Chad Lucas posted it before I did: KD will be playing in the PBL, just not for the Rainmen. The Wilmington Sea Dogs who were the second best team in the PBL’s eastern conference last year have signed Kadiri. It’s close to home and the Sea Dogs are a good organization who are returning lots of players. I had heard about this earlier in the week but I figured KD deserved to break the news in the way that he saw fit, and he called up Lucas to let him know what was going on.
All my opinions, and those of many other Halifax fans, are to be found throughout this blog so I won’t re-post them. But I will say that I think that in some ways this situation works out for both KD and the Rainmen. See why after the the jump.
Wilmington are a good team who are within driving distance of KD’s home town. They’re a stable franchise who are lacking up front with no centre and two power forwards on their roster. KD will see lots of minutes and get the chance to be a part of their offense. He’ll be part of a big man rotation with offensive beast Cedric McGinnis and Brian Leggett who, like KD, had a successful D2 college career. In Halifax he would have been the 8th or 9th man on a team which already has a crowded front court and is looking to add at least one more quality big man.
Halifax already have a dearth of powerforwards on their roster and are still talking about bringing back Eric Crookshank. Minutes for quality players in the forward spots are already going to be hard to find, and it may be better for everyone to stop that problem before it becomes a huge issue.
Halifax will miss his love of the city and its basketball fans, his willingness to go above and beyond what is needed when it comes to community involvement and his good cheer and all around sunny disposition. He was one of the three players that I certainly consider to be the face of last year’s franchise, and one of only two who saw significant court time. The real challenge now for Halifax is to make sure that Eric gets re-signed asap.
The annoying part of all of this is that Wilmington won’t play in Halifax at all this year. They also don’t play in Vermont which means we can’t see any Frost Heaves webcast games of them. It is still somewhat unclear as to what the PBL’s online television plans are for this year, but hopefully we’ll manage to see at least a few Wilmington games on line. I’ll try to keep on top of how the team and KD are doing and post it regularly, and hopefully KD will let us all know how he’s like life with a new minor league team.
So Halifax’s roster priorities now seem clear: resign Eric, add a two guard, add a local guy, and shore up the defense. There are still lots of quality minor league players available. Rashid Al-Kaleem is still unsigned as far as I can tell, and two players from last year’s Quebec (province) ABA team’s may help shore up the defense. Charles Fortier who was a CIS star for Laval and who was an ABA all-star for the Kebs last year. He’s a 6’4, gritty swing man whom I would trust to guard the other team’s best player in the crunch. The other unsigned “big name” among minor league players is the ridiculous Tommy Mitchell who put up gaudy scoring numbers for the Montreal Royal last year, but is more interesting to me for his defense. He could be a lock down perimeter guy when he wanted to, and he can also give minutes at PG if one of the two 1s on the Roster go down with an injury. On the other hand, I just don’t know if there is enough points and touches to go around if he was added to the roster. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.