CINCINNATI – The Ohio Kings, an American Basketball Association semi-professional basketball team, are back after a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic. The Cincinnati-based squad has several area team members who say it’s good to play in front of their city again.
What would you like to know
- The Ohio Kings semi-professional basketball team is back
- The team did not play last year due to the pandemic
- Since the team is a semi-professional team, most of the team members have other careers to make a living
- Kings point guard Kevin Lewis helps coach Woodward’s women’s basketball team in his spare time
Kevin Lewis spends the majority of his time on the basketball court. Lewis is in his first year as the team’s assistant coach.
He said it was the perfect opportunity to help train young basketball players.
“They needed help, I needed help, it gave me something to do,” Lewis said. “Again, this is another decision where I feel, I don’t regret it at all. Whatever the outcome of the game, wins and losses, just being there for these girls and d ‘making an impact on their lives has been the best part.
And from coach to coach, Lewis puts on his sneakers to be a player this time. He is a point guard for the Ohio Kings, a semi-professional basketball team from his hometown of Cincinnati.
“I love my city and everything it has given me so much,” said Lewis. “I’m just trying to give it back.”
The Kings did not play last year due to the pandemic. Lewis said it was nice to play in front of a crowd again in the season opener earlier this month.
“It was just good to get some normalcy back,” he said. “I play ball and do what I love to do, really.”
For Lewis and his teammates, however, they have to do more than just play basketball for a living, which is why Lewis even trains and works in the family business.
“It’s really all I do,” Lewis said. “I work. I train. I hoop.
But Lewis said all of the hard work was worth it to hopefully someday make baskets his livelihood.
“It just gives me the opportunity to continue what I love to do every day, which is playing basketball,” he said.
The Ohio Kings play all of their home games at the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.