Q&A with NBRPA Dallas Chapter President Cincy Powell

May 12, 2014

By: Paige Tonz

NBRPA member Cincy Powell is the Dallas Chapter President.  Powell played professionally in the American Basketball Association for the Dallas Chaparrals after attending the University of Portland. He averaged 18.3 points in his first season, along with 9 rebound per game. Cincy also represented Dallas in the ABA All-Star Game. He contributed to other teams such as: the Kentucky Colonels, Utah Stars, and Virginia Squires. In his overall career, Powell scored a total of 9,746 points. 

Q: Have you always known that basketball would be a part of your life after your own basketball career as a player?

I thought so. I always thought basketball would be a part of my life. Not so much playing, but working with kids. Life after basketball has taught me to network and allowed me to meet people that I would have never met if I only played basketball professionally. I have met a lot of people and through those people,  I was able to contact people that were able to get me into the business side of the game.

Q: Do you think that your experience with leadership as a professional basketball player has helped you with other leadership roles? 

I really think so; I think that athletics gives you leadership. From high school all the way to college, I was considered one of the leaders on my team and that was just naturally what I did. Different leadership comes from example.

Q: What was the greatest part about being in the ABA? 

The best part about being in the ABA was the ability to follow a dream that I had to play professional basketball and play at a level where my peers would respect me. I used to sleep with my basketball and I dreamed about playing professional basketball. I read all the sports magazines and when I could watch basketball on television, I would. I practiced and played basketball in most of my free time growing up.

Q: How are you enjoying being President of the Dallas chapter?

I really enjoy it because it is all coming together with a lot of people’s hard work and time. It takes a lot of time to get something special like this off the ground. I have had help and support in order to get things going. We have a plan of reaching out to the community and doing things for the communities in order to get recognition and receive sponsors. We are utilizing social networks to help with fundraising and I am excited that the Dallas chapter is on its way.

Q: What kind of responsibilities do you have being President of your chapter? 

I consider myself to be Head Co-President because my philosophy in management is to include everybody. I take everyone’s recommendations and want lots of contributions. My job as the Head Co-President is to make sure we operate efficiently. My main responsibility is to stay within the guidelines and to achieve all of our goals in a timely matter. I manage the operations and communications of the chapter.

Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of being involved with the National Basketball Retired Players Association?

It really is the comradery. Professional basketball players are naturally bound to each other. Sometimes, I haven’t seen the guys I played with or against in 25 years, but when I see them it is like I saw them just yesterday. While we were playing, it was like we were a family. We would play a game and then go to another player’s home and have dinner. We’ve made a lot of laughs and friendships, some of our kids have grown up together, and it is those relationships we have fostered that make this association so great.

Q: How did you find yourself involved in the National Basketball Retired Players Association? 

I’ve been a member with the NBRPA for 7-10 years. I meet with the guys I haven’t seen in awhile and old associates across the country and we always look forward to those meetings together. It’s just like a fraternity and we have a lot of fun being in the NBRPA; that’s why I like doing it. If you are a retired player, you should be involved with the NBRPA.