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    NBA Development League Expands to Fort Wayne
    NBA’s Minor League Continues to Grow, 16 Teams Now Slated for 2007-08 Season


    NEW YORK, April 10, 2007 – The NBA Development League (D-League) has awarded an expansion team to Fort Wayne, Ind. for the 2007-08 season, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced today. The team will play at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Expansion teams in Orem, Utah, the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas and Des Moines, Iowa have already been announced, boosting the number of teams to 16 for the 2007-08 season.

    The team in Fort Wayne is owned and operated by Fort Wayne Basketball Group, LLC, led by majority owner and former AT&T executive John Zeglis. The remainder of the ownership group consists of Jay Frye, Denny Sutton, Mike Thomas, Gary and Adam Probst, Tim and Tom Borne, Matt Momper, Chad and Diana Parent and Bruce Patterson.

    “The D-League continues to provide the NBA and its teams the opportunity to cultivate talent, test ideas and give young players a means to improve through game competition,” said Stern. “That commitment, coupled with delivering the game of basketball in an affordable, fun and family-oriented atmosphere, has more investors such as these seeking to bring the D-League experience to their communities.

    “Our minor league has a proven track record of developing talent both on and off the court, a trend we expect to continue,” said Stern. “Since the D-League’s inaugural season in 2001-02, more than 100 players, coaches, referees, athletic trainers and front-office personnel have moved to NBA teams or the league office.”

    For the second season, NBA teams are continuing to utilize an assignment system with its D-League affiliates. Twenty-six NBA teams have assigned 48 players to D-League teams over the last two seasons, including 24 assigned players this season. Since the D-League began play in 2001-02, NBA teams have also called up 62 players a total of 86 times, including a record 15 players 20 times in 2006-07.

    “I am delighted to have the opportunity to do business with David Stern and the NBA again. When I was President of AT&T, we had a terrific advertising and sponsorship relationship with the NBA,” said Zeglis. “That relationship, in no small measure, has led to bringing the NBA Development League and NBA-branded entertainment to my home state.”

    "We are proud to have the opportunity to bring professional basketball back to Fort Wayne and especially to be able to do so with such a strong relationship with the NBA,” said Frye, who served as managing partner of the Fort Wayne Fury of the Continental Basketball Association. “The first 10 years of my professional experience in Fort Wayne provided many great memories for my family. I am excited to again help provide a great family entertainment option for this community."

    “The opportunity to partner with the NBA to bring professional basketball back to Fort Wayne is absolutely fantastic,” said Sutton, a Fort Wayne attorney and member of the Fury ownership group. “We look forward to a great relationship.”

    The D-League currently includes the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (N.M.), Anaheim Arsenal (Calif.), Arkansas RimRockers (Little Rock), Austin Toros (Texas), Bakersfield Jam (Calif.), Colorado 14ers (Broomfield), Dakota Wizards (Bismarck, N.D.), Fort Worth Flyers (Texas), Idaho Stampede (Boise), Los Angeles D-Fenders (Calif.), Sioux Falls Skyforce (S.D.) and Tulsa 66ers (Okla.).

    "We've put together an outstanding ownership group" said D-League President Phil Evans, "and together, we're going to bring NBA-style basketball and first class entertainment to a community that is passionate about its basketball. We're also fortunate to be playing in a state-of-the-art building. I can't wait for opening night."

    Established to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the D-League also offers fun, family entertainment at affordable prices. For additional information on the NBA Development League, visit D-LEAGUE.com.


    I think that it is great that the D-League is coming to Fort Wayne. It should do very well. I would think that they now become the Pacers affilate team.

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    They will probably draw more fans then the Pacers.

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    I hope they take the Fury name again. It would be great if that could be a Pacers affiliate. Those fans got screwed over royally by IT.
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    That's great. The D-League was such a good addition.
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    I hope they take the Fury name again. It would be great if that could be a Pacers affiliate. Those fans got screwed over royally by IT.
    I think the previous team owners got screwed much worse. This deal has a bunch of the same guys as the CBA team. Good to see it work out for them.
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    http://www.cbamuseum.com/teams/fwfury.html

    Wow that brings back memories...but I remember every time we put together a nice rotation, someone got called up.


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    Yes, being a former Fury season ticket holder and talking to the former owner of the Fury a few times...Yeah, anything said about Zeke is along the lines of "not printable"!

    As far as affiliates go, the Pistons and Pacers would be perfect up there because of the city's history with the Pistons and their location to Indy. (For those of you who don't know, the Pistons franchise originated in Fort Wayne, IN as the Zollner Pistons. Named after Fred Zollner's Piston company in Ft. Wayne).

    ABA, I also hope they retake the name of the Fury, but the new owner wants to have a name the team contest. As cheesy and hokie as it sounds, I had a lot of good memories of that team, and it was fun to get to see guys like Earl Boykins, Moochie Norris, & Mikki Moore before they made their way to the NBA.
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    Yes, being a former Fury season ticket holder and talking to the former owner of the Fury a few times...Yeah, anything said about Zeke is along the lines of "not printable"!

    As far as affiliates go, the Pistons and Pacers would be perfect up there because of the city's history with the Pistons and their location to Indy. (For those of you who don't know, the Pistons franchise originated in Fort Wayne, IN as the Zollner Pistons. Named after Fred Zollner's Piston company in Ft. Wayne).

    ABA, I also hope they retake the name of the Fury, but the new owner wants to have a name the team contest. As cheesy and hokie as it sounds, I had a lot of good memories of that team, and it was fun to get to see guys like Earl Boykins, Moochie Norris, & Mikki Moore before they made their way to the NBA.
    I don't think there is anything cheesy about it at all. They (the team and the city) deserved a lot, lot better. OK - since they are having a name the team contest (which I think Fury will still win out) how about the Zollner Pacers
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    I'm excited to see Pro B-Ball back in town. It does seem that the Fort Wayne Boom Baby's (at least that's my vote!) will be affiliated with the Pacers. I would like to see the Pacers utilize a team to develop players like James White and not just release them. Wouldn't it be nice if they had a couple of talented "projects" to utilize right now?
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    I still think it's strange that an NBA team that owns an NBDL team can't go beyond their 15 players and "park" some young players in the NBDL.
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