Versus Debuts Expanded D-League Coverage On Nov. 18

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Versus will expand its coverage of the 10th season of the NBA Development League,
During its sophomore season with the NBA's official minor league, Comcast's national sports service will televise 11 regular-season games, plus six playoff contests, including the 2011 finals.
In addition, for the first time, Versus will air one live game from the annual NBA D-League Showcase, as well as the new Showcase slam dunk and three-point contests, which will take place in South Padre Island, Texas, Jan. 10-13.
The NBA D-League season will tip off on Versus, when the network presents live coverage of the Texas Legends against the 2009-10 NBA D-League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the head coaching debut of Legends coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, the first female to serve as the head coach of an NBA-affiliated team, on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. (ET).
The network's NBA D-League coverage will again showcase such telecast enhancements as an increased number of camera angles, micing players and coaches during both games and in-game interviews, and coverage of locker-room and pregame, halftime, and postgame speeches.
The NBA D-League has been a stepping stone for a number of NBAers, as 20% of players that finished the 2009-10 season on the rosters of clubs from U.S. top pro hoops circuit, played in its minor league. That includes such notables as Shannon Brown (L.A. Lakers), Aaron Brooks (Houston Rockets), Will Bynum (Detroit Pistons), JJ Barea (Dallas Mavericks), Marcin Gortat (Orlando Magic), and Reggie Williams (Golden State Warriors).

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