Tonight, the Bring the NBA to Louisville Facebook group is hosting an event to promote the idea of an NBA franchise calling Louisville home.

The event will take place at Bearno’s by the Bridge at 131 W. Main St., right next to the KFC Yum! Center at the corner of Second and Main Streets.

After a happy hour meet and greet, there will be a one-hour panel discussion from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the possibilities, obstacles and realities of an NBA team playing in the KFC Yum! Center.

This discussion will be followed by a 30-minute Q & A session with the audience.

Panel participants include:

Lloyd “Pink” Gardner, the former head trainer/equipment manager/traveling secretary and co-author of ‘Kentucky Colonels of the ABA’, the definitive history of Louisville’s last professional basketball franchise.

J. Bruce Miller, local attornery tasked in 1999 by the old Louisville Board of Alderman to find a team for Louisville. He is a former ABA player agent and author of “Air Ball,” an account of Louisville’s failure to land an NBA team since the folding of the Kentucky Colonels in 1976.

Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, a long-time proponent of bringing a professional franchise to Louisville and involved in city government since 1992.

Tyler Allen, co-founder of the 8664 movement, businessman and former Louisville mayoral candidate.

All with discuss the realties and obstacles of an NBA team sharing the KFC Yum! Center with the University of Louisville men’s and women’s teams.

After that, the group will celebrate Louisville’s last professional sports championship by watching the 1975 ABA Championship Game Five, which the Kentucky Colonels claimed with a 4-1 series victory over the arch-rival Indiana Pacers.

Following that, will be the Denver Nuggets-Los Angeles Lakers game live.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.,  Lachlan McLean will be broadcasting his Sports Talk 84 on 84WHAS live.

There’s also live music from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.with Calrk Absher & Brian Halfacre as wellas $3 drink specials all night long.

The scheduled:

• 5:30-6:30pm: Happy hour meet and greet with free bread and cheese sticks

• 6:30-8:00pm: Panel discussion and Q&A on the realities of the NBA in Louisville

• 8:00-10:00pm: 1975 ABA Championship Game Five

• Indiana Pacers vs. Kentucky Colonels

• 10:00-close: Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Call 305-978-8874 for more information.

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