Roanoke Dazzle

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Roanoke Dazzle
Roanoke Dazzle logo
LeagueNBA Development League
HistoryRoanoke Dazzle
ArenaRoanoke Civic Center
LocationRoanoke, Virginia
Team colorsblue, yellow, white
Head coachKent Davison
Affiliation(s)New Jersey Nets
Philadelphia 76ers
Washington Wizards

The Roanoke Dazzle were an NBA Development League team based in Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.. In operation from the inaugural D-League season of 2001–02 through the 2005–06 season, the Dazzle marked the return of professional basketball to Roanoke since the Virginia Squires called Roanoke home in the 1970s. Playing their home games at the Roanoke Civic Center, their logo design featured a star moving on rail tracks around a basketball.

Franchise history[edit]

The NBDL initially announced that Roanoke was under consideration for one of the inaugural teams in August 2000.[1] Competing with Hampton for Virginia's NBDL team, Roanoke was evaluated as a potential franchise location based on its population, arena size and lack of a major NCAA basketball program in the Roanoke Valley.[1] After reaching an agreement to play home games at the Roanoke Civic Center, the NBDL announced Roanoke as the league's fifth member on May 18, 2001.[2] The announcement marked the return of professional basketball to Roanoke since the departure of the American Basketball Association's Virginia Squires following the 1972–73 season.[2]

By June 2001, Donna Daniels was named team president and Kent Davison was announced as the first head coach in franchise history.[3] On July 18, 2001, Daniels announced the team nickname, the Dazzle.[4] The name was chosen purposefully to not reflect Roanoke's railroad heritage as two other professional teams, the Roanoke Express and the Roanoke Steam, already called the civic center home.[4] The Dazzle would be victorious in the inaugural game on November 18, 2001, against the Mobile Revelers in the Roanoke Civic Center.[5]

After five seasons, and overall moderate success on the court, the Dazzle were one of the final two teams from the NBDL inaugural season to last through the 2005–06 season. The Fayetteville Patriots were the other. Both were owned by the NBA for their entire five season history. On May 1, 2006, the NBA Development League announced that the NBA would no longer operate the Roanoke Dazzle. League President Phil Evans briefly held out the possibility of a local ownership group operating the team. However, when a local ownership group failed to materialize, the team was disbanded.[6][7]

Season by season results[edit]

Season Regular Season Playoffs
Finish Wins Losses Pct.
Roanoke Dazzle
2001–02 8th 18 38 .320
2002–03 4th 26 24 .520 Lost Semifinals (Fayetteville) 2-0
2003–04 5th 20 26 .435
2004–05 4th 26 22 .542 Lost Semifinals (Columbus) 96-89
2005–06 4th 25 23 .521 Lost Semifinals (Fort Worth) 87-78
Regular Season Record 115 133 .464 2001–2006
Playoff Record 0 3 .000 2001–2006

Players of note[edit]

NBA affiliates[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bogaczyk, Jack (August 25, 2000). "Roanoke might snare pro hoops team". The Roanoke Times. pp. C1.
  2. ^ a b Bogaczyk, Jack (May 17, 2001). "NBDL on its way to Roanoke". The Roanoke Times. pp. C1.
  3. ^ Bogaczyk, Jack (June 29, 2001). "Davidson rebounds in Roanoke". The Roanoke Times. pp. C1.
  4. ^ a b Bogaczyk, Jack (July 18, 2001). "NBDL wants to Dazzle you". The Roanoke Times. pp. B6.
  5. ^ Berman, Mark (November 19, 2001). "Dazzle huge in debut". The Roanoke Times. pp. B1.
  6. ^ King, Randy (May 2, 2006). "'So it's over': NBA benches Roanoke Dazzle". The Roanoke Times. pp. A1. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013.
  7. ^ NBA Development League (June 1, 2008). "D-League Will No Longer Operate Roanoke Dazzle".