RECAP – MLS 2017 – Apr 14 – New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0


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Jack Harrison’s 51st minute goal from a Ronald Matarrita assist and one of the best goals MLS has ever seen from David Villa gave New York City FC their first away win of the 2017 MLS Regular Season at Philadelphia Union’s Talen Energy Stadium.

MLS 2017 - Apr 14 - New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0

Philadelphia Union Keeper ANDRE BLAKE (1) attempts to make the save in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. New York City FC Midfielder JACK HARRISON (11) was credited with goal in 52:00 minute. Photo By: Saquan Stimpson

MLS 2017 - Apr 14 - New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0

New York City FC Midfielder JACK HARRISON (11) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the 52nd minute of the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By: Saquan Stimpson

 

David Villa produced one of the best goals of his entire career, shooting from 53.5 yards out, volleying over Blake into the net to deservedly earn his team their third win of the campaign in jaw-dropping style.

GOLAZO: David Villa scores an incredible goal from 50 yards away

MLS 2017 - Apr 14 - New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0

New York City FC Attacker DAVID VILLA (7) kicks the ball 60 plus yards for the score in 90th minute in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

MLS 2017 - Apr 14 - New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0

Philadelphia Union Keeper ANDRE BLAKE (1) looks at the ball in disbelief after New York City FC Attacker DAVID VILLA (7) scored in the 90th minute in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Man of the Match…

Jack Harrison

The winger always looked like the most likely source of a goal to break the deadlock and he delivered it in fine style with a crashing finish under Blake after a clever run around the back of the Philadelphia defense.

It wasn’t just his goal which caught the eye on the night – he was a constant menace to the Union backline, slaloming through challenges and exchanging passes with teammates throughout the contest.

What’s Next?

NYCFC return to Yankee Stadium on Sunday, April 23, 2017, where they will take on Orlando City at 1.30pm at YANKEE STADIUM

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DELAWARE 87ERS CENTER SHAWN LONG NAMED NBA D-LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM


NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2017 – Two dozen top NBA Development League players, including 15 with NBA experience, have been selected to play in the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire.  The game, which will air live on NBA TV, tips off on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2015 - DEC 29 - Delaware 87ers defeats Los Angeles D-Fenders 113-93

Los Angeles D-Fenders VANDER BLUE (0) drives to the basket in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Los Angeles D-Fenders Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Six current NBA players, including five who have earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA this season, highlight the 12-man East and West rosters.  The East team features Yogi Ferrell (Long Island Nets/Dallas Mavericks), Ray McCallum (Grand Rapids Drive/Charlotte Hornets) and Chris McCullough (Long Island Nets/Brooklyn Nets).  The West team is headlined by Johnny O’Bryant III (Northern Arizona Suns/Denver Nuggets), Briante Weber (Sioux Falls Skyforce/Golden State Warriors) and Okaro White (Sioux Falls Skyforce/Miami Heat).

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 30 - Delaware 87ers defeats Long Island Nets 111-95

Long Island Nets Guard YOGI FERRELL (11) dribbles towards the center lane as Delaware 87ers Guard MIKH MCKINNEY (10) defends in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets) Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

An additional nine players with NBA experience have been selected to play in the 11th annual game: Anthony Brown (Erie BayHawks), Eric Moreland (Canton Charge) and Edy Tavares (Raptors 905) in the East, and Keith Benson (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Vander Blue (Los Angeles D-Fenders), Justin Harper (Los Angeles D-Fenders), Pierre Jackson (Texas Legends), Cory Jefferson (Austin Spurs) and JaKarr Sampson (Iowa Energy) in the West.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - JAN 30 - Grand Rapids Drive defeats Delaware 87ers 116-105

Delaware 87ers Center SHAWN LONG (21) drives towards the basket as Grand Rapids Drive Forward HENRY ELLENSON (8) defends in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons) Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The East team, coached by two-time NBA All-Star and Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse, is rounded out by Quinn Cook (Canton Charge), Marcus Georges-Hunt (Maine Red Claws), Jalen Jones (Maine Red Claws), Shawn Long (Delaware 87ers), Abdel Nader (Maine Red Claws) and Alex Poythress (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 06 - Delaware 87ers VS Santa Cruz Warriors

Delaware 87ers Guard LORRENZO WADE (31) drives towards the basket as Santa Cruz Warriors Center DENNIS CLIFFORD (42) defends in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors) Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2016 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The West team also includes Dennis Clifford (Santa Cruz Warriors), Dakari Johnson (Oklahoma City Blue) and Josh Magette (Los Angeles D-Fenders).  Los Angeles D-Fenders head coach Coby Karl, an NBA and NBA D-League veteran, will lead the West.

Six of the NBA D-League’s top 10 scorers were selected as All-Stars, with Cook (25.8 ppg), Blue (24.8 ppg) and Nader (22.5 ppg) ranking in the top five.  Three of the league’s top five rebounders will also play in the game: Moreland (11.7 rpg), Long (11.2 rpg) and Benson (10.7 rpg).  Magette (9.5 apg) leads the league in assists.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - MAR 25 - Sioux Falls Skyforce defeats Delaware 87ers 99-93

Sioux Falls Skyforce Guard BRIANTE WEBER (11) dribbles up the floor in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Sioux Falls Skyforce Friday, Mar. 25, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The 2017 NBA D-League All-Stars were selected by a combined vote of the league’s 22 head coaches and all players in the league on Jan. 29.  Players were eligible to be selected if they competed in at least half of their teams’ games through that date.  They must be on an active NBA D-League roster at the time of the All-Star Game to participate.  The league will replace any injured or ineligible players prior to the game.

The 2017 NBA D-League All-Star teams are below.

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

Player (Team)                                     Pos.     Ht.          Wt.        Birthdate          College/Country

Anthony Brown (Erie)                           G        6-7           211        10/10/1992         Stanford/USA

Quinn Cook (Canton)                            G        6-2           179        3/23/1993          Duke/USA

Yogi Ferrell (Long Island)*                    G        6-0           178        5/9/1993            Indiana/USA

Marcus Georges-Hunt (Maine)                 F         6-6           220        3/28/1994          Georgia Tech/USA

Jalen Jones (Maine)                               F         6-7           220        5/27/1993          Texas A&M/USA

Shawn Long (Delaware)                         C        6-9           248        1/29/1993          Louisiana-Lafayette/USA

Ray McCallum (Grand Rapids)*             G        6-3           190        6/12/1991          Detroit/USA

Chris McCullough (Long Island)*           F         6-9           199        2/5/1995            Syracuse/USA

Eric Moreland (Canton)                         F         6-10         249        12/24/1991         Oregon State/USA

Abdel Nader (Maine)                             F         6-8           225        9/25/1993          Iowa State/Egypt

Alex Poythress (Fort Wayne)                  F         6-7           235        9/6/1993            Kentucky/USA

Edy Tavares (Raptors 905)                     C        7-2           260        3/22/1992          Cape Verde

Head Coach: Jerry Stackhouse (Raptors 905)

Assistant Coaches: Donnie Tyndall (Raptors 905), David Gale (Raptors 905), Nathaniel Mitchell (Raptors 905), John Corbacio (Raptors 905), Nicki Gross (Raptors 905)

Athletic Trainer: Giovanni Sardella (Raptors 905)

 

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

Player (Team)                                     Pos.     Ht.          Wt.        Birthdate          College/Country

Keith Benson (Sioux Falls)                    C        6-11         235        8/13/1988          Oakland/USA

Vander Blue (Los Angeles)                     G        6-4           200        7/17/1992          Marquette/USA

Dennis Clifford (Santa Cruz)                   C        7-1           260        2/29/1992          Boston College/USA

Justin Harper (Los Angeles)                    F         6-10         225        8/30/1989          Richmond/USA

Pierre Jackson (Texas)                           G        5-11         176        8/29/1991          Baylor/USA

Cory Jefferson (Austin)                          F         6-9           218        12/26/1990         Baylor/USA

Dakari Johnson (Oklahoma City)             C        7-0           255        9/22/1995          Kentucky/USA

Josh Magette (Los Angeles)                    G        6-1           160        11/28/1989         Alabama-Huntsville/USA

Johnny O’Bryant III (Northern Arizona)*  F         6-9           257        6/1/1993                        Louisiana State/USA

JaKarr Sampson (Iowa)                          F         6-9           207        3/20/1993          St. John’s/USA

Briante Weber (Sioux Falls)*                 G        6-2           165        12/29/1992         Va. Commonwealth/USA

Okaro White (Sioux Falls)*                   F         6-8           215        8/13/1992          Florida State/USA

Head Coach: Coby Karl (Los Angeles)

Assistant Coaches: Paul Woolpert (Los Angeles), Brian Walsh (Los Angeles), Isaiah Fox (Los Angeles)

Athletic Trainer: Heather Mau (Los Angeles)

 

* – Indicates a player currently in the NBA

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 – DEC 03 – Smyrna REPEATS defeating Middletown 36-14


Smyrna uses ground game to win second straight DIAA Division I championship on Saturday, Rushing for 458 yards on 70 carries while plowing over Middletown 36-14 Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium in Newark.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 - DEC 03 - Smyrna REPEATS defeating  Middletown 36-14

Smyrna running back William Knight (4) scoring a touchdown from 16 yards out for a 36-14 cushion with 4:40 left in the game during the DIAA division one Football Championship game between Top-seeded Middletown (11-0) and second-seeded Smyrna (11-0) Saturday, Dec. 03, 2016 at Delaware Stadium in Newark. Photo By Saquan Stimpson (Click Photo to visit gallery)

Bell is Delaware’s sole All-CAA football first-team pick


I searched the internet regularly to discover how my images are being used and distributed across the web, recently came across a portrait I did a few month ago. The story was uploaded at 12:46 p.m. EST on Nov. 22, 2016, and written by reporter of The News Journal.

NEWARK – Junior middle linebacker Charles Bell was Delaware’s only first-team choice as the Colonial Athletic Association announced its all-conference football teams Tuesday.

Delaware Linebacker Charles Bell (5)

Photo of Delaware Linebacker Charles Bell (5) taken Sunday, August 14, 2016, at Delaware Field House Facility on the campus of the university of Delaware in Newark. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Bell, from Conestoga, Pennsylvania, and Penn Manor High, led the Blue Hens in tackles (94) and tackles for lost yardage (11.5). He ranked fourth in the CAA in both categories.

Newark High graduate Taylor Reynolds, a senior cornerback at CAA champion James Madison, was also a first-team pick.

Delaware, which closed a second straight 4-7 season with Saturday’s 41-10 loss to Villanova, had four second-team picks in senior guard/tackle Connor Bozick, junior center Brody Kern, junior defensive tackle Bilal Nichols, a Hodgson Vo-Tech graduate, and sophomore linebacker Troy Reeder, the Salesianum graduate who transferred to Delaware this year from Penn State.

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NCAA FOOTBALL 2016 - OCT 22 - Stony Brook defeats Delaware 28-3

Delaware linebacker CHARLES BELL (5) recovers Stony Brook Running back JORDAN GOWINS (23) fumbles at the 49-yard line during a week eight game between the Delaware Blue Hens and the Stony Brook Seawolves, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium in Newark, DE. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Delaware Linebacker CHARLES BELL (5) lines up in the second quarter of a week one game between the Delaware Blue Hens and the Delaware State Hornets

Delaware Linebacker CHARLES BELL (5) lines up in the second quarter of a week one game between the Delaware Blue Hens and the Delaware State Hornets, Thursday, Sept. 01, 2016 at Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium in Newark, DE. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

U.S. Soccer fires national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann


Jurgen Klinsmann has been fired as the manager of the United States, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Monday.Klinsmann took over the U.S. men’s squad in 2011 and led them into the knockout stage at the 2014 World Cup.

But disappointing results since then put his job in jeopardy, with defeats to Mexico and Costa Rica in World Cup qualifiers this month proving to be the last straw.

Former United States Men’s Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann shows emotion from the sidelines In the first half of Copa America Centenario Group (A) match between the United States and Paraguay, Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, P.A. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“Today we made the difficult decision of parting ways with Jurgen Klinsmann, our head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team and Technical Director,” a U.S. Soccer statement said.

“We want to thank Jurgen for his hard work and commitment during these last five years. He took pride in having the responsibility of steering the program, and there were considerable achievements along the way.

“Many are aware of the historic victories, including leading us out of the Group of Death to the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but there were also lesser publicized efforts behind the scenes.

He challenged everyone in the U.S. Soccer community to think about things in new ways, and thanks to his efforts we have grown as an organization and expect there will be benefits from his work for years to come.

Former United States Men’s Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann walks the sidelines In the first half of Copa America Centenario Group (A) match between the United States & Paraguay, Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, P.A. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“While we remain confident that we have quality players to help us advance to Russia 2018, the form and growth of the team up to this point left us convinced that we need to go in a different direction.

With the next qualifying match in late March, we have several months to refocus the group and determine the best way forward to ensure a successful journey to qualify for our eighth-consecutive World Cup.

“There has never been a greater time for soccer in this country, and with the support and efforts of the millions of fans, sponsors, media and friends, we look forward to continued progress in the game we all love.”

Source ESPN:
http://espnfc.com/united-states/story/3001177/us-soccer-fires-national-team-manager-jurgen-klinsmann

Andre Blake of Philadelphia Union wins MLS Goalkeeper of the Year


SOCCER 2016 - COPA AMERICA CENTENARIO - Jun 11 - United States defeats Paraguay 1-0

United State Keeper TIM HOWARD (12), LEFT, watches the game from the sidelines in the first half of a Copa America Centenario Group A match between the United States and Paraguay, Saturday, June. 11, 2016 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Andre Blake of the Philadelphia Union was named Major League Soccer’s Goalkeeper of the Year on Thursday.

With an average of 24 percent of the vote, Blake, 25, beat out the New York Red Bulls’ Luis Robles (14 percent) and the Colorado Rapids’ Tim Howard (13 percent).

MLS 2016 - July 17 - Philadelphia Union 2- New York Red Bulls 2

New York Red Bull’s keeper LUIS ROBLES (31) makes the save in the second half of a MLS match between the Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bull’s Sunday, July. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo by Saquan Stimpson


Blake was the No. 1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft in 2014 but only won the starting job this season.

He started 32 games and helped the Union reach the playoffs while securing six clean sheets.

Blake also became Jamaica’s starting goalkeeper this year, starting all of the Reggae Boyz’s games at the Copa America this summer.

Source  ESPN

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2016 – NOV 05 – William Penn defeats Charter School of Wilmington 51-7


NEW CASTLE – William Penn dominates early and often as Joe Greenwood 60 yard touchdown run in the first quarter helping the colonials defeat Charter School of Wilmington 51-7 at William Penn.

William Penn running back Joe Greenwood (6) breaks free   enroute to the end zone for a 60 yard touchdown

William Penn running back Joe Greenwood (6) breaks free enroute to the end zone for a 60 yard touchdown during a Week 9 DIAA football game between William Penn and Charter School of Wilmington Saturday, Nov. 05, 2016, at William Penn Stadium in New Castle. Saquan Stimpson

 

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Athlete of the Week: Gentry Meinecke


Last week Friday “10/28/16” I was assign to photograph Athlete of the Week for The News Journal in Wilmington Delaware. Normally, I will try to envision my set-up prior to arriving at the location. Is this normal?  Well, For me it’s quite normal to do this being that I will only have a short period of time to work with the athlete.

Upon arriving at the location I immediately made up in my mind that I was going to use multiple speed lights (4) to light the subject. However, Once I pulled into the parking lot the wind had other ideas. On that day the wind was gusting up to 14 knots which interns translates into wind speeds up to 16.5 mph. The wind gust was entirely too strong to use multiple speed lights like I had originally planned.

Therefore, I went to a one light set up. I used (1) Canon EOS 430 EXII and (1) Rogue Flashbender 2 – Large Soft Box kit and (1) standard light stand with the help of a student-athlete to hold the stand and I used The Canon 7D Mark II and the lens was the Canon 24-105f/4L.

I do plan to go back to a full frame camera body particularly for shooting features “Portraits” I personally feel I will get better results with a full frame body verse a crop sensor camera, This is my opinion. My last full frame body was the Canon 1Ds, Currently, I’m looking at affordable used full frame bodies Examples: 1Ds Mark II and the Canon 5D Mark II.

See set-up below. Featured Images is the final result.

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Athlete of the Week Gentry Meinecke pose for a photo while her teammate holds a light-stand Friday, Oct 28, 2016, at Brandywine High School in Wilmington.

Athlete of the Week Gentry Meinecke

Athlete of the Week Gentry Meinecke positioned in a standard field hockey action pose shot of a low perspective using natural light Friday, Oct 28, 2016, at Brandywine High School in Wilmington.

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Report: Cavaliers signing Jordan McRae, who scored 61 points in D-League game


File Photo - Delaware 87ers Guard Jordan McRae (4) is introduced to the fans prior the start of the start of the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Erie BayHawk (Orlando Magic) Friday, Mar. 27, 2015 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

File Photo – Delaware 87ers Guard Jordan McRae (4) is introduced to the fans prior the start of the start of the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Erie BayHawk (Orlando Magic) Friday, Mar. 27, 2015 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

McRae signed a pair of 10-day contracts with the Suns, where he averaged 5.3 points and 1.4 assists in 11.7 minutes per game, highlighted by a 12-point, four assist performance on Friday, January 29 in New York.

The Cavaliers might have thought they were getting Joe Johnson. But Johnson signed with the Heat. So, Cleveland will settle for Jordan McRae, who scored 61 points in a D-League game. Chris Haynes o…

Source: Report: Cavaliers signing Jordan McRae, who scored 61 points in D-League game

McRae Re-Joins 87ers After Stint With Phoenix Suns


WILMINGTON, DE – February 23, 2016, – The Delaware 87ers today announced Jordan McRae has re-joined the team after his GATORADE Call-Up to the Phoenix Suns.

McRae signed a pair of 10-day contracts with the Suns, where he averaged 5.3 points and 1.4 assists in 11.7 minutes per game, highlighted by a 12-point, four assist performance on Friday, January 29 in New York.

The 6-foot-5, 185 pound McRae returns as the NBA D-League’s fourth-leading scorer, where he’s averaged 23.1 points, to go along with 5.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 35.5 minutes per game for the 87ers. McRae was also recently named an NBA D-League All-Star starter – he put up seven points and five assists in 15 minutes of action in Toronto.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - JAN 26 - Delaware 87ers defeats Canton Charge 130-123

Delaware 87ers Guard JORDAN MCRAE (4) attempts a free-throw in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Canton Charge Tuesday, JAN, 26, 2016 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Delaware 87ers guard Jordan McRae broke the NBA minor league’s single-game scoring record going 21-34 finishing with 61 points in a 130-123 overtime win over the Canton Charge. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Since McRae Call-Up to the Phoenix Suns, The 87ers have struggled losing five straight games most recently falling to the Maine Red Claws 132-107 Friday, February 20, 2016.

Delaware’s next home game is this Friday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Raptors 905. McRae 23.1 points, 5.2 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 35.5 minutes will be greatly welcomed.

Tickets start as low as $10, and are still available at www.sevens.com or by calling 302-504-7587.

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About the Delaware 87ers

The Delaware 87ers of the National Basketball Association Development League (NBADL) were relocated to America’s first state in 2013 and named to commemorate the year in which Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution, 1787. The Sevens are the NBADL affiliate of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and are owned by the Sixers. The 87ers play at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, DE.

 

About the NBA Development League

The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 26 percent of all NBA players at the start of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.