Continental Basketball Association (1994-1995)
Born: 1994 – The Columbus Horizon relocate to Shreveport, LA.
Died: 1995 – The Crawdads are re-branded as the Shreveport Storm.
Arena: Hirsch Memorial Coliseum (8,300)
A woeful and well-travelled Continental Basketball Association franchise that touched down in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1994. The Shreveport Crawdads traced their lineage back to the formation of the CBA’s Sarasota Stingers in 1983, a team that was owned by formed by con artist Jeffrey Fischer with money stolen his from stock brokerage clients. Over the next eleven years, the franchise wandered through Florida (Florida Stingers), West Virginia (Charleston Gunners) and Ohio (Columbus Horizon) under various ownerships and name changes.
Through all the upheaval, the Stingers/Gunners/Horizon remained remarkably consistent: the franchise never made the CBA playoffs in eleven seasons and finished last in their division six times.
The move to Shreveport did nothing to break the curse: the Crawdads finished in dead last place with a 17-39 record in their only season of play.
The Crawdads had a small collection of former NBA 1st round draft picks on their roster including Kevin Brooks (Milwaukee Bucks ’91), Roy Marble (Atlanta Hawks ’89) and Rumeal Robinson (Atlanta Hawks ’90). The team also negotiated with long-time NBA vet Terry Catledge (Philadelphia 76ers ’85) but failed to come to terms on a contract.
Following the 1994-95 season, the team changed its name to the Shreveport Storm. The Storm finished in last place one more time before the franchise’s final owner put the cursed team out of its misery in 1996.