AIPA The American International Players Association was formed in 1999 by David Rivers, Tom McLaughlin and Dwight Robinson to help men and women playing international basketball. It's goal is to assist players and coaches with their orientation and transition to playing and living in a foreign country, assisting with contract questions and more importantly with breached and terminated contracts, understanding the tax ramifications of living overseas and creating initiatives aimed at establishing and protecting their rights.
For years players and coaches toiled in foreign countries without any rights and had no one to turn to for guidance and assistance. The US has supplied players like David Rivers, Danny Ferry, Dominique Williams, Bob McAdoo, Bill Laimbeer, Josh Childress, Brian Shaw, Rick Mahorn, Tate George, Alex English, Earl Cureton, Jeff Ruland, Delaney Rudd, Chris Gatling, Chris Morris, Adrian Dantley, Stephon Marbury, Danny Vranes, Kelly Tripucka, Walt Szczerbiak, Walter Berry, Rolando Blackman, Dennis Rodman, Anthony Mason, Ben Wallace, Vinny DelNegro, Reggis Theus, Kurt Rambis, Scott Skiles and countless others for international fans to enjoy and to grow the brand of US and NBA style basketball globally. Also, the US has supplied experienced coaches to help grow the game; George Karl coached in Spain, Mike D'Antoni in Italy, Herb Brown in Spain, David Blatt in Israel and Bob Hil in Italy as well as hundred others in countries all over the world.
AIPA has launched major initiatives to protect the interests of players and coaches globally. For decades players and their agents have been at the mercy of the International Clubs as to being paid and having a contract honored. In an intense effort to respond to this ongoing problem AIPA educates players and coaches as to their rights and provides them with services that help them protect those rights.
In addition, AIPA has a Truth/Rumor page where players and agents can let the international basketball community know when there is a club that is treating players unfairly and breaching contracts. Too often players are isolated in foreign countries and they don't have any rights and don't have any means to share information. With the instant communication capability of the internet AIPA has a tremendous tool that can assist the thousands of American men and women playing and coaching globally from China to Japan to Australia to Russia to Greece to Spain to Italy and to the hundreds of other countries where Americans have played for decades. AIPA supports players and lets the international basketball community know we are together and supporting one another.
AIPA also has reached out to, Bill Alexson, the founder of the NBA Chapel program and a chaplain for the Boston Celtics. Bill runs SportsPower International out of Baltimore and played international basketball in Greece and continues to bring teams of former professsional players overseas to play exhibition games. Bill has offered his counseling services to those in need. Bill is also on the AIPA Advisory Board.
David Rivers was an All-American at Notre Dame and a 1st round pick of the LA Lakers where he was on an NBA Conference Championship team. He played high school basketball at St.Anthony's in Jersey City, New Jersey for Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley. After playing a number of years in the NBA David took his talents to Europe where he won several Euroleague Championships and MVP Awards.playing for the best teams in Greece, Italy, Turkey and France. David was the highest paid player in all of Europe and still maintains a residence in Italy as well as Florida.
Tom McLaughlin was an assistant coach at Stanford and Notre Dame and a head coach at UMass. After coaching Tom worked alongside the legendary Sports Attorney, Bob Woolf in his Boston Office. Bob Woolf started the sports representation business and was the attorney to such stars as Larry Bird, Joe Montana, Doug Flutie, Larry King and New Kids on the Block.. While a basketball coach Tom served as the top assistant coach to ESPN's Digger Phelp's at Notre Dame. He currently is the President of Best In Sports a global representation and marketing firm headquartered in Boston. Tom played college basketball and was the captain of the University of Massachusetts. He played alongside NBA legend, DR J Julius Erving, NBA player and college coach , Al Skinner and former NBA and Louisville coach, Rick Pitino. After college Tom played professional basketball in Europe before becoming a college coach and business entrepeneur.