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Posted: December 9th, 2010

I remember this guy when he was at Kentucky.

Just ballin’ out.

Big guy with handles. Could shoot the 3. Create of the dribble.

Antoine Walker was one of those new-age players when he came out of Kentucky after helping the Wildcats when a national title under Rick Pitino in 1996.

Tall guy with guard-like skills. Not the physical specimen of say Derrick Coleman or Chris Webber, but that type of multi-dimensional player.

Now he’s in the D-League?

Just doesn’t seem right, but when you look at Walker’s life of winding up in debt after making more than $100 million playing in the NBA, him being in the D-League isn’t that far fetched.

In his D-League debut, Walker had 13 points to help the Idaho Stampede beat the Dakota Wizards.

Idaho. Dakota. Walker. Doesn’t even look right. Neither did the free throw Walker shot that didn’t draw iron below.

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Posted: August 10th, 2010

Remember Dee Brown? Classic leaner blind dunk from back in the day. Still one of the best ever in an NBA Dunk Contest.

In looking over the Erie BayHawks 2010-11 schedule, I’ve tried to figure out what are their must-see games.

The one thing that caught my eye was training camp starts Nov. 7 and ends Nov. 17. Two days later, they open the season at home against the Springfield Armor, who is coached by former NBA Slam Dunk champion, Dee Brown.

However, it’s hard to really pinpoint any of the regular-season games other than the season opener because you’ve got to see the rosters to know who’s coming to town.

Even then, by the time that team plays here, the player you wanted to see might not even be on the team. He may be in the NBA or overseas.

So I’ll try to look past that and let you know the must-see games on Erie’s schedule this season.

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Posted: April 16th, 2010

Averaging 27.1 points and 10.5 boards, Mike Harris was a man on the inside for Rio Grande Valley this season.

I’m sitting here looking at the All-NBA D-League teams and that first-team squad is nice, but then I checked out the honorable mention list.

Hmmmm.

I could pick five guys from that list and seriously challenge the first team.

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Posted: April 4th, 2010

Marvin Phillips and the Iowa Energy chose Utah as their first-round opponent in the D-League playoffs.

For the second straight season, the D-League allows its top three seeds to pick their first-round playoff opponent. They pick from teams seeded fifth through eighth.

I love the idea.

As I’ve said before, it puts a lot of pressure on the team picking the foe to deliver because if that team loses? Oh boy. Not good.

It gives the team chosen extra motivation, but a lot of strategy goes into making that pick. The playoffs start later this week.

Let’s look at the first three seeds:

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Posted in: D-League
Posted: March 11th, 2010

Here's Mike Sweetney in this season's training camp with the Boston Celtics.

I saw this guy when he was at Georgetown years ago when I was a beat writer for The Dominion Post in Morgantown, W.Va.

Big wide body. Space eater. Score a ton (seventh on Georgetown’s all-time career scoring list at 1,750 points).

Michael Sweetney was an effective college player, but after being the ninth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks, his pro career fizzled. Sweetney only averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 boards in 233 games and with two teams in the Knicks and the Chicago Bulls.

Now he’s going to attempt to rekindle his career in the D-League.

Hmmmm.

The BayHawks are filling the roster void left by rookie point guard Cedric Jackson, who signed a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week.

Since All-Star point guard Tony Parker will be out six weeks with a broken right  hand for the Spurs, San Antonio will likely keep Jackson for at least two 10-day contracts and might keep him for the remainder of the season.

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Posted: February 28th, 2010

Hasheem Thabeet looked more like a baller than a bust in his second D-League game with the Dakota Wizards.

David Bell saw it coming.

When I asked him about how Hasheem Thabeet did in his D-League debut for Dakota at Erie last week, the point guard was happy with the Memphis rookie’s effort.

Even though Thabeet scored just eight points and had only one block, Bell took into consideration that the second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft had just got off the plane hours before playing against the BayHawks.

Bell was certain Thabeet would be better in his next game.

19 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocks is better.

Much better.

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Posted: February 28th, 2010

The Diesel scheduled to have surgery today.

Shaquille O’Neal is going under the knife today.

The Cleveland Cavaliers center is scheduled to have surgery on his injured right thumb. From there, the team will figure out how long O’Neal will be out.

What does that mean for the Erie BayHawks?

Well, they won’t see Cleveland second-year power forward Darnell Jackson anytime soon.

When O’Neal got hurt Thursday at Boston, Jackson was en route to scoring 34 points and grabbing 12 rebounds for the BayHawks. The Cavaliers had sent Jackson down for two games against Dakota.

O’Neal’s injury cut that trip short as the Cavaliers recalled Jackson for Friday’s game at Toronto. So with O’Neal out for who knows how long and Cleveland stiill waiting to get a chance to resign Zydrunas Ilguaskas later this month, the Cavaliers need big men.

So don’t look for Jackson to make a return to Erie anytime soon.

Posted: February 27th, 2010

“I truthfully don’t listen to that. The team drafted me there. They saw what I have and that’s why they drafted me. Again, I’m out here getting better for myself and my team and that’s it,” – Hasheem Thabeet on hearing negative talk of him being the second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and getting sent down to play in the D-League.

The Memphis Grizzlies sent down their 7-foot-3 rookie Hasheem Thabeet, to the D-League's Dakota Wizards.

One block.

Some would say that number should have read 11 or more, but Hasheem Thabeet was only credited for one block in his D-League debut Friday night for the Dakota Wizards against the Erie BayHawks at Tullio Arena in Erie. The Wizards won, 108-103.

Personally, I thought he got two, but he finished the game with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, two rebounds, two turnovers and four fouls in 17 minutes and 51 seconds of play.

The Memphis Grizzlies sent Thabeet down to the Wizards on Thursday and he played his first of scheduled six games with Dakota.

The second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft out of Connecticut is scheduled to return to Memphis on March 8, Dakota coach Rory White said. The Grizzlies and Washington Wizards are Dakota’s NBA affiliates. An NBA team can send down first or second-year players up to three times a season.

Playing just 17 minutes and 51 seconds, Thabeet also had his shot blocked from behind by Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Danny Green, who at 6-foot-6 is much shorter than the 7-3 center.

Green was returning the favor as Thabeet blocked his shot within 25 seconds of him entering the game for the first time in the first quarter. An NBA affiliate for Erie, The Cavalier sent Green down to play for the BayHawks.

A rookie out of North Carolina, Green finished with a game-high 36 points Friday.

After the game, I interviewed Thabeet, who arrived in Erie hours before the 7 p.m. game.

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Posted: February 27th, 2010

Seems like a mismatch. Hasheem Thabeet is 7-foot-3. Danny Green is 6-6.

So when Thabeet came off the bench in the first quarter for the Dakota Wizards and swatted Green’s shot out of bounds in his first 24 seconds of play, it wasn’t shocking.

Thabeet just smiled. Green was grinning, too, for the Erie BayHawks, but he had revenge on his mind.

“He caught me the first time,” Green said. “I forgot he was in the game for a second. I think I was in the post or something. I had a lay up and he just threw it out of bounds. I said, ‘alright, I got you neck time big dawg.’”

Thirty-nine seconds later, Green got him.

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Posted: February 27th, 2010

Rookie point guard Cedric Jackson has played four games for Erie since returning to the team from his 20-day stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers on an NBA call-up. Jackson shot 1-of-11 from the field in Friday's home loss to the Dakota Wizards.

They’re not broken.

Erie BayHawks rookie point guard Cedric Jackson has severely bruised ribs after taking a hard foul in Friday’s night loss to the Dakota Wizards, Erie coach John Treloar said.

So Jackson will make the trip to Maine with the team today for Sunday’s 5 p.m. game. The question is can Jackson play through the pain. Jackson took a shot to relieve the pain last night, but Treloar said he will not do that for Sunday.

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