The Albany Patroons


A Documentary in the Making

Coming in 2018

As the premiere franchise in the Continental Basketball Association from 1982 to 1992, the Albany Patroons left an indelible mark on the city of Albany, the CBA and the NBA. From elite coaches like Phil Jackson, Bill Mussleman and George Karl to standout players like Michael Ray Richardson, Mario Ellie, Tony Campbell, Sidney Lowe, Rick Carlisle and Scott Brooks, the Patroons' legacy continues to shape the world of professional basketball. We are working to bring you the untold story of the Patroons' quick rise, championship success and ultimate downfall. Beyond the franchise's ups and downs, the stories of the individuals involved, from fans, to executives to coaches and players are implausible, hilarious and inspiring. 


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Currently, the Trailer is available for commercial distribution and media inquiries only. For access please email Otherwise, feel free to enjoy the sample interviews listed below. Thank you!


Writing the Ship
Phil Jackson
An Old Dutch Barn
George Karl
Head Games
Rick Carlisle
Derrick Rowland
We Got Em
Jim Coyne
There's No "J" in Bench
Gary Holle


Got a patroons story to tell? We want to hear from you! We're also looking for footage, photographs, uniforms and memorabilia. If you have any interesting items, please let us know.