ERIE — The Erie BayHawks, of the NBA Developmental League, today announced their affiliate relationships with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. The BayHawks also introduced former LSU and Indiana University assistant coach John Treloar as the team’s first head coach.
“We are in a very unique situation for the D-League, given the regional nature of our NBA affiliates,” said Ron Sertz, BayHawks president. “The relatively easy access to Erie from both Cleveland and Philadelphia, adds an interesting opportunity for both the players and the fans when it comes to who will be playing in the market at any given time.”
"By having our fans be able to watch games with some of the young players we may happen to have with the BayHawks, we can create an even greater fan base,” said Danny Ferry, Cavaliers general manager. “It's a great thing.”
“From a basketball standpoint, we'll be able to come and watch games and support the guys we have here and also be able to scout players,” continued Ferry. “Other than the NBA, this is probably the most scouted professional league in the world. To be able to have it this close is very important."
"With the announcement of the Erie BayHawks as our new D-League affiliate, we will put a premium on taking advantage of the team's proximity and utilize the league as a key resource for our players' development," said Tony DiLeo, 76ers senior vice president and assistant general manager.
“John brings a tradition of winning basketball at every level, from college to professional and international, to the position of being the very first head coach of the Erie BayHawks,” said Sertz on the hiring of Treloar. “His ability to teach and develop talent combined with his competitive nature made him a natural choice to lead the team.”
Treloar most recently served as an assistant coach with the LSU Tigers. His career includes stints with Indiana University as an assistant head coach for Bobby Knight and Mike Davis. He coached the Wichita Falls Texans to a championship in the Continental Basketball Association in his first season as head coach.
The BayHawks will host a Fanfest, Saturday, June 14, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Tullio Arena. Admission is free. The event will feature a visit by Cavaliers Mascot Moondog between 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. and inter-active games including the Inflatable Dunker, the 360 Shoot-a-Round and the Game Face photo stands from the Cavs Fan Experience.
Fans will have the first opportunity to meet coach John Treloar, participate in an on-court shoot around, and register to win a rare, autographed Lebron James official NBA basketball.
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The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, and the first-ever basketball league with direct affiliations to NBA teams. Having recently completed its seventh season, the NBA D-Leagues goals are to provide affordable, NBA-caliber entertainment to fans of its 16 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 15 percent of players on 2008 end-of-season NBA rosters spent time honing their skills in the League. The League also 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.