Toros Blogging from the D-League Showcase

Cheyne Gadson #3 - Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, 9:30 p.m.

As we continue to blog, I hope you guys enjoyed the time the Toros players shared during the showcase. I definitely enjoyed sharing the day to day life in Boise.

Well today didn't go as planned we lost, but we all took something from it. Moving on into the rest of the day most of us went to P.F. Changs. Yesterday we went to one of the best steakhouse restaurants (Chandlers) in Boise. Yes, I truly recommend it!!!

This evening had to be one of the funniest days in my life with all the jokes being made at each other at the table. Nothing but laughs, we are a team.

Well everyone its been fun to blog with you guys. See ya next week. Go Toros!

R.I.P Rodney Parker

Kris Lang #2 - Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, 8:00 p.m.

I woke up (and itís still really cold) in anticipation of the so-called clash of the Titans. After I finished my complementary breakfast at the Hampton Inn and Suites, I walked three blocks to the arena. After I sat in the locker room about 10-15 minutes unthawing, I went out on the court to start my shooting ritual. I was excited and looking forward to playing the D-Fenders to use it as a measuring tool for where we are as a team.

When the game horn sounded, the much anticipated showcase game began. I didnít realize the D-Fenders were going to shoot 60% from the field in the first half. That put us in too big of a whole to dig out of. We came within four, but we could not pull ourselves out of that hole. Even though we didnít play our best game, it was a good measure of what we need to do. Itís a great team and we can do a lot with the talent that we have right now.

So round 1 of the clash of the Titans goes to the D-Fenders. Congrats D-fenders, but weíll meet againÖ

Next up, my much anticipated arrival on Wednesday, January 23rdóthe birth of my first son. This by far outweighs any wins or losses or any match-ups Iíve ever been a part of. Now we are talking about the game of life. The next time you hear from me, I will have witnessed two of the greatest wins in my lifeóthe birth of my children.

Justin Bowen #3 - Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, 4:00 p.m.

Hey guys whatís going on? I am back with the update of todayís game and we lost. I know that those things are not suppose to happen to us but it did and I feel as a team we can learn a lot from todayís game. Sometimes it may take losing a game for a team for them to realize how much better they can get as a team.

I think the overall experience was great at the showcase from the speakers at the meetings, to scouting other team games, down to the action itself. We will take this showcase for all that it was worth and try our best to position ourselves at the highest level of competition.

Thanks for all your support thus far this season and we hope that you will continue in the future. God Bless you, and yours and remember Go Toros!!! Catch us in action this Wednesday at home vs the Colorado 14ers. I hope to see you there!!!!!!!!!

Justin Bowen #2 - Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, 11:30 p.m.

Hey everyone! Itís me checking in with you all to update you on our first day at the showcase. We played an 11 oíclock game today so it took us a while to find our rhythm, but we found it at the right time. Today was a good test for us because we were pretty much busy all day yesterday and we had to get up early for a game. I think guys responded well due to the time of the game. We played Sioux Falls and they are a run and gun type of team so it was pretty fun for us to play an up tempo game. We won the game 101 to 92. I believe that extends our record to 14-5.

Tomorrowís game will be a thriller at least thatís the buzz that everyoneís creating seeing as though we play the L.A. Defenders who also is one of the D-Leagueís hottest teams. We will be ready to deliver a great game with winning results. Tune in for an exciting game tomorrow in the early hours on NBA TV or online.

Remember go Toros and put God First.

Kris Lang #1 - Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, 10:30 p.m.

When I arrived in Austin, I had been in Russia for a month where it was very cold and darkóthe sun comes out 4 hours a day. It was a factory city and there was a lot of smog. Iím thankful to be back in America. You donít realize how much you miss the sun and the warmth on your skin. Austin is great.

I made the decision to come back home to be closer to my family and to have the ability to fly home to North Carolina to be with my wife and witness the birth of our son.

I pretty much landed in Austin and played before practicing with the team. I instantly felt like I was a part of the team though. During the summer, I played with Keith Langford, DerMarr Johnson, and Anthony Fuqua. I knew almost everyone on the team. It wasnít like I was coming into an unfamiliar environment so the transition was smooth.

My first week, I received an unusual welcome to the D-League ó an elbow to the eye and four stitches from our opponent that night, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Iím not gonna call any names, but thanks Cedric Simmons. I finished the game that night with 32 and a concussion although I didnít know it until I played the next day for 44 minutes and didnít feel quite right. I had to sit out the next week.

Our first showcase game will be first real game in a week and a half. Last night, we went to the player development sessions and it was kinda different ó I felt a little old compared to the others attending.

I really loved the community work we did after our game today because I love to give back to the community. Itís very important. Where much is given, much is expected and I hold onto that responsibility. I am very blessed, I always wished when I was growing up that there was someone to afford me some of the opportunities I can now provide to youth in my area. I run a camp each summer and include alot of group homes, etc. to include youth who can not really afford the experience of camp.

Everyone is really hyping up the game tomorrow. I donít even know whoís on the team. I keep hearing itís the two best teams in the league. Battle of the Titans? Who will be left standing the Toros or the D-fenders?

The saga continuesÖ

Cheyne Gadson #2 - Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, 9:00 a.m.

Hello Toros blog fans, and everyone that supports the NBADL as a whole. Itís day two in Boise!

Tuesday night we took in a lot of informative information on nutrition, staying motivated, etc. at the player development meetings.

The wake up for me came sort of quick, and from there I went and grabbed some breakfast and then prepared myself for the game. Another day in the office for the Toros...GAME DAY! I'm highly excited about the way weíre playing. We have a tight group which makes it fun for us to enjoy what were trying to accomplish! Most of us are either trying to get to the NBA or maintain good habits in the D-League as assigned players or working hard to get back to the NBA.

Go Toros! Peace.

Justin Bowen #1 - Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, 4:00 p.m.

Hey Everyone! We just arrived in Boise, Idaho for the showcase and we are just checking into our hotel. Itís pretty cold down here, reminds me of Chicago. As you know we are here for the D-League Showcase. I am really looking forward to all the events that take place here from the awareness meetings to the competition that takes place tomorrow.

It is such a joy to be able to play in a minor league that offers a showcase because many NBA teams and European teams are in season the same time as we are so it can be difficult at times for all the scouts to see you play. Fortunately, many general managers are able to attend the showcase which is great. Our team is looking forward to playing together out there tomorrow and just having fun playing the game the right way. I hope to see you guys there or maybe you all can tune in on the D-League website.

Until then may God Bless you and remember go Toros!!!

Cheyne Gadson #1 - Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, 3:00 p.m.

As my night is about wrap up, I'm finishing my packing and Ian and I were at our trainer Diceís apartment. He cooked a good portion of some Japanese curry chicken and rice. "I mean it was alright.." LOL

Now setting my alarm to snooze for about 6 hours. Iím in my room pondering what the plane ride is gonna be like. For the most part there's a lot of comedy and laughter on our road trips. As well as some good ole sleep.

This is my second showcase and knowing itís right around the corner I'm totally excited for many reasons, but just to really say one would be that Coach Snyder has an instrumental way of inspiring me and he wants nothing but the best for all of us. Both coaches set a tone in practice this week and I'm 100 percent sure that we will be successful. To all Toros fans thanks for your support and for reading my blog and the Toros play "FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME" stay tuned and come join us next week.

In honor and memory of DENNIS JOHNSON I dedicate the showcase to him thru my performance.
R.I.P Rodney Parker