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Posted Jul 17 2007 12:29PM
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JULY 17, 2007
When I was asked to cover the NBA Summer League presented by adidas, I had two questions. A) Are the Blazers' Greg Oden and the Sonics' Kevin Durant going to be there, and B) Where is it being held?
JULY 16, 2007
Over the past month the Sonics have traded one dynamic duo for another and I’m here to reassure the Sonics Nation that new GM Sam Presti knows exactly what he’s doing.
JULY 15, 2007
Moments before the Knicks took the floor for their last game at the NBA Summer League, I walked up to Nate Robinson and asked him one question. About 10 minutes later, I finally got around to asking him a second one.
JULY 14, 2007
At the 2007 NBA Draft, the Rockets weren't one of the teams with a lottery pick. Still, after drafting Aaron Brooks with the 26th overall selection, Houston feels as if it has the winning ticket.
JULY 13, 2007
One question into interviewing the Clippers’ Al Thornton, I knew he was the type of player that I would love to have on my team.
JULY 12, 2007
Known for his blazingly-quick first step, the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley is capable of getting past any defender. NBA.com’s Maurice Brooks was able to box in the No. 4 pick from this year’s draft following Memphis’ 100-76 victory against the Cavaliers in Day 7 action of the NBA Summer League presented by adidas.
Maybe that is why even though I have been in Las Vegas since July 4, I didn’t decide to write an NBA Summer League presented by adidas version of Race to the MVP until three this morning. This is something I should have thought about doing days ago.
Before I knew it, I was scanning through every roster from the Las Vegas Summer League and the Pepsi Pro Summer League in Orlando. It was like a can of Pringles, once I popped I couldn't stop.
JULY 11, 2007
Some things in life simply go well together. For example, bald men and baseball caps, homemakers and soap operas, and flat-screen televisions and surround sound. You can add D.J. Strawberry and the Suns to that list. The athletic Strawberry was born to play in Phoenix’s run-until-you-drop system.
JULY 10, 2007
Finally you find out that Oden-Durant: The Original is off because the Blazers have decided that Oden's swollen tonsils need to come out because they are obstructing his breathing.
In the first game of the NBA Summer League presented by adidas, Louis Williams put the finishing touches on a Sixers' win over the Spurs with an emphatic dunk with 29 seconds to play. The point guard has been on a roll ever since, averaging 25.8 points, 4.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds in four games. NBA.com's Maurice Brooks caught up with the elusive guard for a few minutes after Philadelphia's win Tuesday.
JULY 9, 2007
NBA.com's Mo Wang caught up with Team China Basketball's Yi Jianlian and Sun Yue.
Although this will officially be Kyle Lowry’s second year in the NBA, the former Villanova star probably feels like a rookie.
Trailing by six entering the final period, Pistons summer league coach Terry Porter made a game-changing adjustment. He decided to put the ball in Rodney Stuckey’s hands and let him use his athleticism to make plays.
JULY 8, 2007
Ask any player in the NBA and they will tell you that in order to make the league, you have to get some battle scars. Karl has his as a result of having cancerous lymph nodes removed from his throat almost three months ago. It was his second fight with cancer in a little more than a year.
JULY 7, 2007
Marco Belinelli is proof that not all big-name rookies suffer from a case of the jitters in their NBA debuts.
The destination hasn’t changed for Darius Rice, just the highway he has chosen to drive in order to get there.
JULY 6, 2007
Still, in a day full of sparkling performances by players trying to show the crowd inside Cox Pavilion what they could do, the Grizzlies’ Rudy Gay and Team China Basketball’s Yi Jianlian were the biggest stars.
JULY 5, 2007
Wright, the 13th overall selection at last week's NBA Draft, is used to grueling practices from his days as a star at Kansas. He felt right at home doing drills, running sprints and performing suicides for a couple of hours.