SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It was only during the national anthem Friday that Michael Lyons stood out from his NBA D-League teammates.
It wasn’t during the morning shootaround, where Lyons was indistinguishable as he mingled and practiced with the others on an Erie BayHawks roster that includes products of Arizona, Kansas and Michigan State, several of whom have NBA experience. It wasn’t during the game, as Lyons played sparingly but like the defensive stopper he is striving to become and scored two critical points late as Erie held off a Sioux Falls rally and ended the Skyforce’s 20-game home winning streak.
But during the anthem, as his teammates swayed and fidgeted, the Air Force academy graduate stood with his eyes fixed on the flag, chest out, arms straight down and fists clenched.
For the most part, however, Lyons blends in as just one of the guys and chasing the same NBA goal as…