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Former Albany High and Florida State hoops star Al Smith talks to a crowd at the Albany Civic Center on Tuesday after he was introduced as the first head coach of the newly founded Albany Shockwave, an ABA-sanctioned professional basketball team that will debut in November.

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Local hoops legend Smith to lead Albany’s new ABA pro team

For the first time since 1993, pro basketball is back in Southwest Georgia as the newly founded Albany Shockwave and general manager Christopher G. Pike name local basketball legend Al Smith as the franchise’s first head coach at Tuesday’s introductory news conference. (ADDS: Shockwave games won't conflict with city high school contests at Civic Center)

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