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USBasket_EricE
03-05-2009, 01:07 AM
In an article within an article in the Bismarck Tribune about the Dakota Wizards' loss to Colorado, the format for this year's play-offs was announced. I haven't found a link to it, but it sounds like the top 8 teams make the play-offs. The team with the best overall record gets to choose which of the other 7 teams they'd like to face in the first round. The next highest seed then gets to choose their opponent, and then the next, and so on.

The first and second rounds will be single game elimination and the finals will again be a best-of-3.

Any thoughts about the whole "choosing your opponent" idea?

carterpatterson
03-05-2009, 07:22 AM
I think its awesome. They call it the D-League for a reason. The NBA uses it to test ideas and this is definitely a decision that shows it.

It will make for great locker room talk for the team "selected" to play against the top seed.

Pounder
03-05-2009, 12:54 PM
Very interesting. Now teams can trade seed for distance (as in lack thereof) if they want...

...or avoid the boogey team that might be the 8th seed, which can generate its own talk.

Not a bad idea.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-05-2009, 06:22 PM
Sounds interesting.

I don't think the Wizards will get to choose their opponent, so I'm definitely hoping it's not Iowa.

USBasket_EricE
04-11-2009, 12:40 AM
So, here's how the play-off standings look right now:

1. Colorado
2. (Idaho or Utah)
3. Iowa
4. (Idaho, Utah, or Austin)

W1. (Idaho, Utah, or Austin)
W2. Dakota
W3. Erie
W4. Bakersfield

They say the three division winners will have the first three opponent picks in their respective order in overall standings. Colorado has already clinched #1 overall. Iowa cannot go higher or lower than #3, even though the #4 team will have a better record than them. Idaho and Utah will be playing each other for the #2 spot tomorrow. If Idaho wins, Utah will be the top Wild Card team. Utah and Austin tied each other in their season series, but Austin finished with more points, which gives them the edge should a tie-breaker come into play. The only way that will happen is if Austin loses tomorrow. If Austin loses, they want Idaho to win, so they can have the #4 spot. If Utah wins and Austin loses, Austin will be the top Wild Card team and Idaho will be #4. Is anyone confused yet?

The Wild Card standings really don't matter, but if you want a technical reading right now, Dakota has clinched #2, Erie clinched #3, and Bakersfield clinched the final play-off spot at #4. Erie can tie Dakota with a win tomorrow, but Dakota won the season series, giving them the higher spot. Bakersfield finished the season at 26-24, below Dakota's 27-23, and it doesn't matter how Erie (26-23 currently) does tomorrow because they won the season series against Bakersfield.

bectond
04-13-2009, 04:58 PM
So Erie was the team that was "called out", I have Boise repeating if they get by Dakota. If I were Idaho I would have passed on Dakota as well.

USBasket_EricE
04-13-2009, 11:56 PM
Idaho never had a choice. They were the #5 team. According to the bracket on the D-League site, the winner of the Colorado/Erie game will play the winner of the Austin/Idaho game, while the winner of the Utah/Bakersfield game will take on the winner of the Iowa/Dakota game.

I honestly think Erie could upset Colorado. The 14ers just started to lose it as the season wore down. And the Bayhawks are going to want to prove themselves and play their best game of the season. My other picks are Idaho, Utah, and Dakota. Yeah, the Energy pushed the Wizards around a lot this season, but not this time. It's not going to be a repeat of last season when they were embarrassed by the Skyforce in the first round. I want to see another Idaho/Dakota finals. It's been 5 years since the 2004 CBA championship game, which saw those two teams battle it out. Nostalgia...

bectond
04-14-2009, 07:09 AM
Sorry, I mixed up Idaho and Iowa. Iowa should have by passed Dakota as well.

USBasket_EricE
04-15-2009, 01:18 AM
Well, so much for an upset. The 14ers creamed the Bayhawks.

USBasket_EricE
04-16-2009, 10:46 PM
Come on 2007 Finals REMATCH!!!!!!!!!!

bectond
04-17-2009, 08:13 AM
I'm surprised that Idaho lost to Austin, the Toros did have an NBA ringer (Harrison) on their squad and he balanced the rosters out a bit. Iowa made a huge mistake by not passing on the Wizards. The 14ers and Wizards should advance to the Finals Colorado does have a size advantage due to the Benson trade, but I see Dakota winning it all.

a1sports
04-20-2009, 09:45 PM
d-league.... a joke league.

1.players pay is bad
2. you get 10 players not 12
3. cost to run a team is way to much
4. you have no choice in who you get as players
5. Pick your own play-off opponent.....unreal

nksports
04-21-2009, 01:05 AM
d-league.... a joke league.

1.players pay is bad
2. you get 10 players not 12
3. cost to run a team is way to much
4. you have no choice in who you get as players
5. Pick your own play-off opponent.....unreal

Normally, I got your back, but in this case:

1. name what minor league doesn't pay low. D-League players get paid. Their checks clear. And some players hit the pay window of the NBA.
2. You don't need many more in the minors. These guys are here to play, not sit the bench. Yes, it can get a bit rough for a 50-game schedule, but you're also cutting those who can't hack it and picking up players for a look-see as the season goes on. Think that's rough, try an 82-game NBA schedule.
3. Pro sports, especially done right, isn't cheap. Anyone thinking they can make oodles and oodles of money in this business (especially playing in rec centers, high school gyms and junior college gyms) get a big surprise. But D-League owners (except the ones directly owned by NBA teams) don't pay their players. Yes some NBA owners complain about the D-League (like the NFL owners complained about NFL-Europe), even though you can pay an entire D-League team and coaching staff for less than one low level NBA player. That's a bargain.
4. Neither does any Class AAA, AA, A advanced, A regular, A short-season or rookie league team in affiliated baseball. The same can be said for about half the players on AHL rosters and roughly a quarter of the players of the ECHL and I don't know too many who complain about it.
5. While it was a bit unusual, everyone in the league knew what to expect. If you didn't want to come out on the short end, you'd better win or not make the playoffs. There were no changes to the format once the playoffs start.

The D-League isn't perfect, but it's the best thing out there for domestic minor league basketball.

And that's all I've got got to say about the D-League.

bectond
04-21-2009, 07:02 AM
The Flash had too many first round ringers on their roster for the overacheiving Wiz,(three). The finals will be a battle between a team with three up and coming young NBA talents (Almond, Giddens, and the Greek kid) and a team with a solid veteran core of ex-nba pine riders (Gill, Thomas, Davis) that reminds me of the CBA teams of the past. It's going to be a developmental vs. 2nd chance finals.

preeths
04-21-2009, 10:40 AM
d-league.... a joke league.

1.players pay is bad
2. you get 10 players not 12
3. cost to run a team is way to much
4. you have no choice in who you get as players
5. Pick your own play-off opponent.....unreal

The D-League is just fine for just about everyone, save for maybe some of its team owners. Who cares (besides them) how much money they lose as long as everyone gets paid and the games get played? That's what it's all about, and that's where the D-League is succeeding while the rest of minor league basketball stumbles along.

USBasket_EricE
04-21-2009, 08:09 PM
The Flash had too many first round ringers on their roster for the overacheiving Wiz,(three). The finals will be a battle between a team with three up and coming young NBA talents (Almond, Giddens, and the Greek kid) and a team with a solid veteran core of ex-nba pine riders (Gill, Thomas, Davis) that reminds me of the CBA teams of the past. It's going to be a developmental vs. 2nd chance finals.

Yeah, Colorado did go for the former CBA players this year (and last year). Gill and Thomas spent time with the Wizards in 03-04 and 04-06, respectively, and Davis made a name for himself with the Stampede in 2004 when he became the league MVP. The 14ers also have Joe Dabbert, who spent time with the Great Lakes Storm in 2005 and the Skyforce in later years. They've also got Casey Owens on their coaching staff, someone who knows how to build a winning team (I still, to this day, have no idea why the Wizards let him go after such a successful season...and decided to go with Dave Bliss...). Former CBA players all the way! Good luck in the finals, Colorado.

bectond
04-23-2009, 12:00 PM
An odd thing happened during Game 1, the veteran 14ers were led by a young NBA draftee/ ringer (Weems) and the Flash were led by a NBA veteran (dupree). Looks like Colorado is going to take it all. I like their fast pace playing style as well, it is a shame that the local fans in Broomfield never really came out to see the product this year. They missed a good show, plenty of ex-nba players playing fast paced basetball with a few young NBA players on assignment coming off the bench.

bdyer
04-23-2009, 03:49 PM
d-league.... a joke league.

1.players pay is badAll pay in the states outside the NBA is bad.
2. you get 10 players not 12You get anywhere from 10 to 12 players. If you have 12 players, you have at least 2 NBA players on your squad. Those guys are pretty good at basketball.

3. cost to run a team is way to muchToo much for PBL owners? Probably. The cost of running a PBL team was too much for several PBL owners the past two seasons as well.

4. you have no choice in who you get as playersWhat does that even mean? There is a draft and player allocation to get players of local interest. Plenty of choice there.

5. Pick your own play-off opponent.....unrealI can't believe a PBL shill would have the stones to criticize anything about another league's playoffs this season. The PBL left itself wide open to accusations of its finals' being fixed. Hope the money was worth it.

You really don't want to start comparing the PBL to the D-League. Take care of your own business.

DazedAndAmused
04-24-2009, 08:35 PM
You really don't want to start comparing the PBL to the D-League. Take care of your own business.

Amen. Not sure why the guy wants to go there. Cheers to the only viable 2 minor leagues around (for now.)