After being released by the Sacramento Kings last month, combo guard Quincy Douby made his way to Erie and played only five games with the BayHawks before getting an NBA call up from the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.
It’s the NBA’s league.
So the NBA can dictate action that takes place in the D-League. The Erie BayHawks experienced that in their relationship with combo guard Quincy Douby.
Unlike the other players Erie coach John Treloar has brought in during the season like Mike Cook, Darian Townes and Tony Bethel, he didn’t set out to get Douby.
But when the Douby entered the D-League player pool after being released by the Sacramento Kings last month, there was seemingly some pressure for a D-League team to pick him up.
“When you have the opportunity to get a player of an NBA-talent level, the league doesn’t demand that you do it, but they encourage it very strongly,” Treloar said. “When Quincy Douby signs that contract with the D-League? I didn’t recruit Quincy Douby to sign a contract with the D-League. The D-League recruited him.”
So when the BayHawks got him on March 11, it threw off the rotation of the team. Not blaming Douby for that, but the reality is his presence took away minutes from other players and altered team chemistry.
I remember asking Erie combo guard Maureece Rice about it when Douby arrived in Erie. The first thing Rice said was, “It’s late the season.”
He didn’t look down upon the decision and welcomed Douby in, but you could tell he knew this was going to affect the team in some form.
Fair or unfair, that’s the nature of the D-League.
OK. It’s unfair.
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