Miami Tropics

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Miami Tropics
Founded 2006
League ABA 2006-2007
FIBA Americas League 2008
Team history Miami Tropics
Based in Miami, Florida
Arena Health & Sports Center, Barry University
Colors Red, Blue, & White
Owner(s) Imperiali Organization
Art Alvarez
Head coach Ed Auriccio
Championships 0
Division titles 0
Cheerleaders Tropigirls
Mascot Tropical tree

The Miami Tropics was a team in the Premier Basketball League that began to play in 2007 in Miami, Florida. The team was owned by the Imperiali Organization, which also owns the Palm Beach Imperials. They originally played their inaugural season in the American Basketball Association, but moved to the PBL with its creation in early 2007. They also represented the United States in the FIBA Americas League.

The original Miami Tropics played in the United States Basketball League (USBL). In 1987, the Tropics won the USBL title, defeating the Rhode Island Gulls in the championship game. The team boasted the USBL player of the year World B. Free, Mario Elie and Anthony Grant, current head coach at the University of Alabama.

The Tropics were eventually sold to John Lucas who parlayed his USBL coaching experience, and two USBL titles, into a National Basketball Association (NBA) coaching career.

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