Bighorns To Be Affiliated With Kings and Warriors

For Immediate Release
July 6, 2010

RENO, Nev.— The Reno Bighorns will play the 2010-11 season as the NBA D-League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors, the National Basketball Association announced today.

The Bighorns, coming off their first playoff appearance in franchise history, will retain the Sacramento Kings for the third-straight season. The lone player in Bighorns franchise history to be sent to Reno on assignment was from the Kings, as guard Donte Greene played five games for the ‘Horns in the 2008-09 season.

The Kings finished last season at 25-57, in fifth place in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division. The Kings selected University of Kentucky big man Demarcus Cousins with the fifth-overall selection in the 2010 NBA Draft. Sacramento would select Marshall center Hassan Whiteside in the second round of the draft.

Reno’s new parent club for the upcoming season is the Golden State Warriors, who spent last season as the parent club for the Bakersfield Jam.

Golden State finished the 2009-10 season at 26-56 in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division. The Warriors selected Baylor power forward Ekpe Udoh with the sixth-overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

The Warriors roster was stacked with players featuring NBA D-League experience last season. Golden State made five Gatorade Call-Ups in 2009-10, a record total for an NBA team.

Season-ticket packages for the 2010-11 Bighorns campaign are on-sale now. Call (775) 284-2622 or visit www.RenoBighorns.com for more information.

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league featured 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor, while a new team, the Texas Legends, will join the League for the 2010-11 season. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.