"You want to be yourself when you come to these workouts," Johnson-Odom said. "Our (Marquette) practices really prepared me for these workouts. You're going to have days where you have to go back-to-back. It's going to get crazy for me after the combine (the pre-draft camp in Chicago). "I'm going to be a player and I'm going to be a defender. I don't care if I have to go to D-League, whatever you need me to do to help the program, that's what I'm willing to do."Gotta love NBA Draft prospects -- in this case Darius Johnson-Odom -- mentioning the D-League in a positive light.
Charlotte Bobcats will interview Mike Dunlap, associate head coach at St. John's U, & Cleveland Cavs assistant Nate Tibbetts next week, sources say.ESPN's Chris Broussard reported on Twitter that former D-League coach Nate Tibbetts will get to interview for an NBA head coaching job next week.
Names such as Johnny Jones, Randy Livingston, Reggie Theus, Jamie Dixon and Scott Drew have been thrown around, but only Alleva knows his true target. If the next coach wants to last more than four seasons, he must do some of the things Johnson didn't do. He must have the ability to recruit, keep his players for multiple years, utilize the resources of LSU's history and most of all – win games.Idaho Stampede head coach Randy Livingston was recently mentioned as a candidate to do the same for his alma mater LSU Tigers.
"The first three or four games I was. I got my wind back and I think I did alright. I'm glad the (team) let me go there and the guys encouraged me, so I wouldn't be down. I didn't look at it as a disappointment of going to the D-League."Vernon Macklin, Detroit Pistons rookie, on his time in the D-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
"It gave me confidence to play and it let me know that I deserved to be in the NBA," he said. "When my ankle was hurt, I was like man I’m not playing, I’m nervous to even play, nervous to hurt yourself. That’s how you feel. Then once I went to the D-League I was confident in myself, like, ‘Ok, I am as good as I thought I was.’ It made me feel a lot better then and the team I was playing on in the D-League, it was great. When I got there it was like they didn’t look at me like I’m coming in there -- we all wanted to get each other better. We all want to see each other succeed, so I went to the perfect team." "I just think after I came back from the D-League, I was a different person," Bradley said. "Not to say I wasn’t already working hard, but I took it to another level. Even my teammates could see that, like I was going hard. I just started feeling more comfortable, not worrying about mistakes. And at the same time you’re still a rookie so you’re going to make mistakes. I was just going into practice like, ‘Man, this is how I've got to prove myself. I’ve got to go in here and make my teammates better every day.’ That was my focus. If I'm not playing, I’m going to help my teammates get better every day."Avery Bradley, speaking on his time in the D-League, with Jessica Camerato.
My guess is that in the just concluded D-League All-Star game there were more NBA scouts there than ever in the history of that game...and we're proud of the D-league.--David Stern, 2012 All-Star Weekend Press Conference
James apparently ruffled a few feather when he left the Erie team last week for the second time. The BayHawks termed his departure, a day before he signed the 10-day deal with the Bulls, as being for "personal reasons." In his two stints, the team had gone 3-4 while he averaged 21.1 points -- scoring 23, 26 and 28 on 27-of-52 shooting in his last three games. A teammate, 25-year-old guard Kyle Spain in his second season in Erie, said: "Mike had his own agenda, per se. That's probably why I'm not surprised that he had left."-- From a Mike James profile on D-League.com....
Historic Knicks moment: They just assigned two players to the D League for the first time: Jeremy Lin and Jerome Jordan to the Erie Bayhawks— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) January 17, 2012
"The D-League is not the NBA," Morris said in the days before training camp opened. "I’m a guy that learns watching or getting a chance out there. I’m older. I think I’m ready to contribute right away."Marcus Morris is apparently warming up to the D-League, now that he's been assigned, after being against it last month.
"Some of our more highly-touted picks have been slight disappointments to be honest," Nurse said. "Tyren Johnson has been well below what we expected him to be. He’s one of those guys that you describe as a guy who can really play, but he’s not playing anywhere near his capabilities."-- New Rio Grande Valley Vipers head coach Nick Nurse to The Monitor.