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  • #91
    Have it in Windsor!! We have a brand new arena built like 5 years ago which is nice and we have an NBL team (Windsor Express) that won the title last year, so we have that winning culture

    And we're the closest you're gonna get to the states

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    • #92
      Detroit's first year with exclusive DLeague team speaks to what hopefully MLSE/Raptors will experience next year:

      Gauging success comes in largely in two pieces: the Pistons control the roster and dictate coaching philosophies and direction, while the Drive handle the marketing and promotion of the team under the direction of the SSJ Group, led by Jbara representing more than 36 investors.

      On the court, the goal of the Drive and the league is to develop players for the NBA. In that regard, the Drive, with former Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith as coach, graduated two players. They lost top draft pick Robert Covington to Philadelphia before he ever played a game in Grand Rapids, and guard Lorenzo Brown signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves in January and has stuck.

      Others, such as No. 1 league prospect Willie Reed, didn't reach their goal. The center was eventually traded to Iowa - which coincided with the Drive's win-loss downfall - and replacement Daniel Orton, a former Kentucky standout, lasted six games before he was waived.

      The other purpose of the relationship is to give the Pistons a chance to develop their players. This season, Tony Mitchell, Spencer Dinwiddie, Gigi Datome and Quincy Miller played at various times in Grand Rapids.

      "Every year will be different," said Pistons General Manager Jeff Bowers. "The makeup of your Pistons roster will dictate how much crossover we'll have. The younger the team, the more the need for minutes with the Drive. Having gone through it the first year now, we have a baseline sense of it and it is only going help us with our planning in the future."

      Bowers was pleased with the way the Drive's on-court operation mirrored that of Stan Van Gundy's with the Pistons.

      "I thought that was a strength going into the year, and it's a strength as we wrap up," he said. "Our comfort level with knowing what, for example, Quincy Miller would find when he got here (Grand Rapids) was very high.

      http://www.mlive.com/drive/2015/04/p...pleased_w.html

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      Get it done, Masai.

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      • #93
        Great news, though I'd rather have a D-League affiliate elsewhere next year than wait a couple years to get one in Canada, if there is any kind of added difficulty.
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        • #94
          mcHAPPY wrote: View Post
          Not very often I agree with Doug Smith. Granted this is the first thing I've read from him in a loooong time - lol.


          I'm surprised by the desire to get DLeague team in to GTA.

          I thought for sure the border crossings would be an issue. But I guess the AHL manages, why not DLeague/Raps?


          Would Hamilton be a good place? Copps Coliseum seems like a good venue and ideally situated in Southern Ontario.
          Meh. Don't think it's a big deal if it's not in Ontario as long as it's still in the area. Smith said he knows Masai "would like" to have it in Ontario. Might not be that easy. I do like that it suggests that they're pretty set on having it close by, and will not put their team in Montana or some nonsense halfway across the continent.

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          • #95
            white men can't jump wrote: View Post
            Meh. Don't think it's a big deal if it's not in Ontario as long as it's still in the area. Smith said he knows Masai "would like" to have it in Ontario. Might not be that easy. I do like that it suggests that they're pretty set on having it close by, and will not put their team in Montana or some nonsense halfway across the continent.
            Put it in Buffalo, it's not that far from Toronto
            "Both teams played hard my man" - Sheed

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            • #96
              mcHAPPY wrote: View Post
              I meant ideally situated for the rest of the DLeague.

              Would avoid major traffic getting in to and out of Toronto. Easily access Michigan and NY State as well.
              Yeah, I got that...but my suggestion was all about me.

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              • #97
                Puffer wrote: View Post
                Yeah, I got that...but my suggestion was all about me.
                Ahhhhhhhhhh..... my apologies.

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                • #98
                  MACK11 wrote: View Post
                  Put it in Buffalo, it's not that far from Toronto
                  I actually don't like that idea.

                  Buffalo's close, but I can't think of many other positives....They'd be competing in a town with major league sports (Sabres, Bills). There's no proper arena for a minor league bball team. Their current PBL team sucks balls, so it's hard to imagine they have generated a lot of fan interest, and coming back to the arena thing, they play in a freakin school.

                  The only good thing about it, again, is it's proximity. I think otherwise Rochester kicks its ass and is just a bit farther.

                  And beyond those two, not sure where could make sense, at least not without starting to drift out farther....It's too bad Erie is affiliated (to Orlando somehow).

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                  • #99
                    Here is another article which speaks to the positive of an org. having their own D team. If the contents are valid at all this could well be a boon but I personally have my doubts without seeing the improvements the coach speaks of:



                    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blo...d-to-defy-odds

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                    • Highly doubt we create a new D-League team out of nothing, e.g. we're probably going to take over a PBL team like the Razorsharks and move them to the D-League. It's just sooo much easier that way, and it's also how just about every other NBA team has been doing it (hybrid model where NBA team manages basketball operations and franchise remains under local ownership). Razorsharks are dominating the PBL and have a good fan base, they just need us to foot the $6M bill for joining the D-League. They are close to Canada but still in the US so that D-League guys aren't screwed by taxes every time they play in Canada. I just see too many hurdles to get a team in Canada, without any benefits. It'd take years to get a Canadian D-League team, but we could have the Razorsharks in the D-League next year. With all these young guys we have, time is of the essence.

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                      • Bendit wrote: View Post
                        Here is another article which speaks to the positive of an org. having their own D team. If the contents are valid at all this could well be a boon but I personally have my doubts without seeing the improvements the coach speaks of:





                        http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blo...d-to-defy-odds
                        Great find. Makes it seem a lot more legit than the bush league marketing ploy it seemed (which I totally wouldn't put past their bat shit crazy owner).

                        Hope he manages to be more than a marketing side show and can actually play a small role on the court.
                        Heir, Prince of Cambridge

                        If you see KeonClark in the wasteland, please share your food and water with him.

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                        • I don't care where they put the team, they just need to make it happen ASAP. We are behind the times and dragging our heels (sounds about right for MLSE).
                          Heir, Prince of Cambridge

                          If you see KeonClark in the wasteland, please share your food and water with him.

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