Land of opportunity
Full minor leagues could offer players, coaches place to improve and showcase talents
"Patrick has paid his dues," a source told ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley. "He was a little insulted."
Ewing has plenty of NBA assistant coaching experience, accruing eight years of service time on three different staffs -- the Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards. And there's no debate his preference to stay in the NBA is deserved.
However, if the NBA D-League were to expand to a 30-team, 30-affiliate model similar to Major League Baseball, effects would be profound. Perhaps aspiring head coaches such as Ewing might view the D-League not as a demotion and feel slighted, but rather as an opportunity to showcase their abilities. Aspiring NBA players wouldn't be the only ones benefiting from a full minor league system; coaching candidates would benefit, too. If handled properly, there is only upside to a full NBA minor league system and dedicated affiliates for each NBA team.
Indeed, hurt feelings are a small price to pay for what could become the most significant aspect of a successful NBA franchise in the future. Here's a look at the myriad of ways a comprehensive minor league system would benefit the NBA product.
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