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"Delight yourself in the Lord....
...and he will give you the desires of your heart."
Psalm 37:4, NIV
The Mid-Michigan Destroyers released TCOB Player Chuck Reed from his contract Wednesday,
February 4th, allowing him to pursue a dangling opportunity with the Buffalo Stampede.
Reed averaged just under 8 points per game for the Destroyers, but showed signs of having much
more to offer after helping Mid-Michigan to their second win of the season with a 34 point night
which included a 12-15 shooting performance.
"A good coach establishes the leaders and role players early on in the season, and Chuck was
clearly in the role player category," said Mark King, Founder of TCOB Players. "Rather than
hope for Chuck to crack into a more significant role, I felt it was in his best interest to get him
into a situation where he could carry more responsibility for a team."
Enter the Buffalo Stampede.
Disheartened and restless from a 1-6 start, the Buffalo Stampede were actively pursuing ways to
improve their team for a strong finish to their inaugural season. Generating extra interest by his
34 point night, Reed surged onto the Stampede radar.
"We heard good things about Chuck," said Vincent Leash, President of the Stampede. "We felt
he could make an immediate impact for our team!"
Slated to be a part of the first trade in PBL history, Buffalo agreed to trade a 2010 draft pick to
lure Reed from the Destroyers on February 2, 2009. After two days of contemplation, Head Coach
TJ Newsham opted to release Reed instead of using an extra player transaction move with a trade.
"Coach Newsham and the entire Destroyers organization have been great to me from day one!"
Reed exclaimed. "He showed that by releasing me so I could play a stronger role as a player with
another team. I'll be forever grateful to them for giving me my start in the PBL."
When asked if he was excited about heading to Buffalo, Reed answered, "I'll miss my teammates
in Michigan, but I need more out of my career right now. I'm really looking forward to helping
Buffalo finish strong! It's all a guy like me could ask for right now!"
Before this season, Reed spent time with the New York Nationals and the Washington Generals,
as well as a brief summer stint with the 2007 Indesit Fabriano Summer Team in Italy.
2009 is Reed's first taste of minor league basketball in the United States.
"I'm like anybody else playing in the US Minor Leagues. I'd love to get to the NBA," explained
Reed. "That's what the goal is, but my focus right now is to go to sleep every night knowing I
became a better player than I was when I woke up that day. God gave me a gift and the passion to
play basketball, and I want to be the best basketball player that I can be!"
Packed and ready to go, Reed headed towards the Michigan-Canadian border for Buffalo early
Thursday morning. News of Reed's official release was music to Vinsent Lesh's ears.
“We hear Chuck can play both the point and the shooting guard, and we need some depth in both
of those areas right now," said Lesh. "We're confident that Chuck will bring class to the
Stampede organization both on and off the court. When you can accomplish those two goals with
one player, you're strengthening your organization!"
The Stampede have a busy weekend with back to back games on Friday and Saturday.
Reed could suit up as early as Friday against the Manchester Millrats, but likely will see his first
action Saturday versus the Vermont Frost Heaves.
The Stampede head to Manchester to take on the Millrats this Friday at 7:00pm. They are back at
the Koessler Athletic Center in Buffalo hosting the Vermont Frost Heaves at 2:00pm.