Duke's Lance Thomas Gets Shot in NBA

NEW YORK — Lance Thomas admits there were times last year when he wondered if he would ever make it to the NBA from the D-League.

“I just knew I had to work that much harder to basically show I can play at this level,” the Brooklyn-born Thomas told SNY.tv Friday night at Madison Square Garden before the New Orleans Hornets snapped the Knicks’ seven-game winning streak, 89-85.

“So I did everything in my power. I got stronger, I improved a lot on my offensive game. I even improved more on the defensive end. I just found a way.” To read more of this story, click here

Before the Knicks, Linsanity Reigned in the D-League

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Before about a week ago, the Erie (Pa.) BayHawks’ most famous alumnus was Ivan Johnson, a rookie forward now averaging 5.5 points a game with the Atlanta Hawks.

“We had Ivan Johnson last year,” Erie coach Jay Larranaga told SNY.tv Monday during a phone interview. “He’s been a pretty big story for the Hawks who we’re very proud of as well.”

As grand as Johnson’s stint in Erie was — he averaged 22.6 points in 49 games with the NBA D-League outfit — he has already been supplanted in BayHawks’ lore. To read more of this story, click here

Josh Selby to the D-League

The Memphis Grizzlies on Monday assigned former Kansas guard Josh Selby to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.

The 6-foot-2 Selby appeared in 18 games for the Grizzlies this season, averaging 2.9 points and 1.4 assists on 39 percent shooting in 10.3 minutes

After one season at Kansas, Selby was originally selected 49th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. He averaged 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 26 games at Kansas.

Selby was expected to join the Bighorns Monday and be available Tuesday when the team hosts the Austin Toros.

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Rafer Alston Hopes for Return to NBA

Rafer Alston may be the only high school basketball coach competing in the NBA D-League.

Alston, 35, is taking a break from coaching Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center in order to get his own playing career back on track.

“I’m just trying to open eyes again and let people know I still got a lot in the tank and just compete,” Alston, now with the LA Defenders, told SNY.tv in his first interview since returning to the pros. To read more of this story, click here

Rafer Alston Attempting Comeback in D-League

As reported earlier today on my Twitter, former NBA point guard Rafer “Skip to My Lou” Alston is attempting a comeback and could be in the NBA D-League by Friday.

“He has to get picked up and he gets cleared for the NBDL Friday at 1 p.m.,” a source close to Alston told SNY.tv.

Alston, 35, had been coaching at Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center, but is apparently attempting to return to the NBA. The former Queens Cardozo and streetball star last played with the Nets and Miami Heat during the 2009-10 season. To read more of this story, click here

Derrick Caracter to the D-League

Former New Jersey school boy star Derrick Caracter has made a few stops during his basketball career.

Now he’s headed to the NBA D-League.

The Lakers on Wednesday assigned the 6-foot-9 Caracter to their D-League affiliate, the Los Angeles Defenders.

Caracter, the 58th pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, appeared in 41 games for the Lakers last season, averaging 2.1 points and 1.0 rebounds in 5.2 minutes. To read more of this story, click here

Tinsley Goes No. 1 in D-League Draft

With the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft, the Los Angeles D-Fenders selected NBA veteran Jamaal Tinsley.

A former first-round NBA Draft pick, Tinsley spent eight seasons with the Pacers and Grizzlies.

“I’m humble and blessed for this opportunity,” Tinsley said.

A two-time Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month with the Indiana Pacers in 2001-02, Tinsley was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team after averaging 9.4 points and 8.1 assists in his first season out of Iowa State. Twice ranked among the league’s To read more of this story, click here

Former Rutgers Star N'Diaye to the D-League

Former Rutgers star Hamady N’Diaye is the latest NBA player sent to the NBA D-League.

“I feel great about it,” N’Diaye’s agent, Keith Glass, said by text. “It will give him a chance to play. It’s a great opportunity while still being the property of Washington. The best of both worlds.”

The 7-foot, 235-pound N’Diaye has appeared in four games this season with the Washington Wizards. He was selected in the second round (56th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, and was acquired by Washington in a draft-night swap. To read more of this story, click here

Siva, Melvin Honored by Big East; Smith to Transfer; Samuels, Ebanks to the D-League

The Big East named Louisville guard Peyton Siva and DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin the winners of the conference’s weekly men’s basketball honors for the week ending Dec. 26.

Siva was named Big East Player of the Week. In Louisville’s only game of the week, Siva poured in 29 points and dished eight assists in a 114-82 victory at Western Kentucky.  He shot 8-of-13 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range.  For the year, Siva, who hails from Seattle, Wash., is averaging 12.1 points, 4.7 assists and 2.1 steals.  His steals average is third in the Big East.

Melvin, who was named Big East Rookie of the Week led the Blue Demons to a 71-62 win over Florida Atlantic by scoring 23 points and grabbing four rebounds.  He outscored FAU 13-12 in the first 11 minutes of the game.  Melvin, a native of Baltimore, Md., has reached double figures in his last five games.  For the season, he is averaging 10.4 points and 3.3 rebounds.

BIG EAST Player of the Week
PEYTON SIVA, Louisville, G, So.

BIG EAST Rookie of the Week
CLEVELAND MELVIN, DePaul, F, Fr. To read more of this story, click here

Sherron Collins to the D-League

Charlotte Bobcats guard Sherron Collins is the latest NBA player sent to the NBA Development League.

The former Kansas star was assigned to the Maine Red Claws, Charlotte’s D-League affiliate, where he will join former Syracuse star Paul Harris and former Oklahoma standout Tiny Gallon.

The assignment marks the 17th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate. To read more of this story, click here