Arkansas RimRockers

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Arkansas RimRockers
Arkansas RimRockers logo
League NBA Development League
Founded 2004
Folded 2007
History Arkansas Rimrockers
ABA: 2004–2005
NBA D-League: 2005–2007
Arena Alltel Arena
Location North Little Rock, Arkansas
Team colors Red, White, Blue
Head coach Andy Stoglin
Ownership Larry Crain
Affiliation(s) Atlanta Hawks
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Championships 1 (ABA)

The Arkansas RimRockers were an NBA Development League team. They participated in minor league basketball and based in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Logo design: A red, white, and blue ball going through a basketball rim (homage to when they were in the ABA).

Season by season[edit]

Season League Division Finish Wins Losses Pct. Postseason Results
Arkansas RimRockers
2004–05 ABA White 1st 28 5 .848 Won Quarterfinals (Ontario) 136-97
Won Semifinals (Kentucky) 135-123
Won Final Four (Mississippi) 117-105
Won ABA Finals (Bellevue) 118-103
2005–06 D-League 5th 24 24 .500
2006–07 D-League Eastern 6th 16 34 .320
Regular season 68 63 .519 2004–2007
Playoffs 4 0 1.000 2004–2007

Franchise history[edit]

The Rimrockers began play during the 2004-05 season for the American Basketball Association. They posted a 32-5 record in the team’s inaugural season and won the ABA championship. Soon after winning the title, they left the ABA and began play in the NBA Development League for the 2005-06 season.

On February 10, 2006, the team fired head coach Joe Harge, the only man to coach the team up to that point. He was replaced by Andy Stoglin.

Stoglin said he would bring a much different style that begins with strict discipline. He joined the organization as an assistant during the 2005-06 season after leading the Mississippi Stingers to the ABA semifinals, where they lost to Arkansas. Stoglin has been coaching since 1969, including a 13-year run as Jackson State’s head coach.

The team didn't return to Arkansas for 2007-08 because attendance dropped to the point that the owner could no longer afford the lease. The team hoped to move to La Crosse, Wisconsin to play at the La Crosse Center for the 2007-08 season, where they would have been known as the La Crosse RimRockers.[1][2] However, due to the Center's lease demands being higher than Little Rock's, the deal fell through. The team was inactive for the 2007-08 season, and again in the 2008-09 season.[3]

Players of note[edit]

NBA players formerly assigned to Arkansas[edit]

Former stars[edit]

Final roster[edit]

Arkansas RimRockers
Final Roster
Head Coach: Andy Stoglin
G 8 United States DeAnthony Bowden (Creighton)
G 13 United States Brandon Dean (Arkansas)
SG 23 Canada Olu Famutimi (Arkansas)
F 33 United States Brian Jackson (Oregon State)
C 54 United States James Lang (Central Park Christian School, (HS) AL)
PG 12 United States Kareem Reid (Arkansas)
F 32 United States Chris Shumate (Murray State)
G/F 5 United States Donta Smith (Southeastern Illinois JC)
G 6 United States Anthony Roberson (Florida)
G 24 United States Clay Tucker (Milwaukee '03)
G 19 United States Rudy Roquemore (UC Santa Barbara '03)
(FA) - Free Agent Arkansas RimRockers



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