Video by James Maertens & Hunter Phillips

Words by Hunter Phillips

Basketball has found a new home in the Heartland. The Midwest Basketball League has tipped off its inaugural season this spring, and Urban Plains visited with one of the 11 teams that make up the MBL –The Cedar Valley CourtKings. Based out of Waterloo, Iowa, the CourtKings are 0-2 early in the season. Reporters James Maertens and Hunter Phillips spoke with a few of the players before the season started about what they are hoping to achieve with the CourtKings. UP also met with owner and general manager Gary Rima, who discusses how the CourtKings and MBL were developed along with his goals as a first-time owner of a semi-professional basketball team.

Urban Plains sends our condolences to the family of CourtKings player Rashad Namar Carrington, who died in a car accident on May 8.