Ian Thomsen: NBA teams embracing D-League more than ever
Summary of 3 articles · Updated Jan 10, 2013
NBA teams are embracing the 12-year-old D-League more than ever as a resource to develop talent. "It's the D-League,'' he said of his team's surroundings. "I'm going to use the same line everybody else uses to explain everything it's the D-League.'' It also happens to be the future for the NBA and despite crude appearances that future has never been more promising. Young guards Nolan Smith and Will Barton, who had been sitting unused at the end of the Blazers' bench throughout their 102-97 victory at Minnesota on Saturday, were dispatched to the Stampede to play big minutes Monday and Tuesday here at the annual D-League Showcase. It sat like a large unfinished cargo container inside the arena behind the court where the Stampede were about to play in front of the most intimidating audience in basketball.