Former Indiana Pacer, Jamaal Tinsley was the top pick in yesterday's NBDL draft, taken by the Los Angeles Defenders. The problem point guard is all grown up and now playing for the love of the game and a chance to work his way back into the NBA according to these quotes from Hoopsworld.
"It's not about the money," Tinsley said. "This is about my love of the game."in such a big market."
"My leadership ability, work ethic and winning attitude can still help an NBA team," Tinsley said. "If an opportunity for a call-up comes, I'll be ready for it."
Considering Tinsley recently blamed his off-court troubles with the Pacers on the small city life of Indianapolis, implying that the incidents he was involved in wouldn't have made news in a bigger market like New York, playing in Los Angeles is perfect. Now he can be involved in all of the late-night shootouts at 5-star hotels he wants in complete obscurity. I'm sure no media will bother to take note.
Personally, I always loved Tinsley's game on the court. He could handle the rock like few others, so cheap shots (sorry) aside, if he has anything left in the tank it would be nice to seem him back in the league. Of course at this point, I'd like to see anyone playing in the league again.
Other players with local ties taken in the D-League draft include former Carmel and Indiana State guard Jake Kelly taken early in the second round, 16th overall by the Texas Legends, a team based in Frisco, TX just north of Dallas.
Also, Willie Veasley, the former Butler utility guard and starter on the 2010 Final Four team that lost to Duke was selected in the fifth round by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers who play their games in Hidalgo, TX down near the southern-most border of Texas.
Ridiculous Upside has everything you need to know about the D-League draft.