TrueHoop: jared Sullinger
July, 17, 2012
By Sean Highkin, Hardwood Paroxysm
- Amin Vafa of Hardwood Paroxysm talked to Dion Waiters about the expectations the rookie faces after a disappointing start at Summer League.
- Andrew McNeill of 48 Minutes of Hell writes that Kahwi Leonard’s outstanding performance on Sunday evokes lessons from Chris Ballard’s book The Art of a Beautiful Game: “We shouldn’t want to see him dominate, for him to make it look easy. Mistakes are a good thing, so long as they’re coming in ways that Leonard is unfamiliar with. As Sunday night’s game developed, Leonard seemed to make adjustments and improvements on the fly. Where the driving lanes were clogged early, Kawhi figured out how to exploit them and get to the rim.”
- Some teams use Summer League as a means of getting particular guys acclimated to playing together, while others simply focus on giving players minutes. It would appear that the Celtics are in the latter category. First-round picks Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo both impressed in Boston’s 87-69 victory over the Hawks, but they did not play together much. I asked Melo about this, and he didn’t seem to think it was a predictor of the way the rookies would be used during the regular season: “We’re just playing, having fun, and trying to play hard. We don’t worry about rotations right now.”
- Sullinger’s father instilled an appetite for rebounding in him from preschool, Sullinger tells CSNNE.com’s Jessica Camerato.
- If you watch only one video featuring the Warriors’ Draymond Green getting coffee for Charles Jenkins, waxing philosophical about his love of R&B music, and riding through Las Vegas Aladdin-style on a magic carpet, make it this one.
- Which NBA coach has the best sense of style? Alvin Gentry weighs in.
- James Herbert of Hardwood Paroxysm sat next to Damian Lillard’s mother, who was in the stands as the sixth-overall pick scored 25 points in his Summer League debut for Portland.
- Hornets 247 has video interviews with Austin Rivers and Xavier Henry following the Hornets' loss to the Trail Blazers.
- Blazers rookie Meyers Leonard throws down a dunk in practice and celebrates with a cartwheel, no small feat for a seven-footer. (via OregonLive.com)
- Chris Bosh shares the most impressive meal he's ever cooked, and rates himself as a dancer.
- Charlie Yao of Roundball Mining Company interviews ESPN’s own David Thorpe about Chukwudiebere Maduabum, the Nuggets’ 2011 second-round draft choice who was prevented from entering the league due to visa problems.
- Mike Prada of SB Nation is impressed not only with Bradley Beal’s talent but also his coachability.
- Kyle Weidie of Truth About It points to Wizards guard Earl Calloway as a standout performance from Washington’s loss to the D-League squad whose impact won’t necessarily be reflected in the box score.
July, 16, 2012
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?