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  1. Changes in D-League allocation rules give affiliates impressive new utility

    Sep 25, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Last season set an impressive standard for NBA-D-League relations, but a change in the D-League’s allocation rules has reinforced those bonds with steel…or at least some strengthening putty, or something. According to Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse, the D-League’s new rules allow each NBA team to designate up to three of their final training camp…

  2. Have we the mentioned the Fort Wayne Mad Ants are awesome?

    Sep 18, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    The Fort Wayne Mad Ants are awesome for several reasons. Their president has a blog in which he’s refreshingly open and honest. Their mascot is an internet legend. They’re named the Mad Ants, for God’s sake. And now we have a video that steadfastly reinforces our belief that the Mad Ants are, in fact, awesome.…

  3. John Treloar jumps from the Erie BayHawks' bench to the Phoenix Suns' front office

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    This summer, much like the season before it, has been kind to the D-League. There have been call-ups from players to coaches to managers to referees, and some of the D’s best and brightest are now the NBA’s, well, something far less. It doesn’t matter. They’ve made it. Whether on guaranteed contracts or make-good deals,…

  4. Suns bring back Dwayne Jones after sending him to Toronto

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Dwayne Jones was technically a part of the trade that sent Hedo Turkoglu to Phoenix and Leandro Barbosa to Toronto, though you probably wouldn’t know it. Jones’ career thus far has consisted of bench-riding and D-League excellence, and his inclusion in the Suns-Raps deal was merely a salary-matching formality. Toronto waived him soon after, and…

  5. Earl Barron is likely a Knick no more, but waiting for NBA chance

    Aug 27, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Earl Barron, the seven-foot center originally out of the University of Memphis, was called up to the New York Knicks from the D-League’s Iowa Energy late last season. Barron only played in seven games for the Knicks, but he made them memorable; Barron scored in double-digits five times, grabbed 10+ rebounds four times, and put…

  6. Mustafa Shakur gets shot with Hornets

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Hornets General Manager Dell Demps comes from the San Antonio organization, where among his duties was to be general manager for the Spurs D-League team the Austin Toros. As such, he got a good look at Mustafa Shakur, the former Arizona point guard who lit it up for the Tulsa 66ers last season –…

  7. Former NBA coach Eric Musselman to coach Reno of the D-League

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    Talk to former NBA coach Eric Musselman and this much becomes clear — he loves basketball. Loves talking about it. Loves coaching it. And he’s going to get to do what he loves in the D-League next season with the Reno Bighorns, according to Scott Schroeder of FanHouse. Reno just a short drive from Lake…

  8. Blue chipper Will Barton may not be eligible to go to Memphis, but Europe, D-League beckon

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    Latavious Williams isn’t the best player to ever waltz through the D-League, but could be among the most influential. After being declared academically ineligible to play for Memphis prior to last season, Williams opted to still pursue a domestic route to the NBA. Rather than follow the Brandon Jennings model and grab a quick paycheck…

  9. Sneak a peek at two D-League teams' ad-bearing unis

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    Yesterday the D-League’s Erie BayHawks and Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced that they would add sponsor advertisements to their team uniforms for the coming season. Now, thanks to NBA.com (via Scott Schroeder of FanHouse), we have our first look at the D-League’s walking billboards: According to Schroeder, the WNBA’s jersey ad model scored participating franchises…

  10. Two D-League teams to sport jersey ads this season

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    In a delightful “choose your own commercial subtext” move, two D-League teams have decided to sport ads on their uniforms beginning in the ’10-’11 season. The WNBA opened the door for this kind of development by doing the same last season, though it’s still rather unlikely that NBA teams will ever play along. The NBA…

  11. Rod Benson still can't catch a break, heads to Korea

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    The cult of personality surrounding Rod Benson is rather incredible, but one unfortunate side effect appears to be the complete overshadowing of his game. Benson is in no way bound for NBA stardom, but as a 6-foot-10 rebounding machine, you’d think he would have received a legitimate NBA opportunity, but since going undrafted in 2006,…

  12. Sixers hire Austin Toros' coach Quin Snyder as head of player development

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    The 2009-2010 season was already a fantastic one for the D-League, with a record number of NBA call-ups, incredible success for individual players like Reggie Williams and Anthony Tolliver, and record attendance and viewership. It seems the 2010-2011 season will pick up right where this year left off, as there’s already one notable D-League call-up…

  13. Lakers will shut down D-League D-Fenders for a season

    May 22, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    The Lakers were on the cutting edge — they were one of the first NBA team to own and operate a D-League team to use as a farm system for their NBA squad. Jordan Farmar played a handful of games for them, and Coby Karl played there as well. Now the Lakers are shutting them…

  14. Unsurprisingly, Mike Harris named D-League MVP

    Apr 20, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    According to a release (via Ridiculous Upside) that was necessary only in formalizing an already anticipated declaration, Mike Harris was named the MVP of the D-League this season. Harris has been dynamite for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers this season, and he averaged 27.1 points (on 58 percent shooting), 10.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.2…

  15. Phoenix Suns could be next to board the D-League gravy train

    Apr 15, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    According to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Suns are interested in creating a new D-League team to operate out of Prescott Valley, AZ. That’s a big move in itself, and a signal of just how far the D-League has come this season. Having the resources to develop players on the minor league…

  16. How good is Calipari at developing NBA talent? Ask the Thunder's newest player.

    Feb 21, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Coach John Calipari of Kentucky has produced two top-two players out of the last two drafts, and likely the last two Rookie of the Year award winners. He’s likely to have three of his players in the top ten this year (John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson). And if you need any further proof of…

  17. The 'fans cheering for food' thing has gone too far

    Feb 10, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

    This must stop. Somewhere, we must draw the line on providing food rewards for team performance that warp decent fan behavior. The tacos at Staples are the most egregious example, as the die-hard fans since 2008 who showed up in the late 2nd start chanting for tacos while gathering their things with time left. It’s…

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