The Syracuse paper is reporting today that former Syracuse Center Darryl Watkins has been claimed by the LA D-Fenders (there is a little known rule that all minor league sports teams must have assinine names) of the NBDL after getting cut recently by the Sacramento Kings. While I'm sure Watkins would much rather still be in the NBA, it's a good opportunity for him to showcase his shot blocking and defensive ability and make it back to the league.
The ironic part is that the paper had a story today by Donna Ditota talking about the offensive development of SU center's Arinze Onuaku and Rick Jackson. Both young players have already shown more offense this year than Mookie showed in 4. However, what the article failed to mention is that AO and Jackson both have to improve by leaps and bounds on the defensive end for this team to have a successful year. I don't even think the dreaded "d" word appeared in the article once.
The lesson these young guys need to learn is ultimately that defense is what is going to take them, and the team, to the next level.