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  • Two Pacers to the D League this weekend.

    Plumlee, Johnson to Play 2 Games With Fort Wayne in D-League

    November 21, 2012

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday that rookies Miles Plumlee and Orlando Johnson will join the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for two games this weekend. This is the first time the Pacers have assigned players to their NBA D-League affiliate.

    Plumlee, a 6-10, 245-pound center/forward who was the Pacers' first-round pick last June (26th overall), has played in four games this season, scoring four points and pulling down five rebounds. Johnson, a 6-5 guard who was a second-round pick that the Pacers acquired from Sacramento on draft night, has played in two games, but hasn’t scored.

    "We could not be happier to have Miles and Orlando join our team for these first two games," said Mad Ants head coach Duane Ticknor. "We think we can provide both players a great opportunity to improve their games, and I am excited for this watershed moment in our partnership with the Pacers."

    Fort Wayne hosts Erie Friday night and Maine Sunday. The two players will re-join the Pacers for their three-game western road trip next week.
    http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/pluml...wayne-d-league

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    Re: Two Pacers to the D League this weekend.

    About time.

    Miles ****ing Plumlee. What a wasted pick.
    First time in a long time, I've been happy with the team that was constructed, and now they struggle. I blame the coach.

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      Re: Two Pacers to the D League this weekend.

      IT'S ABOUT TIME THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE D-LEAGUE!!!

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        Re: Two Pacers to the D League this weekend.

        Originally posted by Sparhawk View Post
        About time.

        Miles ****ing Plumlee. What a wasted pick.

        If there was ever a time to have traded their pick, it should have been the 012 draft not the 011 draft.

        Why draft Plumlee and trade for Mahinmi while giving him a 4 year guaranteed contract?

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        • #5
          Re: Two Pacers to the D League this weekend.

          anyone think Orlando Johnson can turn into a decent player? (ex. Avery Bradley, Jeremy Lin)

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            Re: Two Pacers to the D League this weekend.

            I don't know about you but every time I've seen Miles play, I've seen positive things. Is there any way to watch the Mad Ants?
            Tonight, all flags must burn, in place of steeples.
            Autonomy must return into the hands of the people.

            Panopticon

            Originally posted by IrishPacer
            Empty vessels make the most noise.

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              Re: Two Pacers to the D League this weekend.

              Originally posted by Nuntius View Post
              I don't know about you but every time I've seen Miles play, I've seen positive things. Is there any way to watch the Mad Ants?

              Not sure if this holds for outside of the US, but this was just announced...

              2012-13 NBA D-League Season Tips Off With Four Games on Friday, Nov. 23 --
              Official Release


              NEW YORK, November 20, 2012 – The NBA and YouTube announced a new deal today that will provide fans with more than 350 NBA Development League games streamed live during the 2012-13 regular season on the NBA D-League YouTube channel and through a YouTube video player on NBA.com. The partnership was announced by Adam Silver, NBA Deputy Commissioner, and Claude Ruibal, Global Head of Sports for Google/YouTube.

              The deal marks another first between the NBA and YouTube. The NBA was the first professional sports league to partner with YouTube in 2005 to unveil the NBA Channel and to join their "Claim Your Content" program. To date, more than 960 million videos have been viewed by fans, making it the most popular sports channel on YouTube.

              As a result of today’s announcement, the NBA D-League, the NBA’s official minor league, will feature the most live games on YouTube by a major professional sports league.

              “The NBA’s latest initiative with YouTube marks another milestone in our partnership and a great way to tip off the 12th season of the NBA Development League,” said Silver. “By turning to our longtime partner, YouTube, we are able to bring the NBA D-League to basketball fans around the world, further expanding the league’s growth and showcasing future NBA stars.”

              “As one of the world’s most popular sports with a broad roster of top prospects, the NBA D-League is a perfect fit for the YouTube platform,” said Ruibal. “With our broad global delivery across all platforms and devices, providing live and catch up NBA D-League games and highlights will make this exciting content easily accessible to a whole new generation of basketball fans.”

              The NBA D-League season on YouTube will tip off opening night on Friday, Nov. 23, with four games when the Maine Red Claws meet the Canton Charge, the Erie BayHawks play the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, the Tulsa 66ers host the Texas Legends, and the Bakersfield Jam open against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The four games on opening night will feature 36 top NBA prospects that recently participated in NBA training camps.

              Throughout the season, NBA D-League fans won’t miss a moment of live regular season action as all of the league’s games will be available nationwide either online; on the NBA D-League Center Court mobile app – the league’s free mobile application providing fans with access to NBA D-League content on the Android Market and the App Store; or on CBS Sports Network and NBA TV, the league’s national television partners.

              In addition, fans will be able to access the live games on the NBA D-League YouTube channel via all of the league’s 16 team web sites. They can also access archived versions of the live games to view on demand through the YouTube channel and the league’s web site shortly after the conclusion of the contests.

              Overall, the NBA D-League features 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises. The league is a proven developer of talent with 20 percent of players on 2012-13 NBA opening-day rosters having NBA D-League experience.

              (NBDL)
              This is the darkest timeline.

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                Re: Two Pacers to the D League this weekend.

                This is wonderful and long overdue. Three cheers for Kevin Pritchard for this.


                Basketball isn't played with computers, spreadsheets, and simulations. ChicagoJ 4/21/13

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                  Re: Two Pacers to the D League this weekend.

                  Originally posted by BlueCollarColts View Post
                  anyone think Orlando Johnson can turn into a decent player? (ex. Avery Bradley, Jeremy Lin)
                  Maybe, he hasn't shown much either way when he has played, but he has only played what 4 minutes?

                  Originally posted by Nuntius View Post
                  I don't know about you but every time I've seen Miles play, I've seen positive things. Is there any way to watch the Mad Ants?
                  Yeah he has shown some good, but he has also shown some ineptness. He has some potential, just don't know how much.

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                    Re: Two Pacers to the D League this weekend.

                    Televising the D-League on YouTube? Yay!

                    But now the cynic in me wonders if Miles and Orlando were sent there more as an opening weekend marketing ploy.

                    But whatever, Yay!

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                      Re: Two Pacers to the D League this weekend.

                      Originally posted by Strummer View Post
                      But now the cynic in me wonders if Miles and Orlando were sent there more as an opening weekend marketing ploy.
                      Probably a little bit of both, but it really doesn't matter too much. These guys need to be playing somewhere.
                      Check out my autographed 1972-73 Topps basketball project

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                        Re: Two Pacers to the D League this weekend.

                        Good move by the Pacers.
                        Larry Bird qouted March 25th. 2015:

                        Bird: I wanted to keep our group together because in the summer, if David and Roy opt out, we're back to zero, really. We don't have that much, so you leave your options open. If we did make a trade, I didn't want to take on a lot of contracts -- because that's what usually happens. Plus, I liked my guys. They're playing well. If we keep the core together and Paul comes back healthy, we'll be right back to where we were.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Two Pacers to the D League this weekend.

                          I feel like this is perfect use of the D league team. Gets Miles and OJ an opportunity at some playing time and then brings them right back on board for the west coast trip where bonding with teamates is more important. I like the move.

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                            Re: Two Pacers to the D League this weekend.

                            Originally posted by Eleazar View Post
                            Yeah he has shown some good, but he has also shown some ineptness. He has some potential, just don't know how much.
                            I'd like to see better defense and defensive rebounding out of him. His offensive game in the SL satisfied me.

                            Personally, I think that some people are prejudiced against Miles due to his play at Duke. When you start seeing him in a new light, completely forgetting his college years, you'll come to appreciate him as a player
                            Tonight, all flags must burn, in place of steeples.
                            Autonomy must return into the hands of the people.

                            Panopticon

                            Originally posted by IrishPacer
                            Empty vessels make the most noise.

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                              Re: Two Pacers to the D League this weekend.

                              Originally posted by Nuntius View Post
                              I'd like to see better defense and defensive rebounding out of him. His offensive game in the SL satisfied me.

                              Personally, I think that some people are prejudiced against Miles due to his play at Duke. When you start seeing him in a new light, completely forgetting his college years, you'll come to appreciate him as a player
                              Yeah, I think he has a world of potential. Much more so than some of our other late pick centers. Like Harrison, Haskins, or Brezac.

                              The people who wish he would have done more in college mystify me. If he'd played up to his potential in college then he never would have been available for us to draft. So I'm happy with his college career.

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