I’m not going to pretend to be objective in this post. In the past couple of days, two of my favorite people I’ve encountered during my time covering the D-League—either in person or via the Internet—received big news in the form of new jobs.
Mike Gansey, who last played in the D-League during the 2009-10 season, was promoted to director of Development League operations and Cavaliers basketball operations assistant. Gansey spent last season as the Cavaliers basketball operations assistant. In his new position as the Cavaliers’ Director of Development League Operations/Cavaliers Basketball Operations Assistant, he will work closely with Cavaliers Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin and Canton Charge Head Coach Alex Jensen in the basketball operations and personnel matters of the Cavaliers’ exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League affiliate, as well as other general NBA Development League areas and player personnel elements.
Scott Schroeder, who spent the past several years as the lead blogger for Ridiculous Upside, has been named the director of basketball operations for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. In addition to his work at RU, Schroeder contributed as a writer for NBC Sports’ Pro Basketball Talk, SB Nation, AOL FanHouse. Previously, Schroeder also served as the director of public/media relations for the Dakota Wizards and the director of operations for the Minot Skyrockets.
Please join me in congratulating both Mike and Scott. Personal shout outs to both after the jump.D-League bloggers are similar to D-League players in that we are very much out of the spotlight. I don’t want to speak for Scott, but I think the biggest appeal of covering the D-League these past few seasons is the opportunity to root for the underdog, to shed some light on some deserving and under-appreciated people in the game and business of basketball.
Scott was one of the very first people to show me some love when I began my Blog Talk BayHawk blog way back in April of 2009, and I always admired the tireless work he did covering the D-League for Ridiculous Upside. He leaves a substantial void in the D-League blogosphere, but I have no doubt that his work ethic and intelligent basketball mind will enable him to do great things in his new role with the Skyforce.
As for Mike, he was everybody’s favorite D-League player/blogger during the 2009-10 season. He finished the year playing in my hometown of Erie with the BayHawks, so we were able to meet up in person and strike up something of a friendship. I loved watching him as a player, but he was an even better person. The Cavs are lucky to have such a high-character, high-basketball IQ working for them.
Best of luck to you both!