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.
Canton charges past Red Claws, 110-99 - 14 hours ago
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If Thursday night's game turns out to be a preview of the upcoming NBA D-League playoffs, fans in Portland are in for a show. The Canton Charge - who swept Maine in two games last spring - had their way with the Red Claws Thursday night, leading from start to finish and even rubbing salt in the wound at the end of a 110-99 victory before a crowd of 2,287. Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland), a 5-foot-9 rookie guard on assignment from the parent Cleveland Cavaliers, drove in a for a... [read more]
If Thursday night's game turns out to be a preview of the upcoming NBA D-League playoffs, fans in Portland are in for a show. The Canton Charge - who swept Maine in two games last spring - had their way with the Red Claws Thursday night, leading from start to finish and even rubbing salt in the wound at the end of a 110-99 victory before a crowd of 2,287. Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland), a 5-foot-9 rookie guard on assignment from the parent Cleveland Cavaliers, drove in a for a dunk that didn't quite beat the final buzzer but certainly will be remembered should the teams meet again in April. Felder finished with 26 points on 12-of-33 shooting that included flushes of two alley-oop passes. He also had nine assists. 'We talked about him a fair bit this week,' Red Claws Coach Scott Morrison said. 'I didn't think his scoring was the end of us (Thursday). I thought our transition defense was the reason we lost the game, but Felder also hurt us passing the ball. We've got to be able to contest his shots without taking three guys to do it.' The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Red Claws (28-18), whose magic number remains two for clinching a third straight Atlantic Division title. They have four games left, including a regular-season home finale Sunday afternoon against Reno. Canton (29-18) stands in second place in the Central Division. 'We're not clinched in the playoffs,' Canton Coach Nate Reinking said. 'So for us, we're trying to get the mentality like every game is a playoff game. Tonight we came out, we played extremely well but we knew Maine, they've got firepower, too.' Canton jumped to leads of 10-2 and 27-13 before the Claws cut it to eight after one quarter. They came as close as four (44-40) midway through the second on a 3-pointer by Coron Williams (6'1''-PG-89, college: Wake Forest) before Canton went on a 12-0 run and entered halftime with a 63-44 lead. Eric Moreland (6'10''-F-91, college: Oregon St.) (14 points, 16 rebounds) took a Felder pass and dunked early in the third for a 79-51 advantage, Canton's largest of the night. With help from two Celtics assigned to Maine, Jordan Mickey (6'8''-F-94, college: LSU, agency: Babcock Sports) and Demetrius Jackson, the Claws cut the margin to single digits in the fourth and with two minutes left had two open looks from deep to make it a five-point game, but attempts from both Marcus Georges-Hunt and Jackson rimmed out. 'It was important for us to show that fight,' said Mickey, who led Maine in points (20) and rebounds (11). 'We battled back. We didn't quit.' John Holland led Canton with 28 points on 16 fewer shots (11 of 17) than Felder. Williams had 18 for Maine, Jackson 16 and Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) 14. After Jackson made two free throws with 6.4 seconds left, both teams relaxed, assuming Canton would dribble out the clock. Instead, Felder brought the ball up court and dunked, with Mickey coming over to contest it. 'No NBA team I know of would do that,' Mickey said. 'I know the Celtics wouldn't do it for sure and I doubt the Cavaliers would so something like that. Guys know better than to do stuff like that.' He paused. 'I'll keep that in the back of my mind,' he said, 'if we happen to play these guys again.' Courtesy of: pressherald.com
Stokes comes back to Sioux Falls Skyforce - 1 day ago
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Sioux Falls Skyforce strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old forward Jarnell Stokes (201-113kg-94, college: Tennessee). It is actually his comeback to Sioux Falls Skyforce as he has played here before. Stokes played atDenver Nuggets in the NBA, but was released by the team in Nov.'16. But in two games he recorded just 1.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg this season. The last season Stokes played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce where in 35 games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 9.... [read more]
Sioux Falls Skyforce strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old forward Jarnell Stokes (201-113kg-94, college: Tennessee). It is actually his comeback to Sioux Falls Skyforce as he has played here before. Stokes played at Denver Nuggets in the NBA, but was released by the team in Nov.'16. But in two games he recorded just 1.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0apg this season. The last season Stokes played at another team Sioux Falls Skyforce where in 35 games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg. Great season indeed as he was selected USBasket.com All-D-League Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Three years ago he was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (35th overall). Stokes attended University of Tennessee until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball. He represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. Stokes' team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 55.0%. Stokes has played previously professionally in other NBA team (New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies) and D-League (Iowa Energy).
The Reno Bighorns (17-28) fell 120-109 to the Delaware 87ers (24-21) Wednesday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Sports Center in Newark, Del. Will Davis II (6'8''-F-92, college: Cal-Irvine) led the Bighorns with 28 points and ten rebounds while Kendall Marshall (6'5''-PG-91, college: N.Carolina) logged his tenth double-double of the season with 18 points, five rebounds and 11 assists. Isaiah Cousins notched 19 points and seven rebounds during the Wednesday matinee. Russ Smith (6'0''-PG-91,... [read more]
The Reno Bighorns (17-28) fell 120-109 to the Delaware 87ers (24-21) Wednesday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Sports Center in Newark, Del. Will Davis II (6'8''-F-92, college: Cal-Irvine) led the Bighorns with 28 points and ten rebounds while Kendall Marshall (6'5''-PG-91, college: N.Carolina) logged his tenth double-double of the season with 18 points, five rebounds and 11 assists. Isaiah Cousins notched 19 points and seven rebounds during the Wednesday matinee. Russ Smith (6'0''-PG-91, college: Louisville) paced the 87ers with 24 points, four rebounds and four assists while Roscoe Smith (6'9''-F-91, college: UNLV) had 23 points and six rebounds. The 87ers opened up the first quarter separating themselves from the Bighorns having a 13 point lead at the mid-way point of the frame. Delaware held the edge over the Bighorns through the entirety of the quarter. David Stockton (5'11''-PG-91, college: Gonzaga) and Reggie Hearn (6'4''-G-91, college: Northwestern) opened up the second quarter hitting triples to make it a six-point game before the 87ers pulled away to hold a double-digit lead. Delaware held the advantage over the Bighorns the remainder of the frame having a 14-point cushion heading into the locker room. Davis ended the first half with 14 points. Coming out of the break, the 87ers opened their lead to as many as 17 points. Delaware held the advantage over the Bighorns the remainder of the quarter, having a 14 point lead entering the final frame The Bighorns chipped away at the 87ers lead, coming within nine points twice by the 6:00 mark. The Bighorns rallied behind Davis' 10 points making it a seven-point game with 1:54 left in play. Delaware would keep the Bighorns at bay the remainder of the period, resulting in an 87ers victory. The Bighorns will next travel to Westchester to face the Knicks on Friday, Mar. 24 at 4 p.m. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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