EL SEGUNDO - The Los Angeles D-Fenders have retained Conner Henry , Phil Hubbard and Larry Lewis as assistant coaches on Reggie Theus' staff, it was announced today. In addition, Head Athletic Trainer Nina Hsieh and Video Coordinator Will Scott have rejoined the D-Fenders for the 2012-13 season. Henry enters into his second season with the D-Fenders after coming to the team as an assistant coach in 2011. Most recently, Henry served as an assistant on the NBA D-League Select Team at the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Prior to coaching the D-Fenders, Henry spent four seasons in the Australian National Basketball League an assistant coach for the Sydney Kings (2010-11) and as head and assistant coach (2008-09; 2006-08) for the Perth Wildcats. A Claremont, Calif. native, Henry, who played 10 seasons of professional basketball, earned his spot in the coaching ranks working for his hometown Claremont McKenna College as an assistant (2001-06). A 6'7" shooting guard out of UC Santa Barbara, Henry played two seasons in the NBA for four franchises (Houston, Boston, Milwaukee, Sacramento) along with 10 seasons in the Continental Basketball Association and Europe.
Hubbard, who brings a combined 31 years of professional basketball experience to Los Angeles, returns for his second season with the D-Fenders and third NBA D-League season overall. Most recently, Hubbard coached Caneros De La Romana of the Dominican Republic to a championship and worked as an assistant coach on the NBA D-League Select Team. Before signing with the D-Fenders, the Ohio native aided in player development for the Chinese Junior National Team and operated as an assistant for the Dongguan Leopards in China. In 2010-11, Hubbard began coaching in the D-League with Reno after working as an NBA assistant in Washington for six seasons (2003-09). While with the Wizards, Hubbard helped the team register a 197-224 record, earn their highest win total (45) in 25 years, and reach postseason for the first time since 1996-97. Assuming his role with the Wizards after spending eight total years as an assistant with Golden State (1998-2003) and Atlanta (1995-98), Hubbard also spent five years as scouting coordinator for the New York Knicks (1990-95) shortly after finishing his NBA playing career. Selected out of Michigan University with the 15th overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft, Hubbard played 10 seasons in the NBA with Cleveland and Detroit, averaging 10.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 665 career games.
Lewis, a Los Angeles native and graduate of Morehouse College, begins his second season with the D-Fenders and first as assistant coach after acting as player development coach during the 2011-12 campaign. Moreover, in his young coaching career, Lewis earned a spot as an assistant on the NBA D-League Select Team in 2012. Prior to coaching, Lewis, a 6'7" forward, played internationally in Argentina (2011), Spain (2001-2011), Japan (1996-2001), Cyprus (1996), Great Britain (1993) and the Dominican Republic (1992). Furthermore, Lewis spent a season in the United States Basketball League with Sarasota (1996), in the CBA with the Rapid City Thrillers (1994-95), and for Team USA (1995) in the Pan American Games where he won a silver medal.
Entering into her fourth season with the D-Fenders as Head Athletic Trainer, Hsieh has totaled 11 years of athletic training experience. In her role with the D-Fenders, Hsieh monitors the health of the players and is responsible for injury prevention, care and treatment. Before coming to the D-Fenders, the Huntington Beach, Calif. native functioned as athletic trainer for the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team (2010-11) along with the women's basketball team (2004-08). Hsieh is a graduate from Cal State Fullerton (B.S., Kinesiology, 2000) and the Arizona School of Health Sciences (M.S., Sports Health Care, 2003).
Scott, at just 23 years old, moves into his second season as the D-Fenders video coordinator. Working as student manager at Indiana University from 2009-11 under current head coach Tom Crean, Scott acted as an assistant to the entire coaching staff on a day-to-day basis and held an array of responsibilities such as video editing, supporting practice drills and aiding with in-game operations. A graduate of Indiana, Scott has a degree in Sports Marketing and Management along with a minor in Business.
Henry, Hubbard, Lewis, Hsieh and Scott were each key figures during the D-Fenders record-breaking 2011-12 season in which the team won an NBA Development League record 38 games, earned a trip to the NBA D-League Finals, and totaled eight NBA Call-Ups en route to the Development Champion award. Courtesy of: http://www.oursportscentral.com
Raptors 905 ends Maine's 3-game winning streak - 1 day ago
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Playing the second game of a back-to-back and the third game in four days, the last thing the Maine Red Claws probably wanted to see Sunday was a well-rested team with the ability to pound the ball inside. Maine was missing the zip it had during a three-game winning streak heading into the matchup with the Raptors 905, who got into Portland on Saturday and hadn't played since Thursday. The Raptors took advantage on their way to a 102-89 win. Red Claws Coach Scott Morrison thinks his team'... [read more]
Playing the second game of a back-to-back and the third game in four days, the last thing the Maine Red Claws probably wanted to see Sunday was a well-rested team with the ability to pound the ball inside. Maine was missing the zip it had during a three-game winning streak heading into the matchup with the Raptors 905, who got into Portland on Saturday and hadn't played since Thursday. The Raptors took advantage on their way to a 102-89 win. Red Claws Coach Scott Morrison thinks his team's 7-3 record isn't quite what it seems. It showed Sunday when Maine was outscored in the paint (66-36) and lost the rebounding battle (17-5 on the offensive glass, 44-33 overall). 'We've got to improve. We are not improving at the rate we need to,' Morrison said. 'We have a decent team but we are not at the level of the best teams yet.' Raptors 905 are coached by Jerry Stackhouse, who played 18 seasons in the NBA. Stackhouse recently moved 7-foot-3 center Edy Taveres into the starting lineup. Taveres was a tough matchup for Maine, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while altering a number of shots on the defensive end. The presense of Tavares and 6-11 Yanick Moreira (6'11''-C-91, college: SMU) allows the Raptors to go inside or kick it out if Maine collapses down low. The result was open shots and the Raptors shoot 48.4 percent from the floor. 'I want to take advantage of Edy's length and his ability to finish around the basket,' said Stackhouse, who has guided his team to a 6-2 record in his first year as coach. 'It's old-school basketball, playing inside-out. I loved the fact that we established ourselves and played our style.' Jordan Mickey (6'8''-F-94, college: LSU), the 6-8 second-year pro who was playing in his second game since being assigned by the Celtics, often defended Tavares. 'The game is changing a lot so you don't see as many guys like that,' Mickey said. 'But some team do have them and you have to be able to adjust to try to help your team get the win.' Tavares scored eight points in the first quarter and 16 in the second as the Raptors took a 58-42 lead. 'Unfortunately I think this being our third game in four nights showed,' Morrison said. 'It's just an excuse, but I think it affected us a bit, especially in the first half.' Damion Lee was 5 of 6 from 3-point range and scored 25 points to lead Maine. Demetrius Jackson (6'1''-PG-94, college: Notre Dame), recently assigned to the Red Claws from the Celtics finished with 17, while Mickey had 10. Jalen Jones (6'7''-G/F-93, college: Texas A&M) and Arthur Edwards (6'6''-G, college: Alabama) each had 11. Raptors 905 pushed the lead to 25 points, 70-45, a little more than midway through the third quarter. Maine cut the deficit to 98-87 with 45.7 seconds left, but ran out of time. Courtesy of: pressherald.com
87ers Knock off Drive with Balanced Scoring Attack - 1 day ago
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The Delaware 87ers (3-4) got revenge on the Grand Rapids Drive (4-5) for a loss earlier in the season on Sunday night, beating the Drive on the road 118-100. The Sevens got contributions from all over their roster, grabbing a much-needed win after losing four of their previous five games. Seven players scored in double figures for them compared to just three for the Drive. Standing out among the team effort were James Webb III (6'9''-F-93, college: Boise St.) III and Cat Barber with 19 po... [read more]
The Delaware 87ers (3-4) got revenge on the Grand Rapids Drive (4-5) for a loss earlier in the season on Sunday night, beating the Drive on the road 118-100. The Sevens got contributions from all over their roster, grabbing a much-needed win after losing four of their previous five games. Seven players scored in double figures for them compared to just three for the Drive. Standing out among the team effort were James Webb III (6'9''-F-93, college: Boise St.) III and Cat Barber with 19 points each, Shawn Long (6'11''-F-93, college: La-Lafayette) with 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Carlos Lopez-Sosa with 14 points off the bench. Kevin Murphy (6'5''-G-90, college: Tenn Tech) and Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) were a two-man show for the host Drive, combining for 56 points. Murphy also had 11 rebounds. Ray McCallum (6'3''-PG-91, college: Detroit Mercy) shook off a slow start and finished with 23 points, five rebounds and seven assists. An early four-point play by Murphy gave the Drive a 15-9 run to open the game, but a bench-heavy unit of Sevens erased that with a 9-1 run immediately following that. Murphy, currently third in the D-League in points per game, had 11 points in the first quarter, but the Drive only managed 20 and Delaware led 26-20 after the first. The Sevens stretched their lead to double digits in the second quarter, had six players score at least eight first-half points. But the Drive were able to narrow it to a 60-53 halftime advantage. Murphy had 20 points at halftime and Crawford already had 14 as well. It wasn't enough to get the Sevens on their heels, though, as they got their lead right back up to double digits with an 8-4 run to open the second half. The Drive were not able to mount a serious challenge to the Sevens' lead the entire despite shooting 43 percent from three, just lower than their overall shooting percentage of 45 percent. They only attempted 21 threes. The Sevens scored over 110 points for the fourth time this season, shooting 82 percent from the free throw line and grabbing 16 offensive rebounds on their way to out-rebounding the Drive 53-39. They made just 28 percent of their three-point attempts but compensated with other forms of offense. The Drive's next game is their third consecutive at home, a Dec. 7 tilt with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Delaware squares off with the Santa Cruz Warriors at home on Dec. 6. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Austin Spurs Fall to Salt Lake City Stars 101-93 - 2 days ago
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The Austin Spurs (4-4) fell to the Salt Lake City Stars (2-8), 101-93, at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Saturday evening. On assignment from San Antonio, Dejounte Murray (6'4''-G-96, college: Washington) led Austin with a team-high 30 points (14-22 FG, 2-2 FT), 8 rebounds, and 7 assists in 39 minutes. Cory Jefferson (6'9''-F-90, college: Baylor) recorded 18 points (6-9 FG, 4-4 FT) and 7 rebounds in 27 minutes, while San Antonio assignee Davis Bertans (6'10''-F-92) chipped in 10 points in... [read more]
The Austin Spurs (4-4) fell to the Salt Lake City Stars (2-8), 101-93, at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Saturday evening. On assignment from San Antonio, Dejounte Murray (6'4''-G-96, college: Washington) led Austin with a team-high 30 points (14-22 FG, 2-2 FT), 8 rebounds, and 7 assists in 39 minutes. Cory Jefferson (6'9''-F-90, college: Baylor) recorded 18 points (6-9 FG, 4-4 FT) and 7 rebounds in 27 minutes, while San Antonio assignee Davis Bertans (6'10''-F-92) chipped in 10 points in 34 minutes. After a close two quarters, the Spurs took a 50-49 lead at the half. The Stars led by as many as 8 points in the third, but Austin battled, closing out the third up 68-67. With back-and-forth lead changes in the fourth, the Stars began to pull away shooting .692 (9-13) from the field, while limiting Austin to .450 (9-20). For the Stars, Henry Sims (6'10''-C-90, college: Georgetown) posted a double-double, finishing with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists in 32 minutes, while Tyrone Wallace (6'5''-G-94, college: California) registered 22 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists in 28 minutes off the bench. The Stars had four players in double-figure scoring (JJ O'Brien - 14, Marcus Paige - 11). Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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