NBA players going overseas has been discussed more than I previously thought humanly possible prior to the NBA lockout, but a recent incident in the Philippines brought up another thing American players might have to worry about during their European experiences.
Kobe Bryant is a professional basketball player so it makes sense that he's looking for opportunities to practice his craft for the upcoming season even after the NBA has locked him out. In fact, the Los Angeles Laker is rumored to be meeting with Besiktas this weekend to talk about playing in Turkey next season.
With the NBA lockout trudging on, it has been decided that Ridiculous Upside will cover football -- particularly NFL free agency -- until the two sides are able to come to an amicable agreement. Media darling Matthew O'Donnell will be the first topic up for discussion, of course.
The Utah Flash will not play in the NBA Development League next season. The Flash had been affiliated with the Atlanta Hawks and the nearby Utah Jazz, but since the Jazz were unwilling to partner with the team, there weren't many other options to keep the team afloat.
The NBA's annual Summer League in Vegas is, without a doubt, my favorite time of year so I was quite disappointed when news broke that it's a severe longshot that I have a reason to leave North Dakota for two weeks to watch basketball this July. Fortunately, Vegas Summer League founder Warren Legarie hasn't given up hope and neither have the Utah Jazz.
Xinjiang Guanghui head coach Jiang Xingquan laid down some pretty strict rules for the players on his team: players had to turn their cell phones into the coaching staff each night, lights out was at 10 p.m., players needed permission to leave the team compound at any time and practice was held six days a week for five hours per day.
There typically isn't a ton of positive comments regarding the D-League coming from established NBA players so when Lou Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers, regarded by some as a legitimate NBA MVP candidate, talked about the D-League I decided I had to make sure and get it the publicity it deserved.
Former D-League Player of the Week(s): Alonzo Gee, Cleveland Cavaliers Since March 27, Gee has played in eight games, averaging 10.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, and hitting 33 of his 55 shots from the field at a crisp 60%. In the last seven of these games, he's scored in double figures. Alonzo Gee can score the basketball.
So I was doing my usual watching of NBA prospects this afternoon, focusing on last week's Maine Red Claws game versus the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, when I stumbled upon Deena from the Jersey Shore sitting with Adam from the Real World. At a freaking D-League game.
Rashad McCants is my favorite current NBA D-League player that also has side businesses including acting as a cross-dressing shoplifter in a made-for-internet series, being a former poet, running a limo service and being really, really confident in his skills.
Former NBA player James White won this another dunk contest this past weekend while playing in Italy.
D-League call-up Marcus Cousin's uniform displayed only the number zero without any sort of nameplate when the 6-foot-11 center checked in on Wednesday night for the last 39.7 seconds of the first half.
In the end, though, it turns out that Collins didn't eat himself out of the NBA -- he just missed enough flights to make sure the Charlotte Bobcats had to sign a D-League player (Garrett Temple) to fill Collins' former role.
Rashad McCants will be returning to the D-League's Texas Legends sometime today after McCants said last week that the D-League is nothing but a plea from the league.
Before we get to the recaps that I've been doing all week (even though the only thing getting hits is my post on Smush Parker getting fat), I'd like to unveil my All-Star picks since it sounds like the official picks will be released sometime soon.
I realize nobody has really thought about Smush Parker since he started 80 games for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2006-07 season, but when HoopsHype posted the above pictures Parker on Twitter, I figured it was time to catch up with him once again.
Rashad McCants was supposed to use his time in the D-League to re-launch a once-promising NBA career but that didn't really work. No worries, though, because -- as you can see above -- his acting career is definitely going to make him rich!
Woodfox, a 6-foot-1 guard, has been quite the backup guard for Nancy Lieberman's Legends as he's averaging 12.7 points despite not starting any of his 21 games played so far this season.
Yesterday, Miami Heat rookie Dexter Pittman was re-assigned to the NBA D-League. Today, LeBron James and the rest of Pittman's teammates with the Heat talked to Fox Sports Florida's Chris Perkins about the loss of their favorite (and only) rookie.
Steve Francis has only been in China since December 14, but the former NBA semi-superstar made the most of his short career with the Beijing Shougang Ducks. Now, just one day after Christmas, Francis and the Ducks have apparently decided to mutually part ways according to NiuBBall.
According to the Chinese media, Steve Francis has been issued a "serious warning" from the league after he appeared on camera with an "erect middle finger" behind fellow former NBAer Randolph Morris.
Steve Francis, formerly known as Stevie Franchise during his nine-year NBA career, now wears ice packs in-game and makes lots of money.
Earlier today, Sherron Collins was assigned to the NBA Development League's Maine Red Claws (as first reported on FanHouse Wednesday night). This might be how it happened.
Terrence Williams Was Assigned To D-League, Magnum Rolle Was Waived And Other Things Are Happening This Weekend
Breaking down the news regarding Terrence Williams being assigned to the D-League, Magnum Rolle's injury news and other things happening this weekend.
Now, onto things more important than a look inside my brain on a Wednesday afternoon, I bring you everything you need to know about the D-League that's happened this week.
First, but maybe not foremost since there were actual games played last night, Stanley Robinson, Joe Alexander, DeShawn Sims and Charles Garcia will all be joining the D-League by Tuesday afternoon.
So that's why this video, featuring Barkley alongside Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson trying to guess D-League team names, probably didn't surprise you.p