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Oklahoma City Thunder's D-League franchise moving to OKC from Tulsa

The Thunder is in talks with the city to have the 66ers play in the Cox Center next season
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 18, 2014


photo - Tulsa's Mustafa Shakur (7) takes a shot during the NBA Developmental game between the Tulsa 66ers and the Iowa Energy at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Tulsa's Mustafa Shakur (7) takes a shot during the NBA Developmental game between the Tulsa 66ers and the Iowa Energy at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

“We explored several potentially viable options but were unable to find a facility in the Tulsa area that meets all of our business and basketball needs, so we made the decision to bring the team to Oklahoma City. We offer our sincere thanks to the communities of Tulsa and Bixby, and to all of the 66ers fans and sponsors in the area for their loyal support over the last few years.”

The 66ers had been in Tulsa since 2005. The Thunder purchased the franchise in 2008, making it the team’s sole affiliate.

The Los Angeles D-Fenders, D-League affiliate of the Lakers, is the only other NBA Development League franchise to play in the same city as its parent club.

Since 2008, the Thunder has maintained a close relationship with the 66ers, shuttling players to and from Tulsa countless times to assist their development. Current Thunder players Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones, Andre Roberson and Grant Jerrett have all spent time with the 66ers.

The 66ers will train at the Thunder Community Events Center, the original training home of the Thunder.

The move of the 66ers is subject to NBA D-League approval.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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