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Albany Patroons Head Coach Derrick Rowland at Rivers Casino - Press Conference Jan 30, 2020
Sabrina Flores

The Capital Region’s longest-running professional sports franchise is back. The Albany Patroons are coming off a championship that capped a challenging season.

TBL Commissioner Dave Magley, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy, Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan, Dr. Timothy Maggs, Coach Derrick Rowland.
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Coming off a championship—but also a challenging season attendance-wise — the Albany Patroons will be back for another season of basketball.

George Karl coaching the Albany Patroons.
Steve Twardzik Photography

George Karl is one of the winningest coaches in NBA history — one of just nine with 1,000 victories. But before his successful runs with the Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets, to name a few, Karl spent two seasons helming the Albany Patroons, in 1988-89 and 1990-91. As demonstrated in a new documentary premiering this weekend, the Patroons of that era were a major CBA draw at the Washington Avenue Armory, serving as a springboard for many successful NBA players and coaches.

Albany Patroons Memorabilia from the team's CBA days.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Team officials with the minor league basketball Albany Patroons are denying a published report that the team could be gone after the current playoffs.

Legend: the original Albany Patroons
The Albany Patroons

Sports enthusiasts and local businesspeople had hoped the third time would be a charm for a beloved Albany basketball franchise. Those hopes apparently have been dashed.

“It is great to welcome back professional basketball to the Washington Avenue Armory and the Capital Region. I can’t wait for the first tip off,” said Assemblymember John T. McDonald III.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Sports enthusiasts and local businesspeople are hoping the third time's a charm for a beloved Albany basketball franchise.