Utah Flash


Utah Flash
Utah Flash
Utah Flash logo
Founded 2007
Folded 2011
History Utah Flash
NBA D-League: 2007–2011
Arena UCCU Center
City Orem, Utah
Team colors Black, Red, Silver
              
Head coach Kevin Young
Owner Brandt Andersen
Championships 0
Division titles 1 (2008-09)
Affiliations Utah Jazz
Atlanta Hawks
Website www.nba.com/dleague/utah/

The Utah Flash was a team of the NBA Development League that began playing in 2007 and folded in 2011. They played their home games at the UCCU Center on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. The Utah Flash was the affiliate team for the Utah Jazz and the Atlanta Hawks.

The team name was chosen by a name-the-team contest, with the choices Dash, Flash, Dynos, and Heroes. The Utah Flash name was announced on April 17, 2007 by owner Brandt Andersen at a press conference; David Fredman was announced general manager at the same press conference. David Fredman had worked with the Utah Jazz for 28 years as an assistant coach and director of scouting; he was also the assistant general manager for the Denver Nuggets. In the first season for the Flash on December 21, 2007 guard Morris Almond (Who had been sent down to the D league by the Utah Jazz) tied an NBA Development League record with 51 points in a 118-116 victory over the Austin Toros later in that season Almond broke the record with an 53-point performance in the 102-87 blowout win against the Bakersfield Jam, Almond also lead the league in scoring averaging 25.6 points a game. Mark Madsen (who formerly played with the L.A. Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves) was hired as assistant coach in 2009 he only coached the 2009 season. [1]

On May 24, 2007 it was announced that Utah Jazz regional scout Brad Jones (nephew of Jerry Sloan who was the head coach of the Utah Jazz for 23 years) would be the team's inaugural head coach. Brad Jones retired as head coach of the Utah Flash on September 7, 2010 and Kevin Young was named as his replacement. Young had been the assistant coach for the Flash for the past 2 years. before he had joined the Flash as an assistant he was an assistant coach for NJCAA team Oxford College of Emory in Georgia he also worked for Utah Valley University he worked at developing player's skills he also contributed with video breakdowns and scouting. [2]

On December 8, 2009, the Flash hosted a sold out crowd that hoped Michael Jordan was going to appear to play in a charity exhibition at halftime against former Utah Jazz guard Bryon Russell. However, Jordan did not appear, and a Jordan lookalike was introduced in what became one of the biggest hoaxes in minor league sports history.[3]

Contents

Season-By-Season

Season Division Regular Season Playoffs
Finish Wins Losses Pct.
Utah Flash
2007–08 Western 3rd 24 26 .480
2008–09 Western 1st 32 18 .640 Won Round 1 (Bakersfield) 94-81
Won Semifinals (Dakota) 103-93
Lost D-League Finals (Colorado) 2-0
2009–10 Western 4th 28 22 .560 Lost Round 1 (Iowa) 2-1
2010-11 Western 5th 28 22 .560 Lost Round 1 (Iowa) 2-1
Regular Season Record 112 88 .560 2007–2011
Playoff Record 4 6 .400 2007–2011

Final roster

Utah Flash rosterF
21 United States Brady, Jordan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Utah Valley
F/C 33 United States Costner, Brandon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) North Carolina State
F 22 United States Dupree, Ronald 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) LSU
F 32 United States Gaffney, Tony 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Massachusetts
G 0 United States Greene, Orien 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Louisiana-Lafayette
F 24 United States Hamilton, Brian 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Louisiana-Lafayette
G 12 United States Ingram, Andre 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) American*
G 6 United States Kruger, Kevin 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) UNLV
F 42 Nigeria Ojougboh, Nkem 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Northeastern
G 15 United States Thompson, Ryan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Rider
Head coach
  • Kevin Young
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Brady Howe

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • (NBA) Assigned from NBA team
  • Injured Injured
  • * High school

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: January 8, 2011

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References

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