Greenville Groove

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Greenville Groove
Greenville Groove logo
League NBA Development League
Founded 2001
History Greenville Groove
2001–2003
Arena BI-LO Center
Location Greenville, South Carolina
Team colors Green and Blue
Head coach Tree Rollins
Ownership Carl Scheer
Affiliation(s) None
Championships 1 NBA D-League (2002)
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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Alternate jersey
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The Greenville Groove were a National Basketball Development League (NBDL) team based in Greenville, South Carolina. Playing their home games at the BI-LO Center, the Groove was a charter franchise and league champions for the 2001–02 season but folded after the 2002–03 season.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced the Groove as one of the NBDL charter franchises in July 2001.[1] With Tree Rollins serving as head coach, on August 16, the team announced that Stephanie Ready would serve as the teams lone assistant coach in becoming the first female to serve as a coach on an all-male professional basketball team.[2] The team would see success on the court in winning the inaugural NBDL title in defeating the North Charleston Lowgators two games to zero.[3] However the league contracted the franchise in June 2003.[4] Its contraction was carried out by the league due to low attendance and increasing operating losses.[5]

Season By Season[edit]

Season Finish Wins Losses Pct. Postseason Results
Greenville Groove
2001-02 2nd 36 20 .640 Won Semifinals (Columbus) 2-1
Won D-League Finals (North Charleston) 2-0
2002-03 7th 22 28 .440
Regular season 58 48 .547
Playoffs 4 1 .800

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff Reporters (July 17, 2001). "NBDL team names, colors announced". NBA.com: National Basketball Association. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ Berkow, Ira (August 15, 2001). "Ready for the challenge". Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC). p. B1. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ Staff Reporters (April 11, 2002). "Greenville claims first NBDL crown". Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC). p. D4. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ Staff Reporters (June 13, 2003). "NBDL contracts Groove, Revelers". SI.com: Associated Press. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  5. ^ Strelow, Paul (June 13, 2003). "Greenville Groove shuts down". Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC). p. B4. Retrieved June 5, 2010.