D-League Fun

by Ryan


Everyone knows that Niagara Falls-native Jonny Flynn has been tearing it up on the terrificly awful Minnesota Timberwolves. But what of the other Falls-born NBA prospect?

Well if you’ve been reading here you know he was drafted by the Portland Red Claws of the NBA Development league a few weeks ago. CNBC’s Darren Rovell had a nice story on the franchise yesterday, which even told us how to get free tickets:

The NBA D-League tips off its ninth season this Friday and it looks nothing like the league looked when it started.

Teams owned by the NBA with generic logos in seemingly random cities in the South have been substituted by strategically placed teams with intricate brand identities, NBA affiliations and passionate owners who are working hard to connect to the communities they play in.

The best example of what the new D-League looks like can be seen in the Maine Red Claws, a new team based in Portland.

Their mascot? A lobster named Crusher. Their fan section? The Trap. Want to score free tickets? Be one of the lobster fishermen to catch one of 10 lobsters that the team tagged and threw back into the local waters.

I’ve got to admit, that’s pretty awesome. If I had any fishing skills whatsoever I’d give it a shot. With the Sabres’ farm team and Paul Harris in the same city that looks like an interesting little road trip. Interested, USRT?