EL SEGUNDO - The Los Angeles D-Fenders have retained Conner Henry , Phil Hubbard and Larry Lewis as assistant coaches on Reggie Theus' staff, it was announced today. In addition, Head Athletic Trainer Nina Hsieh and Video Coordinator Will Scott have rejoined the D-Fenders for the 2012-13 season. Henry enters into his second season with the D-Fenders after coming to the team as an assistant coach in 2011. Most recently, Henry served as an assistant on the NBA D-League Select Team at the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Prior to coaching the D-Fenders, Henry spent four seasons in the Australian National Basketball League an assistant coach for the Sydney Kings (2010-11) and as head and assistant coach (2008-09; 2006-08) for the Perth Wildcats. A Claremont, Calif. native, Henry, who played 10 seasons of professional basketball, earned his spot in the coaching ranks working for his hometown Claremont McKenna College as an assistant (2001-06). A 6'7" shooting guard out of UC Santa Barbara, Henry played two seasons in the NBA for four franchises (Houston, Boston, Milwaukee, Sacramento) along with 10 seasons in the Continental Basketball Association and Europe.
Hubbard, who brings a combined 31 years of professional basketball experience to Los Angeles, returns for his second season with the D-Fenders and third NBA D-League season overall. Most recently, Hubbard coached Caneros De La Romana of the Dominican Republic to a championship and worked as an assistant coach on the NBA D-League Select Team. Before signing with the D-Fenders, the Ohio native aided in player development for the Chinese Junior National Team and operated as an assistant for the Dongguan Leopards in China. In 2010-11, Hubbard began coaching in the D-League with Reno after working as an NBA assistant in Washington for six seasons (2003-09). While with the Wizards, Hubbard helped the team register a 197-224 record, earn their highest win total (45) in 25 years, and reach postseason for the first time since 1996-97. Assuming his role with the Wizards after spending eight total years as an assistant with Golden State (1998-2003) and Atlanta (1995-98), Hubbard also spent five years as scouting coordinator for the New York Knicks (1990-95) shortly after finishing his NBA playing career. Selected out of Michigan University with the 15th overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft, Hubbard played 10 seasons in the NBA with Cleveland and Detroit, averaging 10.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 665 career games.
Lewis, a Los Angeles native and graduate of Morehouse College, begins his second season with the D-Fenders and first as assistant coach after acting as player development coach during the 2011-12 campaign. Moreover, in his young coaching career, Lewis earned a spot as an assistant on the NBA D-League Select Team in 2012. Prior to coaching, Lewis, a 6'7" forward, played internationally in Argentina (2011), Spain (2001-2011), Japan (1996-2001), Cyprus (1996), Great Britain (1993) and the Dominican Republic (1992). Furthermore, Lewis spent a season in the United States Basketball League with Sarasota (1996), in the CBA with the Rapid City Thrillers (1994-95), and for Team USA (1995) in the Pan American Games where he won a silver medal.
Entering into her fourth season with the D-Fenders as Head Athletic Trainer, Hsieh has totaled 11 years of athletic training experience. In her role with the D-Fenders, Hsieh monitors the health of the players and is responsible for injury prevention, care and treatment. Before coming to the D-Fenders, the Huntington Beach, Calif. native functioned as athletic trainer for the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team (2010-11) along with the women's basketball team (2004-08). Hsieh is a graduate from Cal State Fullerton (B.S., Kinesiology, 2000) and the Arizona School of Health Sciences (M.S., Sports Health Care, 2003).
Scott, at just 23 years old, moves into his second season as the D-Fenders video coordinator. Working as student manager at Indiana University from 2009-11 under current head coach Tom Crean, Scott acted as an assistant to the entire coaching staff on a day-to-day basis and held an array of responsibilities such as video editing, supporting practice drills and aiding with in-game operations. A graduate of Indiana, Scott has a degree in Sports Marketing and Management along with a minor in Business.
Henry, Hubbard, Lewis, Hsieh and Scott were each key figures during the D-Fenders record-breaking 2011-12 season in which the team won an NBA Development League record 38 games, earned a trip to the NBA D-League Finals, and totaled eight NBA Call-Ups en route to the Development Champion award. Courtesy of: http://www.oursportscentral.com
Oshkosh may pursue NBA D-League team - May 24, 2016
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Oshkosh officials are considering making a proposal to the NBA, to place a developmental league team in the city. City Manager Mark Rohloff says the Bucks want a D-Leauge team within two hours of Milwaukee. The team put out a request for proposals. Rohloff says they would use the temporary facility for the first five to 10 years, and then they could move to a permanent building. He says they would need 2,500 to 3,000 seats. The city is still considering whether to move forward with the id... [read more]
Oshkosh officials are considering making a proposal to the NBA, to place a developmental league team in the city. City Manager Mark Rohloff says the Bucks want a D-Leauge team within two hours of Milwaukee. The team put out a request for proposals. Rohloff says they would use the temporary facility for the first five to 10 years, and then they could move to a permanent building. He says they would need 2,500 to 3,000 seats. The city is still considering whether to move forward with the idea. Courtesy of: whby.com
NAZ Suns reveal new uniform, logo at Prescott Valley Event Center - May 19, 2016
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Some 200 people showed up to watch the new Northern Arizona Suns NBA Developmental League basketball team unveil its logo and uniforms Tuesday night, May 10, at Prescott Valley Event Center [read more]
Some 200 people showed up to watch the new Northern Arizona Suns NBA Developmental League basketball team unveil its logo and uniforms Tuesday night, May 10, at Prescott Valley Event Center. Standing on a makeshift stage on a basketball court toward the east end of the center, NAZ Suns President Chris Presson discussed the meaning behind the logo - complete with its 16 triangular purple flares (for 2016, the year of the team's founding) and the orange directional arrow on the top flare pointing to true north. An emblem with a basketball and the purple letters 'NAZ' in the middle of the sun complete the logo. To a great extent, the logo reflects what the team hopes to build with its fan base in Yavapai County. 'We have to infuse ourselves into the community,' Presson said. 'This is a basketball business, but the keyword is it's a business.' During the presentation, Prescott High basketball star Tyler Bell and Bradshaw Mountain High's Tim Young entered from behind a curtain to reveal the white-and-orange home jersey and the purple-and-orange away jersey. Bell said two days ago, when he walked into school, PHS Athletic Director Missy Townsend and basketball coach Adam Neely asked him if he wanted to model one of the NAZ Suns' jerseys. Bell, a senior who will compete for NAIA Benedictine University-Mesa in the winter, didn't hesitate. 'I was like, 'Yeah, sure. Why not?' ' added Bell, who, like Young, didn't get to keep the uniform. 'It was a lot of fun to come out here and be a part of something that, hopefully, will be here for a really long time. 'And when I come [back] up here every summer [from Mesa] I will be able to say that I was a part of something that's the beginning for up here in northern Arizona.' On Monday, in sixth hour P.E. at Bradshaw Mountain High, Athletic Director Mark Ernster pulled Young, a sophomore, out of class and asked him if he could present one of the uniforms. 'I hopped on right away,' Young said. 'I was like, 'Of course.' It's awesome [to have this team here] because we get to watch these guys, and we learn a lot from them - just watching them, just how they play, the intensity. And it's cool to have local people that you can look up to. This will help me a lot, knowing I wore these jerseys, so I will relate to them [players]. And I'll be like, 'I remember wearing that jersey. That was pretty cool.' I will come out and support them.' Haley Young, Tim's older sister who plays varsity basketball and softball at Bradshaw Mountain High, sat in the front row on the floor for the uniform presentation. She said the team will give the community something to rally around. 'It's pretty awesome - I love going to professional sports and watching it and like seeing how they play compared to us,' said Haley, a junior. 'And it's really going to help the community, too. It will get us excited about something. ' Presson also expressed how the NAZ Suns, formerly the Bakersfield (California) Jam, will reach out to the quad-city area communities of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt to give the residents an affordable sports/entertainment option. A new basketball court, complete with the NAZ Suns logos, will arrive at PV Event Center July 1, Presson said. The NAZ Suns will also have their own mascot. 'We got approval from the NBA today [Tuesday] to add a few modifications to our court design from what we presented,' Presson said. 'The NBA Developmental League office approved it, but the NBA said, 'Hey, we'd like you to do this.' We will have another community event around the unveiling of the court. Then we'll have open houses and a fan fest or two.' Courtesy of: pvtrib.com
Timothy Bawmann Named President of Fort Wayne Mad Ants - May 10, 2016
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Timothy A. Bawmann is the new President of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Developmental League, Mad Ants owner Pacers Sports & Entertainment announced today. Bawmann, a veteran minor league baseball executive, begins his duties immediately. He succeeds Jeff Potter, who will remain with the Mad Ants in an advisory capacity until his contract expires in September [read more]
Timothy A. Bawmann is the new President of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Developmental League, Mad Ants owner Pacers Sports & Entertainment announced today. Bawmann, a veteran minor league baseball executive, begins his duties immediately. He succeeds Jeff Potter, who will remain with the Mad Ants in an advisory capacity until his contract expires in September. "We are exceptionally pleased to bring a man of Tim's experience, leadership, skills and success to the Mad Ants," said Pacers Sports & Entertainment President Rick Fuson. "He will certainly assist us in our goal of making the Mad Ants a model D-League franchise and a prominent presence in the Fort Wayne community." Bawmann, 50, has served as President and General Manager of the Boston Red Sox Class A affiliate Lowell Spinners since 2003. Since 2010, he also has served as president of the Nashua Silver Knights in the Futures League. "I look forward to building the Pacers brand through the Mad Ants organization," he said. "My goal is to make the Mad Ants the number one destination for family entertainment each season. Jeff Potter and his staff have laid the foundation and I plan to build on their work to make the Mad Ants game experience entertaining for fans of all ages through creative promotions and top notch customer service." With the Spinners, Bawmann oversaw record revenue and attendance growth, including a 10-year streak of home-field sellouts. Corporate sponsorship increased by 35 percent. He managed a full-time staff of 12 and a season support staff of 30. With the Silver Knights, Bawmann directed the start-up efforts of a founding member of a newly created league and quickly drove the franchise to significant increases in attendance, merchandise, food and beverage and corporate sponsorships. Before coming to the Spinners, Bawmann worked in marketing and administration for a number of minor league franchises, including affiliates of the Montreal Expos and Houston Astros. A native of Rock Island, Ill., Bawmann is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Platteville. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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