The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today unveiled the Larry Bird bobblehead that will be distributed at the March 18 game to honor the Boston Celtics legend. The first 1,000 fans through the turnstiles will receive the collectible.
“Larry Bird left an indelible mark on the Boston Celtics, the NBA and basketball as a whole,” said Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings, who was an assistant coach for the Celtics when Bird was a player. “We are thrilled that Larry allowed us to produce this limited edition collectible, and we know that Red Claws fans will be proud to add it to their memorabilia collections.”
ZOOPERSTARS TO PERFORM AT SPECIAL SCHOOL VACATION DAY GAME: The ZOOperstars, featuring such characters as Shaquille O’Seal, Manatee Ramirez, Mackerel Jordan and Nomar Garciaparrot, will perform at the Red Claws home game on Thursday, February 24. The game, during school vacation week, will tip off at 1 PM. The ZOOperstars are a popular act of inflatable mascots that has performed at sporting events nationwide and was featured on “America’s Got Talent.”
MAINE RED CLAWS: 2009-10 marked the inaugural season for the Maine Red Claws, the minor league affiliate of the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats. The NBA D-League team plays its home games at the Portland Expo Building. The franchise is owned and operated by Maine Basketball, LLC, which is principally owned by Bill Ryan Sr., the retired chairman of TD Bank, and Bill Ryan Jr., owner and operator of Oxford Plains Speedway. Jon Jennings, a partner in Maine Basketball, LLC and former Boston Celtics assistant coach, serves as the team’s president and general manager.
NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE: The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league featured 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor, while a new team, the Texas Legends, will join the League for the 2010-11 season. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.