G League Rumors
Q: The N.B.A. made a deal with the Capitanes de Ciudad de México to become the 29th G League franchise and play this season. What is their status? — @JDogindy from Twitter Stein: Capitanes won’t be one of the 18 teams in the forthcoming G League bubble at Walt Disney World, but I’m told that the team is expected to begin playing in the 2021-22 season. The assumption, if we dare, is that neither the N.B.A. nor the G League will be gripped by a pandemic by then, making it easier to finally embark on this long-anticipated grand experiment with the league’s first franchise outside the United States and Canada.
Does Steve Kerr expect both guys to play for the Santa Cruz Warriors when the NBA G League bubble in Orlando begins in early February? “I do. We’ll make the decision when we get to that point,” Golden State’s coach told the media prior to Sunday’s game vs. the Toronto Raptors. “But I know Nico, in particular, could really use a stretch of just playing 30-plus minutes every single night. He just hasn’t had a chance to play much.
“Juan obviously is more experienced. Played quite a bit last year, started some games earlier this year. So there’s a chance Juan, too, would go there and gain experience. “But I think it’s especially valuable for Nico, and that would be the plan.”
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that the current plan is for Mannion to join the team’s G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, in the bubble, but added that could change depending on the circumstances. “We’ll make the decision when we get to that point but I know Nico, in particular, could really use a stretch of just playing 30-plus minutes every single night,” Kerr said. “He just hasn’t had a chance to play much. … I think it’s especially valuable for Nico and that would be the plan.”
Duncan Robinson on G League: Idk if this is my “best” story but it’s one that sums up the g league perfectly. We were flying to play the westchester knicks and the day before 3 people on our team took off for various reasons (contract overseas, personal reasons etc.). We had a couple people injured so we only had 7 active players. During the lay up lines a player got called up for a 10 day and literally left to catch a plane 5 mins before tip. Played the game (and won) with 6 guys. Everyone played 40+ minutes.
The Greensboro Swarm selected Admiral Schofield (6-5, 241, Tennessee) with the first overall pick of the 2021 NBA G League Draft on Monday afternoon, which was held virtually. In 2019-20, Schofield played 33 games with the Capital City Go-Go where he averaged 16.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He also played in 33 games for the Washington Wizards. The Memphis Hustle drafted Freddie Gillespie (6-9, 245, Baylor) with the second overall pick. The Canton Charge selected Antonio Blakeney (6-4, 197, Louisiana State) with the third overall selection.