Three major stories involving the D-League this past week:
1. The D-League suspended four players after two altercations in Reno’s 98-90 win against Bakersfield on Tuesday. Reno’s Cezary Trybanski received a two-game suspension, while Bakersfield’s Amara Sy and Rodney Webb were each suspended for one game. Jared Newson, who was waived by the Jam due to injury prior to the game but was seated near the bench in street clothes, received a one-game suspension.. – D-League.
I believe that’s the sixth suspension the D-League has handed down this season, but what’s up with Newsom? Why would he leave the bench if he’s injured?
2. D-League star center Chris Hunter started for Golden State in Friday night’s loss to the Washington Wizards. Hunter was a force at Fort Wayne last season and received an NBA call-up from the Warriors before the D-League season began. Hunter had 0 points on 0-of-3 shooting from the field in eight minutes. He grabbed two rebounds and had one assists.
While he didn’t fare well in his first start, Hunter should be in the NBA.
3. Maine won a D-League high seventh consecutive game in beating the Erie BayHawks, 96-75, Friday night. An expansion team, the Red Claws lead the East Conference with a 7-1 record. They do have several players with NBA players like Billy Thomas and their NBA affiliates -Boston Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats – have sent down a total of three players to them, but the Red Claws play well together.
Have to give credit to coach Austin Ainge, the son of Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, for getting those guys to mesh.