D-Links: Monday Morning Digestibles
Check out DleagueDigest.com‘s “Digestibles” below, and get caught up on all the news, stories, and other interesting tidbits from this past week in the NBA D-League. This week’s links includes a jab from NBA commissioner David Stern to the NCAA ranks, a new head coach in Fort Wayne, and last season’s first NBA Call-Up (Daniel Orton) being waived by Oklahoma City. Happy reading!
- NBA commissioner David Stern praised the NBA D-League from the Philippines earlier last week (courtesy of Fran Blinebury), and despite his broad comments on the topic, the commish managed to create quite a stir regarding the topic of college vs. NBA D-League.
- The Fort Wayne Mad Ants officially named Conner Henry as their new head coach. It was reported right here at D-League Digest that Henry was a leading candidate in the search, and now the former L.A. D-Fenders assistant coach will look to extend upon former head coach Duane Ticknor’s winning ways, according to Reggie Hayes of the News-Sentinel.
- Keith Schlosser of RidiculousUpside.com delivered this excellent piece on the unique decision a player (and agent) must make between the NBA D-League and overseas.
- Not totally surprising, but Orlando has expressed interest in having a NBA D-League franchise in Jacksonville.
- Brian Murphy from the Idaho Statesman, highlighted the potential impact of an NBA preseason game in an NBADL market. It’s a great way to build a stronger fan base, but hoping the same fans flood the turnstiles for an NBADL contest, remains a challenge.
- A few notable NBADL alumni from a season ago were let go by their respective NBA teams. Cameron Jones and Daniel Orton were both waived last week.