A NEW PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM IS COMING TO BEAUMONT TEXAS, COURTESY OF THE 2008 BOSTON CELTIC NBA CHAMPION, KENDRICK PERKINS

The Beaumont Panthers are a new professional basketball team coming to the city next year.
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The Beaumont Panthers are a new professional basketball team, owned by Kendrick Perkins, that’s coming to the city next year.

The Beaumont Panthers have been announced as a new member of The Basketball League, a professional organization in its fourth year of existence. Former NBA Champion and Ozen High School graduate Kendrick Perkins will be the team’s “New Owner,” citing a desire to bring positive attention back to his hometown.

It will be the region’s first professional basketball team since the Southeast Texas Mavericks played in Winnie from 2008-11. That franchise, now known as the Shreveport Mavericks, is also a member of The Basketball League.

“This is giving my hometown something to be proud of,” Perkins said of the Panthers. “A chance to give those that didn’t have the opportunities we had a chance to be seen. An outlet. Something that kids can see and say ‘I can do that.’”

Planing to start play in the 2022 season, the Panthers will be the 30th team in The Basketball League. The 2021 season is currently coming to a head, with playoffs scheduled for early July.

Those 29 other teams are scattered across the country, including three other Texas-based squads — the Dallas Skyline, the Waco Royals and the Houston Push.

The Basketball League CEO Evelyn Magley said Beaumont’s location between Houston and Louisiana made it a prime target for an expansion team.

“We are thrilled to have Beaumont be a big piece of our expansion plans and believe that having one of their native sons (Kendrick Perkins) help guide the program will be a nice jump start for exposure and allow for credibility with the team’s community engagement.”

Perkins formed the team with the help of his cousin Jay McDonald and Beaumont city councilman AJ Turner, who jumped at the chance to help invest in Beaumont’s community when the idea was brought to him.

As for the Panthers, the team will hold open tryouts in various cities across the nation, including dates in Beaumont from July 30th-31st and November 20-21. The team has yet to announce a coach or where it will play home games.

Kendrick Perkins

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Kendrick Perkins
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Perkins with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2011
Personal information
Born November 10, 1984 (age 36)
Nederland, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school Clifton J. Ozen
(Beaumont, Texas)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Playing career 2003–2018
Position Center
Number 43, 5, 3, 21
Career history
20032011 Boston Celtics
20112015 Oklahoma City Thunder
2015 Cleveland Cavaliers
2015–2016 New Orleans Pelicans
2017–2018 Canton Charge
2018 Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 4,214 (5.4 ppg)
Rebounds 4,532 (5.8 rpg)
Blocks 903 (1.2 bpg)
Stats 
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Kendrick Le’Dale Perkins (born November 10, 1984) is a former American professional basketball center. He entered the NBA directly out of high school and played for the Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New Orleans Pelicans, winning the NBA Championship in 2008 with the Celtics. Perkins is now an NBA analyst for ESPN and other networks.

Perkins graduated from Clifton J. Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas, in 2003. He led Ozen High to four consecutive district championships and one state championship during his high school career. Averaging 27.5 points, 16.4 rebounds and 7.8 blocked shots a game as a senior, he led Ozen to a 33–1 record, with the only loss being a 66–54 setback to Fort Worth Dunbar in the state 4A championship game. After his senior season in 2003, Perkins was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Game.

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Perkins was listed as the No. 3 center and the No. 6 player in the nation in 2003. He had originally committed to Memphis, but opted instead to make the jump to the NBA straight out of high school.

The 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) center was drafted in the first round with the 27th pick of the 2003 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies,[5] but then, he was immediately traded along with Marcus Banks to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Troy Bell and Dahntay Jones, who had been selected by the Celtics in the same draft.[6]

During the 2004–05 season, Perkins received more playing time than he did his rookie season, and became known as one of the tougher players on the Celtics. He had a limited role during the regular season and playoffs as the team’s “enforcer”.

After marked improvements during summer training and practice, Perkins earned more playing time from coach Doc Rivers during the 2005–06 season. He played some of the best games of his career in 2006, repeatedly reaching double figures in points and rebounds. After the trade of Mark Blount to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Perkins became the undisputed starting center for the Celtics, although he was already sharing starting time before Blount’s departure. He started at center for the 2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics.

Perkins was the first in his draft class to win an NBA CHAMPIONSHIP, this class included Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Dewayne Wade, and Carmelo Anthony.

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Evelyn Magley – CEO

Evelyn is the former Director of Community Engagement at the Brampton A’s of the National Basketball League (NBL) of Canada. As a liaison she scaled the forward facing programming of the NBL, professional basketball teams, and nonprofit organizations within the community at large.

A Music Educator and Music Therapist, Magley has a passion for positively impacting the lives of young people. As a graduate from the University of Kansas she co-founded “Children with Purpose,” an inner-city ministry focused on mentoring children through the gospel, academic services, hot meals, and music.

A $3.7 million Fine Arts Building was constructed to house and educate students in a music program that grew to an 89% participation rate under her tutelage in Bradenton, Florida.