NBA G League starts regular season on Jan. 5

NBA G LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TO BEGIN JANUARY 5, 2022

NEW YORK, Dec. 24, 2021 – The NBA G League today announced that its regular season, originally scheduled to tip off on Dec. 27, will begin on Jan. 5, 2022.  The delay will give teams an opportunity to safely return players to market after the Christmas holiday and to replenish their rosters following NBA Call-Ups.

Information regarding games originally scheduled between Dec. 27 and Jan. 4 will be provided at a later date.

Klay Thompson going full-speed in G-League practice, hits first 18 shots — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

There is no timeline for his return, but Thompson is getting closer.

Klay Thompson going full-speed in G-League practice, hits first 18 shots — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

RAPTORS 905 119, KNICKS 95

RAPTORS 905 DEFEAT KNICKS IN SEASON OPENER 

Raptors 905 (1-0), NBA G League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors defeated the Westchester Knicks (0-3) 119-95 Thursday evening. 

In the first home game since Mar. 11, 2020, the 905 controlled the game from the beginning, outscoring the Knicks 31-17 in the first quarter to take the lead and never looked back. The team received a balanced scoring effort with six players scoring in double digits, led by Andrew Rowsey who posted a game-high 22 points in 30 minutes off the bench. Toronto Raptors assignee Isaac Bonga followed with 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Raptors two-way player, David Johnson scored 19 points in the contest. 

The Knicks were led by Brandon Williams’ 17 points, five rebounds and five assists while Aamir Simms and Tyler Hall put up 14 points apiece. M.J Walker added 15 points in 34 minutes shooting .500 from the field.  

The two teams meet again Friday night to complete their back-to-back, tip-off scheduled for 7:30 pm.   

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RAPTORS 905 OPENING NIGHT ROSTER

RAPTORS 905 ANNOUNCE OPENING NIGHT ROSTER

Raptors 905, NBA G League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, announced Saturday its opening night roster for the 2021-22 season.  

Head Coach Patrick Mutombo leads the 12-man roster which includes two-way players Justin Champagnie and David Johnson, along with returnees Breein Tyree and Kevon Harris. Jawun Evans also returns to the 905, after dressing for the team during the 2019-20 season.  

NBA affiliates Alex Antetokounmpo, Ashton Hagans, Josh Hall, and Reggie Perry join the 905 this year, as well as Romaro Gill and Andrew Rowsey, acquired in trades during the offseason. Obadiah Noel completes the roster, earning his spot through the open tryout process. A full roster is below.  

The 905 open the regular season, in pursuit of the Showcase Cup, beginning Nov. 11 when they host the Westchester Knicks for a 7:30 tip-off. Tickets are available here

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Jeremy Lin talks embracing Linsanity, denouncing racism and staying hungry — The Denver Post

After another G League player called him “coronavirus” on the court, Lin, who is Taiwanese American, has been speaking out against the racism and bigotry that numerous Asian Americans have faced since former President Donald Trump began referring to the coronavirus as the “China virus” last year.

Jeremy Lin talks embracing Linsanity, denouncing racism and staying hungry — The Denver Post

Jeremy Lin fights racism while battling to return to the NBA — East Bay Times

Jeremy Lin proved to himself he’s still an NBA-caliber player while playing for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League’s bubble. He’s just waiting for an NBA team to agree with him. 584 more words

Jeremy Lin fights racism while battling to return to the NBA — East Bay Times

SANDERS NAMED NBA G LEAGUE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

SANDERS NAMED NBA G LEAGUE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

The NBA G League announced today that Raptors 905 General Manager Chad Sanders has been named the 2020-21 NBA G League Basketball Executive of the Year, as selected by his fellow NBA G League team basketball executives.  

“The Raptors organization couldn’t be more proud of Chad and this recognition from his colleagues in the NBA G League,” said Toronto Raptors General Manager Bobby Webster. “Since joining our program, Chad’s growth has been tremendous to watch and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him in the future.”

In his third season as general manager, Sanders constructed a team that posted a league-best 12-3 record during the 2021 season, powered by one of the most prolific offenses in league history.  Notable acquisitions included NBA veteran and Mississauga native Nik Stauskas (18.1 ppg, 3.6 apg), Alize Johnson (16.6 ppg, 13.3 rpg) and Matt Mooney (11.6 ppg, 5.7 apg) via trade with Canton.  He also acquired Henry Ellenson (21.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg) last season from Long Island, who earned a 10-day contract with the Toronto Raptors at the end of the 2021 G League season. 

The Crestwood, KY native joined the Raptors organization as the Manager of Basketball Operations for the 2017-18 season, before being elevated to General Manager the following season. From 2011 to 2017, Sanders worked in the Dominican Republic. He served as the General Manager of the Men’s National Team beginning in 2014 after three years as the Director of Operations for the team. In addition to his work with the National Team, he was the General Manager of Leones de Santo Domingo, earning the league title in 2016. 

Sanders began his basketball journey as the Graduate assistant under John Calipari for two seasons at the University of Kentucky.  He also served as a basketball manager from 2006 to 2009 under coaches Tubby Smith and Billy Gillispie.

            Sanders, 34, graduated from Kentucky in 2009 and earned his Masters degree in 2011.   

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Poole, Mannion, Jeremy Lin impress, but Santa Cruz still outclassed — Chico Enterprise-Record

Jordan Poole scored a pro career-high 32 points, Nico Mannion added a season-high 24 points and Jeremy Lin was impressive again, but the Santa Cruz Warriors’ defense couldn’t stop Raptors 905 from running away with a 135-125 victory Monday night in G League action. Malachi Flynn, the Raptors’ first-round pick from Washington State, erupted for…

Poole, Mannion, Jeremy Lin impress, but Santa Cruz still outclassed — Chico Enterprise-Record

How the G League bubble can help turn Jordan Poole’s season around — Marin Independent Journal

Jordan Poole hasn’t yet decided what necessities he’s going to bring with him to the NBA G League bubble near Orlando. He’s just excited about finally getting consistent minutes. “I’m just ready to play 15 games in 25 days,” Poole said Saturday, the day before he heads to Orlando to begin his mandatory quarantine. “So…

How the G League bubble can help turn Jordan Poole’s season around — Marin Independent Journal

Mad Ants to play at Disney as NBA G League season tips in February — WANE 15

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The NBA G League has announced that 18 teams – including the Fort Wayne Mad Ants – will hit the court in February at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, creating a bubble similar to what fans saw at the end of the […]

Mad Ants to play at Disney as NBA G League season tips in February — WANE 15

Celtics opt to withdraw Red Claws from G League ‘bubble’ season — Bangor Daily News

The Red Claws, who are owned by the NBA’s Boston Celtics, revealed that the team will opt out of the season because of COVID-19 concerns.

Celtics opt to withdraw Red Claws from G League ‘bubble’ season — Bangor Daily News