The NBA Development League isn't the most glorious place to play basketball considering the bus rides from Bismarck, N.D., to Sioux Falls, S.D., and the occasional spending of major holidays with teammates at a gas station diner. As the great lyricist Hannah Montana once sang, though, life's what you make it -- and it seems some NBA players being assigned to the D-League get that while others, frankly, do not.
There have been two out-of-the-rotation NBA players sent to the D-League this week as the Philadelphia 76ers assigned forward Craig Brackins while the Houston Rockets re-assigned Marcus Morris following a couple of weeks of rehab on an injured ankle.
Brackins plans to take advantage of the playing time opportunity he'll been given with the Maine Red Claws, while Morris has shown no indications he's happy about the move ... and, unfortunately, it seems the Rockets' beat writers have backed him up on that crusade.
Without getting into the Rockets reporter's resentment of the D-League, here's a look at how Brackins showed the right attitude in being assigned to the D-League (courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer):
"He actually asked for that; I respected that a lot," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "He just said, ‘You know, I've made a position change and we're winning and there's really no place for me to play, and I'd like to go down and play.' I was proud of Craig. He wants to play and he wants to be in this league and there just weren't any minutes there for him this year."
In summary, Brackins asked to go in an attempt to develop his basketball skills while playing basketball.
Makes sense to me.