|Intro||Dominican Republic basketball player|
|A.K.A.||Luis Alberto Flores|
|Is|| Athlete |
|From|| Dominican Republic |
United States of America
|Birth||11 April 1981, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic|
Luis Alberto Flores (born April 11, 1981) is a Dominican professional basketball player from the Dominican Republic. He is a 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) and 205 lb (93 kg) guard. He grew up in the United States, in the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City, and attended Norman Thomas High School. Flores is a member of the Dominican Republic national basketball team.
Flores played his freshman college season with Rutgers University, but really showed all his potential during his three years with Manhattan College. He finished his career as Manhattan’s all-time leading scorer, averaging 22.7 points per game. He was named All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Tournament Most Valuable Player both in his junior and senior season. He also was selected in the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team during his three seasons in Manhattan and was the 2003 and 2004 recipient of the Haggerty Award as the top player in the NYC area – only the eighth player to win the award multiple times in the 70+ year history of the honor.
Flores was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 2nd round (55th pick) of the 2004 NBA Draft. His draft rights were traded to the Dallas Mavericks along with $300,000 cash in exchange for the draft rights to Vassilis Spanoulis before being traded to the Golden State Warriors on August 24, 2004. He played in 15 games with the Warriors (4.9 min per game) before being traded to the Denver Nuggets on February 24, 2005. He appeared only in one game with the Nuggets, playing 4 minutes, and was waived on August 30. Flores played three pre-season games for the New Orleans Hornets in 2006. After not making the Hornets regular season roster, Flores left for Europe.
Overseas, Flores first played in Italy for BT Roseto (Nov 2005-2006) and Bipop Carire Reggio Emilia (Dec 2006-2007). On August 8, 2007, he signed with Greek League team Olympiada Patras. In January, 2008, Flores returned to Italy where he signed with LegADue team Indesit Fabriano. 2008-2009 saw Flores in Israel playing impressively for Ligat HaAl’s defending champion Hapoel Holon. Flores helped Holon to their first Israeli State Cup. He left the team in the summer of 2009 to sign in Russia for Krasnye Krylya Samara.
In 2011, he signed with Asefa Estudiantes in Spain; he later left for the birth of his child. Then he signed with Budivelnyk Kyiv of Ukraine. After ending the season Flores joined the Titanes del Licey of the Dominican Republic, where he made the playoffs before being eliminated in the 1st round.