The Gary Steelheads were a professional basketball team. They played in the International Basketball League (IBL), Continental Basketball Association (CBA), and the United States Basketball League (USBL). They were based in Gary, Indiana, United States, and played their home games at the Genesis Convention Center. The Steelheads were the 2006 CBA Eastern Conference champions.

Gary Steelheads
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LeagueCBA 2000
IBL 2000–2001
CBA 2001–2006
USBL 2007
IBL 2008
HistoryGary Steelheads
ArenaGenesis Convention Center
LocationGary, Indiana
Team colorsNavy blue, light blue, gray
Head coachRob Spon
OwnershipShowtime Sports and Entertainment, LLC


Former logo, while in the CBA

Gary was awarded a franchise in the CBA in 2000. The league folded so the Steelheads joined the IBL. Former CBA franchise owners purchased the CBA name from the bankruptcy court. The IBL and IBA combined to reform the CBA in 2001. After playing five seasons in the CBA the team announced on July 21, 2006, that they would be sitting out the 2006–07 CBA season.

During that time former owner Jewell Harris Sr. was indicted on federal extortion and other charges unrelated to the team. He resigned from the team pending a sale.

On October 24, the new ownership, Showtime Sports and Entertainment, LLC (headlined by Jewell Harris Jr.), announced they would be moving to the USBL for 2007.[1]

After one season in the USBL, which included multiple teams folding, the Steelheads joined the IBL (unrelated to the former IBL) for the 2008 season. The Steelheads sat out the 2009 season and eventually ceased operations.[2]


Year League Wins Losses % Reg. season Playoffs
2000 CBA 9 15 .375 5th, American League folded
2000/01 IBL 7 23 .233 5th, National Did not qualify
2001/02 CBA 22 34 .393 4th, American Did not qualify
2002/03 CBA 25 23 .521 3rd, American Did not qualify
2003/04 CBA 27 21 .563 3rd Lost first round
2004/05 CBA 17 31 .354 4th, Eastern Did not qualify
2005/06 CBA 29 19 .604 2nd, Eastern Conference champs
2007 USBL 16 11 .593 3rd Lost first round
2008 IBL 18 4 .818 1st Opted out


Gary Steelheads all-time roster[3]
Players Coaches


  1. ^ Hamnik, Al (2006-10-24). "USBL lands big catch in Steelheads". The Northwest Indiana and Illinois Times. Retrieved 2009-04-02.
  2. ^ Hamnik, Al (2008-11-21). "Gary Steelheads to sit out 2009 IBL season". The Northwest Indiana and Illinois Times. Retrieved 2009-04-02.
  3. ^ GARY STEELHEADS basketball team "Former Players"