Albuquerque 119, Fort Worth 108 Albuquerque Wins 2006 D-League Championship FORT WORTH, Texas, Apr. 22 – The Albuquerque Thunderbirds took advantage of a balanced scoring attack and held off a late Fort Worth rally to defeat the Flyers, 119-108, and win the 2006 D-League Championship on Saturday in front of 3,518 at the Forth Worth Convention Center. The Thunderbirds 11th victory in its last 14 games gives coach Michael Cooper a championship at every level under the NBA umbrella. He won five NBA rings as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers and two more titles as head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. Glyniadakis scores 21 + 9 to win title. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NBA Development League Expands To Four Cities NEW YORK, April 6 – The NBA Development League (D-League) has awarded expansion teams to four cities for the 2006-07 season, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced today. The teams, all previously associated with the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), are located in Bismarck, N.D., Boise, Idaho, Broomfield, Colo., and Sioux Falls, S.D. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lakers To Own D-League Team EL SEGUNDO – The National Basketball Association’s Board of Governors has voted to approve the Los Angeles Lakers as owners of a new team in the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Jeanie Buss, the Lakers’ Executive Vice President of Business Operations. The still-unnamed team will begin play in November for the 2006-07 season.