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DakotaWizardsFan
01-25-2007, 06:44 PM
Alright Eric, there's an Albuquerque Thunderbirds team thread so we need ours now.

I don't know what all to talk about right now so I'll just give my input on every player and give a miniature version of my stats sheet by ordering the players by efficiency per 48 minutes.

1. Rod Benson (33.42857143)
I really enjoy watching Rod play. He's currently the most exciting player on the team in my opinion with Renaldo gone. He needs to improve some things, but his field goal percentage is amazing (74.19354839% on 31 shot attempts).

2. Dontell Jefferson (26.66666667)
At the beginning of the season I thought he'd be the one to go if a better player was available for signing, but now I think Dontell is one of our better players. Stat-wise he is way better than Maurice Baker at point. He needs to improve with turnovers and rookie mistakes, but if he keeps playing like he has, I expect him to make an NBA roster in the next couple of years.

3. Quemont Greer (26.19607843)
What can I even say about Quemont? He is simply amazing. With Justin gone, we needed someone to step up and he did. Then, with Renaldo leaving, he stepped up even more. I can't see why the NBA doesn't want him. The arc on his shot is so high that he could hit the moon, figuratively speaking of course, but it works so that's all that matters.

4. Kevin Lyde (24.42105263)
Statistically Kevin is a good player, but sometimes I cannot stand watching him. It seems his only post move is backing down his defender and using his weight to his advantage. Plus, he has a major foul problem, which has been bad when we've been shorthanded. Some things are impressive though. He shoots well up close, he's a good rebounder, and an outstanding blocker, not as good as Justin, though, in that aspect.

5. Curtis Stinson (22.85714286)
At the beginning of his first and only game so far, Curtis did not impress me. However, as the game progressed, I was very impressed with him. I'm concerned with the number of rookies we have currently (3, 4 if Justin comes back and all 3 other rookies stay), but I believe that we have some very talented rookies who could make it to the NBA in the next couple of years. I cannot say much about him yet since he's only played one game so I'll leave it at this.

6. James Maye (21.48837209)
James's stats don't show him as playing well, but I think that he is. He is for sure playing better than he did last year. Obviously the thing with him that I love is his free throws. When the game is on the line, he hardly ever misses. That one game recently (versus Fort Worth maybe?) he missed towards the end of the game, but one exception isn't changing my mind. I think what is holding his efficiency back is that he doesn't have spectacular numbers in blocks, steals, rebounds, or assists. The numbers certainly aren't horrible, but they aren't going to put him near our top efficiency players.

7. Alfred Neale (17.4814815)
It's really hard for me to judge Alfred's performance this season since his minutes are limited, but I'll try. He doesn't really stand out when he's playing, but he does the things that are needed to be done by him. He has good per 48-minute numbers in steals, turnovers, and rebounds, which are very important numbers obviously, especially with Justin and Renaldo gone.

8. Maurice Baker (15.50259067)
I really feel bad for Maurice. His stats just aren't showing his skills and the problem is that his skills are NBA-level. If he would have rested his ankle longer instead of returning to the Wizards at the start of the season, he could be 100% now, but since he's been playing around 29 minutes a game on a hurt ankle, he's not at 100%. However, I feel that it's been very important for our team to have him play even though his stats are not good. He is definitely a great playmaker and leader. The problem right now is that he cannot use his incredible speed, which is what made him such a threat last year.

9. Geoff Husted (14.86725664)
Now I understand that Geoff is coming back from an injury also, but his play has been unacceptable in my mind. His field goal percentage is appalling (36.58536585%) and just watching him play makes me wish he was recovering from his injury instead of playing. He is not getting up and down the court fast enough either. I was actully glad when he got ejected in our home loss versus Fort Worth because I could not stand watching him play any longer while players like Rod were on the bench.

10. Tremaine Fowlkes (-11.0769231)
No, that negative efficiency is not a joke. Tremaine had a horrible first game and a horrible first impression. I know he can be a good player because he's been playing for a long time and he's got plenty of NBA experience. If he's still around with Renaldo and maybe Justin coming back, I'm expecting him to play better, which will not be hard.

That's my two cents on our team right now. Actully, that's more like a dollar than two cents, but you know what I mean.

And make sure to vote for All-Stars. I'd keep voting for Renaldo and Justin since Renaldo is coming back and Justin might come back. I've been voting for only two players in the West (Jeff Graves and Shawn Daniels) and four players in the East (Renaldo, Justin, James, and Quemont with an occasional throw-in of Maurice, Dontell, and Kevin so they get some votes).

So how do you think we'll do on Saturday in Fort Worth. I think we can win if we stop Pops Mensah-Bonsu from controlling the boards and if we stop Jose Barea from driving to the lane, which either ends in him scoring or him kicking it out to a teammate along the perimeter who makes a shot.

USBasket_EricE
01-27-2007, 07:56 PM
Looks like there might be a chance for the Wizards in Fort Worth tonight. Jeremy Richardson, a major part of the Flyers team, got the call to the Atlanta Hawks and a "Major" part of the Wizards team is back (but Husted is gone). I still don't understand why Pops and Jose are not back in the NBA yet, but then again, it's tough to be from a team (Mavs) that's a championship contender with the players they've already got. The Wizards have had a week to rest so hopefully they saved all their energy for this weekend series. I'm glad the games are on the road this weekend because I've been under the weather for the past few days and I know I wouldn't feel like going to the games if they were here. Nothing serious, just a nagging cold.

Quemont Greer and Renaldo Major definitely deserve a spot on the East All-Star Team. As for the West, I've been voting for mostly Idaho players. Justin Williams and Andre Brown are in the NBA for good, so they really should be removed from the ballot, along with Jerome Beasley. Actually, there are quite a few players that should be removed now that I look at it better. Some players have been gone for awhile. Well, best of luck to the Wizards.

Where has Idaho come from? They've been nearly unstoppable since their horrible start. Luckily the Wizards have really been the only team that's been able to stop them (2-0). The Flyers broke the big streak, but then they lost the next night. I would really like to see a rematch of the 2004 CBA Championship this year with the Wizards competing against the Stampede for the D-League title. Wouldn't that be something?

In case someone didn't know, the play-offs are formatted like this: The first place teams in each division at the end of the season would automatically play for the division championship. The second and third place teams play a loser-out game to see who would advance to the division finals. The division finals are also loser-out games. The winners from each division would then play a winner-take-all D-League Championship game. I kinda like the idea that the play-offs aren't very long. In the CBA they always had best-of-5 or best-of-3 series' and that always took money out of the pockets. Then again, if the "better team" had a really off-night, they could always make it up in the next games. There's no second chance here.

I wish each team in the league had their own forum linked from their official websites. There were so many members when the Wizards had their own. Too bad the D-League is picky when it comes to team sites.


Well, go Wizards and good luck in Fort Worth!

DakotaWizardsFan
01-27-2007, 08:20 PM
Yeah, we do have a good chance tonight. We just need to stop Barea and Mensah-Bonsu now that Richardson is gone. Ane hopefully the trio of Major, Greer, and Maye (along with some of the other players contributing of course) can dominate.

I guess it's time for my all-star voting to look like this:
EAST:
Renaldo Major
James Maye
Quemont Greer
Kevin Lyde (not going to happen but he's our only forward besides Greer on the ballot)

I've been wondering the same: where did Idaho come from? They are really scaring me right now. However, CJ Miles and Mouhamed Sene have been recalled so that should hurt them quite a bit. I still expect them to stay around the top of their division though. I think a big part of their success has been Jeff Graves. At least according to his stats, he's their best player probably. I just wish he would have made that kind of contribution when he was a Wizard.

I'm not a huge fan of the playoff system. I never liked the CBA winner-take-all championship game even though it worked out for us. Well, besides that the game was in Rockford because of curling. I don't like single-elimination ever. I can see where it could be a good thing, but if your team is the best in the league, it's very unfair. You could go undefeated the entire season (and I know, that's not going to happen in the D-League) and then make it to the championship game and then lose. Now you would obviously be the best team in the league, but you aren't the champions.

¡Vamos Wizards!

DakotaWizardsFan
01-28-2007, 01:48 PM
Does anyone know what happened to Quemont Greer? He only played 13:16 according to the D-League box score. My mom was listening on the radio and she heard something about a player being carried off the court and that Quemont was a part of it, but she doesn't know if it was Quemont that was hurt or if he was one of the players carrying the player of the court.

USBasket_EricE
01-28-2007, 05:12 PM
I listened to the game last night, but evidently not close enough. I have no idea what happened. Quemont hasn't played yet in today's game either, so something must have happened. Not good!

DakotaWizardsFan
01-28-2007, 05:37 PM
I listened to the game last night, but evidently not close enough. I have no idea what happened. Quemont hasn't played yet in today's game either, so something must have happened. Not good!

Definitely not good. We're having a hard time finding a way to score without him. 60 points in the 3rd quarter is not good at all. I hope it's just a minor thing and he'll be able to play on the 31st or whenever our next game is.

It looks like we'll be giving up first place. :( Hopefully we can get back into the lead before all-star coaches are announced because Joerger deserves the spot.

USBasket_EricE
01-28-2007, 06:41 PM
Sounds like Greer took an elbow yesterday and needed like 6 stitches. I didn't hear where he was hurt, but they said he was injured and on the bench. Did Mo Baker get ejected at the end of the game? I couldn't tell what was going on. They were saying something about Joerger and then they said Greer was escorting Baker off the court so I got confused.

I'm starting to hate the Flyers more than the Skyforce now. Sucks losing to a team three times in a row. C'mon Mavericks! Hurry up and recall Pops and JJ!!!!!

DakotaWizardsFan
01-28-2007, 08:53 PM
Sounds like Greer took an elbow yesterday and needed like 6 stitches. I didn't hear where he was hurt, but they said he was injured and on the bench. Did Mo Baker get ejected at the end of the game? I couldn't tell what was going on. They were saying something about Joerger and then they said Greer was escorting Baker off the court so I got confused.

I'm starting to hate the Flyers more than the Skyforce now. Sucks losing to a team three times in a row. C'mon Mavericks! Hurry up and recall Pops and JJ!!!!!

Yea, I think Mo got ejected. I was on the computer and my mom was listening to the game on the radio in the kitchen so I could faintly hear the game. I heard something about Greer escorting him off also so that must have been what happened.

I can't stand the Flyers either. They're making us look like a horrible team, which we are not. And yes, the Mavericks need to recall Pops and JJ. I bet you they do now that we are done playing the Flyers. That would be just our luck.

This kind of situation would normally put me in panic mode, but since Greer was out for 1 1/2 of these Flyers games and everyone made somewhat of a contribution, I'm not that worried.

The difference came down to three pointers. We were 4-11 and the Flyers were 11-21. Every other statistical category was about equal for both teams. And then I guess you could say that Barea killed us again.

I should probably point out some positives and negatives individually for us.

Curtis:
20 points- definitely a positive
4 turnovers- not the worst number ever, but this number should be lower
7-18 shooting- could be a bit higher, but I'm not worried

Maurice:
11 points- for him that's a good sign; hopefully his points keep going up now
5 fouls & an ejection- not good at all

James:
22 points- very good
6-6 from the line- he just doesn't miss them
5 fouls- for him this is actully an okay thing since it's showing that he is playing more aggressively

Renaldo:
15 points- a bit lower than his average, but the good contribution nonetheless
7 rebounds- not overly amazing, but good anyways

Kevin:
5 fouls- in 15:41 minutes; ouch!

Rod:
14 points & 10 rebounds- double-double; I'm really liking his play as of late
6 fouls- not such a big deal because of the above stat

Tremaine:
10 points- finally he's contributing a bit
6 rebounds- not bad for 23:49 minutes played

Dontell:
17:05 minutes- I'm assuming he didn't play as much since Mo had an okay game
10 points- good for the limited playing time

Alfred:
7 points & rebounds- in 15:10 minutes so nothing to worry about here either

Quemont:
DNP- hopefully he'll be ready to go on Wednesday; if not, someone will need to step up like Quemont had been doing

7 of 9 guys playing had double-doubles = nothing to worry about

We just need to find that chemistry we had and we'll be alright hopefully.

Dang, that was kind of long. :)

DakotaWizardsFan
01-29-2007, 10:25 PM
[QUOTE=USBasket_EricE;32930]Did Mo Baker get ejected at the end of the game? I couldn't tell what was going on. They were saying something about Joerger and then they said Greer was escorting Baker off the court so I got confused.[QUOTE]

Here's your answer from the Fort Worth newspaper:

"The teams went back and forth late in the fourth quarter, but Pops Mensah-Bonsu put back a Chris Copeland miss to put Fort Worth up for good with 31 seconds left. It was one of Mensah-Bonsu's game-high 16 rebounds.

Dakota's Curtis Stinson then ran into Barea on his way to the basket and was called for charging.

Corey Santee followed with a short jumper as he was fouled to give Fort Worth a 117-113 lead. Rod Benson fouled out on the play, and the Wizards' Maurice Baker was given a technical foul for complaining to the officials.

Baker earned a second technical seconds later and was ejected. Barea hit both technical-foul free throws, and Santee also made his to make it 120-113."

DakotaWizardsFan
01-29-2007, 10:28 PM
I found this article abour Rocky Walls from last year's team and I just thought I post it:

"CBA -- Walls prepared for life after basketball
By DAVE THOMAS
YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC


Perhaps the hardest thing for a professional athlete to do is look past their playing days.

To start making preparations for the time when sports will no longer pay the bills.

Rocky Walls falls into that group -- but not because he lacks foresight. ANDY SAWYER/Yakima Herald-Republic

Rocky Walls drives to the basket against Butte on Jan. 8 in the SunDome.


You see, Walls isn't thinking about his future plans; he's already done something about them.

Walls, along with his mother and sister, have started a business, Home Health Care, where they send out nurses and physical therapists to homes, in the Dallas area, and plan to expand to Miami in the near future.

"I thought it was something we could do on our own," said the 30-year-old Walls, noting that his mother Erica White, and sister Angela Masters have both worked in that field for the past "10 to 15 years."

That's a prime reason why Walls returned to the Yakama Sun Kings for the first time since his rookie season in 1998-99 after a vagabond career outside the U.S. in recent years.

"I didn't want to go overseas. I have a lot of things going on," said Walls, adding that he also got married a year and a half ago and has two daughters.

"It's kind of tough," he said of helping with the business. "I stay on the phone a lot and we communicate through e-mail and fax.

"That's why I knew it would good for me to be in the states (this season). If something comes up, it's easy for me to come home."

Of course the other reason Walls chose the Sun Kings (he played for the Dakota Wizards last season), was the opportunity to reunite with Paul Woolpert, his first pro coach.

"I wanted to play," he said, "but just not for any coach."

Needless to say, Woolpert didn't hesitate to welcome him back.

"Aside from getting a little older, as we all do ... he's still a great defender and rebounder," Woolpert said of the rangy 6-foot-8 forward from Oral Roberts University who has led the Sun Kings in both rebounds and blocked shots seven times in the 15 games he's played this season.

In some ways, Walls might be even a little better today than his first Sun Kings tour because of the experience he's gained in between Yakima stops, Woolpert said.

"He understands what's expected of him and goes out there and does it," Woolpert said. "He's one of those guys I never have to worry about. I know he'll come to the gym and go about his business."

"As a rookie, I was just playing. Now, I still go out and play, but I understand situations better," said Walls, who has provided valuable leadership to Yakama's younger players.

"Over the years, you learn a lot and I try to teach the young guys," he said. "I tell them, but I also let them go through things on their own ... but you make sure they don't fall too hard. That's how the veterans treated me.

"I don't say, 'do this, do that'. I never liked that, and now I try to let them learn on their own."

Hoping to combine all those assets into a package that will catch the eye of an NBA team is another reason Walls stayed home this season, because while still an extremely effective player, his business and family interests are reminders that the NBA window is closing.

"I always want to explore all my options," said Walls, who has played overseas in at least five different countries since his first tour with the Sun Kings.

Even though Walls doesn't post big offensive numbers, his specialized talents make him the prototypical role player that NBA teams are seeking from the minor leagues.

"In the CBA, he, as much as anyone, has an NBA game because of that," Woolpert said of Walls' rebounding and defensive skills. "He'll do exactly what he's asked, and not try to do anything more. He's the type of player who cleans up a lot of messes. He sees situations on the floor defensively and is always in great help position."

"It helps," Walls said of his ability to bring specific skills to a team. "You look on every NBA team and they have eight guys who can score 20-plus points, but they only need two per night, so the other six have to learn roles. Players from here are usually going to fill a void. They don't need a scorer."

Even though time has become Walls' biggest foe, his recent endeavors off the court have provided a rejuvenating effect, particularly at home where he and wife Melody are enjoying their 1 1/2-year-old daughter Sni, and 10-year-old Dominique.

"It's fun. I get a chance to act like a kid again. It keeps me young," said Walls, who doesn't have a specific timetable for leaving the game. "As long as everything is good and my body is fine, I'll play as long as I feel a love for the game. When I don't have that love, then it's time to move on."

Rest assured, Walls will be ready when that day arrives."

I am subscribed to Yahoo! Alerts about the Wizards so I get articles all of the time like this.

DakotaWizardsFan
01-31-2007, 07:40 PM
Check out the Kings-Wolves game on FSN North tonight at 7:00 PM CT and you might see Justin Williams play :)

Or probably see him sit on the bench, but at least it's seeing him. Let's hope he plays though.

USBasket_EricE
01-31-2007, 08:29 PM
Seems like whenever the Kings have called someone up, they never let them play. They snatched up Rodney Buford in 2004, but rarely gave him playing time, at least when the CBA season had been going on. I'm noticing some similarities with Justin Williams. I hope he does well if he does get to play.

DakotaWizardsFan
01-31-2007, 10:03 PM
Seems like whenever the Kings have called someone up, they never let them play. They snatched up Rodney Buford in 2004, but rarely gave him playing time, at least when the CBA season had been going on. I'm noticing some similarities with Justin Williams. I hope he does well if he does get to play.

I've only seen Justin on the bench tonight. I did miss about 20 minutes of the game, but I don't he was in then.

I'm still hoping that he'll play, but it's down to a 3 point game.

DakotaWizardsFan
01-31-2007, 10:24 PM
I've only seen Justin on the bench tonight. I did miss about 20 minutes of the game, but I don't he was in then.

I'm still hoping that he'll play, but it's down to a 3 point game.

Well, he didn't play and the Kings won. Double-whammy there. I'm a Wolves fan. :(

DakotaWizardsFan
02-04-2007, 06:13 PM
http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/MajorSkillz7/Feb%204%20vs%2066ers/Tulsa2_Rod8.jpg

I love this pic. I took it after last night's game.


Man, what is up with the team? I've seriously got no clue. I almost want to change my vote on the poll to 3rd place because the Skyforce will pass us with the way we're playing.

I sure hope Renaldo is back for Tuesday's game.

DakotaWizardsFan
02-04-2007, 06:20 PM
Dang, 4,000 monthly hits on PhotoBucket.

DakotaWizardsFan
02-15-2007, 08:22 PM
Quemont Greer making the all-star team made me decide to make a graphic on Paint Shop Pro X so I did, but the problem is that I made two different versions and my brother and I are split on which is better. So Eric (and anyone else who wants to reply; I guess it doesn't matter if you aren't Wizards fans) please tell me which you like better.

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/MajorSkillz7/Paint%20Shop%20Pro%20X%20Creations/qrough.jpg

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/MajorSkillz7/Paint%20Shop%20Pro%20X%20Creations/qrough2.jpg

I might as well show the Renaldo Major ones that I just made. I don't like these as much and it's probably because the big picture of Renaldo only covers half of the image. Here I definitely like the one without the border and words.

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/MajorSkillz7/Paint%20Shop%20Pro%20X%20Creations/rrough.jpg

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/MajorSkillz7/Paint%20Shop%20Pro%20X%20Creations/rrough2.jpg

DakotaWizardsFan
02-18-2007, 09:23 PM
I found this 4-page article about Martynas Andruiskevicius from the Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/cs-070217marty,1,6507873.story?page=4&cset=true&ctrack=1&track=rss

You might want to read it if you get time.

USBasket_EricE
02-20-2007, 12:51 PM
Can't read the article, the Chicago Tribune says I'm not registered. I've read numerous articles about Marty. I found one from some newspaper in Florida while I was working on my senior paper on Dave Bliss. Luckily he's all right. The NBA is probably afraid to send its players to the Wizards now. Awvee Storey gave them a bad name.

USBasket_EricE
02-20-2007, 02:21 PM
Oh, and I think Quemont's graphic turned out good. They're both great.

DakotaWizardsFan
02-20-2007, 05:32 PM
Clicking on that link tells me to register too, but I can access it another way.

Here's the article:

Getting up off the floor

Bulls rookie Martynas Andriuskevicius is optimistic he'll recover fully from serious injuries resulting from a teammate's punch at practice

By Melissa Isaacson
Tribune staff reporter
Published February 17, 2007, 6:23 PM CST


He remembers getting hit, but not hitting the ground. He does not recall the convulsions or suddenly standing up and trying to walk—or much at all about his subsequent three days in intensive care.

But Martynas Andriuskevicius does remember fearing he would die.

You don't forget that.

"When I was in the hospital, doctors tell me, 'There might be complications, or everything will be fine in three days,'" the Bulls center says.

"What sort of complications?" he is asked.

"Die," Andriuskevicius says. "He didn't say it, but I knew it. The way he was talking. I lost my best friend at exactly the same age and I think, 'I am going to die too.'"

To say Andriuskevicius (pronounced An-droo-SKAV-ih-chis) is hard-headed would be only partially accurate.

His head obviously was not hard enough to avoid a fractured skull suffered the morning of Dec. 21 during an altercation with a teammate at practice with the Dakota Wizards, a team in the NBA's Development League.

The Lithuanian-born Andriuskevicius is also 20, his age brings an inherent brand of stubbornness he hardly can avoid.

But he is, at heart, resolute. He is sure, less than two months after the incident that caused speech and hearing problems, that he is "totally fine." He is convinced he will get the go-ahead to play basketball at his next doctor's appointment within the month. And he is also positive he has no interest whatsoever in anything Awvee Storey has to say.

Storey, 29, starred for Proviso West in the mid-1990s before graduating from prep school and going on to Arizona State. He is the player who punched Andriuskevicius in the side of the head after what both describe as a fairly typical practice confrontation.

Before that moment, according to Bulls assistant Pete Myers, both players were "on the verge of making it in the NBA." Today they are on divergent paths, bound by frustration, regret and nagging doubt.

Andriuskevicius, who is 7 feet 2 inches, 240 pounds, says he was going for an offensive rebound and "he hit me in the neck. I didn't say nothing bad."

"I said something like, 'What are you doing?' Someone said that he said I was hitting him all practice, but I didn't even guard him," he recalls.

The 6-6, 225-pound Storey says there was some contact but "all it was, was he approached me, came to my face and he was saying a lot of stuff and I was saying a lot of stuff, mostly to get him out of my face. I hit him once, and that was all she wrote."

Storey is relating this by phone from Germany, where he is playing for Braunschweig of the German Basketball League after being suspended indefinitely and having his contract terminated by the NBDL.

"I still feel really bad about it," Storey says. "Even though I know Marty is going to be fine, I'm still in prayer for him and how he's doing."

The thing is, Storey says, the two did not have any problems with each other. They arrived in Bismarck, N.D., about the same time, two weeks before the incident—Andriuskevicius from the Bulls, to whom he is under contract, and Storey from the D-League player pool, where he was under contract to the NBA after the Nets waived him.

"We were both brand new, we didn't get in our apartments at first and we ate together," Storey says. "We were eating together almost every night. I am still to this day in shock thinking about it because we were fine. Everyone asks me if I had anything against him, and I say, 'No, nothing.' It was just an ugly situation I regret terribly."

Storey expresses remorse


After the punch, Storey remembers having one of those moments when time stands still.

"I looked at him, and everyone was just standing there, frozen," he says. "No one knew how to react. It looked bad from the second he hit the ground. Eventually he got up, but I knew he wasn't all right. I never want to experience that again."


Teammate Renaldo Major was on the sideline but came onto the court to see his roommate "on the ground shaking. Our trainer did a good job of settling him down and then he stood and tried to walk around. But he couldn't."

While an ambulance took Andriuskevicius to the hospital, Major climbed into a team van that returned players to their apartments.

"Driving back in the van, [Storey] was all messed up," says Major, who remains in close contact with Andriuskevicius. "He was so struck by it. He's an excellent guy, a great teammate. He's competitive on the court, but there's no meanness about him. He wouldn't intentionally hurt anybody.

"You never know what's going on inside someone's head, what makes them go over the edge. Two people got damaged that day."

No charges

Andriuskevicius was placed in intensive care with a severe concussion, fractured skull, bleeding in his brain from a 2-centimeter hematoma and six staples literally holding his head together. In his haze, Bismarck police interviewed him, but he declined to press charges.

"There is nothing to come from him going to jail," Andriuskevicius says. "That was not going to help me heal."

Wizards general manager Tom Wagganer then called Bulls GM John Paxson, Paxson called Andriuskevicius' Chicago-based agent Herb Rudoy and doctors in Bismarck consulted with Bulls doctors in Chicago.

"What I heard at first just made you wonder how severe the injury was," Paxson says. "We heard skull fracture and bleeding in the brain, and that's obviously not something that he'll be fine with."

Storey says he tried to call Andriuskevicius a couple of times.

"Even before people said, 'Don't try to call, do try to call,'" he says. "I even called that night just to break the ice, to say, 'I didn't want to hurt you.' I called and I texted. … I want him to know. I would just appreciate him letting me look him in the eye and say, 'I'm sorry. I never meant for it to come out the way it did. If I could go back and take it back, I would.'"

Andriuskevicius spent Christmas in the hospital with teammates and a friend the Bulls flew in.

"I hate hospitals," he says. "I had sinus surgery and got sick a lot of times and was in the hospital with fevers when I was younger, but American hospitals are pretty good. They have single rooms. In Lithuania, you have 10 in a room."

Within a week, he was back in Chicago, though not without persistent reminders of what happened. Andriuskevicius says he had headaches for a week and that his right ear felt blocked, all residual effects.

"I called my mom one time and wanted to speak English because I couldn't speak Lithuanian, I just forgot how," he says. "But she couldn't understand English, so I just listened."

The Bulls have kept him close, having him accompany the team on trips and at practice, where he occasionally stands and shoots but doesn't do much else. He is not allowed to rebound because of the danger of a ball hitting him in the head, and he can't lift weights overhead for the same reason.

DakotaWizardsFan
02-20-2007, 05:33 PM
Caution prevails

"Head trauma is a serious thing," Bulls team physician Kathy Weber says. "[And] there's something called a second-impact injury. If you're hit again, it doesn't have to be as hard. You can have acute swelling in the brain, the brain can become herniated and people can drop dead in minutes."

Andriuskevicius, though, professes no fear.

"It doesn't scare me at all," he says. "Maybe some guy my size would be afraid of walking through the door and hitting his head, but not me. I'm not that kind of guy."

Rather, as he heals, he becomes an impatient guy.

"Before I just wanted to do a little bit, but now my appetite is growing and I want to practice like everybody, I want to play," he says. "It's hard because all your life is basketball."

Up until now, so much has come easily. He started playing basketball before the age of 3. He learned to speak English a couple of years ago and now speaks it fluently after only four months of listening to music, watching TV and reading.

"I'm not a guy who thinks about the future," he says with a shrug. "I think about today, tomorrow maybe, but not 10 years from now. I'm not a dreamer. Everything in my life comes naturally."

At least until the punch that sent him reeling.

"I didn't realize it was going to happen," he says. "He's just a big coward because he hit me when I wasn't looking. If I was ready, he wouldn't do it because he would be scared."

Asked about Storey's attempt to apologize, Andriuskevicius shakes his head.

"I know he was trying to call me later, almost a month after," he says. "I totally don't care about him. He better not show himself in my eyes. I don't want to see him."

Legal action is still a possibility, Andriuskevicius and Rudoy say, once they see how the injury might impact his career.

"Now I just want to play basketball," says Andriuskevicius, whom the Cavaliers drafted in the second round of the 2005 draft and traded to the Bulls last summer. "My goal is to get minutes on court."

Paxson says the Bulls acquired Andriuskevicius because they were "intrigued by his size and ability to shoot, and I thought we were veteran enough to at least take a look at him and work with him. That was the whole idea at the time."

They sent him to the Wizards to get playing time but now will be "ultraconservative" with him.

"You just don't know," Paxson says of his future. "He was going to have to make considerable progress as a player, but these were the years for him to do that and this is an obvious setback."

Though he is not a dreamer, Andriuskevicius does fantasize about blocking shots—eight, 10, 12 in one game.

"Blocking a shot is more emotional than making a shot," he says.

But he also thinks about his days in the hospital, three days when he believed he would die like his childhood friend David, about whom Andriuskevicius would say only "was in a bad accident. It's hard for me, and it's still hard."

Still, Bulls team physician Brian Cole calls Andriuskevicius' recovery to this point remarkable.

"He has done beautifully," he says. "I would almost go so far as to say he has no appreciable physical or psychological deficits. He is really fortunate he has no residual concerns."

Storey's rocky road

Storey, who appeared in 34 NBA games the last two seasons with the Nets and the Washington Wizards, has a considerably tougher road ahead.

"He has paid a gigantic price already," says his Chicago-based agent, Mark Bartelstein. "The guy has never been given anything. He has had a rough road to success to make it to the NBA at 27. He wasn't drafted, went through all the minor leagues, had to scratch and claw to be given an opportunity to go to training camps where nothing was promised to him.

"We've talked about it, and he knows now he has to rebuild and start from scratch."

Over the last month, Bartelstein has received e-mails and messages criticizing him for calling his client a good guy.

"He's not a villain," Bartelstein says. "He made a mistake, and he feels horrible. I know this has torn him up inside. I've known him for several years, and he has a great heart and this is devastating to him, how this happened and how he's portrayed by people who don't know him.

"It's not excusable, and it's not something you say 'just happened.' It was a terrible thing. But it wasn't like it was premeditated. It's just a horrible situation."

Storey says he spent an "ugly Christmas" at home in Chicago.

"I turned off my phone," he says. "It's still touchy to talk about because never in a million years could I think something like this could happen."

The other night in Germany, he saw the movie "Rocky Balboa" and says he was inspired by something Rocky said.

"He said when you get hit hard, it's how you bounce back from that that you develop character," Storey says. "I will bounce back and I will grow from this."

He did not seem to catch the irony.

misaacson@tribune

USBasket_EricE
02-20-2007, 09:02 PM
Hard to believe how serious a punch can be. Surprising nothing like that happened during that Pacers/Pistons brawl a few years ago, or the Nuggets/Knicks fight. I can see the feelings from both sides. It's really too bad that that had to happen.

DakotaWizardsFan
02-21-2007, 06:30 PM
Yeah, it is hard to believe.

Too bad that had to happen for sure. It would've been cool watching Marty get better. I was not impressed at all with him, but maybe after a few more games, he would've gotten used to the team. And Awvee was a very good player.


(By the way, nice signature. That commercial is so annoying.)

USBasket_EricE
02-23-2007, 11:13 PM
Well, now the Wizards have Corey Williams. I wonder why the Skyforce waived him?

DakotaWizardsFan
02-24-2007, 01:04 AM
Well, now the Wizards have Corey Williams. I wonder why the Skyforce waived him?

When I saw Corey Williams' name pop up in the transactions when the Skyforce waived him, I was wondering that. And I'm also wondering why almost everyone passed on him. We get almost last choice in the player pool.

Too bad Tremaine didn't work out. I thought he'd be a great addition since he had NBA experience. I'm really hoping that Corey will be able to make an impact right away. We may have beaten Fort Worth, but I still don't think we've returned to championship form.

USBasket_EricE
02-25-2007, 08:51 PM
We get almost last choice in the player pool.

That's the one thing about the D-League that I don't like. The best team gets the last choice. By hearing Joerger talk about it on Wizards Watch every Sunday night, I'm guessing he doesn't like it either. It would probably be impossible to get Chris Porter if he were to ever try out for the D-League because what kind of team would pass him up? Hopefully Corey Williams can show his talent tomorrow night in Broomfield. The 14ers have been on a losing skid so hopefully the Wizards take advantage.

I've also been wondering about Maurice Carter. Didn't the Wizards reserve the rights to him at the beginning of the season? And he was supposedly going to be ready to play in January. It would be nice to see him back. He reminds me of a time when the Wizards were hoisting a championship trophy!

DakotaWizardsFan
02-25-2007, 10:39 PM
I've also been wondering about Maurice Carter. Didn't the Wizards reserve the rights to him at the beginning of the season? And he was supposedly going to be ready to play in January.


Yeah, you're right. I have no idea what all went on with that situation, but it seems like we aren't going to be getting them.

When Joerger signed autographs after one of the games he was talking about the player pool thing and how frustrated he is with it. I would be too. What if you're a good team and your best two players would leave? You're no longer the best team probably, but you can't get good players as replacements because according to standings, you still are good.

And the Kings played on TV tonight. Justin Williams only got to play for about the last minute, but I got to see him dunk. He also traveled though, but still. The Kings play on TV about 5 more times (I forgot the exact number) this season so you might wanna watch out for that.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-06-2007, 06:07 PM
Any idea why we waived James Maye? :confused:

USBasket_EricE
03-07-2007, 05:09 PM
I don't know if you got the paper or not, but they signed some guy from Brazil named Leonardo Di Pacce Dos Santos ("Morro" for short). He's a 6' 11" forward. They waived Maye because they had too many players (Chris McCray especially) at his position and he was the odd man out, which is too bad. He was having an excellent season. Joerger commented that Santos speaks Portuguese, but he didn't say whether or not he speaks any English. Just as long as he's a great player! We'll find out tonight against an Idaho team that the Wizards hold a 2-0 series lead over.

But just watch. Maye will go to another team and lead them to the D-League championship.............. or not.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-07-2007, 11:12 PM
I don't know if you got the paper or not, but they signed some guy from Brazil named Leonardo Di Pacce Dos Santos ("Morro" for short). He's a 6' 11" forward. They waived Maye because they had too many players (Chris McCray especially) at his position and he was the odd man out, which is too bad. He was having an excellent season. Joerger commented that Santos speaks Portuguese, but he didn't say whether or not he speaks any English. Just as long as he's a great player! We'll find out tonight against an Idaho team that the Wizards hold a 2-0 series lead over.

But just watch. Maye will go to another team and lead them to the D-League championship.............. or not.

A few comments on this.
1. Yes, I get the paper.
2. I'm not buying the odd man out thing. I just know something happened. James wasn't exactly playing super well as of late, but he's one of those players you just don't get rid of unless there's a problem.
3. I'm assuming Dos Santos only speaks Portuguese since Joerger said there's a language barrier.
4. Dos Santos didn't play because he refuses to play without a face mask. He broke his nose a couple months ago. He doesn't have a face mask now and for some reason he won't be getting one for a while.
5. Sioux Falls or Fort Worth will pick him up. Unless the lower teams in the league are smart and snatch him from the player pool.
6. Stupid first half tonight! Ugh!
7. If we could only play like we did the last quarter every quarter and every game, we'd be contenders. But for now, I don't see us even having a shot at the championship. The Bakersfield game gave me a very false sense of confidence. I assumed that we were back in form, but obviously we are no where near that. We better start winning or the Toros will pass us and we'll miss the playoffs.

USBasket_EricE
03-09-2007, 03:08 PM
Idaho has been unstoppable as of late. I could see them in the championship game. For the most part, they've had the same players on their team all season and they play well together. I'm not seeing that with the Wizards. The Wednesday night game was probably the most exciting all season (just the 4th quarter of course) and it ended in a loss. The Wizards need to connect with each other like the teams from 2002 and 2004 did. It's been a few years since the Wizards have had a player on their team that had fun on the court and got the fans on their feet. Someone like Willie Murdaugh, Chris Porter, Michael Johnson, or Eddie Gill. Players like that help teams win championships. Idaho has Randy Livingston, Eddie Robinson, and Luke Jackson - players that I'm guessing are most likely crowd favorites in Boise. The only name that really comes to mind for the Wizards is Renaldo Major (and possibly Quemont Greer). If the Wizards don't win the championship, I'll go for Idaho. They're one of 3 former CBA teams and they've never won a championship before. They likely would have in 2001 had the CBA not gone bankrupt. But that's ONLY if the Wizards DON'T make it to the championship game, so bad luck to the Stampede for now!!!

It's hard to believe that the Wizards ARE still in first place after all the recent losses. They're lucky that they're not in the Western Division and that Fort Worth has been on a skid as well. But Sioux Falls is rallying and may wind up on top of the standings in a few days. Hopefully the Wizards have good luck against Arkansas, since they play them like a million times this month. They need to watch out for Clay Tucker and Roger Powell though. It's possible that they could combine to score 100 points in a game (highly unlikely, but possible). I want to see some victories again!!!!

The Wizards should waive Santos until he gets his face mask, since it sounds like it could take two weeks for it to be made. They could bring in another guy and have a full roster, which would help. Maybe Shawn Daniels. I was really looking forward to his return when Bakersfield was here, but they waived him before coming here. I'll admit, he's not the most talented player in the world, but he'd feel right at home with Coach Joerger, Maurice Baker, and the fans. He showed great improvement in 2004-2005 with the Wizards; Bakersfield just wasn't the team for him.

I guess I'm not too worried about the Wizards missing the play-offs. What I'm concerned about is whether or not they'll be the top seed. It'd be nice if they were #1 in the Division so they wouldn't have to play in the first-round series. It would also be nice if the games could be played at the Civic Center because I would hate to have them make it to the championship game and not be at home. I don't want to go to Boise or Broomfield (or as far as that goes, LOS ANGELES!!!!!). I'd estimate that a bus ride to those two cities would be somewhere between 14 and 16 hours (and last year, a few days after the CBA season was over, I actually experienced a 33-hour bus ride from Bismarck to the Anaheim/Los Angeles area and back). It's very difficult to sleep on a bus and I really doubt I'd have the money for it around that time. And I really hope the play-off games don't fall on April 22-23 because I'll be in Fargo for some writing competition (which I'll probably do poorly in unless I get lucky). So, Wizards! Start winning some games and stay in first place!!!!!!!

DakotaWizardsFan
03-09-2007, 06:43 PM
I know what you mean about having a special player. Renaldo seems to get the crowd into it sometimes and same with Rod Benson a lil bit. We just really don't have anyone who does it all of the time.

If the Wizards don't win the championship, I'm going for the Skyforce just because they've been my 2nd favorite team for awhile now for no reason at all. If somehow the Toros snuck past us and into the playoffs, I'd go for them, but I don't see that happening.

I don't see how we can be in first either. If we lose tonight, we aren't though. It would be a shame losing these upcoming games vs. Arkansas since they are 2nd worst in the league. If we can stop Powell and Tucker and actully get some points on the board, we should be fine.

If we'd waive Santos for a couple weeks, would we still be able to pick him up though? Couldn't some other team pick them up if they lost a big man and they decided he could be the replacement? I'd enjoy having someone like Shawn back, but I don't think we'd be guaranteed Santos then.

I'm definitely not very worried about making the playoffs either, but I really think now that we'll be getting that #3 seed and none of the games will be at home. And there's no way I'll be going to a road game even if it was in Sioux Falls. Hopefully the playoffs aren't on those days or Wednesdays either since my brother has CCD on Wednesday nights. And Tuesdays aren't good days either because he often has basketball practice. The only nights that will work for sure are Saturdays and Sundays.

USBasket_EricE
03-12-2007, 03:46 PM
From what it sounds like, Dos Santos might be playing tomorrow. At least that's what they were saying on Wizards Watch with Greer and Major. Arkansas doesn't appear to be that big of a problem for the Wizards, but Roger Powell hadn't played that night because, even though doctors cleared him, he still didn't want to risk making his apparent injury worse.

I'm surprised they have games on Wednesday nights since so many people have church that night. The league is small enough to eliminate at least one night of play, so I don't know why they don't. I can understand why the NBA plays games every night since there are twice as many games and more than twice as many teams. But I guess that's the way it is.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-12-2007, 06:16 PM
Yeah, I heard that too. I hope he does play. I'm not exactly sure what to expect from him. His 3 blocks a game in Brazil sounds extremely impressive, but will that carry over to the D-League? Who knows. Plus, the language barrier could be a problem, but like Renaldo and Quemont said, communication in basketball isn't just talking so maybe it'll work out.

I'm assuming that means Powell will be ready for tomorrow then. It'll be harder tomorrow if we have to stop both Powell and Tucker. And plus, our team has a tendency to let another team's not-so-good player become a star (for example, Lance Allred).

I think it's stupid that they have games on Wednesdays. That's the worst day of the week for a game. I prefer weekends, but I know it wouldn't be possible to play all weekend games. A better job could be done with the schedule though. Hopefully my dad will be able to get away from work and take me. I normally could go with my mom on Wednesday nights, but it's parent night so she'll have to go with Ro. And hopefully, he doesn't have practice tomorrow or I might not be going. There's a chance I'll miss my first two games of the season and even worse, on two consecutive nights.

USBasket_EricE
03-16-2007, 09:11 PM
Did you notice that Dos Santos' jersey has "Morro" on it? I thought that was his nickname! He must be doing something similar to Nene Hilario by using his "first name" on the uniform. I still don't know what to consider his first name or his last name. There are 5 different parts to it, plus a nickname. Also, I like the #88! That's gotta be the highest number to ever appear on a Wizards jersey!

I missed one game this season (against Los Angeles) and it was the last one before the month-long road trip. It was frustrating because I wasn't the one who had the bad cold and cough. I couldn't find anyone to go with me so I stayed home. Last season, I missed the home season finale because I really didn't care to see another loss (but of course they won it). Aside from those two games, I hadn't missed one since early 2002. But, I should probably get used to it because I'm not getting season tickets next year. I'll have college work to worry about and hopefully a decent job as well. All good things come to an end. But I'll definitely try to make it to a few games. The past 5-6 years have been the best ever and I've got the Dakota Wizards to thank!

DakotaWizardsFan
03-16-2007, 09:26 PM
Yeah, I noticed that. But really what else would he do? Di Pacce Dos Santos? Or just Dos Santos I guess. I'd say just Leonardo is his first name and Di Pacce Dos Santos is his last name. I like the fact that he has such a high number too. I wonder why 88 though, that seems quite random.

I know the feeling of having no one to go with you. I have no one to go to a game with except my family. If my brother can't go with me, then my last resort is my dad because my mom wouldn't go most likely. Plus, my dad is very busy with work so that can be a problem. So far, I've made it to every game and I have a good chance of not missing one this season (hopefully...)

Ah, that really stinks. It'll probably be worse for me because I don't really plan on staying in ND for college. I just really have no desire to. Speaking of college, did you fill out a NCAA bracket this year?

Well, see you at Carpet World tomorrow maybe..

bballfan007
03-18-2007, 01:28 PM
What's the word out on Chris McCray. What do you guys think of him? Rate his skills.

USBasket_EricE
03-18-2007, 03:28 PM
I didn't fill out an NCAA bracket. I really don't follow college ball too often. I couldn't even tell you who the #1 team is! If I had to, I'd pick Nevada. I don't even know where they rank or how good they are, I just like the state because Las Vegas is there!

I didn't go to Carpet World. I just haven't really done much with meeting the players this year. I only stayed for one session of autographs and that was back when Brandon Armstrong was here. He, Dontell Jefferson, and M. Andriuskevicius are the only three players that I got signatures from this year. I'll try to make it to at least one event before the season's over.

And while I'm on the subject of autographs, I have a long list of players and coaches from other teams to thank for taking time to sign some NBA cards before the games at the Civic Center. Whether or not they read this, at least I'll have said something: Idaho - Ricky Sanchez, Eddie Robinson, Peter John Ramos, and Luke Jackson. Colorado - Julius Hodge. Bakersfield - Yuta Tabuse and Qyntel Woods. Fort Worth - Luke Schenscher and Coach Sidney Moncrief. Tulsa - John Edwards. Austin - Coach Dennis Johnson (RIP).

To answer your question on McCray, bballfan007, I really haven't gotten to see him play that much. He had the flu during the two games with Arkansas. Before that, he did well on the month-long road trip. But I'd rather have James Maye here to be honest. Maybe Bri can evaluate him better? Hopefully he's ready to go for tonight's game against Tulsa.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-18-2007, 10:18 PM
What's the word out on Chris McCray. What do you guys think of him? Rate his skills.

Well, Chris McCray was player of the game tonight so I'd say he's pretty good. He's our best free throw shooter this season at 30-31 (96.8%)

I keep track of about every stat imaginable and the one I use to judge players is the Efficiency Per 48 Minutes stat and before this game, Chris McCray was 8th on the team with it. I'm not so sure why he ranks so low. Probably because he hasn't been shooting well (before tonight) and because he doesn't get many rebounds.

I was impressed with him tonight and hopefully he'll continue putting up good numbers because we need him to.

I hope that answers your question.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-18-2007, 10:25 PM
I didn't fill out an NCAA bracket. I really don't follow college ball too often. I couldn't even tell you who the #1 team is! If I had to, I'd pick Nevada. I don't even know where they rank or how good they are, I just like the state because Las Vegas is there!

I didn't go to Carpet World. I just haven't really done much with meeting the players this year. I only stayed for one session of autographs and that was back when Brandon Armstrong was here. He, Dontell Jefferson, and M. Andriuskevicius are the only three players that I got signatures from this year. I'll try to make it to at least one event before the season's over.

And while I'm on the subject of autographs, I have a long list of players and coaches from other teams to thank for taking time to sign some NBA cards before the games at the Civic Center. Whether or not they read this, at least I'll have said something: Idaho - Ricky Sanchez, Eddie Robinson, Peter John Ramos, and Luke Jackson. Colorado - Julius Hodge. Bakersfield - Yuta Tabuse and Qyntel Woods. Fort Worth - Luke Schenscher and Coach Sidney Moncrief. Tulsa - John Edwards. Austin - Coach Dennis Johnson (RIP).

To answer your question on McCray, bballfan007, I really haven't gotten to see him play that much. He had the flu during the two games with Arkansas. Before that, he did well on the month-long road trip. But I'd rather have James Maye here to be honest. Maybe Bri can evaluate him better? Hopefully he's ready to go for tonight's game against Tulsa.

Well, Nevada was a #7 seed, but they were beat by Memphis today so they're out. I had Texas making the Final Four or Elite Eight (I forgot which), but they lost. Same with Wisconsin. My two finalists are still in the tournament though.

You got Marty's!! I didn't even get him and I had a card for him to sign. LUCKY!! I got everyone else except for Jameel Pugh and Tremaine Fowlkes.

I have Randy Livingston's autograph and Ro got Corsley Edwards and Majic Dorsey. That's all we have from other teams and we just got them because the players came out to the Wizards autograph table.

I still don't know why we got rid of James Maye. Yes, he is better than Chris McCray on a normal night. The thing with it though is that Maye actully played, but he got waived for a guy playing less than 10 minutes a game (Morro). And the only thing I've been impressed with him for is his blocking. That one block was insane!

By the way, here's a team picture I took at Carpet World:

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/MajorSkillz7/Mar%2017%20at%20Carpet%20World/CarpetWorld_Quemont_Chris_Morro_Rod.jpg

bballfan007
03-19-2007, 01:41 AM
Nice picture. I was at the game too very impressed by his number, he's quite nice too

DakotaWiz
03-19-2007, 05:59 PM
How can you not like Morro? For the minutes he gets, he does what's needed to be done. He rarely is passed the ball, but on defense, he's phenomenal. I don't know how close you watch, but he changes a lot of shots, and his blocks get the whole crowd fired up. For a 10th guy, you couldn't ask for much more.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-22-2007, 06:00 PM
If I sounded like I said that I don't like Morro, then I just misstated what I was trying to say. I think Morro is a terrific player. My problem is his offense and I can't fairly judge that because like you said, he rarely gets the ball.

All I was trying to say was that I'm not sure why we got rid of James Maye for him. I meant no disrespect to Morro by any means. He's a good player. Hopefully, he'll get some points on the board soon.

And more importantly, hopefully our team will start another win streak. There's a three-way tie for first. And if we get the 3 seed, the only way (I think) to get a game at home would be if we made it to the championship, the 3 seed from the other conference made it to the championship, and we had a better record than the other 3 seed.

DakotaWiz
03-23-2007, 12:19 AM
Sorry, I just get defensive with some of the players. Morro definitely can bring some excitement to the team, even if it is on the defensive end. What I heard was that James got an offer to go overseas, and then it was revoked or something, and he never really had his heart in the D-League since. Understandable, since he has had good numbers and not really gotten his chance to make the NBA... I'd probably want to play for the money too. This would also explain why no one else has picked him up. He's probably looking at his overseas options.
From what I've read, he's not very polished offensively, and he doesn't really play down low, more of the European big man style. Lately, we've had enough offense out of our guys anyway, besides last nights game, and I think that comes down to something else.
I'm pretty sure that we need a 1 or 2 seed to get a home game as well, which isn't as big of a deal anymore because of the smaller crowds this year. We used to have huge crowds, I don't know what happened this year... We've got a decent schedule besides Easter weekend anyway, so hopefully we can win a large portion of the rest of our games..

DakotaWizardsFan
03-23-2007, 06:22 PM
It's okay. I just didn't want my thoughts to be perceived in the wrong way. As long as Morro keeps playing good D and he doesn't mess us up offensively, I'm completely fine with him. We've got tons of scorers on our team anyway like you said (Rod, Renaldo, Quemont, Darius, Corey, and Chris all average in double-figures and both Kevin and Dontell are very close to doing so also).

What I wasn't sure about was if there would be any series in the playoffs. I was almost sure it was single-elimination, but I got confirmation on that only yesterday. In the lastest "Feel The Magic" newsletter (I don't know if any of you get it), it said that the tentative dates for playoff games if they were to be played here would be:

Divisional Semi-Finals (#3 seed at #2 seed) – Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Divisional Finals (Semi-Final winner at #1 seed) – Saturday, April 21, 2007
D-League Finals (Eastern Winner at Western Winner) – Sunday, April 29, 2007

So it is single-elimination.

Our crowds may be smaller than they used to be, but they are so much better than almost every other team. I think we're either 2nd or 3rd in average attendance and we're the smallest city with a team. My thing about home-court is not home-court advantage as much as it is I NEED to go to the games and if they are not in Bismarck, I can't go. Plus, we've historically been a very bad road team.

I don't understand why they scheduled games on the Easter weekend. It's just stupid. Attendance will be horrible. I'll still be going I'm sure, but still.
Besides a few games, we've got an "easy" schedule the rest of the way. But we NEED to win our two games versus Sioux Falls and the one versus Fort Worth.

Hopefully we can pull off a "W" tonight. We've just got to stop Clay Tucker and Roger Powell. And hopefully Mo can have a good game for once. I really feel bad for him. He's playing so hard, but the stats sheet just doesn't show it. I think he should've waited a couple of months before he came back.

Two more things and I'm done:

1. What ever happened to Maurice Carter? Wasn't he supposed to join the team early this year? I was looking forward to his return.

2. If that's why James left, then I understand completely. The NBA just really hasn't given him a look and he is a very good player. He could still make it, but for now, the thing to do is probably to go overseas.

USBasket_EricE
03-24-2007, 12:19 AM
Whoa, I haven't been around here for a week. Lots of new posts!

I guess I was completely wrong about Chris McCray. He stepped it up in that last home game. As long as he stays consistent, I hope he stays with the team.

And yeah, my choice for the NCAA champion was once again a flop, even though I didn't really fill out a bracket. I guess I should stick with the good teams (Kansas, Florida). I'll try to watch the championship game this year since I missed it last year because I was somewhere in the Southwest on a bus waiting for the next stop so I could buy some cough drops to sooth the painful sore throat I had. I ended up reading about Florida's victory the next day at like 6:30 am at some Burger King in Idaho Falls. I'd rather be watching it this time! You're a Kansas fan, aren't you Bri? I'll probably be hoping for them, I guess.

Nice team picture, by the way. I still wish I would have gone to that. Oh, and yeah, I had gotten Marty to sign some cards the first game he was here. I went over to the Wizards bench and caught him shortly after Dennis Johnson had signed some Celtics cards. That was the same game against the Toros that Jay Williams refused to sign the Sports Illustrated cover I had of him. You know, eBay might be the place to find some cards that Marty signed. I know I've seen some on there, and they aren't all that expensive (maybe a couple bucks). I bought an already-signed Jerome Beasley card at the beginning of the season and when the Wizards signed Awvee Storey, I bought one of his cards too. The sad thing about it is that the Storey card arrived the day of the fight, so there went my chances of ever getting it signed! (Thankfully Marty has been able to recover and might be ready to play basketball again)

I hope I don't ever go over the edge with the autographs. I know it's not really something the players care to do when they're warming up and focusing on the game. But I'm usually there early enough when they likely aren't all that focused yet. It's usually the visiting teams whose players I have cards of anyway, so maybe it helps to get them to lose their concentration! Naw, I'm joking! I'd never do that on purpose. A lot of times I think they're shocked and thrilled that a fan of a different team is down there wanting their autograph. It's a hobby that will never get old for me. I'm still waiting for the Thunderbirds to come to Bismarck! I've been waiting for Dijon Thompson all season!

And I couldn't be more excited that the play-offs likely won't fall on April 22-23! I'm looking forward to it now. I just hope the Wizards can get the #1 seed, and have a better record than Idaho or Colorado! Tonight's win in Arkansas has boosted my confidence in them again. Every game counts, even if it is against the worst team in the league!

DakotaWizardsFan
03-24-2007, 05:56 PM
Yeah, lots of new posts (and new people). I just really miss the old forum still though. Great times.

I never thought Chris McCray was bad, but he's sure surprised me the last few games.

My choice for the champion lost. I had Texas A&M (I probably said that already though). Two of my three teams are still in though. And yeah, I'm a KU fan. My other two teams are the Tar Heels and Wildcats (Arizona, not Kentucky or Villanova).

I'm sure I could find some on eBay. I've found quite a few Wizards with cards on there, but I've never gotten them because my family doesn't use eBay. At least I got Jerome Beasley to sign a card. Well, a third of a card. It was one with 3 different players on it. I should really go through my huge b-ball card selection because I could actully have one of the current players. And I really should get players from other teams to sign cards because I've come across tons of cards that I have.

Don't worry about going over the edge. I'm the one who does, even though I do it after the game. I know Rod Benson thinks I'm crazy. I love getting autographs too though. I need to start asking other teams' players to sign something, but I guess I'm just chicken. I've only gotten autographs if a player comes out to the Wizards autograph table area after the game.

I really doubt we'll finish better than Idaho, but I think finishing ahead of Colorado is possible. To finish ahead of Idaho, they'll have to actually lose for once. We can't just win since they've got 3 more wins and 2 less losses.

Last night boosted my confidence again, but it shouldn't have. I remember a few weeks back when we got a win (at home I think), I got very confident, but then we lost a couple. But if we keep getting great offensive numbers and playing solid defense, we're definitely in good shape. Now if only Sioux Falls would lose.

USBasket_EricE
03-24-2007, 10:15 PM
I really wish the Wizards would bring back their own forum. It would bring more people back like Mark and Wizpimp. I miss those guys! It would be easier to make more threads too, since I really don't think people would like it if we made a bunch of Wizard-related threads on this D-League forum! This topic is getting pretty full as it is, but lets keep it going!

I think the first time I ever started getting visiting players' autographs was back when the Stampede had Jayson Williams. From there I think it spread to Matt Freije, Anthony Goldwire, and Ronny Turiaf and then into this season. It's usually only if I have one of their cards. I didn't have any of Jayson's or Ronny's at the time, so I just printed off sheets of paper with their names and team logos. I'd still have to say that Ronny is my favorite player to not wear a Wizards uniform. He was one of the most friendly players I'd ever met. He actually sat down and talked to me for a minute or two. The paper I made had his name printed down the middle, along with a watermark of a Gonzaga logo, a few Yakama Sun Kings logos, and a Lakers logo. It wasn't much, but he thought it was cool and wanted to know how I did it. I couldn't have been more excited for him when the Lakers called him up a few weeks later. He's really made an excellent comeback after the heart surgery. Now, if only Kobe Bryant would cool down on his scoring spree, maybe Ronny could have a chance to put some points on the board :D

I really wish I had tried for Lawrence Nelson's sig, since he's the most famous visitor to the Civic Center in pro-basketball history! He was in the CBA every year that the Wizards were and now that the Wizards are in the D-League, he decided not to join a CBA team this year. At least I don't think he has. I haven't checked the CBA website in ages. By the way, how many players usually come out to the table after the game? I'd like to be able to get an entire roster signed at once instead of just one at a time. And do you know if they've updated the rosters lately? I just have the one that I got at the first game.

I never did get to meet Jerome Beasley. He was only with the team for what, 7 games? I really wish he had stayed with the team for the season. It was fun to have a UND alum on the roster.

Tonight's game is really close at the moment, it's late in the fourth quarter and the Wizards have a one-point lead. Hopefully the outcome is good. It would also be nice if Albuquerque could beat Idaho tonight (sorry Stampede fans)!

(There are like 4 or 5 different topics in this post. We wouldn't have this problem if each team had their own forum *HINT HINT OURSPORTSCENTRAL*)

DakotaWizardsFan
03-24-2007, 10:49 PM
If this were a Wizards forum, I'd have made a topic of every player. I don't think the T-Bird fans and whoever else has fans here wouldn't appreciate that one bit.

I wish I would've gotten Ronny's autograph. He was one of my favorite college players back when he was wiht Gonzaga. How about Kobe can still score alot but he has to actually pass the ball? I have no problem with him averaging over 30 points a game as long as his teammates actually get to contribute in the points category and not just steals, blocks, rebounds, and assists.

I miss Larry. I don't think he's on a CBA team this year, but I'm not sure. I haven't paid a whole lot of attention to the league. I've only checked how the Skyrockets are doing.

Two players usually come to the table, but one night the entire team came. They'll probably have an end-of-the-year thing again where you could get all of the players. The thing is, that would be somewhere other than the CC (Famous Dave's last year).

And no, as of last game, the rosters were not updated. They probably won't be the whole rest of the season. We've only had 2 or 3 different rosters this year and considering how much our team has changed, that's too few.

Time to check my stats.. Jerome played 9 games and started 7 of them.

Well, we won, no thanks to Quemont's free-throws at the end. Who made the winning shot? My parents listened on the radio and they aren't 100% sure, but they think it was Major. We didn't do a very good job with my keys of the game.

1. Clay Tucker- 32 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals
2. Roger Powell- 18 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks

How about our team though? Three guys with double-doubles and four guys with 16 or more points. Wow.

Morro's statline wasn't very good though. 6 1/2 minutes, 0-2 FG, 1 foul, 1 turnover, 1 block, and 0 points. Let's go Morro! SCORE! (Even though defense is his thing)

Yes, we need a separate team forum. It's probably not going to happen though. :(

USBasket_EricE
03-24-2007, 11:20 PM
Ok, I'll try to describe it as best I can. With something like 28 seconds left, the Wizards had the ball and when they got it down to their end, they missed and then there were like 2 turnovers by both teams within 3 or 4 seconds. The Wizards eventually came up with the ball and Quemont was fouled with 9 seconds left. After missing the shots, Corey Williams came up with the rebound and put up a shot. It was blocked and went out of bounds with 7 second left. Then, after a timeout, I think it was Mo that inbounded it and Renaldo got it. With .4 seconds on the clock, he put up the shot and made it. The guy on the radio thought there should have been a foul in there somewhere, but there wasn't, thankfully. Then, Arkansas took a timeout and when they inbounded it (trying to do a catch-and-shoot), Renaldo stole it and the buzzer went off. Another win by the Wizards!!!!!

DakotaWizardsFan
03-25-2007, 12:04 AM
Ok, I'll try to describe it as best I can. With something like 28 seconds left, the Wizards had the ball and when they got it down to their end, they missed and then there were like 2 turnovers by both teams within 3 or 4 seconds. The Wizards eventually came up with the ball and Quemont was fouled with 9 seconds left. After missing the shots, Corey Williams came up with the rebound and put up a shot. It was blocked and went out of bounds with 7 second left. Then, after a timeout, I think it was Mo that inbounded it and Renaldo got it. With .4 seconds on the clock, he put up the shot and made it. The guy on the radio thought there should have been a foul in there somewhere, but there wasn't, thankfully. Then, Arkansas took a timeout and when they inbounded it (trying to do a catch-and-shoot), Renaldo stole it and the buzzer went off. Another win by the Wizards!!!!!

Oh okay, thanks Eric. That sounds exciting. Too bad it wasn't a home game.

No help from SF or FW tonight. Both won. :(

My KU Jayhawks lost :( At least that makes my bracket correct with UCLA coming out of that region, but still.

I've got the same thing happening tomorrow. I like the Tar Heels, but I predicted that the Hoyas would win.

DakotaWiz
03-26-2007, 02:33 AM
Well, it looks like Fort Worth is giving us a little help, as they lost tonight. Too bad Sioux Falls doesn't do the same thing. The end of our last game did sound pretty crazy, I listened to it on the internet... Luckily Renaldo didn't get called for an elbow or something as he was shooting.. Don't know how that woulda happened, but that's what the ref wanted. Looking at our upcoming schedule, as long as we play to our ability, the most we should have is 2-3 losses, basically securing us 2nd place because Ft. Worth is 1.5 back and if we beat them, we'll gain an extra game on them too.

College basketball had some good games over the weekend. My bracket isn't looking that great, but I picked Ohio State to win it, and I had Georgetown and Florida in the final 4, but I thought Florida would lose to Kansas. I knew I shouldn't have trusted them.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-26-2007, 06:56 PM
Bad news for you Morro fans, but otherwise great news (especially for Eric):

Jerome is back! I saw that we reaquired him on our webpage, but until I clicked the article I was so worried that we lost Renaldo or Kevin or someone really good. Not that Morro wasn't; we all agree that he was excellent on defense, but I guess his offense just wasn't strong enough.

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You're completely right DakotaWiz. Barring a complete collapse, we have a very good shot at second place and perhaps better. We have to win our 2 vs. SF and 1 vs. FW. We can't get a lose and give them a win at the same time.

I'm so mad at myself. When I first filled out my bracket, I had my Final Four 100% correct, but then I thought I put too much trust in 1's and 2's (based on recent years) so I moved Texas A&M into the Final Four and on to winning the championship. My original bracket had Ohio St. beating UCLA in the final, but I changed it to Texas A&M beating UCLA.

And I'm completely mad at my teams too. Not so much Kansas, but North Carolina. We gave the game to Georgetown. They didn't win it; the Heels lost it. What were they? Something like 1-23 at the end and then letting Georgetown go on a 14 (?) point run in overtime.

USBasket_EricE
03-26-2007, 08:32 PM
So glad Jerome Beasley is back. When he left, I think that's when the Wizards started losing more and more games. He must be one of those good leaders to hold a team together.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-26-2007, 09:34 PM
Yeah, probably, him and Mo. Neither of those two have good stats (based on efficiency per 48 minutes), but they certainly help the team. I just wish Mo would have a really good game for once. He really deserves it.

By the way, did any of you guys go to the Season Ticket Holder Family Shoot-around tonight?

DakotaWiz
03-26-2007, 11:36 PM
I will agree that Jerome is a VERY good player. Definitely better than Morro. Problem is, K-Lyde and Rod Benson are my 2 favorite Wizards. I always thought that Rod should start over Lyde, but now I doubt he's going to get his chance. He's showed what he can do with minutes.. Oh well, I guess if it improves our team, which it definitely does, I can't be opposed to it. I hope coach plays a bigger line up now though so Rod can still get his minutes. He's averaging more off the bench with the Wiz than Luke Schenscher was starting for Fort Worth, and he got called up!! I hope this doesn't affect the chemistry of the team...

DakotaWizardsFan
03-27-2007, 05:03 PM
I will agree that Jerome is a VERY good player. Definitely better than Morro. Problem is, K-Lyde and Rod Benson are my 2 favorite Wizards. I always thought that Rod should start over Lyde, but now I doubt he's going to get his chance. He's showed what he can do with minutes.. Oh well, I guess if it improves our team, which it definitely does, I can't be opposed to it. I hope coach plays a bigger line up now though so Rod can still get his minutes. He's averaging more off the bench with the Wiz than Luke Schenscher was starting for Fort Worth, and he got called up!! I hope this doesn't affect the chemistry of the team...

I completely agree. My favorite Wizards are probably Darius Rice and Renaldo Major, but I'm starting to love Rod and Kevin. For most of the season, I didn't think Kevin was that good. I thought he was just a free-throw missing, fouling constantly big man, which is why I had been thinking that Rod should start over him. Now I'm not sure who deserves the spot more. I think we should have two big men starting since we have so much talent and size at that position. I don't want to take away minutes from our guards, but I think that could be smart.

Do any of you remember at the beginning of the season if both Lyde and Beasley would start? I'm almost sure they did and then when Jerome was able to leave, Quemont replaced him in the starting lineup. And that brings up another question, what about Quemont? If we start a combo of Jerome/Rod, Jerome/Kevin, and Kevin/Rod, then wouldn't Quemont be left out?

Talent-wise it's great having Jerome back, but I think the good chemistry we seemed to have found again could be in jeopardy now. Hopefully not.

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Vote for Rod Benson:
http://www.usbasket.com/nbdl/nbdl.asp

DakotaWizardsFan
03-27-2007, 11:19 PM
I have the right to remain silent about tonight's game. If I do not remain quiet, I will be banned from this board because that is how furious I am with the **** (certain four letter word; three of them are on the court at a time).

DakotaWizardsFan
03-28-2007, 06:21 PM
Alright, now that I'm not so mad anymore I can actually talk about last night's game. Those refs just got me so terribly frustrated. There was no way that Kevin Lyde should have returned last night, but it was almost as if he had no choice. We had 5 players at the end of the game and if Lyde wouldn't have returned, those 5 would've played probably most of the second half.

It's really bad when your team gets 5 T's (well, 6 actually, but the one was a Defensive 3 Second) and the other team only gets 1. And Darius I thought was going to get his 2nd T, but luckilly he just walked away from everything.

http://www.nba.com/media/dleague/tbirds_wizards_08.jpg

I thought we played very well last night for only winning by 4. Imagine what the game would've been like without all the chaos. It could've been a blowout.

And Eric, I got another opposing player/coach's autograph. I got Coop to sign a piece of paper (It was all I had, but I found that I actually have a b-ball card of him at my house) and I'm going to frame it along with my ticket, my card, and a Sparks, Lakers, and T-Birds logo. And when I was looking through my cards, I also found Randy Livingston, who I had sign something when Idaho came here. I think I'm going to make a sort of database of my cards so I don't miss them when a player comes.

(Enough from me now. That's 3 straight posts.)

USBasket_EricE
03-28-2007, 11:01 PM
Wow. Those had to have been some of the worst refs I've ever seen. In one night, they could have probably topped Ron Arthur, Mark Riggs, and Shannon Bone (if anyone remembers those three stooges from the CBA). Anyone could have done a better job than they did. I'd say there were even questionable calls to Albuquerque's disadvantage as well, but come on, three offensive foul calls in a row to start the game for the Wizards? And just one technical on the T-Birds compared to seven on the Wizards? At one point early in the game I heard Michael Cooper jumped in one of the ref's face and was shouting at him. I didn't see what happened, but I know he wasn't called for anything. They just flat-out sucked. Before the game, one of them ran up the steps in my section for some reason. Had I known how bad (t)he(y) was about to be I probably would have stuck my foot out. I'm only kidding of course! Well, at least the Wizards came out of there with a win.

Good for you Bri, getting Cooper's auto! I suppose you did it early in the game when he was still out there helping the players warm up? I wasn't there early enough to do anything (I have one of his cards too, Skybox 1990). I also had two of Dijon Thompson's cards and I was about to go down when I saw him sit down on the bench for a second during pregame warmup, but he got up before I could even move. When the T-Birds were being introduced, turns out it WASN'T Thompson that I saw sit down on the bench, it was Joe Shipp! I felt better then, since I didn't run down there like an idiot asking a player to sign a card that wasn't his! By the way, he and Shipp do look a little bit alike.

I didn't go to the shoot-around, obviously, or I'm sure that Cooper card would have ink on it right now. I forgot about it and I probably wouldn't have gone anyway.

Too bad Beasley fouled out, but at least he put some points on the board in his return. He just needs to find a niche again and everything will be fine. That is all from me, good luck in Sioux Falls, Wizards (if they even read this)!

DakotaWizardsFan
03-28-2007, 11:16 PM
I actually don't remember Ron Arthur, but I remember the other two. The refs I remember as being bad are Riggs, Bone, and Jesse Hall.

Actually I did it after the game. I'm done with getting autographs after the game, but I've got to give something to Mo so I go to the table anyway. So last night I'm standing with Ro by the Wizards' tunnel and my mom is on the stairs to get down to where we were standing. After a while, I see people leave the area of the autograph table and I thought there must not be autographs. Then, a moment later, my mom motioned at me and she told me that Michael Cooper was back behind the Wizards' tunnel. So of course, I had to go over there. It was too dark so my pictures really didn't show up, but other than that, it was an awesome experience. Coach Coop seemed really nice. He asked Ro and I a few questions and wrote a little message on our autographs. That is why you should come to the autograph table.
I've got a Dijon card too, but I don't have the guts to ask players before the game, only after.

Eastern Division Playoff Race (through 3/27/07)
http://www.nba.com/media/dleague/siouxfalls/Eastern_Division_Playoff_Race.pdf

I doubt they read this, but if they do, then they just know how even more obsessed I am because I'm not only that way at games, but at home also. Oh well.

Good luck Wizards! Go kick some Sioux Falls butt! I sure wish I could be there, but unfortunately I can't.

And one more thing:
Get more T's!
T= Trophy & Triumph, not Technical
(Aren't I just so creative)

That is all.

USBasket_EricE
03-29-2007, 06:21 PM
I almost feel sorry for the Skyforce with their 5-game road trip to end the season. I'm not sure who I'd rather see the Wizards face in the play-offs. Sioux Falls always makes it a better rivalry, but then again Fort Worth has been falling apart since the departure of Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Jose Juan Barea (and didn't they lose J. Richardson and M. Ager too?). Luke Schenscher is gone too. They might be the easier team to play. Hard to say.

Ron Arthur wasn't really a common visitor to the Civic Center, but definitely not one I could forget. I'll never forget the 2003 Play-offs when the Wizards were playing Yakima. He was one of the refs in Game 2 (a loss), where the crowd started chanting "These refs suck" in the 4th quarter. He was also one of the refs officiating the first home game that the Wizards ever lost to the Skyforce (during the 03-04 season). And I think he was even the ref that threw Miles Simon out of the game when Flint's Justus Thigpen tackled him and threw some punches during a game in the 01-02 season. I admit, my memory is a little crazy, but I always knew the games wouldn't go well if that guy was in charge. (I remember Jesse Hall too)

I never thought it was possible to catch any of the other team's players (or coaches) after the games. Sometimes they tell me they'll do it after the game, but I never stick around. I did once, waiting for Jay Williams, but he walked right past me after the Toros lost. So I never tried again. But you're right, you never know who'll be at or near the table!

DakotaWizardsFan
03-29-2007, 08:17 PM
Current Flyers Roster:
Deji Akindele
Kevin Burleson
Chris Copeland
Ndudi Ebi
Walker Russell
Corey Santee
Curtis Stinson
Anthony Terrell
Terrance Thomas

I think Fort Worth would be easier, but I like playing Sioux Falls more. But I would obviously rather have a better shot at winning so I want to play Fort Worth (not that they are easy; plus Barea or Mensah-Bonsu could come back at any time).

I think I can somewhat remember that Miles-Justus thing just a little bit. Not sure who the ref was though.

And that's why I stay near the table. It's a lot easier than trying to ask players before the game, but it's a thing of chance and hardly ever does anyone come out, but when they do, it's worth it.

By the way, what's the third error in that sentence? I got is=are and errers=errors, but I'm obviously too blind to find the other.

EDIT: Could the third error possibly be that there is no third error, which would actually make there be a third error because the sentence said there is one, making the sentence then true. If that made sense..

USBasket_EricE
03-29-2007, 09:28 PM
That's right, they've got Curtis Stinson. I almost forgot about him. I'm thinking Burleson is probably the best player they've got. I haven't really looked at their stats, but I remember him doing well against the Wizards. And they've got Ebi! What a disappointment he was for the Minnesota Timberwolves! Although during his last season with the team, I think he was third in scoring, since he only played two or three games -- two or three really good games. And Anthony Terrell. The last time the Flyers were in Bismarck, I was waiting on the sidelines for Luke Schenscher to sign a card when Terrell came up to me and gave me a high-five. I was wearing a blue sweatshirt so he might have thought that I was a Flyers fan! That was probably the highlight of the night for me since the Wizards lost.

You found the third error! It's the best paradox I know. It was taped on the wall in my physics class last year and I think I figured it out the first time I saw it. I know another one similar to it:

The below statement is false.
The above statement is true.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-30-2007, 12:36 AM
I'm almost 100% sure that Burleson is the best. I haven't looked at his stats for a long time, but I know that no matter what they say, he's probably the player with the most potential on the Flyers.

I actually got it! Amazing! I'll have to see if Ro can get it.

Ha, that's another good one.

By the way, I hate physics. I'm in Physical Science and we just finished chemistry so we are on to physics and it's weird to me so far. But I don't really like any science so I guess that would make sense.

bectond
03-30-2007, 06:33 PM
With Jackson and Ramos gone it looks like the eastern winner now has a clear path to the title. The Skyforce seem to have the most talent for now but Blalock and Johnson are loaners from the Pistons. If they are recalled then Dakota could hold on in the east due to the fact that their bigs (Greer, Benson and now Beasley) are far superior to Sioux Falls.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-30-2007, 07:04 PM
With Jackson and Ramos gone it looks like the eastern winner now has a clear path to the title. The Skyforce seem to have the most talent for now but Blalock and Johnson are loaners from the Pistons. However ,if they are recalled then Dakota could how on in the east due to the fact that their bigs (Greer, Benson and now Beasley) are far superior to Sioux Falls.

I also think the Wiz have a very good shot at it. The problem I have is the single-elimination part of the playoffs. If you screw up once, you're out. That sucks bigtime.

Also, don't forget Kevin Lyde with the big men. He's been spectacular as of late.

bectond
03-30-2007, 09:45 PM
The season is a little long, there are pros and cons. For one young guys get more practice time in the D-League as opposed to other minor leagues but the season extends into April. The D-League playoffs can't be extended because the NBDL season would run into the Spring league season. Another good thing about the length of the season is the fact that the best ABA and CBA players get four weeks to show off their goods in the D-League after their seasons are done. Moon signed with the D-League last year after the CBA season and so far this year Eric Williams has made the switch. As a fan I like to compare the difference between a players stats in both leagues to gage which league is the toughest. Hopefully with NBDL expansion more CBA guys will make the jump after their season is over and better league strength comparisions can be made by stat guys like myself.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-30-2007, 10:39 PM
Maybe they could cut down the regular season a couple of weeks then. As long as you play around 40-some games, that's long enough.

THANK YOU RENALDO!!!
EDIT: Maurice (:D Finally), Corey, & Quemont too

Now it's
Dakota --
Sioux Falls 1.5
Fort Worth 3.5

Looking good!! :)

Anyone know why Rice didn't play? I can understand why Lyde didn't, but what happened to Rice? He didn't get hurt last game.

DakotaWiz
03-30-2007, 10:56 PM
Renaldo "Mr. Clutch" Major?? I like the ring of it... Think it should be used. Anyway, I am not so against the addition of Beasley anymore. Although he hasn't played well, he's certainly been needed lately, as tonight he, Rod and Q (our only other "big" that played)all had 5 fouls. And, since Rod got the start, I'm happy. I also wonder why Darius didn't play, or Kevin for that matter. You'd think since everyone was in foul trouble, coach might have brought him in. He played in the 2nd half last game, when he got the injury. Oh well, I guess we didn't exactly need him to pull out the W. Hope we can stay hot, have Idaho keep cold, and win with the best overall record in the D-League.. I also hope that we don't have to worry about the 1 game rounds.. I'd like there to be more games, but it would make it a lot longer season.. If they could fit it into a week or something, that'd be alright if they just did a best of 3. Doesn't offer much help, but would be okay if a team had one terrible game...

EDIT: I see Fort Worth has Pops back, which could cause problems. I wonder what happened to Luke Schenscher down there as well... And Morro plays for Tulsa... WOW.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-31-2007, 12:00 AM
"Mr Clutch", I'm liking that. I like calling him "The King" too because when I say Renaldo, it often sounds like Ray-Naldo and Ray is how the word for king sounds in Spanish (Rey).

I'm glad that Rod finally got a start. He definitely deserves it. Problem is, he got injured too. Our strength could easily become our weakness because of injuries and foul trouble.

I think it's good that Kevin sat. He really shouldn't have come back into the game after he got hurt, but he kinda had no choice. At least tonight, we didn't finish the game with only 5 players.

I think that Pops has actually been back with them for a while, but the weird thing is that transactions show that he was recalled by the Mavs on 2/24 and they never showed him being on assignment again.

And I guess Morro is with Tulsa. The transactions just made a mistake like I suspected. How can he get 8 points in 21 minutes with Tulsa and no points in 34 minutes with us? But hey, it helped beat the Flyers, so it's all good.

USBasket_EricE
03-31-2007, 12:54 AM
What a win! Renaldo rules. He's definitely my choice for MVP. He always come through and he does it professionally. He deserves to be in the NBA and I hope he gets there next season.

CBA update: The Yakama Sun Kings are the 2007 CBA Champions. Players on their team include former Wizards Chris Alexander and Rocky Walls, and familiar names such as Ralphy Holmes, Leonard White, Elvin Mims, and Richard Dionne. 5-time champs. I can't believe it! In all honestly, I would have been shocked if they hadn't won it. They were really the only well-organized team. The CBA was so screwed up this year too. One team folded in midseason which messed up the entire CBA schedule. A few others postponed their season before the season started. The play-offs didn't happen as planned earlier in the season. The Albany coach doesn't know when to shut up. And, the CBA web site didn't update enough, which made me lose interest in writing for the league on USBasket (I pretty much quit writing on USBasket altogether anyway). I'm so glad the Wizards got out of there when they did.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-31-2007, 01:19 AM
And if he doesn't make it to the NBA, he's welcome back here. :) But I definitely hope he makes it. He's absolutely amazing. This is not the same Renaldo that I remember seeing with the Skyforce and whatever other teams he was on.

I saw that they won too. Good for Chris & Rocky. They both had to put up with Bliss for a while last year so they deserve it.

Is the CBA starting to turn into an ABA-type league? From that info, it sure sounds like it.

DakotaWiz
03-31-2007, 01:37 AM
That's good for Yakama. Sounds like they had a lot of talent on their team.. I didn't really follow the CBA at all this year. Ralphy Holmes was always a fun player to have in town.. He was annoying, but a guy I liked to hate. I think next weekend, the crowd should try getting an "M-V-P!" chant going for Renaldo when he comes out or something. I didn't hear Rod got hurt.. What happened to him? Any word on Darius yet? I wonder if he didn't have the flu like McCray did a little while ago... Since he didn't get hurt and has played well recently, that's what I'm assuming.

Minor League Man
03-31-2007, 01:47 AM
So, with their win, did Dakota clinch a playoff berth? Because looking at the standings and schedule, it looks like they did!

DakotaWizardsFan
03-31-2007, 02:09 PM
I couldn't stand Ralphy, but it was sure fun when he came to town.

I'd love to get an "MVP" chant going. It was fun with that "Refs go home" chant and this would be even better because Renaldo is such a great player. I'd definitely join in the chant.

Well, I really wasn't listening to the game on the radio, but my mom was out in the kitchen and I think I overheard that he hurt his knee. I'm not sure what happened though. He came back in later in the game so he must be okay.

And Darius probably is sick. He didn't get hurt and there's no reason he shouldn't get minutes because we are short-handed and plus, he drains those three-pointers all night.

And yes, we clinched a playoff berth. And if we win just a couple more, we should clinch at least one home game.

USBasket_EricE
03-31-2007, 06:48 PM
I really hope Pops Mensah-Bonsu is recalled before the play-offs start. That guy scares me. He's the most talented NBA assigned player in the league this year and his team always seems to snag a win if he's playing for them. Does anyone know if he'd be eligible for any of the awards that the league hands out next week? I'm sure if he was a regular D-Leaguer, he'd snatch up the MVP for sure. But I'm really hoping for Major. I could also see Randy Livingston as a possibility too, but if his team keeps losing like this, that may not happen.

I wonder how they decide the Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award? It must have to do with attitude and a low amount of technical fouls? Is there a veteran D-League fan on here that knows? By the way, I think it's great that they are honoring Collier and Dennis Johnson by naming two of the awards after them. It's a nice way to show respect for them.

Rookie of the Year would be another tough one to decide. Off the top of my head, I'm really not sure who the top rookies are the league. I know Rod Benson and Dontell Jefferson are the rookies with the Wizards, but they aren't always consistent. Someone with a better D-League mind should voice an opinion on this one as well.

And the Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year Award! I really want Dave Joerger to take it. But there are 4 others that are almost as equally deserving of it as he is. Bryan Gates got the Stampede out of that 0-5 hole at the beginning of the season and they clawed their way to the top of the league for the most part of the season. Joe Wolf made a huge improvement in his coaching skills from the past few years in the CBA and have coached the 14ers to the play-offs in their first season. Mo McHone showed that he can still coach a team at any level by keeping the Skyforce at a competitive state. Sidney Moncrief has kept the Flyers at among the top of the league, like they were last year with a different coach. And Joerger has once again shown that he can coach at any level as well. Whether it's the IBA, CBA, USBL, or the D-League, his team always has a winning record and they always make it to the play-offs. He's got a bit of a pattern going, beginning in 2001. Title-Title-No Title-Title-Title-No Title... next up is TITLE!!! (I left out his season in the USBL, since he went there right after coaching the Wizards to the 2004 championship and I'm guessing he really didn't have a lot of time to prepare). Whoever takes the award, I'll be glad for them.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-31-2007, 07:06 PM
Barea scares me probably even more than Mensah-Bonsu, but I really hope that Pops is recalled anyway. He's a rebounding and scoring machine. I'm hoping that he can't take MVP. And good news, I don't think he can. I think you need to play 30 games and he's only played 22.

I'm assuming that's how the Sportsmanship Award is decided, but I've really got no clue. I don't really think the winner would be from our team, but who knows.

I was wondering if Rod Benson would be eligible for ROTY, but I think he is because again, I think the requirement is 30 games and he's played 29. I doubt he'll win. And if he wouldn't win, then Dontell definitely wouldn't. (Not that Dontell is bad; he's an excellent defender)

I'd love to have Joerger win COTY, but it's going to be Gates most likely since the Stampede have the best record. There are some very good coaches, though, so it might not be him. Like you said, Joerger, Gates, Wolf, McHone, or Moncrief are definitely contenders.

Nice pattern there.

And I didn't know that Joerger coached in the USBL. I'm not that smart I guess.

And now I'm off to see the Bobkitties. Sorry Eric. I know you can't stand them.

USBasket_EricE
03-31-2007, 07:53 PM
Joerger coached the Cedar Rapids River Raiders during the spring of 2004. I think they had one more win than they did losses and I believe they finished in 3rd place in their division. Almost every team made the play-offs in their format and I think the Raiders were out early. I think it was a similar format to the D-League's with a one-game series at a time.

It's do or die for the Kitties tonight. And I probably shouldn't call them that anymore, one of their players was in my government class last semester, #8 Colton Derickson. He fell asleep a lot and whenever I lended him a pencil, he never gave it back, but it's all good. I've been following them in the standings. I really don't know how it works though. How many games have you gone to? I've never been to one.

DakotaWizardsFan
03-31-2007, 11:02 PM
Oh okay, thanks.

This was my first game this season and unfortunately, I picked the wrong one. We got down 3-1 early and we had to play catch-up the whole game.

(And I never get pencils back from anyone ever. I've lost like 2 pens and 2 pencils this year at least.)

DakotaWizardsFan
04-03-2007, 11:05 PM
¡Es un milagro! (For you non-Spanish speaking people, "It's a miracle!")

We made ALL of our free throws. All 24 of them!

And Mo was one assist away from a triple-double. Maybe he's starting to play like the Mo we all know again, and right in time also.

And what was up with Darius tonight? 1-9 FG and 0-7 3PFG? I thought he was one of our best shooters. I guess not, unless it was just an off night. Hopefully that's the case.

Chris and Renaldo were awesome too.

Our team showed flashes of brilliance tonight, but quite a few times, we did not look like a play-off team.

Now hopefully the Force can lose to the Stampede and the Flyers can lose to the 14ers tonight. We don't really want the Stampede and the 14ers to win, but that would be better than the Force and Flyers winning.

And one more question.. what do you guys think of Quemont Greer right now? I've been noticing some things that I don't like lately.

Minor League Man
04-03-2007, 11:12 PM
¡Es un milagro! (For you non-Spanish speaking people, "It's a miracle!")

We made ALL of our free throws. All 24 of them!

And Mo was one assist away from a triple-double. Maybe he's starting to play like the Mo we all know again, and right in time also.

And what was up with Darius tonight? 1-9 FG and 0-7 3PFG? I thought he was one of our best shooters. I guess not, unless it was just an off night. Hopefully that's the case.

Chris and Renaldo were awesome too.

Our team showed flashes of brilliance tonight, but quite a few times, we did not look like a play-off team.

Now hopefully the Force can lose to the Stampede and the Flyers can lose to the 14ers tonight. We don't really want the Stampede and the 14ers to win, but that would be better than the Force and Flyers winning.

And one more question.. what do you guys think of Quemont Greer right now? I've been noticing some things that I don't like lately.
Now that Fort Worth's in the playoffs (thus eliminating Austin), I assume that if the Skyforce and Flyers lose, the Wizards get home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs?

USBasket_EricE
04-03-2007, 11:12 PM
Well, tonight's game was a close one. Moe Baker had his game of the season, just missing a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists. Chris McCray was also on fire as he added 22 points. I'd say he's the reason the Wizards won tonight. His three-pointers always kept the Wizards alive and they were truly beneficial. I believe the Toros were eliminated from play-off contention tonight. I feel bad for them. I'm sure it's been a tough season for the players and the entire organization. Had they made the play-offs and the Wizards were to be defeated during the post-season, I would have been rooting for the Toros. But, everything happens for a reason.

From the looks of it right now, the Skyforce will be losing to the Stampede. I would have prefered the victory out of the Force tonight, just to get the Wizards over that peak that the Stampede have built in the West. But, I guess this gives the Wizards some breathing room over in their own division. Also, go 14ers... I think.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-03-2007, 11:14 PM
Now that Fort Worth's in the playoffs (thus eliminating Austin), I assume that if the Skyforce and Flyers lose, the Wizards get home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs?

Lose when? Tonight? Then the answer is no, but if we were to finish ahead of Fort Worth and Sioux Falls (which is quite possible), then we would. And if we'd finish ahead of all the Western teams, then we get home-court throughout the entire playoffs.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-03-2007, 11:17 PM
Well, tonight's game was a close one. Moe Baker had his game of the season, just missing a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists. Chris McCray was also on fire as he added 22 points. I'd say he's the reason the Wizards won tonight. His three-pointers always kept the Wizards alive and they were truly beneficial. I believe the Toros were eliminated from play-off contention tonight. I feel bad for them. I'm sure it's been a tough season for the players and the entire organization. Had they made the play-offs and the Wizards were to be defeated during the post-season, I would have been rooting for the Toros. But, everything happens for a reason.

From the looks of it right now, the Skyforce will be losing to the Stampede. I would have prefered the victory out of the Force tonight, just to get the Wizards over that peak that the Stampede have built in the West. But, I guess this gives the Wizards some breathing room over in their own division. Also, go 14ers... I think.

I've been rooting for the Toros ever since they got off to that horrible start. I think they became my 2nd favorite team (with Sioux Falls at 3rd then).

Chris did win the game for us. I'm assuming most of his points were in the 4th quarter. Renaldo was alright down the stretch, but Chris got the spotlight instead.

And I'm kinda the same way with these games tonight. It's like Go Stampede and 14ers!!... oh wait, am I sure? What about the championship game then? Umm... Go Skyforce and Flyers!!... wait, we need to have home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs... I'm confused.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-03-2007, 11:19 PM
Update:
Stampede 105 Skyforce 97 Final
14ers 95 Flyers 91 4:48 4th Qtr

So standings look like this (I think):
Team W L GB
Dakota 30 16 0.0
Sioux Falls 28 18 2.0 (or 1.5, according to this site, 2.0, and according to the news and paper, 1.5)
Fort Worth 26 19 3.0

USBasket_EricE
04-03-2007, 11:26 PM
Wait... NO! Go Flyers! I'm going to want Colorado to beat Idaho twice in a row, but I don't want them to wind up with a better record than the Wizards! I don't know what to think anymore!

DakotaWizardsFan
04-03-2007, 11:30 PM
Wait... NO! Go Flyers! I'm going to want Colorado to beat Idaho twice in a row, but I don't want them to wind up with a better record than the Wizards! I don't know what to think anymore!


Too bad I want the Flyers to lose, but that's not looking good. They were down 2 with 1:19 remaining, but now they are up 2 with 0:45 remaining.

USBasket_EricE
04-03-2007, 11:34 PM
Ok, I did not see all those posts above mine tonight. We must have all submitted them at the same time! I'm going off as if I'm the only one writing anything (and talking to myself) and there are two other people talking! Sorry about that! Fort Worth is still far enough behind the Wizards, so their victory tonight did not bother me one bit. The power of the Wizards will be matched against the power of the Flyers on Friday. Should be a good match. Also, IT'S NBA JERSEY NIGHT!!!!

DakotaWizardsFan
04-03-2007, 11:41 PM
Ok, I did not see all those posts above mine tonight. We must have all submitted them at the same time! I'm going off as if I'm the only one writing anything (and talking to myself) and there are two other people talking! Sorry about that! Fort Worth is still far enough behind the Wizards, so their victory tonight did not bother me one bit. The power of the Wizards will be matched against the power of the Flyers on Friday. Should be a good match. Also, IT'S NBA JERSEY NIGHT!!!!

I still didn't want Fort Worth to win because I'm not worrying so much about Colorado. I wish Pops would be recalled because if he does, he cannot be sent down again.

The crowd was quite small tonight. I wonder how much smaller even it will be on Friday and Saturday.

USBasket_EricE
04-03-2007, 11:54 PM
I'd feel better if Pops was with the Mavs too. I just noticed that Jeremy Richardson is back with them also. How long has he been there? I could have sworn that he wasn't the other day.

I think the play-off picture will be much clearer after Friday and Saturday's games. Hopefully two Wizard wins come out of it and hopefully Colorado does a number on the Stampede. Then both the Stampede and the 14ers can lose from there on out! And now every Stampede and 14er fan hates me:redface:

DakotaWizardsFan
04-04-2007, 06:03 PM
I'd feel better if Pops was with the Mavs too. I just noticed that Jeremy Richardson is back with them also. How long has he been there? I could have sworn that he wasn't the other day.

I think the play-off picture will be much clearer after Friday and Saturday's games. Hopefully two Wizard wins come out of it and hopefully Colorado does a number on the Stampede. Then both the Stampede and the 14ers can lose from there on out! And now every Stampede and 14er fan hates me:redface:

Jeremy has probably been back with them for about two weeks now. If he got two ten-days, that would end March 21st. And I checked the boxscore from that day and he played in that game. And actully, he only got one ten-day after a little more research. He played on the 13th also.

Well, the Stampede and 14ers fans (Flyers and Skyforce too) can hate me too. I'm scoreboard-watching and that means that I get very mad when those teams win so if they don't want me to get mad, they should lose.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-04-2007, 08:28 PM
Good news for Luke Schenscher and the Wizards:
He was signed for the rest of the season by the Trailblazers.

And now I'm off to work with last night's stats, pics, and videos. I figure I better have them done by next game.

USBasket_EricE
04-04-2007, 09:40 PM
I remember watching Schenscher when he was playing for Georgia Tech. When he played for the Bulls last season, I was hoping he'd stay with them and then possibly be assigned to the Wizards this season. But, Ft. Worth worked out for him and he's back in the NBA.

Renaldo Major was also honored today as he was named to the All-First Team. But along with him and Randy Livingston, there are 3 Colorado 14ers. That's why I worry about that team. They seem to be playing an underdog role right now and then suddenly they could emerge as the best in the West with two wins over the Stampede. Hopefully the Wizards just win the rest of their games, then we wouldn't have to worry about the other teams! If they end up tied with Idaho at the end of the season (both with 34-16), the Wizards hold the season edge on the Stampede 2-1, thus giving them homecourt advantage throughout the play-offs.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-04-2007, 10:07 PM
And congrats to Quemont and Kevin also for being Honorable Mention.

And he most likely won't play, but Justin Williams could be on TV starting now on ESPN because the Kings-Nuggets game is on.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-04-2007, 10:24 PM
He's going to the line now I think!!
EDIT: And he made them even though his percentage in the NBA is absolutely horrible.

But Justin, don't miss two consecutive almost wide-open shots right next to the basket!

DakotaWiz
04-04-2007, 10:56 PM
Yeah, Justin looked terrible in that little stretch with missing a tip, then a couple possessions later missing the consecutive baskets. He also got dunked on by Allen Iverson earlier in the game, but AI was fouled before the dunk. I also like Schensch, it must just be a North Dakota thing. His stats weren't all that great, but he's a likable big man. I wish the Wizards would have somehow gotten him to bismarck, seeing the fans liked him.. What do you guys think the jerseys will be going for after the game friday night?

DakotaWizardsFan
04-05-2007, 05:38 PM
I was mainly impressed with Justin last night. He was one of those easy baskets away from a DOUBLE-DOUBLE. That's really good for a rookie out of the D-League.

I'm not so sure what to expect with the jersey prices. I'm bringing money along for sure, but I certainly am not paying a whole lot for them, but I'm sure I'd have to get one. Who knows.

DakotaWiz
04-05-2007, 06:34 PM
I also was impressed with him throughout the game, he just had a bad stretch there. Overall, with the minutes he got, he did well.

USBasket_EricE
04-06-2007, 03:00 PM
I have a feeling that Rod Benson's jersey will be one of the higher sellers since he's wearing Gilbert Arenas' #0. I have no intention in buying one though. Those jerseys will probably sell at around $100 or higher if there are going to be serious bidders. I have one game-worn jersey -- Chris Porter's green road uniform from 2004-2005 (thanks to Coach Brian Walsh). As much as I'd like another, I don't think it's going to happen. But that's ok with me. It's great that the NBA and D-League partnered up to do this. I'm sure it's something that the players will never forget either, getting to wear an NBA uniform with their name on it.

I might stay after tonight to finally meet the team and get some 'graphs, since there's a good chance that they'll all be there. I'm also going to try and catch Curtis Stinson and Ndudi Ebi before the game.

USBasket_EricE
04-06-2007, 11:00 PM
Standings
DAK: 30-16, 4 games left
SFS: 28-19, 3 games left
FTW: 27-20, 3 games left

Worst possible outcome
SFS: 31-19 (beats Fort Worth twice and and Dakota once)
DAK: 30-20 (loses to Sioux Falls and Arkansas, and Austin twice)
FTW: 28-22 (beats Austin, loses to Sioux Falls twice)

Barely sqeezing by outcome
DAK: 31-19 (wins one game, doesn't matter which one)
SFS: 30-20 (wins two games)
FTW: 28-22 (wins against Austin)

I'm not even going to bother with the Western Conference. That's getting too complicated! The Wizards are in the perfect position right now! Just one more win and I believe it's sealed in the East. But tomorrow night's game is still important. If Sioux Falls wins, it ties them with the Wizards in the season series and say the Wizards have the same record as the Force at the end, I think first place would go to the team that has the better record against the better half of the D-League teams. Ok, I'm going to rest now and think it all through again!

I've been editing this post a lot because I keep finding mistakes.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-06-2007, 11:18 PM
Idaho is the best team in the league if they beat Colorado tonight and if not, we are. I'm not quite sure how the West stacks up though since more teams are fighting for that. I know that Idaho is guaranteed at least the 2 seed.

I'm so glad that Mo Baker seems to be returning to old form now. We need him to do that more than ever and he certainly hasn't disappointed.

I'm liking that SF and FW finish the season playing each other. That should really help our case.

And best possible scenario:
DAK: 34-16
FW: 29-21
SF: 28-22
(I'd rather end up playing Fort Worth in the East Finals.)

DakotaWizardsFan
04-06-2007, 11:29 PM
We've clinched a home game! And the magic number to clinch the division is 1!

And good news tonight from Colorado, Idaho lost!

And more good news coming from Sacramento:
In the 3rd quarter, Justin Williams has:
13:29 Minutes
4-4 FG
3 Off, 1 Def Rebound
2 Blocks
8 Points
Also 2 fouls and 2 turnovers though.

USBasket_EricE
04-06-2007, 11:42 PM
IDA: 30-17, 3 games left
COL: 28-19, 3 games left

What needs to happen
April 7: Colorado beats Idaho (29-19, 30-18 respectively)
April 13: Albuquerque beats Colorado, Tulsa beats Idaho
April 14: Los Angeles beats Idaho, Bakersfield beats Colorado

Too many possiblities to break it down with both conferences, but the above scenario is what I'm hoping for.

By the way, awesome job tonight Wizards! That was a fun game to attend. It was even more exciting when the PA announcer was updating the crowd on the ARK/SFS game. I didn't win a jersey though. Ticket #049321 just wasn't a lucky one. But I did catch Curtis Stinson before the game with a rookie card! He's really improved since we last saw him.

Also...
Awesome job RimRockers!
Awesome job 14ers!

DakotaWizardsFan
04-06-2007, 11:48 PM
I had six tickets and none of their numbers were even close.

And yeah,
Thanks for the good games RimRockers and 14ers!
Now go Wizards, 14ers, Thunderbirds, 66ers, D-Fenders, and Jam!
And that would be almost the entire league except for Idaho, SF, and FW. (Okay, Toros, Arsenal, and RimRockers too. But I don't want the Toros or RimRockers to beat us.)

Update on Justin: 10 Points, 7 Boards and a quarter left to get a double-double
GO JUSTIN!

DakotaWizardsFan
04-07-2007, 03:17 PM
I've got tons of things to do before tonight's game so I'll make this a quick question and not answer it yet:

What do you all think of the Washington Wizards jerseys? Some people think they are hideous and some think they are really cool. What's your opinion?

USBasket_EricE
04-07-2007, 11:06 PM
I like the gold jerseys. I don't mind them at all. I just wish they would have had the players' names on them.

And about tonight's game, those ****CENSORED****ing REFS!!! Call everything they possibly could on the Wizards when they had that 10 point lead. If their mission was to get it down to the wire, it was successful. And then to not call anything at the end of the game when there was an obvious foul? If I had had one of those Easter eggs in my hand at the time, I have a feeling it would have had a date with the back of their heads.

The Wizards missed a lot of free throws too, which didn't help anything. And although he had 17 points and 8 rebounds, Quemont Greer is not the guy to go to in an "under pressure" situation. They should have taken him out and had someone else in. And they never should have let Blalock get that last shot off either.

They say not to blame the game on the refs, but in this case I am. There were more stupid @ss calls tonight than screw-ups. I'm still furious about it if anyone can tell. Well, hopefully Tuesday's game goes well. I'd consider it a must-win since it can be difficult to win on the road.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-07-2007, 11:16 PM
I really love the gold jerseys and so does Ro. We both think that they are some of the coolest jerseys, if not the coolest.

I was going to say something about the ref in the same way. I would've needed to censor what I typed. And Ro and I had 9 eggs we could have given you.

That should've been Renaldo's shot at the end. Renaldo is the Mr. Clutch, go-to guy, 4th quarter hero, etc. I personally think that Q might have gotten fouled, but still. Great job at drawing up that play Joerger, yep.

I was practically yelling out loud after the game saying how I felt and I'm still in an absolutely horrible mood. The refs stole the #1 seed from us (at least for the time being).

Now Sioux Falls needs to get their butts kicked by the Flyers. Come on Pops!!!

And go Wizards too of course! Especially Renaldo!

And I'm almost too mad to say this, but Ro and I got Stevie Graham's autograph on a basketball card. The easy way to catch them is to wait down by the Wizards tunnel and wait until the players head to the locker room.

mzracing76
04-07-2007, 11:37 PM
I love reading your posts. you all remind me of my early years as a Skyforce fan (1989-1999). I am not so attached to the skyforce as in years past, but i still follow them. I was happy that Mo McHone came back to the team, cause that brings back memories of our Glory Years.

But my question is: Did any of you attend the "Play In Tournament" that Bismark held during the 1993-94 CBA Season? Teams who played in that tourney were: Rochester Renegades (Coached by Bill Musselman), Sioux Falls Skyforce (Roger Lyons), Yakima Sun Kings (Mo McHone), Rockford Lightning (Mauro Pannagio), and i cant remember the other teams.

That tournament was meant to find out if Bismark could support a CBA team. I guess we all know the answer.

and my last question, why is your attendance so low this year? (2800 or so). I always thought you guys averaged more than that, especially since Dave Jeoger is back as coach.

and what would it mean to Bismark of the Minot Skyrockets were a NBDL team, and Rapid City had a NBDL team for the Skyforce?

MZ

DakotaWizardsFan
04-08-2007, 12:44 AM
You like my posts or Eric's posts?
EDIT: Or just every Wizards fan on here?

And no, I didn't go. I was only probably 2 years old back then. And I only became a Wizards fan 6 years ago I think.

I'm not so sure why our attendance is low. It's been slowly declining the last few years. Last year it was obviously because of Dave Bliss, but this year, we've got a great coach and a great team.

It would be great if the Skyrockets were in the D-League. And since they'd be in the same division as the Wizards, I'd go to every road game in Minot that I could. And it would be somewhat similar for the Force with Rapid City too (a bit farther away, but still close).

USBasket_EricE
04-08-2007, 01:07 AM
I didn't know that the CBA did that back then. I believe I would have been around the ripe age of 5 during that time, but I know I never attended it. It must have been well attended because two years later, Bismarck had an IBA team. I think I attended my first basketball game at the Civic Center in 1999 during the State Tournaments and didn't attend a Wizards game until 2001, so I wasn't really a basketball fan at that time either.

I think I've cooled off a bit. Had to stop at Wendy's for a Frosty after the game and I think it's finally settled after 2 and a half hours. The Wizards are in the same place now as they were on Friday before the Ft. Worth game, so as long as they don't lose again.

I think I saw you catch Stephen Graham before the game, Bri. I attempted to catch Will Blalock and Frank Williams a little later, but Blalock didn't hear me and I really didn't want to bother him when he was concentrating on his shots during the warm-up. He needs all the practice he can get so he can get back to Detroit before the play-offs begin!!! I didn't catch Williams either, so it was a bad luck night all-around.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-08-2007, 01:11 AM
I've cooled off too. Finding Quemont Greer in an SI from a while ago helped. I doubt I'll get him to sign it, but I'm going to try.

The whole reason I looked through my entire SI collection was to find Roger Powell since I couldn't find a card of him. I found him a few times, but one was on the cover when UNC beat Illinois in the championship. I found a picture of him in one and an article about him in another so I'm hoping to catch him Tuesday night.

You wouldn't want Blalock anyway (He hit the winning shot, right?).

And what was up with Amir tonight? He was who I worried about and basically all he did was foul out.

And since I don't think I say this enough:
GO RENALDO! (My new favorite player. I became a Rice fan for a while, but he's been horrible as of late.)

USBasket_EricE
04-08-2007, 06:49 PM
What's the date of the SI that Quemont is in? I have every issue from 2003 to the present and the entire set from 2001. I'd rather not dig through all of them to find out. I did look through some of mine from 2003 yesterday because I knew Frank Williams was in some of them. He was Cory Bradford's teammate at Illinois. I also think I have one that has a small picture of Kevin Lyde in it, but he's not facing the camera. I just saw "LYDE" on the back of his jersey and assumed it was him. I think it's from 2001.

As for Blalock and the winning shot, all the more reason to get his autograph! That shot, along with his performance last night had to have caught the attention of the Pistons and they'll want him back...hopefully!!

The Wizards did a great job with Amir Johnson. Too bad they didn't do the same with Blalock. I think they forgot that he's an NBA player too.

I'm already looking forward to Tuesday's game. JR Pinnock is the next player that I'll have to try and catch before the game. Hopefully I'll be able to!

mzracing76
04-08-2007, 10:12 PM
well, normally, the CBA just did the Top Four or Five Team Playoff Brackets. but that year (1993-94) they chose to take the Top Three (3) teams from each conference, then take the next 3 and send them to Bismark for a Play In Tournament with one team taking the 4th spot in the Playoffs. Sioux Falls beat Fargo ( think) in the first game, but lost to Mo McHone's Sunkings the next night. Funny how things work out, that Mo would be our coach 2 years later.

But I think they did this to spike interest in Minor League Basketball in Bismark, cause the CBA at the time was very excited about adding a team there within 2 years (at that time).

that would have meant the CBA at that time would have had teams in: Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Omaha, Fargo, Bismark, and Lacrosse.

1989-1996 was the height of the CBA Power. those were the Best years that the CBA had as far as Fan Support. they were annually reaching 1.5 million fans a year with atleast 5-6 teams averaging 3000 or more fans a game. with Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Lacrosse, Oklahoma City, and Fort Wayne consistantly averaging 4500-5500 fans per game. I beleive one year, Rapid City averaged 6400 fans a game (1992-93). So Bismark would have fit in real nicely during that time attendance wise, and rivalry wise.

but then, the Isaiah Thomas thing happened, and all the hard work was for not.

***DID YOU KNOW***
From 1988-1993, the CBA actually had a NBA Affliation System like the D-League usese today. and in 1991-92, we had 17 teams giving every CBA team one NBA team, and a share of another one. meaning the SKyforce was affliated with 1-1/2 NBA teams. But it worked quite differently that time, NBA teams didnt send players down to us, it only meant that the CBA teams controled the interests of all NBA players recently cut by an NBA team. in 1989-90, Sioux Falls picked up Ralph Lewis, Quinton Daily, and Adrian Branch in that way.

see, back then, the CBA really had the Second Best Professional Talent in the world. Second only to the NBA. beleive it or not. USA Basketball used the NBA players (Dream Team) every four years for the Olympics, and they used the CBA players to qualify for the Olympics. Flip Saunders (Lacrosse & Sioux Falls), Eric Musselman (Rapid City-Florida), Mike Thibault (Omaha), and Dan Pannaggio (Quad City) all lead Several Teams that were to qualify for the Olympics. Plus they also did some other Basketball Exhibition games over seas such as China, Korea, and Russia.

I definately would say the talent pool is down now days. Each NBA team has maybe 4-5 good players and the rest our role players, meaning the Minor Leagus (CBA, NBDL) are not getting all the great talent like we used to back in the day. NBDL is going very young (less than 3 years experience), and the CBA is getting the more experience guys, but mostly from the Division II and the Role Players from major colleges that couldnt cut it in the NBA. I just dont feel that the Talent Pool is as strong anymore. thats just my oppinion though. so take it with a grain of salt.

MZ

DakotaWizardsFan
04-08-2007, 10:21 PM
Quemont is in the March 7, 2005 issue, which has Dee Brown on the front. He is in the college basketball section under "Under the Radar".

I guess you're right. Go Blalock! And Amir Johnson! And Pops Mensah-Bonsu!

What do you have for Pinnock to sign?

mzracing76- Interesting facts. I didn't know that the CBA was that closely affiliated to the NBA.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-09-2007, 03:23 PM
Dakota’s Renaldo Major Named Defensive Player of the Year

GREENVILLE, S.C., April 9, 2007 – Dakota Wizards forward Renaldo Major has been selected as the NBA Development League Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s head coaches.

Possibly the most well rounded player to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award, Major also leads the Wizards and is in the top 10 in the league in scoring at 18.3 points per game. Basketball experts around the league point to areas of Major’s game that not only set him apart, but may also go unnoticed in a box score.

"Renaldo Major has proven that you can have a tremendous impact on the game at the defensive end of the floor,” NBA D-League Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel Chris Alpert said. “Our coaches recognize Renaldo's hard work and ability to take over a game with his defensive prowess. He is the leader of his team, never takes a play off and brings energy and a contagious commitment to the defensive end of the floor every night.”

Among league leaders in steals per game (1.5 pg), Major also averages 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He has recorded at least three steals in 11 games this season.

"Renaldo is a great player. He has accomplished a lot this season and has grown in many ways. Renaldo is a guy that can play at that next level,” Dakota coach Dave Joerger said. “His work ethic is amazing and he goes hard every time he laces up his shoes. That is why he is such a great player.”

As the first Dakota Wizard to win a major NBA D-League season award, Major joins Derrick Zimmerman (Austin 2005-06, Columbus 2004-05), Karim Shabazz (Charleston 2003-04), Mikki Moore (Roanoke 2002-03) and Jeff Myers (Greenville 2001-02) as winners of the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

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Congratulations Renaldo!
Now he just needs that D-League MVP award on Thursday!

USBasket_EricE
04-09-2007, 08:02 PM
I think I remember that cover. Everyone said that the Illini were jinxed! I'll dig it out when I have the time.

Blalock, Johnson, and Mensah-Bonsu can score 50 points apiece in their next two games for all I care. Whatever it takes to be called up before the play-offs! And anyway, I'm still counting on the Flyers and the Skyforce to play each other in the first round, so if they want to stick around a little longer, great!

I have a Bowman Chrome rookie card for Pinnock to sign. I never tried to catch him at the previous two games against the RimRockers, so tomorrow is the night if it's ever going to happen!

And way to go Renaldo! That's something I didn't expect. I guess I usually think of defensive players as big and aggressive (Sam Clancy in 2005), but the D-League coaches are experts so I trust their judgment! Then again, why wouldn't I, it's Renaldo! I guess when I think about it, Kevin Rice was the 02-03 CBA Defensive Player of the Year and he's a lot like Renaldo.

All I can say now is "don't lose anymore games this season, Wizards!" Three wins will secure #1 overall. Idaho losses will help too.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-09-2007, 08:12 PM
Well, Johnson actually requested to be sent down so unless he requests to be sent back up, he probably won't be. But Blalock and Mensah-Bonsu can demolish each other's defenses when they play. I just hope that JJ Barea isn't sent down again. He was basically the reason why we lost. He either drove and scored or when he drove, he kicked the ball out to the three-point arc and someone else like Burleson would score.

I swear that I saw Pinnock's name somewhere and maybe it was on a card, but I looked for each RimRocker in my binders and I didn't find him.

I thought Renaldo had a sort of outside chance at the award. I didn't think it was going to be him, but the choice didn't really surprise me that much. Being Defensive Player certainly helps his shot at MVP since the head coaches in the league must think he has a great all-around game because I know they appreciate his offense and now I know they appreciate his defense.

And it's not like we're playing hard teams the last three games. We could easily do it if we play like we did vs. Fort Worth and most of the Sioux Falls game.

And more good Justin news:
He had 8 points last night. He had 5 fouls though. And amazingly enough, he was 4-4 from the line, which is unheard of from him.

DakotaWiz
04-10-2007, 08:06 PM
April 10: F Pops Mensah-Bonsu recalled from FORT WORTH by the Dallas Mavericks.

That helps out quite a bit, though it would still be nice if Fort Worth can beat Sioux Falls one of the 2 games, just to make it 100% that we clinch the division.

Also, according to draft express, Randy Livingston was called up by the Sonics.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-10-2007, 11:11 PM
YES!! I preferred the Flyers having the #2 spot though and it might not happen now. But if they were to beat Sioux Falls in the 1st round, we'd have an easier time now.

My input on tonight will be posted late tomorrow. I'm too busy now.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-11-2007, 11:23 PM
My input on tonight will be posted late tomorrow. I'm too busy now.

So much for that. I was too busy today and I am likely to be tomorrow.

One thing though:
Congrats to Justin Williams for getting his first NBA career double-double!

USBasket_EricE
04-12-2007, 05:46 PM
I don't think I've watched a Kings game all season, so I haven't seen Justin play yet! I watched part of the Lakers/Suns game on Easter and Ronny Turiaf had one of his best games in his career. 19 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks I believe. I'm still glad that we got to see him in Bismarck before he was called up last season.

I'm a little disappointed about some of the post-season awards, specifically Coach of the Year and MVP. I am not surprised that Gates and Livingston picked up the awards since they each did a great job this year with the Idaho Stampede. But I think I still would have given Dave Joerger the nod on the Coach. He's never had a losing record in any of the leagues he's coached in and I believe he is the best coach in the minor leagues. He deserves a job in the NBA. He showed that by guiding the Wizards to one of the top records in the D-League (with two games remaining). He also showed that by guiding the Wizards to two CBA championships and one IBA championship, and by guiding the Skyforce to their second CBA championship. The Wizards also sent two players to the NBA this year with one signing a contract for the season. He and Gates were almost equally deserving of the award, so I guess I can live with that.

As for the MVP award, I had it narrowed down to Renaldo Major and Livingston. And I am not surprised that Livingston got it. He's had a few triple-doubles this year and he showed that he can be a leader in both the CBA and D-League. I guess his NBA call-up at the end of the season tops it all off. Major has been an excellent player for the Wizards. He hit a few game winning shots this season during some road games and has been consistant all season. He had a call-up as well.

A lot of it has to do with the fact that I am a Wizards fan. I want them to win everything! I know it's not possible, but it was pretty darn close back in 01-02 when Miles Simon took the MVP award, the Newcomer of the Year award, the Play-off MVP award, and 4 Player of the Week awards, and Joerger took the Coach of the Year award. That season was still the best season ever, IMO.

A D-League championship would be nice too, since this is my last year of being a season ticket holder. The past six years have been unforgettable and I'd like it to end with the hoisting of a new trophy at the Civic Center! I'm still disappointed that I didn't become a fan in 2000-2001. I missed the IBA championship game(s). But not the two CBA championship games! The first one required a trip to Rockford in 2002 and the second required a trip to the Civic Center in 2004. Both games were a blast, because they both ended with victories. The Wizards (correct me if I'm wrong) have never lost a championship series/game. They've lost in the semi-finals before, but never the Finals. So I have a lot of confidence in them if they make it past Sioux Falls/Fort Worth. GO WIZARDS AND GOOD LUCK!!!

Pounder
04-12-2007, 08:14 PM
I'm a little disappointed about some of the post-season awards, specifically Coach of the Year and MVP. I am not surprised that Gates and Livingston picked up the awards since they each did a great job this year with the Idaho Stampede. But I think I still would have given Dave Joerger the nod on the Coach. He's never had a losing record in any of the leagues he's coached in and I believe he is the best coach in the minor leagues. He deserves a job in the NBA. He showed that by guiding the Wizards to one of the top records in the D-League (with two games remaining). He also showed that by guiding the Wizards to two CBA championships and one IBA championship, and by guiding the Skyforce to their second CBA championship. The Wizards also sent two players to the NBA this year with one signing a contract for the season. He and Gates were almost equally deserving of the award, so I guess I can live with that.

It just struck me that your campaign for Joerger sounds more like pining for a Lifetime Achievement Award rather than Coach of the Year. Nothing malicious about that, just strikes me funny. Gates had a team with lousy chemistry at the start of the year and made something of it.

Fortunately, for the rest of the league, Livingston and Luke Jackson will be spending the rest of the year upstairs, so you have your shot at the title. Such is life.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-12-2007, 08:14 PM
I thought the Kings played one more time on TV so I looked up when that would be, but it turns out, the answer is never, well at least this season.

I'm disappointed too. Clearly the D-League is favoring the Stampede and basically calling them the best team in the league, no matter what the Power Rankings say. Now I don't agree with the Livingston thing at all, but I've got to say to them that we've got an amazing shot at this because our team is very balanced, with 6 players averaging in double-figures in points and 3 with 9 point something. The remaining player is Maurice Baker with around 7.9 PPG, but that should be going up. Will it hit 10? No, not in the regular season obviously because there's two games left, but I could see him averaging double-figures in the playoffs. And back to that Mo thing, even if he'd have two 50-point games, that would only take him to around 9.6 PPG.

So okay, whether Renaldo is the MVP or not, we're better than the Stampede. We don't need to have the MVP, no matter how much I want it. Renaldo's got a great future ahead of him, and unfortunately for Randy, his playing days are coming to an end.

And I do think that Joerger should have won, but it's probably since I'm a Wizards fan. There were quite a few good candidates though: Gates, Joerger, Wolf, McHone, and Moncrief.

I can't even remember that season, but reading about it makes it sound so awesome. Hopefully we can at least match the championship aspect of it.

I saw the IBA Championship win, well sort of. I forgot to bring my glasses to the game, but obviously my eyes weren't that bad at that point since I didn't realize that they weren't on.

Congrats to Randy, but I've got to say:
GO WIZARDS- especially the TRUE MVP, Renaldo Major! Obviously good luck to Dontell, Rod, Kevin, Maurice, Quemont, Corey, Darius, Chris, and Jerome also!

And P.S., I think the Wizards lost in a championship series once. I'll have to get back to you on that though.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-12-2007, 08:15 PM
After about 30 seconds of research, this is what I found:



Regular Season Standings

IBA STATISTICS
W L PCT GB Result
1995-1996 7 17 .292 13 not in playoffs
1996-1997 17 13 .567 9 lost IBA championship
1997-1998 14 20 .412 9 not in playoffs
1998-1999 12 22 .353 10 not in playoffs
1999-2000 30 6 .833 -- lost in semifinals
2000-2001 30 10 .750 -- Won IBA Championship

CBA STATISTICS
W L QW QP Result
2001-2002 26 14 95.0 173.0 Won CBA Championship
2002-2003 31 17 119.5 212.5 lost in semifinals
2003-2004 34 14 114.0 216.0 Won CBA Championship
2004-2005 32 16 101.0 197.5 lost in semifinals
2005-2006 19 29 88.0 145.0 did not make playoffsPLAYOFFS

INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
1995-1996 Did not make playoffs
1996-1997 Won in semifinals over Magic City, 2 games to 1 Lost in IBA Championship to Black Hills, 1 game to 2
1997-1998 Did not make playoffs
1998-1999 Did not make playoffs
1999-2000 Won in quarterfinals over Winnipeg, 2 games to 0 Lost in semifinals to Magic City, 1 game to 3
2000-2001 Won in quarterfinals over Magic City, 2 games to 0 Won in semifinals over Saskatchewan, 2 games to 0 Won IBA Championship over Des Moines, 3 games to 2

CONTINENTAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
2001-2002 Won in semifinals over Fargo-Moorhead, 3 games to 0 Won CBA Championship Game over Rockford, 116-109
2002-2003 Lost in semifinals to Yakima, 1 game to 3
2003-2004 Won in semifinals over Rockford, 3 games to 1 Won CBA Championship Game over Idaho, 132-129
2004-2005 Lost in semifinals to Sioux Falls, 2 games to 3
2005-2006 Did not make playoffs

A big thanks to
http://www.cbamuseum.com/teams/dakwiz.html

DakotaWizardsFan
04-12-2007, 08:20 PM
It just struck me that your campaign for Joerger sounds more like pining for a Lifetime Achievement Award rather than Coach of the Year. Nothing malicious about that, just strikes me funny. Gates had a team with lousy chemistry at the start of the year and made something of it.

Fortunately, for the rest of the league, Livingston and Luke Jackson will be spending the rest of the year upstairs, so you have your shot at the title. Such is life.

And that was funny too. But the thing is, all of that is very true. Joerger should definitely get a shot at the NBA sometime in the near future.

Well, Renaldo Major could get called-up again, I'm sure. I don't think anyone else on the Wizards would as of right now though.

And the problem is, the tournament is single elimination so if the Wizards mess up once, it's bye-bye playoffs, bye-bye season, bye-bye championship dreams.

sky1
04-12-2007, 11:20 PM
Thats one thing I dont like about the playoffs in the dleague they should have best 3 out of 5. If the team has one bad night its over even though that team might be the best one out there. I think the Sioux Falls Skyforce is going to win it all this year!!!! But its going to be tougher without Amir Johnson.

USBasket_EricE
04-12-2007, 11:34 PM
I guess I do go a little overboard when I talk about Joerger. And I'm not saying Gates didn't deserve it. I knew he'd be the one to beat this year for that award, which turned out to be true. That Stampede team is not the same one that I saw at the beginning of the season. As mid-season was approaching, it was like, "Where did that team come from?" And all of a sudden they are at the top. All these years I've seen the name "Bryan Gates" listed as an assistant coach and this year he proved to be worthy of a head coaching position. And my congratulations goes to him.

To be fair, I'll point some things out that Joerger's team accomplished THIS year. They managed to pull off one of the best records in the league really without the services of the NBA. M. Andriuskevicius was only here for three games and wasn't much of a factor to opposing teams. (Then again, who knows how much he may have improved had the fight not broken out) No other players were assigned to the Wizards. Joerger built the team from scratch. The loss of Justin Williams, the best rebounder in the league, didn't really slow the Wizards down. I don't believe they ever fell below the second place position in the East. And, they've got the best home record in the league, which is a great way to attract more fans. Joerger's team is also looking to clinch the East with a win tomorrow. That's my pitch, but it doesn't mean anything anymore. Bryan Gates is the Coach of the Year, which is great for the Stampede organization and the community of Boise.

Tomorrow's scenario is simple. If the Wizards win, a Division title is in their hands. If the Stampede lose (and the Wizards win), the Wizards will have home court throughout the play-offs. If that exact scenario occurs, Saturday's games will mean absolutely nothing. We'll just have to wait and see.

I hope it does come down to the Stampede and the Wizards in the championship game. It would be a rematch of the 2004 CBA title game. May the BEST team win.

EDIT: They did play for the IBA championship in 1996-1997. I had a hunch about that one, but didn't bother to confirm. Thanks for clearing that up, Bri!

bectond
04-13-2007, 06:04 PM
Congrats Bismarck, it looks like the NBA has pretty much cleared the way to another title for you guys. Every other contender lost their top guy. I know with a one game do or die playoff anything can happen and the Skyforce still have an awesome team. But it's looking like all your stars are aligned. IBL to CBA to NBDL your team is putting on a clinic on how a minor league team should be run (minus Bliss)

DakotaWizardsFan
04-13-2007, 06:14 PM
As of right now, the Wizards are in the best shape to take it all. Sioux Falls lost Amir Johnson, Fort Worth lost Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Idaho lost Randy Livingston, and Colorado lost Von Wafer. Unless the Wizards lose Renaldo Major, they're in good shape, but again, the stupid tournament could easily mess us up. That's why we need the #1 seed. We'll only have to win 2 games instead of 3.

So wait, if we win just one and Idaho loses just one, we're still the #1 seed?

I'd prefer playing the Flyers or the #3 seed in the West just because I think we'd have the "easiest" time with those teams, unless Jose Barea gets sent down again.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-13-2007, 06:16 PM
(minus Bliss)

Exactly right there. Last year, let's just say one word:
WOW
...and not in a good way.

Eric_Sports_Fanatic
04-13-2007, 06:24 PM
I know we may be in the best shape, but after Sioux Falls huge comeback, I believe ANYTHING COULD happen.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-13-2007, 06:27 PM
Welcome to the forum Rique! (That would be Ro to you Eric.)

Justin Williams Video on kings.com
http://www.nba.com/kings/video_features/index.html

Justin has been AMAZING as of late! Two double-doubles in a row!!!
Date Opponent Result MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Apr 11 @ SAS L 109-100 28 7-9 0-0 1-3 6 4 10 1 1 0 2 4 15
Apr 10 @ MEM W 100-112 31 7-9 0-0 2-5 3 8 11 0 1 3 0 5 16
Apr 8 vs. HOU L 106-112 18 2-3 0-0 4-4 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 8
Apr 6 vs. UTA W 107-103 27 5-6 0-0 0-0 5 3 8 0 0 3 2 3 10
Apr 4 @ DEN L 120-115 23 3-7 0-0 2-2 5 8 13 1 1 1 1 5 8

DakotaWizardsFan
04-13-2007, 10:47 PM
#1 BABY!!!

Is it too early to say we've got this thing? Look at how we've completely dominated the past few games. And our attack is so balanced. Look at the point totals from tonight:
Darius Rice 32
Quemont Greer 16
Maurice Baker 13
Corey Williams 12
Renaldo Major 12
Chris McCray 12
Dontell Jefferson 12
Jerome Beasley 8
Kevin Lyde 4
Rod Benson 4

Our two star big men only got 4 points, but we still dominated. Amazing.

Good numbers:
Assists
Maurice Baker- 7

Rebounds
Renaldo Major- 7
Dontell Jefferson- 7
Rod Benson- 7
Maurice Baker- 6

Steals
Renaldo Major- 3
Corey Williams- 2
Quemont Greer- 2

50% from the three-point arc
13-25 advantage in turnovers

We were actually outrebounded 42-40 though, but it's because Kevin had an off game.

I am getting very excited! Go Wizards!

DakotaWizardsFan
04-13-2007, 11:15 PM
Idaho won 103-77 tonight so the standings look like this:

Dakota 32-17*
Idaho 32-17
*Holds the tiebreaker

So to be #1 overall I'm assuming these are the possibilities:
Dakota Win-Idaho Win
Dakota Win-Idaho Loss
Dakota Loss-Idaho Loss

The only way we wouldn't be #1 overall is:
Dakota Loss-Idaho Win

Correct me if I'm wrong.


EDIT to add:
Albuquerque is the #3 seed in the West after a 121-112 come-from-behind victory over the 14ers. The T-Birds were down 66-42 at half, but had a strong third (42-24) and fourth (37-22) quarter to win the game and the last play-off spot.

sky1
04-13-2007, 11:51 PM
Dakota or Idaho may be #1 overall but the Sioux Falls Skyforce will win the championship

DakotaWizardsFan
04-13-2007, 11:57 PM
Dakota or Idaho may be #1 overall but the Sioux Falls Skyforce will win the championship

If you can find a way to win without Amir like you did tonight and if you can find a way to stop our balanced attack then maybe. That will get you out of the East, but then you'll have to face probably Idaho or Colorado.

USBasket_EricE
04-14-2007, 12:03 AM
Idaho basically destroyed Tulsa tonight, but yes, the only way the Stampede could get #1 overall would be that last scenario (and no, I won't repeat it because IT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!!!).

But tonight, the Albuquerque Thunderbirds beat Colorado and clinched the last play-off spot. The reason that's bad is because the LA D-Fenders were eliminated from play-off contention and will have no reason to beat the Stampede tomorrow night. The D-Fenders and T-Birds split their season series 3-3, but the T-Birds record against .500+ teams is 9-13 compared to the D-Fenders' 7-15 (with 1 game remaining). The reason LA played one more game against the .500+ teams this season than ABQ did is because of the MLK Showcase. LA played two .500+ teams (Fort Worth and Colorado) and ABQ played one .500+ team (Dakota) in the Showcase. Have I confused anyone yet?

Simple as this:
West Play-offs
1st Round: Albuquerque @ Colorado
2nd Round: 1st Round winner @ Idaho
East Play-offs
1st Round: Fort Worth @ Sioux Falls
2nd Round: 1st Round winner @ Dakota

Championship
TBA

Just one win by the Wizards (or one Stampede loss) and it's home games throughout the play-offs! If they play like they did tonight, there should be no problem at all! I still wish it could have wrapped up tonight, but the Stampede crushed the 66ers, so it has to wait until tomorrow!

USBasket_EricE
04-14-2007, 12:13 AM
Dakota or Idaho may be #1 overall but the Sioux Falls Skyforce will win the championship

Naw.........yeah, I said it. They should put that quote on the cover of Sports Illustrated! You do realize you said that on Friday the 13th, don't you? I am in no way going to say that a certain team will win the championship, I'll just root for the certain team.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-14-2007, 12:17 AM
No, you haven't confused me. I had been cheering for Albuquerque because I like Coach Cooper, but after you said that, I should've been cheering for the D-Fenders. Well, at least they have nothing to prove and they'll just go out and try to end the season with a positive note, which actually isn't very positive, but hey, a win is better than a loss no matter what.

sky1
04-14-2007, 12:18 AM
I still wish they would make the playoffs best 3 out of 5 instead of single elimination, it would generate more revenue for the teams and more entertainment for the fans. Its a win win situation.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-14-2007, 12:19 AM
Naw.........yeah, I said it. They should put that quote on the cover of Sports Illustrated! You do realize you said that on Friday the 13th, don't you? I am in no way going to say that a certain team will win the championship, I'll just root for the certain team.

I'm not going to say who will win either, but I have two guesses and I'm leaning toward one more than the other, but of course everyone knows who I'm pulling for.

I would like to see a Sioux Falls player (Graham?), a Fort Worth player (Richardson?), an Idaho player (Robinson?), a Colorado player (Jeter?), and an Albuquerque player (Thompson?) on the cover of SI this week. Now they can have a huge article on the Wizards, but just not put them on the cover. But too bad that they won't even mention the D-League until maybe after the championship, just having a couple paragraphs or two on who won.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-14-2007, 12:21 AM
I still wish they would make the playoffs best 3 out of 5, it would generate more revenue for the teams and more entertainment for the fans. Its a win win situation.

The entertainment aspect isn't even my reason at all. I just don't want the Wizards to mess up one game and be out. In a series, we've got an amazing shot at this, but with single-elimination, we could be seeing Albuquerque as champion. It's that unpredictable. Those of you that watch college basketball should know that completely. This is just like that, but on a lesser scale.

EDIT: I finally uploaded my pics from last game:
http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/MajorSkillz7/Apr%2010%20vs%20Rimrockers/Arkansas3_Renaldo2.jpg

USBasket_EricE
04-14-2007, 12:56 AM
That really was quite the honor for Renaldo Major. He deserved it 100%.

And just a small history note on Friday the 13th games:
In 2004, the Wizards destroyed the Yakima Sun Kings on Feb. 13 by 42 points (the exact score is in my book, but I'm not going to look for it now). That was a road game too. Last year, on Jan. 13, the Rockford Lightning beat the Wizards at the Civic Center. And this year, thankfully the Wizards were on the road again on that day of bad luck!

By the way, did anyone have bad luck of their own today? The only thing I can think of is a softball game that took place today. After four tries of trying to hit the stupid ball (the fourth one was the charm), I ran towards first base, but got caught in a muddy spot on the wet grass and fell on my back. I did touch the base though! Another guy wasn't so fortunate. The same thing happened to him, but instead, he dislocated his knee cap and wasn't able to walk on his own. It happened at the end of the day, so I don't know how he's doing right now. Strange day, Friday the 13th!

DakotaWizardsFan
04-14-2007, 01:01 AM
42 points!! Wow. Well, I guess we had a 43 point lead at one point tonight.

I don't think anything bad happened to me today. I didn't feel that well this morning, but I was fine by lunchtime. I had two quizzes in school today also, but I think they went alright. Plus, I got my geometry quiz back from Wednesday and I got an A, but it would've been an A+ if I read the directions completely.

Ouch, hopefully he's alright.

Well, I'm going to go and I'll be gone all-day tomorrow and a lot of Sunday so I won't even know what happened in our last game and I won't be able to do stats. Oh well.

GO WIZARDS!!!
-Renaldo, Quemont, Rod, Kevin, Maurice, Dontell, Darius, Corey, Chris, Jerome
(Why'd I list the players? Of course you know them. Whatever.)

USBasket_EricE
04-14-2007, 03:33 PM
I'm so glad the play-off game is set for April 21st and not the 22nd or 23rd! Whether the Wizards win it or lose it, I'll still have something to look forward to the next day - a trip to Grand Forks for some writing competitions. Honestly, I really don't care how I do in them, I just plan on having a good time.

Tonight, I plan on doing what I did last night - I won't listen to the game! Seems like they do better if I don't. I made the mistake of listening to the game in Tulsa a few weeks ago and well, that didn't exactly go so well. If the Wizards build a huge lead by the third quarter tonight, I'll likely turn it on then. I'll also be tuning into the Stampede game as soon as the Wizards game concludes. It's nice that the D-League site allows fans to listen to the game online. That's something that the CBA never did (unless it was a championship game).

#1 T-Birds Fan
04-14-2007, 10:58 PM
Quick question off subject:

Why wasnt Dijon Thompson on the All D-League 1st or 2nd team?

Anyways, LA in the first round wouldnt be a challange at all for Colorado. Thank goodness the T-Birds make it. I am pretty close friends with Coop and I know he must have had some harsh but motivational words at half time to keep them going. To bad he's leaving....

USBasket_EricE
04-14-2007, 11:04 PM
Tonight's game ended exactly how we all wanted it to (us Wizards fans of course), a victory! 111-92 was the final score, and the Wizards now have homecourt advantage throughout the play-offs!!!! Congratulations to the entire team on an outstanding season and congrats to Coach Joerger on another great accomplishment. He IS the Coach of the Year in my mind; I don't care what the League says.

To fill you in, Bri, the game was fairly close throughout the first quarter and by halftime, the Wizards had a 60-49 lead. The third quarter was scary though, as the Toros came back to tie it 73-73. But the Wizards pulled away again and never looked back. No, I didn't listen to the game, I just checked it every so often on the D-League site. I turned the radio on with about one minute remaining in the game. So I didn't jinx them!!!!

Kudos to the CBA teams on securing the top spots throughout the standings! I'm hoping for a Wizards/Stampede championship game, even though it would be the most difficult matchup. CBA rivals all the way!!!!

#1 T-Birds Fan
04-14-2007, 11:08 PM
I think Idaho may be a quick out since their leader Randy Livingston has been called up and they really have no true PG on the roster at this point

USBasket_EricE
04-14-2007, 11:09 PM
Quick question off subject:

Why wasnt Dijon Thompson on the All D-League 1st or 2nd team?

Anyways, LA in the first round wouldnt be a challange at all for Colorado. Thank goodness the T-Birds make it. I am pretty close friends with Coop and I know he must have had some harsh but motivational words at half time to keep them going. To bad he's leaving....

I too am surprised that Dijon didn't make one of those spots. He was an NBA call-up too.

It is quite the honor for Coop to receive the head coaching position with the LA Sparks. He's really had good luck throughout his playing and coaching career. One WNBA title, one D-League title, and doesn't he have one NBA title as well? I wish him the best of luck with the Sparks this season, even though I really don't follow the WNBA.

#1 T-Birds Fan
04-14-2007, 11:13 PM
Yeah I was shocked.

Yeah It kinda sucks since I am friends with Coop and we all in ABQ will miss him. But he will definitley do well back in LA. I am fairly certain he has 3 NBA rings as a player, 2 as a coach for the sparks and one for us here in the D-League. Quite a collection....

USBasket_EricE
04-15-2007, 04:57 PM
If anyone is interested, I wrote a huge review of the D-League season for USBASKET.com. It's 3597 words and it can be viewed at the following link:

http://www.usbasket.com/nbdl/nbdl.asp

I started writing it last night when the Wizards game began and stopped when it was over. I started it again somewhere around 10:00 this morning and I just finished posting it on the site.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-15-2007, 05:22 PM
I'm so glad the play-off game is set for April 21st and not the 22nd or 23rd! Whether the Wizards win it or lose it, I'll still have something to look forward to the next day - a trip to Grand Forks for some writing competitions. Honestly, I really don't care how I do in them, I just plan on having a good time.

Tonight, I plan on doing what I did last night - I won't listen to the game! Seems like they do better if I don't. I made the mistake of listening to the game in Tulsa a few weeks ago and well, that didn't exactly go so well. If the Wizards build a huge lead by the third quarter tonight, I'll likely turn it on then. I'll also be tuning into the Stampede game as soon as the Wizards game concludes. It's nice that the D-League site allows fans to listen to the game online. That's something that the CBA never did (unless it was a championship game).

I was listening to last night's game in a hotel in Minot and I'm so tired today because I didn't get much sleep at all.

It never lets me listen online. It always says that the game hasn't started yet. I end up listening to it on the radio if I feel like listening, which usually I don't. But when you're in Minot and you can't find out what happened any other way, you've got to listen.

Tonight's game ended exactly how we all wanted it to (us Wizards fans of course), a victory! 111-92 was the final score, and the Wizards now have homecourt advantage throughout the play-offs!!!! Congratulations to the entire team on an outstanding season and congrats to Coach Joerger on another great accomplishment. He IS the Coach of the Year in my mind; I don't care what the League says.

To fill you in, Bri, the game was fairly close throughout the first quarter and by halftime, the Wizards had a 60-49 lead. The third quarter was scary though, as the Toros came back to tie it 73-73. But the Wizards pulled away again and never looked back. No, I didn't listen to the game, I just checked it every so often on the D-League site. I turned the radio on with about one minute remaining in the game. So I didn't jinx them!!!!

Kudos to the CBA teams on securing the top spots throughout the standings! I'm hoping for a Wizards/Stampede championship game, even though it would be the most difficult matchup. CBA rivals all the way!!!!

I turned the radio on a couple minutes before halftime and when the Wizards were only up by 4 in the 3rd, I shut it off. I didn't know that it even became worse than that. I turned it back on in the 4th and the Wizards were dominating again.

Yeah, Go CBA teams! Actually, I want the T-Birds to win the West, but other than that, go CBA!

DakotaWizardsFan
04-15-2007, 05:23 PM
Quick question off subject:

Why wasnt Dijon Thompson on the All D-League 1st or 2nd team?

I believe the requirement was you had to play at least 30 games and at the time the teams were selected, Dijon had not. Otherwise, he would have easily made one of them.

USBasket_EricE
04-15-2007, 05:25 PM
Correction: There are 3598 words. I re-read the whole thing and found that I had forgotten one word in the Sioux Falls section. I made sure to edit it because I don't want to sound like a fool!

DakotaWizardsFan
04-15-2007, 05:30 PM
I think Idaho may be a quick out since their leader Randy Livingston has been called up and they really have no true PG on the roster at this point

Not so fast...

The loss of Randy hasn't stopped the Stampede yet. They've still dominated without him.

April 13: 103-77 W over Tulsa
April 14: 90-83 W over LA (Would have been more, but the Stampede were outscored 67-57 in the last 3 quarters after a 17 point (33-16) first quarter advantage.)

Someone has to stop Lance Allred. He's been a monster the past 2 months with, in 16 games, 7 double-doubles, 12 double-digit scoring games (He had 4 nights with bad numbers: 3, 4, 6, and 8), and 7 double-digit rebounding games. And three of those rebounding numbers were 19, 17, and 16.

EDIT: In last night's game, the Stampede actually had a 23-point lead.

#1 T-Birds Fan
04-15-2007, 06:59 PM
But look at who those two teams are, Tulsa and LA? Those arent very tough teams even though LA can be a good one if they actually try. Dont get me wrong, Idaho is still a good team. I mean they have Allred, Robinson, Sanchez....they are deep

USBasket_EricE
04-15-2007, 07:01 PM
I think at one point the score in the Stampede game was 33-16. But it didn't get as bad as it was the other night when it was 44-16. The game didn't matter after the Wizards won anyway, so hey, great job Idaho!

Off subject - I love the advertisements on the OSC forums, especially the one with the voice that says: "Please type your text in the text box so I can say it."

#1 T-Birds Fan
04-15-2007, 07:04 PM
lol....you like that one huh? lol

USBasket_EricE
04-15-2007, 07:06 PM
It's so stupid but so funny at the same time. But I hate the one that says "Congratulations, you've been selected to receive two free iPod nanos..."

#1 T-Birds Fan
04-15-2007, 07:16 PM
lol....are their any mods here?

USBasket_EricE
04-15-2007, 07:24 PM
I think i saw one once. Their avatar is the OSC logo.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-15-2007, 07:47 PM
But look at who those two teams are, Tulsa and LA? Those arent very tough teams even though LA can be a good one if they actually try. Dont get me wrong, Idaho is still a good team. I mean they have Allred, Robinson, Sanchez....they are deep

Yeah, you are right about that. I'd still say that Idaho is going to be hard to stop, but I'm definitely not saying that it can't be done. Livingston was the heart of that team and the best player so without him versus good teams, who knows what will happen.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-15-2007, 07:48 PM
Off subject - I love the advertisements on the OSC forums, especially the one with the voice that says: "Please type your text in the text box so I can say it."

I've actually never paid attention to the ads. In fact, I usually just don't look at them anywhere since they are usually stupid.

Sometimes they are quite funny because of their stupidity though.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-15-2007, 07:50 PM
lol....are their any mods here?

There's one: preeths

#1 T-Birds Fan
04-15-2007, 08:09 PM
There's one: preeths

lol why arent you one...I mean you are definiley qualified....

I wouldnt be suprised if we see Dakota and ABQ facing off in the Championship

DakotaWizardsFan
04-15-2007, 08:19 PM
lol why arent you one...I mean you are definiley qualified....

I wouldnt be suprised if we see Dakota and ABQ facing off in the Championship

I wouldn't mind being one, but the chances of that are slim being that there's only one mod here out of 4,381 members. I'd definitely have enough time to be mod (except on nights of Wizards games).

I'm expecting either Wizards vs T-Birds or Wizards vs. Stampede, but again, it's too hard to predict. Saying that the Wizards will win the East is maybe being a bit too over-confident in the team though.

By the way, did any of you Wizards fans meet the Wizards at the airport when their plane came in? I was still coming back home from Minot so I couldn't have, but I wish I could've.

#1 T-Birds Fan
04-15-2007, 08:40 PM
Yeah I know what you mean....I better not get cocky

DakotaWizardsFan
04-15-2007, 08:47 PM
I'm surprised there's no Flyers, Stampede, or 14ers fans here saying that their team will win. This place is loaded with T-Birds, Wizards, and Skyforce fans. Well, not loaded, but this entire D-League forum is from those teams, unless they are a fan of some team in another league.

#1 T-Birds Fan
04-15-2007, 09:17 PM
Yeah I know what you mean.....It's mainly T-Bird's and Wizards fans

DakotaWiz
04-17-2007, 02:29 PM
Who is everyone going for tonight? I personally think I'd like to see the Skyforce next round. Mostly because I am scared of Fort Worth getting help from the NBA teams. Sioux Falls could bring back Amir, but we did alright stopping him last game, and I think we should have won that anyway.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-17-2007, 06:11 PM
I'm actually leaning more toward Fort Worth. Sioux Falls has been better as of late. Pops Mensah-Bonsu cannot be sent down again, but Jose Barea could. However, I've heard that Amir will be sent down if the Force win tonight. I'm not sure if this is true though.

And I've been saying I'm wanting the T-Birds in the West, but I've decided that I've completely underestimated them. I knew they were good, but I've got second thoughts. I'd prefer Colorado. They're on a four-game losing streak.

But who cares who we play as long as we get the job done.
GO WIZARDS!

DakotaWizardsFan
04-17-2007, 10:19 PM
Dang, Skyforce won by 23. I'm scared of them now even without Amir. But expect Amir to be sent back down sometime before Saturday because unlike some stupid affiliates (Bulls & Wizards :mad:), the Pistons actually care somewhat.

Attendance: 2871
Isn't that a little unusual for Sioux Falls, especially since it's a playoff game and now they don't play at home unless they beat us and a lower seed makes it from the West.

USBasket_EricE
04-17-2007, 10:57 PM
Now that I think about it, I was SHOCKED at how low their attendance was. That's gotta be their lowest of the season, no? This is going to be a nail-biting game to the end. I'm hoping for one out of two possible outcomes, can you guess which one?

I think the Bulls were scared to send down another one of their players, after the Marty/Awvee incident. And at the beginning of the year, I remember hearing that it was highly unlikely that the Washington Wizards would send someone down. But who needs the NBA! The Wizards did just fine without them! But I also think that it is a little unfair that Sioux Falls could be playing with 12 players compared to the Wizards' 10. That's something I never felt was right. The teams with the NBA players should have to sit a player out each game if their roster exceeds 10, in my opinion.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-17-2007, 11:02 PM
I'm gonna cry. I just typed out an enormous Efficiency Report and I lost it. I posted it, but it didn't actually post. And I had this feeling that I should save it, but I didn't listen to the little voice in my head.

I guess I'll redo it tomorrow if I have time.

And no, I'm not actually going to cry. I'm just very mad and frustrated.

USBasket_EricE
04-18-2007, 06:15 PM
I just realized after watching an NBA TV video on the D-League site that the Skyforce have only 9 players. I just assumed that they had 11 with Blalock. Nevermind then.

That's happened to me before too, Bri. On USBASKET, if I'm typing something up and it takes over 15 minutes, I need to copy it before submitting it because after a certain amount of time, it automatically logs me out and loses everything that I wrote. Sometimes, if it's something really long, like what I posted there on Sunday, I type it up in a Word document and just save it there. Then I just copy and paste. But I've done what you did too, trusting the web site and not saving it!

I have a feeling that the atmosphere in the Civic Center on Saturday will be equal to that of a championship game. It would be a different story had Fort Worth advanced. There's just something about playing the Skyforce that really gets the fans going. I don't know, maybe it's because it's a ND vs. SD sort of thing?!

I like being sarcastic.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-18-2007, 06:47 PM
I'd like to say that the atmosphere will be great, but I doubt it. Our fans just aren't the same anymore. I don't know why. I guess you and me will just have to provide some atmosphere. By the way, what ever happened to that Renaldo Major "MVP" chant that someone suggested?

I lost something I typed in school yesterday too. I had to type a two-paragraph journal entry and I had one sentence left when it was time to go to lunch. Sometimes during lunch, things happen to the computers so I pressed Ctrl-A to select everything. Then I pressed (or thought I pressed Ctrl-C) to copy everything when I really pressed just C and the whole thiing erased and my journal was left with just one letter, C. I was able to re-type my whole entry in about 5-10 minutes so it wasn't that big of a deal.

I'll post the report up later when I can get to it. And yes, I'll be using Word. I used Notepad last time, but I closed it. And I also realized right when I clicked the shut down thing that I could maybe salvage my post by pressing back a bunch of times. So I clicked a bunch of programs, hoping that it would stop the computer from shutting down, but it didn't.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-18-2007, 08:42 PM
Sioux Falls, S.D. (April 18, 2007) - The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that they will be taking a fan bus to Bismarck, N.D., on Saturday, April 21 as they will square off with the rival Dakota Wizards in the Eastern Division Finals at 7 p.m. Cost for the trip is $65 which includes a ticket along with food and drinks on the bus.

:( I don't want any Force fans here.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-18-2007, 11:05 PM
Efficiency waiting until tomorrow. I got caught up doing something and I've ran out of time.

USBasket_EricE
04-19-2007, 12:03 AM
I hear you on not wanting SF fans here. It'll give the Skyforce more confidence. But, I guess they'd feel the same if a bunch of Wizards fans showed up in Sioux Falls. I think I'd be more excited if the Wizards win this coming game more than the actual championship game. The Skyforce got the Wizards twice at the Civic Center this year, so it would be nice if the Wizards could avenge their losses!

DakotaWizardsFan
04-19-2007, 05:52 PM
I think I'd be more excited if the Wizards win this coming game more than the actual championship game. The Skyforce got the Wizards twice at the Civic Center this year, so it would be nice if the Wizards could avenge their losses!

I can see what you mean. But I'd go mad if I had to sit through a championship loss. I'm ready to rush the court and watch the cutting-down of the nets. It's time. It's been a while since 2004.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-19-2007, 11:36 PM
I’ve hardly found enough time tonight to do this so I’m going to just post the efficiency stats instead of explaining at all. I’ll answer any questions on efficiency if you have them. After my first try was erased, I’ve been too busy and I thought I might as well just post part of it.

These statistics are not official. They have a margin of error of around +/- 0.5 I’d say. The problem is that the D-League stats don’t add up to the right numbers on the website.

TOTAL EFFICIENCY
1-Renaldo Major (877)
2-Quemont Greer (753)
3-Kevin Lyde (623)
4-Dontell Jefferson (549)
5-Rod Benson (544)
6-Maurice Baker (533)
7-James Maye (459)
8-Chris McCray (278)
9-Corey Williams (266)
10-Justin Williams (261)
11-Darius Rice (222)
12-Jerome Beasley (129)
13-Curtis Stinson (109)
14-Alfred Neale (90)
15-Brandon Armstrong (89)
16T-Awvee Storey (35)
16T-Geoff Husted (35)
18-Tremaine Fowlkes (32)
19-Martynas Andriuskevicius (13)
20-Leonardo Di Pacce Dos Santos (3)
21-Jameel Pugh (0)

EFFICIENCY PER GAME (Rounded to the nearest hundredth)
1-Justin Williams (21.75)
2-Renaldo Major (19.49)
3-Quemont Greer (15.37)
4-Rod Benson (15.11)
5-James Maye (13.91)
6-Kevin Lyde (13.84)
7-Corey Williams (13.30)
8-Darius Rice (12.33)
9-Chris McCray (12.09)
10-Awvee Storey (11.67)
11-Dontell Jefferson (11.20)
12-Maurice Baker (11.10)
13-Curtis Stinson (9.08)
14-Jerome Beasley (7.17)
15-Brandon Armstrong (5.93)
16-Alfred Neale (5.29)
17-Geoff Husted (4.38)
18-Martynas Andriuskevicius (4.33)
19-Tremaine Fowlkes (3.56)
20-Leonardo Di Pacce Dos Santos (0.50)
21-Jameel Pugh (0.00)

EFFICIENCY PER 48 MINUTES (Rounded to the nearest hundredth)
1-Justin Williams (32.97)
2-Kevin Lyde (30.11)
3-Rod Benson (29.91)
4-Renaldo Major (27.60)
5-Corey Williams (25.69)
6-Quemont Greer (24.42)
7-Darius Rice (23.27)
8-Awvee Storey (23.01)
9-Dontell Jefferson (22.89)
10-Chris McCray (22.28)
11-James Maye (20.98)
12-Maurice Baker (18.97)
13-Curtis Stinson (18.55)
14-Alfred Neale (16.49)
15-Jerome Beasley (16.13)
16-Brandon Armstrong (14.94)
17-Geoff Husted (14.87)
18-Martynas Andriuskevicius (11.56)
19-Tremaine Fowlkes (11.29)
20-Leonardo Di Pacce Dos Santos (4.50)
21-Jameel Pugh (0.00)

USBasket_EricE
04-21-2007, 11:38 PM
The Dakota Wizards beat the Sioux Falls Skyforce 115-113.

http://www.sarc.com/avcenter/graphics/w32.hoots.1.gif

http://gallery.digitaldeviation.com/d/1140-2/O_RLY-Ya-Rly.jpg

They are going to host the Colorado 14ers on April 29, 2007.

http://jeweledplatypus.org/pixels/other/nowai.jpg

YA WAI!

DakotaWizardsFan
04-21-2007, 11:58 PM
The Dakota Wizards beat the Sioux Falls Skyforce 115-113.

http://www.sarc.com/avcenter/graphics/w32.hoots.1.gif

http://gallery.digitaldeviation.com/d/1140-2/O_RLY-Ya-Rly.jpg

They are going to host the Colorado 14ers on April 29, 2007.

http://jeweledplatypus.org/pixels/other/nowai.jpg

YA WAI!

Lol, Eric. Nice.. I can see that you're just about as happy as me. I can't even explain the feeling. And I was a really bad fan at halftime. I gave up on the team and decided that we were going to lose.

We probably only won because Frank Williams fouled out.

YEAH!!!

Eastern Conference Champs Baby!!!

And I got to kiss the trophy, no lie. Joerger brought it back out and let me.

I cannot wait until Sunday!!!

sky1
04-22-2007, 03:40 PM
Yea Sioux Falls only had 9 players because they thought Amir Johnson could play but Yeager was the one who told the dleague about this minute rule in the rule book that they never enforced last year. If you ask me Yeager is scum and I think the Skyforce should seriously consider joining another legue such as the CBA because they dont change the rules a couple of days before the playoffs. If the Dakota Wizzards would have beat the Skyforce fair and square with Amir playing then I would not care but that was not the case. If you ask me the Championship game this year for the dleague is not correct.

USBasket_EricE
04-22-2007, 03:57 PM
Boo-hoo, whatever. Rules are rules! Wizards are going to the title game!

DakotaWizardsFan
04-22-2007, 04:04 PM
Yea Sioux Falls only had 9 players because they thought Amir Johnson could play but Yeager was the one who told the dleague about this minute rule in the rule book that they never enforced last year. If you ask me Yeager is scum and I think the Skyforce should seriously consider joining another legue such as the CBA because they dont change the rules a couple of days before the playoffs. If the Dakota Wizzards would have beat the Skyforce fair and square with Amir playing then I would not care but that was not the case. If you ask me the Championship game this year for the dleague is not correct.

1. How do you know that it was Joerger?
2. It's the Pistons fault for recalling Amir anyway.
3. How do you know that this isn't a new rule for this season?
4. Joerger (spell it right already) wasn't scum when he was Sioux Falls' coach was he?
5. Go ahead and leave. The CBA sucks now. They had no call-ups this year.
6. They didn't change the rules right before the playoffs.
7. It's Wizards, not "Wizzards".
8. How do you know you would have won with Amir? The game would have been different with him for sure.
9. I don't like the Championship Game this year, but it's correct in the teams that are playing in it. The Wizards won fair and square.
10. You should be mad at Frank Williams for fouling out.
11. Don't be a sore loser!
12. Most importantly, GO WIZARDS!!!

At least the T-Bird fans aren't overly rude and they're actually cheering for the Wizards. Go T-Birds!

Adding a picture to this post since it doesn't fit in the next:
http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/MajorSkillz7/Photos%20from%20Other%20Photographers/wizards_skyforce_10.jpg

I love the expressions on their faces.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-22-2007, 06:50 PM
http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/MajorSkillz7/Photos%20from%20Other%20Photographers/wizards_skyforce_01.jpg

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/MajorSkillz7/Apr%2021%20vs%20Skyforce/SiouxFalls4_EastChamps.jpg

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/MajorSkillz7/Apr%2021%20vs%20Skyforce/SiouxFalls4_EastChamps2.jpg

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/MajorSkillz7/Apr%2021%20vs%20Skyforce/SiouxFalls4_EastChamps3.jpg

And a video:
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/MajorSkillz7/Apr%2021%20vs%20Skyforce/?action=view&current=EASTERNCONFERENCECHAMPSBABY034UseTr.flv

USBasket_EricE
04-24-2007, 02:31 PM
Am I seriously the only one that voted that the Wizards would finish in first in the poll on this page? Just thought I'd bring it up.

Nice pictures by the way. I'm assuming you took the bottom 3 since I've seen the top one on the D-League site. I'll have to watch the video later when I'm at my own computer.

Never thought that the Wizards would one day be playing a team called the "14ers" for a championship. I like their logo too. The "14" resembles the tops of mountains. The Colorado State Flag with the basketball was another neat addition. And the colors aren't bad either. In my opinion, the two teams with the best logos in the D-League are playing for the championship. The Wizards logo is still my favorite. I like how they changed it a little bit for this season. The old one was nice, but I like the newer one better.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/20/14ers.PNG

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8b/DWizards.jpg

DakotaWizardsFan
04-24-2007, 06:44 PM
I was going to vote us for first, but it was looking very bad at the time of that poll and I was seriously thinking about voting third. But who would've known we'd have the valuable additions of Rod Benson and Corey Williams. Darius Rice and Chris McCray have helped also, but Rod and Corey have been the most helpful.

Yeah, the bottom three pictures are from me. That would be why they are blurry and far away. I just hate my digital camera at Wizards game. Everywhere else it is fine.

I've got plenty more videos on my PhotoBucket too, but I thought I'd post that because that's when we got the trophy. I've got one from a couple games back of Renaldo receiving his trophy also. And every once in a while, I've been lucky to catch a dunk or something else that's exciting.

I like the two logos a lot also and I like the minor change to our logo too. The 14ers name is just a little weird to me. And I'm sure you don't know, but how did we come to be the Wizards? Wouldn't that name have fit the Magic City Snowbears better since "Magic City"?

USBasket_EricE
04-24-2007, 08:55 PM
I never once thought of the "Magic City Wizards". That would have been a perfect fit. But I would hate "Dakota Snowbears".

At the time, it appeared that Fort Worth was going to be the best team of the season, but Sioux Falls got their NBA guys and some other great additions and passed them in the standings. I believe the Flyers were the only team in the East to hold a lead over the Wizards at some point during the season. After the All-Star Game, they just seemed to fall apart as soon as Jose Juan Barea and Pops Mensah-Bonsu left. I almost forgot that Sidney Moncrief coached the East team. That's when the Wizards broke away from their slump and started winning again. Same with the Skyforce. It's hard to believe how fast the season went, even though it was much longer than usual.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-24-2007, 09:16 PM
I never thought of it either. Someone (maybe my dad or mom) mentioned it and it really seemed odd to me that the names were like that.

With Pops Mensah-Bonsu and JJ Barea, it did seem that Fort Worth would be the best team. They were very dominant with Pops dominating the glass and JJ creating baskets by driving and scoring or driving and kicking the ball out to the one of the good shooters, such as Burleson, on the perimeter. NBA players can be an advantage for sure, but they can also be a disadvantage, with teams often falling apart when the players get recalled. And since the teams pile up good records with the NBA players, it's hard to find suitable replacements in the player pool.

USBasket_EricE
04-24-2007, 11:44 PM
Dakota Wizards from 2001-2007
2001-2002 (Dave Joerger, Casey Owens)
Shawn Daniels
Mark Davis
Khalid El-Amin
Marquise Gainous
Ed Gray
Rico Hill
Courtney James
Danny Johnson
Ken Johnson
Michael Johnson
Andy Panko
Chris Porter
Kevin Rice
Marvin "The Big Show" Rodgers
Miles Simon
Wayne Turner
2002-2003 (Dave Joerger, Casey Owens)
Cory Bradford
Shawn Daniels
Malik Dixon
Courtney James
Andy Panko
Kevin Rice
Miles Simon
Victor Thomas
Rashad Tucker
Sonny Watson
Carlos Strong
John Thomas
Curtis McCants
John Linehan
Chris Porter
Keith Carter
Derek Grimm
Oliver Miller
Kevin Beard
2003-2004 (Dave Joerger, Casey Owens)
Kaniel Dickens
Ben Ebong
Oliver Miller
John Linehan
Ray Weathers
Sean Lampley
Nolan Johnson
Melvin Sanders
Chad Prewitt
Junior Harrington
Lari Ketner (never played a game, injured)
Mike King
Tim Kisner
Eddie Gill
Maurice Carter
Dennis Mims
Willie Murdaugh
Muntrelle Dobbins
Chris Porter
Billy Keys
Michael (Animal) Smith
Ashraf Amaya
Dean Oliver
Rodney Buford
Jonathan Jones
2004-2005 (Casey Owens, Brian Walsh, Jason Hamm)
Billy Thomas
Melvin Sanders
Billy Keys
Maurice Baker
Bryant Notree
Bobby Lazor
Dickey Simpkins
Chris Porter
Oliver Miller
Wayne Turner
Sean Lampley
Alex Sanders
Chad Prewitt
Shawn Daniels
Larry Reid
Patrick Okafor
Jeff Brandt
Chris Herren
Derrick Davis
Jeff Graves
2005-2006 (Dave Bliss, Bryant Notree, Rob Spon)
Terry Black
Maurice Baker
Chris Alexander
Billy Thomas
Damond Williams
Anthony Jackson
Geoff Husted
Kasib Powell
Damion Dantzler
James Maye
Jeremee McGuire
Lee Scruggs (supposedly signed, but never played)
Matt Vaughn
Patrick Simpson
Quintarus "Scooter" Sherrill
Devonne Giles
Alfred Neale
James "Mookie" Wright
Rocky Walls
Rashad Phillips
Rashi Johnson
2006-2007 (Dave Joerger, Kevin Rice)
Rod Benson
Quemont Greer
Maurice Baker
Awvee Storey
Renaldo Major
Corey Williams
Curtis Stinson
James Maye
Dontell Jefferson
Chris McCray
Jerome Beasley
Martynas Andriuskevicius
Darius Rice
Brandon Armstrong
Justin Williams
Geoff Husted
Kevin Lyde
Morro Dos Santos
Alfred Neale
Jameel Pugh

Did I forget anyone? This does not include preseason players that were released.

melloman
04-25-2007, 09:39 AM
Wasn't Willie Murdaugh on that 2001 - 2002 Team ?

USBasket_EricE
04-25-2007, 12:27 PM
No, he was with the Saskatchewan Hawks that year and the Wizards played them a lot, so he was in the Civic Center a few times that season, but not in a Wizards uniform.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-25-2007, 12:34 PM
Eric- Did you remember all of those players or did you have to look them up? And if you looked them up, where did you find your information?

I'm at school so I'm not going to choose my favorites for each season yet.

USBasket_EricE
04-25-2007, 01:56 PM
I looked through all the articles and rosters that I have from the past 6 years and found them. I'll have to go through and pick out my favorites too.

I'm in my journalism class right now, a class that I haven't done a single thing in all year. All I do is sit at a computer and go online. I do all of my other work at home and I do it once a month. Good class!

DakotaWizardsFan
04-25-2007, 07:51 PM
I just noticed something while I was deciding my favorites. Did John Linehan really play two seasons? I should know because he was one of my favorite players, but I don't know.

I'm taking journalism next year for both semesters. I'm looking forward to it.

USBasket_EricE
04-25-2007, 08:05 PM
Linehan was the Wizards #1 overall pick in the 2002 CBA Draft and he joined the team about halfway through the 2002-2003 season. He played with the Wizards during the first half of the 2003-2004 season and was looking like the team leader until he was waived for no reason. I think after that he was with the Harlem Globetrotters for awhile. I don't know his whereabouts now.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-25-2007, 08:09 PM
Linehan was the Wizards #1 overall pick in the 2002 CBA Draft and he joined the team about halfway through the 2002-2003 season. He played with the Wizards during the first half of the 2003-2004 season and was looking like the team leader until he was waived for no reason. I think after that he was with the Harlem Globetrotters for awhile. I don't know his whereabouts now.

Oh okay. I have no idea where he's playing now, if anywhere. I couldn't find anything about him other than college stuff.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-25-2007, 08:17 PM
2001-2002
Chris Porter

2002-2003
John Linehan or Chris Porter

2003-2004
Too many; Ben Ebong, John Linehan, Melvin Sanders, Chad Prewitt, Eddie Gill, Maurice Carter, Willie Murdaugh, Chris Porter, Billy Keys, & Rodney Buford; If I had to narrow that down, I’d say John Linehan, Melvin Sanders, Chris Porter, & Rodney Buford

2004-2005
Too many again; Billy Thomas, Melvin Sanders, Billy Keys, Maurice Baker, Bryant Notree, Bobby Lazor, Chris Porter, Wayne Turner, & Chad Prewitt. To narrow it down, I think my favorite player at the time was Bryant Notree

2005-2006
I liked a few of these guys a lot, but my favorite at first was James Maye, then Kasib Powell and also Alfred Neale. My favorite out of those three would have to be Kasib Powell.

2006-2007
No doubt is it Renaldo Major, but I went through a time when I liked Darius Rice the most before I realized that there’s no way that I could not have Renaldo Major as my favorite. Again, I absolutely love the team this year. I was going to say more of my favorites, but I’d be listing a lot of this year’s roster.


EDIT: And I didn't realize that Chris Porter was with the Wizards that many seasons.

USBasket_EricE
04-25-2007, 08:59 PM
Porter never played a whole season. He joined the Wizards halfway through 2001-2002. He only played 4 or 5 games in 2002-2003 because his Italy team wouldn't release him from his contract. He joined the Wizards halfway through the 2003-2004 season, and he played the first half of 2004-2005 until leaving for China.

Favs
2001-2002: 1. Miles Simon, 2. Chris Porter, 3. Michael Johnson.
2002-2003: 1. Kevin Rice, 2. Andy Panko, 3. Shawn Daniels. (I'd pick Simon and Porter too, but they both had shortened seasons)
2003-2004: 1. Ben Ebong, 2. Eddie Gill, 3. Chris Porter. (hard to decide, so many great players from this season! Billy Keys, Chad Prewitt, Dean Oliver, etc...)
2004-2005: 1. Chad Prewitt, 2. Melvin Sanders, 3. Bryant Notree.
2005-2006: 1. Kasib Powell, 2. Maurice Baker, 3. James Maye.
2006-2007: 1. Renaldo Major, 2. Maurice Baker, 3. Kevin Lyde. (another tough one!)

DakotaWizardsFan
04-25-2007, 09:04 PM
Porter never played a whole season. He joined the Wizards halfway through 2001-2002. He only played 4 or 5 games in 2002-2003 because his Italy team wouldn't release him from his contract. He joined the Wizards halfway through the 2003-2004 season, and he played the first half of 2004-2005 until leaving for China.

Favs
2001-2002: 1. Miles Simon, 2. Chris Porter, 3. Michael Johnson.
2002-2003: 1. Kevin Rice, 2. Andy Panko, 3. Shawn Daniels. (I'd pick Simon and Porter too, but they both had shortened seasons)
2003-2004: 1. Ben Ebong, 2. Eddie Gill, 3. Chris Porter. (hard to decide, so many great players from this season! Billy Keys, Chad Prewitt, Dean Oliver, etc...)
2004-2005: 1. Chad Prewitt, 2. Melvin Sanders, 3. Bryant Notree.
2005-2006: 1. Kasib Powell, 2. Maurice Baker, 3. James Maye.
2006-2007: 1. Renaldo Major, 2. Maurice Baker, 3. Kevin Lyde. (another tough one!)

Your favorites are quite similar to mine.
Yeah, 2003-2004 was just an awesome year with some great players. If you'd ask me in a week or so, I'll probably have changed my mind about my favorite player.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-27-2007, 07:00 PM
Make sure to go to the D-League site and vote for the Wizards on the poll. They were losing by a lot around noon, but now the vote is close.

Which team do you think will win Sunday's D-League Championship Game?
Colorado 14ers

53%
Dakota Wizards

47%
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USBasket_EricE
04-27-2007, 10:55 PM
I voted on 10 different computers today since it only lets you vote one time. I just hope we didn't give our Skyforce fans any ideas now! Oh well, the poll doesn't mean a thing. It all comes down to Sunday's game! And it should be a good one!

There's another poll on USBasket right now and I believe the Wizards have a huge percentage over the 14ers.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-27-2007, 10:57 PM
I voted on 10 different computers today since it only lets you vote one time. I just hope we didn't give our Skyforce fans any ideas now! Oh well, the poll doesn't mean a thing. It all comes down to Sunday's game! And it should be a good one!

There's another poll on USBasket right now and I believe the Wizards have a huge percentage over the 14ers.

10 computers? Crazy. When I vote, I get two votes since I have Internet Explorer and Firefox. I think I voted at school today though.

But yeah, the poll doesn't matter, but I still want us to win it.

USBasket_EricE
04-27-2007, 11:09 PM
I forgot about Firefox. I have it too, but for some reason it seemed a lot slower on my computer. I used it for about 3 weeks before going back to Explorer.

Yep, 10 computers. I went right down the row in the newspaper/yearbook lab today. Right now the poll stands at 14ers: 52%, Wizards: 48%.

DakotaWizardsFan
04-27-2007, 11:19 PM
For some reason, my votes wouldn't go through in Firefox actually. I prefer Firefox though.

Wow, you're dedicated.

Ugh, I cannot wait until Sunday. I'm dying my hair purple (temporarily of course) and maybe having my mom braid it. So yes, I'm going to be going crazy, but that's just how I am when it comes to these sorts of things.

USBasket_EricE
04-27-2007, 11:36 PM
I love digging up the past!

Dakota or Idaho may be #1 overall but the Sioux Falls Skyforce will win the championship

http://content.ytmnd.com/content/d/d/1/dd1278dffe207cf6f6d608084aa24759.jpg

DakotaWizardsFan
04-27-2007, 11:44 PM
I love digging up the past!



http://content.ytmnd.com/content/d/d/1/dd1278dffe207cf6f6d608084aa24759.jpg

:infun:

So the Wizards *might* not take it, but Sioux Falls sure didn't. Oh wait, with Amir, they would've. Sorry I forgot.

Go Renaldo! (Had to do that)

USBasket_EricE
04-27-2007, 11:55 PM
http://www.cabel.name/images-post/2006/01/roflcopter.gif

DakotaWizardsFan
04-28-2007, 12:01 AM
http://www.cabel.name/images-post/2006/01/roflcopter.gif

LOL and ROFL to that.

USBasket_EricE
04-30-2007, 06:43 PM
I wonder what the 2006-2007 championship banner will say? This is what the other three say (from memory, not officially):

DAKOTA WIZARDS
2000-2001
IBA
CHAMPIONS
ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

DAKOTA WIZARDS
2002
CBA
CHAMPIONS
NATIONAL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
COACH OF THE YEAR
CBA MVP

DAKOTA WIZARDS
2003-2004
CBA
CHAMPIONS
REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS 34-14
SEVEN NBA CALL-UPS
PLAY-OFF MVP
COACH OF THE YEAR

I'm guessing the new one will look something like this:

DAKOTA WIZARDS
2006-2007
NBA D-LEAGUE
CHAMPIONS
EASTERN DIVISION CHAMPIONS
TWO NBA CALL-UPS
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
FINALS MVP

DakotaWizardsFan
04-30-2007, 06:49 PM
I wonder what the 2006-2007 championship banner will say? This is what the other three say (from memory, not officially):

DAKOTA WIZARDS
2000-2001
IBA
CHAMPIONS
ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

DAKOTA WIZARDS
2002
CBA
CHAMPIONS
NATIONAL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
COACH OF THE YEAR
CBA MVP

DAKOTA WIZARDS
2003-2004
CBA
CHAMPIONS
REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS 34-14
SEVEN NBA CALL-UPS
PLAY-OFF MVP
COACH OF THE YEAR

I'm guessing the new one will look something like this:

DAKOTA WIZARDS
2006-2007
NBA D-LEAGUE
CHAMPIONS
EASTERN DIVISION CHAMPIONS
TWO NBA CALL-UPS
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

FINALS MVP


Funny thing, I took a picture of the banners last night.

DAKOTA WIZARDS
2000-2001
IBA
CHAMPIONS
ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

DAKOTA WIZARDS
2002
CBA
CHAMPIONS
NATIONAL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
COACH OF THE YEAR
CBA MVP

DAKOTA WIZARDS
2003-2004
CBA
CHAMPIONS
REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS 34-14
SEVEN NBA CALL-UPS
PLAYOFF MVP
COACH OF THE YEAR

That may be exactly what you typed. I just typed what my photos showed and I didn't compare with you.

USBasket_EricE
04-30-2007, 07:06 PM
It is pretty much the same thing that I put. But oh well, it's fun to read it again (a third time if you count the quoted part)!

DakotaWizardsFan
04-30-2007, 10:21 PM
I can't believe you remembered that. I wouldn't have even gotten 40% of it right.

USBasket_EricE
05-12-2007, 09:16 PM
Anyone see this article on DraftExpress?

http://www.draftexpress.com/viewarticle.php?a=2041

They aren't the true awards, but more like opinions from other experts.

I'm glad to see that almost everyone thought that Dave Joerger was the Coach of the Year. But the paragraph that they wrote on him had some mistakes. I believe he is 33, not 31. And they also said that he only lost one play-off series. He did if you consider more than one game a series, but he lost in the 2006 CBA play-offs in that round-robin format and he also lost in a loser-out game during his one season in the USBL.

I don't know about their choice for MVP though. Dijon Thompson really didn't get the Thunderbirds very far in the regular season. I still think Randy Livingston is the right choice for that one (or Renaldo Major).

I'm still not an expert on deciding a defensive player of the year, so I can't really say whether Louis Amundson is a good choice or not.

For the rookie, I don't think I would have chosen Pooh Jeter, I would have stuck with Amundson since he had the most success this season of all the rookies and securing a spot in the NBA.

I can't really decide the sixth man award either since I really didn't pay that much attention to the starters this season, but Denham Brown and Rod Benson look like good choices to me. I always wondered why Denham never started when the 66ers were in Bismarck, he was their best player. And Rod showed a major improvement after joining the Wizards and coming off the bench.

Jeremy Richardson was a good choice for the sleeper. He really is the only good player I can think of that never really got noticed with the true post-season awards.

And the NBA assignee was a tough one. I'd call it a tie between Amir Johnson and Pops Mensah-Bonsu. Without Pops, the Flyers would have had a lower record, and without Amir, the Skyforce wouldn't have contended with the Wizards as much as they did this season as far as the race for first place goes.

In the first team, I would have switched Thompson with Major. Simply put, Major did better than Thompson this season as far as helping the team goes. The second and third teams look fine to me, I wouldn't know how else to do it.

Not playing favorites here, but Rod Benson had the most realistic choices and Pooh Jeter had the least realistic. The other 4 writers for the site were mixed. Pooh put Major on the third team! I think he's a little PO'd at the Wizards for stealing the championship! And most of his other choices benefit the 14ers. Elton Brown for MVP? I don't think so! And Joe Wolf for coach of the year? Nah... And I wouldn't have come up with Terrence Crawford for 6th man either.

Best to worst choices (IMO):
1. Benson
2. Schmidt
3. Walker
4. Hlavac
5. Givony
6. Jeter

DakotaWizardsFan
05-13-2007, 07:19 PM
I thought Jeter's votes were completely wrong. If you look at his votes, he basically only voted for his teammates and his coach. (and himself) And like you said, how could Major be on the Third Team? And Brown for MVP? Ha

I do not think that Dijon was MVP. IMO that would be Livingston or Major.

I don't remember seeing Amundson ever, but I still think Major was the real Defensive Player of the Year.

Rookie, I would definitely keep Amundson. Jeter was good, but not as good.

Sixth man, I'm not sure about either, but both sound like good picks. I would probably (out of those two) go with Brown though.

For sleeper I was thinking about Major. At the beginning of the year, I tried to pick our opening night roster and I was thinking about not putting him on the team. He came from being almost unknown to getting called-up, being named Defensive Player of the Year, and making the First Team.

For NBA-Assignee I think I would consider three players: Johnson, Mensah-Bonsu, and Barea. I think that Johnson was the best though, followed by Mensah-Bonsu.

There's no way that Major shouldn't have been on the First Team. He definitely deserved being on it.

USBasket_EricE
05-14-2007, 06:27 PM
So, you want to make it to 300 posts, Bri? Well, how about discussing the NBA Play-offs? Who do you want to win? I'm still pulling for the underdogs, the Warriors. I was amazed when they took out the Mavs in the first round! But now they find themselves down 3-1 against the Jazz. To be a little more realistic, I'll go for the Cavs. Or wait...to make it easier, here's a list of the teams beginning with my favorite team to least favorite for winning the championship:

1. Cavs
2. Warriors
3. Suns
4. Bulls
5. Nets
6. Jazz
7. Pistons
8. Spurs

I know the Spurs and Pistons are the likely teams to win it all, but I've gotten tired of them. I've never liked the Spurs. And I was excited when the Pistons won it in 2004, but since then I've lost interest in them. I like to see a bigger variety of teams winning the championship and not just the same ones over and over again.

I wish the T-Wolves didn't suck so bad. I can't believe that they decided to go into the next season with Coach Randy Wittman (that's his name, right?) again. He was just a replacement for their other failure of a coach, Dwane Casey. Heck, hire Dave Joerger! I'm sure he can do a better job than those other two combined! The team just needs to do something drastic. If it means trading every player, including KG, so be it. What they have now just isn't working. A clean slate and a fresh start is what they need. If they ever turn into a title contender again, then I'll root for them to win the championship every year! The Wolves are like the Dakota Wizards in my eyes, they're the team that I want to win no matter what, even if it is over and over. Fortunately for the Wizards, they've been able to GIT 'R DONE 4 times in 7 years!

DakotaWizardsFan
05-14-2007, 06:36 PM
Here's my order:
1. Warriors
2. Bulls
3. Suns
4. Nets
5. Bulls
6. Jazz
7. Pistons
8. Spurs

That's almost a copy of yours. I definitely want the Warriors to win for a few reasons:
1. They're the underdog.
2. They gave Renaldo his first shot at the NBA.
3. I kinda like Kelenna Azubuike.

I'm going to go with the Spurs as my guess for who is going to take it all. I sure hope it's not them. The only thing I've ever liked about them is that they had Melvin Sanders for a while.

I've given up on the T-Wolves and switched to three teams:
1. Heat because of D-Wade
2. Magic because of Howard
3. Kings because of Justin of course

And yeah, I think that's the Wolves' coach. I don't really pay a whole lot of attention to the Wolves or the NBA anymore.

They should hire Joerger.. or at least make him their assistant and then next time they hire a new head coach, it can be him.

And yeah.. I think KG should be traded. He's their best player obviously, but they just need to start over. I think that their two rookies could really be all-stars in the future so maybe they've got something going there.

USBasket_EricE
05-22-2007, 04:48 PM
Be honest, how does this column sound? If you're not a Wizards fan, you might find this boring. That's why it's on the team thread.

Practical magic
By Eric E.

After following professional basketball in the minor leagues for a good five years, I can honestly say that the best team in the nation is Bismarck’s own Dakota Wizards. They have played in three different leagues during their 12 years of existence and have, for the most part, always been championship contenders. They have had more than their share of talented players on their rosters, some of them with experience in the NBA. And they always seem to have an excellent coaching staff. Last season was not the case, but I’ll get into that later.

I don’t have any memories of the Wizards’ years in the International Basketball Association (IBA) because I didn’t attend any of the games back then. But records show that they knew what they were doing, for a good part of the time. Their first few seasons were shaky, as they had just one winning record out of four seasons. But that’s understandable because they were brand new. Then, in their fifth season (1999-2000), they were 18-0 at home and 30-6 overall, which was a good enough record to put them in first place overall. They had the Coach of the Year (Duane Ticknor), the Most Valuable Player (Brian Green), the Rookie of the Year (Antonio Reynolds-Dean), and the Sixth Man of the Year (Kevin Beard), but they didn’t get the championship trophy as they were knocked out of the semi-finals by the Magic City Showbears. This, however, was just the beginning of great events to come.

The Wizards’ smartest move came when they hired Dave Joerger as their head coach for the 2000-2001 season, their last in the IBA. Joerger had been with the club for a good portion of their existence as he served as general manager and assistant coach. That season, he coached his team to a 30-10 record, the best record in the IBA for the second straight season. He was also named the Coach of the Year and his team won the IBA Finals best-of-5 series 3-2 over the Des Moines Dragons. The Wizards kept Joerger in his position as they made the move to the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), a league that was considered a step-down from the NBA. That’s the season (2001-2002) that I became a fan. The games were always exciting and the Wizards hardly ever lost. I knew then that they were the best team around, even before I had the knowledge of what was to come. The Wizards finished the season as the best overall team again, with a 26-14 record. Joerger was named the Coach of the Year and Miles Simon was the league MVP and the Newcomer of the Year. The Wizards then made it past the Fargo-Moorhead Beez in the conference finals and had to go on the road for the championship game because the Civic Center was being used for World Curling Tournaments. I took a fan bus to the game in Rockford, Illinois and got to see them take the championship game and hoist the trophy. They had been classified as a “lower-tier” team that season and played a shorter schedule just because they were new to the league. Again, that shows why they truly are the best team.

Joerger stayed with the team for another two seasons and coached the Wizards to a league best 31-17 record in 2002-2003 and a league best 34-14 record in 2003-2004. They lost to the Yakima Sun Kings in the semi-finals in 2003, despite having league MVP Andy Panko and defensive player of the year Kevin Rice. But Panko was under the weather during the play-offs so that’s a reasonable explanation why they lost. In 2003-2004, the Wizards managed to make it to the championship game and win it by three points over Idaho after a season of NBA call-ups and injuries. Six different players were taken by NBA teams throughout the season, two of which were back with the team during the play-offs. Joerger took the Coach of the Year award again. But, he left the Wizards after that season and took the reigns of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Wizards’ top rivals. Assistant coach Casey Owens picked up where Joerger left off and he coached the Wizards to a league best 32-16 record in 2004-2005, giving the Wizards their sixth straight minor league regular season title. Joerger’s Skyforce, however, pushed past the Wizards in the semi-finals and went on to become champions.

I don’t know how anyone could not classify the Wizards as the number one minor league team in the country. Six straight seasons as the first place team, three championships, four coach of the year awards, three regular season MVP’s, the list goes on! Of course, all good things must come to an end. Before the 2005-2006 season, Casey Owens was let go and the Wizards hired controversial college coach Dave Bliss as their new head coach. That season really sucked. I don’t know how else to describe it. The Wizards were 2-22 on the road and 19-29 overall. They didn’t make the play-offs and were in last place in their division. Bliss resigned shortly after the season was over. Then the Wizards made the move to the NBA Development League (D-League). They hired a brand new staff and Dave Joerger came back and took over as head coach again. So far this season, the Wizards are one of the best teams and the future is looking bright. Every team has their flaws. Luckily for the Wizards, it is short-lived. They are continuing to dominate minor league basketball and I don’t see an end in site.

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I wrote this back in December/January for the BHS Hi-Herald and was shocked to find out today that it got me first place in sports column writing in all Division I schools. I had submitted it to the NIPA (Northern Interscholastic Press Association) writing competition in Grand Forks last month and evidently it won. But when I was there, the people forgot to read the names of the winners for sports column writing!!! So, the little trophy and certificate that I was supposed to receive on April 23 wasn't given to me until today, the last day of school. I couldn't believe it because I didn't think the column was all that good. It barely made the cut to appear in the January edition of the paper! I think they only put it in because they had room for it.

There are two errors that I found in it after it was published. The very last word, "site", is the wrong word to use for what I was describing. It should have been "sight". And for some reason, I thought last season was worse than it really was. The Wizards were 3-21 on the road, not 2-22. And the title for the column wasn't my idea either, the web page designers came up with it because I couldn't think of anything. "Practically magic" would have made more sense, but it was too late before I thought of that.

DakotaWizardsFan
05-22-2007, 05:52 PM
Of course I liked that column since I'm a Wizards fan, but I still think that if I wasn't a fan, that would still be good. I just love reading about the history of the Wizards.

And now a new chapter can be added...D-League champs!

And who knows what next year will bring? I am predicting that Joerger will get some job with the NBA, but that's just my guess.

DakotaWizardsFan
05-22-2007, 06:29 PM
300 posts :)

...well, 301 now

USBasket_EricE
05-23-2007, 12:39 AM
Thank you. I guess I was being a little hard on myself, but then again, who isn't on themselves!

I was thinking the same thing with the "new chapter". So much happened this past season. I too hope that Joerger gets an NBA job, even if it is something like Casey Owens' job as video coordinator for the Bulls. Any NBA job is better than a D-League/CBA job.

So, who do you think Portland will take in the draft? Looks like most experts say Oden. I really don't know because I never followed NCAA basketball, but I know I've heard the names "Greg Oden" and "Kevin Durant" many times over the past couple of years!

DakotaWizardsFan
05-23-2007, 06:19 PM
I've got a possible reason why I think Joerger will get some sort of NBA job, but it could mean nothing..

I'm thinking that Portland will take Oden. Durant will make a better short-term impact than Oden I think, but Oden should make a better long-term impact. Plus, dominant centers are hard to come by so I think you've got to go with the big man.

DakotaWizardsFan
05-24-2007, 05:15 PM
Idaho gets the D-League Showcase next season. I thought we'd get it since we have the 2nd (or 3rd?) highest attendance. :(

Pounder
05-24-2007, 06:16 PM
There are some rumors that Kevin Pritchard is a Durant guy... but there's a lot of logic to him picking Oden. Of course, there's a lot of logic to him picking Durant as well.

There are many replays of the old Bowie / Jordan issue in Portland this week. Many Durant fans aren't shy about bringing that one up.

Let's also face facts... from Bob McAdoo scaring Portland into drafting one LaRue Martin as an overall #1 pick, to Bill Walton's arches, to Bowie over Jordan, to overpaying Kevin Duckworth, to getting Arvydas Sabonis 10 years after he was drafted, to even the injuries this year, it's often felt like the Blazers' center has been akin to Spinal Tap's drummer.

USBasket_EricE
05-24-2007, 10:50 PM
Idaho gets the D-League Showcase next season. I thought we'd get it since we have the 2nd (or 3rd?) highest attendance. :(

Seems like the Wizards always get screwed when it comes to these kinds of events. They never hosted a CBA All-Star Game in all five CBA seasons. I'm guessing Idaho got it because Boise is a larger city. The CBA headquarters used to be there too, so that's makes for a good reputation. But I'd say the Wizards are equally matched when it comes to attracting fans. We proved that with the record-setting attendance for the D-League Championship Game - as the smallest city in the league. But then again, as far as I can remember, the team that hosted an event like this never went on to win the league championship so maybe this is good. Just looking at the positive side! I wonder what my chances are of breaking away from Bismarck and going to the Showcase are? My good friend is attending Boise State next year, so if I ever decide to go visit, that would be the perfect time!

Pounder, you're a Stampede fan, right? I bet you were glad to hear the news!

DakotaWizardsFan
05-24-2007, 10:57 PM
I was just going to bring that up that we just never seem to get these kinds of events. Sioux Falls and Idaho get them whether they are in the CBA or the D-League. I'm not quite seeing how these things are fair.

USBasket_EricE
05-24-2007, 11:24 PM
But I suppose the Wizards, as D-League champions, will get to go to China for some preseason games next season. They should have a contest where a few lucky fans can win the opportunity to go with them, all expenses paid! That would be awesome!

DakotaWizardsFan
05-25-2007, 09:56 AM
But I suppose the Wizards, as D-League champions, will get to go to China for some preseason games next season. They should have a contest where a few lucky fans can win the opportunity to go with them, all expenses paid! That would be awesome!

We should be able to go since the T-Birds did, but I just have a feeling that we won't. That would be absolutely awesome though.

DakotaWizardsFan
05-26-2007, 12:01 PM
I guess Joerger will not be the first D-League coach to become an NBA head coach. Former Fort Worth Flyers coach Sam Vincent was just hired by the Charlotte Bobcats.

DakotaWizardsFan
05-28-2007, 03:30 PM
After reading your article Eric, I was inspired to write one about this season. However, it turned into a four page report instead. This will probably take a few posts so I will split it up by page.

Crazy Things Happen
By Bri
The Dakota Wizards from Bismarck, North Dakota have been one of, if not the best, minor league basketball teams of this decade. The Wizards began their existence in the IBA where they compiled a regular season record of 110-88. This record would be much better if only the last two IBA seasons (1999-2000 and 2000-2001) were included, as the Wizards built up a 60-16 regular season record with one championship (2000-2001) during this time. The Wizards would then move on to the CBA where they would play for five seasons (2001-2002 through 2005-2006). During this time, the Wizards compiled a regular season record of 142-90 and won two championships (2001-2002 and 2003-2004).
The 2006-2007 season would bring something new for the almost always successful Wizards. The NBA was looking to expand its developmental league, known as the D-League. The D-League brought in four former CBA teams, including the Wizards. This came as a relief to Wizards fans who were wondering about the future of their team. Each D-League team is affiliated with one to three NBA teams. The Wizards were given the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards. Affiliates are important to D-League teams as the affiliates can send their first or second year players down to their D-League team. This ends up helping some teams by giving them outstanding players and hurting other teams by not being assigned that many players.
With the firing of controversial coach Dave Bliss during the off-season, the Wizards were without a head coach. This would be no problem as a very good coach was available. The Sioux Falls Skyforce’s (one of the CBA teams jumping to the D-League) coach from the previous season was Dave Joerger, who head coached the Wizards from 2000-2001 through 2003-2004. However, Joerger was not going to return to the Skyforce for another season. This was good news to the Wizards who jumped at this chance and hired him. The Wizards also hired former player Kevin Rice as their assistant coach. The season looked as if it would be promising before the season even began.

DakotaWizardsFan
05-28-2007, 03:31 PM
The opening night roster included some familiar names to Wizards fans. Maurice Baker had played for the Wizards in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006. Jerome Beasley had played for the University of North Dakota and was also on the Sioux Falls Skyforce’s championship team in 2004-2005 when the Skyforce beat the Wizards in the semifinals. Renaldo Major had played for the Gary Steelheads and the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the CBA. James Maye was returning after a good previous season with the Wizards. These players were joined by guards Brandon Armstrong and Dontell Jefferson forwards Quemont Greer, Jameel Pugh, and Justin Williams, and center Kevin Lyde.
The season started off well as the Wizards beat their rivals, the Skyforce in Sioux Falls, South Dakota by a score of 114-104 and then beat the Skyforce the next night in Bismarck by a score of 89-87. The Wizards would then lose their next game before going on a four-game win streak. On December 11, 2006, a first in Wizards history occurred. Martynas Andriuskevicius was assigned to the Wizards by the Chicago Bulls. However, he would not stay long. On December 21, teammate Awvee Storey attacked Andriuskevicius during practice and Andriuskevicius suffered a severe brain injury. Doctors thought it would take months for him to regain speech, but he began talking within a month. His ultimate goal was to play basketball again within a year. He has not played in a game since the incident, but he has practiced with the Bulls. From December 15 through January 15, the Wizards went 10-2. One of these wins included the Wizards’ annual New Year’s Eve game, in which the Wizards beat the Colorado 14ers 108-106. On January 15, star defensive player Justin Williams was called up by the Sacramento Kings. This probably contributed to what was about to happen.

DakotaWizardsFan
05-28-2007, 03:32 PM
Then through the rest of January and February, things began to go downhill. During this time, the Wizards compiled a record of 5-9 and dropped out of first place. Through all of this, there were two bright spots: Renaldo Major and Quemont Greer. The two were named to the Eastern Division All-Star team. In the all-star game held in Las Vegas, Nevada, the two scored 14 and 6 points, respectively.
The Wizards would eventually climb back into first place with the help of great play by the big men Kevin Lyde and Rod Benson and the acquisitions of several players, most importantly Benson and Corey Williams. Two more acquisitions (Darius Rice and Chris McCray) would have their moments of stardom during the regular season and Rice would have his time to star in May. The Wizards secured home-court advantage throughout the postseason by a good April. The Wizards and the Idaho Stampede set a new D-League record by compiling 33 wins. However, the Wizards had a better head-to-head record, which is why they got home-court advantage over the Stampede.
In the first play-off game, the Wizards played their rivals, the Skyforce again. The two teams had met six previous times, with each team winning three games. This game would be similar to a game seven except for the fact that it was not part of a series, but rather one game in order to reach the championship. To many Wizards fans, it was unfair that their team could lose one time and be out when they thought their team could easily beat every other team in a series. This proved not to matter as the Wizards staged a furious comeback and beat the Skyforce 115-113 in front of 3,826 fans, which were mainly Wizards fans, but also a small group of Skyforce fans. Greer kept the Wizards within comeback distance in the first half by scoring 22 points. In the second half, Renaldo Major took over by scoring 29 points, 17 of them from the free-throw line. This win set up a championship game with the Colorado 14ers also to be played in Bismarck.

DakotaWizardsFan
05-28-2007, 03:33 PM
Through the first three quarters of the championship game, the Wizards seemed to be in control. Entering the final quarter, the Wizards had an 86-80 lead. However, the 14ers would push back and gain the lead. With 7.2 seconds left, Pooh Jeter made two free-throws to put Colorado ahead 109-106. This would not prove to be too much for the Wizards as their hero of the night, Rice, would knock down a three with 4.5 seconds left to tie the game. The 14ers got one last chance to win in regulation. Elton Brown took a shot that went in and out at the buzzer. In overtime the Wizards dominated right away and the 14ers were never able to recover. The Wizards won 129-121 in front of a D-League postseason record 5,224 fans. This was not the only record to be broken; in fact, two more were broken by one player. Rice scored a postseason record 52 points and eleven three-pointers to lead the Wizards to victory. After the game, Coach Joerger asked the crowd, “Was there ever a doubt?” and said, “I told the guys with eight seconds left that crazy stuff happens in this arena. These guys have enjoyed playing together all season long and this is a fitting way to end the season.” With a championship game like this, Joerger was certainly right.
In addition to this championship, the Wizards also picked up some postseason awards. Major was named Defensive Player of the Year and made the All D-League First Team. Greer and Lyde made All D-League Honorable Mention. Many thought Major should have won MVP, but Randy Livingston of the Idaho Stampede won. Many also thought that Coach Joerger should have won the Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year award, but Idaho’s coach Bryan Gates won the honor.

USBasket_EricE
05-28-2007, 09:49 PM
If someone happened to miss everything that went on this season, this would be a good piece of writing to read! Very detailed and well-worded! Interesting too. A great way to re-live an exciting season!

I used to write stories about past seasons. I've got one from 2003-2004 and 2004-2005. I also wrote a personal story about the 2002 championship game. But the 2005-2006 season made me lose interest in writing about each season. I only wrote that other story because I had to write something for my journalism class, or I likely would have lost 50 points out of the possible 250 for each month's issue. I got lazy in May and didn't write any story or column (unless you count the cheap sports update) and found out that I lost 50 points! But luckily I didn't fall below an A for the quarter! I think I had a case of Senioritis!

DakotaWizardsFan
05-28-2007, 11:12 PM
Thank you. I have it saved to my computer so if I ever forget this season (and how could I?), I can read it and remember. There's too many memories that it would be so hard for me to forget.

I can definitely see how you lost interest in 2005-2006. That season was just so frustrating, but ironically enough, it was the season when I really started getting addicted to the Wizards.

DakotaWizardsFan
06-15-2007, 12:40 AM
A video on Billy Thomas:
http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/jun/14/6sports_video_former_ku_standout_has_eyes_set_retu/

and..

I found this article about the KU Alumni Game and it mentions Billy Thomas quite a bit so I thought I'd post it.

He talked trash good-naturedly with Sherron Collins and other members of Kansas University’s basketball team before the game, then jawed with an official during the action.
You better believe ex-Jayhawk shooting guard Billy Thomas came to play — and win — the contest featuring alumni and current players that capped Bill Self’s camp Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse.
“I think one of the referees had something against me, man. The baskets I did happen to make today ... I was getting hit. I told the ref it’s not my fault I’m a little stronger than the young fellas,” the 31-year-old Thomas said with a smile.
He scored 18 points in the alumni’s 75-70 loss to the current Jayhawks.
“We always want to win,” Thomas said of the alumni squad, which included Aaron Miles (17 points), Nick Bradford (14) and Michael Lee (3). Younger players who filled out the roster included Cole Aldrich (7), Tyrel Reed (7), Chase Buford (3), Conner Teahan (0) and Matt Kleinmann as well as guest Adam Thomas, a 7-foot-2 center from Cal State-Fullerton who is in town working out with the Jayhawks this summer.
“I’m getting frustrated more and more by the years when I don’t win. I told ’em I’m thinking about boycotting next year until they make the officiating even,” Thomas cracked.
The 6-foot-5 native of Shreveport, La., who has played professional basketball in the NBA, four U.S. minor leagues, Argentina, Italy and Serbia, next month will compete for the Milwaukee Bucks summer-league team.
“Everybody knows about my travels,” Thomas said. “My heart will always be here.”
Thomas, who is based in Kansas City in the offseason (he played in Serbia and with the Kansas Cagerz in 2006-07), said the campers game is a highlight of his calendar year.
“Truthfully, I had some other appointments set up today. Because of the tradition of this event and what this place has meant to me, I canceled the appointments,” Thomas said. “The kids here don’t know me from anybody else, but a lot of the parents and other people remember the players who played here. It’s a special place to come back to.”
Ex-Jayhawk shooting guard Bradford, 28, agrees with that sentiment.
“I love coming back to KU,” said Bradford, who played in Reims, France, last season and plans on returning in October. “They (the Jayhawks) are talented, strong, athletic, a good bunch of guys.
“I really wanted to come back and beat those guys, but it’s all good. We got to go out there and break a sweat in front of the kids. We almost pulled it out. We cut it to two. I thought we could have had a couple ‘And-1s’ (basket and foul shots) we didn’t get from the refs.”
The Jayhawks, who were led by Collins’ 18 points (Sasha Kaun had 12, Jeremy Case 11, Rodrick Stewart 10, Darrell Arthur 9, Mario Chalmers 8, Darnell Jackson 4 and Russell Robinson 3), led the alums, 42-29, at halftime.
With the score 50-48, Collins calmly swished a three to keep the KU players in control of a game decided by the first team to score 75 points.
“It was fun to get a chance to play against those guys,” said Collins, who made three three-pointers. “They are playing at the elite level. There was a little jaw-jacking before the game and in the locker room. It’s a good deal, though.”
Of his 18-point outburst, the 5-11 Collins, who said he now weighs 198 pounds, said: “I was just trying to have fun and trying to win a game. I didn’t pay attention to that. Coach stresses we get in the gym on our own to shoot extra. It’s what we are doing and it’s paying off now.”
• Thomas in town: Adam Thomas, a 7-foot-2 junior-to-be from Cal State Fullerton, who did not play basketball in high school, then competed at Penn Valley CC the last two years, scored one point while playing for the alumni team.
The Lee’s Summit, Mo., native chose Fullerton over Utah State, Pacific and Rhode Island.
“I just started playing basketball recently. It’s my third year of playing now. I’m working my way up,” said Thomas, who averaged eight points and six rebounds in community college.
“Everything was open when I was being recruited. I went with Cal State Fullerton because they recruited me heavily and have a very good program, what I was looking for.”
KU freshman Cole Aldrich sees potential in the 235-pound Thomas.
“He has a lot of rough edges around him. I’ve seen him play here a few times,” said 7-footer Aldrich, who showed good hands during the game in catching inside passes for his three buckets. “He will turn out to be a good player.”
• Scouting report: Alumni guard Michael Lee showed the effects of his injured right shoulder, hitting just one of five shots. ... Aldrich scored one inside basket with his left hand. Normally he’s a righty. He had several rebounds and looked comfortable inside. ... Tyrel Reed hit a pair of threes, while Chase Buford also swished a three. Conner Teahan missed two shots from the outside. ... Jeremy Case sizzled early with three threes on three tries in the first half. He cooled off later. ... Sasha Kaun had eight boards to go with 12 points. ... Rodrick Stewart ended the game with a spectacular dunk off a lob from Chalmers.
• Now with the Bucks: Thomas explained how he became a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.
“It’s a crazy story. Last summer I was working out with the (Washington) Wizards. The (Bucks) general manager’s son was rebounding for me. Unbeknownst to me, that was his son. My agent was contacted and he (a Bucks official) said his son had spoken highly of me and they had already had me on the board a couple of times. The Bucks said, ‘We’d love to have a look at him. We’ve heard nothing but good things about him.’ I’m just making sure I’m ready now.”
• First to 75, not 80: Originally, the winner was going to be the first team to 80 points. It was cut to 75 because of time constraints.
“It wouldn’t have been a problem if they let us know before the game. They scored 60 and said, ‘Oh by the way, we’re going to 75,’” Bradford said with a laugh. “Who knows? We might have won if it went to 80. That’s when experience is supposed to take over.”


I really hope that Billy makes the Bucks.

DakotaWizardsFan
07-05-2007, 05:40 PM
Former Wizards in Summer League

Chicago Bulls:
Martynas Andriuskevicius

Cleveland Cavaliers:
Darius Rice

Dallas Mavericks:
Leonardo Dos Santos

Golden State Warriors:
Corey Williams

Indiana Pacers:
Kasib Powell

Memphis Grizzlies:
Rod Benson

Miami Heat:
Renaldo Major

Milwaukee Bucks:
Chris McCray
Awvee Storey
Billy Thomas

New Jersey Nets:
Jerome Beasley
James Maye
Curtis Stinson

Phoenix Suns:
Melvin Sanders

Sacramento Kings:
Justin Williams

Utah Jazz:
Kevin Lyde

DakotaWiz
07-05-2007, 10:18 PM
Everyone except Mo, Q, and Dontell from our final roster. I know Mo had surgery after the season, so that makes sense. But Quemont and Dontell both got a lot of minutes, which I figured would get them a summer league team tryout.

DakotaWizardsFan
07-05-2007, 11:25 PM
I was wondering why Mo didn't make it, but I guess that makes sense that he had surgery. The other two do not make a bit of sense either. Quemont was an all-star and Dontell was in two NBA mini-camps (Miami & Denver I think).

EDIT: According to one of our news channels (not sure which I just saw), Dontell is with the Heat. However, his name didn't appear on their website earlier today when I checked.

DakotaWiz
07-06-2007, 01:13 AM
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/basketball/orl-heatmoves0507jul05,0,4107250.story

Dontell is with the Heat. If I'm right about Mo, then there's only Q to wonder about.

USBasket_EricE
07-06-2007, 11:53 AM
Mo is still in Bismarck nursing his ankle injury. Since I started working at the Kirkwood Subway, I've seen him come in at least twice, but I was always in the back doing something else when he was in the line.

DakotaWizardsFan
07-06-2007, 03:27 PM
I found two more former Wizards:
Jeff Graves-Lakers
Junior Harrington-Heat

Chicago Bulls:
Martynas Andriuskevicius

Cleveland Cavaliers:
Darius Rice

Dallas Mavericks:
Leonardo Dos Santos

Golden State Warriors:
Corey Williams

Indiana Pacers:
Kasib Powell

Los Angeles Lakers:
Jeff Graves

Memphis Grizzlies:
Rod Benson

Miami Heat:
Renaldo Major
Dontell Jefferson
Junior Harrington

Milwaukee Bucks:
Chris McCray
Awvee Storey
Billy Thomas

New Jersey Nets:
Jerome Beasley
James Maye
Curtis Stinson

Phoenix Suns:
Melvin Sanders

Sacramento Kings:
Justin Williams

Utah Jazz:
Kevin Lyde

DakotaWiz
07-06-2007, 04:28 PM
Actually, Mo is no longer in Bismarck. I believe he did that recent camp and left a day or two afterwards.

DakotaWizardsFan
07-07-2007, 01:13 AM
Wizards in Summer League today (07/06):

Morro Dos Santos:
DNP

Rod Benson:
21:59 minutes
3-3 FG
2 DEF REB
2 PF
1 ST
2 TO
6 PTS

Wizards in action tomorrow (07/07):
Darius Rice- Cleveland Cavaliers (vs. SA)
Justin Williams- Sacramento Kings (vs. China)
Corey Williams- Golden State Warriors (vs. NO)

And a side note:
Greg Oden had 10 fouls in his summer league debut in a loss to Boston.

USBasket_EricE
07-07-2007, 11:41 AM
Actually, Mo is no longer in Bismarck. I believe he did that recent camp and left a day or two afterwards.

Ok. I just assumed he was still here, since it was just a week ago that I saw him. I wonder if he's planning to be back with the Wizards next season?

USBasket_EricE
07-07-2007, 11:51 AM
And a side note:
Greg Oden had 10 fouls in his summer league debut in a loss to Boston.

Players must not foul out at 6 then? Wow, looks like he didn't have the kind of game he was expected to have!

That's pretty good that the Grizzlies were able to top the Chinese team, considering that most of the players are all part of a "development" team and not quite at NBA level yet. The Albuquerque Thunderbirds couldn't beat China in 3 tries last season! That's nice that Rod Benson got some playing time. And wasn't he a starter too?

Well, today is 07-07-07, so maybe Darius and Justin will have good games today! After all, they are in Vegas, aren't they!