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Gino Pilato

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Blazers' D-League Affiliate Calling For Help

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The 'hybrid' single affiliation between the Portland Trail Blazers and Idaho Stampede has not started the way in which Idaho had planned. With one of the worst records in the D-League, Idaho's brass is calling out to their NBA affiliate for help.

Jorge Gutierrez Developing Nicely In NBADL

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The former Pac 12 Player of the Year in 2012 is starting to develop his offensive game with the Canton Charge in the NBA D-League. Gutierrez, a defensive specialist, can become a top NBADL point guard prospect as he continues to grow offensively.

Ben Uzoh's Story Helps Paint Showcase Picture

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Former member of the Nets, Cavaliers, and Raptors, Ben Uzoh was with his current squad the Springfield Armor (Brooklyn Nets NBA D-League affiliate) as he and the entire NBA D-League left their mark on Reno, Nevada for the NBA D-League Showcase.

D-League 3-Point And Slam Dunk Contests Impress

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On Day 3 of the NBA D-League Showcase, the 3-point and slam dunk competitions took place and provided a nice break in the jam packed 4-day schedule of games. Andy Rautins and Dominique Sutton of the Tulsa 66ers stood out above the rest.

Nolan Smith's D-League Assignment Career Defining?

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Second year and former first round draft pick Nolan Smith, has been assigned to Portland's NBA D-League affiliate just in time for the D-League Showcase in Reno, Nevada. Will Smith be able to cash in on the increased minutes?

Prior 10-Day Contract Recipients Lurking In NBADL

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As the 10-day contract period begins Monday, some notable recipients from last season are lurking in the NBA Development League. Will they be able to cash in and receive a shot in the Association once again?

Holiday Brothers Holding It Down In NBA And NBADL

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Jrue Holiday's brother Justin Holiday has been impressive as of late in the NBA D-League, and the two brothers are certainly representing their namesake in each of their respective leagues.

2012: The Year the NBA D-League Arrived

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For the NBA D-League, 2012 was an incredible year full of success for the 11-year old organization. As we head into 2013, the benchmarks that the league created for itself in 2012 provides an optimistic outlook going forward.

Solomon Alabi Ready To Help Get Wins And A Call-Up

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Last season Solomon Alabi relished in the opportunity to play 40 minutes of the Toronto Raptors final regular season game. Now, Alabi is ready to help the NBA D-League's struggling Idaho Stampede and hopefully land another shot with an NBA team.

A D-League Spin To The BCS Bowl Series

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As we head into the meat of college football's bowl season, what better way to celebrate the BCS system than to put a NBA D-League spin to it? Check out which NBADL teams would play in each of the BCS bowl games and why?

Can CDR's Call-Up Help Christian Eyenga in NBADL?

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Christian Eyenga was the first round selection for the Texas Legends in this season's NBA D-League Draft. The 23-year-old, and veteran of both the NBA and NBADL, will now likely benefit from the Call-Up of his former teammate Chris Douglas-Roberts.

Should Patrick Ewing Jr. Return To The D-League?

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Patrick Ewing Jr. reached an agreement with Telekom Baskets Bonn to break his contract, with his desire of a return to the NBA, the former Georgetown Hoya should entertain another stint in the D-League.

Lakers' D-League Affiliate Joins Them In T.V. Deal

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The L.A. D-Fenders will now have their home games broadcast on TIme Warner Cable SportsNet. The network carries all Lakers' games not nationally televised, and will look to increase fan's connectivity to the Lakers by carrying D-Fenders games too.

D-League Assignments Now Tailor-Made For Players

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NBA teams are now using D-League assignments in a truly customized fashion. With the way in which Amar'e Stoudemire and Kawhi Leonard were "assigned" to the D-League, teams are finding ways to tailor-make each designated trip to the D-League.

NBA Summer League Co-MVP Now Back To The D-League

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Josh Selby impressed everyone with his lights out 3-point shooting in Las Vegas this past summer, but now the former Kansas Jayhawk finds himself on assignment once again in the NBA D-League. Can Selby find that Summer League magic once again?

Can The D-League Coexist With College Football?

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The Idaho Stampede face the challenge of competing for fans' attention in a city dominated by it's successful college football team. Can their direct relationship with the Portland Trail Blazers help get them a piece of the local sports fan pie?

Elijah Millsap Will Help Get The D's Back On Track

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Elijah Millsap has returned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, and will likely help the team get back to their dominanting ways in the NBA D-League.

D-League's Legends Growing The NBA Brand In Mexico

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The Texas Legends new partnership with Veracruz, Mexico has established the Dallas Mavericks' D-League affiliate at the forefront in bringing the NBA brand to Mexico.

D-League Assignment Players Taking Away Minutes?

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This past weekend the Portland Trail Blazers assigned rookies Victor Claver and Will Barton to their NBA D-League affiliate the Idaho Stampede. Both players were immediately made apart of the starting lineups each night, but at who's expense?

Reigning NBADL MVP Is Starting To Shine Yet Again

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Justin Dentmon won the NBA D-League MVP award last season, and the returning guard for the Austin Toros looks to be back on track to the style of play that gifted him the most valuable player status a season ago.

Dear Ricky Rubio, Please Consider The NBADL

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As Ricky Rubio works his way back from a left knee injury that has kept him out for nine months, the NBA D-League could be a great way for Rubio to test out the true strength of his surgically repaired knee under real-live game action.

Lakers Should Look At The D-League For PG Help

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With the Lakers receiving word that Steve Blake will be out at least 6-8 weeks from his torn abdominal muscle injury, and a less than appealing list of free agent options, the Lakers should consider the D-League to help their point guard depth woes.

Recent NBADL Assignments Anything But Demotions

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Kendall Marshall and Kevin Murphy are both being accompanied by team personnel for their D-League assignments. It is a sign that both the Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz are considering each assignment as a chance for development, not a demotion.

NBADL Affiliates Look To Replicate Celtics-Lakers

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On top of the Maine Red Claws "Beat L.A.!" promotion tonight, the NBA D-League affiliates for both the Celtics and Lakers carry strong connections to the teams in terms of players. Possible future contributors will be on hand in tonight's match-up.

NBADL Stints For First Rounders Leads To Success

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Tony Wroten, who was drafted 25th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in this year's draft, joins an impressive list of first round draftees who spent part of their rookie season in the NBADL. Check out the other familiar NBA names who have done so.

Fab Melo's D-League Stint Will Require Patience

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Fab Melo is apart of a group of assignment players in the NBA D-League with a certain level of recognition. Melo has got off to a rather slow start with the Maine Red Claws, but the media and fans should pump the brakes and allow him to develop.

Experience Proves To Be Key For Victories In NBADL

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The Bakersfield Jam opened their 2012-2013 season with an impressive road win against the highly talented roster of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Jam's experienced players trumped the Vipers' talent, a sign of what it takes to win in the NBADL.

Top 5 Things To Watch For As NBADL Season Tips Off

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Four games will kick off the NBA Development League season Friday night, and here are the top 5 things you should watch for.

Key NBA Injuries Bring NBA D-League To Mind

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With some of the NBA's top talent falling victim to injuries, the D-League could present itself as a place for fans to see their favorite NBA star rehab their way back to the NBA stage.

Big Time Companies Investing In The NBA D-League

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With the MGM Resorts International sponsorship of the Springfield Armor, and the agreement of the CBS Sports Network to add coverage of the NBA D-League to their programming, big time companies have caught word of the D-League's success.

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