Cincinnati Slammers-CBA - Athletic Grey





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Cincinnati Slammers             Continental Basketball Association (1984-1986)
The Cincinnati Slammers were a team in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). Originally based in Lima, Ohio and known as the Ohio Mixers, the Slammers moved to Cincinnati with the hopes of stocking their roster with local players from Xavier and the University of Cincinnati who were not quite good enough for the NBA, but not ready to give up on their dream of playing professional basketball. The fertile basketball grounds of southern Ohio and Kentucky provided many such players. Forward Derrek Dickey returned to his Cincinnati hometown to play for Slammers after washing out of the NBA and ending up in a Taiwanese league. 6’10 center Bob Miller, a former UC Bearcats star, patrolled the paint. The pay was low ($400 a week during the season, none in the off-season), meals were pork and beans, transportation was a Greyhound bus. Yet Slammers players kept coming back, training hard and playing harder, all chasing their dream: to be noticed by an NBA scout and signed to a contract. The fact that this happened exceedingly rarely did not dim players’ belief that it would happen to them. Although their on-court results were mediocre and attendance numbers worse, the few fans who did show up for Slammers games at the Cincinnati Gardens loved it with a passion. The team wasn’t the best, but you got your pick of seats in the empty arena, tickets were cheap, and something about the tawdry drama of NBA wash-outs and college has-beens desperately chasing a fading dream of athletic stardom resonated with people. Sadly, the Slammers cult following was not enough to keep them in business, and they folded for good in 1986.