The newest member of BK Prostejov takes some time to introduce himself, talk about his experiences and what he looks forward to accomplishing this season. Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana), 6-3, 195lbs is coming off his first professional season spent in the NBA D-League with the Maine Red Claws. The former University of Illinois and Southern Indiana star had a stellar rookie season, being named to the D-League All-Rookie Second team after starting 45 of 48 contests and averaging 13.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting 46.7% from the field, 43.2% from three and 88.9% from the free-throw line. Jamar picked himself back up after a tumultuous end to his time at Illinois by re-grouping at Southern Indiana and putting together two incredibly impressive seasons at the NCAA2 school before going undrafted at the 2010 NBA Draft. However, his refined shooting, especially from behind the arc, was too good to go unnoticed and he earned a training camp invite with the Boston Celtics prior to heading to Maine and the D-League. For reference, an abbreviated 21 game sophomore season at Illinois is the only time in his brief career where he failed to shoot at least 40% from three (31.7%). His chances cut short at joining the NBA this season due to the lockout, Smith is continuing his maturation as a player and person as he begins his European career in the Czech Republic. Now, as one of the key members of a re-tooled Prostejov squad, Smith will be counted upon by new Head Coach Zbynek Choleva to carry a big scoring load as he teams with returning center Yemi Nicholson, captain Jaroslav Prasil (201-F-80) and several other newcomers to try and return the team to its established levels of prominence over the past two seasons.
Q) First of all, thank you for taking the time for this interview. What was your first thought when you found out that you would be heading to the Czech Republic to play this season?
A) I was excited for the opportunity to play in another country and adapt and learn a new culture.
Q) Do you know anyone who has experience playing or living in Czech? What advice have you gotten so far on what to expect?
A) I don't know anyone personally who has played in Czech. Just to be open minded to the culture and enjoy the experience.
Q) Your new team has a completely different look from the last two seasons, when they were second-place finishers each of the last two seasons. Essentially you will be coming in and expected to put your stamp on the team right off the bat. Is this something you are accustomed and look forward to?
A) Definitely because my whole career I have been a scorer and then this past season I had to become more of the distributor, so I'm excited to get started.
Q) Asked to be primarily a shooting guard and scorer during your time in college, what was the biggest adjustment you had to make to your game to adapt to running the point at the pro level?
A) As a point guard you look to distribute first so it was just understanding when to look for my shot and the adjustment of running the offense.
Q) Obviously, you picked up the nuances of the position quickly, averaging 5.0 assists per game as a rookie starter for Maine last season. Under Austin Ainge (son of Boston Celtics Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge) what did you learn about yourself and your game while in the D-League?
A) That I could make any adjustment when it comes to the game and I feel now I can play either guard position just as effectively.
Q) Back to the connection to Boston, what was it like to be in training camp with all of those Future Hall of Famers?
A) It was a positive learning experience getting advise from guys like Rajon Rondo and his knowledge of the PG position.
Q) When we look back at your collegiate career, as a native of Illinois, what did it mean to you to play for Bruce Weber and the Illini? How did it affect you when you lost that opportunity to play for Illinois?
A) It was a disappointment; I'd always dreamed of playing there but when I lost the opportunity it bettered me as a person and I will always be very grateful to the University of Illinois for the opportunity.
Q) What led you to choose to transfer to Southern Indiana? How did your two seasons there help you develop and grow?
A) It was a school that was relatively close to home and a new opportunity for me. From the start I had to earn everything at Southern Indiana, nothing was given to me. I had to prove that I would not let anyone out work me and I wanted to be the leader of the team.
Q) Going into this season, what are your goals for yourself and the team?
A) Win the Czech Championship and perform very well in the EuroCup and EuroChallenge games.
Q) As the NBA is of course a goal for everyone, what are your thoughts on the lockout? Will the season start on time?
A) I'm not really sure because I haven't thought much about it. I try to really focus on what I can control and that is the upcoming season with BK Prostejov.
A) I believe I will be in the NBA because of the hard work I put into my game and I'm going to take advantage of every opportunity.
Oshkosh may pursue NBA D-League team - May 24, 2016
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Oshkosh officials are considering making a proposal to the NBA, to place a developmental league team in the city. City Manager Mark Rohloff says the Bucks want a D-Leauge team within two hours of Milwaukee. The team put out a request for proposals. Rohloff says they would use the temporary facility for the first five to 10 years, and then they could move to a permanent building. He says they would need 2,500 to 3,000 seats. The city is still considering whether to move forward with the id... [read more]
Oshkosh officials are considering making a proposal to the NBA, to place a developmental league team in the city. City Manager Mark Rohloff says the Bucks want a D-Leauge team within two hours of Milwaukee. The team put out a request for proposals. Rohloff says they would use the temporary facility for the first five to 10 years, and then they could move to a permanent building. He says they would need 2,500 to 3,000 seats. The city is still considering whether to move forward with the idea. Courtesy of: whby.com
NAZ Suns reveal new uniform, logo at Prescott Valley Event Center - May 19, 2016
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Some 200 people showed up to watch the new Northern Arizona Suns NBA Developmental League basketball team unveil its logo and uniforms Tuesday night, May 10, at Prescott Valley Event Center [read more]
Some 200 people showed up to watch the new Northern Arizona Suns NBA Developmental League basketball team unveil its logo and uniforms Tuesday night, May 10, at Prescott Valley Event Center. Standing on a makeshift stage on a basketball court toward the east end of the center, NAZ Suns President Chris Presson discussed the meaning behind the logo - complete with its 16 triangular purple flares (for 2016, the year of the team's founding) and the orange directional arrow on the top flare pointing to true north. An emblem with a basketball and the purple letters 'NAZ' in the middle of the sun complete the logo. To a great extent, the logo reflects what the team hopes to build with its fan base in Yavapai County. 'We have to infuse ourselves into the community,' Presson said. 'This is a basketball business, but the keyword is it's a business.' During the presentation, Prescott High basketball star Tyler Bell and Bradshaw Mountain High's Tim Young entered from behind a curtain to reveal the white-and-orange home jersey and the purple-and-orange away jersey. Bell said two days ago, when he walked into school, PHS Athletic Director Missy Townsend and basketball coach Adam Neely asked him if he wanted to model one of the NAZ Suns' jerseys. Bell, a senior who will compete for NAIA Benedictine University-Mesa in the winter, didn't hesitate. 'I was like, 'Yeah, sure. Why not?' ' added Bell, who, like Young, didn't get to keep the uniform. 'It was a lot of fun to come out here and be a part of something that, hopefully, will be here for a really long time. 'And when I come [back] up here every summer [from Mesa] I will be able to say that I was a part of something that's the beginning for up here in northern Arizona.' On Monday, in sixth hour P.E. at Bradshaw Mountain High, Athletic Director Mark Ernster pulled Young, a sophomore, out of class and asked him if he could present one of the uniforms. 'I hopped on right away,' Young said. 'I was like, 'Of course.' It's awesome [to have this team here] because we get to watch these guys, and we learn a lot from them - just watching them, just how they play, the intensity. And it's cool to have local people that you can look up to. This will help me a lot, knowing I wore these jerseys, so I will relate to them [players]. And I'll be like, 'I remember wearing that jersey. That was pretty cool.' I will come out and support them.' Haley Young, Tim's older sister who plays varsity basketball and softball at Bradshaw Mountain High, sat in the front row on the floor for the uniform presentation. She said the team will give the community something to rally around. 'It's pretty awesome - I love going to professional sports and watching it and like seeing how they play compared to us,' said Haley, a junior. 'And it's really going to help the community, too. It will get us excited about something. ' Presson also expressed how the NAZ Suns, formerly the Bakersfield (California) Jam, will reach out to the quad-city area communities of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt to give the residents an affordable sports/entertainment option. A new basketball court, complete with the NAZ Suns logos, will arrive at PV Event Center July 1, Presson said. The NAZ Suns will also have their own mascot. 'We got approval from the NBA today [Tuesday] to add a few modifications to our court design from what we presented,' Presson said. 'The NBA Developmental League office approved it, but the NBA said, 'Hey, we'd like you to do this.' We will have another community event around the unveiling of the court. Then we'll have open houses and a fan fest or two.' Courtesy of: pvtrib.com
Timothy Bawmann Named President of Fort Wayne Mad Ants - May 10, 2016
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Timothy A. Bawmann is the new President of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Developmental League, Mad Ants owner Pacers Sports & Entertainment announced today. Bawmann, a veteran minor league baseball executive, begins his duties immediately. He succeeds Jeff Potter, who will remain with the Mad Ants in an advisory capacity until his contract expires in September [read more]
Timothy A. Bawmann is the new President of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Developmental League, Mad Ants owner Pacers Sports & Entertainment announced today. Bawmann, a veteran minor league baseball executive, begins his duties immediately. He succeeds Jeff Potter, who will remain with the Mad Ants in an advisory capacity until his contract expires in September. "We are exceptionally pleased to bring a man of Tim's experience, leadership, skills and success to the Mad Ants," said Pacers Sports & Entertainment President Rick Fuson. "He will certainly assist us in our goal of making the Mad Ants a model D-League franchise and a prominent presence in the Fort Wayne community." Bawmann, 50, has served as President and General Manager of the Boston Red Sox Class A affiliate Lowell Spinners since 2003. Since 2010, he also has served as president of the Nashua Silver Knights in the Futures League. "I look forward to building the Pacers brand through the Mad Ants organization," he said. "My goal is to make the Mad Ants the number one destination for family entertainment each season. Jeff Potter and his staff have laid the foundation and I plan to build on their work to make the Mad Ants game experience entertaining for fans of all ages through creative promotions and top notch customer service." With the Spinners, Bawmann oversaw record revenue and attendance growth, including a 10-year streak of home-field sellouts. Corporate sponsorship increased by 35 percent. He managed a full-time staff of 12 and a season support staff of 30. With the Silver Knights, Bawmann directed the start-up efforts of a founding member of a newly created league and quickly drove the franchise to significant increases in attendance, merchandise, food and beverage and corporate sponsorships. Before coming to the Spinners, Bawmann worked in marketing and administration for a number of minor league franchises, including affiliates of the Montreal Expos and Houston Astros. A native of Rock Island, Ill., Bawmann is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Platteville. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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