Tonight was Donte Greene's first night being assigned to the D-League, and Reno's head coach, Jay Humphries, responded by letting him come off the bench with the rest of his big name players. It really must be crazy for some of these guys that are sent down to the D-League who have made spot starts in the NBA and then have to come off the bench in the minors.
Fortunately for Greene, the Bighorns bench has good company for him. Players that came off the bench in tonights game include fellow Syracuse alum and college stud Gerry McNamara, reigning NCAA champion point guard Russell Robinson, and Patrick Ewing's son, Patrick Ewing Jr.. The other guy on the bench is Garry Hill-Thomas, who's probably best known for being a stud for the Taranaki Mountain Airs in New Zealand, where he averaged 26.5 points per game last season, in case you forgot.
At halftime, Greene had 17 points in 16 minutes of action, leading all scorers, with the Bighorns up, 52-50. In the end, Reno upended the Bakersfield Jam, 93-91. Greene had 26 points, five boards, and four blocks off the bench for Reno, but didn't have much competition, as Bakersfield had just one active player over 6'7".