Lively Tales About Dead Teams

Archive for the ‘National Basketball Development League’ Category

2004-2006 Florida Flame

leave a comment

Florida FlameNational Basketball Development League (2004-2005)
NBA Development League (2005-2006)

Born: June 30, 2004 – The Charleston Lowgators relocate to Fort Myers, FL.
Folded: 2007

Arena: Germain Arena

Team Colors: 

Owners:

NBA Development League Championships: None

 

The Florida Flame were a short-lived entry in the NBA’s D-League minor league system that lasted for two seasons at Germain Arena in Estero, just outside Fort Myers.

Former Seattle Supersonics and Boston Celtics star Dennis Johnson coached the Flame during their first campaign in 2004-05. The team finished tied for last in the 6-team NBDL with a 17-31 record. Guard Smush Parker was the lone Flame player to earn a call up to the NBA during the season, earning a cup of coffee with the Phoenix Suns.

Former NBA All-Star Jeff Malone replaced Dennis Johnson as Head Coach for the 2005-06 season. The Flame fared much better on the court, finishing third with a 25-23 record. They lost a single-game playoff semi-final to the eventual champion Albuquerque Thunderbirds on April 15, 2006.  This proved to be the final game the Flame would play. The club folded following the 2005-06 season.

 

In Memoriam

Head Coach Dennis Johnson (Flame ’04-’05) died of a heart attack suffered while coaching another NBA D-League team, the Austin Toros, on February 22, 2007. He was 52. New York Times obituary.

 

Links

NBA D-League Media Guides

NBA D-League Programs

##

Written by Drew Crossley

April 22nd, 2017 at 6:16 pm

1997-2016 Idaho Stampede

leave a comment

Idaho StampedeContinental Basketball Association (1997-2006)
NBA Development League (2006-2016)

Born: 1997 – CBA expansion franchise
Moved: April 4, 2016 (Salt Lake City Stars)

Arenas:

Team Colors: Red & Black

Owners: 

  • 1997-2015: William Ilett, et al.
  • 2015-2016: Utah Jazz (Miller Sports Properties)

CBA Championships: None
NBA D-League Champions: 2008

 

The Idaho Stampede were a long-running minor league basketball franchise that played in both Boise and nearby Nampa during an 18-year lifespan. The Stampede survived a turbulent decade as one of the most stable franchises in the Continental Basketball Association before latching on the with NBA-backed D-League in 2006.

The Stampede won their lone league championship in 2008, defeating the Austin Toros in the D-League championship series.

Former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker, who infamously burned through a $108 million fortune during his playing career, played out his final two seasons of pro ball with the Stampede from 2010 to 2012.

A local ownership group headed by William Ilett backed the Stampede for nearly their entire existence. In March 2015, Ilett’s group sold the team to their NBA parent club, the Utah Jazz. The Jazz made positive noises about keeping the team in Boise and Ilett publicly vowed to fight “long and hard” if the NBA tried to move the franchise. All of which was a polite way of saying that the writing was on the wall. After one final season in the Treasure Valley during the winter of 2015-16, the Jazz moved the Stampede to Salt Lake City in April 2016 and re-branded the team as the Salt Lake City Stars.

 

Links

Continental Basketball Association Media Guides

Continental Basketball Association Programs

NBA D-League Media Guides

NBA D-League Programs

##

2001-2005 Asheville Altitude

leave a comment

Asheville AltitudeNational Basketball Development  League (2001-2005)

Born: June 21, 2001 – NBDL founding franchise
Moved: 2005 (Tulsa 66ers)

Arena: Asheville Civic Center (5,564)

Team Colors:

Owner:

NBDL Champions: 2004 & 2005

 

The Asheville Altitude were one of eight founding franchises of the National Basketball Developmental League in 2001. The NBDL, more commonly known today as the “D-League” is an NBA-sponsored minor league system. The original eight franchises were all in the Southeastern United States. Today the D-League stretches from Maine to California.

The Altitude lasted four seasons in North Carolina. The team won the NBDL title during each of its final two seasons, but poor attendance doomed the team in Asheville. After averaging 1,037 fans per game at the Asheville Civic Center in 2001-02, crowds declined every year even as the team’s performance improved. During the Altitude’s final season in the winter of 2004-05, the team drew just 499 per game.

The franchise moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma prior to the 2005-06 season.

 

Links

National Basketball Development League Media Guides

National Basketball Development League Programs

##

Written by Drew Crossley

November 12th, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Follow

Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers: