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NBA sophomore, Toney Douglas put up big numbers in the Knicks' summer league debut in Las Vegas.
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Knicks' Douglas looking to shine in second year

Posted Jul 12 2010 12:23AM

LAS VEGAS -- Toney Douglas went from potentially being the Knicks starting point guard to the backup role he held as a rookie. That's fine with Douglas, who opened New York's desert stay with 27 points in a 10-point setback to Denver.

"I played real well, but at the end of the day we didn't win," Douglas said. "It's all about winning. I'm going to do all it takes to win."

Douglas didn't just light up the gym with his shot -- five of his eight field goals were 3-pointers -- he filled the rest of the stat sheet. Six rebounds, fives assists and four steals were part of the 35-minute outing.

"I'm working on my all-around game," Douglas said, "shooting, penetrating, pick-and-roll, conditioning, explosiveness. I don't just work on what I need to work on. I work on everything. Even what I'm good at."

The 2009 first-rounder from Florida State also had a spirited back-and-forth with the Nuggets' Ty Lawson, a North Carolina product and another of the Vegas standouts. There's history in the rivalry between the two playmakers, so the competitive juices were flowing.

"We played against each other in college and the NBA," Douglas said. "We know each other's games. It's fun out there. We're out there on the free-throw line talking to each other. We both want the ball in our hands."

Douglas should have the ball in his hands plenty, even with recent addition of Raymond Felton. New York coach Mike D'Antoni won't hesitate to use both 6-foot-2 Douglas and 6-foot-1 Felton in the backcourt together for stretches.

"[D'Antoni] told me I'm going to be just fine," Douglas said. "I'm going to play the point and some 2. He told me that's a good situation for me. I can help the team at the point and the 2-guard, because I'm versatile. Raymond Felton can do the same thing. He did the same thing when he played with D.J. Augustin."

Word in the Stands

Kiki Vandeweghe spent two years creating cap space for New Jersey in anticipation for this summer. He spent the last week running a basketball camp for kids in Aspen.

Let down? Not necessarily.

"I was up in the mountains and I followed it all, but I wasn't really close to it all," said Vandeweghe, who arrived at Summer League on Sunday. "It gives you a different perspective on things."

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov let Vandeweghe shortly after the season. Vandeweghe had served as general manager since 2007 and also finished last season as interim coach after the firing of Lawrence Frank.

Vandeweghe is as interested as anybody else in how the future plays out for Miami, Chicago, his former team and the rest of the league. And he could be back in a front office soon, having recently interview for the vacant general manager opening in Portland.

While he declined to discuss specifics of the Blazers' interview, Vandeweghe admits he's eager to get back into the league despite his unceremonious departure in New Jersey.

"All of us would be lying if we didn't say it's in our blood," he said. "We're competitive and we enjoy it. You have to enjoy what we're doing. That's a very important part of it. I was very lucky to spend a fair amount of time with John Wooden, so balance is important."

Under the Radar

Kenny Hasbrouck signed two 10-day contracts with Miami last season, finishing the season with the Heat without ever getting into the game. That wasn't an issue Sunday, as the rookie guard scored 24 in Miami's win over New Orleans.

The Siena product may have a leg up on making the big club if he keeps it up. Miami does have plenty of room for affordable labor. Hasbrouck is just hoping for something more than a 10-day.

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