The Santa Barbara Breakers are a professional minor league basketball franchise, an LLC established in the fall of 2006. Curt Pickering, a resident of the community for the past 28 years, conducted a news conference at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort on October 11, 2006 to announce their membership into the International Basketball League.
The first basketball season in Santa Barbara commenced with the home opener on April 13, 2007 against the Seattle Mountaineers. The Breakers were victorious registering a 135-105 win. During the course of the season, the Breakers generated an 11 game winning streak resulting in a 17-6 record. They advanced to the conference Championship in Portland, Oregon.
In Year Two, the Breakers accomplished the unbelievable feat of an 18-0 season, capturing the West Coast Pro Basketball League crown. This led to 13 tours to China as well as tournaments in Holland and Mexico, during the past 9 seasons.
The Breakers have been graced on the sidelines (courtside seats) at games, youth clinics and camps; attended regularly by celebrities Rob Lowe, Christopher Lloyd, Alan Thicke, Jeff Barry, Kathy Ireland, Jason Gedrick, Stuart Whitman, Kenny Loggins, Dick Wolf, Dennis Miller, Don Johnson and Bruce Johnston.
The Breakers finished second in league attendance during the 2007 season and first in 2008. Games sold out at SBCC Sports Pavilion (capacity 2004) during the month of June in 2007 and a televised game on Cox Cable increased many local sponsorships. All home games were broadcast on KZSB 1290 AM and NewsPress Web TV, generating a global fan base as far away as Japan. The Breakers have played before 913,007 fans in both the USA, China, Holland and Mexico.
Success wise, the Breakers have won 5 WCBL Championships (from 2008-2013). They have also claimed 4 Tournament Titles in China while accumulating an overall win-loss record of 218-102 during their 10 years of existence. brought home the championship trophy 5 years and sent over 160 players overseas or to the NBDL – several players received NBA tryouts or played for NBA teams.
Talent-wise, the Breakers have brought ultimate star power to the arena with the likes of:
- Samaki Walker, a starter for the Los Angeles Lakers 2001 NBA Championship team;
- Toby Bailey, former UCLA grad and 2 year member of the Phoenix Suns;
- Fred Vinson, 2 year NBA veteran;
- Lamond Murray, 10 year NBA fixture;
- Kareem Abdul Jabbar Jr, son of the NBA great; 7 foot 5 inch Kareem Abdul Jabbar;
- Keith Closs, former Los Angeles Clipper;
- Gregg Somogyi, former Atlanta Hawk and Philedalphia 76er;
- Samardo Samuels, former Cleveland Cavalier and international journeyman;
- Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers;
- Jonathon Gibson, former Dallas Maverick;
- Josh Merrill, former UCSB Gaucho and international journeyman;
- Jamario Moon, former Toronto Raptor and Cleveland Cavalier;
- Terrell Owens, NFL Legend.
From Day One of their inception, the Breakers have been committed to connecting with the youth of Santa Barbara. Over 100 children attended the press conference in October 2006 and this grassroots partnership has continued to grow in numbers at each team event. The Breaker players held various free clinics at local schools and sports clubs throughout the different seasons. Along with local ABC affiliate Keyt Channel 3, the Breakers organization was a provider of donated tickets to the many non-profit and economically challenged youth groups in the community.
The Santa Barbara Breakers mission lives with a commitment and conviction of 4 foundational pillars.
- Develop, Assist, and Promote players for paying job opportunities
- Provide family entertainment for the fans and media
- Conduct clinics for youth, local and basketball abroad
- Enhance ambassadorship with all teams and players outside the United States
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