It's Monday morning. Usually I like to have some really great piece go up on Monday mornings but instead I spent my weekend playing in the North Dakota State Amateur Basketball Tournament with a team that called themselves the American Gangstaz (Embarrassed when I found out about that, was I) and doing other non-writing about basketball stuff. So, here's some links to other people that wrote about the D-League this weekend!
NetsDaily, the New Jersey Nets' team site here on SB Nation, talked to assistant Nets General Manager Bobby Marks about his team's acquisition of the Springfield Armor beginning next season. Among the highlights is that current coach Dee Brown isn't guaranteed to be coaching the Armor next season and that the Nets wish they could have developed Zoran Planinic in the D-League:
"We never improved our bench with our young players," Marks freely admitted. "They never got better. They flatlined. The Jason's and Vince's and Richard's got older and we never had those kinds of guys. A prime example would have been Marcus (Williams), Even Zoran (Planinic). The late twenties pick. They fall out of the rotation, get bad habits, never develop. if you had that D-League team, maybe it could have been avoided. They could have played!" Even this year, he thinks it might have been better if Ben Uzoh and Brian Zoubek, both undrafted but both given five figure guarantees, had spent time in western Massachusetts with a Nets-oriented operation.
I'm all for more Zoran Planinic-type players in the D-League.
- Curtis Stinson registered back-to-back triple-doubles in the past week, but (at least) one thing seems to be holding him back. Can you guess it? The answer is after the jump!
- BayHawks beat writer Duane Rankin profiled the relationship between Stinson and Ivan Johnson over the weekend. Both have been known to pick up technical fouls at inopportune times. Like, really inopportune times.
- Speaking of the BayHawks, Toronto Raptors big man Solomon Alabi is having trouble finding playing time while on assignment. It's not quite a Hassan Whiteside situation, but it isn't great, either.
- Here's a nice little feature on Maine Red Claws coach Austin Ainge from the Salt Lake Tribune.
- The Dakota Wizards and New Mexico Thunderbirds are now officially eliminated from the D-League playoffs, leaving the Texas Legends, Idaho Stampede, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Austin Toros all still fighting for the final playoff spot.
- I'll be in attendance for the Utah Flash-Dakota Wizards game this evening!