The Albuquerque Silvers were an American basketball team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which was a member of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). The team was coached by Norm Ellenberger, the former coach of the University of New Mexico men's basketball team.[1] The franchise was run by P. Patrick McKernan who was also the president and general manager of the Pacific Coast League Albuquerque Dukes.[2]

Albuquerque Silvers
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HistoryAlberta Dusters
Las Vegas Silvers
Albuquerque Silvers
LocationAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Team colorsBlue & Silver

The team was previously known as the Las Vegas Silvers, but was re-located to Albuquerque on February 10, 1983 by the CBA after the team owners failed to meet their financial obligation to the league.[3] According to the CBA, Silvers owners Patrick Shimbashi and Ken Ford—who together owned 90 percent of the team—could not agree on a way to fund the team.[2]

Year-by-year with Alberta Dusters

Year League Reg. Season Playoffs
1980/81 CBA 4th, Western Western Division Semifinals
1981/82 CBA 3rd, Western Did not qualify

Year-by-year with Las Vegas Silvers

Year League Reg. Season Playoffs
1982/83 CBA N/A N/A

Year-by-year with Albuquerque Silvers

Year League Reg. Season Playoffs
1982/83 CBA 4th, Western Did not qualify
1983/84 CBA 6th, Western Did not qualify
1984/85 CBA 7th, Western Did not qualify


  1. ^ "Ellenberger hired". New York Times. 10 February 1983. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Untitled". United Press International. Natberth, Pennsylvania. February 10, 1983.
  3. ^ Bradley, Robert. "History of the Continental Basketball Association". Assn for Professional Basketball Research. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.