Thursday November 15, 2012 | 05:32 AM

In school, a D means you failed.

In the NBA, D means "development," as in the NBA D-League. Kris Joseph sounded like a spokesman for basketball's version of a minor league when he said, "Ultimately that's what this league is for, to develop and go back to your respective teams and show what you've worked on."

Joseph, a 6-foot-7 forward, and Melo both arrived in Portland on Wednesday, sent here by the Boston Celtics to wok on their game.

Both players said they looked forward to playing. See TODAY'S STORY.

And they backed those words Wednesday, taking part in a spirited practice. Sure, the NBA has glamor, but basketball players like to play. And that is the opportunity afforded Melo and Joseph in Portland.

"They brought a lot of energy," Maine Red Claws coach Mike Taylor said. "They were really positive ... and they went right to work."

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Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.

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