From a player perspective, (the D-League) is changing. They're not throwing fits anymore. ... They kick and scream, they're upset about it at first, but then they get here and they have a great time. They get to play. This is what these guys do for a living. This is what they love to do. They get to be part of a really supportive community.-- Kirk Lacob, general manager of the Dakota Wizards and director of basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors, in a story from the Bismarck Tribune.
It's the most frustrating thing in the world for me. It's really just a waiting game. (Tuesday) was a big meeting as far as how the lockout goes. Nothing got resolved. It puts me further on the back burner.In case anyone was wondering what Nick Fazekas thought of the lockout, there's your answer. He's also apparently applying for Hungarian citizenship.
"Donnie caught me at the right time. I had just come back from a really exciting time coaching the Dominican Republic National team with John Calipari and his staff. We developed a group who had never won a medal in major FIBA event into a quality team and they were able to win the bronze in difficult circumstances. I look forward to helping others who come through our program as players and coaches."Del Harris, via press release, on why he decided to return to the sidelines as head coach of the Texas Legends. Donnie Nelson has impeccable timing.
There are guys who are kinda not realistic about your game at a D-League level. You can almost just go up to the guy and go, you gotta be kidding, you know? You go ahead and do that, but I'm gonna be honest with you and tell you that there's a time in your life when you gotta make a decision and do something else. A lot of these guys are trying to chase a dream, or maybe just coming out here for fun. It's like American Idol, you know? And I'm thinking, you're delusional.The above quote is from Erie BayHawks assistant coach Ben McDonald spouting some knowledge regarding the majority of the players that show up at D-League open tryouts (via Deadspin).
"The only way I would come back to the league is if I get to play with Kobe Bryant. There’s nobody who thinks like me but Kobe Bryant. I just get criticized for what he used to get criticized for because I tried to establish myself the same way he did."Yep, Rashad McCants is still crazy.
"Some of these guys we brought in to be (training) camp invitees, possibly for a D-League roster. Maybe they're not for our draft, but maybe for the D-League draft...in late October, November."The Nets brought in some prospects that might be suited better for the D-League than the NBA on Monday and, frankly, I like it. More over at Nets Daily.
"The D-League is a fascinating place. There's no one that's there that wants to be there. Everyone that's there is trying to get called up. The referees are trying to get called up. The coaches are trying to get called up. The players are trying to get called up. The scorekeepers are trying to get called up. Everybody's trying to get to the NBA. It's a very interesting environment." "It's a real minor league system, there's no question. They've done a tremendous, tremendous job building up the D-League. But it's a very cold system. I'm not sure that's where a young man should be growing up."-- Priority Sports agent Mark Bartelstein on the NBA D-League and if high school players should consider it an option.
"I’d rather have a chance to develop a team and a roster and maybe find a young guy or find a young coach and have control over them because at some point it will become like Major League Baseball where you have an affiliate. If it does I want to be in the front of the order and not be in the middle and try and learn it on the fly."-- Nets general manager Billy King on why they decided to get in with the D-League
"The Nets now become the fifth NBA team to have a ‘one-to-one’ relationship with their NBA Development League affiliate for next season, which reflects our importance and success as a development engine for the NBA. It’s a great time for the NBA Development League, and we’re looking forward to a very successful future for the Springfield Armor."--NBA D-League President Dan Reed on the New Jersey Nets officially taking over the basketball operations of the Springfield Armor.
What about @TheMadAnts? RT @nbadleague Austin edges Texas in a close one... 3-way race for 8th seed continues. (Toros, Legends, Stampede)...-- From the Reno Bighorns' Twitter account. Well that's awkward. Fort Wayne has the same record as the Texas Legends and a better record than both the Austin Toros and Idaho Stampede, but the D-League's Twitter account has decided that it's a three-way race. This should be good motivation for the Mad Ants!