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Minor league hoops coming to Newark?
By Sean Greene

Updated Friday, April 26, 2013 - 4:57pm

A Press Conference has been announced at the Bob Carpenter Center at 2pm Saturday involving a minor league basketball league's president.

NBA Development League President Dan Reed is expected at the Press Conference along with Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Sixers Managing Owner Josh Harris, and Sixers CEO Adam Aron.

The 16-team league's season currently runs from November to April, with the closest cities to Newark being Erie, Pennsylvania and Springfield, Massachusetts.

SI.com's Ian Thomsen reported in January from a "variety of league and team officials, the D-League would expand to 30 teams."

The Sixers currently share an affiliation with the Sioux Falls Skyforce along with the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Orlando Magic.

132 Current NBA players have D-League experience including Jeremy Lin, who made an impact with the New York Knicks last season before signing with Houston in the off-season.

Attendance in the NBA Development League would appear to fit the profile of the 5,000 seat Bob Carpenter Center, with 9 of the 16 teams averaging between 2,500 and 3,000 fans in the 2011-2012 season.

The Bob and the Sixers have had a relationship in the past: Philadelphia held their pre-season training camp in Newark before the 1995 and 1996 seasons.



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