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Gwizzlies making move to Cobb

October 27, 2009
By Emily Horos
Marietta Daily Journal Sports Writer

Cobb County will be treated to a new brand of basketball next spring as the Georgia Gwizzlies take up residence in Marietta.

The Gwizzlies, who formerly called Gwinnett home and were members of the American Basketball Association, are negotiating a deal to play their home games at the Cobb Civic Center. According to the team’s general manager and coach, Embry Malone, the Gwizzlies will play a 20-game schedule as a member of the Mountain State Basketball League beginning in April 2010.

The MSBL consists of eight teams from West Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Ohio, Miss issippi, Tennessee and Georgia and will serve as an intermediate step between college and the NBA’s developmental league.

The move to Cobb County allows the Gwizzlies to get a fresh start after several rocky seasons in Gwinnett and Macon as members of the ABA and now-defunct American National Basketball League. Malone said he was persuaded to move the franchise to the area by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. He also thinks the team’s fan base will get a boost with the move – especially if they are able to play in the Cobb Civic Center.

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