August 7, 2009 - NBA Development League (D-League) - Maine Red Claws
PORTLAND, MAINE - The Maine Red Claws will, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today unveiled the team\'s new and improved website, www.maineredclaws.com. The announcement was made by Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings.
The new website was designed by the NBA\'s technical and creative staff under the direction of the Maine Red Claws staff, using the familiar layout featured by all NBA Development League Teams. The Red Claws site has a distinctly Maine feel, however, including a masthead that features Portland Head Light, complete with rotating light, stormy crashing seas, rolling clouds and lightning.
"The Red Claws are Maine\'s team, and we wanted our website to reflect that," said Jennings. "Portland Headlight is the most photographed lighthouse in the world and one of the most stunning locations anywhere. It was only appropriate that it be featured in our website, and the designers did an incredible job of bringing it to life."
The newly designed website includes a revolving panel of top stories to keep visitors up to date on the latest team news as well as links to popular pages such as the Maine Red Claws Dance Team, the team\'s soon-to-be unveiled mascot Crusher, and multimedia. Red Claws season ticket holders will be able to access their accounts through the new site, and the home page includes links to the Red Claws two NBA parent clubs, the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats.
MAINE RED CLAWS: 2009-10 will mark the inaugural season for the Maine Red Claws. The NBA D-League team will begin play in November at 3,009-seat Portland Exposition Building. The franchise is owned and operated by Maine Basketball, LLC, which is principally owned by Bill Ryan Sr., the chairman of TD Banknorth Group, and Bill Ryan Jr., owner and operator of Oxford Plains Speedway. Jon Jennings, a partner in Maine Basketball, LLC and former Boston Celtics assistant coach, serves as the team\'s president and general manager.
NBA Development League: The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA\'s official minor league and featured 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams during the 2008-09 season. This fall, two new NBA D-League teams will begin play in Portland, Maine and Springfield, Massachusetts - the birthplace of basketball. Eighty-four former NBA Development League players were on 2008-09 NBA end-of-season rosters, amounting to almost 20 percent of NBA players, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league\'s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.