Chicago Blaze Press Releases

  • The Blaze Free Agency Review +

    Written by- Toyota Kawasaki The Blaze this free agency had only 2 goals, the 1st was to re-sign Gary Budd and the second was to make sure they had money to spend next free agency. Well the Blaze accomplished both. The team did lose Chris Brawner to the hated Americans, but as bad as he did at the helm last year for the Blaze it might be a blessing in disguise. Let’s talk about Gary Budd. The team had hoped to sign him for about 6 million less in total than he got, the team still thought he was worth every penny. Last year Budd started 37 games and started to show the league that he can score and play Read More
  • Blaze draft review +

    Well anyway you look at it, last season was a Major Disappointment. So, with 4 picks in the Top 30 picks this season, the team was hoping to go into it and find some gems. The overall consensus for the team is that they did a good job in picking players, all be it projects in a few of them. There was some slight controversy over the 2nd pick which we will get to shortly. With the Blaze’s first pick and 5th overall the team picked a player that has a lot of improving to do, but if he does it, he may be one of the best players drafted. That player is Herschel Pettway PG out of Boston College. Read More
  • Frank Mask ERA Over +

    The Frank Mask ERA in Chicago has ended. Unfortunately for everyone involved, it wasn’t much of an ERA. When acquired in 2021 from the Sharks, the team had hoped he would evolve into a good squad player. While Frank always put in the effort, he never really developed more than a decent D-League player. In the 3 seasons with the Blaze, Frank got into 11 and started 5. On 12/13/2021, he had a night to remember. In that game he went 11-11 from the field scoring 23 points and winning player of the game. Some thought that was going to be his coming out party, but instead he couldn’t improve much on it and was stuck in the D-League all Read More
  • 3-Team Trade +

    Well the worst kept secret in the league was that Ervin Glaser was on borrowed time with the Blaze and heading the Swing as soon as the league rules allowed, but to the surprise of everyone GM Abcarian made it a 3-team trade. The team has exceeded expectations this season, so they were a little bummed losing a key player with no one to replace him, well that has changed. The team got lucky in having a lot of expiring contract salary on the books this year and were able to find a team trying to shed money in the future. While GM Abcarian spoke to a few GM’s and had advanced talks with 2 of them, the trade that Read More
  • Final 3 spots +

    The fans and management know it is going to be a long season, but just because it will be a long season, doesn’t mean they don’t care about who makes the team. The team got off to a slow start playing their bench players to start the preseason, but it also gave them a sense in who to cut. The team has announced that 12 players have officially made the squad: Orson Almonte, Gary Budd, Chris Brawner, Ervin Glaser (traded day 60), Marvin Marshall, Daniel West, Luitpold Hippeli, Armando Bass, Dewey Bryant, Kenny Just, Frank Mask and Bill Jaimes. Those players will all make it past the final cuts, but the final 3 spots are being played for by 5 Read More
  • The Blaze Deal White +

    The Chicago Blaze have made their first official trade of the offseason. While there is another deal that has been made, it must wait 60 days. So, what is the deal? The Blaze have traded long time vet Carl White to the newly named Evolution for SF Kenny Just, PF Colby Garrick and the Evolution’s 1st round pick in year 2026. Some of the fans will not be happy another veteran is going for pretty much nothing but a pick, but a lot of them will be very happy. Why happy? Well in his tenure in Chicago, Carl White has shown signs of brilliance and then given the fans complete aggravation with the shots he chooses or sometimes how he Read More
  • Blaze announce new staff +

    It is no secret that last off-season hiring of coaches didn’t go as planned. You could go as far as to say the Blaze could have picked 4 better coaches from their home attendance than the ones that were hired. Now saying that, the team didn’t do that poorly all things considered, but this off-season the team let go of anyone still under contract and vowed to do better. Let’s look at who the Blaze signed and if they have upgraded or not. Head Coach: Alfonso Nelson: Rumor is they did not get the head coach they desired and that their second choice was given the wrong offer. Saying all that the team hired green coach Alfonso Nelson. Alfonso is Read More
  • Blaze vs Americans +

    In what is known around the league, the Blaze series verse the Americans is the most important series of the year for GM Abcarian. His long time friend and rival GM’s the Americans and it always makes GM Abcarian happy to win the series no matter what their league record is. Well this year the last game of the season happened to be on 4/20 vs the Americans with the series 2-1 Blaze. Well for the game every attendee got a hemp hat that said. “Blaze Up!”. Another thing the Blaze did was give half the money made at concessions went to the charity of Aim High in honor of Jay Amado. While some fans thought maybe it was a Read More
  • Lottery Time Again +

    Well it looks like Chicago once again will be headed to the lottery. This year the team had hoped that they could squeeze their way into the playoffs, but while some people made great progress, other key positions did not. Then mid season the GM while on a work trip, lost all contact with the team and wasn't able to access the owner of the team to help facilitate the changes that were needed. The good thing that is happening this off-season is that the team has cap room again and will be in the market for 1 star Free Agent. The problem is what position and who will they sign. Another good thing is that next season the team Read More
  • Blaze Draft German Controversy? +

    In the 2022 draft the Chicago Blaze took Luitpold Hippeli with the #5 pick from Germany after he finished 1 year at TCU. No one doubts Hippeli’s ability to score, but the question is will he learn to play defense? While at TCU, Hippeli was able to score almost at will as a Freshman, averaging 19.2 points in 29 minutes a game. He also picked up 4 rebounds a game but had a few too many turnovers and fouls. Both those should decrease as he gets older and a higher basketball IQ. The Blaze had been rumored to be looking at Wallace Briseno, Edward Baranowksi and Roger Desfontaines (picked #3) before the draft. Rumors are that the new assistant coach Read More
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