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Summer Camp


I am amazed at the scrutiny and analysis of NBA summer league basketball. Yes, I understand that when Greg Oden and Kevin Durant were picked 1-2, it was a special time for pro basketball fans and writers alike.

Watching a number of former college stars making their debuts in summer league play, it is a situation where these kids are making an adjustment. I have never heard so many absurd and ridiculous statements breaking down their stats in these contests.

My friends, this is summer league. There is a lack of familiarity with their new players. Many of their teammates in this environment won't be around in training camp, so why should people be so concerned about these statistics.

Stats are absolutely meaningless in these cases. Coaches want to see how players blend together. They want to see how these kids react when they are not the first option any more, like they were in college. Everything went through these kids on offense, and it is a learning experience as they handle this.

You also learn how these talented performers compete with better players. Can they do the job defending? They also learn about the team concept, and that is what it is all about.

People are getting carried away worrying about the number of shots taken, the number of points scored, how many fouls are committed. There are better things to worry about.

When it is all said and done, the creme de la creme will rise to the top and the best will shine. Portland and Seattle made great choices in Oden and Durant. Take all of the stats you want, and those guys can flat out play. They have done it for years and they will do it at the next level for a long period of time.

Don't get carried away with those stats that have flooded the internet. Summer league ball is just that -- a chance to get more running and experience.

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