SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Former Sacramento Kings point guard Mike Bibby is returning to the game, only this time coaching four teams in a newly created league.
On Wednesday, Bibby was named the head coach and lead strategist for Fan Controlled Hoops, an interactive league that will allow viewers to control aspects of real-world gameplay on the LED field.
According to a press release, Fan Controlled Hoops will feature four-on-four basketball in an all-court game. The league is similar to Fan Controlled Football, a 7-on-7 indoor soccer league where fans can vote on which play teams will race.
“I think once everyone sees it, the LED terrain, just the concept of how players can get power-ups, the paints on, you get 3 or 4 points for a dunk, there has a lot of things that are going to change,” Bibby said. TMZ Sports. “It’s going to be a quick game!”
The inaugural season is due to start on February 7, and the league’s four teams, owners, players, coaches and league rules are expected to be announced in the coming months.
According to the statement, current and former NBA players will play front office roles, along with celebrities and influencers who will get involved.
Besides Bibby, former NBA player Baron Davis is also involved in the interactive league as a strategic director and co-owner of the franchise.
“Basketball has always been an important part of my life and when the team at FCSE (Fan Controlled Sports & Entertainment) told me what they were trying to build, I knew I had to be a part of it,” Bibby said in a prep. statement. “If I can take the game that I love so much and make it more enjoyable for the players and the fans, that’s a win for me.”
The league will have tryouts in Chicago (October 29), Houston (November 12), Los Angeles (December 10), and Atlanta (January 7, 2023). Players who wish to try can apply here.
Bibby played in the NBA for 14 years, including seven seasons in Sacramento. He played for the Kings during the most successful period in team history.
During Bibby’s time with the Kings, the team reached the playoffs from 2001 to 2006.
Bibby was drafted No. 2 overall from the Vancouver Grizzlies in the 1998 draft and played with the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat and New York Knicks during his career. 14 years old.
Since retiring from the NBA, Bibby has coached high school in Arizona, last coaching at a school named Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix. After a few months with the team, he and the school jocks agree to part ways, the Arizona Republic reported in 2019.
Before that, Bibby was a coach at another high school in Phoenix named Shadow Mountain. According to the Arizona Republic, he was fired due to allegations of sexual abuse of a teacher at the school.
After an investigation, the Phoenix Police Department said it did not “find probable cause” to press charges against Bibby, The Associated Press reported in 2019.
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