Possibility of NBA lockout won't stop D-League season - Jun 19, 2011
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The NBA's collective bargaining agreement expires June 30, but that Thursday will be just another day in the D-League.
While a potential NBA lockout looms, the D-League is on course to play its 2011-12 season regardless of what happens in negotiations between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association.
'We're full speed ahead in our plans for next season,' D-League president Dan Reed said. 'It's business as usual for us. ... We're in the midst of developing our schedule right now. We'll be announcing affiliations in a few weeks. This is typically a busy time, and nothing has changed.'
The D-League falls under the NBA umbrella, but Reed called it 'a separate entity.'
'Our decision isn't impacted one way or another,' Reed said.
The threat of an NBA lockout and the possibility there won't be a 2011-12 season might leave the D-League a less attractive option for prospects. The D-League sells its players the message that it is a path to the NBA, making hotel living and playing for less than $30,000 a year tolerable.
Reed said he isn't concerned a possible lockout could weaken the talent level of the D-League, considering players might choose to go overseas for more money and the certainty of playing time.
'Our track record speaks for itself in our ability to help our players have successful professional basketball careers,' he said. 'We're the most heavily scouted league in the world. We don't expect that to change, and we've proven over our 10 seasons to be a high level of basketball and provide outstanding career opportunities for our players.'
When the current CBA was approved July 30, 2005, one result was that NBA teams gained the ability to send down first-year or second-year players to their D-League affiliates as many as three times per season.
Reed isn't sure what could come out of the current negotiations that would affect the D-League, but he doesn't foresee the league immediately expanding beyond its existing 17 teams.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders will resume play in 2011-12 after not playing this past season.
'We've been very focused on ensuring our teams are successful,' Reed said. 'Ensuring NBA teams are utilizing our system, increasing our number of call-up assignments, our businesses, and we've been focused on that in earnest the past two seasons.'
Reed said he does expect further expansion 'down the road,' though.
'It's not something we're actively pursuing now because we're pleased with the size of our league now,' he said.
Reed does see a trend developing with NBA teams establishing one-on-one affiliations with D-League teams.
The Erie BayHawks became the third D-League team to establish a hybrid partnership with an NBA team in their three-year deal with the New York Knicks. The BayHawks will run the business side, the Knicks the basketball side.
There are seven total one- on-one affiliate relationships in the league.
'It's a great opportunity for our franchise to have one of the most famous basketball teams in the world to have to make a commitment to us to form a partnership,' BayHawks coach Jay Larranaga said.
Reed said the D-League is working with the Cleveland Cavaliers to help them find a way to have a one-on-one affiliate partnership with a D-League team. Recent reports have suggested the Cavs will buy the New Mexico Thunderbirds and move them to Youngstown, Ohio.
'We're working with them on a handful of options to allow them to get more deeply involved in the NBA Development League,' Reed said.
Texas D-League Management LLC bought the Colorado 14ers in 2009 and moved them to Frisco, Texas, where they became the expansion Texas Legends.
'We are at a really exciting point of our league,' Reed said. 'The biggest driver has been our success to date. Last year, there were 104 NBA Development League alumni on NBA team rosters. That's over 20 percent of the NBA. That's a very significant number and that catches people's attention.'
Going into the 2010-11 season, the D-League made rule changes that included international goaltending guidelines and reducing the overtime period to three minutes from five minutes.
Reed said those changes were viewed as positive.
'Folks associated with the league and fans generally liked the shorter overtime,' Reed said. 'It kept the intensity of the game throughout.'
As for the international goaltending, Reed said the players seemed to adapt to it as the season progressed.
'There were many exciting plays at the rim this year as a result of that rule,' Reed said.
The Santa Cruz Warriors set a pair of franchise marks against the Reno Bighorns on Friday. Only one of them was positive. After holding the host Bighorns to just 11 points in the first quarter - an all-time low for the Warriors - Santa Cruz blew its largest lead when it allowed Reno to erase a 25-point deficit en route to a 109-108 victory. The game was held at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, where the NBA's Kings - the Bighorns' affiliate - compete. Kings players Tyreke Evans, Buddy H... [read more]
The Santa Cruz Warriors set a pair of franchise marks against the Reno Bighorns on Friday. Only one of them was positive. After holding the host Bighorns to just 11 points in the first quarter - an all-time low for the Warriors - Santa Cruz blew its largest lead when it allowed Reno to erase a 25-point deficit en route to a 109-108 victory. The game was held at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, where the NBA's Kings - the Bighorns' affiliate - compete. Kings players Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield, Kosta Koufos, Skal Labissiere and Garrett Temple were in attendance, as was general manager Vlade Divac. Georgios Papagiannis (7'2''-C-97), another Kings player who was on assignment with Reno (13-23), recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Bighorns' come-from-behind victory. His pair of free throws with 2:31 remaining in regulation supplied Reno its first lead of the game. The Warriors never reclaimed the lead. No player was more key to the comeback than Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson), however. Neal dropped a game-high 41 points - making all 15 of his free-throw attempts - to go along with eight rebounds and five steals. He shot of 12 of 20 from the field in 40 minutes. The 25-point lead, which Santa Cruz grabbed early in the second quarter after a Cleanthony Early (6'8''-F-91, college: Wichita St.) layup made it a 36-11 game, topped the 22-point lead the Warriors had in their January 2014 loss to Fort Wayne. The 11 points allowed in the first quarter, meanwhile, bested the 12 points Santa Cruz surrendered to Canton in January 2015. Little of what transpired Friday made sense for the Warriors, who led 34-11 after the first quarter. Although it did have 17 turnovers to Reno's 12, Santa Cruz made 18 3-pointers. Then again, it also took 47 attempts from behind the arc. James Southerland led the Warriors with 27 points to go along with 11 rebounds. He was 5 of 11 from 3-point range, while LaDontae Henton was 7 of 13 for 23 points. Scott Wood (6'6''-F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) chimed in with 13 points and Phil Pressey (5'11''-PG-91, college: Missouri) had 12 points and 10 assists. Early had 11 points for the Warriors (19-17). Santa Cruz led 54-37 at halftime. However, it was outscored 72-54 in the second half. The Bighorns went on a 17-7 run to start the third quarter, bringing the deficit to seven. The Warriors' lead was later five points, but Santa Cruz managed to nevertheless hold an 87-78 lead on Reno entering the final stanza. The Bighorns scored 41 points in the fourth quarter, with Neal alone depositing 23 points on 7 of 8 shooting. Golden State center Damian Jones (7'0''-C-95, college: Vanderbilt), who was assigned to Santa Cruz earlier in the day, finished with eight points and seven rebounds. Courtesy of: santacruzsentinel.com
Austin Spurs Defeat Sioux Falls Skyforce 122-105 - 3 days ago
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The Austin Spurs (16-19), presented by SWBC, defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce (23-14), 122-105, at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Thursday evening. On assignment from San Antonio, Bryn Forbes (6'3''-G-93, college: Michigan St.) set a new team season-high with 36 points (13-17 FG, 6-8 3P, 4-4 FT) and paced the Spurs with 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. Patricio Garino (6'6''-G/F-93, college: G.Washington) added 18 points and 3 rebounds in 31 minutes, while Charles Garcia contribut... [read more]
The Austin Spurs (16-19), presented by SWBC, defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce (23-14), 122-105, at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Thursday evening. On assignment from San Antonio, Bryn Forbes (6'3''-G-93, college: Michigan St.) set a new team season-high with 36 points (13-17 FG, 6-8 3P, 4-4 FT) and paced the Spurs with 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. Patricio Garino (6'6''-G/F-93, college: G.Washington) added 18 points and 3 rebounds in 31 minutes, while Charles Garcia contributed 15 points (5-9 FG, 5-10 FT), 3 rebounds, and 3 assists in 21 minutes off the bench. In his first game back from All-Star Weekend, Cory Jefferson (6'9''-F-90, college: Baylor) recorded his thirteenth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. Austin held the lead throughout the game, up by as many as 20 points in the second quarter. The Spurs finished the half ahead 63-50, paced by Forbes' 27 points. In the second half, Sioux Falls attempted a comeback, but could only pull within 12 points. For the night, Austin shot .547 from the field and .476 from beyond the arc, while holding Sioux Falls to .411 and .200, respectively. For Sioux Falls, Patrick Miller (6'1''-PG-92, college: Tennessee St.) finished with 22 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists in 33 minutes, while Bubu Palo (6'1''-G-91, college: Iowa St.) chipped in with 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists in 34 minutes. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
In their first game back from the all-star break, the D-Fenders fell to the Texas Legends on Wednesday at the Dr. Pepper Arena, 135-120. Los Angeles (27-9) was led by 22 points from Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92, college: Marquette), who added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Rookie David Nwaba (6'4''-G-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO) totaled 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for his seventh double-double of the season. Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) and Troy DeVr... [read more]
In their first game back from the all-star break, the D-Fenders fell to the Texas Legends on Wednesday at the Dr. Pepper Arena, 135-120. Los Angeles (27-9) was led by 22 points from Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92, college: Marquette), who added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Rookie David Nwaba (6'4''-G-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO) totaled 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for his seventh double-double of the season. Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) and Troy DeVries (6'4''-G-82, college: N.Mexico) each chipped in 14 points for the away team, and Josh Magette helped to facilitate the offense with his 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Newly-acquired center DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F/C-89, college: Pittsburgh) finished with four points, four rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes of action. Texas (16-18) was guided by a 30-point, 14-rebound performance from Jameel Warney, while C.J. Williams (6'5''-G-90, college: N.Carolina St.) led all scorers with 32 points. Pierre Jackson followed closely with 20 points and 12 assists. Former D-Fenders Manny Harris (6'5''-F/G-89, college: Michigan) (22 points, nine rebounds) and Stephane Lasme (6'8''-C-82, college: Massachusetts) (11 points, 10 rebounds) rounded out the home team's double-digit scorers. The D-Fenders trailed 72-69 at halftime, despite 18 first-half points from Blue. A lopsided third quarter proved costly for Los Angeles as the team was outscored 35-21 out of the break. The Legends led by as much as 23 in the third period - their largest lead of the day - before maintaining a double-digit margin for the remainder of the evening. Overall, Los Angeles shot 41.9 percent from the field but connected on only 27.0 percent of their three-point attempts. Powered by a starting unit that combined for 115 points, Texas converted on 52.7 percent of their attempts on the day. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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