So when I suggested that Halifax sign Rob Sanders I didn’t anticipate them actually doing it, but it looks like he’s on the team and I am thrilled. He hads a lot to the team, gives us a nasty edge, and has a ton of experience.
Silverhorn and Twyman will be back which is great as well. Levingston is suggesting that Twyman will be in the second unit which means we can anticipate an announcement about a starting guard sooner rather than later. I have heard that Crookshank will likely be back as well.
So it’s not 100% confirmed yet, but it looks like three of last year’s players will be brought into camp: Eric, Silverhorn and Jimmy Twyman. At this point from what I’ve heard it looks like KD will not be rejoining the team. It was the Rainmen’s decision, not his.
On the one hand, I definately see the need to try to upgrade talent. On the other hand, this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. He was the best shotblocker in the minor leagues last year, and when given the freedom (or the ball) on offense he managed to show some real potential. He has talents that are not easy to replace. He was also a great locker room guy from everything that I’ve heard, he loved the city and was one of the most popular players on the team (Only Eric and Derico Wigginton-Downey had more fans). You can see his Rainmen highlights here. Obviously we need to withhold judgment until we get confirmation, and see who they bring in in his place, but until we get those details this is more puzzling than anything else.
So it looks like as of right now the team is:
- C/PF Walter Moyse*
- PF Daivd Bailey*
- PF/SF Rob Sanders
- SF/SG Brian Silverhorn
- PG/SG Jimmy Twyman
With Crookshank likely returning. The two guys with the astrix by the name still haven’t been 100% confirmed. So far the team already looks better than last year. Get excited, Halifax.
1) Eric is not signed but they’re getting close and feeling optimistic about it. At this point I am sure they’re talking about money. I know that last year Eric managed to get some additional money through sponsorship, so hopefully everything pans out sooner rather than later.
2) The Metro article confirms the rumours which I’ve heard about KD. Levingston is quoted as saying: “He may re-sign forward Kadiri Richard, but plans to explore other options first.” From what I’ve heard, they’re chasing a guy “with NBA experience.” Hopefully it’s not Sam Mack or another burnout. If I had to make a totally random guess I’d say (and hope for) Gordon Malone who played for Albany in the CBA and Strong Island in the ABA. He never played in the NBA, but he was drafted. Note that I have nothing to back this up, but it’s as good of a guess as any.