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Raptors 905 Hire Tim Lewis, Nathaniel Mitchell, David Gale As Assistant Coaches

Sep 16, 2015 3:04 PM

Raptors 905, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, has hired Tim Lewis, Nathaniel Mitchell and David Gale as assistant coaches on head coach Jesse Mermuys’ staff.

“This is an exciting time for Raptors 905 and all three coaches are eager to be part of building this program,” said Mermuys. “The staff we have assembled are proven professionals and committed to doing the right things each day to make Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area proud.”

Lewis joins Raptors 905 after one season as an assistant coach with the Bakersfield Jam (NBA D-League), which finished second in the Western Conference with a 34-16 record. A native of Great Britain, Lewis has international coaching stops in Spain (Gran Canaria), Japan (Hitachi Sunrockers) and Germany (Ratiopharm Ulm). He spent six years as an assistant coach and performance analyst for the British Senior Men’s Olympic program and served as head coach of Great Britain’s U-20 National Basketball Team.

Mitchell joins Raptors 905 following one season with the Maine Red Claws (NBA D-League). A native of Toronto, Mitchell, along with Red Claws head coach Scott Morrison, of Prince Edward Island, guided Maine to a 35-15 mark, which tied Santa Cruz for the best regular-season record in the League.

Gale has been part of the Raptors organization since 2011 in the role of assistant video coordinator. The Sherman Oaks, California native assisted the Raptors coaching staff with defensive game-plans and identifying opponent play calls from the bench past two seasons. During the summers Gale was based in Los Angeles and helped organize workouts for DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Bruno Caboclo.

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Pacers Acquire Fort Wayne May Ants Of D-League

Sep 9, 2015 1:39 PM

Pacers Sports & Entertainment, the parent organization of the Indiana Pacers, has acquired the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the National Basketball Association’s Development League.

Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. With the acquisition, the Mad Ants become the 10th D-League team to be wholly owned by an NBA franchise and now all 19 D-League teams are singly-affiliated with NBA franchises.

“We are proud to extend the Pacers brand into Northeast Indiana and excited about continuing the tradition of professional basketball in Fort Wayne,” said Pacers Sports & Entertainment owner Herb Simon. “We will work closely with the Mad Ants staff to provide support and expertise on both the business and basketball sides and we hope to build on their enthusiastic fan base.”

The Mad Ants were previously owned by the Fort Wayne Basketball Group, LLC, which was led by majority investors John Zeglis, Julie Potter, and Jeff Potter. Jeff Potter, former president of the Mad Ants, will continue with the team as its president of business operations.

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