Arizona Thunderbirds Press Releases

  • Thunderbirds Midseason Review +

    The Arizona Thunderbirds enter the All-Star break at 25-18, tied for the lead in the National West division. Here is a mid-season review of the first half of the Thunderbirds season. Offense Summary: The Thunderbirds are scoring almost the exact same amount of points per game as last season and their rebounding is slightly up. They are one of the better three-point shooting teams in the league, ranking 7th in the league. However, they are struggling with turnovers at 15 per game, which is ranked 14in the league and they aren't sharing the ball much, as they only average 21.1 assists per game. Grade: B- The Thunderbirds aren't offensive juggernauts, but they are efficient with the limited amount of possessions Read More
  • Thunderbirds GM Simpson Responds to Buzzards Comments +

    Boston Buzzards GM Jason Warnke is known for not shying away from voicing his opinions and he didn't hold back on any critics regarding the Malik Campbell trade or his trading practices, including taking shots at Thunderbirds GM Nick Simpson. News out of Boston quickly spread to Arizona to Simpson, who was less than impressed by comments coming from the Buzzards camp. "Josh..Jace..whatever the guy’s name is over there in Boston is always spouting off about something," Simpson responded when asked about Warnke's comments. When asked specifically about Warnke's comment about being handed a silver platter of all-stars, which is speculated to be aimed at Simpson for taking over a team with the likes of Harry White and Noah Gutierrez, Read More
  • Thunderbirds Lose Game 6 at Home and NatCon Finals +

    The Thunderbirds were defeated four games to two by the London Knights in the National Conference Finals. The Thunderbirds weren't able to send the series to London for a Game 7, losing Game 6 102-108 in US Airways Center. Losing an elimination game on their homecourt was a disappointing pill to swallow for the team. “I had no doubt we were going to win,” Harry White told reporters in a dejected Arizona locker room after the game. “We didn’t play with the energy we needed to in an elimination game, especially on the defensive side of the ball.” The Knights shot a series-high 49% in Game 6, including 11-19 from beyond the arc. “We didn’t bring our A game on Read More
  • Thunderbirds Claim National West Title +

    The Arizona Thunderbirds finished out the regular season on a four-game win streak to finish 50-30, capturing their first National West division title since 2013. The Thunderbirds finished 8 games ahead of Minnesota Marauders and 10 games ahead of the Seattle Seadogs who had won the division the past five seasons. "Looking at the standings at the end of the season and seeing the T-Birds above those damn Seadogs for once sure does feel good," GM Nick Simpson said after winning his first division title as GM. "We had a rough last season, but we made some moves this past offseason and made some coaching changes that helped propel us to a good regular season." The Thunderbirds used a suffocating Read More
  • Thunderbirds' Defense Propels Team to Hot Start +

    The Thunderbirds are off to a 19-4 start, tied for the best win percentage (with the Buzzards) in the OBWL. Their start includes a 11-2 home record and 8-2 on the road. The team is currently on an 8 game winning streak. “I’m really excited about the way we’ve started the season,” said GM Nick Simpson. “Our defense has been stellar. Big credit to Coach Shay and the coaching staff on molding all of the new parts we’ve added to this team so quickly.” The Thunderbirds defense has been one of the best, if not the best, in the league so far this season. They are allowing a league low 83.7 points per game, which is 7 points less than Read More
  • Thunderbirds Shake Up Roster with Three-Team Trade +

    The Arizona Thunderbirds were a part of a three-team trade that brought in two new starters for this season, Mark Marble, Angel Kurzyna and Elton Carnahan. In the process, the Thunderbirds traded away Duncan Mitchell, Noah Gutierrez and Gage Moore who were three major contributors last season. The star studded trade will be sure to shake up the Thunderbirds lineup for this upcoming season. Mark Marble is a third year player who has averaged 20 points per game in his first two seasons. The Thunderbirds valued his shooting with his career 55% true shooting percentage. “We are very excited to bring in Mark,” GM Nick Simpson said. “He’s a young guy who’s a proven scorer and we love his efficiency.” Read More
  • Gutierrez Era Comes to an End in Arizona +

    After being traded to the Indiana Invaders, the Noah Gutierrez era in Arizona has officially come to an end. Gutierrez helped bring three titles to Arizona in 2011, 2012 and 2017. He also was a back-to-back MVP in 2012 and 2013. Gutierrez averaged 25.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1 steal and 1 block per game in his career with the Thunderbirds. Gutierrez took out a full page article in the local newspaper to thank all of the fans and Thunderbirds management (sort of) in classic "Goot" fashion. To all of the Thunderbirds fans: We accomplished a lot of things during my time here and I've always appreciated all of the love from the fans. Miami is my home, but Read More
  • Gutierrez Trade Rumors Swirling Again +

    Noah Gutierrez is no stranger to rumors and controversy, whether it's guaranteeing a Game 7 victory in the Finals, sources saying he wants out of Arizona, or telling the press to "shut the help up". The rumor mill is always swirling around the Thunderbirds' biggest locker room personality and this season is no different. Sources with front office contacts are again saying that Arizona is shopping Gutierrez in order to free up cap space. Gutierrez, who is due to make $19.2 million in his final year of his contract, is one of only four players that are guaranteed to be on the Thunderbirds' roster next season. If Gage Moore accepts his player option, then the Thunderbirds will already have $32.3 Read More
  • Thunderbirds Crash Out of Playoffs +

    The defending OBWL champion Thunderbirds were eliminated from the playoffs by the Toronto Huskies in six games. It was an odd series with the Huskies winning Game 1 at home and then the road team proceeding to win each of the next five games. The Thunderbirds went 0-3 at home in a series for the first time in franchise history. "You can't expect to win a series if you don't win at home...especially a team of that caliber," star point guard Harry White said after the Game 6 loss. The Thunderbirds struggled to score in their four losses, averaging only 89 points per game. Meanwhile, the Huskies averaged 103 points in the series. "We knew going into this series we Read More
  • Kole Tantalo signs 4-year Extension with Thunderbirds +

    Veteran smalll forward Kole Tantalo has signed a 4-year contract extension with the Thunderbirds wortha total of $5.3 million. "This is a great organization to play for," Tantalo told reporters regarding his extension. "I love playing here and my family loves living here in Arizona. It was an easy decision for me and my family." Tantalo, 30, has started 22 of 45 games this season, averaging 14 minutes, 3.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. GM Nick Simpson was excited about the extension. "I was more than happy to extend Kole," said Simpson. "Kole is a stat stuffer. He isn't going to put up a bunch of points, but he does all of the little things to help Read More
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