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    Texas Legends reverse the primary and alternate logos and introduce a new wordmark:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/10/...nce-new-logos/
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    G-League teams are finalizing their rosters for the upcoming season set to open in a matter of days, which we will get to very soon....

    The big development in the G-League along with that is the New Orleans Pelicans will finally set up its own G-League entity, making it up to 28 G-League teams. And not in any of the candidate cities it scouted a short while back--many in Louisiana and in Pensecola, Florida. New Orleans selects Birmingham as the site, owning and operating it starting in 2022-23 season in the renovated and expanded Legacy Arena done by $123 million but will actually start next season as Erie until then in a partnership with BayHawks management, so they get to carry on well after Atlanta takes its incarnation to College Park, Georgia. Why Birmingham instead of the other cities? Makings of it lasting a lot longer than past Birmingham pro basketball teams:
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/new-orl...ngham-alabama/
    https://www.scnow.com/sports/wire/ar...f69381e1e.html

    G-League 2019 Winter Showcase cashes in at Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for four days immediately before Christmas December 19-22:
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/mgm-res...018-19-season/

    Arena Digest's look at the new G-League expansion and arenas:
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/10/31/n...on-new-arenas/

    Wisconsin Herd will present a new Milwaukee Bucks-inspired offensive style and new coaching staff in its sophomore season in Oshkosh over in Fox Valley:
    https://www.thenorthwestern.com/stor...ll/1811736002/
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    The big story right now in the G-League is that former Vancouver Grizzlies star (and with Atlanta, Portland, Sacramento) NBA VP of Operations Shareef Abdur-Rahim becomes the G-League President on January 11 succeeding Malcolm Turner, ready to take over as Vanderbilt AD. Was handpicked by Adam Silver and Mark Tatum at a time when it's at a crossroads moment. With his experience on the NBA executive side (as well as coaching) in both the big league and in the G-League with the Reno Bighorns (now Stockton Kings), he's got the chops. Reef's primary job is to further improve the synergy and prospering partnership between the NBA and G-League and continue to oversee the G-League expansion plans, so that each NBA team gets an affiliate up to 30+ while making sure the infrastructure stays sound and never sputters into a nobody minor league like the Global Basketball Association. He understands the agendas of both the business and playing side of basketball with his reputable name to oversee the major jumps yet for the league.

    He'll also work with fellow NBA alum Rod Strickland in trying to integrate the professional path program the NBA introduced earlier this year, which is great but can prove difficult to execute with the NCAA definitely wanting a say in this and eradicating the age limit. We could see Mexico City in by 2019-20. While it says there's no further Canada expansion on the horizon right now, there's still the possibility Vancouver through suburban Langley could re-enter the NBA realm with Portland's planned G-League affiliate. Surely that'll make Abdur-Rahim happy over his old stomping grounds. It will also continue being an incubator for rule changes like a 14-second offensive shot clock. Perhaps Reef's biggest vision is to kinda make the G-League emulate more like MLB where development and rehab assignments can beneficially co-exist with no stigma. Right now over 53% of current NBA players have G-League experience. Congrats:
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jefffel.../#1f6581576800
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    Do you know who is the inspiration of the NBDL/D-League/G-League silhouette logo like Jerry West is with the NBA? It's Renaldo Major, the all-time G League leader in points (5,05, games played (400) and steals (502), among other records, Saw action ranging from 27 minutes in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors in 2007 to 10 years of experience in minor leagues for teams that don’t even exist anymore, like the Dakota Wizards (now the Santa Cruz Warriors) and Bakersfield Jam (now the Northern Arizona Suns). Now 36, he's currently turning his attention to build a winning franchise with the Kansas City Tornadoes in The Basketball League with not just his scoring and defense but also his leadership and vast experience in the minor league pro basketball level:
    https://www.kansascity.com/sports/nb...223751555.html

    As we stand with the G-League 2018-19 standings, it's the Oklahoma City Blue and former champs the Santa Cruz Warriors in the Western Division that are the best teams in the G-League right now. The OKC Blue are on a 2-game winning streak at 17-5 with Santa Cruz right behind them at 16-6 having just lost their latest game last night the Rio Grande Valley Vipers stopped the Warriors' 4-game winning streak. Sioux Falls, Miami's affiliate, is right behind those two. In the Eastern Conference the top teams are the Long Island Nets (third best overall), Toronto Raptors 905, and the Westchester Knicks. All of them have between 14-15 victories each. Hottest G-League team overall is the Windy City Bulls on a 6-game winning streak despite being just under .500 at 11-12. Got a game at Erie that a win would get them at 12-12. Also hot are Sacramento's Stockton Kings, formerly the Reno Bighorns, with them too on a 6-game winning streak. The aforementioned Rio Grande Valley now has 4 wins. The Agua Caliente Clippers currently has a slightly better record than the NDCELE NBDL Chapter right now. Cleveland's Canton Charge are in a freefall under a 6-game losing streak as are the Texas Legends and Iowa Wolves with both going through 4-game losing streaks. Worst G-League teams are the Northern Arizona Suns based in Prescott Valley emulating more like their parent affiliate in Phoenix at 3-21 and extended their losing streak to 11 and the Wisconsin Herd from Fox Valley's Oshkosh at 3-17.

    The YES Network in the NYC/NJ/Connecticut area airs a new monthly original documentary Homegrown series on the Long Island Nets called Homegrown: The Bridge to Brooklyn, which provides an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Brooklyn Nets' NBA G-League affiliate set to premiere Saturday night immediately after the YES Network's airing of the Long Island Nets game versus Raptors 905:
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...rday/n-5433642

    This past Wednesday ESPN+ multi-sport streaming video service started to air G-League games with three on that day and on future Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the season to go along with all games live and on demand shown on Facebook Live and at Facebook's G-League page, ESPNU with 21 regular season games (including 12 at the 2018 MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase), and NBA TV televising with its share of 20 games mostly as Sunday afternoon Games of the Week:
    https://gleague.nba.com/watch-nba-g-...018-19-season/

    An important month in the G-League's season starts in January regarding contracts with beginning tomorrow NBA teams can start signing players towards those 10-day contracts on January 5. Five days later, all standard NBA regular season contracts are guaranteed for the remainder of the season. January 15 will be the deadline date for players to sign NBA Two-Way contracts like Chris Boucher, Yuta Wantanbe, Kostas Antetokounmpo, J.P. Macura, Theo Pinson, Zach Lofton, George King, and Jake Milton all did as two additional players will get that too will be guaranteed for the remainder of the season five days later:
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/2018-19-key-dates/
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    Shareef Abdur-Rahim now is nicely settling into his new job as G-League President, marking the NBA's progressiveness in placing competent people in strong leadership position. In this case a Muslim-American operating a North American professional sports league:
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/shareef...gue-president/

    Another moment of the league's development came earlier in November with former Harvard and WNBA star Allison Feaster (she also played professionally in France's LFB) and former NBA PG Rod Strickland to head the G-League's professional path program, initiated by Abdur-Rahim's predecessor Malcolm Turner and Malcolm Turner and NBA G League Head of Basketball Operations Brad Walker:
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/allison...ogram-manager/
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/nba-gle...and-interview/

    Tyler Harvey drops a season-high 58 points in the Memphis Hustle's road win against the Iowa Wolves in Des Moines. Check out the highlights:
    https://gleague.nba.com/

    Good news for the G-League on its progress and developing arrives in the form of its first alum to make the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte with Milwaukee's Khris Middleton! Middleton formerly played with the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants. In addition, Middleton will participate in the NBA 3-point Contest with fellow G-League alums Seth Curry, Danny Green, and Joe Harris.

    Seems like the majority of the best G-League teams record-wise reside in the Western Conference--Santa Cruz, Oklahoma City, Rio Grande Valley, Sioux Falls, and Stockton--and this despite the Sioux Falls Skyforce losing 4 in a row. But don't discount the top East teams like Long Island, Raptors 905, Westchester, Erie, Lakeland, Windy City, Ft. Wayne, and Capital City. Although the Iowa Wolves have won 3 in a row, they're still 12-23. Windy City Bulls, Greensboro Swarm, and the Grand Rapids Drive all have the best winning streaks ranging from 3-5 wins in a row adding to their solid record totals with hopes of the postseason. Agua Caliente Clippers fall to 16-16. Wisconsin is still bad and just lost to the Raptors 905 at home in Oshkosh still languishing at the bottom of the East. The Canton Charge are sinking in that same division with 6 consecutive losses. Phoenix's affiliate Northern Arizona are still the worst in the G-League overall currently at 7-30 with 3 consecutive losses. Latest loss comes from Delaware

    Santa Cruz's Sea Dubs had 6 of its players in double figures for the 95-88 home win over Stockton in a game filled with technical fouls:
    https://gleague.nba.com/games/20190206/STOSCW/
    https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/20...g-league-game/
    https://www.recordnet.com/sports/201...n-g-kings-loss

    Delaware Blue Coats' new home that also primarily serves as the 76ERS practice facility opened almost two weeks ago inside the Delaware Valley at Wilmington with some promotional games ahead. Like with its big brother when a notable person with Philly ties ding the liberty bell pregame, Delaware will conduct likewise only pounding with a Blue Coats celebratory drum. Former boxer Bernard Hopkins did this in one example in their new crib:
    https://bluecoats.gleague.nba.com/ne...onal-schedule/
    https://www.nba.com/sixers/news/coat...-opening-night
    https://www.nba.com/sixers/news/coat-check-012919

    Delaware Blue Coats celebrate Black History Month tonight at the 76ERS Fieldhouse when Long Island comes to town:
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...game/n-5445463

    Salt Lake City Stars host STEM Night tomorrow with Santa Cruz:
    https://saltlakecity.gleague.nba.com...ucation-night/
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    Forgot to mention here in the last post that the Austin Spurs are in Rio De Janeiro participating in the FIBA Intercontinental Cup this weekend with San Lorenzo, Flamengo, and AEK Athens representing the United States and the NBA as defending champs. I would not be surprised if the first CEBL champs will eventually join in for Canada next year:
    http://www.fiba.basketball/en/interc...ontinental-cup
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    The G-League no doubt was certainly proud to have its alums Khris Middleton, Joe Harris, and Hamidou Diallo participating in the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Charlotte's Spectrum Center. Milwaukee's Middleton, formerly of the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, became the first G-Leaguer to play in the NBA All-Star Game! He scored 20 points in it for Team Giannis. Joe Harris, now with the improving Brooklyn Nets but formerly with the Canton Charge, stunned everyone in winning the 3-Point Contest in Stephen Curry's backyard and defeated him. Steph's brother Seth, who also played in the G-League, participated in the 3-Point Contest. OKC's Diallo, whose parents hail from Guinea, won the slam dunk contest:
    https://www.dailymotion.com/749c96fa...6-678e801ec3d6
    https://www.dailymotion.com/841f619a...f-11e253714a64

    Staying in North Carolina going along Tobacco Road, the G-League's Greensboro Swarm hosted the final 2019 FIBA World Basketball Championships Americas qualification window earlier this week at the 2118-seat Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse with the Team USA filled with G-Leaguers blew out Panama 111-80 and later endured a close one against Argentina 84-83 as Stockton's Reggie Hearn saved the day for the USA with a final three to have the USA finish atop FIBA Americas Group E:
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...nale/n-5452453
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqukSQjGFHM

    When the Atlanta Hawks officially set up its G-League operations in suburban College Park from Erie next season with the new 5000-seat Gateway Center at College Park ready to open, its new G-League affiliate will be known as the College Park Skyhawks in an announcement from the Hawks, City of College Park, the G-League, and the Georgia International Convention Center last week. Skyhawks is a fairly common name for short-lived minor league pro basketball franchises over the years like the Ottawa SkyHawks in NBL Canada and the Hamilton/Edmonton Skyhawks in the WBL/NBL (Canada) to give recent examples. By the looks of this link below, the colo(u)rs will be red, gold, and black and the name implies some high-flying action ahead. No logo and jerseys just yet; those are coming later in the fall. Could very see the comeback of old Hawks mascot SkyHawk with the name holding some local ties in the area as the are holds bird names. Atlanta native and G-League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim is certainly excited to see some G-League in his hometown. After this season, New Orleans will take over operations of the Erie BayHawks until Birmingham gets ready:
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/atlanta...-the-skyhawks/

    Tomorrow night the Stockton Kings will celebrate recent Sacramento Kings legends from the previous decade like Divac, Jackson, and Christie and will wear the Kings jerseys from the 2001-02 season in-game. A team that should've made and won the 2002 NBA Finals. Not the Fakers!
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...eats/n-5452047

    Santa Cruz Warriors take charge over the Oklahoma City Blue 124-114 in front of 14,000 at their mother NBA team's Oracle Arena in Oakland led by guard Damion Lee. Scotty Hopson scored a team-high 22 points for the Oklahoma City Blue in defeat:
    https://gleague.nba.com/games/20190224/OKLSCW/

    Without starting shooting guard Kobi Simmons (hip) and Cavaliers 2-Way forward Deng Adel (knee), the shorthanded Canton Charge (16-23) defeated the Ft Wayne Mad Ants (19-21) 122-115 that was powered by Jared Blossongame's season-high 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a season-high 42 minutes in a rematch of Saturday night’s thriller in Fort Wayne. The Canton Charge take it to 4 wins in a row beating the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants. Chance Commanche produced a double double:
    https://gleague.nba.com/games/20190226/FWNCTN/

    Daniel Ochefu's 32 point performance sent the 14-27 Texas Legends' 2-game California road start on a sour note when the Stockton Kings knock off the Legends 116-109 to extend their own winning streak to 4:
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...rown/n-5452526
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...game/n-5452532

    The Northern Arizona Suns and the Wisconsin Herd remain the worst G-League teams based on record. Both last place in their divisions each sitting at just 9 wins. Wisconsin has now lost 5 in a row outta Fox Valley. In the Western Conference best teams are Santa Cruz, Rio Grande Valley, Oklahoma City, Stockton, Sioux Falls, Memphis, Salt Lake City, and Agua Caliente of the LA Clippers all with 20+ wins. The East has Lakeland, Long Island, Raptors 905, Westchester, Windy City, Capital City, and Greensboro. Austin is sinking at 4 losses in a row. So is Ft. Wayne. Sioux Falls has 3 losses in the Skyforce's streak. Best winning streaks belong to Agua Caliente, Canton, Stockton, Westchester, and Long Island. Santa Cruz and Rio Grande Valley and Lakeland all hold the best G-League records.
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    The 2019 G-League Playoffs started Tuesday. Teams that clinched playoff berths are:

    EASTERN CONFERENCE:Raptors 905, Grand Rapids Drive, Westchester Knicks, Lakeland Magic, Windy City Bulls, Long Island Nets
    WESTERN CONFERENCE:Oklahoma City Blue, Memphis Hustle, Stockton Kings, Salt Lake City Stars, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Santa Cruz Warriors

    First and second rounds, conference semifinals, and conference finals are single elimination games with only the G-League Finals as a best-of-three series. Playoffs resume Friday with the conference semifinals. Lakeland, Long Island, Santa Cruz, and Rio Grande Valley all earned first round byes to the conference semis and home court advantage.

    FIRST ROUND (SINGLE ELIMINATION)
    Tuesday, March 26
    Raptors 905 defeat Grand Rapids Drive, 91-90 (OT) | Box Score ESPNU
    Oklahoma City Blue defeat Salt Lake City Stars, 118-113 | Box Score Twitch

    Wednesday, March 27
    Westchester Knicks defeat Windy City Bulls, 95-82 | Box Score ESPNU
    Memphis Hustle defeat Stockton Kings, 122-119 | Box Score Twitch

    CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (SINGLE ELIMINATION)
    Friday, March 29
    7 PM ET, Facebook: Raptors 905 @ Long Island Island Nets
    7 PM ET, Twitch: Westchester Knicks @ Lakeland Magic
    8 PM ET, Facebook: Memphis Hustle @ Rio Grande Valley Vipers
    10 PM ET, Twitch: Oklahoma City Blue @ Santa Cruz Warriors

    CONFERENCE FINALS (SINGLE ELIMINATION)
    Tuesday, April 2
    ESPNU: Eastern Conference Final
    ESPNU: Western Conference Final

    FINALS (BEST OF 3)
    Sunday, April 7
    7 PM ET, ESPNU: Game 1

    Tuesday, April 9
    ESPNU: Game 2

    Friday, April 12*
    ESPNU: Game 3

    *If necessary
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    It will be the first-timers Long Island Nets against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for the best-of-three 2019 G-League Finals starting Sunday night in Uniondale, New York at the Island Federal Credit Union Arena (the Nassau County Veterans Arena). A fuller summary on the G-League will arrive next week.

    It was Long Island's Theo Pinson's buzzer beating shot at home that knocked off the Lakeland Magic 108-106 for claiming the East last night
    https://www.dailymotion.com/5001a30d...d-5cc1da8f8910
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    Long Island takes Game 1 yesterday at the home of the Stony Brook University Seawolves 117-107 with Rio Grande Valley needing to win the next game back at Edinburg, Texas at the Bert Ogden Arena Tuesday night in the 2019 G-League Finals in their fifth championship series. The Nets lead as many as 20 points in the first quarter on RGV:
    https://gleague.nba.com/games/20190407/RGVLIN/
    https://valleycentral.com/sports/vip...-league-finals
    https://www.themonitor.com/2019/04/0...-tuesday-home/
    https://www.themonitor.com/2019/04/0...eague-history/

    RGV's Michael Frazier was named the 2018-19 G-League's Most Improved Player of the Year. The former Florida Gator averaged 16.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 45 games (39 starts). He shot 44.6 percent from the field, reached the 20-point mark 17 times and led the Vipers in total points and field goals made:
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/michael...-award-vipers/
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    But the Rio Grande Valley Vipers win another G-League championship, its third, by taking the next two games (127-116 and 129-112) in the 2019 G-League Finals. Resusitating Michael Frazier's careerin becoming G-League's Most Improved Player:
    https://www.themonitor.com/2019/04/0...extend-finals/
    https://valleycentral.com/sports/vip...t-nets-127-116
    https://www.themonitor.com/2019/04/1...7-116-victory/
    https://www.themonitor.com/2019/04/0...-league-final/
    https://www.themonitor.com/2019/04/1...gets-stronger/
    https://valleycentral.com/sports/vip...g-league-title
    https://www.themonitor.com/2019/04/1...league-finals/
    https://www.themonitor.com/2019/04/1...-championship/
    https://www.themonitor.com/2019/04/1...league-champs/

    Seems as though Detroit may move its G-League Grand Rapids Drive affiliate from closer to home now that Wayne St. University paves the way for a new $25 million 3000-seat basketball arena to get built slated to open for the 2021-22 season. May turn out even be a separate expansion G-League team in itself:
    https://www.crainsdetroit.com/sports...-g-league-team
    https://www.nba.com/article/2019/05/...nchise-detroit
    https://detroit.cbslocal.com/2019/05...e-state-arena/
    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sp...am/3639957002/
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    The Pistons proclaim having its own G-League affiliate playing at Wayne St. in Detroit would benefit them year round in being closer to the Pistons' practice facility and the Little Caesar's Arena like continuity and collaboration between the organizations. Wayne St. new gymnasium can also host Pistons summer camps and clinics, possible MHSAA state high school games, AAU games and other basketball tournaments in the new facility. But the Grand Rapids Drive says it's not relocating to Detroit come 2021, years after the Jbaras moved it as the Springfield Armour in 2014. Who will it be an affiliate with? All the NBA Central Division teams already have one. Might act as a lone wolf with a veteran-laden roster but no longer have access to two-way players. Not going down to the ABA either--thank God. Also Grand Rapids one of the few G-League teams to actually have turned a profit:
    https://www.mlive.com/pistons/2019/0...ll-around.html
    https://www.mlive.com/sports/grand-r...o-detroit.html

    In more sobering news, Zeke Upshaw's wrongful death lawsuit, brought by her mother, will get heard in Grand Rapids:
    https://www.mlive.com/sports/2019/05...nd-rapids.html

    Ft. Wayne Mad Ants announce its basketball academy camp from July 29-August 2 at Renaissance Pointe YMCA for ages 6-13 will run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with instruction led by Ron Howard. Cost is US$200 (US$160 with siblings)
    http://www.journalgazette.net/blog/m...demy-announced

    Cody Demps, Matt Jones (Stockton Kings), Malik Newman (Canton Charge), and former Auburn guard Bryce Brown announce they're heading towards the 2019 G-League Elite Camp as among the 80 players scheduled to attend that actually started yesterday from May 12-14 at Quest Multisport in Chicago:
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...camp/n-5484702
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...camp/n-5482630

    And 66 ex-college players will head to the NBA Combine powered by Under Armour also at Chicago's Quest Multisport later this Thursday and Friday:
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...mour/n-5483552

    Top Atlanta rapper Taheed "2 Chainz" Epps becomes part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks' new G-League affiliate the College Park Skyhawks that also includes Hall of Famer Grant Hill as vice chair. He hails from College Park and did play basketball at Alabama St. and before that North Clayton High, where the press conference announcing him was located. Frequent visitor at Hawks games at the State Farm Arena too. Also College Park releases its new logo ready to play at the Gateway Center:
    https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/...affiliate.html
    https://www.billboard.com/articles/c...minority-owner
    https://www.nba.com/hawks/hip-hop-su...-park-skyhawks

    They didn't make the 2019 G-League playoffs, but the Texas Legends won two awards: the Franchise of the Year and Executive of the Year Award for Legends' President and GM Malcolm Farmer:
    https://texas.gleague.nba.com/news/l...e-of-the-year/

    All the 2018-19 G-League All-League, Defensive, and Rookie Teams:
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/mvp-and...efensive-team/
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    Any G-League news and developments at this time centers on the teams' announcing home dates and setting up tickets sales for the 2019-20 season now that the season is over. That'll be mentioned here later on. But there's a couple of interesting developments that popped up.

    A G-League Elite Team will participate in an international exhibition tournament in Montevideo, Argentina this coming August 18-22 called the NBA G-League International Challenge with Argentina's San Lorenzo, Brazil's Flamengo, Germany's FC Bayern Munich, and Uruguay's Men's National Team (The Celeste) with semifinals and a championship not unlike the old McDonald's Open. Takes place at Montevideo, Uruguay's Antel Arena done in partnership with Antel. Also a variety of NBA fan activities to bring the fan experience down to Uruguay including an NBA Fan Zone and Jr. NBA programming:
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...time/n-5495854

    Iowa Wolves' home that it shares with the AHL's Iowa Wild, Des Moines' Wells Fargo Arena, will get a seriously new $1.7 million Daktronics sound system upgrade to be installed by October. Also used for local events:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/06/05/n...system-on-tap/
    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/st...ia/1339111001/
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    Some G-League coaching changes occurred during this offseason.

    Former Kansas Jayhawk guard and 2008 NCAA national champion Chase Buford comes to Fox Valley in Oshkosh to coach and revive the Wisconsin Herd after a very disappointing season being the worst at 12-38. 50 candidates were looked at to succeed Jordan Brady before narrowing the selection to Buford. He was an assistant previously with the Delaware Blue Coats and the Erie BayHawks:
    https://www.thenorthwestern.com//sto...ch/1949407001/

    One of Mike Montgomery's former Stanford Cardinal players, Kris Weems, takes over the Santa Cruz Warriors as the fourth Santa Cruz Warriors head coach from being an assistant there for two seasons under Aaron Miles, now with Golden St. as a player development coach that was also announced on the same day Weems got hired. Once coached Job Lacob's two sons Kirk and Kent a decade ago with the Menlo High Knights. Those two have been Santa Cruz execs:
    https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/20...cruz-warriors/

    Erie BayHawks, now under the affiliate control of the New Orleans Pelicans until Birmingham is ready, brings back a familiar assistant in Ryan Pannone but to be a head coach at Erie. Pannone has international head coaching experience with BC Prievidza in Slovakia two years ago and was an assistant with the LG Lakes (Korea), the Hanau White Wings (Germany) and the Guangzhou Long Lions (China). Furthermore, Greivis Vasquez joins as the associate head coach along with Erie's first female coach in Portugal-born Mery Andrade, a 10-year pro basketball vet between the WNBA and in Europe coming from the University of San Diego Toreros women's basketball staff after 4 seasons, and ex-Detroit Pistons video coordinator TJ Saint as assistant coaches:
    https://www.goerie.com/sports/201908...wks-head-coach

    Because Mike Miller--not the former Florida Gator with long range NBA shooting prowess in his career--moves on to the New York Knicks coaching staff after guided the Knicks to a franchise-record 32 victories, Derrick Alston becomes the Westchester Knicks head coach. Miller as Westchester's coach finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference and earned the Atlantic Division title for the first time in franchise history. He was named 2017-18 NBA G League Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year:
    https://westchester.gleague.nba.com/...ks-head-coach/
    https://westchester.gleague.nba.com/...oaching-staff/

    Also, the Westchester Knicks with its exec Allan Houston and a several of its W-Knicks Dancers introduce the world to its new mascot in Hudson Knickerbocker, a dog and cousin to the New York Liberty's Maddie. Hudson for the nearby Hudson River and the Knickerbocker name of course. Number is 614 for the Westchester area code:
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...o.php?id=13668

    Mark Daingneault rejoins more full time to his old mentor Billy Donovan with the Oklahoma City Thunder coaching staff to the NBA grind following a successful 5-year stint with affiliate Oklahoma City Blue. This is his profile from The Oklahoman's Maddie Lee. Also as much as his friendship with Donovan and Michael Frazier:
    https://oklahoman.com/article/563890...way-to-the-nba

    Miami Heat handpicks its fifth consecutive head coach for its Sioux Falls Skyforce affiliate with Eric Glass promoted to that position. 31 years being there and outlasted numerous teams and minor league pro basketball leagues, and Glass becomes the 20th Skyforce head coach of all time. Even worked as an assistant under Mike Fratello's Ukrainian team in 2013 Eurobasket and 2014 World Basketball Championship:
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...orce/n-5527057
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...cker/n-5216390
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    The NBA just isn't represented in the 2019 World Basketball Championship in China. Its G-League alums are well represented too here coming from 18 participating nations involved with many eventually cracked the NBA rosters and rotations:
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/nba-g-l...iba-world-cup/

    The G-League's 2019-20 season, its 19th, tips off Friday, November 9 and concludes on Saturday, March 28 with a record 22 teams playing with New Orleans taking over the Erie BayHawks from Atlanta, which took their operations to suburban College Park, and the playoffs starting the following Tuesday. Back-to-back games are greatly reduced now with the amount of teams in. Interestingly enough, both the BayHawks and Skyhawks face each other on November 8. Also on that date, the 2019 NBA G League Champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers (the Houston Rockets' affiliate) begin defense of their title by visiting the Austin Spurs (San Antonio Spurs) also on Friday, November 8 at 7:30pm CT. The six G-League divisions underwent an adjustment:
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/nba-g-l...ason-on-nov-8/

    Key 2019-20 G-League season dates started with the just completed expansion draft for New Orleans' Erie on August 28. Teams are undergoing local team tryouts:
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/nba-g-l...dates-2019-20/

    Serbian Alen Smailagic, who played forward for the Santa Cruz Warriors, was selected #39 overall by New Orleans this June:
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/nba-g-l...019-nba-draft/
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    G-League will experiment in single free throw shots this upcoming season in an attempt to reduce the game length and flow by around 6-8 minutes which will make free throws worth one, two, or three points depending on the infraction that led to it. This new development will not apply in the last two minutes of a game or overtime. In those situations, traditional free-throw rules will apply. Additionally, shooting fouls on made baskets (and-1s) will remain unchanged. Good for say, Hack-A-Shaq/Dwight/DeAndre plays but not everything else, IMO:
    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...ngle-foul-shot
    https://www.thescore.com/nba/news/18...ot-this-season
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    The Denver Nuggets and the Portland Trail Blazers are the only holdovers not to invest in the G-League. Funnily enough, these two once shared one in the former CBA team Idaho Stampede when they moved into the NBA territory. Denver, with its exciting array of young players it drafted in the last several years, has an abundance of them who need some serious play. Some like Jokic and Murray already are. But there are some who never do or like Michael Porter Jr. need an injury rehab assignment to shake off any rust resulting from injury with development after going along gradually when he's not needed right away. Denver seems to be next in line after New Orleans places its G-League team in Birmingham. Sometime around 2021--not sooner--likely to be located in the Denver NW suburbs in Broomfield where the Colorado 14ERS were--and should not have ceased operations and moved to Frisco, Texas for Dallas. But it seems the Nuggets aren't rushed into this soon unless pressure is applied to do so. What's stopping the Kroenkes from a firm commitment to invest? Some of their young talent needs some competition to reach their full potential and live in a winning culture:
    https://www.denverstiffs.com/2019/9/...am-this-season

    Windy City Bulls and NBC Sports Chicago partner for 17 regular season home games televised. But it's all about those 2019-20 regular season Bulls promotions at the Sears Centre:
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...ason/n-5561673

    Boston takes full franchise control of the Maine Red Claws. Questions remain over will they stay in Portland after the 2023-24 Portland Expo lease expires. Trend here is the Celtics may move them closer to Boston like Oklahoma City did with Tulsa. Attendance has dropped to a league-worst 44,663 last season from 73,000 annually the first two years and the Red Claws spent $360,000 on renovations to the Expo, including new stadium-style chairs and back rests for bleacher seats:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/07/26/b...ine-red-claws/

    Wisconsin Herd arena saga taking some serious turns in Oshkosh making your head spin. First contractor Bayland Buildings files a lawsuit against the owner of Menominee Nation Arena, Fox Valley Pro Basketball, in August after defaulting on $13.5 million. Then FVPB files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to prevent paying right away with the city of Oshkosh seeking to block by a judge $430,000 TIF payments to the franchise that were set to begin November 1. But the latest news is that Oshkosh will pay an incentive to now pay Fox Valley Pro Basketball $393,000 incentives in a settlement with Oshkosh retaining a portion of the payment it owed to FVPB, including about $20,000 for utilities and security services and roughly $25,000 for legal costs
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/08/12/m...by-contractor/
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/08/20/m...or-bankruptcy/
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/09/16/o...n-arena-owner/
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/09/30/o...in-incentives/
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    Last Saturday the G-League conducted its 2019 draft. At #1 the Northern Arizona Suns select Miami's (FL) Anthony Lawrence II to the G-League's worst team last season. Lots of draft pick trades were going on in all rounds except for the fourth, where things turned quiet. Although not all teams traded all their picks. Teams even skipped their assigned pick selection by the third round. Six international players from six different nations were selected including Australia's Matt Kenyon, taken by Capital City. These selection will make up the bulk of the G-League teams' training camps along with returning, affiliate, NBA Draft rights, and local tryout players and cannot exceed 15 total players, not including players signed to NBA Two-Way contracts. Teams had to make a minimum of two player selections in today’s Draft and all players who were selected must be invited to training camp.
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/2019-nb...e-draft-board/
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/norther...-league-draft/
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/2019-nb...e-player-pool/

    And one of those international picks is a familiar name in Hasheem Thabeet. Selected by Ft. Wayne. Along with Thabeet and Lawrence, Alonzo Mourning's son Trey, Gary Payton Jr., Jalemn Hudson, Vander Blue, Wesley Person Jr., Courtney Alexander II, Trey Phills (son of late Hornets guard Bobby Phills), Tre Kelley, Trevon Duval, and Ronshad Shabazz were other notable names selected:
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/notable...-league-draft/

    The G-League's 2019-20 season starts Friday! Preseason ended Tuesday with Erie and Raptors 905. Friday's slate of 8 opening games and Saturday's with 12 starts things off. As usual, seems as though who strives to be champion is wide open, although there are some serious contenders like the Toronto Raptors 905, Long Island, Ft. Wayne, and Rio Grande Valley. All starts Friday with College Park Skyhawks' debut versus Erie and Lakeland and Ft. Wayne based on start times. Rio Grande Valley starts its title defense that same night on the road deep in Texas against the Austin Spurs. For Tacko Fall fans, Ends on March 28:
    https://gleague.nba.com/schedule/
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/nba-g-l...dates-2019-20/

    With that teams announce their opening rosters:
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...ster/n-5569029
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...ster/n-5568986
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...ster/n-5568984
    https://www.oursportscentral.com/ser...ster/n-5568822

    Now a record high of 208 NBA opening roster players (42%) this season, up from last season's 198 (40%) including Toronto Raptors champion starters Pascal Siakim and Fred VanVleet, played at least a little G-League ball. Just a steady climb over this decade:
    https://gleague.nba.com/news/nba-pla...eason-2019-20/

    Hopefully, we'll get the G-League fully involved in NBA2K21 and NBA Live 21 video games.
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    G-League's top 50 players in this league counted down from #50 from Swish Appeal. A good number of them spent some time with the NBA in their careers like David Stockton, Vander Hollis, and Tyler Ennis and got placed there for various reasons. But one player had a problem in Northern Arizona Suns forward Troy Scott, set to among the top 30 plateau, after being arrested in Prescott Valley for assault and disorderly conduct on Friday, November 1. Shortly after that, Northern Arizona dropped him from the training camp roster:
    https://www.ridiculousupside.com/201...dan-mclaughlin
    https://www.ridiculousupside.com/201...ichael-frazier
    https://www.ridiculousupside.com/201...ichael-frazier
    https://www.ridiculousupside.com/201...on-blossomgame
    https://www.ridiculousupside.com/201...-maten-goodwin

    Swish Appeal suggests these 5 G-League top players right now whose performances after a week into the season warrant an early call-up to the NBA come January with a 10-day contract should they keep it up with their production:
    https://www.ridiculousupside.com/201...e-nba-call-ups
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    Now it's official after a year's amount of talk. Mexico City, the largest North American city, makes history and will get a G-League expansion ready to play next season in a landmark partnership with the top Mexico's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional team, the Capitanes, announced yesterday in a press conference at the Mexico City Arena during the NBA Mexico Games. The Capitanes, existing since 2016, become the G-League’s 29th team making its debut for the 2020-21 season, playing its home games at the Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera in Mexico City under a initial five-year run and is owned and operated by Moisés Cosío and a group of minority investors. Even participated in the G-League International Challenge, so perhaps the seeds of this were sown here.

    The Mexico City Capitanes make the NBA/NBA G-League become the first North American pro sports league to simultaneously have teams in the USA, Canada, and Mexico and will have no NBA team affiliation. A few leagues, namely in minor league baseball, indoor soccer, and CBA basketball had teams based in Mexico nearly the last 30 years, almost all in the capital. But none ever lasted long for up to 2-3 years. Plans abound to have Mexican players on the team but, more importantly, still aspire to be competitive with top-class talent. No NBA expansion still for Mexico City or any other NBA-less city:
    https://www.nba.com/article/2019/12/...ficial-release
    https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/201...sultPosition=4
    https://www.si.com/nba/2019/12/13/nb...-starting-2020
    https://www.goldenstateofmind.com/20...ty-adam-silver
    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...2020-21-season
    https://www.slamonline.com/nba/mexic...join-g-league/
    https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/n...-city-in-2020/
    https://fansided.com/2019/12/12/nba-...m-mexico-city/
    https://therookiewire.usatoday.com/2...s-adam-silver/
    https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/nba-...013343924.html
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    Playing in front of no fans because of the Coronavirus pandemic is a new thing for many NBA players. Well, Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder is already used to and prepared for that having coached with the G-League's Austin Toros (now Spurs) a decade ago in the minors:
    https://kslsports.com/437851/d-leagu...ty-nba-arenas/
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    G-League players now officially formed a union with help from the NBA Players Association. A very important thing for not just the players but owners too given how forward thinking the NBA family tends to be:
    https://nba.nbcsports.com/2020/07/22...elp-from-nbpa/
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/marcede.../#46cdd4b258f4
    https://kslsports.com/438224/nba-g-l...rs-form-union/
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    The NBA G-League may not even play this upcoming season following its 2019-20 season was cancelled while hammering out various scenarios to utilize for a future campaign (like a bubble or regionalized play). And this involves a new Mexico City-based franchise forthcoming, let's not forget. May have to delay play until next season when the USA-Mexico border reopens:
    https://www.slamonline.com/g-league/...020-21-season/
    https://nypost.com/2020/10/13/the-nb...s-in-jeopardy/
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    Detroit Pistons' newly planned G-League franchise for 2021-22 away from, and rather continue on with, the Grand Rapids Drive and will play at Wayne St.'s new gym is the Motor City Cruise, another auto-related name. Turns out the Pistons bought the Northern Arizona Suns (formerly the Bakersfield Jam) from PHX in July and just moved instead of creating its own:
    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sp...se/6083577002/
    https://www.freep.com/story/sports/n...se/6088800002/
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