Indianapolis IN, Evelyn Magley announced Houston TX has been awarded the 33rd market in The Basketball League. The new team called the Houston Push is owned by Steve Francis.

Steve a retired NBA All Star and All American at The University of Maryland. Selected with the #2 pick in the draft by the Houston Rockets, was Rookie of the Year. Nicknamed “the Franchise”, he had 3 All Star appearances and played with the Orlando Magic & New York Knicks in his 10 year NBA career.

“I am excited to be a part of a league that has as its core vision, to help the players and impact the community. After I retired I chose to make my home in Houston and this allows me to give back to a market I care about. I named the team the “Push”, because life experiences and lessons have taught me to keep pushing through barriers and to those glass ceilings. I want to teach and encourage our young men that when faced with obstacles, you have to “PUSH” through them and not let anything stop you from progressing forward. With the help of the ‘Steve Francis Foundation’ and our community endeavors in the city of Houston we will have significant impact on the youth of the city. The sky is the limit.” – Steve Francis TMO Houston Push

The Push are the 21st new team to join the 4th year league since the pandemic ended the season prematurely.

“This is great news for TBL not just because Steve was a high profile player but his heart to impact people is bigger than anything he could possibly accomplish on a basketball court. Having him as a part of TBL family will be beneficial for all of us for a long time to come and a team in Houston is a great fit in our existing footprint of markets.” – Evelyn Magley CEO

TBL will begin its 4th season on April 9th and is known as a showcase league as many participants go on to play in other leagues around the world.

The Push, will begin open tryouts in January.

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