The Nevada Desert Dogs, a new professional basketball team based out of Mesquite, has named Paul Mokeski as the head coach and general manager. The home games will be played at the Rising Star Resort and the first home game will be in January. The 32-game schedule will be posted soon.
“I am very excited to be the head coach and GM of the Nevada Desert Dogs of the [North American Premier Basketball League],” said coach Paul Mokeski. “We are Mesquite’s pro basketball team! We are looking forward to having ‘The Barn’ at the Rising Star Resort as our home court. We want to play up-tempo, exciting basketball and get the Barn rocking. With great fan support, it will be a huge home court advantage for us. I have coached in many leagues all around the world and have never been more excited for this year of Desert Dogs basketball!”
The North American Premier Basketball League was founded by longtime founder and owner of the Premier Basketball League Dr. Sev Hrywnak and David Magley, a former professional basketball player, businessman, coach, and commissioner of the NBL Canadian league.
North America does not have a second division professional league. Currently, there are only the NBA and G League, owned and operated by NBA teams. Basketball players seeking employment sometimes go overseas to continue their careers. The North American Premier Basketball League hopes to fill a niche both for players and markets. There are currently over 60 professional markets that may have been home to an NBA, ABA, CBA, or D League in the past and no longer have a league for their venue.
The inaugural season will begin in January 2018 with eight teams:
—Vancouver, British Columbia.
—Kansas City, MO.
There is interest from other professional markets, and the goal is to have 20 teams within the next three years.