Herkimer’s semi-pro basketball team debut on Saturday


Human calculator Scott Flansburg’s dream of playing semi-professional basketball in Herkimer comes true on Saturday. The Herkimer Originals open their home season on Saturday night at Herkimer College against the Rochester Roc City Lions.

Flansburg created the Herkimer 9 which intends to restore the story that claims that key elements of the game of basketball were in fact invented and first played in Herkimer.

The name Herkimer Originals and its logo “originated” from the fact that Herkimer, NY was the originator of the game of basketball: Lambert Will was the inventor and led the development of the rules; the first game (February 7, 1891); the first edge and net (knitted by Lambert Will’s mother) and the first back panel in 1893; all from the village of Herkimer and surrounding communities.

Courtesy of Herkimer Originals.

The Originals “circled logo” was developed by rock legend Alice Cooper, who is a friend of Flansburg.

Flansburg plans to host youth basketball tournaments in Herkimer, as well as a museum, sports complex and even a Guinness World Record attempt for the world’s greatest basketball. It’s all part of his plan to set the record straight for how basketball was actually developed.

The Herkimer Originals will play 26 games by March 26, hoping to make it into the American Basketball Association’s national tournament. The ABA is not at all affiliated with the major league American Basketball Association which merged with the NBA in 1978.

The Originals is made up of a group of college basketball players, many of whom have played on championship teams at MVCC and Herkimer College.

Saturday night games include a Halloween costume party for kids and tickets can be purchased here.

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