Before we dig into the links and analysis, first let me say happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day to all! Though the majority of the population sees this day as one spent away from school or work, it’s important to sit back and realize the real meaning behind King’s message that he unintentionally sacrificed his life for. Without his brave deeds and revolutionary thinking, who’s to say where the U.S. would be even today. Indeed this country has come a long way since King first began his civil rights campaign but sadly, there’s still so much more room for improvement. I’m proud to be a member of the diversified group of writers that covers the NBA, which is far ahead of the pack in terms of race and ethnic relations in professional sports, however I’d by lying if I said we are where we need to be regarding this issue. But on this day if everyone takes one conscious step in the right direction to accepting people for who they are on the inside and not what they look like on the outside, it would at least further fulfill the “dream” of equality for all that was once shared by King with the rest of the world.
NBA.com is reporting the Denver Nuggets have assigned rookies Jordan Hamilton and Julyan Stone to the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede. Although this comes as a bit of a surprise to Nuggets’ fans, it should be noted this move has come in unison with other NBA teams — including the Rockets with Marcus Morris — doing the exact same thing just in time for the annual D-League Showcase on Jan. 9.
The Denver Nuggets NBA Development League affiliate Idaho Stampede will hold open tryouts in Denver on Sunday, September 19 starting at 9:00 AM and lasting until 5:00 PM at Colorado Christian University. There will be two other sessions, one in Portland on October 2 and another in Boise on October 16. Visit the official site of the Stampede for registration information and other details.
New Head Coach Randy Livingston will be on 104.3 The Fan today (September 15) at 2:00 PM (all times approximate in the radio business). Livingston is best known as being an NBA journeyman, but was in his younger years one of the top NBA prospects in the country. After his first two games at LSU he was averaging video game numbers in the vicinity of 30 points and 15 assists a game. Knee injuries would prove to limit his potential although Livingston was still able to carve out a very respectable NBA career, but he made his mark in the D-League.
Livingston holds several franchise records and his jersey is retired in Boise as he was the 2006-07 D-League MVP and lead the Stampede to the 2008 D-League championship. As a coach he has had first hand experience working with the Boston Celtics front office as an assistant with their affiliate and while his playing career may not have reached the heights that many expected when Livingston was exiting high school, he sees his winding career path as a positive entering his first season as a head coach.
Some of you may remember the Nuggets held open tryouts under Kiki Vandeweghe where guys like this wasted everyone’s time.
A couple of players received invites to train with Denver’s summer league squad, but if memory serves neither one actually made it to the Rocky Mountain Revue with the team. Hopefully the Stampede will have more luck.