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Posted: January 11th, 2013

The Erie BayHawks split two games in the NBA Development League Showcase in Reno. The BayHawks (10-6) beat the Texas Legends, 86-83, after losing 94-90 to the Bighorns (7-8)

The BayHawks have the second-best record in the D-League behind Texas (11-6). They is back home Saturday to play the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (9-10).

The Mad Ants are tied with the Canton Charge with the D-League’s longest current winning streak of six games.

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Posted: May 11th, 2012

Ivan Johnson's first NBA season ended with the Boston Celtics beating the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, but he'll be remembered for more./AP Photo

Ivan Johnson is out.

So is Mike James. Include Blake Ahearn as well.

The three former Erie BayHawks are on NBA teams that have been eliminated from the playoffs. Last night, the Boston Celtics escaped the Atlanta Hawks, 83-80, to win Game 6 and the series, 4-2.

Johnson has been with the Hawks all season. Not playing in Game 6, Johnson gave a fan the middle finger as he left the TD Garden court in Boston.

There were better ways for him to end the season.  After having a great year with Erie in 2010-11, Johnson, for the most part, took advantage of his first NBA season, but didn’t end it graciously.

Before the Celtics eliminated the Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers pulled out a miraculous 79-78 win in which Andre Iguodala hit a game winning free throws with 2.2 seconds left.

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Posted: March 8th, 2012

Ahearn was key in Erie reaching the 2011 D-League playoffs/ETN file photo.

Blake Ahearn didn’t bite on the invitation.

The Reno Bighorns combo guard was watching his former team play a game against the defending D-League champs, the Iowa Energy, that was postponed due the floor being deemed as unplayable.

Ahearn had to leave Tullio Arena with his fellow Bighorns to rest up for their game against the BayHawks tonight when Erie lead local investor Owen McCormick offered to take him out to dinner.

“I got to get some rest so I can put up 30 on you,” Ahearn said smiling.

McCormick laughed.

“Got to show you how much I love,” Ahearn said while hugging him.

In his two seasons with Erie, Ahearn became a fan favorite for nailing threes, being automatic from the line and playing carefree. The day after the 2011 D-League Draft, the BayHawks traded him to Reno in a four-player deal that resulted in Erie getting Donald Sloan.

“I was shocked,” he said. “It was literally the last phone call I thought I would get, but it is what it is. Everybody knows that professional sports, stuff is a business. I mean, Peyton Manning. Look at that. That’s a perfect example. One of the best quarterbacks of all time. That’s just the nature of our business. It came as a shock and to me, the hardest part was leaving the relationships that you have. That’s the toughest part, but you make new ones in new places you go.”

Tonight at 7, Sloan and Ahearn, whom were teammates for Team USA in the  2011 Pan American Games, will square off at Tullio Arena.

“I’m ready for that game,” said Sloan on Thursday night.

Ahearn, who leads the D-League in scoring at 24.4 points a game, can’t wait either.

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Posted: January 17th, 2012

He’s been in the D-League before.

When Jeremy Lin was a rookie with Golden State last season, the Warriors sent him down for 20 games with the Reno Bighorns. He averaged 18 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 31.7 minutes.

Now the 6-3, 200-pound point guard is with the Erie BayHawks after the New York Knicks sent him down earlier today long with 7-footer Jerome Jordan. Lin has five points in five games with the Knicks, who are Erie’s NBA hybrid affiliate, this season.

Lin, who last season became the first Asian-American player since 1947 to play in the NBA, was acquired off waivers by the Knicks after the Houston Rockets released him to make room to sign center Samuel Dalembert.

Golden State released the former Harvard star earlier.

With Lin, the BayHawks have three point guards along with B.J. Jenkins and Mike Gerrity. Loren Stokes, who plays both point and shooting guard, has an injured big toe so Erie may rest him with the addition of Lin.

Lin is expected to practice Wednesday and play for the BayHawks in Friday’s game at Maine. The BayHawks also play at Maine on Sunday.

Posted: December 29th, 2011

“They can have their fries again and we got the win again.” – Eric Musselman

Eric Musselman/AP Photo.

The Erie BayHawks made Los Angeles D-Fenders coach Eric Musselman sweat through another close game, but the former NBA coach left Tullio Arena with another win and parting shot.

For last season’s D-League playoffs when Musselman was head coach of the Reno Bighorns, he had his player personnel assistant, Sammy Glefand, pick the playoff opponent out of a hat after failing to pick a team following team and staff meetings.

The top three seeds can pick their first-round playoff opponent. Glefand chose Erie. The BayHawks fans rode him all night, but the Bighorns won Game 1 of the three-game series in Erie, 106-101, and won the series, 2-1.

In the closing moments of that Game 1 win, Musselman shouted at the fans, “You got your free fries, and we got the win.” Fans get free fries from McDonald’s when Erie scores 100 points at home.

Tonight, the crowd wasn’t on him much at all, but were left speechless after Erie blew a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead in a 117-112 loss to the D-Fenders at Tullio Arena.

I interviewed Musselman after the game and his final words were, “They can have their fries again and we got the win again.”

Erie plays at Los Angeles on Feb. 4 and Feb. 6.

Posted: December 20th, 2011

Donald Sloan tries to strip Charlotte rook Kemba Walker in Monday's preseason game./AP Photo.

Check out these articles about how current and former Erie BayHawks are doing:

Hawks blog (Atlanta Journal Constitution) – BayHawks point guard Donald Sloan was described as struggling to stop Charlotte’s D.J. Augustin in Monday night’s preseason game, but settled down later in the game.

Peachtree hoops – Former BayHawks PF Ivan Johnson had the best game of the Atlanta newcomers in Monday’s preseason game at Charlotte according to Kris Willis.

Cleveland Plain-Dealer – BayHawks  SF Mychel Thompson hopes to play for the Cavaliers in tonight’s preseason game against the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.

In other news, BayHawks 7-footer Chris Daniels didn’t play for the Los Angeles Lakers in Monday’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers. … Former BayHawk Blake Ahearn is back with the Reno Bighorns after being waived by the Clippers. … The Denver Nuggets have a preseason game tonight against Phoenix. BayHawks SG Cory Higgins is with the Nuggets.

Posted: November 25th, 2011

Blake Ahearn (#13) /Photo by Rob Engelhardt/Erie Times-News

Here’s a list of players that were once with the Erie BayHawks but are now with other D-League teams heading into tonight’s season-opening games for the D-League.

Maine Red Claws – Tyc Snow (PG). Snow averaged 1.4 points in seven games for Erie during the 2009-10 season. The 5-7 point guard had 10 points, seven assists and five turnovers in those seven games before being waived.

Reno Bighorns – Blake Ahearn (PG), Taj McCullough (SF). Ahearn averaged 25.7 points in 13 games in the 2009-10 season. Last season, the 6-3 combo guard averaged 16.9 points in 31 games. The 6-7 McCullough averaged 6.5 points in eight games for the BayHawks in 2008-09.

The day after the 2011 D-League Draft,  the BayHawks traded Ahearn and McCullough, a second-round pick of the BayHawks in the 2011 draft,  to Reno for point guard Donald Sloan and forward Joseph Kennerly III, a seventh-round pick of the Bighorns. Erie also drafted McCullough in the second round of the 2008 D-League Draft.

Texas Legends – Booker Woodfox (PG). A 6-1 guard, Woodfox never played a game for Erie. He was with the team for two games before being waived in 2009-10.

Posted: November 14th, 2011

The BayHawks traded veteran point guard Blake Ahearn for Donald Sloan (15)./AP Photo

Several players vying to make the final 10-man roster of the Erie BayHawks made a lasting impression the team’s general manager of basketball operations – Allan Houston.

The assistant general manager of the New York Knicks came to Erie on Sunday for training camp and left Monday afternoon. Here’s a list of the players Houston named when asked who stood out to him while he was at training camp.

Donald Sloan (23 years old, 6-3, 205, Texas A&M) – “I saw it in the Pan-Am trials. Didn’t get to see much of him last year (playing for the Reno Bighorns), but he’s a real point guard. The more and more I talk to other personnel and people throughout the league, a lot of guys come into this league and they have to be combos. A lot of guys who are twos trying to be ones because of their size, but he’s a real point guard. I like his demeanor. Athletic, explosive and he sees the floor well.”

Chris Daniels (27 years old, 7-0, 265, Texas A&M Corpus Christi) – “I like Chris’ skill level.”

Cory Higgins (22 years old, 6-5, 180, Colorado) – “Cory is very efficient. Like we thought, he handles the ball well. Good mid-range shooter. Good defender. He’s probably going to have to get a little bit stronger, but that’s natural for when you come out of college.”

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Posted: November 11th, 2011

Mychel Thompson/Photo by Rob Englehardt/ETN

After starting training camp Nov. 9, the Erie BayHawks had their media day Thursday and an evening practice at the LECOM Health and Wellness Center.

Here are a few notables:

1. General manager of basketball operations, Allan Houston, hasn’t been in Erie for camp, but is expected to arrive this weekend on Sunday. Erie coach Jay Larranaga said he doesn’t plan to cut a player until Houston has seen the group.

Houston is the assistant general manager with the New York Knicks, who are in a hybrid partnership with the BayHawks.

2. Two players – D.J. Kennedy (knee) of St. John’s and Al Nolen (foot) out of Minnesota – haven’t practiced due to injury. Both had surgeries in their final college seasons.

3. Larranaga hoped to use practice players in camp and had one in 7-footer Jeff Foote, but received a notice from the D-League that teams can’t use practice players in training camp. Larranaga knew Foote from when he was an assistant at Cornell.

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Posted: November 4th, 2011

Allan Houston is running Erie's b-ball show./NYK.

The 2011-12 D-League season hasn’t started yet and the Erie BayHawks have already made three roster moves.

Fortunately for the BayHawks, the D-League increased roster moves from 10 to 12 this season.

Let’s take a look at the latest one, which may give a good indication of how things are going to be for the BayHawks being in a hybrid partnership with the New York Knicks, who led by Allan Houston is running their basketball operations.

A former star guard with the Knicks, Houston is their assistant general manager.

A day after the draft, Erie traded veteran point guard Blake Ahearn and second-round pick Taj McCullough, a small forward, to Reno for point guard Donald Sloan and its seventh-round pick, veteran forward/center Joe Kennerly III.

Let’s start with the appetizer part of the trade.

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