The speculation out of here... why bother merging with a league when you can take half the teams and leave the rest decimated.
Meanwhile, when you read this Yakima article, you can see the hedge.
I see NO recent rumors from the Bend newspaper regarding CBA or NBDL. I realize that there are times when things are not an issue until the last minute, but this doesn't have any buzz locally. Furthermore, after the IBL team announces their high school location for this year, they're already ferreting games out around Central Oregon again.
The D-League will likely have 12 teams. Expect either Fayetteville or Roanoke to fold. And if the Florida PitBulls of the ABA join the league, expect the Flames to fold also.
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With four CBA teams defecting to the NBDL, the Steelheads could be looking to make the switch in the near future as well
April 16, 2006
By Michael Osipoff / Post-Tribune staff writer
The landscape of minor league basketball certainly is changing.
After several years of mostly unfulfilled talk, this offseason has seen movement toward consolidation into a single entity.
Where the Steelheads fit on that shifting landscape has yet to be determined.
Four teams three existing and one expansion have left the CBA to join the NBA Development League, leaving Gary as one of five teams remaining in the CBA, along with the Rockford Lightning, Michigan Mayhem, Yakama Sun Kings and Albany Patroons.
Officials from that league have insisted it will return in 2006-07 for its 61st season, and have talked about the possibility of adding perhaps a half-dozen or more new teams.
Still, whereas the two minor leagues had been on relatively equal footing, the balance of power clearly has shifted to the so-called D-League.
This season has been the first in which NBA teams have had specific D-League affiliates with each NBA team having three or four; for example, the Bulls, Pacers, Bucks and Hornets are affiliated with the Tulsa 66ers strengthening the leagues position. And particularly in light of recent developments, the NBA-owned league has emerged as the dominant one.
So, where does that leave the Steelheads?
They generally have been satisfied being members of the CBA. But the D-League, with its NBA support and affiliation, also is attractive.
Its just a fact the NBA controls basketball, just like Major League Baseball controls baseball, Steelheads chief operating officer Jewell Harris Jr. said.
Were in the CBA, and we respect that. We would still go forward with another CBA season unless something else worked out. Were actively exploring our options. We want to do whats in the best interest of the team and our fans.
Harris Jr. says he has had ongoing, if preliminary, discussions with the D-League specifically league president Phil Evans, who was the CBAs deputy commissioner when the Steelheads first joined the league about the Steelheads potentially making the jump. He expects to know more about their prospects next month.
It puts us in a good position, Steelheads owner Jewell Harris Sr. said. We have multiple choices, which is always good.
It depends what can be negotiated as it relates to each given league. We like the CBA, were comfortable with it. Were also comfortable with the NBDL.
Harris Jr. said the four defecting CBA teams combined to write a glowing recommendation to the D-League for the Steelheads.
But D-League senior director of communications Kent Partridge said via e-mail there are currently no plans for Gary for next season, and we are not ready to begin talking about (2007-0 at this point. Evans said via e-mail he received a phone call from Harris Jr. expressing interest, and they agreed to speak again in a few months once we were ready to start thinking about 2007-08.
Later on in the article, Jewell Jr. states that the fans would not notice a difference in the quality of play since the CBA and D-League are basically the same.
WRONG! I've watched games from both leagues. More veteran players in the CBA translates into more enjoyable basketball. I'm not sure I would pay money to see the D-League play (in its current form).
The D-League is not going to be the D-League everyone saw this year, but it will evolve, which is what has to happen. It obviously can't be the CBA in terms of experience (at least not at first), but I expect the D-League to be for ages 18 to 28 and if you haven't made the NBA by then, more then likely it's time to go to Europe or other avenues to get your payday.
There are literally thousands of guys playing basketball.
young 18-22 yr old glorified high jumper over a skilled basketball player aged 26-32) because they view the athletic high jumper as having more upside. However, those players can not play, therefore the overall product will always be bad. In fact, the whole idea behind the D-league is their insane belief that they can make basketball players out of high jumpers, which is a joke in itself, so all the real basketball players that have a feel for the game, a jump shot and some experience will continue to choose the CBA as the place to play if they stay stateside. Plus, the NBA needs the CBA as a proving ground for players that do not fit the NBA stereotype. For instance, Micheal Adams, Earl Boykins, Mario Ellie, D. Armstrong are all players that would be looked down upon by the NBA because they are so-called tweeners or too small for their position, If NBA teams have a say so on who gets sign (all D-league players must sign NBA contracts) players like them will never get a chance because of the NBA's practice of height discrimination will be in effect in their minor league as well as the big league. The NBA needs the CBA in order to save itself from it's group think appoach to evaluating talent. The Rimrockers had to cut O.Miiler and T.Day last year because they were too old and this year will be K.Reid's last year because he is too small for the NBA's taste. However, they were the Rimrockers best players. The D-League is more of an experimental league (make ballplayers out of high jumpers), so the CBA will always have more talent because it is a league where talented player's with what the NBA considers as flaws (lack of vertical leap, height or age) will have a chance to play.
If the cba stays at 8 teams their games will continue to be watchable because they will have 2-3 veterens on each team that CAN PLAY and 1-2 young players on each team that are too small, too thin or have personality issues (an black-balled from the nba) ,yet CAN PLAY. Therefore, most cba teams will be watchable and most NBDL teams will always be unwatchable.
This is my first post in this forum, but its a good discussion. I used to go watch the CBA in Detroit where I live in the early 80's. I recall seeing Terry Duerod, Walker D. Russell, Kevin Smith, Eric Turner and seeing seasoned pros like Campy Russell (Cavs, Knicks) and guys like that.
I can see how the nba wants young guys to play in the nbdl and the Pistons placed two players , Amir Johnson and Alex Acker who did well. But it puzzled me to see guys like mateen cleaves and Mikki Moore, who are in their late 20's playing in that league. Haven't they already reached their peak as players. What players get assigned to the D league seems kind of inconsistent.
PS-Has anybody heard about a NBDL team being placed in suburban Detroit? It was mentioned in the paper recently
We will only play when wind gusts are at least 20 MPH.
If you hit the ball into a neighbors yard, your automatically out.
No strong wind......No game.
Players will be compensated with Twinkies and warm Gatorade.
As Joe Newman stresses......... family fun at affordable prices. We will need to get Whiffle Ball ringtones, dance teams, and maybe a few ex cons to rap at halftime. We should have 120 teams in 20 divisions of 6 teams each. If any member of your team can spell ABA.........you make the playoffs.
Stay tuned for more details as the erupt !!