Keith Benson will be playing in the NBA Development League Showcase this week from Reno, Nevada. His first game will be against the Reno Bighorns at 8:30 PT on Wednesday. The game will be broadcast at 11:00 am ET on Friday, January 11th. This will be a delayed broadcast.
The second game will be broadcast live at 10:00 pm ET on Thursday. They will play the Texas Legends.
The games will be played on NBA-TV. He is number 34.
Post by rimwrecker on Jan 16, 2013 20:11:01 GMT -5
Kito is on his way to Manilla in the Phillipines at this moment. He will play for the team Talk N Text beginning around February 8th. This is a top team in the Euroleague that has won the national championship for the past few years. They have the whole team back. Benson received the proverbial "offer he couldn't refuse." You can view his games on their web site. A past Oakland player currently plays on that team. I have forgotten his name. He loves it so much, he has made Manilla his home. The current temperature is 80 degrees. "Don't cry for Benson -- Argentina!"
Benson's plan is to return after they win the championship in early May and work with his trainer to prepare for the NBA Summer League. Atlanta will have 10 roster spots available in the coming year. There is more than one way to improve your game.
Kito leaves Erie with a 10-7 record. They beat the number 1 team in the Development League at the D-League Showcase in Reno last Thursday -- the Texas Legends. Benson scored 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist and 1 steal in 32 minutes.
It is a financial sacrifice to play in the D-League. To make that sacrifice, the politics have to line up in your favor. Vote with your feet, brother!
I got it off his twitter. Best of luck to him. I just question how he can't get a bite right now with so many bigs hurt especially on the team his d league team was affiliated with. That windows starting to close and something needs to happen, in my opinion. Keith should be able to play in the nba. What's keeping him?
Post by rimwrecker on Jan 17, 2013 16:40:53 GMT -5
In my opinion, it is not his skill set, ability or work ethic. At this point, it is politics. For example, there is a player who shall remain unnamed who is not a good player and is way below Kito in ability. He has a spot on a roster because his agent gave the GM on that team their first job. So, he has a contract and the opportunity for multiple years to improve.
Why did Kito get cut from the Hawks as their draft pick and under a different GM, this year's draft picks got sent to the D-League and have the opportunity to get better under NBA salary. Kito has to get better at his own expense.
These rosters are packed. Most of them are carrying 15 players apiece. He got drafted by a team that was a playoff contender. They had gone to the second round the previous year. The coaches will get fired if they don't match that performance. They have a short lease for developing younger players.
On a developing team like the Pistons where the players get a chance to get better, let me count the reasons why some players get that opportunity and others do not. Do you think that Kito could play as well as Slava? C'mon.
Notice that even though we are at the call-up window, there have been very few call-ups. The Lakers had 3 bigs hurt and they just played their bench. I call those configuration of issues Politics. I might be wrong, but I don't think I am.
Look at Fab Melo. He is way worse than Kito. Why does he get a roster spot for getting better?
So Benson, like many others has to play the hand he has been dealt. He is so good, he will make it eventually. Atlanta has 10 roster spots opening up this summer. Maybe that will be the magic number.
James White, whom Kito met when working out with the Knicks has been starting for them. It took him until he was 28 to make the NBA. He played overseas for 2-3 years and came back. There are numerous stories such as his. It took Ivan Johnson until he was about 28 to make the NBA -- Atlanta.
Last Edit: Jan 17, 2013 16:48:23 GMT -5 by rimwrecker
Post by rimwrecker on Jan 17, 2013 16:44:26 GMT -5
I would like to report that Erie lost their first game without Benson last night. They lost to the Idaho Stampede, a team with a 5-15 record. The commentators said that Erie gave away too many points in the paint. They replaced their best defensive player (Benson) with a guard.
Defense is like housework. You only notice it when it isn't done.
They play Idaho again tonight. I wish them the best of luck!