Stephane Lasme Earns GATORADE Call-Up to the Miami Heat

NEW YORK, March 20, 2008 – Los Angeles D-Fenders forward Stephane Lasme today earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Miami Heat. He is scheduled to join the team tonight in Miami when the Heat hosts the Washington Wizards.

Lasme played in 37 games for the D-League’s D-Fenders (14 starts), who are currently two games behind the Western Division leading Idaho Stampede, and averaged 10.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 29.0 minutes.

The 19th GATORADE Call-Up this season, Lasme was selected in the second round (46th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors and participated with the Warriors in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas before being waived in November.

A four-year contributor at the University of Massachusetts, Lasme averaged 8.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks in 118 career games. As a senior, the Gabon native averaged 13.5 points 9.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks in 33 games and was only the third player in NCAA history to record four triple-doubles in a single season (2006-07). He left the Minutemen as the school’s all-time career blocks leader (399), surpassing Marcus Camby on the all-time list.

Prior to his time at UMass, Lasme spent three seasons (2000-2003) playing for the Gabon National Team, and represented Gabon in the All-Africa Games.

Lasme joins fellow D-League alumni Dorell Wright, Daequan Cook, Earl Barron, Alexander Johnson, Bobby Jones and Joel Anthony on the Heat’s roster.

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 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, 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 17 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 like the live web-streaming of all games available free to fans at d-league.com. 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.