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Posted: April 9th, 2011

Earlier this week, Reno coach Eric Musselman called it case two coaches being “competitive.”

As the Erie BayHawks (32-18) head into Game 1 of their best-of-three D-League playoff series against the second-seeded Bighorns (34-16), check out how Musselman and Utah Flash coach Kevin Young got into it this season.

Now Musselman, who was an NBA head coach with the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, wasn’t suspended for this, but this shows how “competitive” he can be.

Posted: December 11th, 2010

Here’s a look at highlights of Erie’s 102-82 win Tuesday at Utah against the Flash that began the current three-game winning streak it’s on right now.

The BayHawks’ last two wins have been at home against Maine. On Friday night, they stomped the Red Claws, 120-71, and tonight, they beat them again,  109-91.

When highlights from these two latest games are available, I’ll post them ASAP.

Posted: December 6th, 2010

The Erie BayHawks have dropped to 3-3 on the season after losing back-to-back games at New Mexico (4-1) against the Thunderbirds, who have won four straight games. Erie resumes play Tuesday at Utah (4-3).

Erie picked up a technical foul in each of its two losses to New Mexico to up its total to nine on the season.

Power forward Ivan Johnson was called for his third technical of the season in Friday’s game and first-year BayHawks coach Jay Larranaga got called for his first technical foul of the season in Saturday’s game.

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Posted: November 19th, 2010

One of my favorite shows is TNT’s Inside The NBA.

Host Ernie Johnson and NBA analysts Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Charles Barkley not only talk basketball, but the show is funny. Tonight was no execption.

They ended the show with having Kenny and Chuck guess the nicknames of the 16 D-League teams. Now they put some fake nicknames to throw Kenny and Charles off and it worked, but Charles won the competition with getting two of the eight nicknames right. Kenny was an unfortuante 0-for-8.

So you’re probably wondering if Charles got the Erie BayHawks right.

He didn’t.

Barkley thought they were the Erie Flash. It’s the Utah Flash, but at least he didn’t think they were the Erie Lobsters.

Good stuff. Here’s the video. Might have to search for it below the main screen, but it’s worth it.

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

The BayHawks must contend with Albuquerque's Keith McLeod, who has averaged 31.1 points in his last six games.

Erie BayHawks (15-25) at Albuquerque Thunderbirds (18-22)

Saturday, 9 p.m., Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, N.M.

On the air: WJET-AM 1400, (live stream).

Players to watch, Erie:

SF Jackie Manuel (Expected to play tonight after missing Tuesday’s win against Sioux Falls with a stomach virus.). … SG Blake Ahearn (Averaging 21.6 points in his three games with Erie since being traded from Bakersfield for D-League All-Star rookie power forward Alade Aminu). … SF Ivan Harris (Scored 21 points Tuesday after not scoring in Erie’s previous game against Iowa).

Players to watch, Albuquerque:

G Keith McLeod (After not scoring in an Feb. 25 loss at Idaho, McLeod has averaged 31.1 points in his last six games. He went for 44 in a March 3 loss at Dakota). … G Antonio Agudio (Averaging 15.4 points and shooting 42.8 percent from 3-point range). … SF Trey Gilder (Traded to Albuquerque from Maine for center Kurt Looby on March 5, Gilder is averaging 13.9 points this season.

Fast facts: Erie — The BayHawks are without rookie point guard Cedric Jackson, who signed a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs this week. … Shooting guard Mike Gansey has averaged 26 points and shot 13-of-23 from 3-point range in his last three games. … Erie has won its last two games.

Fast facts: Albuquerque — The Thunderbirds’ leading scorer, Carlos Powell, is now overseas playing in China. The top pick in the 2009 D-League Draft, Powell averaged 22.1 points in 33 games for them. … Albuquerque snapped a seven-game losing skid in Wednesday’s win against Fort Wayne.

 BayHawks up next: at Idaho (Saturday, 9 p.m.), at Utah (Monday, 9 p.m.).

— Duane Rankin

Posted: December 8th, 2009

This guy is not getting any Christmas presents from Santa Claus.

He did a not so nice thing.

Utah Flash owner Brandt Andersen admitted he sent out a Michael Jordan look-a-like around Orem, Utah, Monday to sell people on the idea Jordan was going to play former Utah Jazz forward Bryon Russell in an 1-on-1 game at halftime of the Utah Flash -Dakota Wizards game.

Jordan, who based on his Hall of Fame induction speech earlier this year still has issues with Russell years after they faced each other in the NBA Finals in the late 1990s, never agreed to do the challenge after Andersen issued the challenge months ago.

Personally, I would have loved to have seen it go down, but since it didn’t, bad owner.

Posted in: D-League, NBA
Posted: December 8th, 2009

In the last two days, the D-League has announced separate suspensions from the same game.

From yesterday:

NEW YORK – Dakota Wizards guard Maurice Baker has been suspended one game for striking Idaho Stampede forward Cedric Simmons in the shoulder/face, it was announced today by Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA Development League.
The incident occurred at the 11:00 minute mark of the fourth quarter on Saturday, Dec. 5, in Boise, Idaho.
Baker will serve his suspension tonight when the Wizards play the Utah Flash in Orem, Utah.

From today:

NEW YORK – Idaho Stampede forward Cedric Simmons has been suspended one game, it was announced today by Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA Development League.
Simmons is being suspended for making contact with a game official at the 11:00 mark of the fourth quarter during the game Saturday, Dec. 5 in Boise, ID.
Simmons will serve his suspension on Friday, Dec. 11 when the Stampede travels to play the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

What a shame. Just for the record, Idaho won that game, 133-99.

Posted in: D-League
Posted: April 24th, 2009

Rookie Sonny Weems scored a game-high 25 points in leading Colorado to a D-League title after the 14ers won Game 2 against Utah on Friday night.

They run and gun. Press and never rest.

And now Colorado is the D-League’s best.

After finishing the regular season with the league’s best record, the 14ers are the D-League champions after winning Game 2 of the D-League Finals, 123-104, Friday night at the Broomfield Event Center.

In Friday’s win, the 14ers (38-16) had three players score at least 21 points with Denver Nuggets rookie Sonny Weems scoring a game-high 25 points. Josh Davis and Joe Dabbert each added 21 points.

the 14ers were up by only a point, 90-89, early in the fourth quarter before going on a 16-2 run to take a 106-91 lead with seven minutes and 44 seconds left in the game.

Morris Almond of the Utah Jazz lead the Flash (34-20) with 18 points. After winning the regular-season series, 2-0, the Flash were swept in the best-of-3 finals.

Posted in: D-League, NBA, NBA fix
Posted: April 22nd, 2009

The Colorado 14ers are a victory away from winning the 2009 D-League Finals after winning at Utah in overtime, 136-131, Wednesday night.



After coaching his team to the league's best record, Bob MacKinnon has the Colorado 14ers one victory away from winning the 2009 D-League Finals.

Some serious points were scored in this one.

The top-seeded 14ers (37-16) finished overtime on an 8-2 run to win Game 1. Guard Dominique Coleman scored four of those eight points. His bucket put Colorado ahead for good, 132-131, with 55 seconds left. Coleman had 10 for the game.

The 14ers will now have the opportunity to win the best-of-3 series in Friday’s Game 2 at home. If necessary, Game 3 will be played Monday at  Colorado.

Colorado lead by as many as 24 points in the first half, but the second-seeded Flash (34-19) came back and led 122-121 after a Robert Dupree dunk with a minute and 10 seconds left in the game. Dupree scored a game-high 37 points.

Colorado rookie Trey Gilder tied the game, but missed the second free throw that would have given the 14ers the lead with 22 seconds left. Utah guard Kevin Kruger failed to win the game at the buzzer as he missed a jump shot.

Denver Nuggets rookie Sonny Weems lead the 14ers with 28 points while Billy Thomas and Josh Davis added 27 and 25 points, respectively.

The 14ers began their playoff run by beating the Erie BayHawks in the opening round.

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