The Santa Cruz Warriors return home to Kaiser Permanente Arena on Friday night to host the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Here’s a couple quick notes/links about the Warriors.
— ESPN’s Marc Stein tweeted on Wednesday: “Hearing more NBA names bound for D-League to get back on radar: Hilton Armstrong to Santa Cruz, Josh Boone to Iowa & Rasual Butler to Tulsa.”
Santa Cruz hasn’t announced anything yet regarding Armstrong, but it could come shortly if Stein is correct.
Armstrong, 28, went to UConn and was drafted by the Hornets 12th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft. He has played with Houston, Sacramento, Atlanta and Washington, averaging 3.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 11.8 minutes. He most recently played for Panathinaikos of the Greek Basketball League.
— Santa Cruz Warriors coach Nate Bjorkgren, who previously coached with the Iowa Energy, returned on Wednesday night. The Des Moines Register had the story.
— The Santa Cruz Warriors are teaming up with the American Red Cross for a blood drive on Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Kaiser Permanente Arena.
Blood donors will have an opportunity to meet Warriors players and can enter a drawing for a limited edition Santa Cruz Warriors T-shirt signed by the entire team.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code SCWARRIORS.
— Shelvin Mack got called up. He was signed by the 76ers. Mack was the No. 1-ranked player on the D-League’s Prospect Watch. The No. 2 player is L.A.’s Courtney Fortson, who is expected to be in Santa Cruz on Friday night. Santa Cruz’s Travis Leslie is No. 7.