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Posted: September 18th, 2012

Kyle Goldcamp, who starred at Gannon and in the D-League with the Erie BayHawks, will play overseas in Russia this season.

Erie Times-News sports reporter Duane Rankin caught up with the power forward before he left last weekend.

Posted: June 20th, 2012

Chris Bosh has become the emotional force of Miami's Big 3 as the Heat have taken a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder./AP Photo.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are oh so cool.

Anyone still wearing the flip-up glasses like D-Wade did after Game 4 or glasses without lenses as he and James have done in these playoffs are “smoothed out on the R&B tip with a pop feel appeal” like Bell Biv Devoe back in the 1990s.

However, Bosh has become that fire breathing dragon who lights the Heat’s emotional fuse.

He will always be the third wheel of Miami’s Big 3, but Bosh, who was the man in Toronto, is doing all the dirty work stars rarely do to help the Heat win a title: Dive on the floor for loose balls.  Get offensive boards. Block shots. Defend.

And when asked to score, Bosh can still knock down the jumper and finish pick-and-roll plays at the rim.

However, Bosh has become that emotional leader for Miami. He’s the one you see getting the crowd going by flexing and pumping his fist.

He’s the one barking at teammates and getting them pumped up right before play resumes.

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Posted: March 30th, 2012

Joey and Stephen Graham got reacquainted Friday night.

The 29-year old twin brothers are in the D-League and played against each other in Erie’s 103-102 win against Fort Wayne at Tullio Arena. Joey Graham is with the BayHawks while Stephen Graham is with the Mad Ants.

Both played in the NBA. The two will see each other on the court again tonight at 7 at Tullio Arena. It’s the last time Erie and Fort Wayne will play each other this season.

Posted: March 27th, 2012

After splitting a two-game road trip against the Dakota Wizards, Erie will conclude the third of a back-to-back-to-back series of games tonight against the defending D-League champion Iowa Energy at Tullio Arena.

The BayHawks (23-21) arrived in Erie at 3:30 this afternoon after beginning a long trip back from Bismarck, N.D. with a 5 a.m. flight.

Tonight’s 8 o’clock game is a continuation of the March 8th one referees stopped due to unplayable floor conditions at Tullio Arena. The game will resume with Erie leading 14-13 with 3 minutes, 29 seconds left in the first quarter.

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Posted: March 14th, 2012

It was over early.

The Skyforce (11-29), who had the D-League’s worst record coming into Tuesday’s game against Erie (20-18), were 0-4 against the BayHawks this season.

This was their last shot against the BayHawks.

They made it count.

Leading 48-17 at the end of the first quarter, Sioux Falls proceeded to pummel Erie, 125-86.

Ugly.

Posted: February 23rd, 2012

Earlier today, I made a guest appearance on WICU12 with fellow Erie Times-News sports reporter John Dudley.

Joining Mike Ruzzi, Dudley and I talked about the legend that is Jeremy Lin, the Ben Roethlisberger-Todd Haley silent spat and the possibility of a playoff system in major college football.

Possibility?

Posted: November 25th, 2011

After leading the Iowa Energy to the 2011 D-League title, head coach Nick Nurse headed to the team he beat in the league finals – Rio Grande Valley.

The Vipers open the season tonight (8 p.m.) against the Erie BayHawks at State Farm Arena. Earlier this week, Duane Rankin caught Nurse on the phone and talked to him about why he left Iowa, being part of hybrid partnership and the change in weather.

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Posted: October 16th, 2011

Allan Houston will run the basketball end of the Erie BayHawks./Submitted photo by the New York Knicks.

When the Erie BayHawks established a hybrid affiliation partnership with the New York Knicks, they got more than just one of the most recognizable NBA franchises taking over their basketball operations.

They got one of the best shooters to ever play the game – Allan Houston.

An assistant general manager with the Knicks, Houston, 40, became the general manager of basketball operations for the BayHawks. A 12-year NBA shooting guard, Houston will make his first visit to Erie on Monday.

Earlier this week, BayHawks beat writer Duane Rankin of the Erie Times-News caught up with Houston on the phone to talk about the BayHawks, his role with the team and the D-League.

You ever been to Erie before? No. (Laughs) No. I’ve heard so many good things and I actually enjoyed spending time with (BayHawks majority owner Steve Demetriou and lead local investor Owen McCormick) and a couple of the owners and meeting the staff in Cleveland. Everybody was excited about our partnership and I’m looking forward to really seeing the foundation of the team, the franchise and Erie. We just really got a good feeling about the people that are running the team.”

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Posted: April 9th, 2011

Blake Ahearn doesn't know what to make of how Reno selected the BayHawks.

Erie BayHawks forward Tasmin Mitchell buys it, but his teammate, Blake Ahearn, doesn’t know what to make of how the Reno Bighorns chose them as their first-round opponent in the D-League playoffs.

The D-League has the top three seeds pick their playoff opponnent. After top-seeded Iowa chose seventh-seeded Utah, Reno had the second pick.

The Bighorns chose Erie, a fifth-seed, but head coach Eric Musselman said the team had their player personnel assistant, Sammy Gelfand, pick a team out of a hat. He picked between Erie, Bakersfield and Texas.

“He’s our money-ball guy,” said Musselman, whose Bighorns are 1-0 against Erie this season, winning 100-89 in Reno on March 16.

Musselman said the team struggled to pick a team because Reno respects all the teams, but to go with drawing a name out of hat seems odd.

Mitchell buys it.

“You have no choice but to give us respect,” he said. “Our record shows for itself. Our record and how many games we put together. Yeah. I buy it. I buy it all the way.”

Ahearn isn’t so sure.

“I guess we got to take his word for it,” he said. “I can’t imagine if a head coach doesn’t feel comfortable with a team, he’s not going to chose us. I don’t think you can leave it up to picking out of a hat or a coin flip. I just find that very hard to believe, but do we take it personally and this and that? It’s gonna happen. Three teams have to pick somebody and the other two get paired up. It is what it is, but all that stuff goes out the window. It comes down to players making plays in the game. That’s what it will be.”

Posted: March 22nd, 2011

15 years ago, Kobe Bryant was a senior in high school looking to lead Lower Merion to an PIAA AAAA state championship.

On March 23, 1996 in Hershey, Pa., Cathedral Prep almost ruined it for Bryant and the Aces.

The Ramblers were up early, up late, but lost, 48-43, to Lower Merion in a truly entertaining game.

With Prep located in Erie, I wanted to take a trip back to memory lane. So we talked with key players from that Prep team in Keith Nies, Brian Szewczykowski and Julian  Blanks and its then-assistant, Jim Marnella.

I also went to Cleveland and interviewed Bryant about it before the Los Angeles Lakers played the Cavaliers last month. Erie is about two hours from Cleveland.

With that, we put together a video to recapture the game. Our video guy, Matt  Mead, is still trying to get it to fit perfectly, but you’ll get a chance to see how Bryant’s last high school game went before he bolted to the NBA.

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