Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22

In seasons past, Developmental League teams battled quietly in the shadow of their NBA pro affiliates. Such was true for the Tulsa 66ers, D-League little brother to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s overachiever sib with all the popularity, grades, athleticism and good looks. But a new collective bargaining agreement has put a handful of players in the middle. Thunder players Reggie Jackson, Perry Jones III, Jeremy Lamb, Daniel Orton and DeAndre Liggins have seen assignments to the 66ers since season’s start, giving them time on court. Hey, it’s better than spending the next few months planted on the bench, and it makes play in Tulsa more interesting. The 66ers take on Iowa Energy at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the team’s home court at SpiritBank Event Center, 10441 S. Regal Blvd. The team takes on the Canton Charge at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, also at the event center. Tickets are $12-57. Go to to purchase online.

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