The D-League is set to unveil the name of the other new franchise tonight, the Reno team which will be the 2008-2009 affiliate for the Kings and Knicks not to use. The name's been a big secret, and today I've worked every angle I know to figure it out. No go. But, here's what I did find out.
The team had a naming contest, and the four options were Bighorns, Enforcers, Rangers and Riders.
All the D-League team websites are hosted on nba.com/dleague. So, for example, nba.com/dleague/austin. But they also get the full team names domains. For example, www.austintoros.com.
So I tried the suggestions.
- The site www.renoriders.com takes you to a cycling site. www.renonvriders.com is a dead page.
- www.renorangers.com is also dead.
- As is www.renoenforcers.com
- Buuuut... www.renobighorns.com? That takes you to the Reno team homepage.
It's far from a confirmation, but if this is it? It's a throwback to the Western Basketball Association. Yeah. The D-League. It's a tradition thing.