Basketball fanatics, give thanks. Shaq’s Comedy Shaq YouTube channel will probably be slam dunked into a dumpster where it belongs, and the NBA and YouTube announced today a partnership that will have more than 350 NBA Developmental League games from the 2012-2013 regular season streamed live through the NBA D-League YouTube channel.
The NBA’s D-League, of course, is comprised of the entire NBA minus the Lakers, since everyone knows Dr. Buss’ purple and yellow uses the rest of the league to develop the superstar players they will inevitably poach in exchange for Adam Morrison and a Pink’s hot dog. However, Il Duce David Stern will have you know that the D-League is 16 minor league teams with affiliations to NBA franchises. The four games tipping off this year alone will feature 36 NBA prospects that had participated in NBA training camps.
On the new deal, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said in a press release: “The NBA’s latest initiative with YouTube marks another milestone in our partnership and a great way to tip off the 12th season of the NBA Development League. By turning to our longtime partner, YouTube, we are able to bring the NBA D-League to basketball fans around the world, further expanding the league’s growth and showcasing future NBA stars.”
You can watch the NBA D-League season openers on Friday, Nov. 23 with four games between the Maine Red Claws and Canton Charge, the Erie BayHawks and Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, the Tulsa 66ers and the Texas Legends, the Bakersfield Jam and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and finally the Yokelstown CowTippers and Hicksville HomoHaters … that last matchup there may or may not be true.