66ers Staff Heads to All-Star Weekend

Tulsa head coach Nate Tibbetts, assistant Dale Osbourne and trainer Tony Katzenmeier are headed to Los Angeles for the 2011 NBA D-League All-Star game after the 66ers defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 121-98 Wednesday evening.

The 66ers head into the All-Star break with a 24-10 overall record. Highlighting the season up until the All-Star break was a 14-game winning streak from Dec. 30 – Jan. 28, the longest in franchise history and the third-longest win streak in D-League history.

Tibbetts gave all the credit for his All-Star selection to the players and what they were able to accomplish up to this point.

“I know the reason why I got selected to coach the West Team is because what our guys have done,” Tibbetts said. “The only reason I’m going is because of the players and what kind of effort they come with each and every night.”

Along with his assistants, Tibbetts will also be joined at the All-Star game by 66ers forward Larry Owens. Former Tulsa guard Zabian Dowdell was selected to the All-Star team as well, but was signed by the Phoenix Suns for the remainder of the season.

Tibbetts said the players have been encouraging about his selection since the announcement.

“They’ve told Coach Osbourne and I congratulations throughout,” Tibbetts said. “We want to represent the organization in a positive manner and I think we’ll do that.”

Tibbetts said All-Star weekend will be a good opportunity to turn down the intensity for a bit and appreciate the reward for the team’s success so far this season.

“Our families are going to L.A. with us,” Tibbetts said. “We’ve been playing a lot of games. It’s a good weekend to go relax and enjoy what we’ve done thus far.”