Los Angeles Stars (2000–2001)
|Team history||Los Angeles Stars (2000-2001)|
|Based in||Los Angeles, California|
|Arena||Great Western Forum|
|Head coach||Paul Westhead|
The Los Angeles Stars were a minor league basketball team in the American Basketball Association (ABA) during the league's inaugural 2000–2001 season. The Stars were one of the league's initial eight teams. The Stars were defunct after its initial season.
To attract fans, the ABA had rosters with former National Basketball Association (NBA) players and past college basketball stars with local ties. The Stars used their territorial draft picks to select Ed O'Bannon and Tyus Edney, who won the 1995 NCAA championship together at UCLA. O'Bannon, a former first-round draft pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, would play for the Stars, while Edney played for the Indiana Pacers in the NBA that season. O'Bannon would be joined on the Stars by former UCLA players Toby Bailey, who also played with O'Bannon on the 1995 championship team, and JaRon Rush.
The Stars' head coach was former Los Angeles Lakers and Loyola Marymount head coach Paul Westhead, while former UC Irvine star Scott Brooks was an assistant coach as well as a player on the Stars. Former Lakers star Jamaal Wilkes was hired as vice president of basketball operations. His former college coach at UCLA, the legendary John Wooden, agreed to join the Stars as a consultant at Wilkes' request.
Los Angeles Stars roster
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