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The newest WNBA team will be called the Atlanta Dream.

Atlanta unveiled the nickname Wednesday along with its red and blue logo with stars and a basketball.

Team owner Ron Terwilliger said it was no coincidence the announcement came so soon after the city observed the annual holiday for Martin Luther King Jr.

"Atlanta is a city of dreamers and this week we have had time to reflect on what it means to dream and what can happen when you do," Terwilliger said. "Little girls, like little boys, imagine playing in front of cheering crowds and achieving success in professional sports leagues. We believe Dream best captures Atlanta's spirit and the core values of the WNBA."

Atlanta was awarded the franchise in October. WNBA president Donna Orender said support for the 14th team in the league "has been tremendous."

Marynell Meadors, one of the league's eight original coaches, is the coach and general manager.

The Dream will play their home games at Philips Arena. The home opener is May 23 against the Detroit Shock.


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