Helping local families during holidays part of the excitement as season tips off

Tulsa, Okla., December 3, 2008 – The Tulsa 66ers announced today that they are looking for fans to dish an assist to families throughout eastern Oklahoma by donating non-perishable food items on Opening Night, Friday, December 5. The 66ers will take on the Albuquerque Thunderbirds at 7 p.m. in the first-ever regular season NBA Development League game held at the SpiritBank Event Center. All food donations will go directly to benefit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

“Our franchise as a whole is looking at doing numerous things to help our community throughout the year,” 66ers President Jim Brylewski said. “With the help of our fans on Opening Night, we can change the lives of many families during the holidays.”

With two food item donations, fans will receive a Buy One, Get One Free ticket voucher, which is redeemable for any 66ers home game this December.

Other festivities surrounding Opening Night for the 2008-09 NBA D-League season include a free Oklahoma City Thunder pennant give-a-way to the first 1,000 fans, a special appearance by Myron Noodleman, and a free post-game autograph session with the entire 66ers roster following the game.

Fans can purchase single-game tickets, starting at $10, by logging on to tulsa66ers.com, visiting the SpiritBank Event Center box office (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.), or by calling the 66ers front office at (918) 585-8444.

About the Tulsa 66ers
Season tickets for the 2008-09 season start at just $8 per game and are still on sale. Don’t miss your opportunity to see Oklahoma’s NBA D-League franchise, owned an operated by their NBA parent club, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Groups of 15 or more receive special rates on tickets. Call (918) 585-8444 or visit tulsa66ers.com to see first-hand the Route to NBA Dreams.

About the NBA Development League
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league and features 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams. The league has produced 15 percent of the players on 2007-08 end-of-season NBA rosters and continues to develop current NBA coaches and referees. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote youth basketball, 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 this season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.