May 8, 2006 - NBA Development League (D-League)
GREENVILLE, S.C., May 8 - Seven new markets are included in the roster of 12 teams that will comprise the 2006-07 NBA Development League. Two divisions of six teams will be announced prior to the release of the 2006-07 schedule.
The league will be composed of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (N.M.), Anaheim (Calif.), Arkansas RimRockers (Little Rock), Austin Toros (Texas), Bakersfield Jam (Calif.), Colorado 14ers (Broomfield), Dakota Wizards (Bismarck, N.D.), Fort Worth Flyers (Texas), Idaho Stampede (Boise), Los Angeles, Sioux Falls Skyforce (S.D.) and Tulsa 66ers (Okla.).
The Florida Flame has decided not to field a team in 2006-07 due to difficulties in arena scheduling. Members of the Flame ownership group are examining alternate venues with hopes of a return for the 2007-08 season.
"We are excited about the group of teams we have put together for the 2006-07 season and the potential for creating even more interest in the D-League with strong geographic rivalries," D-League President Phil Evans said. "As the D-League continues to be embraced by the NBA and its teams, we will continue to explore further expansion opportunities for 2007-08."
The D-League continues to develop talent from across all disciplines for the NBA\'s 30 teams and the entire NBA umbrella. This season, 19 NBA teams assigned 29 players to D-League affiliates. There were also 18 GATORADE Call-Ups from the D-League to the NBA. Additionally, every referee hired by the NBA since 2002 has worked in the D-League, while coaches, athletic trainers and front office executives are also being developed.
Designed to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the league also offers fun, family entertainment at affordable prices. For additional information on the NBA Development League, visit NBADLEAGUE.com.