Las Vegas Jokers a fellow ABA team with some of our tryout participants who we felt deserved some extra attention. We are closing in on the final stages of picking our team and the exhibition game gave us some great confidence about the direction we are headed. We handed the Jokers a good butt kicking as we piece together a team of new comers. Even though we may not have a full roster our intention to be a great franchise was on display. Coach Mario Ramirez and his staff did a great job on short notice. We look forward to bringing Tucson more Exhibition games before the seasons starts this November. We will be posting more footage and pictures from the game throughout the week.
We took the W 141-101 in our first ABA presented game. We want to thank everyone who made this game come together. Tino's Pizza for the lunch and the Pascual Yaqui Wellness Center for hosting our event. We also want to send a thank you to our competitors the Las Vegas Jokers who took the opportunity to travel to Tucson to make this entire thing happen. We look forward to playing in the season. #GetBuckets
Growing out of the Desert Cracks
The Tucson Buckets franchise is growing piece by piece. Putting our efforts into developing the most talented team we can with young men that reside and affect the Tucson community right now. After a successful 1st tryout this past weekend, we are confident that finding all the necessary tools and components to make up a highly competitive group of guys is at our finger tips. Tucson is full of knowledgeable basketball players and a strong youth basketball identity that is growing every year. The Tucson Buckets want to help push the movement even further. The tryout gave us an idea of how we can truly impact the city. Building something that resembles Tucson with diversity and grit. We want to honor the city with a team that competes for championships and players that reflect the positive side of the city.
Our goal is to help players get closer to their basketball dreams in whatever fashion that may be. The growth of this team will depend on our impact in the community. We have set it up in a way to provide opportunities for the youth in areas on and off the court. We will be opening up opportunities for volunteers and interns (some paid/ some for class credit). We have a responsibility to empower the youth in the city. Basketball is an escape for a lot of young men and women from all walks of the social spectrum and we cherish the opportunity to make a difference in that avenue.
We have high expectations from our players and staff. We are looking for players who are already committed to the community and/or are looking for an opportunity to be more in touch. We need hard workers and dedicated people in our staff and on our court. We will earn the respect of the city through our hard work and dedication to the city. Eventually finding our natural position as a beacon of positivity and entertainment as well. As we get closer to November keep your eyes open for our upcoming events and tryouts. If you are interested in an internship right now please contact us @ firstname.lastname@example.org #GetBuckets
Tucson Buckets Ownership took their talents to Fox News Channel 11 last night on the 9 pm segment. Brandon and Jaitai represented the buckets in true fashion. Promoting our upcoming Tryout at the Sporting Chance Center on June 20th. at 8 am.
Check it out and share it around the city. The Buckets are coming to town it is time you be apart of it!! #Get Buckets
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