Perfectably reasonable to keep playing and await an opportunity. That would explain in part the Patroons seeming lack of interest in the CBA Championship and their website, though lack of cash could too.
This adds to the argument for having Charlotte as number 1 on the list. He's GOING to be forced by peer pressure to get a D-League team, as will every NBA team. Wilmington's best shot at getting in is a formal relationship with the PBL, or even the PBL being absorbed to the D-League (NOT implausible at all). The Jet really has done little as Commissioner, maybe this is why he was brought in?[/quote]I think if Jordan became a booster, it could help re-establish the D-League almost anywhere in NC.
I agree with that for the most part. The NBA is paying the player salaries, and I think they should pay more to keep players in the states. The rest of the costs can get pretty ridiculous in huge venues, and there is often the complicating factor of losing prime dates to established hockey or football teams. The Vipers got off to a good start, but we'll have to see if they have staying power as the third tenant in the Dodge Arena. The Toros aren't even considering playing the same role in a new suburban arena.Asheville is another logical argument if the Charlotte D-League team as the newer venue is slated to seat only 3,500-4,000, meaning rental can't be that bad and let's get real: The D-league isn't about attendance. I still don't see the argument for having teams in venues as big as the D-League has them except ego.
Really looking forward to this one. It could be a watershed event in legitimizing the league in the public eye as well as expanding it eastward.WHEN Harlem gets their team it will be the most popular D-League team right away, especially for the players. Just too much history in Harlem.
We'll have to see how they do in Ontario next season and beyond. I don't think Buss would mind losing some money on the D-fenders, just not a lot. Same with the Spurs and Toros.I just fear that, given how the D-fenders did so well helping the Lakers by playing all their home games at Staples, the D-league will end up like the MLS reserve league which basically plays all their games at their parent club's venue.
Yeah, you're most likely right on that one, if the D-League goes with five team divisions:
But if they go with four team divisions then I doubt the NBA would split up Sioux Falls and Omaha (if they get a team). Bismarck would have to play in a Northern division. It all depends on if the league has a one to one affiliate set-up or not. If Minot switched leagues and Fargo got an expansion team would Sioux Falls continue as Dakota's top rival?
Something to think about.
As for the West: El Paso, UTEP. Wichita, Wichita State.
I might be leery of Colorado Springs (Air Force AND Colorado College) and St. George (Dixie State and, conceivably, in a warped way, Southern Utah), but not as much as the first two. Colorado Springs as the Nuggets' affiliate isn't the worst idea.
My thought, however... don't hold your breath. I hardly imagine Casper and Prescott (Did You Know: pronounced "presskit," not "presSCOTT") as basketball markets. Just a hunch. Even then- works better as part of a western league that Yakima wouldn't mind about right now, NOT as D-League cities.
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LAL - LA
G.S. - Bakersfield
Sacramento - Reno
Portland - Idaho
Minnesota - Sioux Falls
Denver - Colorado
Utah - Utah
Dallas- Frisco (Future)
San Antonio- Austin
Houston - Rio Grande
OKL. City - Tulsa
That leaves Phoenix, Memphis and New Orleans.
Albuquerque is currently serving Dallas and Miami, but the Thunderbirds could be a long term answer for - Memphis.
If Rockford, Cedar Rapids or Kansas City gets an expansion team Chicago would mostly likely switch to one of those cities. Then Phoenix would continue to use Des Moines, if not then I’d expect the league to expand into Arizona before expanding into Kansas.
The NBA could add another team in Texas for New Orleans, the CHL built a number of arenas in the state of Texas over the last five years that are well suited for the D-League. If not Texas, than somewhere else along the Gulf Coast.
I did hear Kansas City mentioned but not Wichita.
As for 2010 the League is expanding into the NE next - Portland, Trenton, Hartford and perhaps Halifax are next, with Hamilton, Toledo and Harlem later on.