While most NBA D-League team names embrace a certain aspect of the home city's culture, the nickname Dazzle was a purposeful departure from that way of thinking. The Dazzle played at the Roanoke Civic Center, also home to the Roanoke Express and Roanoke Steam, so the organization wanted to distinguish itself from its railroad heritage. And, presumably, also to make it difficult for schoolchildren to write the name in cursive.
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