ROSTERS AND OFFICES FULL OF FORMER STAMPEDE
Three former Head Coaches for the Stampede are currently working with NBA teams, including LA Clippers Assistant Coach Rory White, Milwaukee Bucks Assistant Coach Larry Krystkowiak and more recently, Joe Wolf is with the Phoenix Suns helping with their Summer League squad.
Former Stampede GM Clay Moser was recently added to the Sacramento Kings staff as an Advance Scout and former Stampede Assistant Coach Jason Staudt is with the Bucks as their Video Coordinator.
Among the many teams involved with minor-league professional basketball, it would be a tough task to find more NBA talent, than the players that have put on a Stampede jersey.
Damon Jones has brought his three-point shooting skill to the Cleveland Cavaliers, hit a game-winning shot during last year’s playoff run, and has recently become the only NBA player to sign a shoe contract with a Chinese shoe company. Ira Newble is also providing valuable minutes for the Cavs, backing up superstar LeBron James.
Rafer Alston has found a home with the Houston Rockets, Noel Felix finished last season with Stampede affiliate Seattle SuperSonics, and Awvee Storey has contributed in a backup role to the successful turnaround of the Washington Wizards. Also, Smush Parker is now a household name with the Los Angeles Lakers as their starting point guard, and NBA veteran Randy Livingston is helping to lead a young Chicago Bulls team.
Other former Stampede players are giving their all to try and make NBA rosters this summer. In Orlando at the Pepsi Pro Summer League, Eric Williams is averaging 9.0 points per game and just over four rebounds per game for the NJ Nets, while Alpha Bangura is with the Orlando Magic and contributing 8.3 points while shooting almost 93% from the free throw line. Kaniel Dickens in limited time with the Indiana Pacers is averaging 2.5 points and three rebounds per game.
At the Toshiba Vegas Summer League, three former Stampede players are on the Denver Nuggets summer roster, Ricky Sanchez, Eric Chenowith and Josh Davis. Davis is averaging 9.3 points and nearly four rebounds, while Sanchez is at nearly 10 points per game and just over four rebounds. Chenowith in limited playing time is averaging just under three points per contest.
Britton Johnsen is with the Phoenix Suns summer league squad and is contributing just over six points and four rebounds, while Chris Burgess is at three points and 2.8 rebounds per game in limited time for the Washington Wizards. Matt Freije has not played thus far for the Houston Rockets due to personal reasons. And former Boise State and Stampede player Jermaine Blackburn is contributing four points per game in limited minutes for the Cavs.
Stampede fans should also follow the Utah Jazz and Sonics this summer as their draft picks will see how they stand up against other NBA players. There are also undrafted free agents that could possibly earn a roster spot and be eligible to play for the Stampede next season. For more information on 2006 NBA Summer Leagues please visit www.nba.com.
The Idaho Stampede will begin its ninth season-of-play in November at Qwest Arena as a member of the NBA Development League. Individuals and businesses interested in purchasing season tickets or to learn more about the upcoming season, may contact the Idaho Stampede office at 208-388-HOOP (4667) or visit www.idahostampede.com
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