The Greenville Groove were a National Basketball Development League (NBDL) team based in Greenville, South Carolina. Playing their home games at the BI-LO Center, the Groove was a charter franchise and league champions for the 2001–02 season but folded after the 2002–03 season.
|League||NBA Development League|
|History||Greenville Groove |
|Location||Greenville, South Carolina|
|Team colors||Green and Blue|
|Head coach||Tree Rollins|
|Championships||1 NBA D-League (2002)|
The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced the Groove as one of the NBDL's charter franchises in July 2001. With Tree Rollins serving as head coach, on August 16, the team announced that Stephanie Ready would serve as the team's lone assistant coach in becoming the first woman to serve as a coach on an all-male professional basketball team. The team would see success on the court in winning the inaugural NBDL title in defeating the North Charleston Lowgators two games to zero. However, the league contracted the franchise in June 2003. Its contraction was carried out by the league due to low attendance and increasing operating losses.
Season by seasonEdit
|2001–02||2nd||36||20||.640||Won Semifinals (Columbus) 2-1|
Won D-League Finals (North Charleston) 2-0
- Staff Reporters (July 17, 2001). "NBDL team names, colors announced". NBA.com: National Basketball Association. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
- Berkow, Ira (August 15, 2001). "Ready for the challenge". Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, SC. p. B1. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
- Staff Reporters (April 11, 2002). "Greenville claims first NBDL crown". Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, SC. p. D4. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
- Staff Reporters (June 13, 2003). "NBDL contracts Groove, Revelers". SI.com: Associated Press. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
- Strelow, Paul (June 13, 2003). "Greenville Groove shuts down". Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, SC. p. B4. Retrieved June 5, 2010.