Sports fans excited about potential D-League basketball team in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C -- The city of Greensboro could play host to a developmental league basketball team owned by the Charlotte Hornets.

Greensboro is one of seven cities including Raleigh, Asheville and Fayetteville that are being asked to consider partnering with the NBA-team so it can have a D-League team near Charlotte.

Leaders at the Greensboro Coliseum said they received a request-for-proposal from the team on Monday and wouldn’t have a comment on the idea until they review it.

Basketball fans believe it would help establish the area as a place where basketball is taken seriously.

“We've had a few players that have come out of Greensboro and a lot of people overlook us because they don't think we have a lot of talent which we do,” said Jacob Crutchfield, a high school and AAU basketball player at Page High School. “I think if we had a developmental league team it will put us on the map more.”

Crutchfield said he sees plenty of current players learning something or being inspired by a team in Greensboro.

“There's a lot of good players in the D-League that just haven't had a chance to expose their talent on the national level that I think would be really good in the NBA,” said Crutchfield.

Greensboro has already seen professional baseball work in the city. Many fans at Monday night’s Grasshoppers game welcomed the idea of the city having a basketball team to root for as well.

“I think it would be great for the city,” said Ryan Jennings, who enjoyed his second Grasshoppers game Monday since moving to Greensboro. “It's another opportunity for people to come out and enjoy the city.”

Duane King, of Reidsville, envisions developmental league basketball as another family-friendly and affordable entertainment option like the Grasshoppers games.

“I've got a lot of grand kids and I can bring them and it won't break me if you know what I mean,” said King.

Greensboro could also potentially be competing with Columbia, Charleston and Greenville -- all in South Carolina -- for a chance at hosting the team.