NBA D-League Has a New Swag: New Name, New Direction and More Money?

The D-League or the G-League? 
The NBA and Gatorade has struck a new deal and it’s a huge one. The D-League is going to known now as the G-League. 
How does it affect the NBA?  Does this mean more money in the D-League now? 
Let’s see…
Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) will be renamed the NBA Gatorade League (NBA G-League) as part of a multiyear expanded partnership announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Gatorade. This marks the first time a U.S. professional sports league has named an entitlement partner. 

As part of the partnership, the NBA and Gatorade unveiled a new NBA G-League logo that will be featured across all game balls, team jerseys, on-court signage, and league digital assets. Additionally, Gatorade will incubate its latest product and equipment innovations into NBA G-League locker rooms, and teams will have the opportunity to collaborate with Gatorade to help players maximize their athletic potential and on-court performance.

Through the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI), the sports fuel company will collaborate with the NBA G-League on programs to enhance player sports performance and recovery. Since 1985, GSSI has helped athletes optimize their sports performance and well-being through research, education, innovation and providing high-caliber sports nutrition science services. GSSI scientists will partner with the NBA G-League on player nutrition and training programs, incorporating the newest technology and innovations in Gatorade testing, product and equipment. 

Founded as a league to develop NBA talent, the NBA D-League has become an integral part of the NBA family, with 40 percent of current NBA players having spent time in the NBA D-League and four current NBA head coaches starting as coaches on NBA D-League benches. The league has tripled in size from eight teams during the inaugural 2001-02 season to a record 25 teams for the 2017-18 campaign. NBA owners have increasingly invested in the NBA D-League, with 15 NBA clubs purchasing an NBA D-League team since the 2012-13 season, bringing the total number of NBA-owned minor league franchises to 20 for next season. 

“As one of the most iconic brands in the world and a founding partner of the NBA Development League, Gatorade is an ideal fit for this first-of-its-kind partnership,” said Mark Tatum, NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO. “The NBA D-League has prepared hundreds of players for the NBA and Gatorade has always been focused on fueling players to perform at the highest level. We look forward to collaborating with the renowned GSSI team to enhance player development and our game.”

Connectivity between the NBA and the NBA’s official minor league continues to grow. Recent changes to the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement have reinforced that synergy, as NBA teams will be able to have up to two “two-way players” on their rosters beginning next season. These “two-way players” will gain experience in the NBA, but will primarily play in the NBA G-League as part of their NBA journeys. 

“We have more than 50 years of experience working with athletes and using those insights to help improve athletic performance through innovative sports fuel and equipment,” said Brett O’Brien, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Gatorade. “This expansion of our NBA partnership is a great opportunity to not only work with the elite athletes of the NBA G-League, but also continue to lead the evolution of basketball performance.”

The partners will also collaborate on custom, behind-the-scenes video content which will capture NBA G-League players on their respective journeys, highlighting a shared commitment to enhancing performance through innovation. 

A founding partner of the NBA D-League, Gatorade will continue to present the league’s Gatorade Call-Up platform. Since 2001, there have been nearly 500 Gatorade Call-Ups from the NBA D-League to the NBA.

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Ray Parks Jr Wants to Represent the Philippines: Highlights

Ray Parks Jr Wants to Represent the Country: Highlights

Improving Bobby Ray Parks Jr continue his journey in the NBA D-League with the hopes of one day play in the NBA, and while no team in the NBA may be ready for Parks Jr, the Philippine team may actually need his service.


The Comeback of Baron Davis Soon

Baron Davis, is expected to make a return to basketball for the first time ever since 2012. The former Golden State Warriors’ star plans to sign and play for a D-League team. 

Davis’ last stint on the NBA was with the New York Knicks, where he only played for one season, as the back up for Jeremy Lin at point guard. Davis’ season ended after he tore his ACL and MCL on his right knee during a game vs Miami Heat at the playoffs.
Todd Ramasar, Davis’ agent, said that Davis felt that the timing was right and also Davis had put in the training and was confident in his body to do this comeback and aiming to play again at the NBA.
Davis had played for Charlotte / New Orleans Hornets, the Warriors, LA Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Knicks.  During his tenure, he averaged 16.1 points per game, and 7.2 assists per game.  

Ray Ray Parks Jr. Makes it to the 10 man roster of Texas Legends

Parks 3rd from the top picture!

Parks is just a few games away from getting a legit NBA contract, all he needs to do is work hard and be like Jermy Lin and our very own Jordan Clarkson who started their careers in D-League, the only difference is they were drafted but the mother team assigned the players to their respective D-League teams.

Parks was chosen as the 25th pick in the 2nd round from the 2015 NBA D-League draft, he was part of the 17 man pool that the Texas Legends picked, and its no surprise that Parks made it. 

Thank you so much for your support to Parks and keep supporting him. Game started today the Legends dropped their first game vs Austin Spurs. Details on that will be posted soon

I will now leave you with the summer League highlights of Parks, Courtesy of NBA D-league:

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Bobby Ray Parks JR. Drafted 25th in the 2nd round of NBA D-League by Texas Legends! NBA Dream Lives on!

Parks Summer League dunk!

The NBA D-League and Texas Legends has given our very our Ray Ray Parks Jr. another shot to play and get to the biggest League Soon. The Texas Rangers Head Coach Nick “the Quick” Van Exel speak highly of Parks as per the interview 

“He is a quiet player but he gets the job done” – Nick Van Exel 

Here is the interview and the draft party by Texas Legends ! 

Lets Keep supporting Parks share this link to your friends and pray for the success of Parks and Clarkson as well. #PusongPINOY!

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