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Rockets assign Novak to D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers

November 11, 2007 - NBA G League (G League) - Rio Grande Valley Vipers News Release

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2007 Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that forward Steve Novak has been assigned to their NBA Development League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Novak, in his second professional season was selected 32nd overall by the Rockets in the 2006 NBA Draft and appeared in 35 games last season. He started one game and averaged 1.5 points and 0.7 rebounds in 5.4 minutes.

Novak, 23 is the third NBA player to be assigned to the D-League this season. He follows Ramon Sessions, assigned to the Tulsa 66ers from the Milwaukee Bucks and Kyrylo Fesenko who was sent to the Utah Flash by the Utah Jazz.

The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, and the first-ever basketball league with direct affiliations to NBA teams. Now in its seventh season the D-League's goals are to provide affordable, NBA-caliber entertainment to fans of its 14 teams, as well as continue to develop players, coaches, referees and front-office personnel for the NBA. As the single source for in-season player "call-ups" to the NBA, fans of the D-League enjoy the highest caliber of basketball played outside the NBA. In fact, former D-League players represented 10 percent of NBA players on 2007-08 opening day rosters, numbering 44 in total.

In addition, the D-League has produced 25 percent of current NBA referees and 16 current NBA coaches, including head coach Sam Vincent with the Charlotte Bobcats. The D-League is an innovative and rapidly growing sports property that also serves as an experimental testing ground for new initiatives of the NBA and its teams, provides continuing education and professional development resources for its players, and is committed to serving its local communities through D-LEAGUE CARES and grassroots efforts.

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