John Treloar jumps from the Erie BayHawks' bench to the Phoenix Suns' front office

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Thumbnail image for Suns_logo.gifThis summer, much like the season before it, has been kind to the D-League. There have been call-ups from players to coaches to managers to referees, and some of the D’s best and brightest are now the NBA’s, well, something far less.

It doesn’t matter. They’ve made it. Whether on guaranteed contracts or make-good deals, they’ve made it to the NBA, and the D-League has again provided an invaluable avenue for talent in all areas of the game to find big league exposure.

The latest: Erie BayHawks head coach John Treloar has been hired as the Phoenix Suns’ new director of player personnel. It’s a change of pace from the capacity that Treloar is used to at the head of the bench, but considering the personnel duties most D-League coaches are tasked with, Treloar does have somewhat of a foundation for the job.

However, as Scott Schroeder brought up at NBA FanHouse, it may not be Treloar’s body of work in Erie and in the NCAA that got him the Suns job. Instead, Treloar’s pre-existing relationship with Phoenix’s newly-ordained GM, Lance Blanks, may have played a substantial role in the decision. Even though this is Treloar’s first time with an NBA franchise, it looks like he’s already a good ol’ boy.

He’s far from the only one. Owners, GMs, and coaches around the league — and all sports leagues, really — often seek to hire their people, and their people are usually those from working relationships similar to the one in question. It doesn’t mean that all coaches and managers that have benefited from those relationships are unqualified, even if on paper, Treloar seems like he might be. Leaping from D-League head coach to NBA director of player personnel is a big shift, particularly for an individual who really hasn’t worked explicitly in any managerial capacity.

Regardless, Treloar’s hiring — like so many of the other, similar hirings that have come before it — smells just a bit funny. That doesn’t mean he can’t thrive in a front office, but it’s reason enough to raise an eyebrow when considering Treloar’s lack of job-specific experience.

Hassan Whiteside with one-handed catch block (VIDEO)

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Hassan Whiteside recorded a triple-double last night against the Hornets, and his tenth block was particularly impressive. He didn’t so much block Marvin Williams‘ layup attempt as pluck it out of the air with one hand. It almost looks like it should count as a block, rebound and steal at the same time.

Rasheed Wallace delivers truck full of water to residents of Flint, Michigan

MILWAUKEE - FEBRUARY 07: Rasheed Wallace #30 of the Detroit Pistons reacts after being called for a technical foul against the Milwaukee Bucks on February 7, 2009 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Pistons defeated the Bucks 126-121 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The NBA world has taken notice of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In Thursday night’s home game against the Knicks on TNT, Pistons players wore warmup shirts that read “FLINT NOW,” and the organization announced a $500,000 donation towards providing clean water for residents of the town.

Former Pistons great and general basketball legend Rasheed Wallace went even further, according to a tweet from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina:

Sheed obviously has a connection to Michigan, having played in Detroit for six years (including on the 2004 title team) and serving as an assistant coach for the Pistons during the 2013-14 season. This was an incredible gesture by him for the residents of a town that has been without drinkable water for a long time.

DeMarcus Cousins posts triple-double in Kings’ loss to Nets (VIDEO)

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The Kings are a complete mess right now. After a loss to the Nets on Friday night, the team is reportedly considering firing head coach George Karl, who has been with the team for just about one year, and DeMarcus Cousins says they have “a bigger issue than the players.”

But, on the bright side, Cousins is still a monster on the court. During the Nets loss, he posted a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, showing why he’s the one thing about this franchise that is going to be worth talking about long-term.

Lil’ hype man helps Russell Westbrook introduce Air Jordan XXX

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Russell Westbrook has been wearing the new Air Jordan XXX on the court for nearly a month now. Considering he’s averaging a triple-double in his last 10 games — 22 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds — I’d say he’s pretty comfortable in them.

Continuing a trend of using the respected Jordan brand name with modern players to sell the shoes, this latest ad for the Air Jordan XXX shoes features a young hypeman who describes Westbrook as “the new Big Bang,” and asks people to “make room – as the man is about to take off.”

The Air Jordan XXX hit retail stores on Feb. 12. Westbrook will be wearing them next weekend in Toronto for the All-Star Game.