Jerry Nelson, owner of the Shreveport-Bossier City Mavericks, tonight announced that head coach and general manager Steve Tucker has been sidelined for this week’s 2013-2014 season opener as he is scheduled to undergo an unforeseen medical procedure Saturday morning.
Tucker, who proudly wears the title Coach of the Decade awarded by the American Basketball Association (ABA) for the most wins in ABA history, was expecting to open yet another winning season with resounding victories when the Mavericks host the ABA Tip-Off Classic this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the historic Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport.
Games are scheduled at two hour intervals Thursday beginning with South Houston Assault vs. Hattiesburg Hornets at 2:00 p.m. The Shreveport-Bossier City Mavericks play the Denton Destroyers at 8:00 pm. Also taking the court are Gulf Coast Flash vs. Jackson Showboats at 4:00 p.m., and Monroe Magicians vs. Mobile Bay Hurricanes at 6:00 pm.
Play-off games are scheduled at two hour intervals Friday beginning again at 2:00 p.m., and Saturday is slated for the consolation game at 6:00 p.m. and the championship game at 8:00 pm.
“Coach T still expects a sweeping victory this weekend, but he’ll have to rely on fans and the team to provide commentaries,” said Nelson.
During Tucker’s absence, the Mavericks will be led by interim head coach Albert Waldvogel, and assistant coaches Jonathan Greenaway and Larry Haygood.
Tucker led the fledgling Mavericks to back-to-back National Championships in 2010 and 2011, earned three consecutive National Coach of the Year Awards from the American Basketball Association, Euro/USBasket, and Pro Basketball News, and was named Pro Basketball News’ #1 professional basketball coach not coaching in the NBA.