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PG Valor announces Danilo “J.R.” Pinnock as new head coach
Credit: PG Valor/BVM Sports

PG Valor announces Danilo “J.R.” Pinnock as new head coach

LANDOVER, Md. — American Basketball Association (ABA) expansion team PG Valor Basketball announces more organizational changes as a new season approaches. PG Valor basketball team is now an entity under PG Valor Sports, LLC, a Maryland registered business. But that’s not the only recent upgrade for the organization.

After two unprecedented years of game cancellations and postponements due to COVID 19, the PG Valor Basketball team is preparing for a reset, reboot and renewal for the organization. Since their inception, the owner of the PG Valor Basketball team has always believed in building and giving an opportunity to those who show that they really want a chance to advance their coaching, playing, media etc careers on a professional level. Some opportunities proved to be lucrative and some opportunities never matriculated. PG Valor hopes to propel their organization to new and higher levels, with the announcement of their new head coach-Danilo “J.R.” Pinnock. 

“Yes! again! We are going to keep making changes until we get all of the right pieces in place. A lot of businesses have ‘trial and error’ periods and we aren’t any different. We tried some ideas and processes and we were either successful or we learned from those experiences and made changes. Whether it be with staff, players or coaches, we are going to keep going until we get it right. Mistakes have been made from running the organization to trusting the wrong individuals.But in the end we are still here! We are the longest running Maryland based professional organization. And if we must give a reminder-we are woman and minority owned! I believe that J.R. (Pinnock) joins the organization with experience, a willingness to grow and a different mindset and perspective in working with us. We continue to be destined to do great things in the professional and competitive sports world,” stated PG Valor Sports, LLC owner LaDonna M. Smith.

Despite his parents being natives of Panama, Danilo – an American-Panamanian basketball player – was born in Fort Hood, Texas. Pinnock attended George Washington University and was a leading scorer in 2005-06 and helped them in two NCAA tournaments. During his junior year and second round of the 2006 NBA draft he was picked 58th overall by the Dallas Mavericks. However, on draft night Pinnock was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. After playing seven preseason games with the Lakers Pinnock moved on to play in Germany for the Giessen 46ers. He then returned to the United States and played in the NBA D-League for the Arkansas RimRockers and in September 2007, he was picked up first overall in the D-League Expansion Draft by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Additionally, Pinnock has extensive relationships with overseas organizations with him previously playing in BSN (Baloncesto Superior Nacional), the professional basketball league of Puerto Rico. In 2010 he won his first professional championship with the Capitanes de Arecibo. When the team once again won the championship in 2011, J.R. won the championship.  He has also played in several other leagues to include: German BBL (Germany) (2006-07); Panama CBS League (Panama) (2007); Greek Basketball League (Greece) (2007-08); Venezuelan SuperLega (Venezuela) (2008 and 2015); Legadue (Italy) (2008-09); Argentina LNB (Argentina) (2008-09); ISBL (Israel) (2009-10); Dominican LNB (Dominican Republic) (2010-11 and 2015); and Mexico LNBP (Mexico) (2012-13).

When J.R. was asked for a statement, humbly he simply replied “I’m excited about the opportunity”.

J.R. is currently residing in Maryland and has been coaching his own AAU youth team Mason Elite DC Team Pinnock.

PG Valor has tryouts scheduled for August 20 and September 10, 2022 in Greenbelt, MD.

For pictures and more information on J.R. Pinnock, tryouts, purchasing tickets, PG Valor’s up and coming season, and all other PG Valor Sports, LLC news, visit our website at; our social media @pgvalorbball or by contacting us via email at [email protected].

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