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Recap of Ridiculous Upside Podcast #7: Skyforce Coach Pat Delany & NBLC COO Ian McCarthy

Sioux Falls Skyforce head coach Pat Delany and NBL of Canada Chief Operating Officer Ian McCarthy joined the latest Podcast to discuss minor league basketball.


The Sioux Falls Skyforce have been rolling all season long, and have first year head coach Pat Delany to thank for much of that new found success. The veteran Heat employee has helped the minor league team further embrace Miami's culture, and thus, has helped Sioux Falls find their winning ways again.

Coach Delany joined's latest podcast to discuss the success he's had, as well as his ability to hone in and motivate the squad's mix of veterans and young guns, regardless of each individual's situation. What's more, Coach Delany shared what drew him to the D-League, and how his time in Sioux Falls has been thus far, following over a decade working in South Beach. What's his relationship like with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra? How have the team's biggest names (like Henry Walker, DeAndre Liggins, and Larry Drew II) been doing this season? All these questions, and more, are answered.

Next up on the RU podcast was Ian McCarthy, who serves as Chief Operating Officer for the NBL of Canada. While speaking with, McCarthy provided an unique look at the basketball operations of yet another minor league full of intriguing basketball talent. Plenty of past DLeaguers show up to play, and former NBA players even venture out to the NBLC for coaching positions. McCarthy discussed the recruiting process, the pros & cons of playing in Canada, and the ongoing growth and progression of the league, among other things.

To close things out, Keith Schlosser and Dakota Schmidt discussed the latest and greatest headlines surrounding the D-League from the past week. From the rehab assignments of the likes of Rajon Rondo and Glen Rice Jr., to the recent 10-day contracts signed by minor league alumni like James Nunnally (Hawks) and Dewayne Dedmon (76ers), the duo pondered what each respective development could mean for the league, and if such players will stick around in The Association much longer.

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