NBA D-League Daily Developments: Dec. 22, 2005

News and Notes from the NBA’s Minor League

Standings W-L Pct. GB
Florida Flame 6-2.750--
Arkansas RimRockers 7-3.700--
Albuquerque Thunderbirds 7-3.700--
Fort Worth Flyers 6-3.6670.5
Tulsa 66ers 4-7.3633.5
Roanoke Dazzle 4-7.3633.5
Austin Toros 2-5.2863.5
Fayetteville Patriots 2-8.200 5.0

Today
Florida at Fayetteville, 7:30 ET
Tulsa at Arkansas, 7:30 CT

Wednesday’s Results
No Games Scheduled

SERIES INFO FOR TONIGHT: Florida at Fayetteville: Florida leads 2-0. This is the third consecutive game between the two teams.
Tulsa at Arkansas: This is the first meeting between the RimRockers and 66ers.

TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE: Maybe it takes a scorer to know how to stop one. A prolific scorer as a player, Florida coach Jeff Malone has his Florida team currently leading the D-League in field goal percentage defense (.411), three-point field goal percentage defense (.229), blocked shots average (6.1 pg), and total rebounding average (49.1 pg). Florida is also second in scoring defense (93.6 ppg).

RIMROCKIN’ WITH THE CHAMP: Undisputed middle weight champion Jermain Taylor will be on hand at Alltel Arena when Arkansas is host to Tulsa tonight. Taylor will be available for autographs and photos from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. CT. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Jermain Taylor bobble-head.

COMING AND GOING: The Austin Toros acquired guard Alex Scales on Wednesday and waived guard Ben Adams. Scales averaged 10.3 points and converted just over 40-percent from behind the three-point line for Team USA in the World Championship Qualifying Tournament this summer. Toros coach Dennis Johnson was an assistant coach for that team.

GRUNDY ON INSIDERS: Roanoke guard and the leading scorer in the D-League at 22.3 ppg, Anthony Grundy, is scheduled to be a guest on “NBA TV Insiders” tonight at 7:20 p.m. ET. Grundy is also third in the league in minutes played (38.6) and seventh in assists (4.2).

THIS WEEK IN THE D-LEAGUE: NBA TV’s weekly magazine-style show, “This Week in the D-League”, airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Tonight’s guests include Andray Blatche, who is on assignment from the Washington Wizards to the Roanoke Dazzle, Roanoke guard Anthony Grundy, Austin forward Marcus Fizer and Arkansas guard Kareem Reid.

NEW IRON MAN: Austin point guard Derrick Zimmerman has taken on the iron man role for the Toros this season, leading the league in minutes played per game at 40.1. That is well above his D-League career average of 29.7 through 100 games.

MLK SHOWCASE: The 2006 MLK Showcase, featuring every D-League team in eight games over two days, is scheduled for January 15-16 at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C. SHOWCASE CREDENTIALS/LEAGUE INFO: Kent Partridge / kpartridge@nba.com / 864-248-1108.

SHOWCASE SCHEDULE: (all times eastern).

January 15 January 16
Austin vs. Arkansas11 a.m.Albuquerque vs. Austin11 a.m.
Tulsa vs. Albuquerque2 p.m.Arkansas vs. Florida2 p.m.
Florida vs. Fayetteville5 p.m.Fort Worth vs. Tulsa5 p.m.
Roanoke vs. Fort Worth8 p.m.Fayetteville vs. Roanoke8 p.m.


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