NEW YORK (July 7, 2011) – The National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League, the official minor league of the NBA, today announced that the Utah Jazz’s NBA D-League affiliate for the 2011-12 season will be the Idaho Stampede. 

Based in Boise, Idaho, and founded in 1997, the Stampede plays its home games at Qwest Arena and was previously the Jazz’s NBA D-League affiliate during the 2006-07 season.  The Stampede will also be affiliated with the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers during the 2011-12 season.

“We are pleased to once again be affiliated with the Idaho Stampede and look forward to working closely with them during the 2011-12 season,” said Utah Jazz President Randy Rigby.  “Given our previous affiliation with their organization, Boise’s proximity to Utah, and Coach Livingston’s history with the Jazz, it seems like a natural fit.”

Since player assignments began in 2005, the Jazz has had three different NBA D-League affiliates (Albuquerque Thunderbirds 2005-06, Stampede 2006-07, Utah Flash 2007-11) and has assigned five different players on a total of 15 assignments.  The Jazz has also called up seven different players from six different NBA D-League teams since the 2001-02 season.

“Many Stampede fans are also Utah Jazz fans, dating back from their first days in Utah, to the great years under Jerry Sloan and now as they fight for an NBA championship in a new era,” said Steve Brandes, Idaho Stampede President and General Manager.  “We have always viewed the Jazz as one of the most successful organizations in any sport; their ownership, basketball operations and business sides have all been a consistent winner throughout the years.  We wish to draw upon their success as we move into our 15th year in minor league basketball.”

“I’m thrilled that the coaches and I will get to work with the Jazz basketball operations office and coaching staff,” said Stampede Head Coach Randy Livingston, who played for the Jazz in 2004-05.  “I was lucky enough to play for the Utah Jazz in my NBA career and I can say that the Jazz are one of the best, most professional teams in the NBA.”

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises.  A proven developer of talent, 23 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. 
The NBA D-League will again have 16 teams playing in 2011-12, which, in addition to the Stampede, includes (NBA parent teams in parentheses): the Austin Toros (San Antonio), Bakersfield Jam (L.A. Clippers, Phoenix, Toronto), Canton (Cleveland), Dakota Wizards (Golden State), Erie BayHawks (New York), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee), Iowa Energy (Chicago, New Orleans, Washington), Los Angeles D-Fenders (L.A. Lakers), Maine Red Claws (Boston, Charlotte, Philadelphia), Reno Bighorns (Atlanta, Memphis, Sacramento), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston), Sioux Falls Skyforce (Miami, Minnesota, Orlando), Springfield Armor (New Jersey), Texas Legends (Dallas) and Tulsa 66ers (Oklahoma City). 

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