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    Des Moines, Iowa's capital city, currently has its NBDL expansion application being reviewed. I think Des Moines will be a great fit for the league. This proposed team, headed by former Northern Iowa Panther Nick Nurse, could play at the Wells-Fargo Arena

    http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs. ... 03/SPORTS/

    Has the CBA and the NBDL discussed the idea of merging their leagues since it make it less of an alpahbet soup sports league confusion and of the fact that the talent level in both leagues are top level and comperable to each other?
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    5-time Milwaukee Bucks NBA All-Star and Arkansas Razorback legend Sidney Moncrief, the first ever NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award recipient in 1983 (he also won in 1984), will replace Sam Vincent as coach of the Ft. Worth Flyers, the NBDL runner-up. Actually, Moncrief, who also coached for the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans for a couple of seasons owns a car dealership in the state of Arkansas, and Vincent, who has of course head coached Nigeria's and South Africa's national teams, are trading places with Vincent becoming a Mavs Assistant coach. www.nba.com/d-league/fortworth www.nba.com/features/moncrief_060913.html

    Former Roanoke Dazzle head coach Kent Davison was named assistant coach of the Colorado 14ers. www.usbasket.com/nbdl/nbdl.asp
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    Sidney Moncreif's old Milwaukee Bucks teammate Paul Mokeski was added to the Fort Worth Flyers coaching staff. He's had some rough knocks in his life in the last several years, including losing his head coaching job for the ABA's Kansas City Knights for testing positive of cocaine (if I recall correctly)

    www.nba.com/dleague/fortworth

    Olu Famutimi signs with San Antonio www.nba.com/europelive/spurs_notebook_061003.html
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    Are the young players that get drafted or are undrafted free agents utilized properly in the NBDL? Depends on the team they are assigned to, but that needs to be addressed more, though they publicly acclaim the benefits. One thing is clear: NBA teams needs to take more advantage than they did last season (but how will they do it with joint affiliation heavily involved?).
    www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/sports/15785366.htm
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    The NBDL champs Albuquerque Thunderbirds will travel to Macau and Ningbo City later this month for a series of exhibitions against Team China. This helps Team China en route for the upcoming Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.
    www.nba.com/dleague/albuquerque/tbirds_ ... 61101.html

    The 2006 NBDL Draft takes place tomorrow. www.nba.com/dleague/news/2006_draft_061024.html
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    The NBDL 2006 Draft Results--reminscient of what the NBA had when it was up to ten rounds--starting with Central Connecticut St.'s Corsley Edwards
    www.nba.com/dleague/news/draft_2006.html

    35 NBDL players made it to NBA Opening Day rosters
    www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3391297
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    Where you can get all of the fun of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds little trip to China, where they lost the first game to the Chinese National team, thanks to Wang Zhi Zhi's 16 points and 5 rebounds. The Thunderbirds lost to Team China 82-55 in Ningbo City www.nba.com/dleague/news/china06.html
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    The Thunderbirds lost again to the Chinese in Macau 86-78 on Saturday. Team China now makes its way towards the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, where they are the heavy faves.
    www.nba.com/dleague/albuquerque/tbirds_ ... 61118.html

    Speaking of Wang Zhi Zhi, I was reading an ESPN The Magazine story on him in the current issue. The article beings with an apology from Wang to the Chinses for being selfish. It talked about coming over to play for the Mavs as a gesture of goodwill from the Chinese government, the Cinese Basketball Association, and the Bayi Rockets, Wang's CBA club leading up to the Chinese getting the 2008 Olympics. The Chinese certainly didn't make it easy for him to be claimed by the NBA. He played OK for the Mavs in the early going and a big contract, but bounced around with the LA Clippers, when he signed as a free agent, and then the Miami Heat. Wang wanted to test himself more in the NBA instead of donning for the Middle Kingdom. He got labeled as soft and ended getting creamed in practices, struggling to keep his roster spot and playing time. Meanwhile, he defied the orders of the Chinese authorities and even the Mavs, whom the former wanted to play for the national team in the summer to qualify for big tournaments. The two even sent reps to look for him in his Dallas townhouse. but he had already left Dallas. He bought himself a Mercedes adn had a child with his girlfriend. He was proclaimed persona non grata in the eyes of the Chinese and threatened to revoke his passport. All the while, Yao Ming, his contemporary became a star amd did everything that was mandated of him by the Chinese (Wang and Yao had Peking duck together once when both were playing in the NBA). With Wang running out of options, he pleaded to get back into their good graces and play on the national team. He got, but not without cost. People's Liberation Army officers watched him like a hawk on his return back--BTW, Bayi is a reference to the PLA's founding date in Chinese, August 1. He has to undergo reeducation classes for being a traitor, and it is uncertain he'll regain his Chinese passport for personal travel at this point. It's very likely, with a tinge of sadness, that he'll never return to the NBA. He's 29 now and in Beijing he'll be 31. Sad.
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    NBATV have unvieled its 2006-07 NBDL TV schedule--60 games (but only the first week is shown)
    www.nba.com/dleague/dleague_tv_schedule_061121.html

    The TV fun begins with the Bakersfield Jam take on the NDCELE NBDL Chapter. Why them??
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    NBDL season has just started the other day. The defending champs Albuquerque are undefeated 2-0 atop of the Western Division.

    Disturbingly--even though it just started--the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire NBDL Chapter is also undefeated at 2-0 with (undeserved) wins against Anahiem and Bakersfield.

    The Dakota Wizards are atop of the Eastern Division with two wins themselves.
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    At a time when the Idaho Stampede is losing five straight games and still winless, plans are in the NBDL that it could lose its Utah Jazz affiliation as a group is planning to have an expansion team in Orem, Utah for next season.
    www.idahostatesman.com/104/story/62425.html
    www.nba.com/dleague/utah/index.html

    Hopefully, the NBDL will reinstitute teams back in the southeastern United States for next season too like the Florida Flame.
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    I would like to see the NBDL land in Canada. What I'm writing now is surely inspired in part to new pro basketball franchises (in the lower minor leagues) added and coming in the next few years. As you should know if you have been reading my posts, there is clearly pro basketball outside of Hogtown, just not NBA. I think it's going to happen in the next few years when Toronto decides to field its own farm club.

    Going by the process of elimination involving the Canadian cities, Vancouver and Montreal would be far too big for it with Vancouver right now a CBA team and may return to the NBA in the future and may like to have one of their own NBDL teams too one day(which I will get to in the new year), likely after 2010. Montreal has little in the way of a pro basketball tradition, so it should stick with the Matrix. Calgary and Edmonton? Lethbridge should be content with the CBA and the upcoming Canadians. I dunno know. Might work. Medium sized cities like Halifax, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Ottawa, Saskatoon, and Quebec City could pull it off. Halifax loves basketball, but is the Nova Scotia economy stable enough for the NDBL at this point or when it hits? Moreover, what about the travel distance and costs? Quebec City might if the ABA Kebs could use the Arkansas RimRockers and the Bakersfield Jam as inspirations to jump to a higher level. That means they would need a bigger facility and deep-pocketed owners. Politically though Toronto might prefer to place a team in predominantly English Canada. Edmonton, Calgary, and Winnipeg may be eliminated for as prairie cities, though Calgary and Winnipeg have strong sporting support in the amatuer ranks. It might try Ottawa to keep it in the province of Ontario, but there's hardly any pro basketball tradition there either, as far as I know. Would the ScotiaBank Place be too big?

    My choice would end up being Hamilton. All of the cities in the NBDL right now are, except for NDCELE NDBL Chapter, are in small-to-medium cities. The Canadian steel city is right next door like Geelong is to Melbourne in Victoria. The Copps Coliseum is just right and can scale down some seating for NBDL games, and Hamilton wouldn't worry about being caught in the middle between Buffalo and Toronto.

    With Orem, Utah coming next season, the NBDL needs another team to even it out. I already suggested bringing back the Florida Flames, but if that's not possible, why not try Canada?

    Friday, November 24

    Arkansas RimRockers 88 Tulsa 66ERS 85
    Dakota Wizards 114 Sioux Falls 104
    Colorado 14ERS 121 Idaho Stampede 104
    Albuquerque Thunderbirds 95 Austin Toros 67
    NDCELE NBDL 106 Anahiem Arsenal 87

    Saturday, November 25

    Tulsa 66ERS 115 Arkansas RimRockers 111 OT
    Ft. Worth Flyers 111 Austin Toros 96
    Dakota Wizards 89 Sioux Falls Skyforce 87
    Colorado 14ERS 122 Idaho Stampede 113 OT
    Albuquerque Thunderbirds 111 Anahiem Arsenal 79

    Sunday, November 26

    NDCELE NBDL 90 Bakersfield Jam 84

    Tuesday, November 27

    NDCELE NBDL 96 Bakersfield Jam 92
    Albuquerque Thunderbirds 94 Idaho Stampede 86
    Anahiem Arsenal 93 Arkansas RimRockers 92

    Wednesday, November 28

    Arkansas RimRockers 102 Bakersfield Jam 92

    Thursday, November 29

    Sioux Falls Skyforce 98 Idaho Stampede 97

    Friday, December 1

    Tulsa 66ERS 105 Dakota Wizards 102
    Sioux Falls Skyforce 100 Idaho Stampede 94
    Arknsas RimRockers 124 Albuquerque Thunderbirds 119 2OT
    Ft. Worth Flyers 117 Bakersfield Jam 108
    Anahiem Arsenal 107 Austin Toros 105 OT
    Colorado 14ERS 112 NDCELE NBDL 100

    Saturday, December 2

    Dakota Wizards 105 Tulsa 66ERS 81
    Anahiem Arsenal 111 Austin Toros 106
    Ft. Worth Flyers 113 NDCELE NBDL 95

    Sunday, December 3

    Arkansas RimRockers 112 Albuquerque Thunderbirds 111 OT
    Bakersfield Jam 87 Sioux Falls Skyforce 86
    Idaho Stampede 99 Colorado 14ERS 86

    Monday, December 4

    NDCELE NBDL 94 Sioux Falls Skyforce 87

    Tuesday, December 5

    Dakota Wizards 94 Idaho Stampede 90
    Arkansas RimRockers 108 Austin Toros 92
    Ft. Worth Flyers 119 Anahiem Arsenal 111
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    Wednesday, December 6

    Sioux Falls Skyforce 98 NDCELE NBDL 90
    Tulsa 66ERS 88 Austin Toros 84

    Thursday, December 7

    Albuquerque Thunderbirds 101 Anahiem Arsenal 88

    Friday, December 8

    NDCELE NBDL 90 Tulsa 66ERS 77
    Arkansas RimRockers 86 Ft. Worth Flyers 77
    Albuquerque Thunderbirds 87 Anahiem Arsenal 80

    Saturday, December 9

    Tulsa 66ERS 101 Bakersfield Jam 95

    Sunday, December 10

    Colorado 14ERS 113 NDCELE NBDL 84

    Albuquerque's Dijon Thompson has been named NBDL's Performer of the Week today with 25 and 20 points in the last two games for the Thunderbirds propelling them to 5-2. The NDBL champs signed James Edwards formerly of Kent St.

    When you were considered one of the best in the sport, it's hard to cope with the mean curveballs life brings. That's what Jason (Jay) Williams is going to through right now. No need to bring what has happened to him up until his preseason trail with the Nets. Since the accident, he lost all of his explosion of course and may have lost his chance at being a Dukie who can reach NBA superstar status. Competition at the NBDL level is unforgiving, now he needs to prove it again in the eyes of NBA execs with the Austin Toros.
    www.nba.com/dleague/austin

    Former George Washington star Pops Mensah-Bonsu from the UK gets assigned with Ft. Worth from Dallas. Undrafted, he only played one game logging three minutes coming out of a loaded roster. His overall fundamentals needs works while displaying impressive explosiveness and leaping ability. Ft. Worth time could benefit him.
    www.nba.com/dleague/ftworth

    Ex-UCONN Huskie Denham Brown from Toronto currently plays for Tulsa.
    www.nba.com/dleague/tulsa

    Chicago Bulls assigned Martynas Andreiuskevicius, whom they picked up in a trade from Cleveland for Eddie Badsen, to Dakota, their farm team.
    www.nba.com/dleague/dakota

    www.usbasket.com/nbdl/nbdl.asp
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    Ex-Syracuse star G Gerry McNamara signs with the Bakersfield Jam, who are hoping for a jump start to their fortunes . He just came from playing with Olympiakos Pireaus in Greece after trying out as a free agent with the Orlando Magic, but didn't play enough minutes he thought he should be getting. Therefore, he was granted his release from the club. To allow room for Terry Bobbitt was placed on the injured list.
    www.nba.com/dleague/bakersfield/mcnamara_061212.html

    Thursday sees the return to pro basketball for Jason Williams when he and his Austin Toros teammates take on the Dakota Wizards at the Bismarck Civic Center also on Friday.
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    Voting for the first-ever players for the NBDL All-Star Game in Las Vegas in February has started. Unfortunately it's only eligible for US and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec. I wonder why...)
    www.nba.com/dleague

    Jason Williams scored 14 points in his debut for the Austin Toros last night, but the Toros fell to the Dakota Wizards.
    www.nba.com/dleague/austin
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    The Anahiem Arsenal's Tyler Smith has started writing a blog that can be read on the Arsenal's website. Here's his first entry:
    www.nba.com/dleague/anahiem/tylersmith_blog.html

    Tuesday, December 12

    Tulsa 66ERS 105 Anahiem Arsenal 98

    Thursday, December 14

    Dakota Wizards 93 Austin Toros 79
    Sioux Falls Skyforce 105 Arkansas RimRockers 93
    Idaho Stampede 105 Anahiem Arsenal 93

    Friday, December 15

    Idaho Stampede 96 NDCELE NBDL 86
    Dakota Wizards 84 Austin Toros 83
    Ft. Worth Flyers 97 Tulsa 66ERS 91
    Sioux Falls Skyforce 100 Arkansas RimRockers 93
    Albuquerque Thunderbirds 111 Colorado 14ERS 100

    Saturday, December 16

    Ft. Worth Flyers 110 Tulsa 66ERS 100
    Colorado 14ERS 103 Albuquerque Thunderbirds 89
    Anahiem Arsenal 89 Bakersfield Jam 74

    Sunday, December 15

    Sioux Falls Skyforce 99 Austin Toros 94

    Andre Brown from the Sioux Falls Skyforce has been named the NBDL's Player Of The Week with four straight double-doubles. He keeps up his production with 21 points and 13 rebounds in their victory over Austin Sunday afternoon. Keeping things with the Skyforce, they have won four in a row.

    The Dakota Wizards' bench stepped up in spoiling Jason Williams NBDL's debut. www.bismarcktribune.com/article/2006/12 ... 125542.txt

    Speaking of him, Jason (Jay) Williams writes about his experineces in the NBDL's Austin Toros in his own blog.
    www.nba.com/dleague/austin/jaywilliams_blog.html
    www.nba.com/dleague/austin
    www.sportsline.com/nba/story/9869394
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    The Idaho Stampede nab Luke Jackson waiving David Jackson (no relation) in the process
    www.nba.com/dleague/idaho

    I voted fot the NDBL All-Stars
    I voted for Pops Mensu-Bonsah, Jason Williams, Andre Brown, Dijon Thompson, Yuta Tabutse, Olu Fatummi, Kellenna Azuibuike, and Julius Hodge.

    Will vote again soon.
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    Ft Worth's Kelenna Azubuike became the first player from the NBDL to make the jump to the NBA on January 2 with him going to Golden St. Nellie obviously has a soft spot for those who played in lower minor leagues. Look at Mario Elie, Manute Bol, and John Starks with his up-tempo styled offense. Wished more NBA coaches did that more but they're all in a win now mode. www.nba.com/dleague/fortwoth

    But January is the traditional month where they look for players as they open their wallets and benches to them on 10-day contracts.

    Other NBDLers who followed are leading NBDL scorer Andre Brown (Seattle), Dakota's Justin Brown (Sacramento www.nba.com/dleague/dakota ), Idaho's Luke Jackson (Los Angeles Clippers'10-day contract www.nba.com/clippers and www.nba.com/dleague/idaho ), and Albuquerque's Dijon Thompson (Atlanta www.nba.com/dleague/albuquerque). Three NBDL alums are already waived (Andreas Glynidakis, Anthony Robinson, and Desmond Farmer). Shopuld go without saying but players like the aforementioned should be forewarned not to neccessarily get their hopes up in their NBA promotion as they aspire to a NBA lifestyle and instant gratification. Also, will they get decent minutes to show what they can do?

    www.usbasket.com/nbdl/nbdl.asp
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    NBDL's big problem is that the culture of basketball is still not really accepting basketball on a minor league level here in the United States and Canada, ala baseball and (ice) hockey. Another thing: excluding teams from the ABA and CBA, most of the teams in the league past and present are based in small city areas that are not really immediately known for its local basketball culture like Bakersfield, California. So coaches and players resist sending player down there and attendance figures aren't known on the league's website or made public in the box scores. Former ESPN writer Scott Ostler chronicles the Bakersfield Jam as it struggles in its first season in the NBDL. Scott, there are also two pro leagues in Africa--one in Angola and the other in Morocco.
    http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f ... NF23O1.DTL
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    Come check the big NBDL Showcase that took place this past Martin Luther King Day weekend in Sioux Falls all through a blog.
    www.nba.com/dleague/news/showcaseblog07.html

    There are a few female refs actively officiating the NBDL along with the men working their way up the NBA ladder, and many impress.
    www.tulsaworld.com/SportsStory.asp?ID=0 ... mal11555_0

    Seattle sends their draft pick Mouhamed Sene from Senegal to Idaho
    Dallas assigns Jose Barea to Ft. Worth.

    December 18
    Albuquerque Thunderbirds 111 Colorado 14ERS 104
    Dakota Wizards 85 Austin Toros 84
    Ft. Worth Flyers 97 Tulsa 66ERS 91
    Idaho Stampede 96 NDCELE NBDL 86
    Sioux Falls Skyforce 100 Arkansas RimRockers 93

    December 19
    Colorado 14ERS 103 Albuquerque 89
    Anahiem Arsenal 89 Bakersfield Jam 74
    Ft. Worth Flyers 110 Tulsa 66ERS 100

    December 20
    Sioux Falls Skyforce 99 Austin Toros 94

    December 21
    NDCELE NBDL 96 Dakota Wizards 91
    Ft. Worth Flyers 111 Sioux Falls 106
    Tulsa 66ERS 120 Bakersfield Jam 117 (2OT)

    December 22
    NDCELE NBDL 92 Bakersfield Jam 86
    Ft. Worth Flyers 132 Anahiem Arsenal 122
    Idaho Stampede 96 Albuquerque Thunderbirds 91
    Sioux Falls Skyforce 106 Austin Toros 100
    Bakersfield Jam 116 Tulsa 66ERS 106
    Dakota Wizards @ Colorado 14ERS--ppd(blizzard)

    December 23
    Bakersfield Jam 90 Arkansas RimRockers 88
    NDCELE NBDL 103 Austin Toros 97
    Colorado 14ERS 130 Dakota Wizards 105
    Sioux Falls Skyforce 101 Dakota Wizards 100
    Idaho Stampede 92 Albuquerque Thunderbirds 80
    Anahiem Arsenal 88 Tulsa 66ERS 78

    December 25
    Sioux Falls Skyforce 120 Colorado 14ERS 110

    December 26 (Boxing Day)
    NDCELE NBDL 105 Austin Toros 87
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    NBDL announced another expansion team to join Orem, Utah today. This team will call the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas home boosting the league number to 14 teams next season. This has got to be the Rio Grande Valley Silverados, that ABA expansion team that is scheduled to play next season with its stellar and critically-acclaimed logo, coming in. Because I can't see any pro basketball team on the horizon coming in that area in another league. My theory is that once the Silverado investors looked at the state of the ABA, they decided to go for a more all-around stable and professional basketball league in the NBDL.
    www.nba.com/dleague/riograndevalley/index.html

    Luke Jackson returns to the Idaho Stampede: www.nba.com/dleague/idaho
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    Actually I stand corrected on the NBDL taking the Silverados from the ABA. But what I said was based on precedent with the Jam and RimRockers. It must be noted that, as it stands now, the ABA Rio Grande Valley Silverados are slated to play their home games at the McAllen Convention Center in McAllen, Texas, slated to open in a couple of months while the NBDL's Rio Grande Valley team's home court is the Dodge Arena in Hildago, Texas. How could that region be home and big enough to two minor pro basketball teams? Both sides are optimistic.
    www.themonitor.com/SiteProcessor.cfm?Te ... tion=Local

    There are rumours that Ft. Wayne, Indiana will field a NBDL franchise in time for next season boosting its presence in the Midwest. Ft. Wayne was of course the original home for the Detroit Pistons as the Ft. Wayne Zollner Pistons and the longtime home for the Ft. Wayne Fury in the CBA.

    Wednesday, December 27
    Colorado 14ERS 112 Anahiem Arsenal 110
    Dakota Wizards 110 Idaho Stampede 102

    Thursday, December 28
    Austin Toros 75 Sioux Falls Skyforce 62

    Friday, December 29
    Tulsa 66ERS 102 Arkansas RimRockers 98 (OT)
    Bakersfield Jam 93 NDCELE NBDL 86
    Dakota Wizards 124 Colorado 14ERS 112
    Idaho Stampede 108 Ft. Worth Flyers 98
    Albuquerque Thunderbirds 111 Sioux Falls Skyforce 104

    Saturday, December 30
    Anahiem Arsenal 101 Bakersfield Jam 91
    Tulsa 66ERS 110 Arkansas RimRockers 106
    Idaho Stampede 101 Austin Toros 84
    Ft. Worth Flyers 116 Albuquerque Thunderbirds 102

    Sunday, December 31
    Dakota Wizards 108 Colorado 14ERS 106

    Wednesday, January 3
    Colorado 14ERS 130 Tulsa 66ERS 108

    Thursday, January 4
    Idaho Stampede 95 Anahiem Arsenal 73
    Austin Toros 87 Bakersfield Jam 85

    Friday, January 5
    Austin Toros 96 Albuquerque Thunderbirds 88
    Ft. Worth Flyers 115 Arkansas RimRockers 94
    Dakota Wizards 104 NDCELE NBDL 101
    Sioux Falls Skyforce 123 Tulsa 66ERS 112

    Saturday, January 6
    Anahiem Arsenal 111 Albuquerque Thunderbirds 103
    Colorado 14ERS 129 Bakersfield Jam 113
    Ft. Worth Flyers 107 Arkansas RimRockers 99
    Tulsa 66ERS 119 Sioux Falls Skyforce 115

    Sunday, January 7
    Dakota Wizards 105 Anahiem Arsenal 88
    Colorado 14ERS 109 Bakersfield Jam 103
    Idaho Stampede 97 NDCELE NBDL 75

    Tuesday, January 9
    Colorado 14ERS 95 Austin Toros 90

    Wednesday, January 10
    Idaho Stampede 92 Bakersfield Jam 80

    Thursday, January 11
    Austin Toros 104 Anahiem Arsenal 87

    More on Luke Jackson's return to Idaho: during his 10-day contract with the LA Clippers, his performance with them was an average of 5.3 minutes with 1 ppg and 1 apg.

    Detroit Pistons have recalled Amir Johnson from the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Damone Brown has just returned to the NBDL with the Skyforce after a stint most recently with Japan's OSG Phoenix. He's very well known to NBDL fans. www.nba.com/dleague/siouxfalls

    The story on that raw Senegalese talent that is Seattle SuperSonics draft pick Mouhamed Sene, currently honing his game with Idaho. The Stampede BTW are on a 11-game win streak. Speaking of the Sonics, they signed Andre Brown for the remainder of the season. www.idhaostatesman.com/104/story/68765.html

    Austin Toros traded F-C Scott Merrill to Tulsa for G Chayne Gadson in an effort to boost its low-post presence while providing an instant offensive spark for Austin's anemic backcourt.

    Austin Toros mascot Da Bull gets issued a technical for hanging on the rim, suspended for two games, and has to perform 50 hours of community service all for that. Bizarre... www.statesman.com/sports/content/sports ... toros.html

    For more on the games and transactions, visit the NBDL site at www.usbasket.com/nbdl/nbdl.asp
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    Brandt Andersen, the man who brought the NBDL to Orem, Utah, has his own blog. www.nba.com/dleague/utah/brandtandersen_blog.html

    NBDL shooting coach John Townsend has his own too: www.nba.com/dleague/johntownsend_blog.html

    With their teams on top of their respective divisions, the Ft. Worth Flyers' (18- Sidney Moncrief and the Colorado 14ERS' (19- Joe Wolf became the first ever coaches for the NBDL All-Star Game. Their coaching staffs, like in the case of their big brother's gala, automatically go too. One big difference is that their trainers go with them.

    Mates, I'd like to present to you the All-Stars for the first ever 2007 Gillette NBDL All-Star Game in association with 24 Hour Fitness. The game of course will serve as part of the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend extravaganza in Las Vegas:

    Eastern NBDL All-Stars
    Will Conroy G Tulsa
    BJ Elder G Austin
    Renaldo Major G Dakota
    Clay Tucker G Arkansas
    Alan Anderson F Tulsa
    Stephen Graham F Sioux Falls
    Pops Mensah-Bonsu F Ft. Worth
    James White F Austin
    Jared Reiner C Sioux Falls
    Loren Woods C Austin

    Western NBDL All-Stars
    Pooh Jeter G Colorado
    Randy Livingston G Idaho
    Von Wafer G Colorado
    Louis Admundsen F Colorado
    Kevinn Pinkney F Bakersfield
    Dijon Thompson F Albuquerque
    Jawad Adams F Anahiem
    Elton Brown C Colorado
    Peter John Ramos C Idaho
    Brian Chase G NDCELE NBDL

    Assistants: Paul Mokeski (Ft. Worth/East) and Kent Davidson (Colorado/West)
    Trainers: Takashi Onuki (Ft. Worth/East) and Mark Morrissey (Colorado/West)

    It's no surprise that the ones selected by fans and coaches are ones who had at least a little NBA callup or experience. I actually voted for a few of the NBDL All-Stars that made it to the game like Mensah-Bonsu, Dijon Thompson, and Loren Woods (who's a native of my area and the NBDL's Performer of the Week). This should be a very good game coming up next weekend.
    www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3423616

    The Golden St. Warriors sign Renaldo Major on January 27.
    Atlanta signed Flyers guard Jeremy Richardson.
    Memphis Grizzlies sign Tulsa 66ERS guard Will Conroy, the NBDL's league leader in triple doubles.
    Utah callup Louis Admundsen from Colorado.
    Milwaukee recall the underused Damir Markota from Tulsa.
    Bakersfield adds Mateen Cleaves to their roster www.nba.com/bakersfield
    Toronto recalls P.J. Tucker from Colorado.

    www.nba.com/dleague
    www.usbasket.com/nbdl/nbdl.asp

    Scores will arrive tomorrow
    Jusqui'ici tout va bien...

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    To fill up a roster opening caused by Louis Admundsen's departure to the Utah Jazz, the Colorado 14ERS sign guard Jason McKrieth
    www.nba.com/dleague/colorado/

    Milwaukee signs Jerald McReiner from Sioux Falls to a 10-day contract. www.nba.com/dleague/siouxfalls

    Friday, January 12
    Albuquerque Thunderbirds 100 Colorado 14ERS 92
    Dakota Wizards 119 Tulsa 66ERS 99
    Idaho Stampede 101 Bakersfield Jam 99
    Austin Toros 108 NDCELE NBDL 97
    Sioux Falls Skyforce 104 Arkansas RimRockers 98

    Saturday, January 13
    Ft. Worth Flyers 117 Albuquqerque Thunderbirds 98
    Anahiem Arsenal 115 Arkansas RimRockers 112
    Idaho Stampede 107 Sioux Falls Skyforce 101
    Colorado 14ERS 121 Tulsa 66ERS 118 OT

    Sunday, January 14
    Dakota Wizards 114 Anahiem Arsenal 94

    Monday, January 15
    Dakota Wizards 95 Albuquerque Thunderbirds 94
    Sioux Falls Skyforce 101 Austin Toros 81
    NDCLELE NBDL 111 Ft. Worth Flyers 103
    Idaho Stampede 100 Arkansas RimRockers 87

    Tuesday, January 16
    Tulsa 66ERS 100 Albuquerque Thunderbirds 97
    Idaho Stampede 88 Anahiem Arsenal 77
    Bakersfield Jam 99 Arkansas RimRockers 89
    Colorado 14ERS 103 NDCELE NBDL 85

    Wednesday, January 17
    Bakersfield Jam 102 Austin Toros 96 OT
    Colorado 14ERS 126 Dakota Wizards 116
    Sioux Falls Skyforce 117 Ft. Worth Flyers 107
    Anahiem Arsenal 107 Tulsa 66ERS 92

    Friday, January 19
    Albuquerque Thunderbirds 91 NDCELE NBDL 81
    Sioux Falls Skyforce 127 Arkansas RimRockers 105
    Austin Toros 105 Tulsa 66ERS 89
    Idaho Stampede 101 Bakersfield Jam 83
    Anahiem Arsenal 124 Colorado 14ERS 116
    Dakota Wizards 113 Ft. Worth Flyers 111

    Saturday, January 20
    NDCELE NBDL 112 Albuqerque Thunderbirds 104
    Sioux Falls Skyforce 118 Arkansas RimRockers 88
    Austin Toros 88 Tulsa 66ERS 81
    Colorado 14ERS 122 Anahiem Arsenal 102
    Ft. Worth Flyers 103 Dakota Wizards 96

    Sunday, January 21
    Idaho Stampede 109 Bakersfield Jam 85

    Monday, January 22
    NDCELE NBDL 100 Albuquerque Thunderbirds 88
    Jusqui'ici tout va bien...

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    Yesterday, the NBDL announced replacement players for its first ever All-Star Game.

    Ft. Worth's Luke Schenscher will replace Sioux Falls' Jareld McReiner, who was called up by Milwaukee at centre (center). That's great for all of you mates down there.

    Colorado's Rick Rickert will replace his called up teammate Louis Admundsen at center for the West.

    Dakota forward Quemont Greer takes over Austin's James White's spot in the East after White gets recalled to San Antonio.

    As a reminder, the first ever Gillette NBDL All-Star Game with association from 24 Hour Fitness will be on NBATV live at 4pm US CST from Las Vegas during the NBA Jam Session. (I hope you're not unlucky in Australia and New Zealand)
    www.nba.com/dleague
    www.usbasket.com/nbdl/nbdl.asp
    www.nba.com/allstar2007/dleague_allstar ... 70214.html
    www.nba.com/dleague/allstar2007
    Jusqui'ici tout va bien...

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