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Springfield Armor optimistic about D-League season opening Saturday

Springfield Armor

The Springfield Armor made final roster cuts Wednesday and will fly to Canton, Ohio, Friday for Saturday's opener vs. the Charge, the Cavaliers D-League affiliate. While the D-League, with its high turnover, is hard to predict, Nets brass are optimistic that the club has more talent this season than they did last when they finished first in the Eastern Conference.

Four of the Armor's 10 players spent time in NBA camps last month: point guard (and ex-Net) Ben Uzoh with the Nuggets; small forward Carleton Scott and center James Mays with the Nets and Kings camp invite Willie Reed, a 6'9" power forward (pictured). Also looking good early on have been two 6'6" swingmen: Cliff Tucker, out of Maryland, and Jonathan Thomas, the lone returning player from last season. Thomas missed most of the season because of a stress fracture suffered nine games into the season.

Said head coach Bob McKinnon. "We feel really good that we had a very competitive camp and we feel going forward we’ve got some good players.’’ Although D-League rosters are limited to 10 players, should the Nets send a player down, it won't count against the 10.