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Lakers’ Devin Ebanks among three sent to D-League around NBA today

Dec 27, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

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The trend of NBA teams using the D-League like a real minor league — which it is but wasn’t really used like it — continues with three more NBA players under rookie contracts being sent down for seasoning Monday.

The biggest name is Devin Ebanks, the Lakers second-round pick who has played in 12 games for the defending champions. Frankly that was less about Ebanks skill and more about injuries depleting the Lakers. Phil Jackson is not a fan of playing rookies big minutes.

He will be playing for the Bakersfield Jam.

In other actions, the Cleveland Cavaliers sent rookie Samardo Samuels has been assigned to the D-League’s Erie franchise. Also, the Atlanta Hawks sent guard Pape Sy to the Utah Flash.

In all three cases this is about getting the players some experience, rather than them sitting on the end of the bench just watching games.

  1. silk32 - Dec 27, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    There’s a place for kids to get experience “instead of sitting on the end of the bench watching games” . . . it’s called college.

  2. mexicanmamba - Dec 27, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    This guy sucks! Plus Bynum needs to go!!!

  3. aquaman24 - Dec 28, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    that place called college is the same place where schools and tv make money but the kids don’t….so i don’t think he has a problem getting paid to actually work on his craft…instead of staying in college for some degree that doesnt guarantee you a job when you graduate anyway!!! you go to college to gain experience for your career so if you are gifted in athletics; use college to further your athletics

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