Monday, July 16, 2012
Las Vegas Summer League Bullets
By Danny Chau
- Jared Sullinger has never lost a game of 1-on-1 against his dad. He’s also never played a game of 1-on-1 against his dad.
- Best play of summer league thus far? That's a tough call. My personal favorite? 6-foot-4 Nuggets guard Demonte Harper’s chasedown block on 6-foot-0 Warriors guard Joe Ragland after Ragland had stolen the ball from him.
- Charlie Yao has comprehensive looks at the Denver Nuggets’ first and second summer league games at Roundball Mining Company.
- Speaking of the Nuggets, first round pick Evan Fournier wears No. 94 for the team. It’s a homage to the number of Val-de-Marne, a department of France his hometown is located in. The jersey number doesn’t reflect the year he was born. Because that would make him 17.
- The folks at Truth About It with a nice video mix of Tomas Satoransky’s two highlight dunks. Satoransky’s decision making could use some work, but dude can jump.
- John Wall sat courtside for Day 3 talking about the future, and questioning teammate Chris Singleton's selection of footwear.
- "I didn’t hear it. He actually walked in right behind me when I was on the seat getting interviewed. And he walked up and he was next. So I was like, ‘You must have been -- you just got drafted.’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, man, about time.’” - Quincy Acy (No. 37 pick) on when Baylor teammate Quincy Miller (No. 38 pick) was selected. (via James Herbert of Hardwood Paroxysm)
- Which Memphis Grizzlies player would head coach Lionel Hollins least like to switch wardrobes with?
- Houston Rockets big man Donatas Motiejunas was awesome in his first game, showing off his diverse skills on offense and toughness that was often considered a weakness in his scouting report. He would, of course, follow it up the next day with a stinker. C’est la summer league.
- Best first impression? Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. All of his lauded strengths were on display: aggressiveness, athleticism, toughness (MKG played through some really hard landings). He had four steals in the game, a testament to his activity on the defensive end. It was even more pronounced due to new Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap’s generous usage of the full-court press. Kidd-Gilchrist sat out Charlotte's second game for precautionary reasons due to soreness in his left knee.
- Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas is missing summer league, but not because he didn’t want to play. Thomas skipped summer league for summer school. James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom caught up with Thomas in Las Vegas to discuss the Kings’ summer league team and his upcoming graduation at the University of Washington on Wednesday.
- Thoughts on the Dallas Mavericks' first summer league game, buffet style.
- When he wasn’t practicing with the Phoenix Suns summer team, former 2006 lottery pick Patrick O’Bryant was supporting basketball’s future at an AAU tournament in Las Vegas. At the tournament, O’Bryant realized the music playing was spun by a 10-year-old DJ, whom O’Bryant thinks could teach the summer league’s sound technicians a thing or two: “I think he could do some damage over here. He could. Some of the stuff they play...”
- Royce White: 6-foot-8 Beatlemaniac.
- Knicks head coach Mike Woodson has been a summer league celebrity, signing autographs all week so far. He was spotted signing an autograph for a kid in a Jeremy Lin jersey. Awkward?