14-Game Schedule Highlights D-League Talent in front of NBA Team Executives

D-League Showcase Schedule Set For January 14-17

NEW YORK, Aug. 23, 2007 – The schedule for the fourth annual NBA Development League Showcase features 14 games between January 14 and 17, 2008. The event will take place on the Idaho Stampede’s home court, at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho.

Action tips off on Monday, Jan. 14, when the Bakersfield Jam takes on the Utah Flash at 1:45pm MDT, and will continue with two more contests during the afternoon and evening. The schedules for Tuesday and Wednesday each include four games, beginning at 11:00am MT, while the Showcase comes to an end on Thursday with the final three, also starting at 11:00am MT.

“Being able to host the NBA Development League Showcase during our 10th year Anniversary Season at Qwest Arena is a special honor,” said Stampede President & General Manager Steve Brandes. “Not only are we excited to bring a premiere NBA experience to sports fans in the Treasure Valley, but we are extremely proud to be able to host an event that will have such a positive impact on Idaho.”

The Stampede will play host to all 14 D-League teams, who, along with general managers, player personnel and scouts from each of the 30 NBA teams, will come together for four days to highlight the league’s talent. Members of the international basketball community will also make the trip to Boise to watch the games first-hand.

“We are excited that the D-League Showcase will be held in Boise, ID in 2008,” Chris Alpert, D-League Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel said. “Similar to previous years, this event will provide our players with exposure to NBA scouts and showcase one of our great markets. We look forward to being in Boise in January.”

Entering its seventh season, the NBA Development League – the NBA’s minor league established to develop talent across all disciplines for the NBA – has relocated its headquarters from Greenville, S.C. to New York City to help foster the D-League's continued growth by giving it direct access to the support and resources of the NBA and WNBA. During the 2006-07 season, 19 NBA teams assigned 24 players to D-League rosters, and 14 NBA teams called-up 16 players (‘Gatorade Call-ups’) while 31 D-League alumni participated in the NBA Playoffs. Additionally, every referee hired by the NBA since 2002 has worked in the D-League, while coaches, athletic trainers and front office executives are also being developed. The 2007-08 NBA season will also include the first-ever D-League coach to be promoted to the NBA with Sam Vincent taking over head coaching duties for the Charlotte Bobcats.

Designed to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the D-League offers NBA-quality basketball and fun, family entertainment at affordable prices. For additional information on the NBA Development League, visit NBADLEAGUE.com.

2008 NBA D-League Showcase Schedule


Day
Game
Time
NBA TV
Monday
Bakersfield vs. Utah
3:45 p.m. ETLive
Monday
Sioux Falls vs. Anaheim
6:30 p.m. ETTape (10 pm)
Monday
Iowa vs. Dakota
9:15 p.m. ETTape (12:30 a.m)
Tuesday
Ft. Wayne vs. Los Angeles
1:00 p.m. ETLive
Tuesday
Albuquerque vs. Colorado
3:45 p.m. ETLive
Tuesday
Anaheim vs. Bakersfield
6:30 p.m. ETTape (10 pm)
Tuesday
Rio Grande Valley vs. Idaho
9:15 p.m. ETTape (12:30 am)
Wednesday
Austin vs. Sioux Falls
1:00 p.m. ETLive
Wednesday
Tulsa vs. Albuquerque
3:45 p.m. ETLive
Wednesday
Utah vs. Iowa
6:30 p.m. ETLive
Wednesday
Dakota vs. Rio Grande Valley
9:15 p.m. ETLive
Thursday
Los Angeles vs. Austin
1:00 p.m. ETLive
Thursday
Colorado vs. Tulsa
3:45 p.m. ETLive
Thursday
Idaho vs. Fort Wayne
9:15 p.m. ETLive