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GATES RETURNING TO BOISE FOR OPENING WEEKEND
Franchise leader in wins to be recognized Friday

November 23, 2011

Bryan Gates, former Idaho Stampede Head Coach, Boise State graduate and all-time leader in career wins (100) will be recognized on US Bank Court at CenturyLink Arena on Friday, November 25 prior to the Stampede's first game of the season against the Tulsa 66ers.

Gates, now an assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets, left the Stampede after the 2008-09 season to take an assistant coaching job with the Sacramento Kings.

I am very proud of what we did both on and off the court in my nine years with the Idaho Stampede, Gates said. For them to recognize me is an honor I will remember forever.

Gates helped lead the Stampede to the NBA D-League Championship in 2007-08, the lone championship in the franchises storied history. Gates was twice named the Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year in the D-League, in 2006-07, and in 2007-08. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Gates began as an unpaid basketball operations intern when the team was born in the 1997-98 season, and finished his time in Boise after the 2008-09 season. Gates made head coaching and assistant coaching stops with the Austin Toros, Rapid City Thrillers, Oklahoma Storm, Hickory Nutz, and the Blue Stars, a team located in Beirut, Lebanon.

We are thrilled that a true Boise original came back to help us kick off our 14th season of professional basketball, said President and GM Steve Brandes. We had many great memories with Bryan as a part of our organization now, with Randy Livingston as our teams leader, we expect many more great times.

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The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBAs official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2010-11 season, the league featured 16 teams including the debut of the Texas Legends. A proven developer of talent, 23 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2010-11 regular season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the leagues connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, 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. All NBA D-League games are on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.



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