Lockout Not Affecting Tulsa's D-League Team

While the NBA's lockout continues to consume pieces of the regular season, fans who want to see pro basketball can still do so, on the Development League level.The NBA's D-League is NOT affected by the lockout, which has taken the league's entire preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season, with no end in sight.Mitch Heckert with the Tulsa 66ers tells NewsChannel 8 the D-League season will go on despite the labor issues currently plaguing the NBA.One change however will come with the fact that any players who played in the NBA last season will not be eligible to play for a D-League team this season, meaning players like Cole Aldrich, Brandon Mullens and Larry Owens -- who each averaged double figures for the 66ers last season -- won't be an option this year.The 66ers just recently wrapped up open tryouts and the first order of business for the team will come November third when the D-League conducts its 2011 draft. Tulsa will have two picks in the first round.Training camp will begin November 11th, two weeks before the regular season opener November 25th at Idaho. Tulsa will play its first four games and seven of the first eight away from the Tulsa Convention Center.The home opener will be December third against Austin at 7 p.m.Tulsa advanced to the D-League semifinals last season before falling to eventual D-League champion Iowa.