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NBA lockout won't affect D-League

Updated: November 18, 2010, 1:56 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

There will be NBA-sanctioned basketball next November even if the league is locked in a labor shutdown.

Deputy commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN.com that an NBA work stoppage next fall would not prevent the league from keeping its 16-team minor league, known as the D-League, operational.

"We intend to operate the NBA Development League next season independent of the status of NBA collective bargaining," Silver said.

The D-League opens its 10th season Thursday, when ...

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