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The Arkansas RimRockers were a minor league basketball team based in North Little Rock, Arkansas, which played in the American Basketball Association and the NBA Development League.

Arkansas RimRockers
Arkansas RimRockers logo
LeagueNBA Development League
Founded2004
Folded2007
HistoryArkansas RimRockers
2004–2007
ABA: 2004–2005
NBA D-League: 2005–2007
ArenaAlltel Arena
LocationNorth Little Rock, Arkansas
Team colorsred, white, blue
              
Head coachAndy Stoglin
OwnershipLarry Crain
Affiliation(s)Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors
Championships1 (ABA)

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Season by seasonEdit

Season League Division Finish Wins Losses Pct. Postseason Results
Arkansas RimRockers
2004–05 ABA White 1st 28 5 .848 Won Quarterfinals (Ontario) 136-97
Won Semifinals (Kentucky) 135-123
Won Final Four (Mississippi) 117-105
Won ABA Finals (Bellevue) 118-103
2005–06 D-League 5th 24 24 .500
2006–07 D-League Eastern 6th 16 34 .320
Regular season 68 63 .519 2004–2007
Playoffs 4 0 1.000 2004–2007

Franchise historyEdit

The RimRockers began play during the 2004-05 season for the American Basketball Association. They posted a 32-5 record in the team’s inaugural season and won the ABA championship. Soon after winning the title, they left the ABA and began play in the NBA Development League for the 2005-06 season.

On February 10, 2006, the team fired head coach Joe Harge, the only man to coach the team up to that point. He was replaced by Andy Stoglin.

Stoglin said he would bring a much different style that begins with strict discipline. He joined the organization as an assistant during the 2005-06 season after leading the Mississippi Stingers to the ABA semifinals, where they lost to Arkansas. Stoglin has been coaching since 1969, including a 13-year run as Jackson State’s head coach.

The team did not return to Arkansas for 2007-08 because attendance dropped to the point that the owner could no longer afford the lease. The team hoped to move to La Crosse, Wisconsin, to play at the La Crosse Center for the 2007-08 season, where they would have been known as the La Crosse RimRockers.[1][2] However, due to the Center's lease demands being higher than Little Rock's, the deal fell through. The team was inactive for the 2007-08 season, and again in the 2008-09 season.[3]

Players of noteEdit

NBA affiliatesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Givens, Chris (May 3, 2007). "NBADL team out as lease at Alltel Arena takes toll". Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Lowell, Arkansas: Northwest Arkansas Newspapers LLC. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved August 5, 2009.
  2. ^ Brown, Jeff (May 2, 2007). "Minor league basketball team owner wants to relocate to La Crosse". La Crosse Tribune. La Crosse, Wisconsin: River Valley Media Group. Retrieved August 5, 2009.
  3. ^ Brown, Jeff (May 25, 2007). "Hoop dreams dashed". La Crosse Tribune. La Crosse, Wisconsin: River Valley Media Group. Retrieved August 5, 2009.

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