Archive for the 'D-League' Category

D-League, Overseas, Playground / Mar 25, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Dime Q&A: Scott Odom, The First One-Legged Pro Basketball Player

Scott Odom

Scott Odom (photo. Scott Odom)

There are constantly conversations in the NBA about players wanting more money and leaving teams just to get a few extra million. Lost in all the glitz, glamour and money is the ugly undercut of basketball. While everyone just enjoys the competition placed on national TV night after night, no one thinks about the people that don’t get that shot, the players that must leave their families, travel to different countries, praying to get a shot to live their dreams. Read More »

College, D-League, NBA / Mar 17, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Dime Q&A: Peyton Siva Talks NCAA Tournament, His First Year In The NBA & More

Peyton Siva, Louisville Cardinals

Peyton Siva, Louisville Cardinals (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Selection Sunday lays the blueprint for the coming battles. Contending teams wait anxiously to see who they will be tested against first, and who they may face in future weekends if they advance. Bubble teams pray quietly, hoping for an invitation to the dance. On the eve of this fantastic event and at the conclusion of the selection process, I had the opportunity to speak to a former NCAA champion. Peyton Siva has gone through it all: The two-time Big East Champion and NCAA Tournament MVP completed his college career winning a National Championship with Louisville last year. I had a chance to get his initial thoughts on this year’s tournament and their selection process, along with some of his previous college exploits. Read More »

D-League, NBA, Video / Mar 13, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Senior Producer & Romero Osby Talk “Summer Dreams,” A Drama-Filled Doc About NBA Hopefuls

Michael Carter-Williams, Shane Larkin

Michael Carter-Williams, Shane Larkin (photos. Screen Grab /CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting)

The new two-hour documentary special, Summer Dreams, from Raquel Productions in association with Mandalay Sports Media, and executive produced by Mike Tollin (Coach Carter, Smallville, 30 For 30) provides a behind-the-scenes look at all that transpires during the NBA’s offseason. The documentary, set to air on CBS at 8 p.m. E T this Saturday, March 15, features top 2013 NBA draftee, Michael Carter-Williams, fellow first round pick, Shane Larkin, second round pick Romero Osby, undrafted Dwyane Davis as well as female refreee hoping to break into the NBA and an unemployed D-League coach hoping to get noticed. You will not forget this incredible look at an NBA both casual and diehard fans almost never see. Read More »

D-League, NBA Draft, Overseas / Mar 11, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Aquille Carr Talks NBA Draft & His Road Less Traveled

Aquille Carr

Aquille Carr (photo. Douglas Sonders)

There are a handful of American basketball players who have entered the NBA Draft without attending college since the 2005 Collective Bargaining Agreement put a damper on any high schoolers dreaming to jump straight to the pros. It isn’t a perfect science, but players like Brandon Jennings and Jeremy Tyler have stuck around NBA circles after their unorthodox methods to get there. Read More »

College, D-League, We Reminisce / Feb 21, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Lamar Butler Reminisces On George Mason’s Final Four Run

Lamar Butler

Back in 2006, George Mason basketball had perhaps one of the greatest runs in the NCAA Tournament. With all the odds against them, they navigated through the tournament beating teams picked as favorites while at the same time defining a legacy. With not one NBA prospect on the squad, this team embraced the term Cinderella and showed that with the right formula anything is possible. Read More »

D-League, NBA / Feb 19, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Meet Thanasis Antetokounmpo: The Greek Freak, Part 2

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

The fascination surrounding Giannis Antetokounmpo is at an all-time high. The young Greek stud for the Milwaukee Bucks has a smile to die for, plus a unique game that doesn’t come around often. Standing at 6-9 (and still growing), Giannis has a 7-3 wingspan that makes him a once-in-a-blue-moon player. He can shoot the ball from deep, attack the rim like a charged-up rhino and affect the defensive side of the ball like a seven-foot shotblocker. Giannis Antetokounmpo has put the NBA on notice this season, but there’s more to this family tree of Greek Freaks. Read More »

D-League / Feb 5, 2014 / 10:15 am

Video: Pierre Jackson Sets NBA D-League Record With 58 Points

Pierre Jackson

Pierre Jackson ( Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports)

The No. 1 rated NBA Developmental League player on their “Prospect Watch” list, former Baylor standout Pierre Jackson set a D-League record on Tuesday when he poured in 58 points in a single regulation game.The single-game scoring record helped his Idaho Stampede to a 136-122 win over the Texas Legends in Boise. Read More »

D-League, NBA / Jan 8, 2014 / 4:15 pm

10 NBA D-League Players That Deserve Call-Ups

Pierre Jackson

Pierre Jackson (Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA Development League is often looked upon as a downgrade when players receive an assignment to places like Delaware, Springfield, Rio Grande Valley or Sioux Falls rather than playing in Los Angeles, Chicago, or Detroit. While it may be underwhelming, most NBA fans miss the whole point of the D-League or the benefits it can have on a player. Read More »

D-League, NBA / Nov 22, 2013 / 5:00 pm

Ron Howard Starts His NBA D-League Takeover Tonight

Ron Howard

Ron Howard (photo. Randy V. Jackson)

In 2010, Ron Howard parlayed big-time NBA D-League production into a training camp stint with Milwaukee. The 6-5 guard was cut and yet still didn’t stop pursuing his dream. Now 31, Howard was back for another try this year with Indiana and was cut just before the season started. It’s still not stopping him. Read More »

D-League / Apr 24, 2013 / 4:00 pm

Xavier Silas & The Price To Pay To Make It In The D-League

Xavier Silas

Xavier Silas

A former Husky from Northern Illinois University, Xavier Silas was one of the best players in the country in 2011, scoring more points than future NBA first-round draft picks MarShon Brooks and Jimmer Fredette. Seemingly at the top of the world, it seemed as if nothing could break his fall. Then, reality started to kick in. Read More »