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Golden State Warriors to buy D-League's Wizards

Posted on: June 28, 2011 2:26 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 2:35 am
The Golden State Warriors have reportedly purchased a stake in the Dakota Wizards, a D-League team. Posted by Ben Golliver. joe-lacob

Bismarck, North Dakota, is a long, long way from the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden State Warriors, under new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber, have just shortened the distance considerably. reports that the Warriors have "bought into" the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Developmental League, giving Golden State the opportunity to run the Wizards as their exclusive affiliate.
The Golden State Warriors have bought into the NBA Development League's Dakota Wizards, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, making the two teams one-to-one affiliates for the upcoming season. The D-League team has called an 11 a.m. press conference on Tuesday in Bismarck, ND, to announce the new affiliation.

The Warriors are far from local, but considering the Wizards advertised 2011-12 season tickets in Monday's press release, there's a very good chance that the team will remain in Bismarck for at least the upcoming season.
With each passing month, Warriors ownership continues to put its money where its mouth is. Upon taking over the team last summer, Lacob and Gruber pledged to make the financial commitments necessary to turn the Warriors into a first-rate NBA team.

In the past month alone, the Warriors have shelled out big dollars for big name coach Mark Jackson, brought on NBA legend Jerry West as a consultant, and spent millions of dollars to buy a second round draft pick with which they selected project Jeremy Tyler. Now, they have invested in their own D-League team. That, my friends, is real commitment and smart ownership.

Of course, the Warriors are no stranger to the D-League. They've regularly sent players down for seasoning and have effectively used the D-League to find players who wound up sticking on their roster. Guys like Reggie Williams and Anthony Tolliver. Not to mention: When you draft players like Jeremy Lin, owning your own D-League team can really come in handy.

According to, the Warriors join the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers as teams that have bought all or part of a D-League affiliate in order to establish a direct affiliation during this offseason. Boom time for the D-League, apparently.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:33 pm

Golden State Warriors to buy D-League's Wizards

I love how LeBron has over 9 times more tags in these articles than the Toronto Raptors. Oh the NBA...

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:32 am

Golden State Warriors to buy D-League's Wizards

I like it.  The d-League should be used to help young, undeveloped talent grow into something that can be used to help the team.  The Warriors now seem to get it.  They have made several moves since the new ownership that say they want to win sooner than later.  In LA, we got the Clippers.  They want to make money.  The Lakers want to win.  Or, they need to win.  That is what you want from your owners.  That need to win will make any team better.  I will not say yet that the Warriors have that need, but they are moving in that direction!

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:17 am

Golden State Warriors to buy D-League's Wizards

The NBA D-League needs to become more like baseball's farm system.  I'm not saying hve a Rookie League, Single A, Double A and Triple A team but one "minor league" team for each NBA team would be sufficient.

Then contracts of D-League players could be traded and young talent could be a valuable asset when making trades much like it is in baseball.

There is enough talent to make this happen and then maybe we will stop losing so many players to overseas teams.

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