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Posted: January 7th, 2011

In beginning his second stint in the D-League, Miami Heat rookie center Dexter Pittman scored 15 points in the Sioux Falls Skyforce's 97-91 loss at Erie against the BayHawks on Friday night.

“YOU PLAY FOR THE HEAT?”

“YOU PLAY FOR THE HEAT?”

Yes, Ivan, Dexter Pittman is a rookie center with the Miami Heat.

While Pittman was on the bench for the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Friday night at Tullio Arena, Erie BayHawks power forward Ivan Johnson was barking at him while waiting for one of his teammates to attempt a free throw.

Pittman said stuff like that happened to him during his first run with the Skyforce this season.

“I expect it,” he said. “When you come down to this level, you’ve got a big target on your back. It’s nothing.”

Pittman is where Johnson wants to be – the NBA.  So Johnson was taking this game even more personal since he was matched up against the 6-foot, 11-inch, 300-plus pound rookie out of Texas.

“That just shows me that I can play in the league (NBA),” Johnson said. “Playing against dudes like him. I’m not saying he’s a trash player, but I can hang with some of the best of them.”

They went at each other in Erie’s 97-91 win. Johnson had a game-high 25 points and five rebounds while Pittman had 15 points and just three boards.

It was fun to watch.

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Posted: January 6th, 2011

Former BayHawk Maureece Rice will make his Sioux Falls' debut against his former team Friday night at Tullio Arena.

Sioux Falls Skyforce (2-12) at Erie BayHawks (11-6)

Friday, 7 p.m., Tullio Arena.
▀  On the air: WFNN-AM 1330; www.nba.com/dleague/

Players to watch
▀  Erie — PF Ivan Johnson (Leads team in scoring at 17.1 points a game. Johnson is the only player on the team to start every game the BayHawks have played this season. … C Solomon Alabi (A rookie with the Toronto Raptors, Alabi is making his second trip to the D-League. In his first run with the BayHawks, Alabi averaged 8.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and three blocks in seven starts. … SG Blake Ahearn (Had a season-high 16 points in his third game with Erie after being reacquired by them. He averaged 25.7 points in 13 games with the BayHawks last season).

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Posted in: Erie BayHawks, NBA
Posted: November 19th, 2010

Solomon Alabi's shot blocking ability came to the front for Erie on Friday night.

In their D-League debuts, Toronto Raptors rookie center Solomon Alabi and Cleveland Cavaliers rookie forward Christian Eyenga were pretty solid Friday night.

They started and contributed to Erie’s 109-71 win against the Springfield Armor. Alabi had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks while Eyenga had 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field.

Let’s look a little deeper than the numbers.

Alabi. At 7-foot-1, he’s going to block shots, but he did his job. At the same time, he didn’t finish as well around the basket on a consistent basis. Alabi even admitted he could  have gotten more than seven boards, but he played hard, had fun and you could see he has talent.

Eyenga. Very athletic. Had a block in which he just came out of nowhere and swatted the ball out of bounds and his one-handed dunk l0oked effortless as he took off outside the lane to throw it down. However, he admitted his defense could have been better and he even drew a technical foul.

The key for both guys is to see how they’ll play in a back-to-back as Erie and Springfield meet Saturday night at 7 at Tullio Arena.

Will they have the same energy? Will one or the other or both raise their level of play? In the case of Alabi, Springfield wanted to go at him to get him in foul trouble, but Vernon Goodrich got in foul trouble early.

If Goodrich can stay on the floor, he may make Alabi work. As for Eyenga, I’d like to see Erie put him on Scottie Reynolds just to see if he can stay in front of a shorter, quicker guard. Reynolds had 21 last night.

Posted: November 16th, 2010

Toronto 7-foot-1 rookie center Solomon Alabi has played in just one game for the Raptors this season.

The guy is certainly thin, but Solomon Alabi showed some athleticism and quickness in his first practice with the Erie BayHawks earlier this afternoon at Gannon University’s Hammermill Center.

The Toronto Raptors sent Alabi, 22, down to play for the BayHawks, who open the season Friday night against the Springfield Armor at Tullio Arena.

Now granted it was just drills and he wasn’t going up against anyone in a 5-on-5 situation, but Alabi showed some explosiveness on one particular drill in which the player picks the ball off the ground, take a dribble and finishes at the rim.

Now Alabi will have a tough act to follow in terms of players from Erie’s NBA affiliates who have been sent down to play for the BayHawks in the previous two seasons.

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Posted: July 19th, 2010

Mike Gansey averaged 15.6 points in his last three games with the D-League Select team in NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas.

Erie BayHawks guard Mike Gansey reached double figures in his last three games with the D-League Select team in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV.

Playing 38 minutes, Gansey had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the D-League Select’s 79-78 win Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Mark Tyndale of the Iowa Energy hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The D-League Select team finished 1-4 in its games against NBA teams using their summer league rosters.

Gansey averaged 12.8 points and shot 55 percent (11-of-20) from 3-point range in the five games. He scored a summer-league high 17 points in a 101-85 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies after scoring a summer-league low two points against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gansey is from the Cleveland area.

As for the Cavaliers, who are an NBA affiliate of the BayHawks along with the Toronto Raptors, their second-year forward, Danny Green, averaged 12.8 points in his four summer-league games with Cleveland. Green had a summer-league best 17 points against the Miami Heat.

Green is eligible to play for the BayHawks this season as NBA teams can send down their first or second-year players down to play for the D-League team they’re affiliated with.

Posted: July 15th, 2010

Here’s the 15-minute interview my girl, Rachel Nichols of ESPN, did with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade after James and Bosh decided to join Wade in Miami to play for the Heat.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: July 11th, 2010

The Cleveland Cavaliers will their summer league roster began playing in the Las Vegas Summer League beginning Tuesday. Going into his third season with Cleveland, power forward J.J. Hickson is scheduled to play as is forward Danny Green, who just finished his rookie season with the Cavaliers. 

The Cavaliers 2009 first-round pick, forward Christian Eyenga of the Congo, is also listed on the roster. The 6-foot-5 Eyenga didn’t play last season after deciding to remain overseas and play. 

The team also has some familiar names like Rashard McCants, who starred on the 2004 national championship for North Carolina and rookies Jerome Dyson of Connecticut and Manny Harris of Michigan.

Erie BayHawks coach John Treloar is also working as an assistant for the Cavaliers, who are an NBA affiliate of the BayHawks along with the Toronto Raptors.

 Two things to notice about the schedule is the Cavaliers play against the Miami Heat, who LeBron James chose to sign with instead of the Cavaliers earlier this week, and the Milwaukee Bucks, who have Darnell Jackson, a player Cleveland let go this past season. Jackson is scheduled to play for the Bucks this summer.

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Posted: June 24th, 2010

While North Carolina sophomore power forward Ed Davis is expected to play right away for the Toronto Raptors, 7-footer Solomon Alabi may see action with the Erie BayHawks in the D-League.

 The Raptors, an NBA affiliate of the BayHawks, acquired Alabi in a trade with the Dallas Mavericks, who picked Alabi in the second round with the 50th overall pick. NBA teams can send down their first or seecond-year players up to three times in a season.

Posted: June 24th, 2010

Here’s what TNT NBA analyst David Aldridge and University of Kansas coach Bill Self had to say about Toronto’s first-round pick, Ed Davis out of North Carolina. Davis’ father, Terry Davis, played 10 seasons in the NBA.

Posted in: NBA
Posted: May 27th, 2010

Mike Brown was the 2009 NBA Coach of the Year and won 272 regular-season games in five seasons with the Clevleand Cavaliers.

Here’s a statement Mike Brown released two days after the Cleveland Cavaliers announced his firing Monday.

“The past 5 years have been an exceptional experience.  I have been very fortunate to lead a group of men who I respect and thoroughly enjoyed coaching on a daily basis.  At the same time, I was able to work alongside a terrific coaching staff and with Danny Ferry and a basketball operations team, all of whom I have a profound respect for. We partnered in creating a culture and a standard that I am, and will continue to be, very proud of.  None of which would be possible without the dedication and support of Dan Gilbert.  I am thankful for the opportunity that he gave to me and my family.  We have a deep appreciation for Northeast Ohio, the Cleveland Cavaliers organization, and the people in this community, and have enjoyed making this our home.” – Mike Brown

He released the statement through the Cavaliers. I haven’t seen first hand how the Cavaliers fire a coach, so this release may be what  they typically do. However, this just seems so weird to me.

In the mean time, this firing will affect the Erie BayHawks as well.

The Cavaliers are an NBA affiliate of the BayHawks as are the Toronto Raptors. Brown opened the door to Erie coach John Treloar and him at practices.

Treloar sat in coaches meeting as well, attended games and offered insight from what he observed.

Now Ferry had something to do with that because he hand picked Treloar to coach the BayHawks, but you still have to have a head coach open to the idea of having a D-League coach there.

Posted in: D-League, NBA

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