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NEW YORK/BOSTON, July 17 -- The NBA announced the National Basketball Development League's (NBDL) eight charter team names, colors and identities Tuesday, as the NBA's new minor league gets set to tip off its inaugural season this November.

"History was made today in our eight NBDL cities as our teams unveiled identities that connect them to their local communities, represent the excitement of basketball and tie them back to our universal brand," said Rob Levine, the NBA's Senior Vice President, New League Development.

Asheville "From a national television contract with ESPN to our use of technology to allow fans unparalleled access to our players, coaches and games, the NBDL model is unique."

Columbus The eight charter team names and colors are: Asheville Altitude (light blue, slate blue and bronze); Columbus Riverdragons (orange, navy blue and silver); Fayetteville Patriots (red, navy blue and silver); Greenville Groove (light green, blue and black); Huntsville Flight (yellow, red and navy blue); Mobile Revelers (purple, green and yellow); North Charleston Lowgators (green, orange and navy blue); Roanoke Dazzle (blue, yellow and black).

Fayetteville NBDL teams will tip off the inaugural season this November playing a 56-game regular season schedule that runs from mid-November through March, followed by playoffs. A total of 24 NBDL games will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN starting on opening night. Regular weekly coverage will begin in December 2001 and continue throughout the regular season and playoffs.

Greenville The league's announcements were made Tuesday throughout the NBDL's eight Southeastern U.S. cities by team presidents and in Boston, where NBDL head coaches made their first official scouting trip to the Shaw's Pro Summer League.

Huntsville Nate "Tiny" Archibald, Hall of Famer and one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players of All-Time, will coach the Fayetteville Patriots. Hall of Famer and South Carolina native Alex English will coach the North Charleston Lowgators. Sam Vincent, a member of the 1986 NBA champion Boston Celtics will coach the Mobile Revelers. Eight-year NBA veteran Bob Thornton will coach the Huntsville Flight.

Mobile Two-time NBA All-Star and Georgia native Jeff Malone will coach the Columbus Riverdragons. Former Eastern Michigan University and Harlem Globetrotters coach, Milton Barnes will coach the Greenville Groove. Joey Meyer, a long-time DePaul University coach, will serve as head coach for the Asheville Altitude. Kent Davison, a former Continental Basketball Association and United States Basketball League head coach, will serve as coach for the Roanoke Dazzle.

North Charleston Designed to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the NBDL offers players the opportunity to develop their talent in a highly competitive atmosphere under the NBA's umbrella. In addition to being a source of on-court talent for the NBA's 29 teams, the NBDL will also serve as a diverse human resources pool for the NBA and its teams by training employees in management, operations, public relations, sales and marketing positions in each NBDL city.

RoanokeNBDL players must be 20 years of age or older to play in the league. NBDL teams will not have a direct affiliation with specific NBA teams. Development league players will be eligible to play for any NBA team. For more information on the NBDL, visit NBDL.com.