Team to Begin Play Next Season

The D-League Expands to Reno

From left, Fat Lever, D-League president Dan Reed
and majority owner David Kahn at the Reno announcement.
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  • VIDEO: RENO EXPANSION

    Reno, NV – Feb. 29, 2008 – Reno, Nevada has been awarded an NBA Development League franchise and will begin play during the 2008-09 season, it was announced today at a press conference at the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.

    “We’re thrilled to be bringing an NBA Development League team to Reno, one of the truly remarkable economic success stories in America the last several years,” said the team’s owner David Kahn, who also operates Southwest Basketball LLC. “With the increase in population and the diversification of the economy, we believe the market is primed to support high-quality family entertainment at affordable prices.”

    The announcement featured 300 local children, Kahn, Fat Lever, a two-time NBA All-Star and current Director of Player Development for the Sacramento Kings, and Dan Reed, the president of the D-League.

    “There’s no doubt our league is thriving,” said Reed. “Attendance is up over 20%, our team sponsorship numbers and team season ticket sales numbers are up as well, and we continue to provide NBA teams with high-quality players. I expect Reno will be very happy with the brand of basketball we feature, and also the positive impact our players make in the communities that we serve.”

    Although the NBA teams Reno will be associated with will not be determined until this summer, the team will be the affiliate of two or three NBA teams that can assign their first and second year players to Reno a maximum of three times per season. This season there have been 30 players assigned to the D-League by NBA teams in order for the player to gain valuable playing time and enhance skills.

    Tickets for Reno D-League games are currently on sale and can be purchased on their website www.nbareno.com or by calling 775-284-2NBA (2622).

    About the D-League

    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 14 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.