Birmingham Squadron Daily News Clips | 9/21/21

By bblackburn | September 21, 2021

Last Week around the Leagues
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NBA G League
The NBA G League announced a new innovative format to its season structure featuring both a 36-game regular season and an expanded Showcase Cup, a 14-game tournament which begins on Friday, Nov. 5 and then concludes at the annual NBA G League Winter Showcase from Dec. 19-22. The 2021-22 regular-season will then commence on Dec. 27 with traditional playoffs and the NBA G League Finals presented by YouTube TV in April 2022. The NBA G League also released its complete game schedule for the full season for 2021-22 play. NBA G League Ignite and Capitanes de la Ciudad de México will compete in the Showcase Cup but will not take part in the 36-game regular season.
This season the NBA G League are adding two new teams; the Capitanes De La Ciudad De Mexico and Birmingham Squadron. Capitanes De La Ciudad De Mexico will be the first-ever team outside the USA. Two teams are also changing their name – the Grand Rapids Drive will go by the Grand Rapids Gold and the Maine Red Claws will be the Maine Celtics. It’s going to be a season you’ll never forget.
Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced that the Greensboro Swarm has named Jordan Surenkamp head coach. Surenkamp becomes the third head coach in franchise history. Surenkamp has been elevated to lead the Swarm after completing his third season with the Hornets â his second as the Head Video Coordinator. He joined the organization prior to the 2018 season as an Assistant Video Coordinator.
The Miami HEAT announced today that Kasib Powell has been promoted to Head Coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce. With the promotion, Powell becomes the 21st head coach in Sioux Falls’ 32-season history and is the sixth-straight coach to be hand-selected by the HEAT following the single affiliation partnership established in 2013. Powell was originally hired by the Miami HEAT and Sioux Falls Skyforce as an assistant coach in 2016, a position he has held for each of the past four seasons while serving under former head coaches Nevada Smith and Eric Glass.
The Austin Spurs announced that the team has named Petar Bozic head coach, making him the eighth head coach in franchise history. Bozic spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach for the Austin Spurs. Before coming to Austin, he served as head coach of Partizan in his home country of Serbia from 2015-16 and assistant coach from 2013-15 following eight years of playing with the club from 2004-12. He helped lead Austin to an NBA G League championship in 2018 and Partizan to a Serbian League championship in 2014.

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